Bell Bottom Blues
From the Derek & the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Here's a video of the bass line for "Bell Bottom Blues," one of my favorite Carl Radle bass lines. The transcription can be found here.
Don't Know Why
From the Eric Clapton album Eric Clapton
Here's another video of a great Carl Radle bass line. The transcription can be found here. I play a couple parts with different fingering than I indicated in the tablature--specifically, using the open G in the pattern that appears in measures 5, 6, 9, 10, etc. It works either way, but the open G felt a little more comfortable today.
From the Leon Russell album Leon Russell and the Shelter People
A few people have asked if I would make videos of me playing some of these bass lines. Seems like now is a good time to try some out. Below is a video of Carl Radle's bass line on "Sweet Emily." The transcription can be found here.
Sticks and Stones
From the Joe Cocker album Mad Dogs and Englishmen
In “Sticks and Stones” Radle lays down another solid
gospel/R&B groove. His bass line on the verses is fairly improvisational.
He plays similar things in each of the verses, but we never hear exactly the
same line twice.
On the choruses, the rest of the band plays frantically and
a bit chaotically (in a very good way!), but Radle’s bass line becomes a bit
more regular. In this way, he holds the band together and keeps the song from
running off the rails entirely. As the band vamps on the chorus at the end of
the song, Radle plays the same pattern for almost every Bb chord. On the F
chord, he has two basic patterns that he alternates between. Both are given