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Posted: 28 Mar 11, 02:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Just another fun topic we can all participate in:

None of these are in order.

BEST:

1. Save Me (12/3/1979): Freddie nails the whole song. It's the closest ever version to the record.
2. See What A Fool I've Been (10/6/1977): Freddie absolutely goes all out--a complete 180 from the studio version.
3. Need Your Loving Tonight (7/14/1980): Freddie aces the whole song.
4. Somebody To Love (12/3/1979): Freddie aces the studio phrasing in spots--plus he register switches to Head Voice (rare).
5. Bohemian Rhapsody (12/4/1979): Freddie nails most of the song-plus he gets the C5 in the rock section.
6. A Kind Of Magic (6/11/1986 or 6/12/1986--can't decide which is better): Freddie hits most of the studio notes
7. In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited (6/17/1986): Freddie sings in closed vowels on "funny." Plus he doesn't shout the notes.
8. Hammer To Fall (7/13/1985): Freddie nails the song the closest to the studio version.
9. We Are The Champions (7/13/1985): Freddie nails the chorus on Bb4s (only time he does so).
10. Radio Ga Ga (7/13/1985): Freddie aces the song.

WORST:

1. In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited (3/24/1976): Worst version of the song (cracked notes, wrong key, lyric flubs, etc).
2. Sweet Lady (3/26/1976): Worst version of the song.
3. Get Down Make Love (5/1/1979): Monotone voice in the wrong key.
4. Bohemian Rhapsody (4/23/1979, 4/28/1979, 4/30/1979,  5/1/1979): All are worse than 4/25/1979--no joke.
5. Don't Stop Me Now (4/28/1979): Cracking to 5 different notes isn't good!
6. We Are The Champions (5/1/1979): Freddie doesn't sing half the song--and the parts he does sing are bad.
7. Staying Power (4/17/1982): Worst Version of the song.
8. Body Language (11/3/1982): I love the cracks throughout.
9. It's A Hard Life (9/7/1984): The intro is legendary.
10. Another One Bites The Dust (9/29/1984): Worst version ever.


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Posted: 28 Mar 11, 16:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think you gotta add Bohemian Rhapsody from the Champions shoot and Glasgow 12/1/1979 to that list.


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Posted: 28 Mar 11, 19:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think these are my 5 live favorites:

- Is This The World We Created.........? (Live Magic)
- It's a Hard Life (Rock in Rio)
- '39 (Live Killers)
- In the Lap of the Gods..........revisited (Live at Wembley '86)
- White Queen (Live at the Rainbow '74)


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Posted: 28 Mar 11, 20:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

jamster1111 wrote: I think you gotta add Bohemian Rhapsody from the Champions shoot and Glasgow 12/1/1979 to that list.
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I was just naming 10 random performances. Add them to your list! haha


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Posted: 29 Mar 11, 09:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For me Now I'm Here 12/26/79 is the best

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Posted: 29 Mar 11, 10:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A few of my favourites:

- Dreamers ball: May 6 1979 Sapporo: some of my favourite re-interpretations by Freddie
- It's a hard life: Osaka May 15 1985: very emotional rendition of this song. FM's range was pretty limited but even with this limited range he managed to sing this song so beautifully
I also adore Somebody to love from this show. His intro is wonderful...
- Spread your wings: December 14 1978
- Somebody to love: Buenos Aires March 8 1981: very intense performance
- I want to break free: Brussels August 24 1984
- Another one bites the dust: Montreal November 24 1981
- Save me: London december 8 1980
- Fat bottomed girls: december 8 1980
- spread your wings: Copenhagen april 13 1978
- it's late: Tokyo april 24 1979:-)
- we will rock you: sapporo october 29 1982


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Posted: 29 Mar 11, 11:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Every show was the worst - they really were a joke, live.


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Posted: 29 Mar 11, 11:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Nagoya 1985 has an awesome version of I Want To Break Free (He actually hits the bridge B4)!


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Posted: 29 Mar 11, 11:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Very stunning live performances:
It's a Hard Life (Brussels/1984) - even better than the album version I think
Bohemian Rhapsody (Montreal/1981) - to me this is the best live performance of this song
In the Lap of the Gods...Revisited (Rainbow Theatre/1974) --- very close to the album version

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Zebonka12 wrote: Every show was the worst - they really were a joke, live.
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XD


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Posted: 29 Mar 11, 12:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The first four versions of It's A Hard Life are awesome (especially Brussels). Stay away from 9/7! haha

Rio first night is also good, and the 5/8 and 5/9 Japan versions are fantastic!


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Posted: 29 Mar 11, 12:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



This is the best version of the song ever. Freddie nails pretty much everything--and aces the bridge!


