"His "full treble, full volume" approach to bass sound was originally supposed to be captured in the bass solo to "My Generation".
According to Entwistle, his original intention was to feature the distinctive Danelectro bass, which had a very twangy sound, in the solo.
During the third recording session(the first two excluded the solo), Entwistle had snapped all of the strings. To his dismay, not one store carried Danelectro strings, forcing him to cough up enough money for a second Danelectro. The fourth ended up the same. According to Entwistle, "As it was decided to press on and record 'My Generation' for a fifth time, I had no alternative but to go out and buy a third Danelectro bass."
Eventually, during the fifth session, he recorded a simpler solo with a Fender Jazz Bass and a pick. "
The sound was really missed when I saw them a couple of weeks ago. Evidently, Pino Paladino wasn't trying to emulate Entwistle's sound.
The Who were what I was listening to in my "formative years." The Ox was an outstanding bass player (and dig the Alembic Explorer model), and you just can't top the raw energy that the group could generate. Listen to Live at Leeds, awesome stuff. Got Quadrophenia playing right now -- wish that isolated bass playing was the track from "The Real Me."