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Standing in the Shadows of Motown

The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson. By James Jamerson. Guitar Book. Softcover with CD. 208 pages. Hal Leonard #0995023000. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.698960).

Item Number: HL.698960
ISBN 0881888826. 9x12 inches.

Bassist James Jamerson was the embodiment of the Motown spirit and groove – the invisible entity whose playing inspired thousands. His tumultuous life and musical brilliance are explored in depth through hundreds of interviews, 49 transcribed musical scores, two hours of recorded all-star performances, and more than 50 rarely seen photos in this stellar tribute to behind-the-scenes Motown. Features a 120-minute CD!

Allan Slutsky's 2002 documentary of the same name is the winner of the New York Film Critics “Best Documentary of the Year” award!

Songs include: Ain't No Mountain High Enough • Ain't Nothing like the Real Thing • Ain't That Peculiar • Bernadette • Come 'Round Here (I'm the One You Need) • Darling Dear • Don't Mess with Bill • For Once in My Life • Home Cookin' • How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone • How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) • I Heard It Through the Grapevine • I Was Made to Love Her • I'm Gonna Make You Love Me • My Guy • Nowhere to Run • Reach Out I'll Be There • What's Going On • You Can't Hurry Love • and many more excerpts and riffs.

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  • January 29, 2005 The Bass player at Motown

    At last,we know who the bass player at Motown was. Many of us Jackson 5 fans were introduced to the bass guitar as the instrument hanging around Jermaine Jacksons neck. We guessed that it was not Jermaine playing on these records because none of us could come close to...

    the sound. Well then who was? The same thing with the Temptations songs i.e. heavy rythmic bass lines. We asked who is this guy....now we know all about him.....The Great James Jamerson.

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  • April 03, 2003 Jamerson invented the funk bass style

    After reading about the life and death of the worlds greatest electric bass player I've gained a strong appreciation for his music. I say his because he may not have composed the songs he played on but he surely made those songs attractive and reconizable,much like a fine...

    woman does an outfit that shes wearing (she doesnt make the dress but she makes it appealing). And like this woman the memory of this can cling to your thoughts for minutes,hours, and sometimes even days. After learning to play the songs which are giving you in this book, a since of accomplishing a great task came over me knowing that I was able to feel as I was playing, that I held greatness in my hands matching him note for note. I strongly recommend this to novice and also serious musicians.

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  • May 28, 2002 Bass soul bible!

    Every bassist should know who James Jamerson was. He was very much responsible for the Motown sound in the sixties and early seventies. He created basslines so great that today it's still hard to find something that stands out like his recording sessions at Motown. One can hear new...

    basslines today and thing for yourself: -"That bass player must be influenced by Jamerson" You see his followers in bands like Tower Of Power and Jamiroquai. Go and see for yourself how Jamerson did develop the soulbass! If you liked this piece you can take a look at Francis "Rocco" Prestia's video "Fingerstyle funk" that will take you further in your soulbass progression.

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