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Old 05-26-2010, 11:06 PM
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Default Bells of Freedom - Just a thought

I know this is a random topic, but has anyone else realized how amazing Jon's vocals are on the studio version of Bells of Freedom? He's completely using his 80s-style vocals in this track (i.e. his 'talk-so-tough' voice). Here's a remixed clip of the song with the instruments partially toned down:

As a matter of fact, I've always wondered how and why Jon's voice could be so amazing on this album yet incredibly mediocre during the accompanying tour.
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:22 AM
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It's always been a favourite song of mine. His vocals are stunning on record but some of the live recordings are even more amazing, especially the way he ended the song when he sung it live.
These days the stars seem out of reach
But these days there ain't a ladder on these streets
These days are fast, love don't last in this graceless age
Even innocence has caught the midnight train
And there ain't nobody left but us these days
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Old 05-27-2010, 04:10 AM
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Yep, his voice started improving on the HAND tour, this tour was great even though the ballads were a bit of a downer since they were performed in their TLFR versions but the performances themselvs were great and energetic (plus the album tracks really made for an energetic show)

Oh and about the song, I love it but live it's even better. Maybe he should give it a try like he did on the LH tour....
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I never liked it until I experienced live at my first Jovi show back in 2005, then I got home and put it on and loved it.

A good reason to never go to the bog during a song you think you don't like.
The highway is alive tonight, where it's headed, everybody knows
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It's never been my favourate song, but on record it's a good vocal performance. I didn't attend the HAND tour so I don't know what it was like live. All I will say is that it's easier in the studio having multiple takes and being able to choose when you want to record it. There are also dozens of effects that you can apply such as pitch shifting, reverb, echo, etc which will always make a studio vocal recording sound better. On tour you don't have a choice. You're singing live so there's no touching it up after. Also as a singer your voice can't be perfect all the time. Jon could have had a cold, a sore throat, have just nailed Prayer, or his voice may be fatigued after playing so many shows back to back. All these factors will have an effect on what sort of performance he is able to put in.

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