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Old 02-11-2005, 03:08 PM
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Johnny Cash- "Hurt" and don't get me going on that video....haunting.
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Pete Townshend, especially during the "Empty Glass" through "Psychoderelict" era. (He sounded most astounding on "Chinese Eyes" and "White City"). He is usually not in great voice live (especially of late), but the "Deep End Live" sessions are the exception to that.

Eva Cassidy, of course.
Claudia Schmidt
Jennifer Warnes (especially "Famous Blue Raincoat" CD)
Stan Rogers
Joan Baez (up through "Diamonds & Rust")
Judy Collins (pre-TB)
Peter Himmelmann
Freddie Mercury
Steve Perry (not a big Journey fan but oh, what a set of pipes!)
Anne Hills
Cindy Mangsen
Reilly & Maloney (the blend is amazing, though individually they're just very good)
Richard Thompson

I have other faves, of course, but these are the voices themselves that make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
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If you want to have a religous experience, turn down the lights, put on the headphones, and listen to Eva Cassidy sing Over The Rainbow....you'll never be the same. Here's a little Q/A snippet from her web site....Chris Biondo was Eva's producer/boyfriend.

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When the final mix of "Over the Rainbow" was completed, and Eva, Chris and whoever else was involved in the decision said "yep, this is what is going on the CD," did anyone, especially Eva, have any idea what a profound effect her rendition would have on so many people? Did they sense that this was a very special recording?

ANSWER: From Chris Biondo: "No. We worked really hard on it but we didn't think it was very good, at the time. I remember the day we finished it, it was July 18, 1992. We were really tired when we finished it. It was just Eva and I, we didn't think it was very good, Chuck Brown called and we said 'Come on over, we want you to come to a party with us,' we went over to a friend of Eva's and had a jam session in the basement.... Eva had been singing that song for years, she had already recorded it once when she was in high school. I remember we were driving to Ikea Furniture one day, she pulled out a cassette and she wanted me to hear 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.' And when we'd go places she would sing it in the car. A couple of times I had to pull over I was crying so hard, it was brutal. I'm immune to it by now though. People used to ask to hear that song a lot. The hard part for her wasn't singing it, it was playing the guitar part all the way through without making any mistakes. It was all her own version. There was a note she changed that was really good, the word 'far,' she changed the note, it's better than the way Judy Garland sang it." For more information, read my article about "Over the Rainbow."
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I've always liked Rob Halford and Ronnie James Dio's voices. I've also liked Melissa Ethridge and Beth Hart...
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grace slick (if i could only pick one)

and i 2nd sandy's jennifer warnes singing cohen and mtnbyker's gillian welch

buffy sainte-marie
janis joplin
melanie
lucinda williams
nanci griffith

leonard cohen
tom waits
willie nelson

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  1. Ann Wilson of Heart...Baracuda , Crazy On You, Magic Man, Love Hurts, anything she sings
  2. Patti La Bell......Over the Rainbow, Laday Marmalaide, anything she sings
  3. Patsy Cline........Crazy, and anything else she sings
  4. Tammy Wynette...Until ICan Make It On My Own
  5. Stevie Wonder.....Lately, Ribbon In the Sky
  6. Marvin Gay......Distant Lover, Sexual Healing,Whats Going On
  7. Tina Turner....Lets Stay Together, anything she sings
  8. Alison Krause.....Anything she sings sounds like a host of angels
  9. Aretha Franklin
  10. Chaka Kahn
  11. Mary J Blige
  12. Alicia Keys
  13. Lauryn Hill
  14. Ron Isley
  15. Billie Holiday
  16. Roberta Flack
  17. Minnie Riperton
  18. Donny Hathaway...I guess I should stop here. But I could go on
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Old 02-11-2005, 04:03 PM
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Johnny Cash- "Hurt" and don't get me going on that video....haunting.
When I first saw that video (before he died) I called my fiance' into the room to watch it with me. I told her that the time had come, and he had given up. It wasn't long after that when he died. I love his voice, always will.

The other 2 are Dave Barnes' voice and Maynard. Yes, that's the singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle. He can just pull out his entirety of emotion in his voice that is phenomenal. I'm not much of a fan of him, his lyrics, or Tool - but his voice is killer.
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A couple years ago at a Cincinnati Reds game some Army Major sang the national anthem with a beautiful strong tenor voice and I got a lump in my throat and teared up and could hardly talk for a few minutes.


Also If I see/hear a child singer that has amazing range and control it really gets to me.
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So many good and serious posts. My first thought was...me in the shower (or any time.) Sorry, I just couldn't resist.
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Van Morrison, Lucinda Williams, Billie Holliday, Ryan Adams, Bono, Lindsey Buckingham, Emmylou Harris, Gary Louris, Johnny Cash, and (most recently) Ray LaMontagne. (all in a good, soulful way) Rob Thomas and Shawn Mullins have also had occaisions to give me a chill.

Roger Waters (in a spooky way)
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Does anyone remember Steve Marriott (Humble Pie), or Peter Green (way old Fleetwood Mac)... they had a way about them.

Also if you get a chance, take a listen to Crystal Lewis... oh my goodness!

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John Denver....lots of his songs, but in particular "Rocky Mountain High", "Calypso", "Annie's Song", "Eagles and Horses", and on and on....

Vince Gill
Alison Krauss
Martina McBride

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Delbert McClinton, He can't hardly talk but he sure can sing the blues
Don Henley, Just listen and you'll hear what I'm talking about
Natile Maine(Dixie Chicks) Got a great voice but she talks too much.
James Taylor, No explanation needed.
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Did anyone see the Grammy's the year that Aretha ( no last name needed ) stood in for the larengitis stricken Pavaratti (sorry for the spelling)? WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Talk about range and power. I knew that Aretha could sing, but she SANG that song like she was a trained opera vocalist. That was probaly the best case of getting the chills from a vocalist that I will ever get. That was definitely a once in a lifetime kind of experience. I gained a much higher level of respect for Aretha . Not only did she bring the house to it's feet with a standing ovation, but she left me, and the whole entertainment world talking about it the following day. I still remeber the headline " All Hale the Queen of Soul and Opera"
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Eva Cassidy
Alison Krauss
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