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First appearing on the Rolling Stones 1966 album Aftermath, “Under My Thumb” was a hit for the band and helped the album to #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and #1 on the U.K. Albums chart. The album was recorded in California at RCA Studios and was produced by Andrew Loog Oldham.
INSTRUMENTAL (GUITARS: Keith Richards, Brian Jones; BASS: Bill Wyman; MARIMBA: Brian Jones; DRUMS: Charlie Watts):
Here’s a treat for keyboard players and McCartney fans. From Paul McCartney and Wings Band on the Run album released in late 1973, the title track became arguably it’s best known cut. The track also won a Grammy Award in 1975 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals. It was recorded in Lagos, Nigeria in challenging conditions and mixed in London at Abbey Road Studios. McCartney is credited as producer with some sources also naming longtime Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick as co-producer (Emerick engineered for certain, in fact winning a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for his work).
KEYBOARDS/SYNTHESIZERS (Denny Laine, Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney); some RHYTHM GUITAR (Denny Laine, Paul McCartney) only–note there are sections of silence where keys do not play on this track:
The Who released “I Can See For Miles” as the only single off their 1967 album The Who Sell Out. It was also their highest charting single in the U.S., reaching the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Written by Pete Townshend, the track was recorded and mixed at three studios on two continents, including CBS Studios in London, Talentmasters in New York City and Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles. It was produced by Kit Lambert.
VOCALS only (Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend):
INSTRUMENTAL (GUITARS: Pete Townshend; BASS: John Entwistle; DRUMS: Keith Moon):
A track off the Beatles 1966 Revolver album, “Taxman” was written by George Harrison. Unusually, it actually featured Paul McCartney on bass and lead guitar (the latter of which is not heard here in this rhythm-only track). Topping most world music charts at the time including the Billboard 200 and U.K. album chart, the classic album was produced by George Martin and recorded at EMI Studios in London.
RHYTHM GUITAR (George Harrison); BASS (Paul McCartney): DRUMS (Ringo Starr) only:
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):