Bass Collection artist, one-take powerhouse bassist and all-round ace face, Phil Spalding, caught in action with Simon Townsend at Islington's O2 (by lensman Alan Barnes), with his "No.1 Bass" - The Bass Collection "Mod" Power Bass.
Phil Spalding has been at the top of the bass playing game for many years now and has been a Trace Elliot endorsee since the early 1990's. In that time he has helped to make some truly iconic and internationally successful recordings with the likes of Elton John, Robbie Williams, Seal, Bernie Torme, Mick Jagger, Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Right Said Fred, Chris de Burgh, Roger Daltrey, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Randy Crawford, Kylie Minogue, Suggs and many more.
Known as a 'one take wonder' musician many of his best known performances have been recorded in exactly that way ... "in one take, with no drop-ins and no edits!".
Phil says, 'I don't have much patience for agonising over a bass part for a record ... I always see a musical performance as a journey through the song, ebbing and flowing with the rest of the instruments and the vocals. For me, that's the way to record something that's going to have the dynamics and feel required to achieve truly great recordings".
In between gigging up a storm lately with The Who's Simon Townsend and Roger Daltrey, Phil has taken to the road as a solo act with a unique clinic 'show' that showcases the talents that have helped him to maintain his long career and to produce such a powerful body of work, as well as dishing out behind-the-scenes secrets and stories from his career.
Phil has been using the Bass Collection Power bass as his "no. 1 bass" throughout the last couple of years and - with his trusty Trace Elliot rig - gives him "an awesome combination of rock and soul ... hardcore in yer face bass!!!"