Early Jackson 5 Motown Sessions question

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by bobalu, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. bobalu


    Oct 1, 2004
    above the 49th
    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. I think that would be Wilton Fedler on I want you back
  3. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    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


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...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.
  7. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
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  8. bobalu


    Oct 1, 2004
    above the 49th
    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


    Dec 12, 1999
    Well, Hell...you have been here since 2004 & never engaged in one of these?
  10. bobalu


    Oct 1, 2004
    above the 49th
    Nope. Never....
  11. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
    Hey - some people still get married as virgins.
  12. 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


    Dec 12, 1999
    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.

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


    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    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?
  15. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

    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 Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    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.
  17. chuckNC


    Aug 21, 2012
  18. smokin-bear


    Dec 12, 2008
    Ft. Collins
    Wilton Felder is the man!!! Check out Jimmy Smith's Root Down!!!
  19. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Great CD and a nice shot of his Tele bass and Sunn rig on the inside cover.;)