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Friday, June 19, 2015

The Beatles "Girl" Isolated Vocals

Girl cover - The Beatles image
For many, Rubber Soul is the consummate Beatles album that really turned the genre into an art form. One of the most covered songs from that album is "Girl," and we'll take a look at its isolated vocals today. Here's what to listen for.

1. There's a count off at the beginning that you won't hear on the final album mix.

2. The lead vocal features just a single John Lennon vocal track on the verses. This is unusual in that Lennon didn't like the sound of his voice and always preferred to double it (which happens in the chorus) on most of the songs that he sang.

3. There's a fair amount of compression on the vocals along with the famous Abbey Road reverb that just melts into the track.

4. The Beatles harmonies vocals are doubled (except at the end of the bridge) and as beautiful as ever. Listen to the end of the bridge at 1:20 where it gets a little pitchy, and a mistaken vocal entrance at 2:02. Obviously, these aren't heard in the final mix.

1 comment:

Rand said...

Sublime...the gods have spoken once again. No one has talent and songcraft like this anymore. Thanks for this Bobby.


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