Rush’s Geddy Lee Commends Led Zeppelin’s Basswork On ‘What Is And What Should Never Be’

Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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Speaking with Rolling Stone Rush bassist and vocalist Geddy Lee has expressed his admiration for the basswork of Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones.

There are so many songs I could choose from Zep that feature profound but understated bass playing,” he shared.

Despite this difficulty, Lee did indeed make a selection.

His choice was Led Zeppelin II‘s second track ‘What Is and What Should Never Be’, which he rated amongst his top five bass parts of all time.

The way John Paul Jones changes gear,” he continued, “holds down the heavy bottom and adds terrific melody throughout the song.”

Lee couldn’t hold back his praise for Led Zeppelin‘s former bassist, keyboardist and arranger: “He is such a fluid player and all-round musical talent.”

Lee also rated the basslines of The Who‘s ‘My Generation’, Cream‘s ‘Crossroads’, Yes‘ ‘Roundabout’, and the Weather Report‘s ‘Teen Town’.

You can view his full list here.

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