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Released originally prior to their first album as a single, “Pumped Up Kicks” also anchored their 2011 debut release entitled Torches. The album rose to #8 on the Billboard 200 Album charts and garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. While the album included production from such notables as Paul Epworth (who also worked with Adele), Greg Kurstin, Rich Costey, and Tony Hoffer, it was group leader Mark Foster who produced this track, which was actually the demo version.
VOCAL only (Mark Foster):
The classic “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos, featuring Eric Clapton and Duane Allman was recorded in 1970 at Criteria Studios in Miami with Tom Dowd joining the band as producer. It appeared on the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Here, Clapton and producer Dowd talk about recording this legendary work. Check out the 3:50 mark when Dowd plays back and discusses isolated dueling Clapton and Allman guitar parts, along with piano and other bits. This is an excerpt from Mark Moormann’s excellent 2003 film ”Tom Dowd and the Language of Music.”
STUDIO TALK (featuring Eric Clapton and Tom Dowd)/GUITARS (Duane Allman, Eric Clapton); PIANO (Jim Gordon):
“Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom) ” was featured in the 2010 film The Expendables and was also on the deluxe version of Shinedown’s album The Sound of Madness. It went to #1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart in 2010. It was produced by the group’s Brent Smith along with Dave Bassett.
VOCAL only (Brent Smith):
Released by The Beach Boys in 1966 on the same-titled album, “Good Vibrations” became a classic track for the group. The track went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 along with the UK, Australian and numerous other world charts. It was recorded at United Western, CBS Columbia, Gold Star, and Sunset Sound studios in Los Angeles, California and produced by group member Brian Wilson.
VOCALS only (Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson):
“Still Into You” was released in 2013 on Paramore’s fourth, self-titled album. The track rose to #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, went platinum in the U.S., and also sold well in other world markets. It also helped drive the album to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. It was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Paramore band member Taylor York. An interesting side note: This video was recorded by lead singer Hayley Williams herself in the studio’s vocal booth while recording the track.
VOCAL only (Hayley Williams):
Released on Van Halen’s 1981 album Fair Warning, “Mean Street” went to #12 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and helped to drive the album to 2 million in U.S. sales, actually the lowest-selling album for the band of the David Lee Roth era. The track was produced by Ted Templeman.
GUITAR only (Eddie Van Halen):
Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” was first released on their 1982 album Saints & Sinners. It was re-released in 1987 on their eponymous album Whitesnake with some minor lyric and instrumentation changes, at which time it went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Canadian chart. The album was produced by Mike Stone and Keith Olsen and mixed at Goodnight LA.
VOCAL only (David Coverdale):
From Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours, “Go Your Own Way” went to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also helped drive the album to #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums and UK Top Albums charts. The album went on to sell over 45 million copies worldwide and win a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1978. Produced by Fleetwood Mac, Richard Dashut, and Ken Caillat (father of Colbie Caillat), the album was recorded at a host of top rooms including Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida and the Record Plant Studios in Sausalito and Los Angeles, Zellerbach Auditorium in Berkeley, Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco and Davlen Recording Studio in North Hollywood, all in California.
VOCAL only (Lindsay Buckingham):
GUITAR/DOBRO only (Lindsay Buckingham):
BASS only (John McVie):
DRUMS only (Mick Fleetwood):
ADDT’L GUITARS (Lindsay Buckingham), PERCUSSION (Mick Fleetwood), KEYBOARDS (Christine McVie):
The classic track “Hotel California” appeared on the Eagles same-titled 1977 album. The track rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and helped drive the album to sales of over 20 million. It also won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1978. It was recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida and Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California and produced by Bill Szymczyk.
VOCALS only (LEAD: Don Henley, BACKING: Glen Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner):
GUITARS (Don Felder, Glen Frey, Joe Walsh); BASS (Randy Meisner); DRUMS (Don Henley):
From Ellie Goulding’s 2010 album Bright Lights, the track “Lights” charted well worldwide, rising to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 along with several #1 spots worldwide. The album also went to #1 in the U.K. It was recorded in the U.K. in private studios in homes and produced by Richard “Biff” Stannard and Ash Howes.
- INSTRUMENTAL (GUITAR: Ellie Goulding; DRUMS, KEYBOARDS: Ash Howes; PROGRAMMING: Steven Malcolmson; BASS, KEYBOARDS: Richard “Biff” Stannard):