i thought I’d resurrect some highly subjective music talk, and will throw out some pieces of singing that really moved me over the years. I’m looking forward to hearing the favorites of others - I love many of the music-related threads.

Bruce Dickinson/Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name

Rob Halford/Judas Priest - Victim of Changes

Robert Plant/Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love

Chris Cornell/Soundgarden - Slaves & Bulldozers

Chris Cornell/Temple of the Dog - Say Hello to Heaven

Chris Cornell/Audioslave - Show Me How to Live

James Hetfield/Metallica - Bleeding Me

I’m sure I’ll think of more to add. 

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Bruce Dickinson/Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast

Rob Halford/Judas Priest - Painkiller

Axl Rose/Guns N’ Roses - Welcome to the Jungle

Freddy Mercury/Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody 

Geoff Tate/Queensryche - Eyes of a Stranger

Mark Slaughter/Slaughter - Fly to the Angels

Ozzy Osborne/Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath 

Serj Tankian/System of a Down - Chop Suey

First thoughts

Sam Cooke - Cupid- great singer

Marvin Gaye - What’s going on  - one of many

Burton Cummings - American Woman- attitude , favorite RnR singer

Jeff Buckley-Hallelujah -pure

Dion DiMucci- The Wanderer—swagger

Van Morrison- Listen to the Lion  -  amazing

Joe Cocker - With a Little Help From My Friends (Woodstock version)

Thom Yorke (Radiohead) - Fake Plastic Trees

Roger Daltrey (The Who) - Love Reign O'er Me

Aretha Franklin - Natural Woman

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) - Wild Horses

Jay Farrar (Son Volt) - Windfall

Emmylou Harris - Pancho and Lefty

Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights

Carl Wilson (Beach Boys) - God Only Knows

Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) - White Rabbit

Bono (U2) - Bad

I'm sure there are some others I can't think of right now.

 

steve8 posted:

Joe Cocker - With a Little Help From My Friends (Woodstock version)

Thom Yorke (Radiohead) - Fake Plastic Trees

Roger Daltrey (The Who) - Love Reign O'er Me

Aretha Franklin - Natural Woman

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) - Wild Horses

Jay Farrar (Son Volt) - Windfall

Emmylou Harris - Pancho and Lefty

Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights

Carl Wilson (Beach Boys) - God Only Knows

Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) - White Rabbit

Bono (U2) - Bad

I'm sure there are some others I can't think of right now.

 

Awesome list steve!

gigabit posted:
steve8 posted:

 

 

Bono (U2) - Bad

 

The greatest song they wrote, from their greatest album.  

It is an incredible live song (watch their performance from Live Aid; it was a seminal moment for the band).

I listened to the Wide Awake in America version of this so many times I wore the cassette out entirely

A few others I thought of

The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There

Screamin Jay Hawkins - I Put a Spell On You

David Byrne (Talking Heads) - Once in a Lifetime

Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) - Brass in Pocket

Neither of those last two are my favourites from those artists but imo both are made great by strong vocal performances. I had a hard time deciding between Brass and Stop Your Sobbing. I've always liked her singing.

steve8's lists are pretty damned good. I'll add these:

Lowell George - Rock n Roll Doctor (Little Feat) 
Lowell George - Long Distance Love (Little Feat) 
Paul McCartney - Oh Darling (Beatles)
Merry Clayton - Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones)
Robert Plant - Since I've Been Loving You (Led Zep)
Neil Young - The Needle & The Damage Done
Janis Joplin - Summertime

Jim Morrison - LA Woman

Gladys Knight - Midnight Train to Georgia

Michael Stipe - The One I Love

Paul Simon - The Boy in The Bubble

Robert Plant - Hey Hey What Can I Do

Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness

Elton John - Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting

Daryl Hall - She's Gone

Sam Cooke - Bring It On Home To Me

Roger Daltry - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground

Kurt Cobain - All Apologies

Marvin Gaye - Trouble Man

Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer

Jerry Cantrell - Would?

Steve Perry - Faithfully

Carole King - So Far Away

Andy Partridge - No Thugs In Our House

John Lennon - Watching The Wheels

Morrisey - The Queen Is Dead

Bryan Ferry - Street Life

Bono - Like A Song...

Jimmy Barnes & Michael Hutchence - Good Times

Paul McCartney - Yesterday

George Harrison - My Sweet Lord

Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

Sting - Hungry For You

gigabit posted:

Jim Morrison - LA Woman

Gladys Knight - Midnight Train to Georgia

Michael Stipe - The One I Love

Paul Simon - The Boy in The Bubble

Robert Plant - Hey Hey What Can I Do

Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness

Elton John - Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting

Daryl Hall - She's Gone

Sam Cooke - Bring It On Home To Me

Roger Daltry - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground

Kurt Cobain - All Apologies

Marvin Gaye - Trouble Man

Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer

Jerry Cantrell - Would?

