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From Blondie’s third studio release Parallel Lines, “Heart Of Glass” became a signature hit for the group, highlighted by Deborah Harry’s effervescent vocals. The track went to #1 in most world territories including the U.S. and U.K. The album was recorded at The Record Plant in New York City and produced by Mike Chapman, who also worked with Sweet, The Knack and others.
VOCAL only (Deborah Harry):
Queen’s triumphant anthem “We Are The Champions” was released first on their 1977 album News of the World. Charting well upon its release, the track was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009, and is a staple at sports events worldwide. It was recorded at Sarm West Studios and Wessex Studios in London and produced by Queen with the assistance of Mike Stone.
VOCAL only (Freddie Mercury):
GUITARS only (Brian May):
DRUMS only (Roger Taylor):
VOCAL (Mercury), PIANO (Mercury), RHYTHM GUITAR (May) only:
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Led Zeppelin’s seminal “Whole Lotta Love” appeared first on their 1969 release Led Zeppelin II. The album was essentially #1 on all worldwide charts shortly after its release, with a couple of #2s thrown in. Guitarist Jimmy Page produced the album and it was recorded at a raft of different studios including Olympic and Morgan Studios in London, A&M, Quantum, Sunset, Mirror Sound, and Mystic Studios in Los Angeles, California, Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, A&R, Juggy Sound, Groove and Mayfair Studios in New York City; and a studio called the “hut” in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
VOCAL only (Robert Plant):
GUITAR only (Jimmy Page)–listen to what Page does starting at the 1:54 mark:
SLIDE GUITAR/THEREMIN/MISC. GUITAR overdubs only (Jimmy Page)–you have to hear this, all those parts you hear battling it out in the mix, here are some of them…:
DRUMS (John Bonham) starts around :40 mark. Check out the funky vocal utterings at 3:46…:
BASS (John Paul Jones):
“Shiver” is a track off Coldplay’s debut album, Parachutes, released in 2000. The track followed “Yellow” as the second single released and rose to #35 on the UK Singles chart and #26 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The album was recorded at Matrix and Wessex in London, Parr Street in Liverpool and Rockfield Studios in Rockfield, UK and was produced by Ken Nelson and Coldplay.
VOCALS only (Chris Martin):
“Michelle” appeared on the Beatles 1965 Rubber Soul release and in addition to top chart positions and other accolades won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1967. Paul McCartney reworked the song from a parody piece he had created after seeing a French student play at a party he had been at. It was produced by George Martin and recorded at EMI Studios in London.
GUITARS (George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney):
The Smiths | Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before (vocal only, guitars only, instrumental)
From The Smiths 1987 album Strangeways, Here We Come, the track “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” was released as a single in all territories outside the UK. The album went to #55 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and #2 on the UK Top Albums list. Recorded at The Wool Hall in Beckington, Somerset, UK, it was produced by Morrissey, Johnny Marr, and Stephen Street.
VOCAL only (Morrissey):
GUITARS only (Johnny Marr):
INSTRUMENTAL (GUITARS/KEYS: Johnny Marr, BASS:Andy Rourke, DRUMS: Mike Joyce):
From the 2008 Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force album entitled Perpetual Flame, “Caprici di Diablo” was one of three instrumental tracks. Critically well received, the album did not post major sales numbers but is a favorite among fans. It was produced by Malmsteen himself and mixed by Roy Z.
GUITAR only (Yngwie Malmsteen):
“The Knife” is a track from the 1970 Genesis album Trespass. The album was not particularly successful upon its release, although it did go to #1 in Belgium. It was the last to feature Anthony Phillips on guitar, who was replaced by Steve Hackett at the same time as Phil Collins joined the band. The album was recorded at Trident Studios in London and produced by John Anthony.
VOCAL (Peter Gabriel); GUITAR (Anthony Phillips) only:
“Let There Be Rock” was the title track from the 1977 album from AC/DC. It helped the album go to #35 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and #17 on the UK chart, also pushing the release to over 5 million in U.S. album sales alone. It was recorded at Albert Studios in Sydney Australia and produced by Harry Vanda and George Young (an older brother of guitarists/group founders Angus and Malcolm Young).
VOCAL (Bon Scott); RHYTHM GUITAR (Malcolm Young) only:
RHYTHM GUITAR (Malcolm Young):
DRUMS (Phil Rudd):
R.E.M. released “Orange Crush” in 1988 on their Green album. Despite not being released as a single in the U.S., the track went to #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts and to #28 on the UK Singles chart. It was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis and Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York and produced by R.E.M. and Scott Litt.
DRUMS (Bill Berry); BASS (Mike Mills) only: