Psst... Ready to join TalkBass and start posting, make new friends, sell your gear, and more?  Register your free account in 30 seconds.

Favorite MoTown basslines

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by WildBill, Jul 28, 2003.


  1. WildBill

    WildBill

    Jul 7, 2002
    Massachusettes
    I was wondering what your favorite basslines of the Motown era are, please include artist and song title.

    I want to do this thread for somewhat educational purposes for the younger bass players that come to this site. I think it would be a great way to share some favorites and give a sense of history to bass playing.

    Thanks,
    Bill
     
  2. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    This changes all the time for me, but here's a few:

    "I'm Gonnna Make you Love Me" - Temptations
    "For Once in My Life" - Stevie Wonder
    "Ain't no Mountain High Enough" - both the Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross versions
    "What's Going On" - Marvin Gaye
    "I Was Made to Love Her" - Stevie Wonder
    "Darling Dear" - I forget :oops:
     
  3. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Bernadette........James Jamerson
     
  4. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    "I Heard it through the Grapevine" by Gladys Knight and the Pips.

    I dig the bassline on the Jackson's version of "Never can say Goodbye". I don't know why. It's probably because I dig the song.

    "Cloud Nine" by the Temptations.

    Heck, I like Motown music because they are great songs! The basslines are dessert!
     
  5. "Heatwave"-forgot the original artist but was sung by Joan Osborne in the Standing in the Shadows of Motown video

    "Whats going on"-Marvin Gay

    "Cool Jerk"-Again, I forgot the original artists name but was done by Bootsy in the Video.
     
  6. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Darling Dear was done by The Jackson 5 and Smokey Robinson, I think! I can confirm The Jackson 5 because I have it on wax. That is a nice bassline. "I Wanna Be Where You Are" by The Jackson 5 is also another tune with a funky bassline!
     
  7. Already been mentioned before, but for me it has to be:

    "What's Going On" - Marvin Gaye
    "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" - Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross
    "Bernadette" - The Four Tops
     
  8. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    "What's Happening, Brother" - marvin gaye (track right after what's going on)
     
  9. Davehenning

    Davehenning

    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    "What's going on?"

    and

    "My Girl" I think that has to be one of greatest basslines ever. An almost zen-like simplicity. Take away that line and the whole song falls apart.
     
  10. Kid Charlemagne

    Kid Charlemagne

    May 29, 2002
    Europe
    My faves change often, but this summer it has been:

    Stevie Wonder - "I was made to love her"
    The Detroit Spinners - "It's a Shame"
     
  11. billys73

    billys73

    Apr 25, 2003
    I love Jamerson ! However, check out the bass on Jackson 5's "I want you back" That is Wilton Felder tearing it up. He is a very interesting musician. Worked with the Jazz Crusader or the Crusaders as they were later known. Very funky player and group. I believe he also played Sax.
     
  12. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    MA
    Cast another vote for "Darling Dear" :D :D