All About That Bass…And Justice For Jason
All About That Bass singer, Meghan Trainor, is currently on a country and worldwide tour, which has music fans with bass on the mind. It's no coincidence that sound mixer for the 1988 Metallica album ...And Justice For All, has just revealed a major secret about the bass presence, or lack thereof, on the album.
Steve Thompson, has been the center of accusations for the almost completely inaudible bass levels of Jason Newsted for the past 27 years. Fans have gone so far as to remix the album themselves to highlight his performance. In a recent interview, Thompson revealed that it was actually drummer of Metallica, Lars Ulrich, who was responsible. His conversation with Ulrich went as follows, “’See the bass guitar?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, great part, man. He killed it.’ He said, 'I want you to bring down the bass where you can barely, audibly hear it in the mix.'”(Full interview here) Bringing down the bass coincided with bringing up the…drums of course!
You can listen to one of the remixes that provides justice for poor bassist Jason, below.
If you're like me and don't know anything else about Metallica, you may find yourself critiquing it in a different way...it could use a little more cowbell.
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