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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" Marvin and Tammi Isolated Vocals

Going back down the road of Motown history, today we look at the isolated vocal track of the Marvin Gaye - Tammi Terrell 1967 single "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Even if you don't like Motown or Marvin and Tammi, this one is worth a listen. Give it some time, the vocal doesn't come in for about 20 seconds.

1) The vocals on this track just smoke. It jumps out of the air at you as there's such a dynamic between the two singers. You'd swear that they were singing together but in fact each was done separately, with Tammi doing her part first and Marvin laying his vocal down a few months later.

2) Marvin's a bit pitchy at the turnaround of the first chorus. It sounds like he's unsure what the notes are supposed to be. Of course, I never noticed it before I listened to the vocal by itself (as is normally the case).

3) The vocal reverb is really nice. It's band limited as was the case in those days, which means that it's present without getting in the way, although this isn't the greatest audio forum to evaluate things like that.

I get chills listening to this. I hope you do too.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very nice. You can hear an edit or punch-in at :57.


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