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    How Many Say I comments aside, which song do youse guys think best showcases Ed's vocals. As in which are the clearest and best sounding. I have to say either When It's Love or Finish What Ya Started. In the 1983 concert since Dave basically doesnt sing, you can hear Ed real good on Unchained, which is cool. I have to say that during 1998 when they started with the whole singing different parts of WCTBL, Ed doesnt sound very good, but its cool just because the way he does it(i.e. yelling).
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    I dig'em on "Jamie's Cryin'" and "The Full Bug."
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    I gotta go with Jamie's Cryin' personally, but Dancing in the Streets is pretty good too in terms of Ed's backing vox.
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    I'm going to pretend "How Many Say I" does not exist for the purpose of this thread.

    ...in fact, I'm going to adopt that as a matter of policy even after I click "POST REPLY". Anyway.....

    It's always been pretty hard for me to pick out what was truly Ed's voice in a studio recorded Halen song. The backing vocals combo of Ed and Mike and Al have always come together seamlessly in least in my ears. I guess for longs like "When It's Love", "Summer Nights", "Light Up The Sky", the backing vocals are every bit as impressive as the primary one. So I guess my answer is that Ed really shines on those tunes for me.

    "Human Being" however is the clearest song for hearing Ed's pipes... at least in a way that didn't make my dog run away.
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    Another related question, some times Alex is credited with singing backup vocals, but most of the time he is not, which songs does Alex sing backup on? Or is it all of them and he's just not credited, cause I cant tell when he is. Other than Not Enough and Jump maybe.
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    In the booklet for FUCK, it shows the whole band singing around the mic and Alex is there too. I'm pretty sure that he is on most of the back-up vocals in the studio. It's always hard for me to distinguish who's singing what part in the background vocals. I think Mikey always has the higher parts.

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    Yeah I could never figure out what Alex sounds like singing, as far as Happy trails and stuff is concerned. I know Mikey is all high, Ed's kinda in the middle, Roth is kinda deep, Cherone's everywhere, and Hagar's higher than Ed and lower than Mike. I just Can't find Alex! I mean, I know what he sounds like talking....
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    Quote Originally Posted by VHPoundcake
    In the booklet for FUCK, it shows the whole band singing around the mic and Alex is there too. I'm pretty sure that he is on most of the back-up vocals in the studio. It's always hard for me to distinguish who's singing what part in the background vocals. I think Mikey always has the higher parts.
    I'm not saying Alex doesn't ever sing, because I am sure he does, but I don't think that photo from F.U.C.K. is a really a reliable indication.

    The Queen film clip for Bohemian Rhapsody shows bassist John Deacon singing in the harmonies and he never sung at all throughout Queen's lengthy career.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shumway
    I'm not saying Alex doesn't ever sing, because I am sure he does, but I don't think that photo from F.U.C.K. is a really a reliable indication.
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    Good point, but I just checked the credits in the FUCK inlay card, and Big Al is indeed credited as supplying "background vocals".
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum
    I'm going to pretend "How Many Say I" does not exist for the purpose of this thread.

    ...in fact, I'm going to adopt that as a matter of policy even after I click "POST REPLY". Anyway.....
    Shouldn't that policy have been implemented far in the deep recesses of your brain since, oh, about '98 or so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen
    Shouldn't that policy have been implemented far in the deep recesses of your brain since, oh, about '98 or so?
    Quiet there, you fucker
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    Quiet there, you fucker

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    I just loved his back ground vocals on Eruption,didn't you?

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    All I know is that it seems with this last tour, Ed's vocals have gotten somewhat more "growly" and "heavier"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red-Diamond
    All I know is that it seems with this last tour, Ed's vocals have gotten somewhat more "growly" and "heavier"...
    Yeah, like during Runaround, he's all like RROUND! RRROUND! RRRROUND! YOU COCKSUCKERS HAHAHAHA, and Mike's all like hey kids, cut that shit out!

    Sam's voice also sounds slightly raspy since Balance on the Vh stuff, which is especially cool on Unchained...but anyway back to topic.....
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