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Posted: 20 Mar 09, 14:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Hey QZers,



I'm having a bit of a debate with someone over something silly.  Who was it that sang the high note in Under Pressure (you know the one!).



To my ears, it sounds just like Roger Taylor, but the other person is saying it's Freddie.



Is there a definitive word on this?  I don't think either attempted it live.







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Posted: 20 Mar 09, 14:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was David Bowie!...just kiddin'.
It was Freddie.



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Posted: 20 Mar 09, 14:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Reinhold Mack. : -) Well, it was him in many ways indeed, but, let's say, taking Reinhold Mack huge factor out of the equation, if the note you have in mind is the same as the one I have in mine, then "Freddie", or Freddie, for christ's sake. Hahaha.

Anyway, it's such a beautifully produced and composed song. The album version is terrific. But I (I=me=Yara=personal opinion, and so on) thought the live versions were usually so bad, that I kind of skipped the song in Live at the Bowl and Wembley 86. :-) I was growing more tolerant, though, until I discovered Bowie's live versions with brilliant bassist/singer Gail Ann Dorsey - that's the way the song should sound live, in my opinion. In some of their concerts, I'd dare to say they are definitive live renditions of the song.




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Posted: 20 Mar 09, 15:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love the song.  I haven't heard Bowie's version, but I think Queen played it great live!.  I think it's a song that always worked great live.

By the way, has anyone heard that interview in which Freddie talks about some problem they had with Bowie over the song, and he calls him "asshole"?.  I hope they fixed things later!.


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Posted: 20 Mar 09, 15:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Yara wrote:

Reinhold Mack. : -) Well, it was him in many ways indeed, but, let's say, taking Reinhold Mack huge factor out of the equation, if the note you have in mind is the same as the one I have in mine, then "Freddie", or Freddie, for christ's sake. Hahaha.

Anyway, it's such a beautifully produced and composed song. The album version is terrific. But I (I=me=Yara=personal opinion, and so on) thought the live versions were usually so bad, that I kind of skipped the song in Live at the Bowl and Wembley 86. :-) I was growing more tolerant, though, until I discovered Bowie's live versions with brilliant bassist/singer Gail Ann Dorsey - that's the way the song should sound live, in my opinion. In some of their concerts, I'd dare to say they are definitive live renditions of the song.

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Posted: 20 Mar 09, 15:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Yara wrote:

Reinhold Mack. : -) Well, it was him in many ways indeed, but, let's say, taking Reinhold Mack huge factor out of the equation, if the note you have in mind is the same as the one I have in mine, then "Freddie", or Freddie, for christ's sake. Hahaha.

Anyway, it's such a beautifully produced and composed song. The album version is terrific. But I (I=me=Yara=personal opinion, and so on) thought the live versions were usually so bad, that I kind of skipped the song in Live at the Bowl and Wembley 86. :-) I was growing more tolerant, though, until I discovered Bowie's live versions with brilliant bassist/singer Gail Ann Dorsey - that's the way the song should sound live, in my opinion. In some of their concerts, I'd dare to say they are definitive live renditions of the song.




Funny thing^^
My opinion of this song goes in the complete opposite direction, I don't like the studio version or the live version of bowie and love Queens Live renditions!
But as Yara said: I=me=Mercury 90= personal opinion, and so on^^






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Posted: 20 Mar 09, 16:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Back to topic: of course it's Freddie. Roger sounds completely different when doing that note (e.g. Lap of the Gods)



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Posted: 20 Mar 09, 16:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was young Merc.

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Posted: 20 Mar 09, 17:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

people are strange on this site,  that high note sounds nothing like roger.

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Posted: 20 Mar 09, 18:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Montreal version is my favourite. The duet between Roger and Freddie works damn well. Plus Freddie's doing a falsetto, which sounds great.


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Posted: 20 Mar 09, 18:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For me i'ts Freddie voice, but somebody used to talk about an interaction with Red Special thru the end of the high note...


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Posted: 20 Mar 09, 20:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



claudiox wrote:

For me i'ts Freddie voice, but somebody used to talk about an interaction with Red Special thru the end of the high note...

That's what I've always thought from listening to it. 








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Posted: 21 Mar 09, 02:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was definitely Freddie! [img=/images/smiley/msn/regular_smile.gif][/img]


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Posted: 21 Mar 09, 09:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's definitely Freddie. Keep in mind that his voice was truly at its peak at the time. If you listen to Soul Brother, you'll get why.


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beautifulsoup wrote:







claudiox wrote:



For me i'ts Freddie voice, but somebody used to talk about an interaction with Red Special thru the end of the high note...


That's what I've always thought from listening to it. 



That's Freddie, but up to a certain point where it mixes with the RS which is what finishes it.






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Posted: 28 Mar 09, 05:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Yara wrote:

Reinhold Mack. : -) Well, it was him in many ways indeed, but, let's say, taking Reinhold Mack huge factor out of the equation, if the note you have in mind is the same as the one I have in mine, then "Freddie", or Freddie, for christ's sake. Hahaha.

Anyway, it's such a beautifully produced and composed song. The album version is terrific. But I (I=me=Yara=personal opinion, and so on) thought the live versions were usually so bad, that I kind of skipped the song in Live at the Bowl and Wembley 86. :-) I was growing more tolerant, though, until I discovered Bowie's live versions with brilliant bassist/singer Gail Ann Dorsey - that's the way the song should sound live, in my opinion. In some of their concerts, I'd dare to say they are definitive live renditions of the song.




Live perfoming of Under Pressure always is the one of mine favourites moments from every show. I hate Bowie sang the song on Tribute Concert. I think, album verison a bit cuted - I mean, it does not sounds like one song, but like a few lines mixed together.



But Freddie is brilliant here, better then Bowie. Fred's lines are more various, if you understand me :(









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Posted: 02 Apr 09, 07:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes Mr. Mack, ha ha excellent.

The best answer by far.

Watch out for my new poll coming soon - " The best ever reply to QZ forum answers"....coming soon (though probably not on the outside of the tracks).


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Posted: 30 May 09, 04:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

freddie...

 It doesnt sound like roger at all...   I love his high notes though xxx




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Posted: 31 May 09, 13:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

According to the Queen Myths and Misinformation Society (M&M'S) it was David Richards.You can quote me on that. Don't believe me? Believe Brian:

"It was David Richards..."
- Brian May, 1981 -

See?

Talk to you in five years, when this is considered an unquestioned fact by some.


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Posted: 04 Jun 09, 01:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John did.....


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