Paul Thompson: Climbing “Ain’t No Mountain” with James Jamerson

I could watch videos by Paul Thompson (aka pdbass) all day. The way he breaks down music is remarkable.

In this clip, Thompson breaks down versions of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and the incredible work of James Jamerson.

“I’ve always wanted to sit down with TWO versions of one of my favorite songs and compare them,” Thompson shared. “I’ll talk about the history of the song, study the musical differences, James Jamerson’s playing on BOTH versions, and get into the lyrical changes that made it so much more than a love song. Let’s get into Ashford and Simpson and how ‘Ain’t No Mountain’ went from Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell (1967) to Diana Ross (1970) and everything in between!”

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