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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Sep 22, 2003.

  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    1st, who's playing da bass? sounds like jamerson, but i'm pretty sure it ain't.

    2nd, i think every bassist should learn at least a couple of those old songs. seems like required reading to me. last night i learned "i'll be there" and segments of "got to be there".... just realized that little michael had a strong desire to be "there". where is there? hmmm... the plastic surgeons office???

    got to be there has some of the bestest lines and fills i ever done hurd. never noticed before.
  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Administrator

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    Jamerson did "I want you back", I believe - which has a cracking line.

    Dunno who did "got to be there", but that is smoking too. Could be Bob Babbitt?
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  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I always thought Wilton Felder(known better for his "sax-in'" with The Crusaders) played the bass on "I Want You Back".

    I have MJ's album with "Got To Be There"...it may be either Will Lee or Nathan East. Will have to verify that when I get back home to the cave(still 'no lights/power').

    Ron Brown was another J-5 bassist.
    Jamerson did do "Darling Dear" from the Third Album(same album as "I'll Be There" & "Mama's Pearl").

    There's nothing wrong with the J-5(or even The Jacksons). ;)
    Others to check out-
    "Never Can Say Goodbye"(my favourite)
    "Love You Save"
    "Blame It On The Boogie"
    "Heartbreak Hotel"
    "Goin' Places"
  5. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    What a great song, and great bass tone!
  6. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    Correct! I think he did 'ABC' as well(?) I'll have to dig out my old 'Bassist' magazines and check that.
  7. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Administrator

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    Looking at http://www.bassland.net/jamersonhits.htm, seems like it could have been either of them. Regardless of who played it, smoking line!
  8. it says in a Bass Player transcription that Wilton Felder played on "I want you back".

    whoever played it, great line and tone.
  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    The line on "I Want You Back" does, IMO, sound a little 'busy' for Felder(the quasi-'solo' over the bridge).
    His Crusaders' basslines tend to be pretty cut & dried(from what I recall; big difference when Pops Popwell hooked up as their bassist).

    I dunno...could it be CK on "I Want You Back"?
    :p ;)
  10. check out Bass Player July '98, p83;
    Wilton Felder comments on the line to "I want you back" and is co-credited for the transcription.
    he says the "quasi-solo" bit was written by Corporation member Freddie Perren.

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