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(Ranker)   The best isolated vocal tracks from classic songs. And one from Green Day   (ranker.com) divider line 53
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2013-10-11 05:00:16 AM  
That little Jackson kid can really sing. I think he do OK in the music biz
 
2013-10-11 08:59:40 AM  
The Marvin Gaye track gave me chills.
 
2013-10-11 10:06:42 AM  
What. In the f*ck. Is going on with that website??

/Green Day is awesome, and have been for 20 years
//suck it, subtroll
 
2013-10-11 10:07:10 AM  
Under Pressure was almost the rantings of a homeless person wandering downtown Portland.
 
2013-10-11 10:07:17 AM  
Somebody to love!
 
2013-10-11 10:09:58 AM  
Runnin' with the Devil is on there, so I can live with this list.
 
2013-10-11 10:11:21 AM  

Langston: The Marvin Gaye track gave me chills.


Srsly. The man had a voice and he knew how to use it.
 
2013-10-11 10:12:37 AM  
 
2013-10-11 10:12:40 AM  
 
2013-10-11 10:13:58 AM  

Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: Runnin' with the Devil is on there, so I can live with this list.


Diamond Dave is freakin' awesome.  Hubby wants to go see a Van Halen Tribute band tonight, I just might have to join him.
 
2013-10-11 10:18:14 AM  

Sebastian: Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: Runnin' with the Devil is on there, so I can live with this list.

Diamond Dave is freakin' awesome.  Hubby wants to go see a Van Halen Tribute band tonight, I just might have to join him.


there are several tracks on youtube of dave's vocal tracks; they are hilarious.
 
2013-10-11 10:21:18 AM  
David Lee Roth has this unusual ability to sing 2 notes at the same time.
 
2013-10-11 10:23:28 AM  
Listened to a few of those. #24, God Only Knows by the Beach Boys is very nice. Also Survivor by Destiny's Child.
 
2013-10-11 10:24:17 AM  
Michael Jackson on Billie Jean- Listened specifically for the kid/chair part, and can finally make out that he is saying the kid (is not my son) although with music it still sounds like chair.

Gimme Shelter - Listened specifically for the incredible wailing of the background singer.  Never heard Jagger going "Woooo!" before at 3:07 in pure awe of  her.  As I google to find out her name (Merry Clayton), her Wiki makes mention of this
 
2013-10-11 10:25:36 AM  

Langston: The Marvin Gaye track gave me chills.


100% pure soul. And dead-on pitch. They don't make 'em like that anymore.
 
2013-10-11 10:34:17 AM  
These artists need to take advice from the great Tay Zonday

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-10-11 10:39:59 AM  

sure haven't: /Green Day is awesome, and have been for 20 years


It's perfectly OK to enjoy safe, demographic-tested pop music.  Many bands (such as Nickelback) have found great commercial success along that path.
 
2013-10-11 10:40:36 AM  

Langston: The Marvin Gaye track gave me chills.


Agreed.  What an incredible sense of phrasing and soul.
 
2013-10-11 10:42:29 AM  
DLR 4 President

Zippity Bop!
 
2013-10-11 10:45:28 AM  
lol.... Nirvana, Soundgarden, Adele, and that horrible Green Day...

Look, Chris Cornell has an incredible vocal range (Still got it on King Animal), but none of those songs by these artists are 'classic' already are they?  And Black Hole Sun?!?   Really?  Couldn't find an isolated vocal from Day I Tried To Live, I guess...
 
2013-10-11 10:45:39 AM  
Wow....some seriously bad punching in on Adele's "Rumor Has It."

Kills me....love that song, especially the Motown-esque backing vocals.
 
2013-10-11 10:47:43 AM  

Kuta: Listened to a few of those. #24, God Only Knows by the Beach Boys is very nice. Also Survivor by Destiny's Child.


That's from the Pet Sounds box set, which has a whole CD of isolated tracks, rehearsals, etc. Their ability to hit a note on count is amazing. The box set is worth the price if you can find it in a used-CD store.
 
2013-10-11 10:58:47 AM  

AeAe: David Lee Roth has this unusual ability to sing 2 notes at the same time.


and be three kinds of cheesy at once while doing it.
 
2013-10-11 11:02:08 AM  

SpectroBoy: AeAe: David Lee Roth has this unusual ability to sing 2 notes at the same time.

and be three kinds of cheesy at once while doing it.


all while nailing four kinds of awesome.
 
