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John's Best Vocals
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Sorry if it's already been done but I saw a discussion on another forum about "Good bad vocalists" and shockingly someone suggested John as someone who wassn't a good vocalist but had a quality to his voice. Of course I disagree. John was an incredible singer. What would you suggest are examples of John's best vocals? I'll go for...

 

 

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'Sexy Sadie ' & 'God '...:-)

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Billy Rhythm said
'Sexy Sadie ' & 'God '...:-)  

These are the first two I would have said as well. And in case you didn't know, Sexy Sadie is the G.O.A.T song.

Other great performances:

Rock & Roll Music

I Want You (She's So Heavy)

I've Got A Feeling (that relaxing John folk voice is perfect in this song)

Crippled Inside - great expressiveness and character in his phrasing

What You Got

(Just Like) Starting Over

I'm Stepping Out - Vintage John soaring above at some points, yet using that lighter Dylanesque tone as well

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sir walter raleigh said

These are the first two I would have said as well. And in case you didn't know, Sexy Sadie is the G.O.A.T song.  

What does that mean, SWR?

My favourite John vocals... This Boy , If I Fell (his harmony part is So. Good), Jealous Guy , Sexy Sadie , Money (That's What I Want) (he shreds that vocal so hard the mic clips), Happiness Is A Warm Gun and I'm So Tired both have incredible dynamics...

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GOAT = Greatest Of All Time, @Beatlebug 

My top 10 John vox in no particular order:

Julia

Across The Universe

Imagine

Sexy Sadie

Strawberry Fields Forever

Dear Prudence

Cry Baby Cry

Look At Me

Oh My Love

#9 Dream

There's a lot more of course. I almost have his range which is eternally frustrating. I've picked the "quieter" John because although his rocker voice is superb, IMHO it's the floaty yet incisive voice that has the better melodies, transmits the greatest emotion and transitions to falsetto brilliantly.

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ewe2 said
There's a lot more of course. I almost have his range which is eternally frustrating. I've picked the "quieter" John because although his rocker voice is superb, IMHO it's the floaty yet incisive voice that has the better melodies, transmits the greatest emotion and transitions to falsetto brilliantly.  

I agree (also I'm biased 'cause I like ballads) and how could I have forgotten Oh My Love?! paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

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Totally agree with his harmonies in If I Fell .

I also love his voice in This Boy on the anthology CD. The middle eight...raspy and sends shivers through me. Amazing performance. 

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Songs like Dear Prudence , Julia , Oh My Love, and others have always been able to transport me to that place that only John's voice can take me, as described eloquently above by ewe2.

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A Day In The Life still sends shivers down my spine

Revolution

Twist And Shout (even more impressive when you consider he had a bad cold on the day of recording this track)

Jealous Guy /Child Of Nature

Beautiful Boy

She Said She Said

 

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So many to choose from. I have to list This Boy straight away, though.

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Timothy said
So many to choose from. I have to list This Boy straight away, though.  

Yes, yes, yes!!

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A few favourites for me would be; Ticket To Ride , Help , Imagine and  Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) perhaps best of all. His singing is great on that track, as is the harmonising.

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merrymunky said

Yes, yes, yes!!  

I list Yes It Is as another early years standout. Full of emotion and power. 

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I've thought about this lately, and Out Of The Blue it came to meeee:

"No Reply ."  I just love how John abruptly busts in with the throaty low vocal in the beginning.  It sounds unlike any of his other vocal performances to me.  The double tracking accentuates its raw yet subdued forcefulness, and I like the control he exerts to not delve into his screamy rock voice until he loses it on "I saw the light!"

Two others come to mind:  "Not A Second Time " and "Sexy Sadie ."

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One Day At A Time from Anthology, and Real Love from Anthology.

Just divine showcases of his voice.

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Zig said
A great list so far. How about 'Woman '?

I forgot how amazing his own harmonies are in that song, "doing a Paul", particularly after the song modulates up and he sings that strong "you uu uu well well now and foreverrrr" part beatlemaniacs_02_gif

Not strictly in the vein of "best vocal" but Lennon does this bluesy thing with his melodies (it's just the way he emotes, really) which is also a kind of signature: he'll triplet down to a 7th or the root at the end of a line. Down to the root is most common, for instance Yer Blues is full of them. In And Your Bird Can Sing 'will it bring  you do-ow-houn", the "houn" is a 7th. Once you get that, you'll see it everywhere in his singing from I Am The Walrus to I Want You (She's So Heavy), Hey Bulldog and many others. In I Should Have Known Better he does a triplet to root ("to hoo hoo hooiooh hoo") and then a cheeky 7th drop ("o-oh"). I'm not a natural at harmonic analysis so this took me a long time to figure out what was going on, but it's always been the sugar on top for me!

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I can't believe no-one's yet mentioned Mother . There's damn good emotion in that one.

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I can't believe no-one's yet mentioned Mother . There's damn good emotion in that one.  

I was going to make a post about Mother . The song has been on my mind for a couple of days now. I don’t think there’s a more ‘real’ song than this. I think it’s basically perfect....those shouting vocals. Wow.

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Yeah, "Mother " is great, with lyrics as profound as the blade of a knife. That album has a few other "real emotion" songs, notably "I Found Out " and "God ".  I read somewhere that the screaming vocals toward the end of "Mother " reflected the "primal scream therapy" he and Yoko were doing at the time.  It's interesting how Paul's screaming is technically better, but lacks the vulnerable emotion John brings to it.

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