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Posted: 03 Aug 10, 23:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Each album has a few songs which I think are pretty underrated. It's not that people don't like these songs, but I think they get overshadowed by either the hits or the more ambitious songs on the same album.

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Queen
The Night Comes Down
A quiet, moody and I'd say nearly perfect little gem on Side 2 of Queen's debut album. What's all the more interesting is that this version was a demo, recorded at De Lane Lea in 1971. Freddie's voice is in fine shape and Brian's acoustic guitar adds so much to the atmosphere of the song.

Queen II
Some Day One Day
This song has a lot in common with The Night Comes Down, both penned by Brian. In the songwriting, you can hear the same soul's voice, though now a touch more optimistic.

Sheer Heart Attack
Misfire
John's first song to appear on an album, this has sone great understated guitar work, in my opinion, and some clever drum fills. And it's catchy. I think it gets overlooked because the second side of the record moves so quickly along.

A Night At The Opera
Sweet Lady
Only recently have I really started to appreciate this song. On an album where every song is clever and full of experimentation and ambition, this song just kicks you in the pants and says "Fuck the gimmicks, we're rocking out! We still know how to do that!" And yet, there IS some cleverness in this song, as it's written in a 3/4 time. I think it's the lyrics that throw people off, but come on, they're much more entertaining than most rock love/hate lyrics!

A Day At The Races
You And I
Another John Deacon number, which, as I've said before, I feel is the best song never released as a single. It's got great piano, drums, harmonies and guitar. It's got everything. I defy you to not feel good while listening to this song.

News Of The World
Fight From The Inside
This is gritty funk-rock that just rolls along with a blistering vocal by Roger and some wicked rhythm guitar from Brian. John's bass playing is in fine form here too.

Jazz
Dreamer's Ball
Freddie's last real venture into the old-time dance hall world. Brian's little guitar quartet and the harmonies both recall the Opera and Races days, though perhaps not as laiden with in-studio tricks as it might have been if recorded a few years before. I think the song is better for not employing such gags and just having the band play it straight.

The Game
Save Me
Okay, it may be hard to see why I think this song is underrated because it was UK hit after all. It wasn't released in the US, though was in Canada. The North American Hits 1 didn't feature it in 1981, but it did pop up on the US Red GH. After all that, it never comes up in conversations about great Queen songs, which I think is a shame. The song is so steeped emotion and pent up energy, the way only Queen songs can be.

Flash Gordon
The Hero
Should have been a single, particularly if it were slightly remixed with the Battle Theme.

Hot Space
Calling All Girls
Okay, okay, it's hard to make a case for a song that was released as single in the US and did absolutely nothing, despite having a video. Even Roger forgot he wrote it. I argue that this is a pretty decent song and would have garnered more respect if it had been on a different album, like The Game. It doesn't try to do too much and is refreshing after all the heavy funk/disco of Side 1.

The Works
Keep Passing The Open Windows
Written for the film "Hotel New Hampshire," but not used, this Freddie song would probably have been a single if it had been in the movie and might well have been a hit, as it has all the classic Queen trademarks of piano, guitar, harmonies and an atypical structure. There is so much going on in this song and it has so many awesome instrumental breaks.

A Kind Of Magic
Princes Of The Universe
Technically another song which appeared on a Hits collections, despite not charting in the States, even with an awesome video. The lyrics being so esotaric, I can see why it failed to chart (the fact that, after The Game, the States practically forgot who Queen were didn't help much either in the '80s). The song is epic Freddie and what's not to love here?

The Miracle
Was It All Worth It
Someone once called this "The Show Must Go On" Part 1 and I sort of agree. Like "Princes Of The Universe," this is epic Queen, with a majestic instrumental backing and the vocals making the walls shake. 

Innuendo
All God's People
No one does gospel-rock like Freddie and Queen. Put the headphones on and listen to everything going on in this song, in the foreground and the background. I don't know how much this resembles "Africa By Night" but I'm guessing the rhythmic sections give us a glimpse of what the earlier song soounded like, particularly the ending. Someday, we may find out.

Made In Heaven
You Don't Fool Me
It's hard for me (and I'm sure many of you as well) to seperate the final product from what we know about this album and its creation. Knowing how it was made and where the various tracks came from, how can we compare it to the previous works, where the four band members collaborated equally and, well, together. Well, I'm going to try, knowing what I do about David Richard's work on creating this song with the remaining band members. This song was always a favourite and I'm glad it was single and a #17 hit. For me, in a lot of way, it recalls the moody atmosphere of Queen and Sheer Heart Attack. It conjures images of an electric blue sky just after the sun has gone down, gleaming of glass skyscrapers as the night in the city comes alive. The guitar solo, in my opinion, is one of Brian's best.

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 01:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen have way too many underated songs,  but i'll pick a few on each album that should have been more popular.

Queen- Liar,  My fairy king......Though i do agree 'night comes down' was awsome.
Queen2-   Almost every song, lol......But fairy feller's masterstroke/nevermore are plain brilliant.  White Queen/black queen
SHA-  flick of the wrist.  In the lap of the gods revisited......Bring Back that leroy brown
ANATO-  Death on two Legs, Prophet song, love of my life,  Good company......almost every song!
ANATO- Millionare waltz=Brilliant.........You and I should have been a hit.
NOTW- Spread your wings should have been a huge hit........My melancololy blues and it's late both brilliant
The game-  Dragon attack,  Need your loving tonight should have been a bigger hit.
flash-  The hero
hot space-  Staying power, cool cat,  life is real,  words of love are all underated....album isn't  as horrible as people say.
The works-  Keep passing the open windows,  Is this the world we created?
AKOM-  Princess of the universe
the miracle-  Was it all worth it
Innuendo-  The show must go on,  I know it was a hit, but this song should be as popular as Bo Rhap, Rock you/champions,  And the rest of the classics,  also,  I'm going slightly mad.
MIH-  The title track.  A winter's tale was a hit but should have been bigger.  I agree 'you don't fool me' was a good one.

