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Posted: 04 Jul 09, 09:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi, the recent wonderful mp3 share really opened my eyes to a few techniques I never new Queen used in concerts... first was the echo effect in TEAR IT UP at certain points of chorus to amplify guitars/vocals on certain riffs/lines... and same with TYMD.

I always thought the only real effects were used during Impromptus and Now I'm Here... guess the crowd noise has always drowned out certain stage effects.

Did they always use mixer boards in this way?


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Posted: 04 Jul 09, 13:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Absolutely, and from day one.  Or at least, 1973 onward.

Their front of house guy was always top notch and on the ball.




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Posted: 04 Jul 09, 13:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Who was the front of house engineer in S.A? Was it James 'Trip' Khalaf or an in house guy?



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Posted: 05 Jul 09, 07:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I can't stop listening to It's a Hard Life. In the introduction Freddie tries hard in the first line to emulate the operatic style of Recitar/Vesti la giubba, compared to the album version where he sings "I don't want my freedom" in a higher pitch/key, then goes into falsetto for the second line. In Sun City, IAHL starts as a duet with Fred singing the first line in a very low key and Roger harmonising with him. Then Fred sings the second line  ("There's no reason for living...") on his own in falsetto. This is different to other live versions I've heard, for example,a  number of concerts in Japan, where he sings the first line in a higher key than the second line. In Vienna in 1984 he sings all of the introduction in falsetto.

So, bearing in mind I've heard only a few 84-85 shows, is Sun City a unique version of this song?


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Posted: 06 Jul 09, 02:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Holly2003 wrote:

So, bearing in mind I've heard only a few 84-85 shows, is Sun City a unique version of this song?

Nahhh... he sang it that way plenty of times.

But to his credit, he had spent the previous few minutes giving every ounce of his being to an improvisation.




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Posted: 06 Jul 09, 09:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


you know what ? I really enjoy listening to IAHL live ..... but can´t understand why they kept trying the vocal intro time after time .... its sounds ... I was about to say "awful", but let´s just say it doesn´t sound correct to me.
Don´t you think they should have just started the song with the piano intro ?

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Posted: 07 Jul 09, 09:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Vali wrote:


you know what ? I really enjoy listening to IAHL live ..... but can´t understand why they kept trying the vocal intro time after time .... its sounds ... I was about to say "awful", but let´s just say it doesn´t sound correct to me.
Don´t you think they should have just started the song with the piano intro ?

cheers

I think it's got more to do with what SirGH said about attempting it straight after the Improv (or during it!)... whether good or bad, it always took a lot of power to control the notes in Impr so only natural that he'd strain with such a difficult opening line. Should have let Roger do it then come in with piano.

I reckon it may have sounded much better at the start of a show (not the very start obviously... although I'd prefer it to shitty Machines intro anyday)... kind a like why he'd prob do STL early on with the big intro.

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