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The Four Tops: Reach Out (I’ll Be There) (James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass)

As with past Isolated Bass Weeks here, we’re closing this one out with the legendary James Jamerson.

Here’s his isolated bass track on The Four Tops’ “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)”, from the original Motown master tapes.


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That’s so Good!

B.E. Nelson

B.E. Nelson

The “Hook” can Funk you up!

Mike Matthews

Mike Matthews

Richie Kotzen (singer/guitarist) does a cool version of this tune; but the original is just oh so SCHWEET.

Anthony Cook

Saint James ….and this demonstrates why he is the original groove machine !



All these videos great technicians on this site. Two hand tapping and false harmonics all cool stuff. But here is the real deal.. This is how you stay gainfully employed.

Aaron Chesler

Love the overdriven speaker on the low notes. All part of JJ’s sound on the Motown recordings.

dan ford

It’s still hard for me to believe this guy;s talent was there the whole time and I didn’t even notice…maybe because the Four Tops were the best!