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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Marquee Moon, Aug 22, 2019.
Most of Crosby Stills Nash (and Young)'s songs relied heavily on vocal harmonies.
I was just 9 when this one came out, but I clearly remember when I first heard the background vocal hook near the end kick in... fast forward 45 years and I never get tired of this song or ending.
One of my favorite Doobie Brothers tunes of all time.... (vocal part kicks in at about 3:05 for those not familiar with it)
I vote for Frank Zappa's "Montana" with Tina Turner and the Ikettes on bg vox. Check about 3:20... the vocals may have been recorded slower as they have a bit of a chipmunk quality, but still...
Elton John - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me. Backing vocals courtesy of (I think) members of Elton John's great band, along with Toni Tennile, and a couple of Beach Boys including a beautiful part by Carl Wilson -
Gotta spread some love for Michael McDonald's voice on the chorus of this song.
This one and most of their other ones.
Hillbilly Heaven...Buck and Don
No need to post a clip but my mind went right to:
" Bohemian Rhapsody"
Just wish it got played more often!
( completely sick of it, I know, but it is a remarkable song)
Exactly what I think. And Queen is my favourite band.
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Apologies for a derail:
I hope Freddy ( Freddie?, I forget...) knows how much he still is loved ( I think he does!)
What an amazing voice and charisma, paired up with just a killer band. True originals.
I think " Need Somebody To Love" is my favorite, as it is so personal and naked- just puts it all out there.
A real gift to the world, Queen.
I've heard this 4 or 5 versions of this song, and I superimpose Lindsey Buckingham's backups on all of them. (Song starts at 1:15)
Most good background vocals center around a counter melody IMHO,...
Any Queen song... this one has some really good ones though...
Hm. I was going to say anything by Beach Boys and this lads and post something from Bee gees pop era. Was sure they wouldn't be remembered (with only 3 pages)...glad I was wrong.
Anything produced by phil spector, most beatles, byrds and so on
No specific examples to bring up at the moment, but I always thought Van Halen's backing vocals distinguished them from many other hard rock bands as much as Ed's guitar work. Come to think of it, Def Leppard always had great backing vox, too.
Some great ones!
Here's one we just learned for a wedding, may keep it.:
Then there's backing vocals that WERE the song like this masterpiece: