Hey! This is a bit late (two months, ha!) review of ‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)‘ bass line of Cliff Burton. Bass tab in the end of article. Let’s make up the leeway!
Few words about the song in general. ‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’ was the second ballad in Metallica’s discography (but it has a pretty thrashy part though). As James confessed, main riff’s stolen from some band, which stayed unrevealed. Initially ‘Welcome Home’ and ‘Orion’ presented as one song, but they’re splitted up during ‘Master of Puppets’ album recording. So we have a beautiful tune with deep lyrics, ripping solos… And also nice bass line.
Bass starts in ‘Sanitarium’ with a short fill before main part goes:
Verse riff on bass – it’s chords tonics with a cool staccato passage appearing time after time (Cliff plays variations all the time):
When distorted guitar starts playing verse (or consider it pre-chorus), bass goes this way:
Chorus riff of ‘Welcome Home’ – one of the best on ‘Master of Puppets’ album. Cliff is almost doubling it:
And this slide precedes interlude is so strong:
Fast interlude. Bass plays here open E with an octave on 5th string to emphasize Lars’s drums accents in various ways:
Here’s another interlude riff with one of the most distinct pieces of ‘Welcome Home’ bass line, it foreruns Kirk’s fast solo:
Bass line goes crazy over final solos: Cliff performs a lot of variations, especially in the first bar of every repeat (on E). It was hard to tab, so here’s how last 3 repeats look in general:
And finally the outro. I couldn’t catch all the tempos precisely, so just play it on feelings:
There’s a master bass track of ‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’ recorded by Cliff (starts at 19:21), check it out here in my compilations of Metallica master bass tracks:
My conclusion. Metallica showed in ‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’ all they do the best, and bass line is not an exception. Ultimate groove and dynamics. Nice job, Cliff Burton!
And I’m so happy that I’ve finally done it! It’s a lesson for me (and maybe for you) about the power of procrastination. All should be done in its time, otherwise it’d be very hard to back on track.
So we move on! Mission complete 16 of 32 (actually 21 of 32). Thank you for support and expecting my works! R.I.P. Cliff Burton \m/