Here is my strum bass technique being featured by another Michael Zager production. We weren’t recording digitally then and “cut and paste" was not an option. No, we played these tracks live to tape and some of these tracks were over nine minutes long. Ouch, I can still feel the blisters on my fingers!
Michael Zager Band
This was a big hit for Mike Zager especially in London where in remained on the charts for weeks. The success of this track landed me a trip to London with Mike where we recorded his next album at the famous Trident studios. Disco was very, very good to me…
This track may not have been a top 10 hit but it was a favorite of producer Don Kirshner. I’ll never forget strutting along to a session on the streets of Manhattan the day after I recorded this track when a limo pulls up along side me, and out pops Don Kirshner’s head through the window. He told me how much he loved the bass track then pulled off (true story). Not long after that I noticed that he was using the track as the opening theme for “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert" his popular live music TV series that ran in the 70’s. Thanks Don...
This Ashford & Simpson production did well on the disco and pop charts. This bass line takes a slight departure from the monotonous eighth note octaves that were a staple on most disco tracks of that era (you bass players know what I mean). Here I am leaving some space between the otherwise steady eighth note octaves. Did I do it on purpose or was I just exhausted? I don’t recall, but I sure like the end result.
Workin' My way Back To You
This was a big hit for the Love/Zager production team. Sometimes you have to read the written part because it just works. Great arrangement Mike...