I am very dissappointed with this product. I will start with some obvious errors in the text of the booklet. I will avoid commenting on the technical aspects because I am a beginner. However, I consider myself a fair historian with regards to Motown music. Some of my comments may appear nit-picky, however, I discovered quite a few mistakes in just a brief glance through the book. This makes me wonder about the accuracy of the technical portion. First, the choice of cover picture seems inappropriate. The title of this product is 'Motown Bass' with a focus on legendary bassist James Jamerson. Therefore, it would be more appropriate to at least have Jamerson's picture on the cover. The introduction to 'I heard it through the Grapevine' appears to contain erroneous information. Marvin Gaye actually recorded his verions first but Gladys Knight's version, while recorded about a year later, was released first (1967) Gayes version was released around 1970.
'Gettin Ready' has Rare Earth boldly listed alongside it. While Rare Earth did record a cover of 'Gettin Ready', it was originally released in 1966 and was a moderate success for the Temptations, not Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, although it was written by Smokey. As for Mary Wells 'My Guy' the opening piece was actually lifted from 'Canadian Sunset' not 'Begin the Beguine'. Finally, James Jamerson was credited for playing practially all the bass with the exception of a few self- contained groups (Rare Earth and Jr. Walker and the All Stars), actually, Jamerson played on many of Jr. Walker's hits. It makes me wonder what types of errors are present on the technical aspects of this book. In addition, the CD was poor. There is a much superior 2-CD sampling of Jamerson (and Motown) work on Dr. Licks - 'Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Times of Legenary Motown Bassist James Jamerson. In addition, the soundtrack to the movie 'Standing in the Shadow of Motown' (Disc 2) featuring the Funk Brothers is excellent, highlighting James work along with the other exceptional musicians at Motown.