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Old Jan 06, 2012, 09:06 AM   #1
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Default Isolated Tracks - Vocal only, Bass only, Guitar only, etc.

Greetings all.

I'm pretty new here, but am really enjoyng myself. Worried about repeating things... I did a search looking for any threads dealing with the (fairly recent in my mind) phenomenon of listening to Beatles songs, with the various tracks isolated.


If these have been posted before, or similar threads have already been started, I've missed them, etc, please - a moderator do what you do regarding combining, merging, deleting, etc. Thanks!



So, what is a isolated Beatles tune?

i.e. hearing Bass ONLY, Vocals ONLY, Gutars ONLY, Drums ONLY, or a combination of those, such as a song with all instruments, but no vocals.
These are NOT COVERS, but rather The Beatles themselves, with various parts of the either isolated competely by themselves, or taking up 95% of the mix.


For me, it's a revolutionary way to listen to the greatest musicians of all time, and completey addicting. From what I can gather, most of these tracks were isolated by people who were smarter with a computer than I am, using the Beatles Rockband game audio tracks. If you are familiar with that game, each instrument must have a separate audio track for the game to work correctly. For example, if I'm playing bass and you're playing lead guitar, if I screw up, YOUR guitar part must be able to keep playing flawlessly without interruption for the game to "sound" and "play" properly. So each part of the song must have it's own, isolated track.

Now, HUNDREDS of these audio files/tracks have been isolated and are found in various places in the internet. Some of the very best are on YouTube.


Listening to bass only, vocals only, drums only, etc. brings a new depth to the songs. You will find things you never knew were there, and more. Harmonies you knew were fantastic reach out of the speakers or your earbuds and GRAB you in a way you didn't know was possible. Ringo's subtleties come flying at you, and bring a new appreciation to his excellent style. Guitars only, with no bass or percussion or vocals at all? WOW


So then, enjoy these links if you have not already heard them. It's as if you were sitting in Studio #2 at Abbey Road studios with the Beatles while they were recording, and you could pick out which Beatle you wanted to hear during the song, and hear ONLY Him. Fantastic!





Ok... here we go! Prepare to have your mind blown!!!!!


EDIT - In this space I had previously asked for help embedding YouTube vids, which Jerry answered below
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Old Jan 06, 2012, 09:08 AM   #2
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In My Life - vocals only

1. An attempt at an imbedded vid.



2. a simple clickable link...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V446W...eature=related
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Old Jan 06, 2012, 09:12 AM   #3
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A Day In The Life - Bass and Drums only! Impossible not to tap your feet and sing along!






http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSkmT...eature=related



Any help with the embedded video problems would be appreciated.
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Any help with the embedded video problems would be appreciated.
Inside the "tube" things, just put the ID of the video, not the entire http link. Like for A Day In The Life, only DSkmTAt9wvw should be in there.

I fixed the two videos above.
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Old Jan 06, 2012, 09:39 AM   #5
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Thank You Jerry.

I still don't see it here... but my computer is whacky right now. I do get them on my phone though. Weird. I should be able to post them properly going forward. Thanks again.



ok.... Have you ever wanted to hear Paul's fantastic bassline to Hey Bulldog, all by itself?







http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5ZaR2RkYhg
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I love Sun King.... here is Paul's bass only. He was such a badass. So simple... so good.




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And the hugely underrated Guitars....







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Dear Prudence.


A beautiful vocal isolation. Well done John!






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Those are so much fun to listen to... thanks for posting them, LMW! Of course, I adore the Dear Prudence vocal isolation as it is a special fave of mine... but that bass on Hey Bulldog was also totally groovy. (Yes, I said groovy! lol)

Like I said over on Menlove, these remind me of listening to my stereo Capitol releases with the headphones on and the balance knob turned all the way to one side. Those were the days....
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Amazing stuff LMW. Amazing.
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And the hugely underrated Guitars....]

I for one never underrated their anything - guitars or whatever!

Yeah, these guitar tracks are simply gorgeous. I used to have a BOSS phaser pedal - which emulated the Leslie guitar sound nicely - and "Sun King" was always a favorite of mine to play.

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Been listening to a lot of Paul stuff lately.... Don't tell my friends over at Melove Ave! -


Polythene Pam and She Came in Through The Bathroom Window, go Paul go!!! PP is excellent basswork in my (rather uneducated) mind.








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Now have a listen to George on the same two tracks.


Polythene Pam and She Came in Through the Bathroom Window. I will bet you $1,000 right now that you will shout John's line. "OH LOOK OUT!!!" at exactly the right time.


1:20 to 1:40 WILL be a ringtone of mine very soon...





http://www.youtube.com/user/BeatlesM...30/bxR70TaGK5s


I think George makes a mistake after the guitar lick he plays at the 21 second mark. After the lick there are a few notes that linger, in a way that does not occur during any similar guitar licks/phrases during that part of the song. I never heard them until the ipod days began 6 or so years ago, and I got some decent earbuds on. They really jump out at me when listening to George isolated.

Thoughts on this please?
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Been listening to a lot of Paul stuff lately.... Don't tell my friends over at Melove Ave! -


Polythene Pam and She Came in Through The Bathroom Window, go Paul go!!! PP is excellent basswork in my (rather uneducated) mind.
I've always loved how Paul always mixes-up his parts - whether bass playing or vocals. Never plays or sings quite the same way for each similar section.

In this case, I love how he kicks his playing into overdrive for the second verse of "She Came In...". The first verse and the third verse receive slow, "walking" bass lines.... but the second verse gets more of a groove.

He's just the best there ever was, and will be, on that four-string thang!

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Oh my....


Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise), vocal's only. Damn... incredible. A little more banter in there than I had originally thought. Cool stuff.





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Now have a listen to George on the same two tracks.
I can't be 100% certain, but I know I read in some reliable and knowledgable source (the only ones I refer to) that it's actually John playing those guitar parts in "Polythene Pam" - the ones that are isolated here... those prominent, choppy, over-driven chords that slide down the neck.

I'll need to take another look and see if I can find where I read that.

I am not going to retract what I said above... but upon listening again, it DOES sound like George's playing style, doesn't it.

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I still imagine this song as the actual "End". Last song recorded. The good vibes of the Abbey Road Album and the recording sessions for it had all the comroderie we haveread about. There was a magnificent feeling in the room, positivity everywhere, etc. Revisionist history, I know, but it works for me on a fun whimsical level.

I could always picture in my mind all four of them, particularly John, Paul, and George, doing tons of takes of THIS PART, until they get the one they really like. Playing together, taking their turns, constructively criticising each other and encouraging each other as well. Harmonious, magnificent... CREATION.

Hey, let me dream a little, ok? Give it a shot, it's fun. Close your eyes, and in your best George Martin voice say "ok lads, The End Guitars, take # __"







http://www.youtube.com/user/BeatlesM...79/hjOe2GHviFg

They each take a step forward when it's their turn. Not talking, just crushing it! And Yoko wasn't there for these, ok?
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Rock Band mixes are great, aren't they? Sweeeeeeet. It just doesn't get any better than that. Perfect end to the perfect career.
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Hey, let me dream a little, ok? Give it a shot, it's fun. Close your eyes, and in your best George Martin voice say "ok lads, The End Guitars, take # __"
I like how - when isolated - each guitarist's style is that much more apparent....

George's deliberate scale runs... then Paul's bluesy wailing... then John's frenzied rhythmic attacks.

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