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Posted: 29 Mar 11, 12:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zebonka12 wrote: Every show was the worst - they really were a joke, live. .

Ha ha ! - nice one.


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Posted: 29 Mar 11, 15:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The only "good" show was 12/4/1979.

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Posted: 29 Mar 11, 16:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

@ gregsynth is that the first Leiden show 11/06/86 ?

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maxpower wrote: @ gregsynth is that the first Leiden show 11/06/86 ?
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That's the 2nd Leiden show!


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Posted: 29 Mar 11, 17:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Gregsynth wrote: Just another fun topic we can all participate in:

None of these are in order.

BEST:

1. Save Me (12/3/1979): Freddie nails the whole song. It's the closest ever version to the record.
2. See What A Fool I've Been (10/6/1977): Freddie absolutely goes all out--a complete 180 from the studio version.
3. Need Your Loving Tonight (7/14/1980): Freddie aces the whole song.
4. Somebody To Love (12/3/1979): Freddie aces the studio phrasing in spots--plus he register switches to Head Voice (rare).
5. Bohemian Rhapsody (12/4/1979): Freddie nails most of the song-plus he gets the C5 in the rock section.
6. A Kind Of Magic (6/11/1986 or 6/12/1986--can't decide which is better): Freddie hits most of the studio notes
7. In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited (6/17/1986): Freddie sings in closed vowels on "funny." Plus he doesn't shout the notes.
8. Hammer To Fall (7/13/1985): Freddie nails the song the closest to the studio version.
9. We Are The Champions (7/13/1985): Freddie nails the chorus on Bb4s (only time he does so).
10. Radio Ga Ga (7/13/1985): Freddie aces the song.

WORST:

1. In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited (3/24/1976): Worst version of the song (cracked notes, wrong key, lyric flubs, etc).
2. Sweet Lady (3/26/1976): Worst version of the song.
3. Get Down Make Love (5/1/1979): Monotone voice in the wrong key.
4. Bohemian Rhapsody (4/23/1979, 4/28/1979, 4/30/1979,  5/1/1979): All are worse than 4/25/1979--no joke.
5. Don't Stop Me Now (4/28/1979): Cracking to 5 different notes isn't good!
6. We Are The Champions (5/1/1979): Freddie doesn't sing half the song--and the parts he does sing are bad.
7. Staying Power (4/17/1982): Worst Version of the song.
8. Body Language (11/3/1982): I love the cracks throughout.
9. It's A Hard Life (9/7/1984): The intro is legendary.
10. Another One Bites The Dust (9/29/1984): Worst version ever.

Oh and also add Somebody to love from the first night in Rio 1985 to the best list and Sweet Lady from Hyde Park to the worst list.


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Posted: 29 Mar 11, 18:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Do I have to extend the list to 100?

I just listed ten random performances.

As for sweet lady, Fukuoka's in there!


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Posted: 14 May 11, 09:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You Take My Breath Away - Live in Edinburgh 1976
Action This Day - Live in Kassel 1982 (very strong performance)
Hammer To Fall - Live Aid 1985
Radio Ga Ga - Live Aid 1985
Let Me Enteratin You - Live in Oakland 1980, Live in Chicago 1980
Need Your Loving Tonight - Live in Oakland 1980
Love Of My Life - Live in Chicago 1980
Spread Your Wings - Live in Newcastle1979 (2nd night), but even in the other gigs of the Crazy Tour this song is fantastic (plus Vancouver '78)
Bohemian Rhapsody - Live in Newcastle 1979 (2nd night)
It's A Hard Life - Live in Brussels 1984, Live in Dublin 1984
We Are The Champions - Live at Hammersmith 1979
Calling All Girls - Live in Sapporo 1982
Teo Torriatte - Live in Sapporo 1982
Friends Will Be Friends - Live in Mannheim 1986
The Millionaire Waltz - Live in Rotterdam 1978 (2nd night)
A Kind Of Magic - Live in Leiden 1986 (2nd night)
Another One Bites The Dust - Live in Providence 1980 (I love this funky version), Live in Brussels 1980, Live in London 1980 (1st night); in the Magic Tour the best improvisation is from Vienna.
Dreamer's Ball - Live in Sapporo 1979 (2nd night)
Rock It - Live in Vancouver 1980...ops sorry...Live in Montreal 1982 =D

PS: maybe one of the worst concerts was Nagoya 1979, an "instrumental" gig.

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Posted: 31 May 11, 13:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Another brilliant performance from Freddie is Now I'm Here from Kassel 1982--Freddie absolutely goes apeshit during the song (holding A4s like crazy, and hitting multiple B4s)!

A Not-so-brilliant performance from Freddie is We Will Rock You from Rotterdam 1979--that's probably in his worst live performances!


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