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Posted: 01 Jan 11, 10:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi there, 

I've always been fascinated by how Brian, Roger and John put together Made In Heaven, though, I guess given the sensitive nature of the project, not much is known. Is there any articles or information on the net detailing the making of Made In Heaven? I'd be really interested to read about the timeframe for recording and how they approached it all

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Posted: 01 Jan 11, 12:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I wish they had done an in-depth documentary when it was released. I would love to hear how Brian, Roger, John and David Richards experienced the recording of the album, what choices were made, how they did certain stuff etc etc.

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Posted: 01 Jan 11, 12:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Agreed. I'd love to know more. One thing I do remember is that Brian was outvoted when he wanted to do an EP. John and Roger wanted an album. After hearing some unreleased stuff like "I guess We're Falling Out", I wonder why they chose to redo songs that Freddie already released. I mean I get it. But some of the unreleased stuff was excellent and would have been 100% new to us.

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Posted: 01 Jan 11, 13:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I wonder why they chose to redo songs that Freddie already released
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Because they fit, all the titles were about death and rebirth (even if the songs weren't, I was born
to love you), with you don't fool me as the exception. Songs like robbery, self made man and i guess we're falling out weren’t. Also they wanted as much freddie as possible.

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Posted: 01 Jan 11, 15:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Made in Heaven was their best sounding album, producing-wise. It all sounded perfect.  But I would love to know more about it, for example, I'd like to know who decided to name it Made In Heaven and the origins of You Don't Fool Me fascinate me, I'd love to hear those original bits of Freddie they took and made a whole new song of. But I guess we'll never really know it all.

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Posted: 01 Jan 11, 17:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What I remember is that while Brian was off touring BTTL, Roger & John started working on songs and putting it together, but Brian hated it and they ended up re-doing it.
As it happens, I think every song on the album has some feel or sound to it that makes it all sound the same. I can't explain, but I expect some of you understand what I mean because you feel it too.

What I would like to hear are the "demos" that Roger and John did....

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Posted: 01 Jan 11, 18:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

brians wig wrote: What I remember is that while Brian was off touring BTTL, Roger & John started working on songs and putting it together, but Brian hated it and they ended up re-doing it.
As it happens, I think every song on the album has some feel or sound to it that makes it all sound the same. I can't explain, but I expect some of you understand what I mean because you feel it too.

What I would like to hear are the "demos" that Roger and John did....
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It's funny, you're right, it does all sound the same, but I think it helps the album and doesn't hurt it at all. It's why I love it because this wasn't a real band working on it and yet it does sound like it and it sounds like there's a theme running through it.

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Posted: 01 Jan 11, 22:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen in the studio... there has always been a mystique about it, which is, I think, the way they want it to remain.  Some things we'll just never know.  It's their art, and they created it in a way that only they knew how.  In a world filled with millions of bands, they're one of the very few who have their completely own identity.  I love hearing songs in their incomplete form, but in the case of Queen it does tear away some of that mystique.


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Posted: 02 Jan 11, 03:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

MIH is a a very well made album and all credt to Brian Roger and John for doing it, it cant have been easy especially without freddie

You only have to look at the one vision documentary to see how much input freddie had in arranging a song

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Posted: 02 Jan 11, 03:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Actually, just to be nitpicky, not ALL credit must go to them. Don't forget the producers, co-producers, engineers and everyone involved both in the original recordings (without which there'd be no material to work on) and the whole re-editing, re-structuring, etc.

Roger, John and Brian were the masterminds and the ones with the big picture, commanding the others to have their (and Freddie's) vision materialising, but a loooooooooooot of the work was done by very professional and dedicated people, without whom the whole project would've simply been a dream or a 'what if?'.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 02 Jan 11, 04:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wasn't this the first album that they employed the use of Pro Tools as part of the digital production set-up?
I remember reading an interview with Brian (circa 1998?) where he mentions Pro Tools...

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Posted: 02 Jan 11, 07:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

BY all credit i meant for actually going through with making the album, they could of just left all the bits freddie did and not done the album and its likely we would have never heard of the stuff fm left behind

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Posted: 02 Jan 11, 08:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm also interested in the recording of this album, mainly for the same reasons as mentioned above.

I stumbled across this website a few weeks ago: http://sebastian.queenconcerts.com/f.htm

There's some pretty interesting stuff on there about MIH.

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Posted: 02 Jan 11, 13:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

CD89 wrote: I'm also interested in the recording of this album, mainly for the same reasons as mentioned above.

I stumbled across this website a few weeks ago: http://sebastian.queenconcerts.com/f.htm

There's some pretty interesting stuff on there about MIH.

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That's the great website of fellow user Sebastian.

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Posted: 02 Jan 11, 15:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

David Richards is the unsung hero as far as the whole Made In Heaven album is concerned, IMHO. He persuaded Brian that the bare bones of YDFM could be fleshed-out into a proper song; he was also entrusted by Freddie to compile the lead vocal for 'A Winter's Tale', when FM was too ill to hang around in the studio to do it himself. Richards has also been credited by Brian for giving the final mix of the title track the sparkle and 'swing' it previously lacked.

His contribution to the Barcelona album also tends to get overlooked, too.