Albums that are primarily by one artist, that feature a "guest artist" for a track (or two)

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.. because there's not been many, when you think about the number of TV shows that would have e.g. Dusty had Scott on, for instance.

"Café Bleu", Style Council - one track 'Paris Match' was performed by Everything but the Girl

"Movin' with Nancy" Nancy Sinatra had "Younger than Springtime" by 'A Very Close Relative'

"Bluejeans and Moonbeams" Captain Beefheart, has "Captain's Holiday" which was on a tape found in the studio while they were recording the album, and they added it for the lols, presumably.

Oh, and Harry Nilsson's "Flash Harry" had "Harry" by Eric Idle as track one, which actually annoyed Eric Idle, but then he's easily annoyed...

Mark G, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 12:47 (two months ago) Permalink

"'Til the Band Comes In", Scott Walker, has "Long About Now" by Esther Ofarim.

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 12:54 (two months ago) Permalink

robert wyatt's _nothing can stop us_ ends with tracks by disharhi and peter blackman

Cyborg Kickboxer (rushomancy), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:49 (two months ago) Permalink

GZA's Liquid Swords ends with Killah Priest's "B.I.B.L.E." which has no contribution from GZA and nothing to do with the album.

✓ (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Buhloone Mindstate has that track with the Japanese rappers

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:57 (two months ago) Permalink

Beanie Sigel's The Truth has "Anything" on it, which is just a Jay-Z song

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:01 (two months ago) Permalink

LZ IV + Sandy Denny for "Battle of Evermore"

20-lol pileup (WilliamC), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:03 (two months ago) Permalink

I think LZ appeared on that track

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Velvet Underground & Nico?

Shat Parp (dog latin), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:09 (two months ago) Permalink

the Pop's Rap series on the Common albums?

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:09 (two months ago) Permalink

xpost well, where the original artist's contribution is mmmm less than 50%, say?

Mark G, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:16 (two months ago) Permalink

Beanie Sigel's The Truth has "Anything" on it, which is just a Jay-Z song

― duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:01 AM (seventeen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Same thing with "Dear Summer" on Memphis Bleek's 534--just a Jay-Z song

meekseeks mill (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Andre 3000 does the Solo (Reprise) on Frank Ocean's Blonde

Kendrick shows up to do "Buried Alive" on Drake's Take Care

Tha Carter IV has a solo interlude from Tech N9ne, and an outro with no Wayne and verses from Nas, Busta Rhymes, and Bun B

meekseeks mill (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:21 (two months ago) Permalink

The first track on Van Dyke Parks' 'Discover America' is one minute clip of a song by Mighty Sparrow.

Shat Parp (dog latin), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:35 (two months ago) Permalink

The first track on Wu-Tang Clan's "Forever" is performed by Poppa Wu and some other vocalist whose name escapes me, and doesn't feature any of the Clan members.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Debut Monitor album has a track that's played by The Meat Puppets instead.

Sushi and the Banchan (Spectrist), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 15:25 (two months ago) Permalink

rhe last track on Child's View's Funfair is a Dylan Group cover of Child's View 'Saburé' (which also appears on the album in its original incarnation)

the baby grew up to be a secessful kid (unregistered), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 15:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Janelle Monae slotted an Of Montreal song onto The ArchAndroid

Evan R, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 15:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Drake didn't even appear on More Life, if memory serves

Evan R, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 15:56 (two months ago) Permalink

The Clash's Sandinista! has a Tymon Dogg song on it, and two Mikey Dread songs

Evan R, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 16:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Billy Shears had a song on a Beatles album

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 16:03 (two months ago) Permalink

To be fair, they also brought in a whole different band to replace the Beatles - always thought that was kind of a fuck-you to the fans.

✓ (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 16:25 (two months ago) Permalink

"a day in the life of a tree" on surf's up by the beachs boys is sung by their manager.

"mo tucker" on munki by the jesus and mary chain is sung by their sister.

black ships ate the sky by current 93 has several tracks sung entirely by guest vocalists.

new noise, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Fripp on Bowie's "'Heroes'"

flappy bird, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:38 (two months ago) Permalink

just remembered a really good example:

"tsui hark" on gratuitous sax & senseless violins by sparks has vocals by tsui hark.

new noise, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Robert Smith duets with Billy Corgan on the latter's 2005 solo album. they do "To Love Somebody" by the Bee Gees

flappy bird, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:39 (two months ago) Permalink

"the wanderer" on zooropa by u2 is sung by johnny cash.

new noise, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:41 (two months ago) Permalink

"give out but don't give up" on the album of the same name by primal scream is sung by george clinton.

new noise, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Thread is about tracks where the main artist really isn't on the track at all, right? Like they just give over some of their running time to somebody else in a "we'll be back in a few minutes folks, but in the meantime we hope you enjoy the stylings of this person" kind of way? In that case, just having a guest vocalist or a celebrity monologue over the track wouldn't count. Otherwise we could be here for years just listing practically every hip-hop album, or any album including a duet with someone not in the band.

