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Sunday, December 5, 2010

"Gimme Shelter" - Isolated Vocals

This isolated vocal track from the Rolling Stone's great "Gimme Shelter" just came to light recently on the Dangerous Minds blog and it's a mindblower. On it we hear Mick Jagger, Mary Clayton and an uncredited third voice singing the song like you've probably never heard it before. Here are a few things I noticed.

1) What jumps out is how thick and long the reverb on the vocal track is. The verb is delayed so it stays out of way of the lead vocal a bit, but there's a lot more of it than I ever remember hearing on the record.

2) The other thing that jumps out is the third harmony vocal on the choruses in between Mick's lead vocal and Mary's high part. Never heard that before, but I like it.

3) It's interesting to hear how distorted everything is, especially on Mary Clayton's parts when she begins to belt it out.

4) Mary Clayton's part in the bridge is still great, no matter how many times I've heard it before. What a performance. Gives me chills!

UPDATE: Sorry, but this video has been removed due to a copyright claim by ABKCO. 

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Anonymous said...

oops! no video already!

Fred Decker said...

Dear Bobby,

I don't see what the harm was in allowing your readers to watch this video.

Apparently Allen Klein has figured out a way to be a jerk from beyond the grave.

Thanks for the blog.

Fred Decker

Anonymous said...

The third voice is Keith Richards. He sings great harmonies, really rough and loose. "Honky Tonk Women" and "Jumping Jack Flash" are other great examples of his bkgd vox.


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