Bass Solo by The Vagabond Prince
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Bass Solo is a popular perfume by The Vagabond Prince for women and men and was released in 2016. The scent is woody-spicy. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesSaffronSaffron
GingerGinger
LimeLime
CardamomCardamom
Heart Notes Heart NotesLavenderLavender
Atlas cedarAtlas cedar
Virginia cedarVirginia cedar
Fig milkFig milk
Birch tarBirch tar
Base Notes Base NotesSandalwoodSandalwood
AmberAmber
DriftwoodDriftwood
Wenge woodWenge wood
MuskMusk
OpoponaxOpoponax
AmyrisAmyris
PatchouliPatchouli

Ratings

Scent

8.0103 Ratings

Longevity

7.887 Ratings

Sillage

7.190 Ratings

Bottle

7.978 Ratings
Submitted by Michael, last update on 20.11.2021.
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Noxx27

2 Reviews
Noxx27
Noxx27
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A woody masterpiece....
This Scent is truly a masterpiece, granted you have to love one scents in order to truly appreciate it. I can honestly say I can smell so many words blended so well it’s hard to tell where one sits on top of another. Sandalwood, mahogany, cedar, and so much more. This sent is very original but it will put you to mind of Dolce and Gabbana the one, if you were to make a high-end niche version of that this would be potentially what it would smell like, but that’s where it ends there’s no more comparison. This is truly one of my favorites in my collection. I own everyone in this fragrance line, all of them are exquisite.
8.5
Scent
9
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
7
Pricing
SirLancelot
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Top Review    26  
A tribute
With the bass player in the band it's always one of those things. In the rock 'n' roll hierarchy, both singer and guitarist are at the top, the drummer sits in the middle and bassists are more like the red lantern, although they are often favourite musicians for many fans. If they swing their instruments groovily and with a strong sense of rhythm, you can say: "Bassplayers build the house, the other players live in"! You won't hear a good bass player, he orientates himself on the basic tones, sets the heartbeat with his low frequencies and becomes the connecting element between harmony and rhythm, without which a good song would simply fall apart. Virtuosity is reserved for the guitarist. At least that's what I thought until I heard the 4-minute bass solo Anesthesia by a certain Cliffort Lee Burton from Metallica's debut album Kill 'Em All, which went down in the history of rock music as the first thrash metal album.

Cliff saw the light of day as the third child of Jan & Ray Burton and already stood out in the third grade due to his far above-average reading ability, later due to his pronounced passion for music. He learned to play the piano, studied the playing of well-known bassists but also scales and notes of Bach or Beethoven and - with the firm will to want music full-time - joined unknown bands like EZ Street and Trauma. The gentlemen Lars Ullrich and James Hetfield, quasi the motors of the then rather insiders known band Metallica, heard a wildly distorted solo at a Trauma concert, which they wrongly assigned to the guitarist, until they realized at second glance that it was the hippie-clothed bassist who was playing wildly hand-banging and brilliantly soaring. Both recognized the enormous musical potential, tipped beer over the pickups of their own house bassist Ron McGovney's Washburn bass and ingloriously threw him out of the band overnight. Cliff took his place shortly after his nineteenth birthday, whose dynamic and sense of harmony gave Metallica the decisive impulse towards a world-class band.

So, but what does a bass solo actually sound like?
Or, how does it actually smell?
To anticipate: Bass Solo is an (almost) pure and in addition a really nice creamy wood scent! Just one look at the pyramid reveals various used woods. But the direct opening is surprising. If the dark bottle with the pretty wooden cap still looks gloomy, the scent starts surprisingly sharp-light green, spicy with a pleasant warmth, paired with some lime. The solo begins. A waxy, oily note develops relatively quickly in the interplay, as if the instrument was given a kind of care polish as a precaution before it was actually played.

Later the lavender sets in, appears cooler and more contrasting to the other aromas. Duchaufour uses it to represent the metallic aspect, i.e. the strings of the instrument, and according to "The Vagabond Prince" management was also quite choosy in the choice of the lavender used.

Little by little the woods show their strength, giving the fragrance a nice warm base note. Now individual facets show up as single notes, merge with each other and the bass is played further. A milky fig appears, smoky birch tar forms another exciting contrast, then it becomes creamier, everything balanced to a wonderful carpet of sound.

Woods of different kinds, dark as well as light, fit into the melody, but remain and form the foundation of the game. Cedar wood, sandalwood are perceived, flanked by resins, which in turn provide warmth and depth.

What I can't judge is how the wenge wood smells. According to the perfume database, the fragrances in which few are used are quite manageable. Optically, it is a beautiful dark brown African wood, which is often used in the production of musical instruments due to its decorative appearance (mainly for necks and fingerboards), but it also has tonal strengths and provides for distinct mids and soft, cuddly basses.

On my skin, Bass Solo ends after a good 9 hours of creamy sandalwood. Although in my opinion it is easy to wear and seems quite linear, the devil is in the details. The subtleties of a piece of music can almost only be heard through the headphones. And these subtleties are also offered by Bass Solo with its fine balanced melodies, all balanced with great skill and like on a good record you want to put the needle back to the start at the end to listen to the sounds of the game from new ones.