A borderline case: "Heartbeat" on Mike Watt's Ball-Hog Or Tug-Boat? begins with a two-minute instrumental by Mike Watt and his band, which fades suddenly into a three-minute answering machine message from Kathleen Hanna. So the band and the other artist are never really heard at the same time, and it might as well be split into two tracks right there.

✓ (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:47 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah i wasn't entirely sure of the aim of the thread. my examples were of tracks where you're distinctly and uncharacteristically not hearing the person who usually sings.

new noise, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:56 (two months ago) Permalink

I feel like that counts? Like a duet with Bono and Johnny Cash would not count, but Johnny Cash singing a song on a U2 album (and no Bono) would count, even if U2 is backing him.

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 18:00 (two months ago) Permalink

performed by Poppa Wu and some other vocalist whose name escapes me

Junior Reid

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 18:10 (two months ago) Permalink

"When Your Parents Go to Sleep" on Kevin Ayers' "Bananamour" album is sung by his bass player - which would be fair enough if Kevin Ayers was a band and not a solo artist, also it's annoying.

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 18:16 (two months ago) Permalink

See also the Beach Boys getting their manager to sing "A Day in the Life of a Tree".

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 18:20 (two months ago) Permalink

p sure that wasn't the Boys' idea

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 18:30 (two months ago) Permalink

The first track on Van Dyke Parks' 'Discover America' is one minute clip of a song by Mighty Sparrow.

― Shat Parp (dog latin), Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:35 AM (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

and Song Cycle opens with Steve Young performing "Black Jack Davey."

flappy bird, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 18:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Dr Casino, yes.

it was primary that, but there's not many.

duets don't count unless both are not in the main band, or are the artist.

Mark G, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 18:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Apartment Hunting is primarily a Mary Margaret O'Hara album with a few tracks by other folks.

Another soundtrack: Journey to the Past is primarily a Neil Young album but has one Beach Boys song.

cwkiii, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 19:32 (two months ago) Permalink

Pete Townshend's fist solo record, Who Came First, has a couple:

- "Evolution" which was written, sung, and played by Ronnie Lane, with no input from/participation by Townshend

- "Forever's No Time At All," written, played, and sung by Billy Nicholls, with Caleb Quaye on guitars and bass, and (possibly) Townshend on drums

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 19:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here has Roy Harper singing one track ("Have a Cigar"). Also Clare Torry handling the wordless vocals on "The Great Gig in the Sky" from Dark Side of the Moon.

Lee626, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 20:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Okay, so Johnny Cash on Nashville Skyline would also count then... and Moroder on Random Access Memories.

✓ (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 21:25 (two months ago) Permalink

'Train, Train (Prelude)' on Blackfoot's album Strikes is a 30 second-long harmonica solo by main dude Ricky Medlocke's grandfather Shorty Medlocke, which kind of counts I guess.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 16 May 2017 21:35 (two months ago) Permalink

"Fix It" on Pussy Galore's Right Now is performed by Royal Trux.

Mike Dixn, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 03:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah some people are really not getting this thread at all.

The CD reissue of Gary Numan's Telekon (but not the original LP) has a version of Satie's "Trois Gymnopédies" that was originally a B-side. In all likelihood it's played by Gary's band and he doesn't appear on it.

heaven parker (anagram), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Okay, so Johnny Cash on Nashville Skyline would also count then...

But that's a duet, right?

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:20 (two months ago) Permalink

✓ (Doctor Casino) at 12:25 17 May 17

Okay, so Johnny Cash on Nashville Skyline would also count then... and Moroder on Random Access Memories.


Aren't most vocals on DP albums by guest vocalists? So it's not particularly unusual for that act to have guests on their albums.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Pretty much every Daft Punk song is primarily the work of another artist lol

Number None, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:12 (two months ago) Permalink

I was going off of Mark's "duets don't count unless both are not in the main band, or are the artist." So he's an "outside" duet person brought in, like the McCartney/Jackson collabs also. TBH I haven't listened to Zooropa in forever but I kinda think Bono might come in for a backing vocal or something too at some point?

