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Old Feb 03, 2008, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default i'm trying to figure out what makes george's vocals special

I think there is a certain vulnerability?

The voice seems to strain....

but never quite breaks...

it somehow travels beyond its limits

a beautiful thinness?

it's hard to explain
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Old Feb 05, 2008, 09:33 AM   #2
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I love George's deep, rich voice. I think George and Paul had the most pleasant sounding speaking and singing voices.

George had a very intense sound and I think the intensity was what helped to distinguish him.
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he has a very resonant voice and sings rather high, my singing coach says it is impossible to sing like that.
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He had a beautiful softness and tenderness to his voice.
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I would even say that from the 4 George was the one who unlike the others could set his vocals on the right atmosphere belonging to the song he was singing.
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dang, I thought matt had come back :(

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Old Feb 09, 2009, 04:29 PM   #7
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I think there is a certain vulnerability?

The voice seems to strain....

but never quite breaks...

it somehow travels beyond its limits

a beautiful thinness?

it's hard to explain
You put it very well, Matt. At times, you felt it was a bit of a strain
as he didn't have a strong voice. But that was usually when he was
trying for volume. But when he was singing in his soft, quiet way, he
was wonderful. I'm thinking of the Anthology version of "Something,"
during the first verse, how soulfully he sang "something in the way
she mo-o-oves me...." Just beautiful.
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I think his voice is rich rather than thin. And I love it that he sings in his accent. I think that makes him even more sincere.
A beautiful, beautiful voice.
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I think there is a certain vulnerability?

The voice seems to strain....

but never quite breaks...

it somehow travels beyond its limits

a beautiful thinness?

it's hard to explain
it is hard to explain yeah. It never breaks but it has this special emotional touch which you do not heart often.

Another example is "The Day The World Gets Round" which is for many probably not the first song you think of when you wanna play a Harrisong, yet now with the Cat Stevens cover it shows again when you hear that cover which itself especially for those who dig Cat Stevens will be ok and beautiful, but then when you play the original, suddenly you are shown how amazing George sings here and how he lays down so much feeling in his voice with the emotion about the troubles in the world which are still here every day but then how he switches to the "but I don't wanna be like you" bridge, well that is also an example which says it all how maybe he even became the best vocalist of The Beatles..

mmm a bit of a long sentence I think...
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Yes, a "run-on sentence" they call that in school, but we don't count off points for it around here. Nor for spelling.
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Oh come on Harrison's voice is piss poor in comparison to Lennon/McCartney.

Just listen to Do You Want To Know A Secret, it's terrible, his range is awful.

I agree that he sings well on something, but that's about all he could, that kind of soft/whimsical style because his voice couldn't cope with anything more testing.
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Then you probably have not heard George much if you can only come up with these examples.
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Then you probably have not heard George much if you can only come up with these examples.
Exactly.


If you have heard any of George's songs you'd know that it is beautiful. I love hearing it. It has innocence to it, I don't know how to explain it but it's great.
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His voice is a little trembly on DYWTKAS and "Chains"--but keep in mind he had a cold that day, which was a pretty rushed session as it is. He sounds fine on "Don't Bother Me" and "Devil in Her Heart."

Interesting to see FP brought up "The Day the World Gets 'Round," that's a great song and I love the vocal on that--the notes are a little high but he's not straining or anything; it just sounds really emotional and nice.

There are only three songs where I'm not a fan of his vocals--"Bye Bye Love," which is possibly the worst thing he ever recorded as it is so it's not like great vocals would've really salvaged it; "You," which is way too high for him and again, is a weak song and his worst single; and "My Sweet Lord (2000)" which isn't really his fault because of aging and sickness, but half of it he just talks through.

One of the coolest George vocal performances ever: the "Oh yeah"s at the end of "Unconsciousness Rules." One of his most underrated songs; he sings well the entire time but that outro is fantastic.
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His voice is a little trembly on DYWTKAS
I get a little trembly trying to figure out these song title puzzles . Smilies are much easier.

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Interesting to see FP brought up "The Day the World Gets 'Round," that's a great song and I love the vocal on that--the notes are a little high but he's not straining or anything; it just sounds really emotional and nice.
he did a few challanges on that album but it comes out so beautiful and in line with the spiritual and peaceful touch of the album and the amazing orchestral contribution. "That Is All" is another good example of that, I believe.

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There are only three songs where I'm not a fan of his vocals--"Bye Bye Love," which is possibly the worst thing he ever recorded as it is so it's not like great vocals would've really salvaged it;
on that song the vocals were less important than the message, I believe. It's a messy song about a messy issue at the time.

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Thanks my friend for bringing that one forward. Had not played that in a long time.
Indeed very underrated. Great vocals there and instrumentation.

Awesome outro !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Oh come on Harrison's voice is piss poor in comparison to Lennon/McCartney.
I disagree. John didnt have the strongest voice but a unique one. Paul was clearly the best singer in a traditional sense but who wants that all the time. Georges voice got better as he aged, listen to his final album and his voice is great! The examples you give are very early recordings
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I get a little trembly trying to figure out these song title puzzles . Smilies are much easier.
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on that song the vocals were less important than the message, I believe. It's a messy song about a messy issue at the time.
Definitely, and I remember hearing about the whole "Patti and Eric [don't really] sing backup vocals!" thing and thinking it was going to be a cool listen. Then I heard it for the first time and it was just kinda...I guess I was expecting something more like the original with different lyrics. I think the DH album as a whole is pretty underrated but that track is just too bitter in every way.

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Thanks my friend for bringing that one forward. Had not played that in a long time.
Indeed very underrated. Great vocals there and instrumentation.

Awesome outro !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They should've included it on Let it Roll Seriously, I've always loved that song but it's overshadowed by the whole controversy with SIE. That's another album that doesn't get enough appreciation.

We need to start a "George's Best Vocals" topic in Crackerbox.
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George has a beautiful voice and a very unique voice that is hard to match. i think the vocals on DYWTKAS are just fine, easy to listen to.
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I always thought George's voice was very sexy on "Do You Want to Know a Secret."
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