As I said in the Toni Mau threads:
...as a 'consumer' - I have to ask myself: If Queen Productions DID release an anthology CD, and, as part of this set, an 'Official Bohemain Rhapsody remix' track was included - what would I expect from such a track?
...I would expect a 'hybrid type remix' as found on both the Beatles/ Freddie Mercury anthology sets.
Commercially, both the 'Beatles Anthologies' and the 'Freddie Mercury Box' sets faced very similar problems. However, their professional solution in overcoming this difficulty was to focus on the DIFFERENCES - and not the similarities between the final releases.
Simply: If the officially released, loved and tested 'Bohemain Rhapsody' is the 'North pole' - what I am looking for in an 'Alternative version' is a 'South pole' eqivilent.
My ideal mix (if anyone was up for it) would be a 'hybrid mix' which featured as many differences from the original as possible - but still using the original template.
For example: Keep the same stereo map as the original, but feature lead vocals taken from more than one source. Same with guitar, bass, drums etc.
(There is no point in using the guitar version from track 24 at the end of the rock section - as this appears on the official release).
I would keep the countdown intro, and the 'Deacon crashing about' outro - also Track 15's 'Belch' and Freddie's 'Fuck it' - if they could be featured inconspicuiously. In sum - if it features in the 'official release' - KEEP IT OUT!
I guess what I am really saying is that a diametrically opposed mix - would allow me as a fan to re-listen to a 'different' Bo Rhap - but still within the framework of familuarity.
As I said above, this has already been tried and tested on both the Beatles, and Freddie boxes, and is the basis of most Hollywood sequals. The real down side is that this would take a lot of talent - and a sh*tload of time!
Now, I know this may be too professional an expectation for a casual fan remix forum, but, there is no excuse for not aiming this high.
"Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make."