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張雨生zhang Yu-sheng, hitting one of the highest notes (D2-D#6) a male could ever achieve

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(Note: I know I've posted this before, but all of a sudden all the Youtube links in that previous post didn't show up properly despite my several attempts to remedy it.)
Below are a few clips of the late 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).

Zhang's  vocal range (D2 - sustained D6)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl9mUyQ3-c8

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.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh5NvF3ClJ0

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)
https://youtu.be/IhDu1nfQkig

Zhang Yu Sheng's (張雨生) high note compilation (C5 - D#6)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ivhBsQp8sA

High Notes in Rock: Power, Pt. 2
(Zhang is featured as the last vocalist in this compiliation, indicating that he's the most impressive vocalist among all the great singers listed in the clip.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxq0U3YhM78

Distortion/fry/hyper glottal distortion (a sustained D5 note in chest voice; isolated vocals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p40iPgsTnpo

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)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG4DBQj9Pf4

Wo Qidai (我期待/I Look Forward To...) (HD)
(This is probably his most famous song.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqt3FYttVkQ


Xiongdi Ya (兄弟呀Oh My Brother)
(This is the song where zhang famously hits a D#6 [4:08-4:30], his highest note ever recorded. It's a shame that there's no live recording of this song.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw58vvPfG3Y (HD)

He (河/The River) (HD)
(What he does during 4:03-4:20 is simply monstrous...It's a sustained A5 that lasts for about 10 seconds.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSrOYkqZaq8

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 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.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBFUEr0F0HI

Houzhihoujue (後知後覺/When I realize it, it's too late) (HD)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z71AyT-j-Ck

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.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAp1rMxyB6M

Koushixinfei (口是心非/False Words) full album
(This is arguably his best album, with every single song written by himself.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsKXPZr2b_c

TV appearances

Live version of Wo Qidai (我期待/I Look Forward To...)
(This live performance truly showcases his mastery of his vocals. The ending is simply incredible and jaw-dropping.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjVqO_rPCuQ

Speaking of jaw-dropping, his singing did make a grandma drop her jaw. This is one of my favorite clips.
(Starts at 1:02)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swNE8fI3wQ0

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.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI8XZ_1tgDQ

The Phantom Of The Opera (HD) (6:40-8:20)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JawUKaPo7Y4

Love Potion No.9
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF_n0WTkswI

So Much In Love (0:00-1:07)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vtNrsttkTg

Without You (Air Supply)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlQXIIKEfnY

Tonight (5:25-6:05)/ Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Unchained Melody (13:39-end)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WT79rXSZgg

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..)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHY9GREsm9o

A medley (some of which are not his songs)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVjUj0ml6t0
Below are some of his epic renditions of classic English rock tunes. Hope you'll enjoy them as much as I do

Paradise city-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYugStnz3pc

Crying in the Rain-Whitesnake
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79OD0oJ98go&index=13&list=PLXqfr_d85FncEWwQjbD3BGVGWqTlgfuS6

Dream on- Aerosmith
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GCm3g9NoLg&index=20&list=PLXqfr_d85FncEWwQjbD3BGVGWqTlgfuS6

Separate Ways- Journey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXfv8vOpkTs

Turn me loose- Loverboy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmxL1I5FE3w&index=17&list=PLXqfr_d85FncEWwQjbD3BGVGWqTlgfuS6

Highway star
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZwunbxEtqw&index=16&list=PLXqfr_d85FncEWwQjbD3BGVGWqTlgfuS6

Keep the faith
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVJmgyH2jME

Mr.Crowley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z3o3FJ8-mE

Show must go on
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWL4EuxTKhw

Smoke on the water
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D__vv4_AIpQ

Final countdown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYcT7Cf37Zo

Carrie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYn8wRC1pRg

You give love a bad name (incomplete)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyrbcJsFOeM


R.I.P. Zhang Yu-sheng (Taiwan)

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