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Elvis Costello and the Attractions released “Pump It Up” on the 1978 album This Year’s Model. The album charted as high as #30 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, while reaching #4 in the UK. It was recorded at Eden Studios in London and was produced by Nick Lowe.
VOCAL only (Elvis Costello):
Billy Joel’s apocalyptic “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)” appeared on his 1976 album Turnstiles. The album rose to #122 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The track was recorded at Ultra Sonic Studio in Hempstead, New York and produced by Billy Joel.
INSTRUMENTAL (PIANO/SYNTHESIZERS: Billy Joel; GUITARS: Howie Emerson, Russell Javors; BASS: Doug Stegmeyer: DRUMS: Liberty DeVitto; SAX: Richie Cannata):
From their Van Halen II album released in 1979, “Dance The Night Away” charted as a single as high as #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA and produced by Ted Templeman. Check out the under-rated vocals including the background vocal blend of original bassist Michael Anthony and Eddie Van Halen and listen after 2:21 on the guitar track for the harmonics-led outro that’s hard to hear in the full mix.
VOCALS only (LEAD: David Lee Roth; BACKING: Michael Anthony, Eddie Van Halen)
GUITARS only (Eddie Van Halen):
BASS only (Michael Anthony):
The classic track “Hotel California” appeared on the Eagles same-titled 1977 album. The track rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and helped drive the album to sales of over 20 million. It also won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1978. It was recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida and Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California and produced by Bill Szymczyk.
VOCALS only (LEAD: Don Henley, BACKING: Glen Frey, Randy Meisner)–starts at :55 mark:
GUITARS only (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh):
One Direction put out “You And I” on their 2013 release Midnight Memories. The track went to the top 40 in most countries, while reaching the top 20 in the UK, and the album went to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The track was produced by Julian Bunetta and John Ryan.
VOCALS only (Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson)
The Eagles released “Take It Easy” in 1972 on their debut Eagles album. The track rose to #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has become one of the Eagles’ signature tunes. It was recorded at Olympic Sound Studios in London and produced by Glyn Johns.
VOCALS only (LEAD: Glen Frey, BACKING: Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Randy Meisner):
Joy Division released “Love Will Tear Us Apart” as a single in 1980 and it also appeared on their Substance compilation album in 1988. The track became the artist’s first hit, reaching #13 on the UK Singles Chart. Deborah Curtis, married to the act’s vocalist Ian Curtis, had the phrase “Love Will Tear Us Apart” inscribed on his memorial stone after his 1980 suicide. The track was recorded at Pennine Studios in the U.K. and produced by Martin Hannett and Joy Division.
VOCAL only (Ian Curtis):
Hard to tell if this instrumental recording is the 1977 Aja album version or a knockoff done for a video demonstration, probably the latter. One thing is for sure, the musicians on the album version and here are stellar. Here was the studio recording line-up for this track, which excludes the lead vocals of Donald Fagen and background vocals of Michael McDonald (note that in this video Walter Becker can be seen playing guitar but he did not play on the album track):
PIANO: Donald Fagen, Electric PIANO: Paul Griffin, CLAVINET: Don Grolnick, GUITAR: Steve Kahn
Lead GUITAR: Jay Graydon, BASS: Chuck Rainey, DRUMS: Rick Marotta, PERCUSSION: Victor Feldman, Gary Coleman, LYRICON: Tom Scott
Released in 1990, Empire was Queensrӱche’s highest charting album, and as a single “Jet City Woman” went to #6 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. It was recorded at Vancouver Studios in Vancouver, Canada, and Triad Studios in Redmond, Washington, and produced by Peter Collins.
VOCAL only (Geoff Tate–starts at :31 mark):
GUITARS only (Chris DeGarmo, Michael Wilton):
BASS only (Eddie Jackson):
DRUMS only (Scott Rockenfield):
R.E.M. | It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), (vocal, drums, bass, guitars only)
“It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” was released on R.E.M.’s 1987 album Document. The track went to #69 on Billboard Hot 100 and also #39 in the UK singles chart in December 1991. The track was recorded at Sound Emporium and produced by R.E.M. and Scott Litt.
VOCAL only (Michael Stipe):
DRUMS only (Bill Berry):
BASS only (Mike Mills):
GUITARS only (Peter Buck):