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Posted: 12 Nov 09, 12:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A+? B? C?

I'd give it an A as one of Queen latest gem works. The atmosphere that creates is wonderful. The story behind the song that provides of a great lyric content. Brian finally coming back with vocals on a track. Which to me a high point of the song. I don't understand why he stopped singing. His solo at the middle it complements very good with the song.
The tension that it created after the solo and the final musical explotion with Freddie powering it up with a great set of vocals.

I havent heard many opinions on this song. How would you rate it?



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Posted: 12 Nov 09, 13:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think it's one of the best songs Queen ever made.

The solo is, in my opinion, Brian's second best in the band (the first being Days of Our Lives) and I love the vocals. Nice keyboard as well.



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Posted: 12 Nov 09, 13:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It has short moments of A+ brilliance, and the guitar work is lovely, but overall it's about a B- for me.

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Posted: 12 Nov 09, 13:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No doubts- A.
Very good job. Love Brian's vocals. It's pity they didn't sing more together.
Well, good marks for all four on this song.

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Posted: 12 Nov 09, 14:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



dragon-fly wrote:

Well, good marks for all four on this song.

Considering John didn't participate, do you mean it was better off without him?



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Posted: 12 Nov 09, 14:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



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dragon-fly wrote:



Well, good marks for all four on this song.


Considering John didn't participate, do you mean it was better off without him?

No, he looks good in the video (so I count him too) :P







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Posted: 12 Nov 09, 14:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bores me senseless. Cant remember the last time I endured it all the way through.

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Posted: 12 Nov 09, 15:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Definitely an A+ for me

Class singing.Class guitar playing.Over all class production.And yes,for me,John did participate in this song.Certainly live anyway.


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Posted: 12 Nov 09, 17:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was an A+ all the way and then some!

One of the greatest songs made for a movie!!



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Posted: 12 Nov 09, 18:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Over it's an OK song. Probably the best cut on an otherwise terrible CD.
Could have been a great song had they gone with an acoustic piano instead of the cold sounding synth.



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Posted: 12 Nov 09, 18:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Very good song. Love the whole Orchestra thing they got going on. The highlight though is Freddie's over the top vocals at the end of the song...He almost sounds like a tenor.


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Posted: 12 Nov 09, 19:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Another goosebump producer for me. I absolutely love the song. Great sense of atmosphere, lovely and haunting vocals by Freddie and just good solid song writing by Brian. One of my favorites. A+ from me, for certain.


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Posted: 12 Nov 09, 23:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's one of the best Queen songs of the 80s, and certainly one of the best songs Brian ever wrote.

The vocals, arrangement, and guitar work are all exquisite.



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Posted: 13 Nov 09, 02:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

When I first heard Who Wants To Live Forever on a Kind of Magic, I was blown away. For me it should have been the first song released off the Album and it should never have been edited, something which destroys the full power of the song. Hearing it performed live during the Magic Tour was one of the top highlights of each gig, Freddie's voice was so powerful.

If you are a fan of this song, and if you have ever lost a Loved One, you will know how emotionally charged you become when you hear it. It brings tears to my eyes when I listen to it alone and I reflect back on my life and think of those who are no longer with me.

A+++++++++++++ for me!

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Posted: 13 Nov 09, 06:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's always been a bit tricky for me, but despite the song's recent elevation to an almost "iconic" status by its inclusion on "Absolute Greatest" my stance hasn't changed - I like it, but I think that the live version sounds much better. To be more specific, I think that the studio version suffers from being overarranged and overproduced (although it is an unlikely argument when speaking of a Queen song). IMO the strings and the 80s sounding keyboards just make it sound a bit too maudlin, a bit too pathetic... When Roger's drums and the choir kick in, it's as if they were slightly crossing the line of a good taste for me, while the brillinace of so many other Queen songs derived from just verging on that line. Maybe it's because WWTLF really is a serious song, while os many others weren't.
The live version is treated with the same seriousness, but it is spared all these studio additions, letting the singing and the melody do their job, which works perfectly for me. The Wembley version has so much power, suiting Freddie's voice so well and capturing the whole essence of the studio version. I guess they let themselves rely a bit too much on Michael Kamen's authority in the studio and came up with something that worked in the cinema, but not necessarily on the record.
But all in all, I would still give the studio version a B and I'm glad that it got the recognition. The live version is an A, no doubt about it.


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Posted: 13 Nov 09, 08:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That's it precisely for me...perfectly stated k-m. Thanks!

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Posted: 13 Nov 09, 09:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Just a point of interest - I just finished watching the movie Flash Gordon and there was a scene where Vultan (leader of the Hawk Men) said "Who wants to live forever ?"

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Posted: 13 Nov 09, 10:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dr May did comment on that some months ago... Mr Blessed's comment sort of stuck in his head and when the theme was brought up again in 'Highlander', voila!



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Posted: 13 Nov 09, 10:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Studio version is a bit over the top, much prefer the live versions.



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Posted: 13 Nov 09, 11:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'd rate it A-minus. It's a wonderful song, very powerful music and arrangement, but the lyrics are a bit of a let-down. Instead of haunting and profound they are repetitive.
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