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Monday, September 9, 2013

The Beatles "Abbey Road" Isolated Vocals

One of the things we loved about The Beatles is their vocals, especially their harmonies. Here is the isolated vocals of side 2 of the vinyl of Abbey Road. You can hear the boys at their vocal peaks, with beautiful in-tune vocals. After listening through, it's easy to see why this is one of the best albums ever recorded. Here are some of many observations.

1. Listen for how the vocals are strategically doubled in various parts for more strength.

2. The famous Abbey Road Studios reverb is set fairly long, but is very unobtrusive, a trademark of the studio. Also listen to how it's raised at the end of certain phrases, or dropped out in certain sections for contrast.

3. There's lots of interesting things that trickle into the mix, like the headphone leakage, finger snaps, and even a few comments.

4. At 3:00 you can hear the tambourine enter on the same track, but you also hear sound effects and piano in certain places as well because they'd run out of tracks.

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