Isolated Geddy Lee Bass Tracks Proves That “YYZ” Is A Masterpiece

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 01: Guitarist Alex Lifeson, bassist Geddy Lee, and drummer Neil Peart of Rush performs at Bridgestone Arena on May 1, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

One of the finest bass lines of all time is Rush’s “YYZ.” This song, which was recorded in 1980 and featured on Moving Pictures, has long been such a top choice of bassists and one that Rush frequently plays in live shows.

Now for Geddy Lee’s isolated bass… You can plainly hear in which the lines were hammered in, particularly throughout Geddy’s three solo moments.

There have been several disagreements over this tune, with some claiming it isn’t by Geddy, others claiming Geddy played his Rickenbacker, and the majority claiming he recorded it with his Fender Jazz.

As a bassist, Geddy Lee is unrivaled. But he’s also Rush’s singer, main vocalist, and keyboardist, so that’s only one of his responsibilities on stage. Consider the amount of ability and expertise required to carry it off, particularly in a live event. He has influenced innumerable musicians, notably Metallica’s Cliff Burton, Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris, Dream Theater’s John Myung, and Les Claypool, all of whom have gone on to become rock superstars.

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