Early Jackson 5 Motown Sessions question

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  1. bobalu

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    In the early Jackson 5 recordings (I Want You Back, ABC, I'll be There, circa 1968, 69 and 70 I think?), was it Jamerson or Bob Babbitt playing?

    I don't think that Motown credited any studio musicians in the early days and I understand that Jamerson and Babbitt traded off on many sessions. Does anyone know for sure?

    Really love that bass work, whoever it is.........
     
  2. retardedpossum

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    I think that would be Wilton Fedler on I want you back
     
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    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm out myself I just ate the last kernel during a very spirited debate about the tonal increases obtained by adding a Badass bridge very interesting. I think back then they cut so many versions of the same song it's hard to tell who played on what version of the songs?.
     
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  6. JimK

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    ...use thine ears. Too, it was not cut in Detroit, not likely to be JJ/Babbitt.

    Ron Brown was a name I heard...from the LA recordings.
    Whoever it was, had the Jamerson/Babbitt thing down.

    As possum said, Wilton Felder (maybe better known as the saxophonist in The Crusaders) played bass on "IWYB".
    The J5 Live at The Forum...Jermaine is playing bass; he comes across with a Jamerson/Jack Bruce vibe.
    :)
     
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    O.k., I officially withdraw my post! I didn't know how controversial this was... (really). I still love the bass playing, whoever it was, and wherever it was recorded.

    Now everyone carry on as you were. Nothing to see here.... ;)

    (Ukiah, thanks for the links!)
     
  9. JimK

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    Well, Hell...you have been here since 2004 & never engaged in one of these?
     
  10. bobalu

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    Nope. Never....
     
  11. Ukiah Bass

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    Hey - some people still get married as virgins.
     
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    Wilton Felder played on IWYB and some of the other tracks that followed. Jamerson did play on some J-5 stuff like Darling Dear (phenominal Jameresque bassline)...
     
  13. JimK

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    Wow.
    I was here about a month before I stepped into it; then I began receiving hate emails from a certain West Coast bassist's minions...one was named Batacumbele-
    I printed that one out & had it hanging in my cube for awhile.
    :D

    IIRC, Bob Lee (great Jamerson website at the time) was also a victim of the same email rabble...
    :)
     
  14. Itzayana

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    Early Jackson 5... Hmmm.
    I don't know about the bass players for the sessions, but who was that little black kid?
    And when did Michael Jackson join the band?
     
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    JJ played on the early J5 sessions. Then Motown moved to LA. Different set of musicians. Wilton Felder played on I Want You Back. It's been confirmed a long time ago. Michael Jackson has always been a part of the Jackson 5/Jacksons.
     
  16. jerry

    jerry Definitely not trending Gold Supporting Member

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    I have a Jackson Five box set and even the liner notes in there barely mention backing musicians. I does mention very little was recorded at Hitsville studio in Detroit, with most of it done in LA.
     
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    :D:D:D
     
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    Wilton Felder is the man!!! Check out Jimmy Smith's Root Down!!!
     
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    Great CD and a nice shot of his Tele bass and Sunn rig on the inside cover.;)
     

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