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Posted: 28 Nov 10, 12:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Here's my opinion:

1. Stockholm 78
2. Montreal 81 (the one on the DVD)
3. Rock In Rio 85 First Night
4. Hammersmith 1979
5. Buenos Aires 3/8/81
6. Newcastle 12/3/79
7. Stockholm 77
8. Stafford 78
9. Tokyo 5/8/85
10. Leeds 82

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Posted: 28 Nov 10, 12:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Live at the bowl version is the best one for me

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Posted: 28 Nov 10, 17:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

1) Newcastle 3/12/1979
2) Hammersmith Odeon London: 26/12/1979


The best live version of bohemian rhapsody



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Posted: 28 Nov 10, 18:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Monterrey and Puebla 81 are excellent too..


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Posted: 28 Nov 10, 21:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I guess it depends on what your preferences are, and what you are looking for in the song:

Here's a breakdown of some versions I've taken a liking to, and they are grouped into "recommended" categories based on credentials (not in any real order):

RAW POWER:

1. Rio (1st Night) * Also on other category
2. Stuttgart 1984
3. Berlin 1984
4. Frankfurt 1984
5. Either Tokyo 1985 gig

"HIGH NOTE" VERSIONS/STUDIO NOTE REPLICAS:

1. Newcastle 1979 (1st)
2. Newcastle 1979 (2nd)
3. Hammersmith 1979
4. Inglewood 1980
5. Oakland 1980
6. Sao Paulo 1981 (1st)
7. Edinburgh 1982 (1st)

CREATIVE VOCAL IMPROVS/SOLOS:

1. Stockholm 1978
2. Copenhagen 1978
3. Philly 1977
4. Stafford 1978
5. Either Puebla 1981 gig
6. Monterrey 1981
7. New York 1977 (2nd)
8. Rio (1st night)

SOULFUL/EMOTIONAL VERSIONS (usually either on the note phrasing, or the vocal improvs/solos)

1. Montreal 1981 (either night)
2. Milton Keynes 1982
3. Kassel 1982

OTHER VERSIONS THAT I LIKE (with explanations):

1. Buenos Aires (2nd gig): Has some raw power, awesome phrasing, and nails the bridge notes
2. Buenos Aires (3rd gig): Same as above + higher notes in the outro
3. Either Vienna 1982 version: Awesome phrasing + creative note interpretations
4. Munich 1982: Sounds like a mixture of the Crazy Tour versions (notes), 1981 versions (the improvs), and has Milton Keynes phrasing.
5. Leeds 1982: Very daring outro, it's pretty much like a more higher note/more daring version of the Milton Keynes performance.
6. New York 1978 (2nd night): Freddie is very creative with his note interpretations!


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Posted: 28 Nov 10, 21:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Best version without a doubt is 9/7/1984! Freddie hits them notes in a wonderful style :D

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Posted: 28 Nov 10, 22:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Haha Adam I swear you and 9/7/84 are gonna get married one day :D - But don't worry, I'll send you guys a gift ;)


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Posted: 29 Nov 10, 10:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Gregsynth: Yes, all those a great but I think Rock In Rio First Night is by far the most underrated. I never understood why people never pay attention to that version. To me, it is a much stronger and more emotional version than Milton Keynes


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Posted: 29 Nov 10, 14:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

As for the Milton Keynes vs Rio version: I'd tie them. Here's my breakdown:

We're only going from the vocal intro to the 2nd chorus (since Rio's is shorter):

Power: Rio
Variety: Rio
Phrasing: Milton Keynes
Use of range: Tie (He shows off more range in the intro at Rio, but on the rest of the song, it's Milton Keynes)
Sustain: Milton Keynes
Emotions: Tie (Rio has more "heroic" emotion, while Milton Keynes has more "heart in it" emotion)


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Posted: 29 Nov 10, 15:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'll take MK in '82. I'd use that as the best representation of Freddie & Queen as a whole!


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Posted: 29 Nov 10, 18:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

why hasnt anyone mentioned Copenhagen 1977?


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Posted: 30 Nov 10, 02:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For Sheer emotion i would go with Live at the bowl

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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 12:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Haha. I swear, the Milton Keynes version always gets mentioned!


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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 16:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

@marvin

do u have a link to the copenhagen show?

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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 16:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Here's Copenhagen 1977!


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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 16:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Very good version

mind you most things Queen do and are stil doing are pretty good!!!

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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 19:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It is definitely MK Bowl '82!  I also love the Earls Court '77 and Seattle '77 versions.


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Posted: 25 Jan 11, 20:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

WIth the exception of a few Jazz Tour versions, a couple Hot Space versions, and a few Works Tour versions, I think STL almost always sounded great live! I wish they kept it for The Magic Tour!


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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 02:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The MK version is pretty damn good but Greg showed me a couple of others that he posted on facebook that were good as well

maybe Greg you could post them on here as well????

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 12:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'll post them all!

Which ones shall I post?


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