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Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Beatles "This Boy" Isolated Vocals

I post a lot of isolated Beatles tracks on this blog, but there's a good reason. They're the prototype for so much of the music we enjoy today. Plus, their songs were so strong that we still enjoy them 40+ years later.

One of the things that we loved best about them were their vocal harmonies. Anyone who's ever sung in a band knows that it actually takes longer to get your vocal harmonies tight than it does the band. Of course, The Beatles put in their 10,000 hours prior to breaking out, playing 7 sets a night in Hamburg, which made their vocals as strong as they were.

Here's one of the best examples of the boys excellent blend in an isolated track from a song featured in their first film A Hard Day's Night called "This Boy." Here's what to listen for:

1) The blend is great, but their releases aren't. There always seems to be someone hanging over at the end of the phrases. They got better at this as they got more recording experience.

2) We're not listening to something that's been doubled or artificially thickened like you would have today (except for the bridge); for most of the song you're hearing just John, Paul and George singing together on a single track.


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1 comment:

Rand Bliss said...

Yes, it's absolutely essential to continue posting as much Beatles related articles and examples as possible Bobby.

Reason; to continually remind our shamefully ear-polluted public what REAL music is all about.

Real music doesn't go out of style in a few months.

Only one of many reasons why The Beatles will still be the best overall, most innovative and influential group in music history.


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