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Topic: Bass Guitar on Diamonds are Forever

Always loved the driving bass on the main title piece. Does anybody know exactly who played bass on this piece?
It is so damn cool  ajb007/cool

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Re: Bass Guitar on Diamonds are Forever

I'd like to know too! There's a lot of great electric bass throughout the soundtrack.

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I don't know offhand, but I'll see if I can dig it up.

Meantime, if you scroll down this page

http://piley.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/ste … ewood.html

there's a nice pic of John Barry recording the DAF soundtrack. There's a guitarist visible, although I don't believe it's who we're looking for. Still, there's some other Bond-related info on the page which is interesting.

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I've found who played drums, guitar, and trumpet but still no luck re the bass man.

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Barbel wrote:

I've found who played drums, guitar, and trumpet but still no luck re the bass man.

Who was on the drums? Was it Vic Flick and Derek Watkins on guitar and trumpet?

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Re: Bass Guitar on Diamonds are Forever

Spot on, with Vic making his last Bond contribution till LTK (unreleased) and Derek continuing his unmatched (and probably untouchable) record for consecutive Bond films.
The drummer was Ronnie Stephenson, who also worked on YOLT. I nearly wrote "top session man" before his name, but of course they all are/were.

The guitarist in the pic linked to above isn't Vic Flick, though.

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Barbel wrote:

Spot on, with Vic making his last Bond contribution till LTK (unreleased) and Derek continuing his unmatched (and probably untouchable) record for consecutive Bond film's.
The drummer was Ronnie Stephenson, who also worked on YOLT. I nearly wrote "top session man" before his name, but of course they all are/were.

The guitarist in the pic linked to above isn't Vic Flick, though.

Thanks, good to know! I've heard of Ronnie Stephenson. Is Vic not the one on the LTK soundtrack?

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No two sources seem to agree on the extent of Vic's work on LTK, unfortunately. It's certainly possible that he's there, but it's not confirmed- there have been rumours that it's him and/or a Certain Very Famous Guitarist playing uncredited.
Vic definitely did work on a title theme for the film that remains unreleased.

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What a wealth of information  ajb007/martini  I'm finding this topic very interesting.  Thanks Barbel.

It was either that.....or the priesthood

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My pleasure- still haven't uncovered the name of the bass player on the DAF theme though  ajb007/crap .

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Isn't there a strange story about putter Smith ending up in Shirley basseys band playing bass?  Or is that a myth, I know he was /is a bass player.

It was either that.....or the priesthood

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It's true, he did play double bass when La Bassey performed in LA- and yes, she did sing DAF.

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I'm soo pleased that's true  ajb007/cheers Mr Kidd played the double bass no less with Burly chassis live. 
" miss Bassey is rather attractive.....
For a lady "

It was either that.....or the priesthood

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Thanks for everybody's input on this. Interesting to know who the drummer was, he also lends to that driving rhythm, particularly with those strategically placed semi-pea soups

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From left field I wonder if the Bass player is someone that was previously with the 'John Barry Seven'.  I tried to find all I can through Google, the liner notes from the 'DAF' soundtrack, the 'DAF' single on you tube etc and Bass players (British) that would have been around in that era.

Four names I found but unlikely are Mike Peters, Fred Kirk, Ray Styles and Stan Haldane.  Probably not much help but if someone's memory is jolted who knows?

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