Jam of the Wednesday: David Lee Roth’s isolated vocal track from “Runnin’ With the Devil”

Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 1:14 pm ET

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David Lee Roth's vocal track to Runnin' With the Devil gives all amateur vocalists hopeLittle known fact: Assuming the volume is loud enough in my car, I may or may not be the greatest amateur vocalist on the planet. It’s true. I mean, it must be, because — as far as I can tell — I’m always in key, and rarely, if ever, miss a note.

Now, I probably won’t ever take these pipes on the road, but then I feel I’m more of a studio artist, maybe. Studios and cars (with the volume on 11).

Besides, putting together a group of top notch musicians is so hard these days, and, based on my mobile/automotive performances, I’m pretty sure a songbird such as myself needs a worthy complement of musical accompaniment. As you’ll soon see below, I’m obviously not the only one.

This is an oldie — in more ways than one — but a goodie nonetheless, and really serves as a shining example of just how important that aforementioned musical accompaniment can be.

And, to be clear, I’m not necessarily singling out David Lee Roth for ridicule here; he just happens to be readily accessible. In fact, I’m sure an overwhelming majority of the “great” voices in popular music would fare similarly if put to such a test. At the very least, I think this phenomenon offers quite a bit of insight into why a cappella isn’t a more popular musical form…

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