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Motown songs

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Vince S., Sep 21, 2004.

  1. Vince S.

    Vince S. Resident Former Bassist

    Jan 24, 2003

    I am trying to start listening to some Motown because my bass teacher was talking about James Jamerson today, and his incredible bass work. Can anyone recommend any good songs to start?

  2. I Was Made To Love Her- Stevie Wonder
    Ain't No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell
    Bernadette- The Four Tops

    This list could go on and on. Those are among my favorites!
  3. Lyle Caldwell

    Lyle Caldwell

    Sep 7, 2004
    Add "Standing in the Shadows of Love", "What's Going On", "How Long has that Evening Train Been Gone", and "Roadrunner" and you'll have one hell of a primer.
  4. bluemonk


    Dec 17, 2002
    Get the box set called Hitsville USA The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971. Some people call this collection James Jamerson's Greatest Hits! :D
  5. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    It's ashame-Spinners
    Your all I need to get by-Marvin&tammi
    Ain't no mountain high anough-Marvin&Tammi
    I heard it through the grapevine-Gladys Knight
    My cheri amour-Stevie Wonder
    How sweet it is to be loved by you-Marvin Gaye
  6. emor


    May 16, 2004
    Ain't Too Proud To Beg The Temptations
    Nowhere To Run Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
  7. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    If you haven't heard the pure glistening power of Jamerson on Martha & The Vandellas "Dancing in the Streets"........you ain't heard nuttin'!!!!!

    It makes Flea sound like a flea.
  8. Darling Dear - The Jackson 5
    What's Goin' On - Marvin Gaye
    Home Cookin' - Jr Walker and the All-Stars
  9. I think that there's something to be learned from any Motown song... take your pick! If the entirre bassline of a song doesn't grab you, you're bound to find a lick or two that, when you learn them, will go a long way toward molding you into the bassist that you can become with practice and perseverance. Frankly, I think there's something to be learned from most music.