Hello to you up there from the rabbit hole I’ve found myself deep down in since discovering Jefferson Airplane’s isolated vocal track to their 1967 classic, ‘White Rabbit’.
Turns out there’s a treasure trove of other A Capella versions of all your favourite tracks from the golden age of music, AKA the past. The future of sound is mostly black and hollow, with occasional glimpses of respite, like number 4 on this list. Anyway, time to light a candle, press play on this sorcery and shiver your way to the holy land.
Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
It goes without saying that Grace Slick liked to tongue the tabs on the reg. She wrote this number as an ode to Alice in Wonderland and the wonderful pills and liquids she downed without question. In full swing, the song is a psychedelic wall of sound, but stripped back to just Slick’s vocals it’s a spine tingling trip through the looking glass.
Freddie Mercury & David Bowie – Under Pressure
My God, gets me every time. ‘Under Pressure’ was born after Freddie and Bowie found themselves recording at the same studios in Montreux, Switzerland. Bowie started turning up to Queen’s recording sessions, and according to Queen guitarist Brian May, Bowie and Mercury went into the vocal booth separately and sung how they thought the melody should go, with both insisting that the other shouldn’t hear what each had sung until after they were done. Name a more iconic duo. I’ll wait.
Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen
We know too much about Stevie Nicks. The sex, the drugs, the boofing. I wish we only knew about her voice and her music, because that’s all that matters. I mean, just listen to this. Stupid good. Way better than boofing.
Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody I Used To Know
Yeah, this song kinda sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the others because it was made in the last decade. But every now and then, the modern world can shock you by producing something that actually means something. No denying these chops, hater.
Eddie Vedder – Jeremy
Pearl Jam forever, hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo.