Courtesy of Sony Music Archives

Celebrating the most powerful of all instruments––the human voice––the third episode of Soundbreaking surveys the range of ingredients that go into a perfect vocal track. Featuring rare studio footage of some the world’s most renowned vocalists––from blues divas to suave crooners to rock star screamers––the show considers the gamut of tricks and techniques that can both enhance and alter the human voice, and explores the ineffable emotional quality that makes a vocal track truly great.

Featured Stories/Artists:

  • Producer Paul Epworth talks about recording Adele’s hit “Rolling in the Deep”
  • Amy Winehouse’s unique voice and how it was captured in the studio
    Interviews: Mark Ronson, Ben Harper, Annie Lennox
    Songs: “Valerie”, “Rehab”
  • The use of Auto-tune and vocal manipulation by artists like Kanye West, Roger Troutman, and Cher
    Interviews: Ben Harper, Linda Perry
    Songs: “Love Lockdown” (K. West), “Believe” (Cher)
  • Song List

    • 1. Walk Away – Ben Harper
    • 2. We Are The Champions – Queen
    • 3. On A Carousel – The Hollies
    • 4. Jeremy – Pearl Jam
    • 5. Piece of My Heart – Big Brother and the Holding Company
    • 6. Do You Feel Like We Do – Peter Frampton
    • 7. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? – Al Green
    • 8. Skyfall – Adele
    • 9. Rollin’ In The Deep – Adele
    • 10. Not the Only One – Bonnie Raitt
    • 11. You’ve Been a Good Old Wagon – Bessie Smith
    • 12. I Surrender, Dear – Bing Crosby
    • 13. I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do) – Frank Sinatra
    • 14. I’m a Fool to Want You – Frank Sinatra
    • 15. Valerie – Amy Winehouse
    • 16. Rehab – Amy Winehouse
    • 17. Don’t Let it Bring You Down – Neil Young
    • 18. Mr. Siegal – Tom Waits
    • 19. Come Back Baby – Aretha Franklin
    • 20. Respect – Aretha Franklin
    • 21. Georgia on My Mind – Ray Charles
    • 22. Walk Away – Ben Harper
    • 23. Who are You? – The Who
    • 24. Luka – Suzanne Vega
    • 25. Once a Day – Connie Smith
    • 26. Poker Face – Lady Gaga
    • 27. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
    • 28. Quiet Storm – John Legend and Smokey Robinson
    • 29. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    • 30. Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap
    • 31. I’d Know You Anywhere – Kay Kyser
    • 32. More Bounce to the Ounce – Zapp & Roger
    • 33. Believe – Cher
    • 34. Love Lockdown – Kanye West
    • 35. Up Down (Do this All Day) – T-Pain
    • 36. Ain’t No Other Man – Christina Aguilera
    • 37. Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
    • 38. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen