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Posted: 05 Dec 07, 01:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

One other amazing thing to me about Queen out of the great many different items is how often I think they screwed up or got screwed from a little to a lot in several different decisions on which single to release. I'll admit a few songs were singles I wouldn't have released and I'd be wrong in not releasing them like Bites The Dust and Radio GaGa, but there are more instances of where I think a mistake was made?

What songs do you think should have been single releases?

Here's my list:

Queen - Liar(unedited), then Doing Alright, and only then Keep Yourself Alive or maybe The Night Comes Down.

Queen II - I would have gone with Seven Seas earlier than normal for a pre-album 1st hit release, and then I would have quickly thrown Some Day One Day in as a 2nd single after the release. Then I would hope to go White Queen and Black Queen in one order or another.

Sheer Heart Attack - Killer Queen was an obvious 1st single, but I think Lebroy Brown and Lap of the Gods Revisited would have been just as great as follow up singles.

A Night At The Opera - Tell me something... If Bo Rhap was too long for a single to the execs making it a battle that Queen won and won huge with it being arguably the biggest hit of the 20th Century, then why on Earth wouldn't they have followed it up with Prophet Song???? I would have and then Your My Best Friend and Love of My Life in one order or the other.

A Day at the Races - Should have had Take My Breath Away first, then Tie Your Mother Down, then Millionare Waltz, then Somebody, and if possible a 5th hit with Long Away or Teo Torrate.

News of the World - WWRY/WATC was a perfect double A-Side release, but should have been followed with Spread Your Wings, then Who Needs You, and lastly My Melancholy Blues.

Jazz - I would have in some order released Dreamer's Ball, Don't Stop Me Know, Fat Bottomed Girls which is great with Bicycle Race.

The Game - All I can say is that Dragon Attack could have been a huge hit, and so could Rock It.

Flash Gordon - I would have wanted a sort of combo remix to follow Flash Gordon, and the remix would have turned into The Hero on the end of it.

Hot Space - Worst single ever for them is Body Language. They should have done Staying Power like the Milton Keynes live version, fast with Brian's guitar instead of the horns. But of what they had I think Life Is Real and Las Palabras could have followed Under Pressure, and Cool Cat would have been different.

The Works - No changes.

A Kind of Magic - No changes.

The Miracle - Hang On In There and Was It all Worth It should have been hits. Chinese Water Torture could have doubled with Hang on In there.

Innuendo - no changes.

Made In Heaven - I'd go title track, Let Me Live, I Was Born To Love You, Winter's Tale and You Don't Fool Me last.




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Posted: 05 Dec 07, 06:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

None of them. IMO they should've been promoted for their albums only. That way songs like 'All Dead' and 'Worth It' would've been as well-known as the songs in 'Dark Side of the Moon'.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 05 Dec 07, 07:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


They would have had a lot less hits, broken up years ago, we would never have heard of them and this board wouldn't exist.

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Posted: 05 Dec 07, 09:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

When concerning singles you have to think about how well they will go in the commercial radio scene. While millionaire waltz etc etc are fantastic, would they have succeeded on the radio....probobly not.


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Posted: 05 Dec 07, 14:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

'Stairway to Heaven' was not a single and it didn't stop it from being famous or enjoying airplay.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 05 Dec 07, 14:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

We Will Rock You should have been a single.

Every time I hear it and WATC doesn't follow it just sounds wrong. Or vice versa.

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Posted: 05 Dec 07, 17:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

hello i think these i begin with 1973.
QUEEN 1973
great king rat
QUEEN 2 1974
fairy feller’s master stroke
SHEER HEART ATTACK 1974
in the lap of the gods
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA 1975
love of my life
39
the prophet’s song
A DAY AT THE Races 1976
teo torriatte
NEWS OF THE WORLD 1977
who needs you
JAZZ 1978
let me entertain you
LIVE KILLERS 1979
spread your wings
THE GAME 1980
rock it (prime jive)
HOT SPACE 1982
dancer
action this day
THE WORKS 1984
is this the world we created?
man on the prowl
A KIND OF MAGIC 1986
the right singles were released
THE MIRACLE 1989
was it all worth it?
INNUENDO 1991
ride the wild wind
LIVE AT WEMBLEY 1992
a kind of magic
MADE IN HEAVEN 1995
the right singles were released
RETURN OF THE CHAMPIONS 2005
all right now
bohemian rhapsody
ROCK MONTREAL 1981/2007
under pressure
we will rock you fast and slow version
LIVE AID 1985/2007
RADIO GA GA

that’s it!
what do you think?
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Posted: 05 Dec 07, 18:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've always thought 'Death on Two Legs' would have made a great single.