Steve Perry - Faithfully

Carole King - So Far Away

Andy Partridge - No Thugs In Our House

 

Gladys, Otis, Daryl and Stevie: great additions. Daryl is such an underrated vocalist. And as much as I love XTC (and I do), I wouldn't have thought to include Andy Partridge in this thread.

robsutherland posted:

Nina Simone – Sinnerman

Nina Simone I Ain’t got No/I’ve got Life

Nina Simone – Four Women

Nina Simone – I Loves You, Porgy

Nina Simone – I put a Spell on You

Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes.

But I'll take your Nina and raise you a Lady Day.

  • Strange Fruit
  • God Bless the Child
  • I'll Be Seeing You

Etc.

sunnylea57 posted:

Gladys, Otis, Daryl and Stevie: great additions. Daryl is such an underrated vocalist. And as much as I love XTC (and I do), I wouldn't have thought to include Andy Partridge in this thread.

I was trying to think of an XTC song also, but the closest I could get was Colin's vocals on Making Plans for Nigel. Their genius was song writing and arrangements imho.

I'll try to stop adding more but I thought of this one last night

Ian Curtis (Joy Division) - Transmission (The BBC Sessions)

sunnylea57 posted:

steve8's lists are pretty damned good. I'll add these:

Lowell George - Rock n Roll Doctor (Little Feat) 
Lowell George - Long Distance Love (Little Feat) 
Paul McCartney - Oh Darling (Beatles)
Merry Clayton - Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones)
Robert Plant - Since I've Been Loving You (Led Zep)
Neil Young - The Needle & The Damage Done
Janis Joplin - Summertime

Hey Bomba503.... ^.  

winetarelli posted:

“Georgia On My Mind” - Ray Charles

I honestly cannot believe no one has seconded this. Or even mentioned Ray Charles!  

Apart from Ray (my favorite vocalist of the rock era), here are some others...

”Mr. Pitiful” - Otis Redding

”Can’t Turn You Loose” - Otis Redding 

“Twist and Shout” - John Lennon 

“I Am The Walrus” - John Lennon

”Kozmic Blues” - Janis Joplin

”Get it While You Can” - Janis Joplin

”To Love Somebody” - Janis Joplin 

“Me and Bobby McGee” - Janis Joplin 

“The Letter” (live) - Joe Cocker

”Sweet Thing” - Van Morrison 

“(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” - Jackie Wilson

Blue (album as one cohesive work) - Joni Mitchell

”White Rabbit” - Grace Slick

”Today” - Marty Balin with Grace Slick

”Levon” - Elton John

This list is not exhaustive, even of some of the artists mentioned. Just a few thoughts. 

If non rock-era or way off rock, just a few obvious thoughts:

”St. Louis Blues” (1954 w/ Velma Middleton) - Louis Armstrong (and Velma is very good, too)

”Nessun Dorma” - Luciano Pavarotti (various recordings)

”O Mio Babbino Caro” - Kiri Te Kanawa (1983 Great Performances recording)

irwin posted:

just about anything sung by Renee Fleming.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv9UdtFepdY

Good call.  Opera performances come to mind and there are few references here.  While I do not consider myself an authority of any kind in re opera, i’d say any reasonable fan would suggest an aria by Maria Callas.

While I can’t pop off opera singers on a whim, I’d say any well sung Queen of the Night ari in the Magic Flute night perhaps humble a few singers in this thread.  Ditto a well sung count Aviveno in Esci omai, garzon malnato in il nozze di figaro.

it is my understanding Don Giovanni has some of the best bass singing of all time.

winetarelli posted:
winetarelli posted:

“Georgia On My Mind” - Ray Charles

I honestly cannot believe no one has seconded this. Or even mentioned Ray Charles!  

Apart from Ray (my favorite vocalist of the rock era), here are some others...

”Mr. Pitiful” - Otis Redding

”Can’t Turn You Loose” - Otis Redding 

“Twist and Shout” - John Lennon 

“I Am The Walrus” - John Lennon

”Kozmic Blues” - Janis Joplin

”Get it While You Can” - Janis Joplin

”To Love Somebody” - Janis Joplin 

“Me and Bobby McGee” - Janis Joplin 

“The Letter” (live) - Joe Cocker

”Sweet Thing” - Van Morrison 

“(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” - Jackie Wilson

Blue (album as one cohesive work) - Joni Mitchell

”White Rabbit” - Grace Slick

”Today” - Marty Balin with Grace Slick

”Levon” - Elton John

This list is not exhaustive, even of some of the artists mentioned. Just a few thoughts. 

Levon, undoubtedly. Probably my favorite Elton song.

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