Hear the sublime isolated vocals for the Beach Boys' 'Wouldn't it Be Nice'

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/08/12/hear-the-sublime-isolated-voca.html


This is taken from disc 3 of this amazing 4-CD box set: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pet_Sounds_Sessions


The words “Wouldn’t it be nice” next to a photo of a bunch of guys hanging out with goats.

Makes one think.

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Wouldn’t it be…


That made my day.

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That explains it. I was going to ask how someone pulled the vocals from the mix. This is essentially impossible as far as I understand it. It would be a wonderful technology though. Maybe some AI wizard could come up with a program that can do it.

As an owner of the box set I can confirm that this is not somethings some dude put together. There’s an entire CD of vocals only and one that’s all instrumentals.

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Hearing these isolated vocals one can hear how strongly the Beach Boys were influenced by college-lad harmony groups like the Lettermen and the Four Freshmen. I would have rejected the comparison back in the 60s–sweater-boy groups were the ultimate in uncool–but in retrospect it’s an interesting example of how musical styles intermingle and evolve.


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