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Posted: 05 Dec 07, 19:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This thread looks a bit like a "What's your favorite song from each album?" thread with new "clothes".


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Posted: 05 Dec 07, 20:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen: 'My Fairy King' / 'Jesus'
Queen II: 'Nevermore' / 'Procession'
Sheer Heart Attack: 'Misfire' / 'Brighton Rock'
A Night At The Opera: 'Sweet Lady' / 'God Save The Queen'
A Day At The Races: 'Tie Your Mother Down intro' / 'Teo Torriate outro'
News Of The World: 'Who Needs You' / 'Get Down, Make Love'
Jazz: 'Fun It' / 'More Of That Jazz' (double A-side)
Live Killers: 'Brighton Rock' / 'Dreamers Ball'
The Game: 'Coming Soon' / 'Don't Try Suicide'
Flash Gordon: 'The Kiss' / 'The Ring'
Hot Space: 'Cool Cat' / 'Staying Power'
The Works: 'Is This The World We Created?' / 'Man On The Prowl'
A Kind Of Magic: 'Don't Lose Your Head' / 'Pain Is So Close To Pleasure'
The Miracle: 'My Baby Does Me' / 'Party' / 'Khashoggi's Ship' (double B-side)
Innuendo: 'Delilah' / 'I Can't Live With You'
Made In Heaven: 'It's A Beautiful Day' / 'It's A Beautiful Day (reprise)' / 'Yeah' / 'Track 13'

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Posted: 05 Dec 07, 22:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Micrówave wrote:

We Will Rock You should have been a single.

Every time I hear it and WATC doesn't follow it just sounds wrong. Or vice versa.


It was in the US as a Double A side with WATC.

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Posted: 05 Dec 07, 23:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Armando Alejandro Estrada wrote:

Micrówave wrote:

We Will Rock You should have been a single.

Every time I hear it and WATC doesn't follow it just sounds wrong. Or vice versa.


It was in the US as a Double A side with WATC.


we had the single in france

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Posted: 06 Dec 07, 05:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A: Delilah B: My baby does me
(though they are not from the same album).

A: White Queen B: The March of the Black Queen

A: You take my breath away B: Teo Torriatte




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A: Delilah B: My baby does me
(though they are not from the same album).

A: White Queen B: The March of the Black Queen

A: You take my breath away B: Teo Torriatte




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Posted: 06 Dec 07, 10:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lester.........I'm surprised you didn't simply suggest 'Seven Seas of Rhye' as the only 45 from 'Queen'. A double-A promo at that.

Let's not forget 'Live Magic': how 'bout edited versions of BoRhap/HTF, and WWRY/WATC, just as they were on this crappy vinyl?


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Posted: 06 Dec 07, 11:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lester Burnham wrote:

Hot Space: 'Cool Cat'


NOT funny. You meant the Bowie isolated vocal dance remix.

Poor, kicked-around, cool cat.

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Posted: 06 Dec 07, 12:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think every Queen II song could have been a good single!

The BBC White Queen version could have been a HUGE hit.



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Posted: 06 Dec 07, 12:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

goodco wrote:

Lester.........I'm surprised you didn't simply suggest 'Seven Seas of Rhye' as the only 45 from 'Queen'. A double-A promo at that.

Let's not forget 'Live Magic': how 'bout edited versions of BoRhap/HTF, and WWRY/WATC, just as they were on this crappy vinyl?


I like your idea of 'Seven Seas' as the single, so let's make it the second single from the album...

And from Live Magic, why not 'Friends Will Be Friends' backed with 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are The Champions'?

Micrówave wrote:

Lester Burnham wrote:

Hot Space: 'Cool Cat'


NOT funny. You meant the Bowie isolated vocal dance remix.

Poor, kicked-around, cool cat.


Ah, the 'Cool Cat (Bum Bum Bum Bowie mix)'?

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Posted: 06 Dec 07, 17:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I believe that IF YOU CAN'T BEAT THEM from JAZZ would have made a good single.
I was always surprised that they released GOOD OLD FASHIONED LOVER BOY as a single. Great song but odd as a single, isn't it?

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artemismoon wrote:

I've always thought 'Death on Two Legs' would have made a great single.


Was released on the First EP but Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy was the main track for single purposes.


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