On 27 September 1986, Metallica set off on their Damage Inc. tour in the early hours of the morning with their new tour bus on the way to Copenhagen. Cliff and guitarist Kirk Hammett played cards in a contest for the windowed bunk in the bus, which Cliff won and moved into the more comfortable bunk. At 6.30am, for reasons as yet unknown, the bus left the road, slipped across the road for 20 long seconds before tipping over on its side, throwing the band members out of their beds. While the other band members got away with relatively minor injuries, Cliff was thrown out of the window and buried under the bus. Today a gravestone erected in 2006 with the coordinates 57°00'00 "N 14°00'09 "E reminds of him.

Although Cliff Burton was only 24 years old and can be heard on the first three Metallica albums, his finger-based bass playing is considered innovative and revolutionary, which has been a style defining characteristic of the band. But would he have worn bass solo himself? I can really imagine that the scent would have suited him, even though we will never find out, of course.....
I would like to thank Eyris for the generous testing opportunity and DaveGahan101 for the fair souk deal!

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8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
Rookie82
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Very helpful Review    7  
Hidden beauty
This title could, of course, at first suggest a commentary, which, playing with words in a poetic way, tells an olfactory fairy tale, travelling through the scent, which at best even rhymes, in a poetic way, that the whole thing is accompanied acoustically by more or less crooked harp chirping in the background However, I must take the wind out of the sails of lovers of such works at this point. Nobody should be left disappointed, after all, other people can certainly do this much better.

The actual background is in fact of a more pragmatic nature. Again and again and with pleasure I take this bottle in my hand. Haptically, no fragrance from my collection can match the (scented) water in this pretty-bellied bottle. In houses like Viktor & Rolf they would probably be dismayed, even indignant, to put on record that the idea was actually stolen and that this outstanding flacon design should actually be exclusively reserved for the at best solid Spicebomb series.
The noble impression finds a more than worthy conclusion in a plain wooden cap. A wooden cap is of course never held by a magnet. It can be pushed over the spray head with such precision, an almost gliding erotic process. The fact that this is due to a simple plastic sleeve embedded in the wooden knob, one would like to misappropriate at this point.
The dark vessel, although otherwise made entirely of glass, is surprisingly insensitive to finger marks, or as they say in South Baden, "Fingerdobäde". This is, of course, besides the optics, the circumstance to protect from the destructive power of light, the last advantage of this dark colouring and brings me back to the pragmatically chosen title.
No natural or artificial light source known to me has been able to give me an insight into the amount of this delicious juice that is still available to me. Not that I would find it now insanely bad, but naturally where light is, evenly also something shade. If I should be able to solve the topic successfully with the help of a construction spotlight or stadium floodlight pole, this olfactory probably rather unhelpful comment will be updated, I promise!

The perfume itself is simply fantastic. It's often remarked, sometimes in a negative way, that it's very close to the mainstream. I always ask myself what definition one uses to arrive at this conclusion. Because the fragrance has a pleasing character? That is certainly true, but isn't the niche allowed? Otherwise the perfume is quite unique in its entire appearance. I'm certainly no expert myself, I know far fewer fragrances than many other members here, but in the meantime I can also claim not to have swum olfactorically on the rim.

According to my nose, the fragrance offers a unique quality of the individual fragrances, packs them in a garment that can be worn almost without limits and this is in my view the supreme discipline that an outstanding fragrance has to master.

I perceive the fragrance as fruity and woody, subtly sweet and creamy. The shelf life covers about one working day. The silage is pleasantly strong for the first 3-4 hours, as is so often the case, and then gradually recedes. Due to the pleasing, some would say edgeless, fragrant character, even the more present initial phase is only negatively impacted by a few
Urgent test recommendation on my part!
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7.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
Jazzbob
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Very helpful Review    5  
Chance verBASSt, says the Saxon.
What kind of nerds we actually are here, you can recognize by the fact that names like Bertrand Duchaufour tell us something. He is undoubtedly one of the most famous perfumers, who already has a recognizable style and knows how to combine complex aromas into a rounded whole. The scent pyramid of Bass Solo is accordingly diverse and evokes high expectations.

It never smells really fresh or even citric, but the top note is definitely bright and aromatic. Besides the slight pungency of ginger, I can perceive saffron in particular, which makes for an unusual combination right from the start. In my opinion, lavender is relatively strongly displaced by this spice. What is clearly noticeable, however, is the slightly sweetish creaminess, for which Opoponax, which is also known as sweet myrrh, and fig milk are probably responsible. Apart from being rather picky and sensitive to such sweetness, I often find fig in perfumes to be a coconut-like scent that is out of place here for me. Unfortunately, it's just a rather prominent facet of Bass Solo.

The foundation is of course made up of various woods, of which I can filter out the dry cedar and the warm and spicy Amyris note (cf. Amyris Homme Extrait by MFK). They are darkened by the smokiness of the birch tar and by a very discreet mugginess, which does not bother me any further
I could be very angry, the smell is a bit like the moment at a concert where the bassist plays his solo - nobody listens properly and the applause follows only out of politeness... No, seriously: this perfume is certainly complex and interesting, but it doesn't captivate me and doesn't really connect with me. Replacing the fig milk with a warmer note might be enough, because I don't notice amber here, for example. In the end, the feeling prevails that someone has turned off the bass on the equalizer and the sound is quite thin...
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