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Uploaded on Mar 15, 2011
This is not fake stereo or a sync-up with another take. These are real stereo vocals, extracted using harmonic analysis software to isolate vocal tracks from the original mono master. Listen closely and you'll hear harmonies that were previously inaudible, and the backing track of the mono master has been greatly suppressed. Only two sources were used: the original we all know and love, and the stereo backing track (created by the talented Mark Linett) from the '06 Good Vibrations EP. The only change I made to the track was adding half a second of the original mix's bridge, because I think it kicks things off better.
Now, for various reasons -- the quality of the sources, software limitations, my lack of patience/experience, etc. -- extracting the voices doesn't mean we get a perfect a cappella version of the song. Subtle bits here and there have still slipped through, most of them percussion. But this isn't intended to be the best-sounding version of the song -- just a demonstration of what can be done by someone with a bit of professional software and a fair amount of patience. Maybe someone with more of both -- powers that be, are you listening? ;) -- can take a crack at it and bring back something better.