In praise of harmony vocals and duets

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In praise of harmony vocals and duets
« on: April 25, 2020, 10:02:27 PM »
I spent a bit of time this evening listening to some Peter Gabriel, and it began to hit me how much I liked his songs where he brought in guest vocalists to share in the singing. Proper duets like Don't Give Up and Blood Of Eden, along with songs like Games Without Frontiers and Sky Blue, where the guests raised the songs that much higher. I 've also always been enamored of bands that share lead vocal duties among multiple members: The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, Tears For Fears, Alice In Chains, and my latest fave band Amanitas. Anyway, some of all of that is on the way.      :)



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Re: In praise of harmony vocals and duets
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2020, 10:42:46 PM »
R.E.M. was unparalleled in this department during the I.R.S. era. Harborcoat, for example, has three melodies going on during the chorus:


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Re: In praise of harmony vocals and duets
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2020, 11:56:40 AM »
These artists have some truly incredible harmony vocals. 

Firstly, Gillian Welch and her long=term partner David Rawlings, an American folk due specializing in sparse, haunting music.  They worked on the soundtrack for O Brother Where Art Thou.  Gillian voices one of the sirens.  She is one of my favorite songwriters, and he is one of my favorite guitar players.  Every one of their albums is excellent, but The Harrow and the Harvest and Time (The Revelator) are particularly fantastic.
This one has a wonderfully strange harmony at 2:19:
And this is just my favorite song by them:

And then there's Ye Vagabonds, an Irish folk due consisting of two brothers.  The way their voices blend is stunning, and while they do a lot of traditional songs, they write some incredible tunes as well, like this one:
And this one:
And here's Lowlands of Holland, a traditional song:
There's a bible verse,
says the last one shall be first.
Well, if that verse is true,
there's hope for me and you.
-Kevin Kerby

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Re: In praise of harmony vocals and duets
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2020, 09:26:57 PM »
For me, Grace Slick's best male vocal foil was Marty Balin...but I've always felt that Mickey Thomas got something out of her on this song that she never equalled before or afterwards.


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Re: In praise of harmony vocals and duets
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2020, 12:17:24 AM »
Canít have this thread go on without mentioning what was, arguably, the best prog rock band that featured two lead vocalists. In my early teens (before that Irish band found its way into my life) they were my favorites. Iíve been listening to this particular album, on and off, for 40 years now. My first love, basically.  :)


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Re: In praise of harmony vocals and duets
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2020, 09:43:33 PM »
^ I always liked Hodgson's songs more, but Davies was my fave singer of the two.

...here's some bluegrass-derived sweetness, with just enough astringency to keep it interesting. Yes, that In My Time Of Dying.




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Re: In praise of harmony vocals and duets
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2020, 10:18:03 PM »
The SŲderberg sisters from Sweden (First Aid Kit) have amazing hamonies.


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Re: In praise of harmony vocals and duets
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2020, 07:49:47 PM »
The Harmony of CSN can never be topped. Just one example:

Your night just ripped and it is torn to shreds