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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 03:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Didn't know this:

"Gold is also known for his biggest UK hit song "Never Let Her Slip
Away", which was a UK #5 hit twice, by him and again at #5 fourteen
years later by Undercover. Freddie Mercury, who was a friend of Gold's,
assisted him with the harmony background vocals of the song."

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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 04:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Andrew Gold - Freddie Mercury - Brian May

Again, the bloody curse :(


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Posted: 12 Jun 11, 09:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow, did not know that - now I know why I've always liked that song!  Haven't been able to get it out my head all week...


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Posted: 13 Jun 11, 10:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thistleboy 1980 wrote: Wow, did not know that - now I know why I've always liked that song!  Haven't been able to get it out my head all week...

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Hi! I listened to the song and I suppose "assisting" in "harmony backgrounds" did not include singing, as I didn't hear Freddie in the BVs. What do you guys think about it?

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Posted: 25 Sep 13, 01:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm dragging up this old post as I had never heard about Freddie contributing to this track before. Does anybody have any decent/reliable information on this?

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Posted: 25 Sep 13, 02:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

When it says 'assisted him in the backinging vocals', do we know if this menas actually performed on the track, or just helped him structure them?

I've asked the same before about Roger's involvement on Starffleet, where Brian's sleeve notes say something along the lines of thanking Roger for his help on the backing vocals; my guess is that in that case Roger does actually sing on that rather than Brian just using him to help arrange them, as that's most likely something Brian would be well equipped to do himself.

Interestingly Roger says in the new Mojo interview that Freddie used to ring him up and ask for him to contribute backing vocals when he was recording Mr Bad Guy - do we have a definitive list of whether, and which tracks, Roger may have sung on for that??

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Posted: 25 Sep 13, 06:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger is clearly audible on Starfleet dude.

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Posted: 25 Sep 13, 06:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was convinced for a long time that Freddie sang on this song but I've read somewhere later that it was confirmed that he actually didn't sing at all

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Posted: 25 Sep 13, 07:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Haven't got it on my iphone at work but pretty sure that I could hear Freddie clearly when I last listened to it.

I've just listened to the itunes preview and there is one particular backing harmony line - it goes "on a schoolday afternoon". Two voices, Freddie is the lower one.

And then the "ooohs" that follow do have a distinctly Queen flavour.

Make sure the version you are listening to is the original 1978 version from the album "All This And Heaven Too" because AG re-recorded it in 2008.

Wikipedia says..."Freddie Mercury, who was a friend of Gold's, contributed sparse harmony vocals to the song as an uncredited background singer." That statement is well referenced.


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Posted: 25 Sep 13, 09:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OK, hopefully we'll get this sorted one way or another soon.

i have just zapped off a number of emails to various engineers, studio staff and musicians tha actually worked on the AG album.

Will keep you posted.


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Posted: 25 Sep 13, 12:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

cmsdrums wrote:

Interestingly Roger says in the new Mojo interview that Freddie used to ring him up and ask for him to contribute backing vocals when he was recording Mr Bad Guy - do we have a definitive list of whether, and which tracks, Roger may have sung on for that??


Perhaps demos, but probably not on the final versions. Roger and Mike Moran do sing some BVs on the 'Barcelona' track, though Freddie still did most of them.


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: 25 Sep 13, 17:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ok. First reply in. Brock Walsh was producer and vocalist on the album. Also a Queen fan. He has emphatically stated that the story is just that. A story.
Freddie did not sing on Never Let Her Slip Away.
That's from the producer himself.


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Posted: 25 Sep 13, 20:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks mate, good work