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Old 01-10-2017, 02:19 AM
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Just a thought or an opinion. What group, from the last say 50 years, do feel had the best vocal harmonies. I have liked the Beatles, Queen, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to name a few. What say you???
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Old 01-10-2017, 03:05 AM
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Simon and Garfunkel's music has been known to raise a few goosebumps on my neck, mainly because of Art for me. CSN you already mentioned. All the 50's doo wop groups just killed. Almost any 3 and 4 part harmony sounds great to me.
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Old 01-10-2017, 03:10 AM
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The Beach Boys. The Hollies. The Eagles. Fleetwood Mac. The original Aussie line up of The Little River Band had great harmonies.

I'm sure I'll think of a few more as we go along.
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I agree with all the above suggestions but for sure in the top 5 or 10 I would put the Band. The 3 voices of Richard, Levon and Rick Danko were superb when heard together.
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Old 01-10-2017, 04:53 AM
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Some others worth a mention...

The Everly Brothers
The Four Seasons
The Corrs
Fleetwood Mac
The Travelling Wilburys (despite the best efforts of Tom Petty and Robert Zimmerman)
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:09 AM
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Gentle Giant had some nice vocal harmonies!
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Old 01-10-2017, 12:12 PM
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America
Seals and Crofts
Mamas and the Poppas
Kingston Trio
Carpenters
Temptations
Earth, Wind, and Fire
Bee Gees

(Does 2 part harmony count?)

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Old 01-10-2017, 06:19 PM
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Sure, I'll bite. Three Dog Night and Poco are a couple of my favorites.

Here's a couple gems you might have missed - Trio (1987) and Trio II (1999) with Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. You don't have to like country music to appreciate these three together.

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Old 01-10-2017, 06:56 PM
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Agree with all the above listings. I find it interesting harmonies are really a thing of the past. As someone said, some songs with harmonies will get my neck hair to stand up. They can be that powerful.

I'll reiterate The Beach Boys, Mamas and Papas, Everly Brothers, Seals and Crofts, Bee Gee's, Doobie Brothers.
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https://youtu.be/V1B0eIdwFvI?t=21
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Old 01-10-2017, 11:34 PM
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This thread is full of "D'oh! How could I have missed them?"

And I'll add...

Indigo Girls
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Many good names mentioned already like Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Temptations, America, Mamas & the Papas. Still missing on the list: 5th Dimension, Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66 and Bread. Kris Kristofferson and Lobo also had some very good songs with very nice vocal harmonies
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Admittedly acquired tastes and certainly not everyone"s cuppa, but The Roches and The King's Singers feature wonderful vocal harmonies.
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Admittedly acquired tastes and certainly not everyone"s cuppa, but The Roches and The King's Singers feature wonderful vocal harmonies.
The King's Singers don't do original material, do they?

Speaking of a cappella groups, Pentatonix has some nice stuff, although again, I don't think they do originals.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:43 AM
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Something out of left field: David Gilmour and Richard Wright from Pink Floyd. "Echos" and "Comfortably Numb" spring to mind.
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I'll leave off all the Doo Wop groups because I'd be here all day long. I'll go with the 70's band The Rubinoos. Not widely known, but fantastic vocal harmonies. Their version of 'I think we're alone now' is really good.
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The King's Singers don't do original material, do they?

Speaking of a cappella groups, Pentatonix has some nice stuff, although again, I don't think they do originals.
I believe The King's Singers perform their own arrangements, not certain if they do original material. Did I miss that as a requirement?
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:31 PM
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I believe The King's Singers perform their own arrangements, not certain if they do original material. Did I miss that as a requirement?
Do they change the harmonies from the originals? I guess the question is, who is responsible in a case like that, the original composer or the arranger?
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:52 PM
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I agree with all of the above. I would also add "Queen" to the list, not because their harmonies were good in a conventional manner, but good in that they pushed the envelope of what could be achieved artistically in a studio with the technology of the period. Personally, I find it to be overproduced but unique enough to warrant a mention.
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I agree with all of the above. I would also add "Queen" to the list.....
(See post #1)

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Do they change the harmonies from the originals? I guess the question is, who is responsible in a case like that, the original composer or the arranger?
Ahh, understood now! I would submit the arranger is responsible for the chordal structures of the harmonies unless the performance is a straight stick reading of the original composition.
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Ahh, understood now! I would submit the arranger is responsible for the chordal structures of the harmonies unless the performance is a straight stick reading of the original composition.
There are some things added in King's Singers arrangements, either extra chord members or totally different harmonies, that definitely qualify the arranger as getting some credit for the final effect.

https://youtu.be/pm2WHnFMiTQ

The King's Singers doing The Boxer. It seems straight-ahead until the last verse, then suddenly Wow! It brings tears to my eyes, just takes my breath away, so moving and powerful.
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Old 01-13-2017, 07:17 PM
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Definitely the Eagles. A couple lesser known bands, Sister Hazel, and Truth & Salvage Company have great harmonies.
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Hey guys, my top three are:

1.) Little River Band
2.) Eagles
3.) Journey
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I think Bach had it pretty well covered in his chorales...
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Old 01-16-2017, 05:14 AM
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Hilliard Ensemble...

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The Eagles are at the top of my list---ELO, LRB, CSN, ARS, the list is long!
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Blur have some amazing harmonies in their 90s stuff.
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Old 01-29-2017, 10:34 PM
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Recently heard the Lemon Twigs. They take a lot of tricks from 60's/70's genre songs and do a fairly good job with it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lGGGTy7a6g

Catch all 4 songs in the performance, well worth it.
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Steely Dan have some awesome harmonies...
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There are so many out there. My parents exposed me to the Four Freshmen when I was a child and to think those guys were also playing all the instruments too, well, it was mind-boggling. The Four Freshmen were the guys who influenced the Beach Boys back in the day. As of lately, I'm in a trio where we do "Bus Stop" by the Hollies, and I got handed the Graham Nash high part. I never appreciated those guys until now. Why the drummers always get the high parts I'll never know!
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Just a few years over the "last fifty years" qualifier, but I'd say Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.

Also Manhattan Transfer.
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Almost forgot - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
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I think Alice in Chains may be the only rock band in the last 25 years to still use harmonies. Most of the bands listed are from the 60s and 70's. Its like harmonies in rock music went away in the 80's and never came back.
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Admittedly acquired tastes and certainly not everyone"s cuppa, but The Roches and The King's Singers feature wonderful vocal harmonies.
The Roches! Absolutely. Folk influenced groups are likely to be ignored here. Let me just say Peter. Paul and Mary who were flawless live.
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The Roches! Absolutely. Folk influenced groups are likely to be ignored here. Let me just say Peter. Paul and Mary who were flawless live.
Also for rock, Orleans
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Today being the 51st anniversary of the release of Surrealistic Pillow, a vote for Marty Balin and Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane.
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The Beach Boys. Pet Sounds anyone?

Also, just got a great compilation of the Four Tops. Don't know if they count as a "harmony" group but I rate them as highly as the Temptations who have already been mentioned.
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I enjoy these quite a bit (in no specific order):

Alabama
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Boston
The Eagles

There are tons more.
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