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Posted: 30 Jul 07, 23:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I am trying to get a general consensus of what Queen fans feel is Freddie's very best, to share with a few friends, should I be fortunate enough to find them on youtube.
I have tried doing a search, here, to find a thread on this, and, kept getting a giant error page, so, if there is an old thread, discussing this, would someone be so kind as to post a link?


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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 00:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

so many songs to pick from but i choose show must go on


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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 00:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thank you for responding! There are a good many Cheeky Queeners, here, I've noted, so, I am hesitant to ask questions(though I've a bit of cheekiness escaping myself every so often).

Is there a song, in particular, that anyone feels Freddie sings exceptionally well, perhaps a difficult song for a normal fellow to sing?

I know that I have my personal preferences, however, I know very little about the technical aspects of singing...



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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 00:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have watched Live Aid over and over...amazing.

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Dusta wrote:

I am trying to get a general consensus of what Queen fans feel is Freddie's very best, to share with a few friends, should I be fortunate enough to find them on youtube.
I have tried doing a search, here, to find a thread on this, and, kept getting a giant error page, so, if there is an old thread, discussing this, would someone be so kind as to post a link?


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I think Live Aid was one of the best! You can see it on youtube. Its just powerfull performace, vocally, and stage craft wise



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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 00:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, that gentle, clear, soaring voice, dripping with expression and character in one line, followed by that powerful rock and roll voice in the next is what I truly love about his voice, and, how it relates to Queen's music as a whole. Just splendid. I'm to tired tonight to post MY favorites, but, I've got them!

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Yeah theres one of his LOL, SOS album. That one about making free love where its just him on the piano. The fact that he can do that and then sing heavy on like "I want it all" is just an example by comparason



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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 03:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

live?i really think hammy 1979 ranks best of whats common.Studio?to me his best work by far is on Jazz.I know thats not a popular vote but listen to how Freddie has learned to know his own voice and get the most out of it on every note.Not the best songs,but the best singing.


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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 03:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well after two hours of running around on a stage We Are The Champions is one of the hardest queen songs to sing! thats how i gauge how good a voice freddie was on in a particular concert. if he puts in a good performance of WATC (as in not skipping the higher notes for lower harmonies) then you can be fairly certain he was on great form that day! Live Aid is a shining example of this. He even goes for the high C in the "we'll keep on FIGHTING" which is rare from freddie!

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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 07:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lots to choose from, but today I'd say The Show Must Go On

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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 07:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh, I agree, I agree!! Amaaaaazing!

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Well after two hours of running around on a stage We Are The Champions is one of the hardest queen songs to sing! thats how i gauge how good a voice freddie was on in a particular concert. if he puts in a good performance of WATC (as in not skipping the higher notes for lower harmonies) then you can be fairly certain he was on great form that day! Live Aid is a shining example of this. He even goes for the high C in the "we'll keep on FIGHTING" which is rare from freddie!



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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 09:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Live Aid was indeed a powerful performance but he was a bit squeaky on some of the notes from "Hammer To Fall" and "We Are The Champions"......I would say the most powerful I've heard him is "In The Lap of The Gods" from Wembley, and as far as in the studio I would say the intro to "Rock It...Prime Jive".....


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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 10:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

As for live vocal vocals I still think STL from MK show is his best moment live. Especially the a capella part coming out of the gospel mid-section. I first heard & saw that when MTV aired the edited version of that concert way back in 1983. I recorded the audio back then & played that concert to death growing up. The only live Queen shows I had was this & the LK album. If I was to play one song to showcase Freddie's talent STL would be it.


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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 11:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 12:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie's live vocals seemed (to me) to peak between 1979-1982. Before that, he was still refining his craft--though we did get some brilliant performances like Hammy '75--and in the Works and Magic tours, the strain on his voice was often obvious.

As for album performances, I think he offered up his best studio vocals on ANATO, ADATR, and Innuendo. Studio, though, is a different ballgame, because if you don't like how the vocal track turned out, you can go back and re-record sections of it until you do.


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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 12:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


Live- Intro to Somebody to love at MK Bowl.
Hero & WWRY Fast, Fat Bottomed Girls!!!

