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We have a new "highest vocal note in a DT album"

  • We have a new "highest vocal note in a DT album"
    September 12, 2011 - 6:21pm

    In the chant part for BMUBMD, the backing vocals go up very, very high.

    F5 - Under A Glass Moon
    Higher than that..

    F#5 - Learning To Live
    Even higher...

    G5 - Octavarium
    Yes, it's higher than that...

    G#5 - Build Me Up, Break Me Down
    Insanely high! But wait...

    A5 - Build Me Up, Break Me Down
    Yep. The backing vocals in BMUBMD are mainly G#5 (already a record), but they reach an astounding A5, a whole step higher than the previous highest note, from Octavarium. The only time I've heard James LaBrie reach A5 before is on the bootleg recording of DT's cover of Number of the Beast.

    He's 48 years old, but he's still got it.

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Ad134's picture
on September 12, 2011 - 6:21pm

In the chant part for BMUBMD, the backing vocals go up very, very high.

F5 - Under A Glass Moon
Higher than that..

F#5 - Learning To Live
Even higher...

G5 - Octavarium
Yes, it's higher than that...

G#5 - Build Me Up, Break Me Down
Insanely high! But wait...

A5 - Build Me Up, Break Me Down
Yep. The backing vocals in BMUBMD are mainly G#5 (already a record), but they reach an astounding A5, a whole step higher than the previous highest note, from Octavarium. The only time I've heard James LaBrie reach A5 before is on the bootleg recording of DT's cover of Number of the Beast.

He's 48 years old, but he's still got it.

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Ad134's picture

[quote=lak89]I feel that James in particular sounds renewed and invigorated on this album, he's sounding so much more organic.[/quote]

Oh definitely. I've listened to the album quite a few times already and it keeps getting more awesome. They did it again. I can't believe it :D

lak89's picture

I feel that James in particular sounds renewed and invigorated on this album, he's sounding so much more organic.

Brewtaco's picture

those g#5s and a5s are fucking crazy \m/

dongringo's picture

I was very surprised at this note upon first listen. James owns it. In fact, he's spectacular on every song on this album.

lak89's picture

@theboomr:

You're not alone, I love SC too (I love old and new DT alike and I'm very accepting), ITPOE, The Ministry Of Lost Souls and Constant Motion are among my favorite DT songs.

And yea I heard the backing vocals during the chorus of Build Me Up, Break Me Down, at first I couldn't believe that was James, it was amazing.

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I was wondering what notes those were, lol. Have been too lazy to open my piano app on teh iPhone to find out :P Fyi LaBrie also sang an A5 in the live version of Lines in the Sand that was on Chaos in Motion.
Random side note...I think I might be the only person on the planet that loves Systematic Chaos...it was one of my first albums, so that Could be the reason why, but I'm pretty sure it's not, since after having all their other albums also, I still love all the tracks on Systematic Chaos. How can you not think Ministry of Lost Souls is absolutely incredible? :P Just my opinion though.

Ad134's picture

To be honest, I don't think they would have fit too well on other songs. Perhaps on the prechoruses for On The Backs Of Angels, if the harmonies went up a couple of octaves as well as down, they could have reached A5, but I think it would sound forced. The chants in BMUBMD are that high up because he's basically screaming the words at you. Very effective, but wouldn't be if overused.

JonnyGR04's picture

THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!!!!!

I was wondering who that was. My only beef is that they didn't use it anywhere else. I would have liked to heard those kinds of pitches and tones in different places. Perhaps some Bridges in the Sky or Outcry.

But seriously.... He owns so much face on this album. LOVE THE LABRIE!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmIVGLrPJQQ

Ad134's picture

[quote=talong]you're kidding, right? WDADU is much better than BCSL[/quote]
I believe you're referring to my signature, not my post ;)

But I don't really like WDADU, to me it doesn't sound like a DT album, and not just because of Dominici. Having said that, it's still better than the nightmare of SC.

Anyway...

talong's picture

you're kidding, right? WDADU is much better than BCSL