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jackson 5

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
    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 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    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?
  3. 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"
  4. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    What a great song, and great bass tone!
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  5. 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.
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  6. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    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!
  7. it says in a Bass Player transcription that Wilton Felder played on "I want you back".

    whoever played it, great line and tone.
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  8. 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 ;)
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  9. 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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  10. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    So who is it on "Got to be there"? I've got to know!
  11. Wilton Felder played on I Want You Back, ABC, Stop The Love You Save, and several of the other early J-5 songs. Jamerson played on just a few...his best being Darling Dear...They went to Philadelphia after leaving Motown to record with Gamble and Huff, and after that, came back to L.A. and albums like Victory used the usual L.A. studio guys with Louis Johnson on bass and the Toto guys like the Porcaros playing on those tracks...
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2015
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  12. Muddslide


    Feb 23, 2007
    Gypsy Caravan
    Yeah, maybe I'm just old, but I dig a lot of Jackson 5 material, unashamedly. Prefer it to MJ's solo stuff by far, for the most part. As has been pointed out, some GREAT lines in a lot of those tracks.
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  13. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Yeah most of the J5 stuff was killin' musically. MJ's work with Quincy Jones was stellar as well. Outside of that he's had some hits and some misses.
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  14. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    I Want You Back most definitely is Felder. Carol did none of the J5 hits. Nor did Will Lee..
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  15. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    I never enjoyed listening to either the J5 or MJ, but playing J5 songs is a blast - great backline, great groove.
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  16. giddygoat


    Mar 29, 2011
    new b
    I Want You Back is rumored to have been played by both Felder and Jamerson. One in Detroit and one in L.A. There is a David Ruffin version that is more likely to be the Jamerson track.
  17. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
  18. I'm pretty sure it was Carol that played on all of the J5 tunes... She also did a great bassline on Rush's "YYZ"

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  19. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I was a mere child when I asked that question.
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  20. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Well the recording still exists without the credits like Hollywood does for everyone helping to make a movie so the question is timeless