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Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by troyus, May 22, 2009.
I'd like to get some opinions on this, mainly, in case I've missed anything.
Interesting that you would post this. I'm getting ready to school my son in the fine art of bass and plan to start with a healthy dose of Motown. Here's my list for starters:
It's the Same Old Song
Reach Out, I'll be There
I Want a Love I can See
For Once In my Life
Twenty Five Miles
Just My Imagination
Never Can Say Goobye
Does Sly Stone count?
Thank u fa lettin me b mice elf. (yeah I didn't look it up, I'll bet I spelled it wrong)
If you want me to stay.
Sly was not Motown.
Motown was home of.......
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
The Four Tops
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
among other acts.
Motown has so very many great tunes and singers. Strictly looking at bass lines, however, the aggressive playing on "Reach Out, I'll Be There" makes up at least 50% of the tune!
My 2 cents,
Top 10 motown basslines
No specific order here
Aint no mountain high enough
Aint nothing like the real thing
Dont mess with bill
For once in my life
It's a shame
I heard it through the grapevine
What's going on
Tears of a clown
a few i like : )
Chain of Fools
Ain't Too Proud To Beg
What's Going On
Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Reach Out, I'll Be There
Time Is Tight
"what's going on"
awesome motown song
I would recommend the Standing in the Shadows of Motown book - this is THE best Motown bass study out there-
My personal faves:
What's Going on
For Once In My Life
If I were making the list I'd probably include
I Was Made To Love Her - Stevie Wonder
Mutiny - Jr. Walker and The All-Stars
Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson
Bernadette - The Four Tops
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
+1, I got it and my instructor uses it in his set of student books
Off the top of my head:
Darling Dear: Jackson 5
Sparrow: Marvin Gaye
I Like It: DeBarge
Bernadette: The Four Tops
On & On: Gladys Knight & The Pips
Let's Get It On: Marvin Gaye
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town: The Jackson 5
All I Do: Stevie Wonder
Contusion: Stevie Wonder
Do I Do: Stevie Wonder
And so on...
I Was Made To Love Her
Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell)
Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye)
Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Diana Ross)
Reach Out (I'll Be There)
Ain't That Peculiar
I swear The Funk Brothers played on everyone of those records. James Jamerson is still the man in my heart.
Since You've Been Gone (Aretha) is one of my all time favs
Aretha is not Motown.
neither were sam and dave
Yeah, great mentions so far. I'm going to +1 on a few and maybe add a new one or two
Reach Out I'll Be There (Four Tops)
Bernadette (Four Tops)
My Cherie Amour (Stevie Wonder)
I Was Made To Love Her (Stevie Wonder)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours (Stevie Wonder)
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder)
I think "Bernadette" and "I Was Made To Love Her" are some the BEST examples of that classic James Jamerson sound! He had busy fingers but it was ALWAYS groovy!
Soul Man and Time is Tight are STAX tunes played by Duck Dunn
Respect, Think, Chain of Fools(really?! I think the bass line sucks) were likely played by David Hood of the Muscle Shoals rhythm Section.
The rest were James Jamerson.
'Think' was Jerry Jemmott. And IMO the bassline to 'Chain of Fools' was appropriate to the song.
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