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Paul's voice at it's "peak"
3 February 2014
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For some reason when I clicked on parlance's last post, it took me back to the "Golden Slumbers" video then I saw my comment I lodged so long ago (a little over one year ago), which I was about to say but then I found myself saying it so much better back then!  I also noticed that during that concert while Paul was singing, due to the nature of the equipment set-up, the keyboard and the microphone, he had to keep leaning forward and straining his neck to get close to the mic, which has got to affect one's voice slightly.

 

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3 February 2014
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Re: the "two Yesterdays" clip:  I don't get it.  I only hear one voice, and I assume it's the earlier one?  Why aren't there two voices sounding?

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3 February 2014
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I hear two voices. But at the page, they do recommend listening with headphones.

parlance

Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

3 February 2014
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D'OHHH!!!blue-meanie

Now I hear it clearly.  Thanks for that clip, quite phenomenal.

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6 February 2014
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It's hard for me to say when his voice hit its peak. He had incredible vocal range right from the very first singles they recorded, and the versatility was obviously there very early on - he could belt out the screaming "I Saw Her Standing There," sing the impossibly high harmonies on "Please Mr. Postman," and tone it down for the melodic "Till There Was You."

To me, it seems like his voice just got better well into the 70's, and his versatility exploded. I don't notice the first hints of thickening vocal chords and more choked-sounding high notes until the Flowers in the Dirt album, which was late 80's.

It would be an interesting project to chart his vocal range and see what limits he hit throughout his career. The lowest sung note I can remember him hitting is the low A in "Rocky Raccoon" ("hit young Rocky in the eyyyyye"). The highest falsetto scream or "woo" I can think of is probably in "Oh Darling" when he hits that soprano A note after "when you told me ..." - and he hit that note somewhat regularly ("Why Don't We Do It In The Road??", the end of "Hey Jude", the chorus of "Maybe I'm Amazed"). The highest full-voice note that he hits, as far as I can remember, is the high C# in the "my little lady-y-y-y-yeah" at the end of "Jet."

That's a ridiculous range, crossing at least four octaves. It's amazing.

Not a bit like Cagney.
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