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Sunday, September 19, 2010

"Tears Of A Clown" Isolated Vocals

Here's another piece of Motown history as we listen to the isolated vocals from Smokey Robinson and the Miracles big hit, "Tears Of A Clown."

1) When you isolate most tracks from the songs from the original Motown in Detroit, you find that they're usually pretty distorted. That's not the case here, as the vocals for Tears Of A Clown are much cleaner than other tracks we've listened to from that era.

2) The reverb sounds really good. It's short and dark, but it's perfect for the song.

3) The background vocal arrangement is superb. Not only do the Miracles blend so well together, but the counterpoint lines to Smokey's lead vocal fit the song perfectly.

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