Why do oldies' BG vocals sound like opera singers?

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  1. geetarplayer

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    ... and modern BG vocals blend nicely?
     
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    Same reason drums sound like a thud and not drums today.....it's the style for bad or worse
     
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    Why do oldies' BG vocals sound like opera singers?

    Please provide a concrete example and not a generalization. Not saying that I agree or disagree, but it would be nice to hear something specific that led you to that conclusion.
    So the premise is that sounding like an opera singer equates to vocals not blending nicely? What about Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"? The song is a sort of mini-opera, and it's nearly 40 years old, certainly an "oldie" by millennial standards. Regardless if it's "oldie" enough or not, it's still operatic in nature and structure. Do the vocals not blend nicely?
     
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    I have no idea what this thread is about, nor what a "BG" is...why do people abbreviate things?
    Ugg
     
  5. Echoplexi

    Echoplexi Silver Supporting Member

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    Background vocals?
     
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    Might have something to do with the influence of "race" records on music.
     
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    Most backup singers came from choirs, or learned to sing from church, and some of the biggest crooners sounded operatic.
     
  11. The Captain

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    By "operatic", you you mean using full resonance and timbre, or more simply put, singing properly ?
    WTF is wrong with that ?
     
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    I've heard Roy Hamilton and Jackie Wilson described as operatic. Roy Orbison was even described as having an operatic range. But none of these guys sang background as far as I know. So who are we talking about, OPer?
     
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    because people actually sang back then.
     
  14. Ivo

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    Oh? What are they doing now? D:



     
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    You mean back when music was good...?
     
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    So then, does your band play awful music? D:
     
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    Don't know the answer to the first, but the answer to the second is Autotune, and it makes me grate my teeth. That the OP thinks it sounds better is a symptom of all that is bad about modern vocals.

    I'll take "opera singers" any time.
     
  18. Ivo

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    Is the OP really talking about autotune? I didn't see him mention it in his post. Could be a stylistic thing. Then again, he left zero examples and never bothered to reply to any responses, so maybe the OP deserves the mess of confusion being thrown his way.
     
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    Today, if you aren't oversouling, you're not 'singing'. Thanks American Idol.
     
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    ^The autotune was my thought - the sound of equal tempered vocal harmony hurts my ears, but apparently it blends better. Never would have thought.
     

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