Below are a few clips of Zhang Yu-sheng (1966-1997), a Taiwanese musician who has been my all-time favorite musician, rocker, singer, song-writer, and, above all, my mentor.
He was very talented as a singer-songwriter, but he's mostly known for his ability to hit ultra high notes, with purity and power at the same time.
It's a shame that he died young (at the age of 31); while driving on a weary condition, he accidentally hit a traffic island at a high speed. He passed way at the hospital 24 days after. Contrary to what some people think, he did NOT drive under the influence (DUI).
Caveat: All the English translations next to the Chinese titles are mine, i.e. they're not the official ones (if there's any).
Hitting high notes (A5) He is asked to hit some insanely high notes by the hosts. (After hitting the very last note [an A5], he tells the hosts that he used mixed voice to achieve that.)
Xiaobao Lianxiqu (小寶練習曲/Xiaobao's rehearsal song) (HD) (This is a recording of his rehearsal at the studio, about 10-minute long. This clip basically gives you an idea of how monstrous his voice was. All of the songs he sings in the clip are his own creations. FYI, Xiaobao [小寶] was his nickname.) (He starts singing at 2:50)
Zhang Yu Sheng's (張雨生) high note compilation (C5 - D#6)
Blow are some of my favorite songs written by Zhang (both lyrics and melodies) Meigui de Mingzi (玫瑰的名字/The Name of the Rose) (HD)
Wo Qidai (我期待/I Look Forward To...) (HD) (This is probably his most famous song.)
Xiongdi Ya (兄弟呀Oh My Brother) (This is the song where zhang famously hits a D#6 [4:08-4:30]. It's a shame that there's no live recording of this song.) (HD)
Houzhihoujue (後知後覺/When I realize it, it's too late) (HD)
He (河/The River) (HD) (What he does during 4:03-4:20 is simply monstrous...)
Younggongjie De Jiezhang (永公街的街長/The Chief of the Younggong Street) (Though this piece is almost 10-minute long, I am sure you'll色 enjoy it all the way. Please note that the section after 8:14 isn't sung by Zhang himself, but by a Taiwanese female singer called "馬毓芬." He dedicated the song to the homeless and the mentally challenged, whose suffering he thinks the society is responsible for.)
Heaven On Fire - Metal Kids (HD) (With this song, Zhang and his bandmates won the first place in the first Rock&Roll band competition held by Yamaha in Taiwan. Metal Kids was the name of his band. It is said that this studio version is a compromised version due to the demand of the label company; the original version was much heavier than this one, but it is unfortunately no where to be found.)
Koushixinfei (口是心非/False Words) full album (This is arguably his best album, with every single song written by himself.) TV appearances
Koushixinfei (口是心非/False Words) (2:22-3:08) & blues jam session (4:04-end) (Again, the jam session is a rare occasion where he uses a lot of distortion.)
The Phantom Of The Opera (HD) (6:40-8:20)
Love Potion No.9
So Much In Love (0:00-1:07)
Without You (Air Supply)
Tonight (5:25-6:05)/ Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Unchained Melody (13:39-end)
A medley of his songs (All of the songs in this medley were written by someone else for primarily commercial purposes, and that's why they sound so poppy..)
A medley (some of which are not his songs) Below are some of his epic renditions of classic English rock tunes. Hope you'll enjoy them as much as I do
Crying in the Rain-Whitesnake
Dream on- Aerosmith
Turn me loose- Loverboy
Keep the faith
Show must go on
Smoke on the water
You give love a bad name (incomplete)
For those of you who want to dig more, you're welcome to check out my playlist where I collect his live performances and songs.
Last but certainly not least, this is a thread on his voice in terms of his vocal range and other technical aspects (Ken's mentioned on the forum, too!).