No Auto Tune here, kids: Marvin Gaye’s isolated vocals from “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”

In the days before Auto Tune and other studio bumfluffery, a singer really had to know how to sing. Case in point: Marvin Gaye’s isolated vocal from “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

BONUS: Listen to these raw Beach Boys harmonies. Awesome.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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