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Posted: 06 May 08, 17:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Which version of Hammer To Fall do you prefer?

1. LP/Album Version
2. Single Edit/Greatest Hits II Version
3. Malouf Mix
4. Headbangers Mix
5. MTV Version


...... I personally prefer the album version, but do you realize how many people who download the music off of limewire probably only have the single edit version? Haha. A lot of the new Queen fans probably don't know about the different song versions. I've talked to some people who didn't even know what a single was!


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Posted: 06 May 08, 17:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Live at Wembley 86, One of Brian's best Solos.


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Posted: 06 May 08, 17:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Live at Wembley 86, One of Brian's best Solos.


Probably the best ever rendition of this song. Powerful and totally awesome. Was always one of their best live songs. As soon as I heard it on the Works I knew it was geared for live performances. My favourite track from Wembley 86 without a doubt!


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Posted: 06 May 08, 17:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah I prefer the album version. But I also like the slow/fast live versions quite a bit. It's such a beautiful melody when slowed down like that.

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Posted: 06 May 08, 18:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Headbanger's Mix for me!! Album version 2nd, never liked the single version very much ...

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Posted: 06 May 08, 18:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I like the album version and the headbanger's mix is a good second. I have never heard the maloaf mix :(

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Posted: 06 May 08, 18:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

headbanger for a headbanger

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Posted: 06 May 08, 18:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Headbangers Mix, It verges on Orgasmic! I have the rare photo sleeve 12" single which I got in Woolworths in 1985 for about £2. Live too Hammer To Fall was awesome, I nearly fell off my seat at Wembley headbanging to what is one of my faves. "Hey, Hey,Hey,Hey! Hammer to Fall!!!", Freddie announced before BM rips out that Riff that come out of the Young Brothers book of killer riffs. The single mix is toilet, edited to death. Didn't like the slow version either. Anyone heard the metal version of Love Kills by Freddie or She Blows hot and Cold now they would have sounded great on Made in Heaven


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Posted: 06 May 08, 19:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jacob Britt wrote:

Which version of Hammer To Fall do you prefer?

1. LP/Album Version
2. Single Edit/Greatest Hits II Version
3. Malouf Mix
4. Headbangers Mix
5. MTV Version


...... I personally prefer the album version, but do you realize how many people who download the music off of limewire probably only have the single edit version? Haha. A lot of the new Queen fans probably don't know about the different song versions. I've talked to some people who didn't even know what a single was!

Goodness I did not know there were so many different versions. I must look it up.

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Posted: 06 May 08, 20:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jacob Britt wrote:

Which version of Hammer To Fall do you prefer?

1. LP/Album Version
2. Single Edit/Greatest Hits II Version
3. Malouf Mix
4. Headbangers Mix
5. MTV Version


Can also add

US 7" Promo Head banger’s Mix Edit - Capitol P-B-5424

Karaoke Instrumental - Japan Toshiba EMI TOLW - 3249.50

Malouf Edit 3:40 Remix

eYe Instrumental 4:19 No 1

eYe Instrumental 4:19 No 2

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Posted: 06 May 08, 20:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

From those Jacob cited, my favorite is certainly that from the original recording.

The live performance in Live Aid is, of course, perfect and it's a further proof that it was the greatest rock n roll concert by any band ever. Every Queen fan should stand for this point. lol It's important because there's no question about it - "Oh, but the Stones are better", ok, the Stones and the Beatles are much better, but the greatest show ever, the greatest live concert ever in the history of rock n roll is Queen's performance at Live Aid.

Don't be ashamed, Queen fans, of defending this point! That performance of Hammer To Fall, and the sweet vocal improvisation before, just kicks off. Well, all the songs are great there, Queen was on fire.

For the reasons I mentioned in another thread, I like Hammer to Fall live at Japan, 1985, 05-15(?), is it? I like it. It's not good throughout, but it has beautiful clever different moments and some sparks of genius by Freddie. John's bass line can be heard quite well and he does a wonderful job.

There are other good live performances, but I'd stick to that one at Live Aid, and for reasons of innovation and musical intelligence, the one in Japan.


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Posted: 06 May 08, 21:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Yeah I prefer the album version. But I also like the slow/fast live versions quite a bit. It's such a beautiful melody when slowed down like that.


Yeah i love the original album version but i to think the melody sound great slowed down. I wish they would of played the whole song slowed down because i think the transition to the rock part sounds kind of wierd. I usually back it up again just to hear the slow part. I would love to hear the whole song that way.

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Posted: 06 May 08, 23:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Live at Wembley '86! So powerful and emotional! The Live Aid version was scorching as well--so fast and energetic!

And though he doesn't surpass any Freddie performances, the Queen + Gary Cherone version at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert was AMAZING! They TORE THAT PLACE APART! So much energy and passion!


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Posted: 06 May 08, 23:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Btw album version is better than single version.


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Posted: 06 May 08, 23:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I prefer Ogre Battle.

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Posted: 07 May 08, 00:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

jcomber wrote:

Live at Wembley 86, One of Brian's best Solos.


Amen to that. the start of the song at Wembley with Brian's guitar is of galactic proportions

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Posted: 07 May 08, 00:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I also wonder why the hell Hammer To Fall didn't chart in the USA back in '84, yet it did when they released a promo single of it in '92... rediculous. Didn't it rock just as much in 1984? YES!


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Posted: 07 May 08, 03:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Yeah i love the original album version but i to think the melody sound great slowed down. I wish they would of played the whole song slowed down because i think the transition to the rock part sounds kind of wierd. I usually back it up again just to hear the slow part. I would love to hear the whole song that way.


The whole song slowed down? No thanks. I think the slow fast version is garbage. Totally wasted done that way and ruined what impact the song had in the beginning. Done the slow / fast way, it should be renamed to "Kiddies Soft Mallet To Fall".

Get back to the album version, Bri!!




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Posted: 07 May 08, 03:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 07 May 08, 04:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

From your list, the single version is a little tighter than the LP version, so I'd pick that.

My favourite version of the song is from Live at Wembley '86, and the fast/slow version is one of my favourite tracks from the 2005 set.