Hmmm you could also talk about his voice live and differences, then if you want you could mention about maybe different tours and the way his voice changed through the live era?
That'd be something! I'd like you to discuss to what extent the mixing and stuff may have actually artificially embelished Freddie's voice and stretched his actual vocal range? A lot of what goes on in the recordings seems very artificially improved or embelished. There's such a huge gap between Queen's live and studio performances. Why couldn't Queen ever play Under Pressure decently live? Was Freddie actually capable, not only sporadically, but on a regular basis, of reaching the beautiful notes he reached in the studio recordings?
Reviews by other singers and musicians about him would be a treat too. Brian actually says that Paul Rogers vocal range is the same as Freddie's. I for one like PR singing better than late Freddie's.
It'd put to rest the "freddie is god" bullshit.
Thanks man you're great!
I can't approach this from the perspective of an actual singer. I'm just a guitar player, but from a year or so of trying to learn how to sing, I can only say ; some people can replicate vocal performances in any kind of situation, and others can't.
Also consider that some things just don't work live. Freddie's attempt of "The Immigrant Song"... I mean, that particular kind of falsetto sounded good in "March of the Black Queen" but it did not work live. He has a different voice to those guys who can do high screams (Ted Neeley, Ian Gillan, Robert Plant, even our own Roger Taylor).
Freddie's falsetto was a different kind of singing to what you hear on "Immigrant Song" - it sounds fantastic in the studio, very feminine and unique. But live - it don't work.
Again - I'm no singer, but I've been in the situation where you are faced with a high note and you don't know how to tackle it.
Consider that Freddie didn't always do high notes in the same manner. In some songs he'd absolutely belt them out, in other songs he'd throttle back and it'd sound almost effortless.
In a live situation it's not always that easy to use different techniques.
I'm hoping a proper singer will perhaps bail me out here with the right terminology! :)
It's also a psychological thing, sometimes. In a crowded pub where no one is listening, I can do notes that I can *never* do, on stage or in a studio. I just open my mouth and a pretty little C (ala 'You're My Best Friend') will just float out and make people look around and wonder where it's coming from.
I can't do that anywhere else :/ Don't ask me why.
Human voices are incredibly unique, Freddie being.... well. Fuck, you don't get much more unique than him, I think. He still had his weaknesses, I guess consistency in a live situation would be a big one. He was by no means bad on stage. He just had to change his way of doing things. The delivery of the songs became different, and if you ask me that's one of the kickass things about live music anyway. Music literally becomes a living thing when you play it, and that sounds awfully pretentious but it's true. It's vastly different from putting on a CD.
I really don't think there was much studio trickery to Freddie's sound. Another One Bites the Dust was admittedly pitched up, but that's one of few examples that I know of, and there's plenty of recorded evidence of him making those notes in songs that were not pitch-altered.
I'm sure Sebastian has pointed this out, but in a live situation he really was more of a showman than anything. His performances were big and powerful and if that meant he had to sacrifice some high notes... no biggy. There's always the albums.