‘An Ox’s Tale’ was written to demonstrate the extravagant and improvisational style of bass playing that John Entwistle became renowned for through his work with The Who. As you’ll hear, the track was heavily inspired by classic Entwistle basslines such as ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ and ‘The Real Me’.

In keeping with John’s ‘lead bass’ style of playing, this line features the use of minor pentatonic and blues scales and frequent use of the upper register of the instrument. It’s also played aggressively, with a distorted bass tone, and contains very little repetition.

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