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The Smiths | Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before (vocal only, guitars only, instrumental)
From The Smiths 1987 album Strangeways, Here We Come, the track “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” was released as a single in all territories outside the UK. The album went to #55 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and #2 on the UK Top Albums list. Recorded at The Wool Hall in Beckington, Somerset, UK, it was produced by Morrissey, Johnny Marr, and Stephen Street.
VOCAL only (Morrissey):
GUITARS only (Johnny Marr):
INSTRUMENTAL (GUITARS/KEYS: Johnny Marr, BASS:Andy Rourke, DRUMS: Mike Joyce):
From the 2008 Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force album entitled Perpetual Flame, “Caprici di Diablo” was one of three instrumental tracks. Critically well received, the album did not post major sales numbers but is a favorite among fans. It was produced by Malmsteen himself and mixed by Roy Z.
GUITAR only (Yngwie Malmsteen):
“The Knife” is a track from the 1970 Genesis album Trespass. The album was not particularly successful upon its release, although it did go to #1 in Belgium. It was the last to feature Anthony Phillips on guitar, who was replaced by Steve Hackett at the same time as Phil Collins joined the band. The album was recorded at Trident Studios in London and produced by John Anthony.
VOCAL (Peter Gabriel); GUITAR (Anthony Phillips) only:
“Let There Be Rock” was the title track from the 1977 album from AC/DC. It helped the album go to #35 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and #17 on the UK chart, also pushing the release to over 5 million in U.S. album sales alone. It was recorded at Albert Studios in Sydney Australia and produced by Harry Vanda and George Young (an older brother of guitarists/group founders Angus and Malcolm Young).
VOCAL (Bon Scott); RHYTHM GUITAR (Malcolm Young) only:
RHYTHM GUITAR (Malcolm Young):
DRUMS (Phil Rudd):
R.E.M. released “Orange Crush” in 1988 on their Green album. Despite not being released as a single in the U.S., the track went to #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts and to #28 on the UK Singles chart. It was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis and Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York and produced by R.E.M. and Scott Litt.
DRUMS (Bill Berry); BASS (Mike Mills) only:
Led Zeppelin’s last full length album was 1979’s In Through the Out Door and “Fool In The Rain” was the last single released by the band. It went to #21 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was recorded at Polar Studios in Stockholm Sweden and produced by Jimmy Page. In this rare drum track, you can clearly hear that drummer John Bonham played a beat similar to the “Purdie shuffle” rhythm attributed to top session drummer Bernard Purdie.
DRUMS only (John Bonham R.I.P.) FULL LENGTH–Note that Bonzo drops an F-bomb at the beginning of this before he counts off. Sensitive listeners can check out the edited version below this one:
DRUMS only–Starts at :11 mark, little snippet of other Zepp classic first, not full length:
In honor of what would’ve been Freddie Mercury’s 68th birthday today: From Queen’s 1975 A Night at the Opera release, “You’re My Best Friend” was one of the most-played singles that helped the album become a hit. Released in the U.S. as a single, the track rose to #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. As relates to the Wurlitzer piano track, while normally Mercury handled such duties, he is said to have detested electric pianos. Instead, bass player John Deacon, who also wrote the song, played keys on the track. It was produced by Queen and Roy Thomas Baker.
VOCAL only (Freddie Mercury):
KEYBOARDS only (John Deacon):
From 1996’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight, Tonight” featured a 30 piece string track performed by group leader Billy Corgan’s hometown Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It helped propel the album to garner seven Grammy Award nominations and #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and several other world charts. It was recorded at Pumpkinland, Sadlands, Bugg Studios, Chicago Recording Company, all in Chicago, and The Village Recorder in Santa Monica, California and produced by Corgan, Flood and Alan Moulder.
STRINGS only (Chicago Symphony Orchestra):
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: