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Jackson 5: “I Want You Back” – Wilton Felder’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” is another iconic bass line, and here it is, isolated in all its glory.

And like the Geddy Lee track we shared yesterday, not without a little controversy.

For starters, there’s been some debate on who actually played bass on the track. The consensus pick is Wilton Felder, who at the time was taking on more Motown projects, along with Bob Babbitt, with the declining role of the great James Jamerson.

There’s also a little bit of a debate on whether or not this is the real deal. If you crank it up, though, you can hear that it is the instrumental version of the track, before the vocals were added. You’ll have to decide if it is legit.