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#21 Three Eyes

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 04:35 PM

Beautiful humming harmonies from Annette and Paulette Morris on William Orbit's ethereal "They Live in the Sky."

 


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Posted 27 April 2018 - 04:36 PM

The Edge

 

Right on. Very distinctive against Bono's lead vox.


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#23 A Rebel and a Runner

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 10:20 PM

Fleetwood Mac did that stuff well, too, with people trading in and out, Christine, Stevie, and Lindsey all singing lead and backup, depending on the song..

There they are in 1979, probably fueled by pure cocaine at that point.

(bonus: 4:41 into that video, you can see Mick Fleetwood have an orgasm, presumably brought on by Lindsey's solo)


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First our declining morals slid, bit by bit, and then our very national spirit.  Then the collapse became greater and greater, and our principles began to go, until at last, it has come to this age, in which we can bear neither our crimes nor the cure for them.

 
 

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 11:03 PM

Alex Lifeson. 

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 11:17 PM

Alex Lifeson. 

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They must have accidentally turned on Alex's mic here. :)

 


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#26 Three Eyes

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 12:00 AM

Fleetwood Mac did that stuff well, too, with people trading in and out, Christine, Stevie, and Lindsey all singing lead and backup, depending on the song..

There they are in 1979, probably fueled by pure cocaine at that point.

(bonus: 4:41 into that video, you can see Mick Fleetwood have an orgasm, presumably brought on by Lindsey's solo)

 

Yep, Stevie's unmistakable vibrato is always very identifiable in the background role.


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#27 Three Eyes

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 07:22 AM

Art Garfunkel at 2:43 is sublime.

 


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#28 RushDoggie

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 12:41 AM

Fleetwood Mac did that stuff well, too, with people trading in and out, Christine, Stevie, and Lindsey all singing lead and backup, depending on the song..

There they are in 1979, probably fueled by pure cocaine at that point.

(bonus: 4:41 into that video, you can see Mick Fleetwood have an orgasm, presumably brought on by Lindsey's solo)

 

Yep, you beat me to it.

 

Christine McVie had such a unique vocal as a background singer too.


“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. It's pure and it's real. It moves, it heals.” - Tom Petty

 

 


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 03:12 PM

Daron Malakian

 

Such a nice contrast to Serj's bizarre vocals.

 


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 07:57 PM

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Such a nice contrast to Serj's bizarre vocals.


Nice call

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:07 AM



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:14 AM



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:41 AM

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 01:49 PM

Yep, you beat me to it.

 

Christine McVie had such a unique vocal as a background singer too.

 

The way they wove their voices together (Lindsey and Christine mostly) was sheer amazing.  You had two very similar voices in them, combined with Stevie's soaring voice that could raise the hairs on your arm.  Christine has a whiskey voice without the rasp.  Lindsey more American-sounding but so similar in range but different in inflection.



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 03:21 PM

The Babettes did great work on The Babys' "Isn't it Time."

 

The strong vocals of the three Babettes from Andraé Crouch & The Disciples, Lisa Freeman-Roberts, Myrna Matthews and Pat Henderson, balance the tone of the song

 


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 05:44 AM

Michael McDonald on any Steely Dan song that he sang on. 

It is really just one line, but he sounds great on Christopher Cross's "Ride Like the Wind"



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:29 AM

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:39 AM

Beautiful harmonies here.

 


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:58 AM


Deep, hair-parted-down-the-middle, '70s here.

 

Once the musical backing had been completed Stewart recorded the lead vocal and Godley and Creme the backing vocals, but even though the song was finished Godley felt it was still lacking something. Stewart said, "Lol remembered he had said something into the grand piano mics when he was laying down the solos. He'd said 'Be quiet, big boys don't cry' — heaven knows why, but I soloed it and we all agreed that the idea sounded very interesting if we could just find the right voice to speak the words. Just at that point the door to the control room opened and our secretary Kathy [Redfern] looked in and whispered 'Eric, sorry to bother you. There's a telephone call for you.' Lol jumped up and said 'That's the voice, her voice is perfect!'." The group agreed that Redfern was the ideal person, but Redfern was unconvinced and had to be coaxed into recording her vocal contribution, using the same whispered voice that she had used when entering the control room. These whispered lyrics would later serve as the inspiration for the name of the 1980s band Boys Don't Cry.

 

 

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:09 AM

This is a cover but these background singers sound like angels.

 


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