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Top 5 Motown

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by milkman-27, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. milkman-27


    Jul 4, 2009
    I am wanting to dig into some Motown style songs. What would be the top 5 Motown tunes to learn on bass?
  2. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009

    good question!(i think:bag:)
  3. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    For once in my life
    I was made to love her
    What's going on
    I heard it through the grapevine (Gladys Knight)
  4. GeoffT


    Aug 1, 2011
    Get as many songs as you can from Standing in the Shadows of Motown (the book, not the movie) and put them in a playlist and pick for yourself. As a playlist, it is pretty tough to beat for great bass lines.
  5. Remember Motown doesn’t only = Jamerson and 60’s Soul/R&B doesn’t only = Mowton.
  6. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    Of course, I listed my favorite. But I could have included a few Babbitt song.
    Midnight train to georgia
    Tears of a clown
    We can work it out
    Are a few taht come to mind right now. There so many amazing motown song it's hard to name just five.
  7. milkman-27


    Jul 4, 2009
    Thats funny. I rented the movie this week, I need to find the book.
  8. +1, plus

    Marvin Gaye & Diana Ross - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
    Jackson 5 - i want you back
  9. milkman-27


    Jul 4, 2009
    I want you back has been on the list for a while now. Love that bass line.
  10. t77mackie


    Jun 13, 2012
    Wormtown, MA
    Great thread. More replies, please.
  11. funkybass


    Oct 19, 2006
    I'll add another great babbit line, signed,sealed, delivered. I also really like rockin robin, plus all that has been mentioned.
  12. Stormer


    Jul 24, 2012
    i second that emotion- smokey robinson
  13. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    Pretty much.

    With learning Jamerson, if you are just getting started, it can be easy to miss the forest (a strong, tight, supportive groove) for the trees (Jamerson's brilliant execution and embellishments.) Especially if you haven't yet developed an awareness of the possible 16th note subdivisions.

    For lines that demonstrate an equally solid soulful foundation but perhaps more accessible to beginners,
    It is worth while to look at Staxx records and the work of Donald 'Duck' Dunn.

    Both are worthy of study.
  14. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    the Beatles?

    If we're going off the Motown label, I'd suggest "Let's Stay Together" (not Motown, but Leroy Hodges on bass works some Motownish ground)

    Also, after "Signed Sealed," I'd add a couple more Stevie Wonder tracks: "Boogie On Reggae Woman" and "Sir Duke."
  15. bass_study


    Apr 17, 2012
    I agree with for once in my life , whats doing on and I want you back

    And darling dear and dancing machine of Jackson 5. And dancing machine was played by chuck Rainey I think ?
  16. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    "Reach Out I'll Be There" - The Four Tops

    "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" - Marvin Gaye

    "What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted" - Jimmy Ruffin

    "Shakey Ground" - The Temptations

    "Master Blaster" - Stevie Wonder
  17. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    There are some killer Beatles' covers done by Motown...there's an entire album-

    Other Beatles' R&B cover versions are also very, very good-
    EW&F- "Got To Get You Into My Life"
    Wilson Pickett- "Hey Jude"
    Aretha Franklin- "The Long & Winding Road"

    ...since you mentioned the synth bass of "Boogie On, Reggae Woman"-
    Chaka Khan's cover of "We Can Work It Out" with Greg Philliganes on synth bass is poppin'.
  18. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    That's arguable...'cause durung JJ's reign,
    Motown's road bassists, producers, arrangers, writers, etc were all trying to cop his vibe.

    Agree 100%.
  19. Superfreak by RIck James. 70s Motown.
  20. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    Darling Dear - Jackson 5
    Reflections - Supremes
    What's going on? - Marvin Gaye
    I can't help myself - Four Tops
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder

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