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Posted: 30 Oct 08, 16:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian May said it once, it is a kind of a Queen trade mark to have bits in a song that has such a good melody on its own, that you could build a whole new song with that one bit. For me there are many songs that have parts in it of which I wish they would use it more often in that song or build a song around that part. Hard to explain, but let me give an example:

-The last part of The Miracle 'that time will come, one day you'll see, when we can all be friends'
-In Scandal 'today the headlines tomorrow hard times, and no one ever really knows the truth from the lies'
-In Let me Live: the piano part at the very end
-The part in The invisible man: Never had a real good friend, not a boy or a girl, no one knows what i've been through, (etc.) until the guitar solo.
-The part in The Hitman: 'Love me baby, don't be so cool, love me love me baby, I've been to the hitman school'

And there is a lot more. For those who understand what I mean, any more suggestions?



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Posted: 30 Oct 08, 18:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You dont fool me has the Choir intro from A winters tale at the beginning.
And Mother Love has Going Back at the end.



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Posted: 30 Oct 08, 19:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger´s part in "Keep yourself alive", the very end of "seven seas of rhye", the beggining of Rock it, Backing vocals of Freddie in "Machine Back to Humans...and a lot more...

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Posted: 31 Oct 08, 03:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Or the very famous one.The start of "Breakthrough"which originally was a song called"A New Life"


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Posted: 31 Oct 08, 06:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy: 'when I'm not with you...'
Calling All Girls: first 3 chords
Millionaire Waltz: More than one song there
..

come to think of it, almost every song has elements that work just fine on their own.




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Posted: 31 Oct 08, 07:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That might be to do with the fact that nearly every worthwhile song ever written is built up of contrasting sections (classical sonata form is based around two contrasting themes, and it is not unusual for a composition, classical or otherwise, to have more).



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Posted: 31 Oct 08, 07:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You could name the bridge section in any song by anybody that way.


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Posted: 31 Oct 08, 11:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



knakenrudi wrote:

You could name the bridge section in any song by anybody that way.

practically every suggestion mentioned so far is either

a. intro
b. bridge
c. coda

i dont think that's what Brian was talking about, i think his reference was more toward songs that were mini symphonies...ie having distinct "moevements" that would stand alone as a song

the two songs that immediately spring to mind in that respect are fairly obvious.....Bo Rhap and Somebody to Love, but once you think about it there are others....Liar, Doin' Alright, It's Late

The best example i can think of to fit Brian's description of "songs within songs" is an old Wings hit - Band On The Run

have a listen, it fits the idea perfectly








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Posted: 31 Oct 08, 12:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Millionaire Waltz?