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Adrian Belew

Post  Monocus on Thu May 23, 2013 6:45 am

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Guitarist/singer for Frank Zappa, King Crimson; also a solo artist
Born December 23, 1949

Voice type: (Low) Tenor
Sung range: A2-G5
Total range: E♭2-G♯5

Significant high notes:

G♯5 ("Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream")
G5 ("I'm Down")
C5 ("City of Tiny Lites", "I'm Down", "I Walk Alone", "Neil And Jack And Me")
B4 ("Birds", "City of Tiny Lites", "Member of the Tribe", "Only A Dream", "This Is What I Believe")
B♭4 ("Dinosaur", "Heroes" live 2000, "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream")
A4 ("Brave New World", "Frame by Frame", "I'd Rather Be Right Here", "Inner Revolution", "Neil And Jack And Me")
G♯4 ("Matte Kudasai")

Significant low notes:

E♭2 ("Indiscipline")
F♯2 ("Indiscipline")
A2 ("Asleep", "I Walk Alone")
B♭2 ("I Walk Alone")
B2 ("Postcard From Holland")

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*Orange marks notes with questionable registers: absolutely no use figuring out these.
*Blue marks probable non-modal notes.
*Red marks extremely bad, unimpressive or unintentional notes.
*Italics mark non-sung notes.




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Re: Adrian Belew

Post  KeithMoonIsGod on Fri May 24, 2013 12:20 pm

Believe it or not, I was thinking about notewatching him while listening to the Discipline album today. Nice voice.

Beautiful song, lovely performance. Nice, easy G♯4s throughout.

A2s and possibly lower in the spoken part around 1:26 to 2:00, and maybe around 3:05. 3:33 is a spoken/yelled G4, and right at the end is a yelled B♭4.
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Post  Monocus on Sat May 25, 2013 1:23 am

KeithMoonIsGod wrote:Believe it or not, I was thinking about notewatching him while listening to the Discipline album today. Nice voice.
Yes, a good singer. Probably the best King Crimson ever had (from a technical perspective that is).
Really easy and clean singing in the upper fourth octave, great tone and phrasing.
Also very consistent live.
Considering how easy his B4s sound, I'm surprised I haven't yet found an instance of him going notably higher than that.

I particularly enjoy Adrian on his solo albums from the 90s where he releases his inner Beatle (like "Here" or "Inner Revolution").
Those albums feature some beautiful, McCartney-esque singing.

KeithMoonIsGod wrote:http://www.youtube.com/v/D76x0Vtb_Zc
A2s and possibly lower in the spoken part around 1:26 to 2:00, and maybe around 3:05.
I actually hear an E♭2 on "thing" right at the beginning of that first spoken passage.
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Post  KeithMoonIsGod on Sat May 25, 2013 1:46 am

Yeah, really good voice. I have most of his albums with King Crimson, I'll give them a listen to check if there's any noteworthy performances, and any good notes.
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Re: Adrian Belew

Post  Monocus on Mon May 27, 2013 10:52 pm



Many G5s from 1:37 on! Shocked I'd say black for at least some of them.
Either way crazy and totally unexpected vocals from Adrian!
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