2013-10-11 11:07:58 AM  
And nailing five groupies at once

but maybe that's cause of the six pounds of coke a day.
 
2013-10-11 11:10:05 AM  
While I can say that none of these are my "favorite" band or lead singer.  They ALL have incredible talent.  All this bickering about who shouldn't be here.. and who should just shows your childishness.
Not one of these people would ever need to use auto tune.
 
2013-10-11 11:28:22 AM  
Eminem was really good.

/Not really a fan normally
 
2013-10-11 11:31:27 AM  
Came for Queen/David Bowie, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-10-11 11:36:06 AM  
Wow - surprisingly haunting. Great link.
 
2013-10-11 11:40:53 AM  
Debby Harry has/had a lovely voice.
 
2013-10-11 11:44:59 AM  
Some of those (Green Day and Pearl Jam) have so many effects on their voice they might as well have been autotuned. Green Day has wayyy to much echo and Eddie Vedder had some kind of phaser effect.
 
2013-10-11 12:08:23 PM  
25-30 year old hipster wrote that list who listened to top 40 before he got his chest tat and mustache.

Marvin Gaye and Beach boys owned.

Too much grunge.  As another poster anything by Cornell. Cornell singing I will Always Love You would have been perfect.

Losing my religeon was commercial pap for the masses.  If you wan't to hear Stipe sing without the whine then anything from Fables on up would be better choices.  Do not go Back to Rockkille would have been a better choice.

I would have chosen Roth singing Big Bad Bill is Sweet William Now, or Ice Cream Man, which are more suited to his voice.

Green Day while a fun fake punk, glam rock band, has no business on the list.

WTF? Eminem.

Adele needs to learn to sing with soul.  Shirley Bassy or Etta James would have been better.  Or even Winehouse
singing Valerie.

This Charming Man is a great song, but I think the writer picked it because you know, The Smiths.

Fun.  Nate the lead singer has an amazing voice.  I saw them in concert when he was in  the Format.  Yeah, you never heard of them.  Much better band and their songs were amazing.

My best vocals.

1. Pedro Navaja- Ruben Blades, you might recognize him from Predator, but he started out as a salsa singer with Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon, and his latin version of Mack the knife showcases his pipes.

2. One on One - Daryl Hall and Matt Nthanson, Daryll Hall one of the best blue eyed soul voices, and still brings it at almost 70.

3. My Heroes have Always Been Cowboys - Willie Nelson brings it, his cracked old voice matches the song.  Picking up hookers instead of my pen, I let the words of my youth slip away.

4. Space Age Love Song - Flock of Seagulls had really pure voices in this track.

5. Sweet Melissa - Who can fault the Allman Brothers?

6. The Weight - You cannot deny Levon Helms, but this version from The Last Waltz is just amazing.

7. Bring it on Home To Me - Sam Cooke had a voice.
 
2013-10-11 01:01:18 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Debby Harry has/had a lovely voice.


YouTube used to have the isolated track of Clem Burke's drumming on "Heart of Glass." That guy ruled, even within the constraints of "disco" conventions. And, yeah, Blondie was composed of some seriously good musicians.
 
2013-10-11 01:09:25 PM  

OldManDownDRoad: Tyrone Slothrop: Debby Harry has/had a lovely voice.

YouTube used to have the isolated track of Clem Burke's drumming on "Heart of Glass." That guy ruled, even within the constraints of "disco" conventions. And, yeah, Blondie was composed of some seriously good musicians.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K4zdG0QfOA
 
2013-10-11 01:10:02 PM  

GoldSpider: sure haven't: /Green Day is awesome, and have been for 20 years

It's perfectly OK to enjoy safe, demographic-tested pop music.  Many bands (such as Nickelback) have found great commercial success along that path.



Haha, now that is a well-crafted backhanded insult. Well done, sir.

Dookie dropped (pun intended) when I was like 12/14. Loved it, always will. Been a fan since. See most people can go through life just liking what they like, understanding that music is not serious business, and one can like many many types of it.

But I applaud you for making the most of the small things in life. Tiring work I imagine, but you seem to enjoy it.
 
2013-10-11 01:15:26 PM  

LewDux: OldManDownDRoad: Tyrone Slothrop: Debby Harry has/had a lovely voice.

