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James Jamerson

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Abr@hamBassBoy, Feb 25, 2003.

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  1. As a matter of fact I haven't heard a single bassline created by the guy claimed to be the most innovative and melodic bassplayer in the entire history of Motown (which rocks by the way)...

    Which Jamerson songs contain the most ultimate basslines?

    So long
  2. Bass Player magazine did a tribute to Jamerson recently, and listed these songs as an essential dozen James Jamerson Motown Tracks

    Bernadette (the Four Tops)
    I was made to Love her (Stevie Wonder)
    I Heard it Through the Grapevine (Gladys Knight)
    Whats Going On (Marvin Gaye)
    Aint no Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye)
    Im a Roadrunner (Junior Walker)
    Home Cookin (Junior Walker)
    For Once in My Life (Stevie Wonder)
    My Guy (Mary Wells)
    You Keep me Hangin on (the Supremes)
    Shoo-be-doo-be-doo-de-day (Stevie Wonder)
    Mutiny (Junior Walker)
  3. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    Surely you jest. If not, do yourself a favor.
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Three of his masterpieces where the bass knocks me out;

    1. Dancing in the Streets - Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
    2. Shotgun - Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
    3. Agent Double 0 Soul - Edwin Starr

    The documentary, "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" is out on DVD. It's Jamerson-heaven.
  5. That's impossible. He played on way too many songs NOT to hear him play.

    My Girl - Temptations
    Bernadette - 4 Tops
    Aint That Peculiar - Marvin Gaye
    Ooh Baby Baby - The Miracles
    To Many Fish In The Sea - The Marvelettes
    Uptight (Everything Is Alright) - Stevie Wonder
    Heat Wave (U) - Martha & The Vandellas
    This Old Heart Of Mine - Isley Brothers
    I Heard It Through The Grapevine (2 recordings) - Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & Pips
    Where Did Our Love Go (U) - Diana/Supremes
    Since I Lost My Baby - Temptations
    For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder
    My Guy (U) - Mary Wells
    Your Precious Love - Marvin Gaye/Tammy Terrell
    You've Really Got A Hold On Me - The Miracles
    Love Child - Diana/Supremes
    I Guess I'll Always Love you
    Dancing In The Streets - Martha & The Vandellas
    Don't Mess With Bill - The Marvelettes
    What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
    Standing In The Shadows Of Love - 4 Tops
    Mickey's Monkey (U) - The Miracles
    Cloud Nine - Temptations
    Nothing's To Good For My Baby - Temptations
    My Baby Loves Me - Martha & The Vandellas
    You Keep Me Hanging On - Diana/Supremes
    You Beat Me To The Punch - Mary Wells
    Little Darling (I Need You) - 4 Tops
    I'm Ready For Love
    The Way You Do The Things You Do - Temptations
    I Can't Help Myself - 4 Tops
    Roadrunner - Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
    You're All I Need To Get By - Temptations
    You Can't Hurry Love - Diana/Supremes
    Shop Around - The Miracles
    Ain't To Proud To Beg - Temptations
    My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
    It's The Same Old Song - 4 Tops
    How Sweet It Is - Marvin Gaye
    Take Me In Your Arms (And Rock Me A Little While) - Brenda Holloway
    Ain't No Mountain High Enough (2 recordings) - Marvin Gaye/Tammy Terrell, Diana/Supremes
    My Baby Must Be A Magician - The Marvelettes
    Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart - Diana/Supremes
    Beauty Is Only Skin Deep - Temptations
    Ask The Lonely - 4 Tops
    Going To A Go-Go - The Miracles
    I was Made To Love Her - Stevie Wonder
    Hitch Hike - Marvin Gaye
    I Second That Emotion - The Miracles
    Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
    Jimmy Mack (U) - Martha & The Vandellas
    I Hear A Symphony - Diana/Supremes
    Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) - 4 Tops
    I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Temptations
    Get Ready - Temptations
    The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game
    Stop! In The Name Of Love - Diana/Supremes
    That's What Love Is Made Of
    Nowhere To Run - Martha & The Vandellas
    Seven Rooms Of Gloom - 4 Tops
    Pride & Joy - Marvin Gaye
    (I Know) I'm Losing You - Temptations
    Two Lovers - Mary Wells
    I'll Turn To Stone - 4 Tops
    Come See About Me - Diana/Supremes
    Stubborn Kind Of Fellow - Marvin Gaye
    How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone
    If I Were your Woman Gladys Knight & The Pips
    My World Is Empty Without You - Diana/Supremes
    The Tracks Of My Tears - The Miracles
    I'm Wondering - Stevie Wonder
    Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye
    The Girls Alright With Me - Temptations
    Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Da Day - Stevie Wonder
    Reflections - Diana/Supremes
    What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted - Temptations
    Baby I Need Your Loving - 4 Tops
    Quicksand... - Martha & The Vandellas
    Reach Out...I'll Be There - 4 Tops
    You Beat Me To The Punch - Mary Wells
    The Bells - The Originals
    Shotgun - Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
    Fingertips (pt2)- Stevie Wonder
    Hey Girl - Stevie Wonder
    What Are You Gonna Do When I'm Gone (U) - Kim Weston (submitted by Chuck Whaley)
    Still Water Runs Deep - Four Tops (Chuck Whaley)
    All in the Game - Four Tops (Chuck Whaley)
    My Baby - Temptations
    The One Who Really Loves You (U)- Mary Wells
    This Old Heart Of Mine - Isley Brothers
    My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left) - David Ruffin
    It Takes Two (U) - Marvin Gaye/Tammy Terrell
    Honey Chile - Martha & the Vandellas
    To Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye
    When Your Young And In Love - Marvelettes
    Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - Marvin Gaye/Tammy Terrell
    Still Waters Run Deep - Four Tops
    If I Were Your Woman - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    I Want You Back - Jackson 5 (see below)
    It's Growing - The Temptations (thanks to Catherine J. Lewis)
    Agent Double O Soul - Edwin Starr(thanks to Catherine J. Lewis)
    I Can't Get Next To You - Temptations (thanks to John Coe)
    I want A Love I can Feel - Temptations (thanks to Anthony Parker)
    Heart Breaking Guy - Supremes (thanks to Anthony Parker)

    You must have heard one of these songs at some time in your life.

    I got all this at www.bassland.net
  6. Yep... Sure have... I simply wasn't aware of the fact that he played on those songs...But now I am:)

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