> What was your favourite track?
Having listened to the album only once, I think it's too soon to tell. But the one track I've loved from the moment I heard it and which finally played a key role in making me interested for the whole album was the last track. Just gorgeous.
> Mine was Some Things That Glitter.
Believeit or not I hadn't liked it the first time I heard it (this version, that is). Let me elaborate: I loved Kerry's version, which made me curious about Paul's version, so I checked it out on YouTube, and was disappointed. But when I played the full record, I thought that song was great. Maybe I needed context.
> I hated 90% of what was linked with this album
The only thing I 'hated' about the album was the stupid title and the amateurish cover. But that doesn't affect the music, does it?
> It seems like in all of the bickering about Freddie being replaced as a frontman, none of us thought about Freddie's contributions as a songwriter.
I do agree it misses the Mercury factor, and that's also present in the backing vocals: they're astonishing, but not even close to the marvellous chemistry they had in stuff like Somebody to Love. Nevertheless, I think they did a great job with the stuff they had, and contributed very well. I like the instrumental bits (except for the bass), but I think the vocals are the pinnacle in this album.
> What I meant was - a lot of people rejected the album outright because it largely didn't sound like Queen. Their taste for Queen was defined with Freddie.
Well... yes and no. John's absence is as 'tragic' IMO. Wonderful songs with Roger, Fred and Brian would've been too empty with an amateurish Tim Staffell - Brian May - Roger Taylor bass.
> Had QPR released the album under the moniker "Good Company" or something like that, I think the album would have fared far better with both critics and fans.
So do I, and I DO think they should've used a different name, as that's a very different band.
> Artists live in the present, while fans live in the past.
I think that's debatable Bob. If they lived in the present and not the past, they wouldn't be using the Queen moniker or telling people Paul was Freddie's favourite singer.
> I was curious if you had any particular reason for taking so long to enjoy TCR.
I simply wasn't interested. Not a boycott or anything like it, I simply didn't care. I'd left the door open with the intention of probably crossing it some day. And the day came, and I'm glad I heard it.
> It's a good album, but boy, I do miss John on bass.
Indeed. Amongst the many talents Brian's got, bass isn't one of them IMO. Well, to be brutally honest, keyboards aren't so much his forte either, but he's always been clever enough to write songs that only require basic keyboard knowledge, and they sound great with his playing (e.g. Save Me). The bass-lines he creates, OTOH, are too much for his playing ability, IMO. And, having heard Paul and Kerry (and of course Freddie) singing those beautiful Brian-esque melodies, I'm afraid to say, even though Brian's a wonderful singer, that often his melodies benefit from getting other people to sing them.
> The bass lines on this particular album are very simplistic.
Not only the lines but the playing. John had the skills to make even a simple bass line sound fantastic.
> You actually like a product by Qu...euh I mean Brian, Roger and Paul? That's beyond belief!
I NEVER criticised the quality of their musicianship or their association. I didn't like the use of the Queen name and I don't like it now. But when it comes to their skills combined (instrumental and vocal, and in this case creative), I was always supportive.
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.