Standing in the Shadows of Motown

This book contains highly detailed full or partial transcriptions of over 40 songs that legendary bassist James Jamerson recorded during his career at Motown. A detailed biography is also included and all tracks have backing tracks on the accompanying CDs.

ISBN: 978-0881888829
Number of Pages: 206


This book is this ultimate resource for those wishing to learn more about legendary Motown bassist James Jamerson and learn some of his most famous lines. The book features an exhaustive biography with input from members of Jamerson’s family and colleagues such as label boss Berry Gordy, and musicians Clifford Mack, Jonnie Mae, Hank Cosby, Joe Messina, Earl Van Dyke, Robert White and Uriel Jones. Jamerson’s equipment and the Motown recording facilities are also covered in detail.

The bulk of the book comprises transcriptions of many of Jamerson’s best-loved basslines, many accompanied by a written (and spoken on the audio CD) introduction from well-known bass players such as Will Lee, Marcus Miller, John Patitucci, John Entwistle, Pino Palladino, Geddy Lee, Bob Babbitt, Rocco Prestia, Jack Bruce, Nathan Watts and many more. Each transcription has an audio backing track on the accompanying CDs.

The book contains the following songs:

  • What’s Going On (Full)
  • Ain’t That Peculiar
  • My Guy
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Full)
  • Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
  • Going to a Go-Go
  • Contract on Love
  • Darling Dear (Full)
  • You Can’t Hurry Love
  • Shotgun
  • Reach Out, I’ll Be There (Full)
  • For Once in My Life (Full)
  • I Second That Emotion
  • (I Know) I’m Losing You
  • Get Ready
  • Bernadette (Full)
  • Cloud Nine
  • You Keep Me Hanging On
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Full)
  • I’m Gonna Make You Love Me (Full)
  • Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)
  • Baby Love
  • It’s a Shame
  • How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (Full)
  • Heatwave
  • Mickey’s Monkey
  • Don’t Mess with Bill (Full)
  • It’s the Same Old Song
  • Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over)
  • Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (Full)
  • Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
  • (I’m a) Road Runner
  • Still Water (Love)
  • My Baby Loves Me
  • Home Cookin’ (Full)
  • Just a Little Misunderstanding
  • Come ‘Round Here (I’m the One You Need)
  • The Old Heart of Mine
  • Strange I Know
  • Love is Like an Itching in My Heart
  • I Was Made to Love Her (Full)
  • Nowhere to Run (Full)
  • Love is Here and Now You’re Gone
  • Since I Lost My Baby
  • I’m Wondering
  • How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone

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