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 04:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love Save Me, Freddie captured the emotion of the song perfectly when he sang it live

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 06:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jazz.........Mustapha,  Dreamer's ball,  Let me entertain you, Dead on time are underated.

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 08:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

rhyeking wrote: News Of The World

Fight From The Inside
This is gritty funk-rock that just rolls along with a blistering vocal by Roger and some wicked rhythm guitar from Brian.John's bass playing is in fine form here too.

That's Roger on the bass.


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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 09:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You're right, Great One, my mistake. It is in fact Roger on bass.

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 10:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Let me live - i dont know if its underated or not but I like the fact that it has Freddie, Roger and Brian singing vocals on it and i love the way Roger sings on this song

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 10:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen - Jesus
Queen II - White Queen (As It Began)
Sheer Heart Attack - Brighton Rock / Stone Cold Crazy
A Night At The Opera - '39
A Day At The Races - Teo Torriate
News Of The World - Spread Your Wings
Jazz - Mustapha
The Game - Cumming Soon
Flash Gordon - The Kiss (maybe the best vocals on a Queen song)
Hot Space - Dancer (the only good song on this album imho :-) )
The Works - Tear It Up (Am I REALLY the ONLY ONE who loves this song ???)
A Kind Of Magic - Gimme The Prize (how can Freddie sing this without vomiting ?)
The Miracle - Was It All Worth It ?
Innuendo - The Hitman (even when it needs REALLY stronger bass)
Made In Heaven - You Don't Fool Me

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 10:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

pittrek wrote:

The Game - Cumming Soon

The Works - Tear It Up (Am I REALLY the ONLY ONE who loves this song ???)
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"Cumming Soon"...? Puts a WHOLE new spin on the song! Haha

I like "Tear It Up" too. Like "Sweet Lady," the riff and lyrics are much more entertaining than a lot of "I love you" or "I hate you" rock songs.

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 10:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I also like the song Tear It Up.

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 11:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

rhyeking wrote:

pittrek wrote:



The Game - Cumming Soon

The Works - Tear It Up (Am I REALLY the ONLY ONE who loves this song ???)

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"Cumming Soon"...? Puts a WHOLE new spin on the song! Haha

I like "Tear It Up" too. Like "Sweet Lady," the riff and lyrics are much more entertaining than a lot of "I love you" or "I hate you" rock songs.


Oops, this is what happens if you think about something "else" while writing :-)

I'm glad I'm not the only one liking TIU

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 11:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

pittrek wrote:

The Game - Cumming Soon

The Works - Tear It Up (Am I REALLY the ONLY ONE who loves this song ???)
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"Cumming Soon"...? Puts a WHOLE new spin on the song! Haha

I like "Tear It Up" too. Like "Sweet Lady," the riff and lyrics are much more entertaining than a lot of "I love you" or "I hate
you" rock songs.

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Oops, this is what happens if you think about something "else" while writing :-)

I'm glad I'm not the only one liking TIU

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The Bicycle Race poster has been known to do that!

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 13:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My Baby Does Me
Delilah
Cool Cat
Pain is so close to Pleasure

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My Fairy King
Great King Rat
Ogre Battle
In the Lap of the Gods (nr. 7)
Drowse
In only seven days
Don't try so hard


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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 14:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"You Take My Breath Away" is my favorite Queen song, and underrated too! :-)

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 14:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No. 1 underrated;           'The Night Comes Down'.    It's simply an absolute masterpiece. Maybe even Freddie's sweetest vocal performance.

     No. 2 underrated;            'You Don't Fool Me'.    Maybe in another period of their career it could have been a worldwide smash, a la 'Another one Bites The Dust'


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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 14:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Unbelievable that no one mentions  "Dead On Time"...that was one of the most rockin' Queen tunes ever recorded.

Brian May himself even mentioned (many years later) that he wish people would have noticed that song!

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 15:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mike mentioned "Dead on Time".

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 15:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The most underrated song that stands out in my mind is Sweet Lady.
Great rock song , especially live.
My favorite live version is from MSG February 5,1977.  Their very first show at that arena.
Freddie Scats along with Brian's solo.
Here's my top 5 most underrated
1.Sweet Lady
2. Liar ( I'd love to hear this on classic rock radio)
3. Fight From The Inside (Great Riffs and Vocals)
4. Doing Alright
5. Scandal

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 17:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I heard both "Sweet Lady" and "Liar" on my hometown's classic rock station, on their Album Track Saturdays, a show where they played, well, album tracks from big-name rock bands. They played these two back to back. On another episode, they played "Tenement Funster," "Flick Of The Wrist," and "Lily Of The Valley" straight through.

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Posted: 04 Aug 10, 23:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'd say their entire 70s catalogue is under-rated, since Queen are generally known as a singles band by the wider public.  Very few people under the age of 40 have heard Queen II, a horrible shame as it's one of the greatest rock records ever made.


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