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Posted: 20 May 11, 07:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No doubt there's been a thread on this before, this is about snippets of speech, duff notes and other snippets of audio etc. that made it into the final mix that probably shouldn't have. Some of them may have been intended, others not, but they left them in anyway.

I've compiled a video of the ones I know of, can anyone think of any more?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=didGGMq3jT0

Liar - 2:29 - Roger shouts "Christ!" while drumming
White Queen - 3:35 - During the guitar solo, Roger is heard in the left channel shouting "Keep going!"
Drowse - Outro - One of the more famous ones, where Roger says "Now who else do I like.....Brian May?"
We Will Rock You - Intro beat - Freddie saying "Ahhhh", which might be the tail end of "One, two, three, fouuuuurrrrr" ?
Sleepin' On The Sidewalk - Brian's laugh at the very end of the track
If You Can't Beat Them - 2:40 - Sounds like one of the other tracks on the mastertape wasn't muted and something crept into the mix over the chorus during "Ohhh, you better do it cause it makes you feel good". Again, sounds like Freddie and it's only half a word, but it's louder than everything else at that moment.

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Posted: 20 May 11, 08:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm not sure if this counts, but here goes:

Need Your Lovin' Tonight: Under the first "Ooo, I need your lovin' tonight!" someone says "Let's go!"

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Posted: 20 May 11, 08:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

rhyeking wrote: I'm not sure if this counts, but here goes:

Need Your Lovin' Tonight: Under the first "Ooo, I need your lovin' tonight!" someone says "Let's go!"
There's more than that. I can hear a different background vocal, almost hidden in the mix. It seems to be a counter harmony,. Can;t make out the words though.


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Posted: 20 May 11, 09:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Teo Torriatte - someone's counting 1, 2, 3, 4 at the start. I heard that the first time a couple of years ago on a discman.


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Posted: 20 May 11, 12:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I always thought that there was a "thud" near the start of the last verse of "Las Palabras...":
"This room is bare, this night is (thud) cold ..."

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Posted: 20 May 11, 13:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The very end of The Show Must Go On.

On the fade out - something happens to the vocals right before they fade out completely - almost as if someone hit a switch or something by mistake at the studio.

The voices change to a weird, echo-type sound at the VERY end.

Anyone ever noticed it?


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Posted: 20 May 11, 14:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I noticed that, too. They jump up a key.

I don't think it's a mistake, it's just the way the vocals were recorded.

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Posted: 20 May 11, 14:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Not really hidden, but you may not notice at first, but John plays a neat little bass scale at the at the end of "Jealousy".

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Posted: 20 May 11, 14:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The video was great, but are all of those accidents?  I mean i thought the Drowse bit was part of the lyrics?  I hadn't heard the William the Conqueror bit, but i thought the rest of it was supposed to be there -- like he;s musing on it.

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Posted: 20 May 11, 15:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Assuming easter egg, in this case, means things we have never noticed:

Not the song itself but In the video for headlong, Freddie is asleep on one of the shelves during a "SO STRONG" near the end.

I mentioned this a few years ago, Zebonka said he told his cousin Freddie had died and they left him there.

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Posted: 20 May 11, 15:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think we need to be clear between ad libs and mistakes. I've always felt Queen we VERY clean in the studio.

There is a fantastic list of Bowie mistakes - wrong fader up, effects coming too late, clear tape edits. etc.

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Posted: 20 May 11, 17:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

well appently John hits the wrong bass notes in Sleeping, however I cannot hear when it happens.
simular thing to Freddie in '39, he sings or muffles his lyrics, but like sleeping i cannot spot it.

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Posted: 20 May 11, 19:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Liar - 2:29 - Roger shouts "Christ!" while drumming
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For me He shouts "Right" not "Christ"


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Posted: 20 May 11, 22:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No one said these were all accidents or mistakes, just stuff 'hidden' or not apparent from the casual listen. This is part of why I like instrumental versions, where the vocals are removed, as you get to hear the stuff buried underneath.

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Posted: 21 May 11, 03:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I remember in the seventies i used to have a cassette of  A Night At The Opera and i could swear that during Bohemian Rhapsody i could hear Freddie's foot going up and down on the piano's pedals.Especially near the start when he starts to play his piano.


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Posted: 21 May 11, 03:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

theres also an extra vocal saying something at the end of was it all worth it when the timpani drum hits its final note......have a listen and try find out what they are saying....?


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Posted: 21 May 11, 05:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Holly2003 wrote: rhyeking wrote: I'm not sure if this counts, but here goes:

Need Your Lovin' Tonight: Under the first "Ooo, I need your lovin' tonight!" someone says "Let's go!"
There's more than that. I can hear a different background vocal, almost hidden in the mix. It seems to be a counter harmony,. Can;t make out the words though.
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It's either 'a counterpoint' or 'a harmony'. There's no such thing as a 'counter-harmony'.


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Posted: 21 May 11, 06:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's the best phrase I can think of to describe what I'm hearing. English is a fluid and innovative language that allows this form of description, even if it isn't the exact musical term (which may or may not be the case - you are such a gimp I wouldn't trust your word on anything).


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Posted: 21 May 11, 06:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, it's about mistakes partly, but it's also about hidden gems buried in the mix that you wouldn't hear unless you turned up the volume, or have an ear for detail.

One I heard just the other day, listen to She Makes Me around 1:12, there's definitely some sort of talking in the background, barely audible but it's there! It's more apparent on the old 1994 remasters than the latest ones.

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Posted: 21 May 11, 07:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Prophet's Song - in the middle part a instrument joins in the cascade of vocals. I think it's John who accidentally touches one of his strings. It could be Brian's guitar equally well. It's hard to tell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xmsXqgHHEI

Listen carefully at around 4:17-4:18.

More of a mistake than an easter egg, though.


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