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Shame about the theft of 'The Scream', but ;) I've been wondering.. who has the best scream in recorded music. My guess is James Brown (male) and Patti LaBelle or Joplin (female). Wha'cha think?

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Roger Daltrey: Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again"

Paul McCartney: Beatle's "Hey Jude"

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Terry Kath: Chicago's " damn, I can't remember the song, will edit this tomorrow" :freak:

Good topic! :thu:

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Originally posted by paully:

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Shame about the theft of 'The Scream'

What are you referring to?

 

As far as screams go, how about Rob Halford - Judas Priest.

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Best Screams go to Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, especially on Space Truckin' from Machine Head. He was also Jesus in the original Jesus Christ Superstar album release from 1970 (brown and gold cover, not the soundtrack) = excellent, silver-throated screams as Jesus. One of the best rock vocalists ever, with (not that you asked, but...) possibly the best rock drummer ever, Ian Paice.
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Joe Cocker's scream in "With a little help of my friends", is one of the best sreams ever.

 

Rob Halford is a pretty good screamer too yeah!

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I've said for years that Daltry's WGFA scream was tops. Anyone know how many overdubs they used on the record?

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Gillan's best screams were on "Child in Time" from the Live in Japan recordings. And he was definitely the best rock screamer. In the same era Edwin Starr was also great.

 

Originally posted by digibird:

Best Screams go to Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, especially on Space Truckin' from Machine Head. He was also Jesus in the original Jesus Christ Superstar album release from 1970 (brown and gold cover, not the soundtrack) = excellent, silver-throated screams as Jesus. One of the best rock vocalists ever, with (not that you asked, but...) possibly the best rock drummer ever, Ian Paice.

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Originally posted by Kendrix:

John L on "Twist and shout" is one of the top 5 screams IMHO.

(Slapping forehead.) Doh! I can't believe I forgot that one. I'm a much bigger fan of the Beatles than The Who, but I still have to put these two neck and neck. Both great! :thu:

 

And sorry to rain on your parade, Sign, but I can't stand Joe Cocker's version of A Little Help From My Friends. He sounds like he's trying to add emotion to a song that, in the original, reflects the melancholy vibe of Ringo. I just don't get that this deserves that much bombast. It's kinda the opposite of the Janis Joplin/Faith Hill versions of Piece Of My Heart, which begs for the aching wails Janis recorded. (As opposed to the Stepford Wife, Faith Hill version. :rolleyes: )

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Either Rolling Stone or Musician named their top ten screams in rock history years ago. I can't remember much from ther list but I believe that Daltry was number one, and the Beatles scream that made it was Lennon from Revolution, of which the editors said, "pre-primal scream therapy and thus less self-conscious," than Plastic Ono, I suppose they meant

 

I dunno. I consider the screaming/singing at the end of Mother to be some of the most harrowing vocalizing in recorded history.

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Screamers that IMHO should not go unpraised:

 

Wilson Picket - Mustang Sally of course. He also did a cover of Hey Jude. I think he was trying to outdo McCartney. A toss-up.

 

John Fogerty - does what I call the "cougar" scream to perfection on Travelin' Band. You know, not a long drawn out thing like Daltrey's classic, but a short scream with a sort of "yeahowww".

 

Another surprise contestant for the "cougar scream" is Richie Furay. Poco, remember? On their second album.

 

Mitch Ryder - what a great throaty, tonsil-ripping wonder he was back in the day!

 

Jim Morrison - really rich, phlegmy scream. I'm envious.

 

There are a bunch of great screamers in heavier grunge and heavy metal. The Soundgarten guy, the Iron Maiden guy, Pantera guy, the Slayer guy, etc. I don't buy this stuff, but I know they can ruin their vocal chords with the best of em.

 

Personally, I have one scream in me, then I'm done for the rest of the song.

 

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Originally posted by Philip O'Keefe:

Oh! Darling by the Beatles... the whole friggin' SONG is screamed. Gotta love Sir Paul for that one. ;)

Doh!!! That's two Beatles' songs I should've remembered for this thread! :eek:

 

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Some great choices. I'm suprised no one mentioned either of the Winter brothers. To followup, I love McCartny's OT screams, but he admits learning his technique from Little Richard (small point). :confused: One thing to ponder. ALL the choices are from 15 years ago or more. No one recent. Is this a current non-trend for singers, or has the computer age taken the edge off of the current crop of lead vocals(?), or are WE all just old farts! Hmmm

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In addition to the other fine screams mentioned I like Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) and Linda Perry (4NonBlondes) along with Aretha... :thu:

 

Poco ? That's a surprise - I'll have to see about that one and dig it out. Not doubting it but I just don't remember them screamin too much :)

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Originally posted by fantasticsound:

How about the guy from Sweet on Ballroom Blitz?? :)

Is it really a scream if its dead-on pitch?

I found a DVD documentary on Sweet a few months ago, really enjoyed it. Sadly I believe three of the four are dead already. :cry:

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Some good calls, but nothing tops Diamanda Galas on Wild Women With Steak Knives.

 

BTW, she's who JPJ was touring with when Page and Plant were getting sentimental.

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John Cale. He's got dozens of amazing screams: Fear is a Man's Best Friend, Guts, Roll-a-Roll, Heartbreak Hotel, Mercenaries(Ready for War)...

 

And it's the not just the scream, but the total psychotic meltdown that builds to them. Sincerity is a beautiful thing ;)

 

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