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The Guess Who released “No Time” on their 1969 album Canned Wheat, but a re-recorded version released as a single in 1970 off their American Woman album is the version that became a hit for the band, reaching #5 in the U.S. Billboard charts. The track was recorded at RCA Studio A in New York City and produced by Jack Richardson.
VOCALS only (Burton Cummings):
GUITAR only (Randy Bachman):
ACOUSTIC GUITAR (Randy Bachman)/BACKING VOCALS (Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Jim Kale, Gary Peterson) only:
BASS only (Jim Kale):
DRUMS only (Gary Peterson):
Dokken put out “Mr. Scary” on their 1987 release Back for the Attack. It became the band’s best selling album, peaking at #13 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. It was recorded at a range of studios in the Los Angeles area including One on One Studios, Music Grinder Studio, Total Access Recording Studios, Rumbo Recorders, and Can-Am Studiosand produced by Neil Kernan.
GUITAR only (George Lynch):
Released in 2013 as a single from her third studio album Demi, “Heart Attack” went to #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Club songs chart. It has since gone on to sell over 3 million copies as a single. The track was produced by The Suspex, and this vocal mix was created by White Sea.
VOCAL only (Demi Lovato):
“Welcome To The The Black Parade” is a track off of My Chemical Romance’s third studio album, entitled The Black Parade. The album was released in 2006 and went to #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. The album was recorded in El Dorado Studios in Burbank, California and produced by the band and Rob Cavallo, who has worked with Green Day and Paramore, amongst others.
VOCALS/PIANO (Gerard Way); KEYBOARDS (Jamie Muhobarec); GUITAR (Frank Iero); STRINGS/HORNS arranged by David Campbell:
Here’s a great documentary segment on the Beatles masterpiece “A Day In The Life” from the Abbey Road album featuring long time Beatles producer George Martin soloing and talking about the tracks and how they came about and were recorded.
VOCALS (John Lennon, Paul McCartney); GUITAR (Lennon; George Harrison); BASS (Paul McCartney); DRUMS (Ringo Starr):
The first hit that broke the band, “Today” was actually the second single off the Smashing Pumpkins 1993 major label debut Siamese Dream, the first being “Cherub Rock.” Rising to #4 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and #44 on the UK Singles charts, it also helped the album sell over 5 million copies. It was recorded at Triclops Sound Studios in Marietta, Georgia and produced by group leader Billy Corgan and Butch Vig (Foo Fighters, Nirvana).
GUITARS (Billy Corgan, James Iha); BASS (D’arcy Wretzky)
DRUMS only–starts at :17 mark:
“Creep” was released as Radiohead’s debut single in 1992 and later also appeared on their 1993 debut album Pablo Honey. Recorded at Chipping Norton Recording Studios and Courtyard studios in Oxfordshire, England, the track was produced by Paul Q. Kolderie and Sean Slade. If you’re a Radiohead fan, you owe it to yourself to check out the first combo isolated track below that features Thom Yorke’s haunting vocal sparsely highlighted against just the guitars, bass and piano.
VOCAL/PIANO (Thom Yorke); GUITARS (Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien); BASS (Colin Greenwood) only:
VOCALS (Thom Yorke):
GUITAR (Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien):
DRUMS (Phil Selway):
BASS (Colin Greenwood):
“Jeremy” is a striking track off Pearl Jam’s debut 1991 album Ten. Written by bassist Jeff Ament with lyrics by lead vocalist Eddie Vedder, it was recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, Washington and produced by the band with Rick Parashar. It helped the Ten album sell over 10 million copies.
BASS only (Jeff Ament, played on his newly-arrived Hamer 12-string bass):
GUITARS (Stone Gossard, Mike McCready) Check out the lovely tremolo, phased bits and the intricacy of both the clean and distorted parts:
Appearing on the Rolling Stones 1971 album Sticky Fingers, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” was one of several hits on the album for the group. In addition to adding to the Stones legacy of memorable hits, it was pronounced #25 in 2004 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time.” It was recorded at Olympic Studios in London and produced by Jimmy Miller.
GUITARS only (Keith Richards, Mick Taylor on lead at end):