So I don’t think there’s a better way to judge the true quality of a singer than to hear their vocals isolated from the music. And thanks to the internet it’s possible these days to do just that. Just listen to how great Debbie Harry sounds on the classic above.
And there are truly parts of this isolated vocal track where David Lee Roth just sounds like a screaming lunatic. Which makes it even more amazing when you hear how well everything came together to produce the final mix.
Just search “isolated vocals” on YouTube and I guarantee you’ll hear some of your favorite songs of all time in a whole new way.