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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 08:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was just comparing recording of You're My Best Friend from the concert in Barcelona on February 20, 1979 to the Live Killers version and I want to say it almost DOES match up!



I guess a few parts (vocals, piano, guitars, drums) don't match up with Live Killers as they could have been re-done in the studio or taken from another concert(s). But please listen to, for example, the "I've been wandering round" line at from 0:52 to 0:54 and to Freddie's shouts at 1:12 and 1:13, and to many other lines and you'll notice they DO match up. I was comparing word to word, sentence to sentence. Phrasing DOES match up, only a few lines don't, but I believe the major part of it comes from Barcelona (I think the whole thing could be from it). Also, Brian's guitar matches up too. Roger's drums could have been re-done in the studio at some spots, but they also match up.    

Just listen to it very carefully and you will hear all that yourselves.

At least, it's the closest version to Live Killers ever.


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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 09:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

indeed I've just compared, and in my opinion big chunks of the first 1:25 seconds match. The first two lines don't but if you play the recording side by side a lot do I have no doubt the "been wandering round" part comes from this. Of course, we all know there's one person here who we need to comfirm it.

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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 12:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

re: "Still wandering around ... happy at home"

His phrasing is the same, but his vowels are very different.

Even if some bits are from Barcelona, it's pretty clear that there are different guitar, drum and vocal parts ... then it's not really from Barcelona, is it ?

The song changed little from night to night, so I don't see this as one of the songs they'd overdub to death.

So in my summation ... it isn't from 2-20-79.


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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 13:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

lets hear a few clips left channel is barcalona right is Live killers, i didn't match up everything pefectly but it proves the point, I've used slightly random bits but right down to the "HA take it" before the solo.

http://kiwi6.com/file/606jf28wq0

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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 13:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sir GH wrote:

"His phrasing is the same, but his vowels are very different."

It can sound a bit different as this the audience recording and is not in very clear quality.

"The song changed little from night to night, so I don't see this as one of the songs they'd overdub to death."

If this is the case, it may indicate that Live Killers version comes from some concert, which was near Barcelona (counting dates).


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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 13:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

emrabt wrote: lets hear a few clips left channel is barcalona right is Live killers, i didn't match up everything pefectly but it proves the point

http://kiwi6.com/file/606jf28wq0

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I was comparing it in that way as well, which has led me to believe it comes from Barcelona.


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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 13:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

emrabt wrote:

lets hear a few clips left channel is barcalona right is Live killers, i didn't match up everything pefectly but it proves the point, I've used slightly random bits but right down to the "HA take it" before the solo.

http://kiwi6.com/file/606jf28wq0

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Well done, sir - you've sold me.  So about half of the song is from Barcelona, in bits and pieces.

Unreal, the amount of edits and overdubs that were done on this live album..


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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 13:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah, I knew I was right!


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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 14:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

you're welcome, Frankensteining it together like this seems pointless, but it's highly unlikely they sang exactly the same
way twice.
There might be more throughout the track but i couldn't be bothers checking it out.
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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 14:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What about me? I first noticed the vocals! Haha


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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 14:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ah yes, but of course.  I've mentioned you all in the LK analysis on my web.  Well done, gents.


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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 14:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah, I just compared the vocal tracks between Barcelona and Live Killers. Many lines match up!

I think we can conclude that bits and pieces (of all the instruments), were used from this version--then the rest was either taken from another show, or overdubbed in the studio.

I'm 100% sure that the line "been with you such a long time" was overdubbed--Freddie never sang the line that strong and clean on this tour--and I can hear the vocal quality change (sounds like a studio voice--not a live voice)!


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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 14:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sir GH wrote: Ah yes, but of course.  I've mentioned you all in the LK analysis on my web.  Well done, gents.

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Thanks Bob! It was interestingly enough to do that job.


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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 14:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Gregsynth wrote: Yeah, I just compared the vocal tracks between Barcelona and Live Killers. Many lines match up!

I think we can conclude that bits and pieces (of all the instruments), were used from this version--then the rest was either taken from another show, or overdubbed in the studio.

I'm 100% sure that the line "been with you such a long time" was overdubbed--Freddie never sang the line that strong and clean on this tour--and I can hear the vocal quality change (sounds like a studio voice--not a live voice)!

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Yeah, I agree. The "been with you such a long time" line sounds a bit strange, just like it was recorded in the studio.

There are also many strange things on Live Killers. For example, some unknown back vocals on Dreamers Ball.


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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 14:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What I don't get is why Live Killers was literally a cut/paste job?!?! They could've took just ONE concert (and maybe fix some stuff here and there), and release it. Cologne, Frankfurt, Barcelona, or Paris would've been excellent choices!


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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 14:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What I don't get is why Live Killers was literally a cut/paste job?!?! They could've took just ONE concert (and maybe fix some stuff here and there), and release it. Cologne, Frankfurt, Barcelona, or Paris would've been excellent choices!
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Maybe they were thinking of releasing a bunch of live concerts and didn't want any tracks to be rehashes, that’s one of the only reasons I can think of.
It's much more mysterious and fun this way.


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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 14:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hey Bob--not to spam your site, but my friend TSS_Killer, first mentioned some stuff about the Barcelona/live Killers thing awhile back:

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"tsskiller wrote: Freddie has exactly the same intonation on Barcelona's Best Friend."

"Sir GH wrote: Freddie doesn't hit the high A on "LONG time" as cleanly in Barcelona as he does on the live album, but maybe that one note was patched up?  But you're right, the vocal line is otherwise pretty damn close.  Even with the speed corrected, it's hard to tell when the audience recording is in such bad quality."

"tsskiller wrote: The drums and guitar were probably redone in the studio (which wouldn't be surprising)."

"Sir GH wrote: Then it really isn't a live version anymore, is it?  It's always possible that they used the music from one night and the vocals from another."

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I personally give TSS credit because he helped opened the door on this (his speculations lead me to analyze the 2/20/1979 version)!


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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 19:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

awwww awesome hun!!!!!!!!!!! :DDD keep rockin ;)))

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Posted: 02 Jun 11, 19:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Frankensteining it together" LOL - now when I hear Fred I think Boris Karloff!!!


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