“(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth” is a bass solo by Cliff Burton. An instrumental track, with accompaniment on drums by Ulrich, it features Burton’s distinctive “lead bass” style of playing, incorporating heavy distortion, use of the wah-wah pedal, and tapping. This is also the bass solo that Burton was playing when Hetfield and Ulrich first saw him at a gig: “We heard this wild solo going on and thought, ‘I don’t see any guitar player up there.’ We were both counting the strings and I finally turned to Lars and said ‘Dude, that’s a bass!’ Cliff was up there on stage with his band Trauma with a wah wah pedal and his huge mop of red hair. He didn’t care whether people were there. He was looking down at his bass, playing”, recounts Hetfield.
Edited by Timitzi on 10 Jul 2009, 23:52
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