WATC - Live Aid closing part Champi i i ions!!
We Will Rock You

AOBTD - Buenos Aires 1981

Now Im Here /Dragon Attack - Montreal 1981

Wembley 86 - Under Pressure /TYMD

Studio - The Show must Go On R GA GA. IWTBF.
Dead On Time, Dont Try So Hard.


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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 12:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In the studio, believe it or not, one of the most impressive vocal performances was on "Another One Bites the Dust." Try singing along with that second verse without using a falsetto! Not an easy thing to do. Not only does he hit those high notes perfectly, but he also maintains a very manly sound while doing it. That is pretty rare. Most male singers (e.g., Prince, Bono, etc.) would end up sounding like girls. "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Under Pressue," and "Who Wants to Live Forever" are three more amazing performances. From the solo work, I thought that "In My Defense" was one of the best.

In terms of live singing, one of my favorites is "Somebody to Love" from the "Live at the Bowl" concert. Of course, his entire Live Aid performance was astounding. I also enjoyed "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" from Wembley because it shows what a masculine voice he also has. In this respect, I also enjoyed "You're So Square" and "Hello, Mary Lou" as well. They just further illustrate the fact that he could sing in any style and in any range. Another notable aspect is how powerful the voice is. How many singers can sing at such a volume as to basically drown out the rest of the band? Watch "Somebody to Love" from "Live at the Bowl" to see this.
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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 12:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thank you all so much for sharing this info! Often, I will have a song at the edge of my memory, but, can't recall the damn name...here, I have them all in one area, and, also, some new ones to look for! I know that I will be spending ALOT of time on youtube over the next couple of days! I only have a couple of the Greatest Hits efforts on cd--though, I still have a few vinyl Queen albums packed away in storage. Nothing to play them on, however.

I AM amassing quite the DVD collection, however, thanks to Amazon, and, some of the sound on them is quite good, so, I suppose I'll have to pop in a couple of those to revisit some of the songs mentioned here!


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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 13:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree so much with what you've said here. I was never able to really put into words what I was feeling, but, you've managed to do so, here.

And, honestly, when it first came out, I didn't really care for AOBTD. I suppose, when I was younger, life was just moving along too fast for me to really listen to music. It was always simply my, "Theme Music," or, the soundtrack for life. As I've gotten middle aged, things have slowed down, considerably, and, I now have more time to really enjoy music, which often means really hearing it for the first time.
Freddie really delivers an amazing vocal performance in AOBTD!

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In the studio, believe it or not, one of the most impressive vocal performances was on "Another One Bites the Dust." Try singing along with that second verse without using a falsetto! Not an easy thing to do. Not only does he hit those high notes perfectly, but he also maintains a very manly sound while doing it. That is pretty rare. Most male singers (e.g., Prince, Bono, etc.) would end up sounding like girls. "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Under Pressue," and "Who Wants to Live Forever" are three more amazing performances. From the solo work, I thought that "In My Defense" was one of the best.

In terms of live singing, one of my favorites is "Somebody to Love" from the "Live at the Bowl" concert. Of course, his entire Live Aid performance was astounding. I also enjoyed "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" from Wembley because it shows what a masculine voice he also has. In this respect, I also enjoyed "You're So Square" and "Hello, Mary Lou" as well. They just further illustrate the fact that he could sing in any style and in any range. Another notable aspect is how powerful the voice is. How many singers can sing at such a volume as to basically drown out the rest of the band? Watch "Somebody to Love" from "Live at the Bowl" to see this.
Well, hope that helps.



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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 13:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Aaaaaaah, man, what an experience! I had never heard that MK version of STL...incredible!!! Absolutely incredible! And, watching Brian, Roger and John, just playing along as if that voice was no big deal--just Freddie being Freddie, doing his part for the show--I soooo enjoyed that! Thanks so very much for pointing that out!! Woooooot!!!


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Posted: 31 Jul 07, 13:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

it's hard to decide, somebody to love, show must go on, who wants to live forevera and so on.

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I also enjoyed "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" from Wembley because it shows what a masculine voice he also has.


Really? I don't care for CLTCL from Wembley. The song just feels lethargic and tired, as if it were being played and sung too slowly. I've noticed the same thing with other Magic tour performances of the song, and honestly, I wish they'd closed with Hammer to Fall instead. We got some great performances of that song out of the Magic Tour.


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