What are you trying to say, Pete - that the whole song was just one big mistake?
Yeah, I should've been more specific. The background singers are out of synch (partial vocal edited out?) in one part of the song, found in the link below between 3:02 and 3:15. www.youtube.com/watch?v=8okXAF9eJNo
There is a part on SLIP SLIDE AWAY by Paul Simon where it sounds like he starts to sing a bit too early before where the chorus should start. where he sounds like he is saying "He slip side in....." and starts it over again with the chorus part.
there is a weird feedback talk on Styx FOOLIN YOURSELF after the first chorus efore the music interlude in the middle.
At the very beginning of "Private Emotion" by Ricky Martin & Meja, during the guitar intro, you can hear Rick singing the opening line "Every endless night" Sounds like they started the voice track too soon and tried to cover it up as best they could.
Not sure if you'd count these as mistakes, but there are some 45 edits which are very noticeable, and could be considered mistakes.
There a lots of examples, but two that come to mind are:
"While You See a Chance" by Steve Winwood; the edit on the promo 45 is abrupt and edited between two different words that don't even match. The commercial 45 contained the full album version, but the video of the song contains the edit
"Only Time will Tell" by Asia; there were two edits on the promo single, the 4:05 edit was also on the commercial single. There's a very noticeable edit during the last verse. FWIW, the 3:23 edit on the promo single is a much better edit.
Also, anyone remember the song from the last decade called "You're Beautiful"? It truly sounds as if the vocals in the first verse started up on the wrong measure, as the first line of the song is promptly repeated.
I know of 3 pretty obvious mistakes in top 40 hit songs.
1. Lonely Days - Bee Gees...at a very dramatic part in the song, the piano repeats chord several times before a glaring mistake of finger placement on piano.
2. Get It On (Bang A Gong) - T Rex...a backup singer doesn't know when to stop, and starts to sing "get it on..." before realizing no one else was singing...I was always puzzled why they left it in the song.
3. Already Gone - Eagles...in between lines there is feedback on microphone
Returning to the issue of "spontaneous moments", Diana Ross can be heard laughing in the fade of "Love Hangover". Producer Hal David liked the sense of spontaneity it conveyed, and so left it in, along with her humming and improvising a Billie Holiday sound.