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  • PBS: Jamerson Amp is Legit; Jamerson Jr.: Nope

    PBS: Jamerson Amp is Legit; Jamerson Jr.: Nope

    The legend continues. Last week, we reported on the story that PBS’s History Detectives were investigating an amp believed to be owned by Motown legend James Jamerson, in an attempt to determine its authenticity. Well, the folks behind the PBS show deemed the amp as legit (leaving room at the end that the evidence wasn’t... »

  • PBS History Detectives to Trace History of Ampeg Amp Marked with James Jamerson’s Name

    PBS History Detectives to Trace History of Ampeg Amp Marked with James Jamerson’s Name

    In 2009, Los Angeles bassist Steve Fishman discovered a vintage Ampeg amp that may just be the find of the century. Stenciled on the back of the amp was the name of the Motown bass legend, James Jamerson. Fishman, who has recorded with Paul McCartney, decided to try to get this story investigated, to see... »

  • Isolated James Jamerson: I Heard It Through the Grapevine

    Isolated James Jamerson: I Heard It Through the Grapevine

    Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” wouldn’t have amounted to much without the iconic bass line we’re able to recognize without hearing anything else. To prove that, here’s the isolated bass, featuring the incredible bass line by James Jamerson. Of course, like all tracks from Motown in that era, there’s plenty of leakage... »

  • Funk Brothers with James Jamerson: Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart (Instrumental)

    Funk Brothers with James Jamerson: Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart (Instrumental)

    The up-tempo Supremes tune “Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart” was a departure from the group’s more typical lighter sound. And while this one didn’t make #1 as many of the Funk Brothers-backed tunes, it did make the top 10 for a week in 1966. And now, thanks to the power of the... »

  • She’s Leaving Home: Beatles / Funk Brothers Mashup

    She’s Leaving Home: Beatles / Funk Brothers Mashup

    While I was working on the videos for our Isolated Bass Week, I stumbled upon this video mashup. Songwriter/producer Luciano Albo took two legendary tunes: the Beatles’ “She’s Leaving Home” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”, and mixed them together. The Motown classic of course features James Jamerson on bass, and the Beatles’ tune features... »

  • The Four Tops: “Standing In The Shadows Of Love” – James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

    The Four Tops: “Standing In The Shadows Of Love” – James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

    We’re wrapping up our “Isolated Bass Week” with the master, James Jamerson. Here’s the isolated bass track for the 1966 Four Tops hit, “Standing In The Shadows Of Love”. ‘Nuff said. »

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  • Marvin Gaye & James Jamerson: “What’s Going On” Isolated Vocals and Bass

    Marvin Gaye & James Jamerson: “What’s Going On” Isolated Vocals and Bass

    Here’s a new take on Marvin Gaye’s hit “What’s Going On” the way we like it: with James Jamerson‘s bass line loud and clear in this bass and vocals only isolated track. »

  • Legendary Bass Guitar Songs

    Legendary Bass Guitar Songs

    Hal Leonard released a series of “Legendary Songs” books, including one for the bass. Legendary Bass Guitar Songs documents 39 different tunes by legendary bassists, including James Jamerson, Carol Kaye, Jack Bruce, John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney, John Entwistle, Steve Harris, Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke. Songs by James Brown and Sly and the Family... »

  • Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Players

    Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Players

    To kick off the new year, we’re celebrating the top 10 most viewed, most searched for bassists on No Treble in 2010. #1. Tal Wilkenfeld For the second year in a row, Tal Wilkenfeld was the most viewed, most searched on bassist No Treble. Tal was busy in 2010, including a tour with Herbie Hancock,... »

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass

    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: James Jamerson’s Isolated Bass

    If it’s James Jamerson with a great drummer (Uriel Jones or Benny Benjamin?), you don’t need anything else. This isolated bass and drum version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” proves it. »