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“American Girl” was a single off Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers debut self-titled album released in 1977. While it failed to chart highly in the U.S. on its initial release, the track was featured in films FM, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Silence of the Lambs, and Chasing Liberty, making it a popular track. Listen for Petty tuning himself up vocally at the beginning in this isolated track and Seymour’s unique background vocals. It was recorded at Shelter Studios in Hollywood, California and produced by Denny Cordell.
VOCAL only (LEAD: Tom Petty; BACKGROUND: Phil Seymour):
“Edge Of Seventeen” was a hit for Stevie Nicks off her 1981 solo debut album Bella Donna. As a single the track went to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it also helped propel the album to #1 on the Top 200 Albums Chart. The track produced Jimmy Iovine and Tom Petty, who brought his long-time keyboard player Benmont Tench in for the sessions.
VOCAL (LEAD: Stevie Nicks; BACKGROUND: Sharon Celani and Lori Perry); KEYBOARDS (Benmont Tench):
“Hammer To Fall” appeared on Queen’s 1984 release The Works. The album went Gold or Platinum in most world music territories. Recorded at the Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California and Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany, the album was produced by Queen and Mack.
VOCALS (Freddie Mercury, Brian May); GUITARS (Brian May):
VOCALS only (LEAD: Freddie Mercury and Brian May; BACKGROUND: May, Roger Taylor):
Although first recorded by June Carter Cash’s sister Anita Carter, Johnny Cash released the classic “Ring Of Fire” in 1963 on his album Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash. The track became the biggest hit of Cash’s career, staying at #1 on the Billboard country chart for seven weeks and selling well over 15 million copies. The recording was produced by Don Law.
VOCAL only (Johnny Cash R.I.P.):
Released on 2010′s Greatest Hits… So Far!!! album, P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass” went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and many other world charts. In this isolated track you can also hear some of the vocal ad libs that are harder to hear on the full original track. It was recorded at Woodshed Recording in Malibu, California and Maratone Studios in Stockholm, Sweden and produced by Max Martin and Shellback.
VOCAL only (P!nk):
“Dreams” was a single off Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1977 masterpiece Rumours, which achieved sales of over 25 million. This track proves that the simplicity of individual parts (like the Fleetwood/McVie rhythm section) can belie the cohesiveness of a track when put together. We included the full track on top of the list below so you can listen and compare. It was recorded largely at The Record Plant in Sausalito, California and produced by Fleetwood Mac, Ken Caillat, and Richard Dashut.
DREAMS–FULL TRACK (VOCALS: Stevie Nicks–LEAD; Lindsay Buckingham, Christine McVie–BACKGROUND):
GUITAR only (Lindsay Buckingham):
BASS only (John McVie):
DRUMS only (Mick Fleetwood):
KEYBOARDS only (Christine McVie):
Appearing on Van Halen’s 1984 album, which was strangely enough released in 1984, “Hot For Teacher” went to #55 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also helped the album go on to peak at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and sell over 14 million copies. (The group couldn’t budge Michael Jackson‘s Thriller from the top spot, although that was an album on which Eddie Van Halen did play a rather well-known guitar solo). Recorded at 5150 Studios in Hollywood, California, the track was produced by Ted Templeman.
GUITAR only (Eddie Van Halen):
DRUMS only (Alex Van Halen)
From their eponymous first album released in 1997, Third Eye Blind released “Losing A Whole Year” as a single as well. The song peaked at #13 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and #36 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and helped the album sell over six million copies. It was recorded at various studios in San Francisco and produced by singer/guitarist Stephan Jenkins and Eric Valentine.
VOCAL only (Stephan Jenkins):
Dokken released “Alone Again” on their 1984 debut album Tooth and Nail. The single hit #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #20 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and the album sold over a million copies in the U.S.. The album was produced by Roy Thomas Baker (The Cars, Queen) and Tom Werman (Cheap Trick, Mötley Crüe).
GUITARS only (Don Dokken, George Lynch):
This is a great collection of mostly vocal only highlights of various tracks from the Beatles classic Abbey Road album, released in 1969. The album went to #1 on most world charts. It was recorded at EMI, Olympic and Trident Studios in London and produced by George Martin and engineered by Geoff Emerick. Also, check out this interesting vocal plus instrumental elements compilation of the Abbey Road album here.
VOCALS only (Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr):