Joined: July 2011
||Posted: July 16 2012, 07:56
|Quote (Tati The Sentinel @ July 16 2012, 06:56)|
|Can't compare him to Chris Squire and Tony Levin,though!|
In terms of style, no, I definitely would not compare Mike to those guys. I'm a big fan of Yes and I really like Squire's in-your-face Rickenbacker sound.
In terms of technique and technical ability, Mike is the better bassist in my opinion. He has flawless picking and muting technique on bass. Great examples would be: the climax of Ommadawn, "The Bell" from TBII, all the featured bass parts on Amarok, and the climax of Incantations 4. The amount of smoothness and clarity he gets on bass with a pick is not matched by anyone, for me.
Regarding his Night of the proms performance in 2006: I was really surprised to see him play the bass on Tubular Bells with his fingernails! It had a really interesting sound. He had to have had the volume BLASTING cause he was playing very lightly to protect his fingernails.
EDIT: about the video at the top of the page, I love the sound of the guitar with the built-in amp. Amazing how he even gets the signature Oldfield tone out of that little guitar.