multitrack master | isolated tracks
Billy Joel’s “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” appeared on his 1977 album The Stranger. Although never released as a single, it is one of his most popular tunes in concert and it helped the album go to #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. It was recorded at A&R Recording in New York City and produced by Phil Ramone.
INSTRUMENTAL (PIANO: Billy Joel, DRUMS: Liberty DeVitto, GUITARS: Steve Burgh, Howie Emerson, BASS: Doug Stegmeyer, SAX: Richie Cannata, ACCORDION: Dominic Cortese):
VOCAL only (Billy Joel)–note you can hear the track somewhat from Joel’s headphones as he records the vocal:
U2 isolated tracks are rare so we thought we’d include this nice Bono-only live vocal from “Every Breaking Wave” recorded at a live acoustic performance. The tune was released in 2014 on U2’s Songs of Innocence album. The album (not this recording) was produced by Danger Mouse and Ryan Tedder with additional production by Declan Gaffney.
VOCAL only (Bono):
“I Won’t Give Up” is a track that appears on Jason Mraz’s fourth studio album Love Is a Four Letter Word, initially released in 2012 on iTunes as a digital single. The track charted as high as #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and helped the album to a #2 showing on the Top 200 Albums chart. It was produced by Joe Chiccarelli.
VOCAL only (LEAD: Jason Mraz; BACKING: Toca Rivera, Arnold McCuller, Amy Keys, Valerie Pinkston)–starts at :22 mark:
Blue Öyster Cult’s signature hit “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” was released as a single off their 1976 album Agents of Fortune. Rising to #12 on the Billboard chart, the track also performed well in Canada hitting #7 and reached #16 in the U.K. when eventually released there in 1978. The tune was recorded at The Record Plant in New York City and produced by David Lucas, Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman
VOCAL (LEAD: Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser; BACKING: David Lucas); GUITAR (Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, Eric Bloom) only:
From The Police’s 1979 album Reggatta de Blanc, “Walking On The Moon” became a #1 hit for the group in the U.K. and charted well in many other territories but oddly not in the U.S., although the album did go to #25 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and garner a Grammy Award in 1981. The track was recorded at Surrey Sound Studios in the U.K. and was produced by Nigel Gray and The Police.
VOCAL only (Sting)–starts at :30 mark:
INSTRUMENTAL (GUITAR: Andy Summers, BASS: Sting, DRUMS: Stewart Copeland):
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: Glenn Frey, BACKING: Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Randy Meisner)–after count in, vocal starts at :19 mark:
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” appeared on David Bowie’s 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The album went to #5 in the UK and #75 on the Billboard Top Albums chart. It was recorded at Trident Studios in London and produced by Bowie and Ken Scott.
VOCAL and ACOUSTIC GUITAR (David Bowie R.I.P.), BASS (Trevor Bolder) only:
“Ground control to Major Tom…” With those immortal words starts David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” a classic track that appeared as the first track on his eponymous 1969 release. It charted well initially and also on its later re-releases and has become a signature track for Bowie. It was recorded at Trident Studios in London and produced by Gus Dudgeon.
VOCAL only (David Bowie R.I.P.)–starts at :32 mark:
“Focus” was the lead single on Ariana Grande’s 2015 Moonlight album. The track went to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track features a rap part by Jamie Foxx. The song was produced by Ilya and Max Martin.
VOCAL only (LEAD/BACKGROUND: Ariana Grande, RAP: Jamie Foxx):
Aerosmith’s classic hit “Walk This Way” appeared on the 1975 album Toys in the Attic. Famously remade with Run-DMC in the mid-80s (on which the original guitar riff played by Joe Perry was also heard), the orginal track rose to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The track was recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles with Jack Douglas producing.
VOCAL only (Steven Tyler):
GUITARS only (Joe Perry, Brad Whitford):