multitrack master | isolated tracks
The Rolling Stones classic “Gimme Shelter” appeared as the opening to their 1969 album Let It Bleed. Here you can hear a key excerpt from the track in which vocalist Merry Clayton powerfully delivers the line “Rape, murder. It’s just a shot away. It’s just a shot away…” The track was recorded at Sunset Sound and Elektra Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Jimmy Miller.
VOCAL only (Merry Clayton):
The legendary Queen track “Bohemian Rhapsody” was released first on its 1975 album A Night at the Opera. It was recorded at Rockfield Studios, Penrhos Court, Roundhouse Studio, SARM (East), Scorpio Sound, and Wessex Studios, all in the U.K. and produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen. In addition to his spectacular lead vocal on the recording, Freddie Mercury also played the piano parts with meticulous meter and great attack.
PIANO–starts at :19 mark–(Freddie Mercury), GUITARS (Brian May), BASS (John Deacon), DRUMS (Roger Taylor):
Released on Sia’s 2014 album 1000 Forms of Fear, “Chandelier” became a worldwide smash. Here you can hear her isolated vocal from an Saturday Night Live television performance of the track. The track rose to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold over two million copies to date in the U.S. It was also nominated for four Grammy Awards. The recorded version of the track was produced by Sia and Greg Kurstin and recorded and mixed at a trio of L.A.-area studios including Hot Closet Studios, Echo Studios, and Larrabee Sound Studios.
VOCAL only (Sia):
The Byrds classic hit “Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything There Is a Season)” was released in 1965 on their album Turn! Turn! Turn! The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and rose to #26 on the UK Singles Chart. It was recorded at Columbia Studios in Hollywood, California and produced by Terry Melcher.
VOCALS only (Gene Clark, David Crosby, Jim McGuinn):
“Dream Police” was the one of three singles released off of Cheap Trick’s 1979 album of the same name. The most successful of the group’s albums, it rose to #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. It was recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles and produced by Tom Werman.
VOCAL only (LEAD: Robin Zander, LEAD on bridge monologue: Rick Nielsen):
INSTRUMENTAL (GUITARS: Rick Nielsen, BASS: Tom Petersson, DRUMS: Bun E. Carlos, KEYS: Jai Winding):
“Lovely Rita” appeared on the Beatles 1967 masterpiece Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. While not released as a single, the track contributed to the set’s phenomenal sales of over 30 million units. It was recorded at EMI Studios in London and produced by George Martin.
VOCAL only (LEAD: Paul McCartney, BACKGROUND: George Harrison, John Lennon, Shawn Phillips):
“Hurts So Good” was among John Cougar Mellencamp’s first hit songs, appearing on his 1982 album American Fool. It rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and while failing to reach the top spot, remained in the top ten for 16 weeks and took the album to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. It was kept from the top spot by Survivor’s 80s classic “Eye Of The Tiger.” The recording was produced John Mellencamp and Don Gehman, and recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami and Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles.
VOCAL only (John Cougar Mellencamp):
INSTRUMENTAL (GUITARS: Larry Crane, Mike Wanchic; BASS: George “Chocolate” Perry; DRUMS: Kenny Aronoff; ORGAN: Eric Rosser):
Released on Bon Jovi’s 1986 album Slippery When Wet, “You Give Love A Bad Name” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and also helped fuel album sales of over 10 million in the U.S. alone. The track was recorded at Little Mountain Sound in Vancouver, Canada and produced by Bruce Fairbairn.
VOCAL only (Jon Bon Jovi) with some GUITAR (Richie Sambora):
GUITARS only (Richie Sambora):
Happy Hallowe‘en! “One More Red Nightmare” appeared on King Crimson’s 1974 album Red. At this point in the group’s history, it consisted of Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford and John Wetton. While only reaching #66 on the Billboard album chart, it remains a favorite with fans and artists as diverse as Nirvana‘s Kurt Cobain, who cited it as a major influence. It was recorded at Olympic Studios in London and produced by the group themselves.
VOCAL (John Wetton), GUITAR (Robert Fripp) only:
Coldplay’s first hit, “Yellow,” appeared on their debut album Parachutes, released in 2000. While going Platinum in the UK and Australia, the single only went Gold in the U.S. as fans were just discovering the act. It did introduce the group to millions, however, and Parachutes went on to garner the group a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. It was recorded at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, UK and produced by Coldplay and Ken Nelson.
VOCAL only (Chris Martin):
GUITAR only (ELECTRIC: Jonny Buckland, ACOUSTIC: Chris Martin):
BASS only (Guy Berryman):
DRUMS only (Will Champion):
KEYBOARDS only (Chris Martin):