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Willie Basse - The Money Grind

The name Willie Basse might be familiar. He was part of the Los Angeles band Black Sheep, which also happened to feature  drummer Randy Castillo.

Now, Willie has a new album (under his own name) called The Money Grind. Considering our current economic situation, I can't think of a better title. The very first time I listened to Willie Basse I immediately thought of my friend Sean. He loves funk and soul and rock - and the mash-up of all three. That's exactly what you get on The Money Grind.

Willie Basse is a great bass player - so it's no surprise funk is big here. Still, Basse has his roots in the 80s Metal scene, so the album comes off as a sort of quasi classic rock. I really like "Po' Boy" with its reggae influences. Listening to such songs make me think I'm on vacation - even if I'm stuck in a cubicle in Ohio.

"Don't Waste My Time" is also a strong track - and you can listen to this one of the official Myspace.

Basse himself is a bit of a jack of all trades. Not only does he play bass but he also writes all his songs and engineers/produces his work. That said, Willie Basse may have been better off hiring a producer to help him with The Money Grind. The production here is terrible - perhaps the worst of any "professionally" released album I've ever heard in my life. The songs have a lot of external "noise" and each track sort of ends in a "stop-start" fashion. In other words, there is excess music that wasn't clipped when the song ended. This drives me freaking crazy. I hate clutter in life - and that applies to messy music just as it does to a chaotic room or desk.

Production rant aside, The Money Grind is good for what it is: fun, classic rock that is bass-driven. It's Glam with a punch - heavy and smooth.


Reader Comments (1)

Slash did a stint in Black Sheep as did Mitch Perry (Talas, Heaven, Badd Boyz, Cher, MSG).
November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEddy M

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