Originally Posted by MindRiot
Just a handful of my all-time favs...
Alice in Chains (no band has been that dark while being so
Beatles ('IF I FELL'...absolute perfection)
Beach Boys (Brian Wilson...nuff said)
The Mamas & the Papas
Good calls, all of 'em. I always thought Alice in Chains' vocals were one of the most most interesting things in rock at the time. I was just listening to Bee Gee's Horizontal
album (from their 60s Oz-Beatles period). BB goes w/o saying, of course. But it's great to see the Mamas & Papas listed, their studio stuff had great vocal arrangements. Some of the most enjoyable harmony stuff in pop at the time*... and because they were full on lifestyle hippie troublemakers they actually had some rock crossover fans. Live, they could have bigtime issues but that was an era when no one could ever hear anyone else on stage, for the most part.
*Honorable mention to the Association. I personally
never much liked them but they really had the glossy harmony thing down pat. And they were hugely popular. And "
Along Came Marry" is pretty damn catchy, too. ("Cherish" gives me the creeps, but that's just me. I have a low tolerance for sweet/treacly stuff.)