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Here is some rare footage of the late Jeff Buckley performing “Grace” from his 1994 album Grace. The album has sold over 2 million copies and appears on many “Best Album of All Time” lists, including those from Rolling Stone, Mojo, VH-1 and others. It was recorded at Bearsville Recording Studio in Woodstock, New York and produced by Buckley and Andy Wallace. This is likely a scratch vocal track recorded as a rehearsal.
VOCAL (Jeff Buckley R.I.P.); GUITAR (Jeff Buckley) only:
Released on her 1979 debut album In the Heat of the Night, Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker” became a radio hit, rising to #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and introducing her powerful voice to music fans for the first time. The album rose to #12 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The track was recorded at MCA Whitney Studios in Glendale, California and produced by Mike Chapman (who also worked with Sweet and Blondie) and Peter Coleman.
VOCAL only (Pat Benatar): GUITAR solo (Neil Giraldo):
“Intergalactic” is a track from the Beastie Boys fifth album released in 1998 entitled Hello Nasty. The track hit #28 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on the UK Singles Chart and also won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1999. It was produced by the Beastie Boys and Mario Caldato, Jr.
Instrumental (Beastie Boys–Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Adam “MCA” Yauch-R.I.P; also includes the Vocoder loop track):
Released on the Gym Class Heroes 2011 album The Papercut Chronicles II, “Stereo Hearts” went to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and to #3 on the UK Singles chart, along with many other top chart positions worldwide. Blending Gym Class Heroes urban rap sound with a melodic vocal from Maroon 5′s Adam Levine, the track also went three times Platinum as a single, selling over 3 million copies in the U.S. alone. The track was produced by Benny Blanco and Robopop.
VOCAL only (RAP: Travie McCoy, Disashi Lumumba–Kasongo, Eric Roberts; CHORUS/BRIDGE VOCAL: Adam Levine):
“I Heard It Through The Grapevine” appeared on Marvin Gaye’s In the Groove album released in 1968. The track went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was actually the second time the tune had appeared in the Top 10, since Gladys Knight & the Pips had made it to #2 with the track a year or so earlier. It was recorded at Hitsville USA in Detroit, Michigan and produced by Norman Whitfield, who along with Barrett Strong had written the song.
VOCAL only (Marvin Gaye):
“Seasons in the Abyss” was the title track of Slayer’s fifth album, released in 1990. The album rose to #40 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and #18 on the UK Albums Chart and went Gold in the U.S. and Canada. It was recorded at Hit City West, Hollywood Sound, and Record Plant in Los Angeles, California and produced by Slayer, Rick Rubin and Andy Wallace.
DRUMS only (Dave Lombardo):
“Set Fire To The Rain” appeared on Adele’s second album, entitled 21 and released in 2011. The track was also released as the second single from the album and went top 10 in most countries worldwide and #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album also topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and became the year’s biggest seller. It was produced by Fraser T Smith and the album was recorded at Air Studios, Angel Studios, Eastcote Studios, Harmony Studios, Metropolis Studios, Myaudiotonic Studios, Patriot Studios, Serenity Sound, Shangri La Studios, Sphere Studios, and Wendyhouse Productions.
VOCAL only (LEAD: Adele; BACKGROUND: Adele):
“Llama” appeared as the opening track on the 1992 Phish album A Picture of Nectar. The track rose to #30 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, helping to make the band popular and pushing the album to over 500,000 in sales (U.S. Gold certification). It was recorded in 1991 and self-produced by the band.
GUITAR only (Trey Anastasio):
“Sunday Morning” appeared on The Velvet Underground’s 1967 album entitled The Velvet Underground & Nico. The album did chart on various world charts, although not highly, but has since been named to numerous “top albums of all time” lists including those by Rolling Stone, Time, Spin and Q Magazine. Written by Lou Reed R.I.P and John Cale, it was recorded at Mayfair Studios in New York City and produced by Tom Wilson.
LEAD VOCAL/GUITAR (Lou Reed R.I.P.); BACKING VOCAL (Nico); CELESTA, VIOLA (John Cale); PERCUSSION (Maureen Tucker) only:
“This Charming Man” is a single by The Smiths that was first released in 1983 and also appeared on the album Best…I. It charted at #25 and later at #8 on a later re-issue in 1993 on the UK Singles Chart. The album went to #1 in the UK and #139 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Although not clear, this is most likely the single version produced by John Porter.
GUITAR only (Johnny Marr):