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Isolated James Jamerson: I Heard It Through the Grapevine
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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 from some of the other...

Funk Brothers with James Jamerson: Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart (Instrumental)
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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 interwebs, here’s the full, pre-edit...

She’s Leaving Home: Beatles / Funk Brothers Mashup
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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 Paul McCartney on vocals. Pretty...

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

Marvin Gaye & James Jamerson: “What’s Going On” Isolated Vocals and Bass
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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
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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 Stone, AC/DC, the Clash, the...

Best of 2010: Top 10 Bass Players
Best of 2010, Top Ten

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, sitting in on several albums...

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

James Jamerson: “I Can’t Help Myself” Isolated Bass Track
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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
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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 doing a brief piece called...

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

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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 a set of bass strings.”...