✓ (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:12 (two months ago) Permalink

It's a compilation, but the 18th Dye singles comp "Left" features, right in the middle, several covers by other bands. I always skip them.

dlp9001, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:33 (two months ago) Permalink

And maybe Yellow Submarine. It's a soundtrack, but also ostensibly a Beatles album. I tend to doubt that a lot of people bought it for the George Martin tracks?

dlp9001, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:37 (two months ago) Permalink

xxpost I've never heard Zooropa, but kinda doubt Bono could stay shut up for a whole song

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:38 (two months ago) Permalink

^^^^^

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:49 (two months ago) Permalink

US Maple's "Mountain Top" has The Flying Luttenbachers taking over and playing the last part of the song

Both of Storm & Stress's records have Micah Gough singing and playing a song without S&S

The music used in Capt Beefheart's "The Blimp" is actually the Mothers of Invention

city worker, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:37 (two months ago) Permalink

I can't remember: did Michelle Shocked sing on the Fogtown on Short, Sharp, Shocked or is it all MDC?

dlp9001, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 19:18 (two months ago) Permalink

On Codeine's "Barely Real" EP, David Grubbs (non-band-member) performs a solo piano version of a then unreleased Codeine song called "Wyrd".*

*It came out 2 years later on The White Birch.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 20:38 (two months ago) Permalink

I haven't listened to Zooropa in forever but I kinda think Bono might come in for a backing vocal or something too at some point?

yeah there are a few seconds of wordless vocals from bono near the end.

"the blimp" doesn't really sound any different from the rest of tmr.

new noise, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 21:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah some people are really not getting this thread at all.

The CD reissue of Gary Numan's Telekon (but not the original LP) has a version of Satie's "Trois Gymnopédies" that was originally a B-side. In all likelihood it's played by Gary's band and he doesn't appear on it.

― heaven parker (anagram), Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:55 AM (six hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

see i feel like it needs to be some other band completely. if it's still Gary's band then it's the same musicians heard on the other tracks. it should be a totally different singer and instrumental imo.

i can't think of anything that fits this tho lol. the VDP examples are both perfect. any albums that have samples.

maybe The Who Sell Out with some of those BBC ads.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 21:54 (two months ago) Permalink

I was going off of Mark's "duets don't count unless both are not in the main band, or are the artist." So he's an "outside" duet person brought in,

but Todd Edwards and Romanthony aren't members of Daft Punk either

Doubtless they are toss. (sic), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 23:24 (two months ago) Permalink

There's the 'Ostriches & Chirping' track on the posthumous Elliott Smith album which had nothing to do with him and seemingly ended up there by mistake as it was something the original producer recorded to one of the reels

PaulTMA, Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Many of Ivor Cutler's albums have his wife taking entire tracks where she is the sole performer

PaulTMA, Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Always felt the The Doors OST was like this, despite technically being a various artists release it's essentially another Doors best of with VU's 'Heroin' included

PaulTMA, Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:30 (two months ago) Permalink

"a day in the life of a tree" on surf's up by the beach boys is sung by their manager.

This is what came to mind for me right away.

Beastie Boys cover of "Bennie and the Jets" with Biz Markie on lead vocals is only on "The Sounds Of Science" comp but I guess it sorta fits.

billstevejim, Thursday, 18 May 2017 02:29 (two months ago) Permalink

although maybe this should get extra points since it's a greatest hits collection.

billstevejim, Thursday, 18 May 2017 02:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Beastie Boys cover of "Bennie and the Jets" with Biz Markie on lead vocals is only on "The Sounds Of Science" comp but I guess it sorta fits.

this was originally released as a three-"track" Biz flexi in issue #2 of Grand Royal magazine

Doubtless they are toss. (sic), Thursday, 18 May 2017 02:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Fleetwood Mac's Bare Trees closes with "Thoughts on a Grey Day," recited by one Mrs. Scarrott.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Thursday, 18 May 2017 03:28 (two months ago) Permalink

'nashville skyline'

j., Thursday, 18 May 2017 03:44 (two months ago) Permalink

xp I think technically this still answers the question unless "greatest hits" albums are somehow exempt.

billstevejim, Thursday, 18 May 2017 04:44 (two months ago) Permalink

I mean, I think "songs with a guest vocalist that still feature every member of the band playing on them" don't really fit the intent of the thread. But you're going to count Beastie Boys songs with other vocalists, you also want Song For Junior, Light My Fire, Dr Lee PhD, and - duh - The Biz Vs The Nuge, which is just Biz and a sample.

Doubtless they are toss. (sic), Thursday, 18 May 2017 06:11 (two months ago) Permalink

I meant 'or are not the artist' I.e. neither of the duettists are the main artist or band.

I know, I know...

Mark G, Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:07 (two months ago) Permalink

No one's mentioned "My Curse" on Afghan Whigs' "Gentlemen?" Sung by Marcy Mays of Scrawl. There is also that song on New Order's "Get Ready" sung (at the beginning) by Billy Corgan.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:27 (two months ago) Permalink

More Clash, Allen Ginsberg on "Ghetto Defendant."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:29 (two months ago) Permalink


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