As you scream into the web of silence...
Steve is my personal favorite because I like bass for the song, and the bass lines he’s done over the years just sound good. To me at least.
Well one bassist by himself will always be worse than a bassist/drummer combo...He is not overrated nor underrated; you won't find him topping the lists ala Claypool or Flea. But he is the top lot and he's better than Burton IMHO, also a top lot player. Unfortunately we will never know what Burton was capable of.
Also people compare bassists without taking the whole rhythm section into the account. Burton/Urlich got nothing on Harris/McBrain. That wonderful scale and bass/drums interplay in the Four Horsemen chorus is something Harris and McBrain do all the time seamlessly.
I love love love the sound of harrys bass. Just wish he was more creative with bass lines rather than always justSteve Harris is an overrated bassist. He is very very good, and deserves to be up in the top lot, but I think he's praised to much. His creativity (especially post-90) is sometimes inferior to other bassists and he has made some awful decisions for Iron Maiden along the way. Clever man, but not the genius he's often made out to be.
I also dislike his bass setup/rig, imo, a low action bass with clanging/smashing strings is not a brilliant sound, especially in certain albums. Burton and other bassists had a much nicer and deeper sound which worked a lot better I think. He's also very stubborn in changing this (as well as other things in Maiden)
I wouldn’t call them simple because of how physically demanding some of them can be. Even if caught somewhere in Time is mainly galloping on a few notes it’s very fast and requires stamnina and precisionYeah but remember that the comparison is Nicko McBrain. Harris and McBrain make one hell of a combo, but Nicko especially is an unbelievably good drummer. Even if you make the argument that Cliff Burton is a more talented bassist (which is debatable, I'd say he was more of an artist, someone who just happened to play bass, did some really weird stuff with it and was amazingly competent at it) than Steve Harris, it's still hard to beat a combo of an incredibly solid bassist and a fantastic drummer in perfect lockstep.
That said, I recommend people listen to some of the classic Maiden basslines. They sound almost downright simple, but they complement the songs so perfectly it's really hard to swallow the claim that Arry is somehow massively overrated. He's no bass wizard, but the way he pulls off amazingly memorable lines like it's nothing is admirable, clicky tone or not.