Beatles Vs Beach Boys Essay

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Live Sound 11998085 The Beatles and the Beach Boys are two of the most recognized, well-known and most popular musical acts of the 1960’s right through to the 1970’s. I will be focusing on the group acts rather than solo performers such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison of the Beatles, who took their own stylistic approach to their music after the Beatles’ separation. Each group’s arrangement and use of instruments classify them as part of the overall associated sound and typical subject matter of songs in the 1960’s, yet remain different enough to distinguish between each group’s desired sound. The Beach Boys’ signature sound, apart from their stringy guitars, southern Californian and Hawaiian influenced instrumentals, was their complex harmonies and articulate multi part vocal tracks. In one of the first instances of Phil Spector’s ‘wall of sound’, originally pioneered by Bryan Wilson, implementing the idea of the mixing technique into Spector’s mind, the lead vocals of the Beach Boys were often double tracked onto in mono, creating that smooth yet thicker sound the Beach Boys are often known and recognized for. This is explained in Bryan Wilson’s liner notes on the remastered Pet Sounds CD. They would record the band on four track with maybe a few overdubs, but mostly live. …show more content…

In a Beach Boys style vocal harmony, the lead vocal would be tracked with another voice a third above, another an octave above, and a bass part singing the root of the chord or an augmented chord, or alternatively, providing a choral pad of major or minor seventh chords, a suspended fourth, or a

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