YouTube used to have the isolated track of Clem Burke's drumming on "Heart of Glass." That guy ruled, even within the constraints of "disco" conventions. And, yeah, Blondie was composed of some seriously good musicians.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K4zdG0QfOA


Coolness, not the one I had bookmarked - which has vanished - but an excellent documentary. Thanks!

Although I'm sure those dropped counts weren't accidents. Burke has commented on how much enjoyed watching hipsters dancing to the band and getting knocked off beat by them.

Hmmm - I've always wondered about Steve Gadd's stick clicks on "Aja" as well.
 
2013-10-11 01:17:37 PM  

MizzouGuy: Michael Jackson on Billie Jean- Listened specifically for the kid/chair part, and can finally make out that he is saying the kid (is not my son) although with music it still sounds like chair.

Gimme Shelter - Listened specifically for the incredible wailing of the background singer.  Never heard Jagger going "Woooo!" before at 3:07 in pure awe of  her.  As I google to find out her name (Merry Clayton), her Wiki makes mention of this



If you can find the movie, go see "Twenty Feet From Stardom", all about background singers, including Merry Clayton. Playing in a few theaters, supposed to be in DVD eventually
 
2013-10-11 01:26:20 PM  

Langston: The Marvin Gaye track gave me chills.


Amen. I could strangle the California raisin people.
 
2013-10-11 01:49:28 PM  
'wouldnt it be nice acapella' is one of the most amazing things ive ever heard.


also, the brilliance of 'bring it on home' does not simply come from sam cooke.  it is fully shaped and sentiment echoed by the background singer who is belting it out like his life depended on it.
 
2013-10-11 01:58:34 PM  
Man, I miss Freddie Mercury.
 
2013-10-11 01:58:57 PM  
Can we get a version that's the opposite - get rid of all the vocals and have just the music?
 
2013-10-11 02:19:18 PM  

neilbradley: Can we get a version that's the opposite - get rid of all the vocals and have just the music?


Your idea is so crazy it could actually work!
 
2013-10-11 02:33:50 PM  
 
2013-10-11 03:28:15 PM  
Site blocked at work but is Linda McCartney singing backup on Hey Jude on there?

//sleeping with a Beatle will get you a gig even if you are tone deaf.
 
2013-10-11 04:45:32 PM  

mark_bert: Site blocked at work but is Linda McCartney singing backup on Hey Jude on there?

//sleeping with a Beatle will get you a gig even if you are tone deaf.


No, but I love that one.  Steve and Gary (in Chicago) used to play that all the time.
 
2013-10-11 05:50:54 PM  

mark_bert: Site blocked at work but is Linda McCartney singing backup on Hey Jude on there?

//sleeping with a Beatle will get you a gig even if you are tone deaf.


Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnndddddssss   acrossssss the water....

We actually play this clip at our house before karaoke parties...helps make people less shy about their own screeching.
 
2013-10-11 08:16:53 PM  

mr_a: MizzouGuy: Michael Jackson on Billie Jean- Listened specifically for the kid/chair part, and can finally make out that he is saying the kid (is not my son) although with music it still sounds like chair.

Gimme Shelter - Listened specifically for the incredible wailing of the background singer.  Never heard Jagger going "Woooo!" before at 3:07 in pure awe of  her.  As I google to find out her name (Merry Clayton), her Wiki makes mention of this


If you can find the movie, go see "Twenty Feet From Stardom", all about background singers, including Merry Clayton. Playing in a few theaters, supposed to be in DVD eventually


my local theater is showing that next week on their indi/art house night.  Was not sure about going but I will take your recommendation and see it.
 
2013-10-11 09:26:33 PM  

craigzy: 'wouldnt it be nice acapella' is one of the most amazing things ive ever heard.


also, the brilliance of 'bring it on home' does not simply come from sam cooke.  it is fully shaped and sentiment echoed by the background singer who is belting it out like his life depended on it.


Roger Ridley does one of my favorite versions of bring it on home.  He also does an awesome cover of Ain't No Sunshine.
 
2013-10-11 09:52:10 PM  
craigzy:


also, the brilliance of 'bring it on home' does not simply come from sam cooke.  it is fully shaped and sentiment echoed by the background singer who is belting it out like his life depended on it.


Well, the background singer is Lou Rawls, so, yeah.
 
2013-10-11 10:10:37 PM  
marvin gaye could definitely sing.

if i could have found isolated vocals of love reign o'er me by daltrey and the who...that would have been miles better than baba o'riley.
 
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