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  • James Jamerson: “I Can’t Help Myself” Isolated Bass Track

    James Jamerson: “I Can’t Help Myself” Isolated Bass Track

    Here’s another great isolated bass track showcasing James Jamerson‘s work with The Four Tops. As you’ll hear, this wasn’t really all that isolated, with drums and sax clearly in the mix. Thanks to Rick Suchow, for sharing these awesome recordings. »

  • The Temptations & the Funk Brothers Rare Studio Rehearsal Video

    The Temptations & the Funk Brothers Rare Studio Rehearsal Video

    Here’s some super rare footage of the Motown Studio known as the Snakepit, with James Jamerson on bass. Given the fact that Motown had not been conducting Live sessions with the vocalists and instrumentalists recording at the same time since at least 1963, this session was clearly staged for the CBS News cameras that were... »

  • James Jamerson Isolated Bass Track: I Can’t Get Next to You

    James Jamerson Isolated Bass Track: I Can’t Get Next to You

    Here’s James Jamerson‘s isolated bass track from the Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next to You”. This comes from the original Motown master tape. Be sure to check out our previous coverage of the isolated bass and drums for “Ain’t That Peculiar“. Thanks to Rick Suchow for this one! »

  • James Jamerson’s widow sues La Bella Strings

    According to the Detroit Free Press, the widow of Motown’s master bassist James Jamerson is suing La Bella Strings for using his name and image in its marketing. The suit is seeking at least $25,000. Annie Jamerson, 68, is filing the suit against La Bella, which “touts James Jamerson in the packaging and ads for... »

  • James Jamerson to be inducted in Fender Hall of Fame

    Legendary Motown bassist James Jamerson is to be inducted into the Fender Hall of Fame on August 7, 2009 held at the Tempe Center of the Arts in Tempe, Ariz. The Fender Hall of Fame was created in 2007 and has celebrated artists, innovators, leaders, and historically significant contributors to the Fender legacy annually as... »

  • Buzz Beat for February 16

    Playing a little catch up here on bass buzz from around the web… The Grammy Awards revealed more than just this year’s winners. The event proved to be a family affair as we learned that legendary bassist Charlie Haden is Jack Black’s father-in-law. The Jack Black references don’t stop there: after bassist Paul McCartney‘s performance... »