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

I've been listening to Queen's music from the 1980s lately and have thought about the complete contrast in sound between their 70s studio heyday and their 1980s live peak. The latest Queen album I have listened to is the Works - an album that is often considered a step in the right direction after Hot Space. After listening to Queen's albums from Hot Space - Innuendo, I get the feeling that Queen had quite literally changed into the "Freddie Mercury" Band. The quality of their music varied greatly on the LPs and the use of programmed bass and drums really did spoil the 1980s for Queen. There is no doubt that Queen are far better acoustic band than electronic and I find it a great shame that Queen did not do more songs like Under Pressure, It's a Hard Life, Was it All Worth it..... in the 1980s and instead composed songs such as Machines, Don't Lose Your Head. One other disapointing thing was that songs like I Want to Break Free and A Kind of Magic are musically great and sound great live, whereas on the album there is really no musical quality except Freddie's vocals, keyboards and occasional guitar. My Verdict is Queen did not suddenly become a poorer band in the 1980s as during concert they showed how good they still were musically, however I think they did become lazy as a group in the studio and fall outs influenced some of the poore quality of music found on their albums.

Let's Start off with the strong points of Queen in the 1980s/Innuendo:

- The Game = Very good album/succesful
-  Another One Bites the Dust - Massive Hit
- Flash Gordon = Good Soundtrack
- The Game Tour - Solid performances, good musician ship
- Under Pressure = Great song - No.1 in UK
- Radio Ga Ga = Great Pop Song
- Success of the Works
- Queen's performance at Live Aid
- Queen's Music Videos
- Queen's consistent and amazing Concerts
- Doing songs for Highlander
- The Magic Tour
- Was it All Worth it = Queen's best song since 1980
- Innuedno = Great Song
- The Show Must Go On

Now the bad points:

- Poor songs from Hot Space
- Drum/Bass Machines
- Non Members doing Synths
- Lack of Guitar
- Lack of Great, standout songs on The Works
- The Works Tour - Poorer performances
- Sun City
- USA's reaction of I Want to Break Free promo
- Queen still don't record a standout album after Live Ai
- Continued lack of Great Album tracks

Now Let's Take a Look At the Discography:

The Game - 8/10 - All songs have real drums and bass
Hot Space - 5/10 - 6 songs have real drums/bass
The Works - 6/10 - 5 songs are mostly real drums, all songs have real bass
A Kind of Magic - 6/10 - 3 songs are fully real drums, most songs have real bass
The Miracle - 7/10 - 7 songs have real drums, most songs have real bass
Innuendo - 7/10 - 6 songs have real drums, most songs have real bass

VERDICT - Queen were an amazing live band in the 80s, their albums were mixed and I believe hit singles was the priority for the band. Low points are lack of real Drums and good collective music. Roger is a very good drummer and I always woundered why fake hi-hats were used in Queen songs during this time. Brian's guitar is also too quiet. Non the less Queen still had a decent decade, however it is no where near the standard of their 1970s material. It is fair to say that Hot Space changed Queen, and they were not the same until Made in Heaven.

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Posted: 13 Jun 11, 16:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think it's unfair to rate Hot Space as poor, not all the songs are bad, some would have been brilliant if real drums and bass had been used, yes, I think Queen's use of excessive programming really brought them down, like you pointed out, most of those songs are amazing live, it makes you wonder what their creative health was like. Plus, their idea to still have their name credit was probably a big factor, I mean, look at One Vision, brilliant song, because they credited to Queen, imagine if Roger had said 'No, it's MY song, we do it the way I want it.' It would have just been another track you know.


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Posted: 13 Jun 11, 18:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hammer To Fall, Radio Gaga and, specially, It's a Hard Life are great songs, some of the best in the band's catalogue ...
I don't understand this thing that people have against The Works here, for me, after The Game, is the best album released in the eighties.

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"Lazy as a group ..."  Seriously??  I have no patience for this kind of thing tonight.


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qrock wrote: I've been listening to Queen's music from the 1980s lately and have thought about the complete contrast in sound between their 70s studio heyday and their 1980s live peak. The latest Queen album I have listened to is the Works - an album that is often considered a step in the right direction after Hot Space. After listening to Queen's albums from Hot Space - Innuendo, I get the feeling that Queen had quite literally changed into the "Freddie Mercury" Band. The quality of their music varied greatly on the LPs and the use of programmed bass and drums really did spoil the 1980s for Queen. There is no doubt that Queen are far better acoustic band than electronic and I find it a great shame that Queen did not do more songs like Under Pressure, It's a Hard Life, Was it All Worth it..... in the 1980s and instead composed songs such as Machines, Don't Lose Your Head. One other disapointing thing was that songs like I Want to Break Free and A Kind of Magic are musically great and sound great live, whereas on the album there is really no musical quality except Freddie's vocals, keyboards and occasional guitar. My Verdict is Queen did not suddenly become a poorer band in the 1980s as during concert they showed how good they still were musically, however I think they did become lazy as a group in the studio and fall outs influenced some of the poore quality of music found on their albums.

Let's Start off with the strong points of Queen in the 1980s/Innuendo:

- The Game = Very good album/succesful
-  Another One Bites the Dust - Massive Hit
- Flash Gordon = Good Soundtrack
- The Game Tour - Solid performances, good musician ship
- Under Pressure = Great song - No.1 in UK
- Radio Ga Ga = Great Pop Song
- Success of the Works
- Queen's performance at Live Aid
- Queen's Music Videos
- Queen's consistent and amazing Concerts
- Doing songs for Highlander
- The Magic Tour
- Was it All Worth it = Queen's best song since 1980
- Innuedno = Great Song
- The Show Must Go On

Now the bad points:

- Poor songs from Hot Space
- Drum/Bass Machines
- Non Members doing Synths
- Lack of Guitar
- Lack of Great, standout songs on The Works
- The Works Tour - Poorer performances
- Sun City
- USA's reaction of I Want to Break Free promo
- Queen still don't record a standout album after Live Ai
- Continued lack of Great Album tracks

Now Let's Take a Look At the Discography:

The Game - 8/10 - All songs have real drums and bass
Hot Space - 5/10 - 6 songs have real drums/bass
The Works - 6/10 - 5 songs are mostly real drums, all songs have real bass
A Kind of Magic - 6/10 - 3 songs are fully real drums, most songs have real bass
The Miracle - 7/10 - 7 songs have real drums, most songs have real bass
Innuendo - 7/10 - 6 songs have real drums, most songs have real bass

VERDICT - Queen were an amazing live band in the 80s, their albums were mixed and I believe hit singles was the priority for the band. Low points are lack of real Drums and good collective music. Roger is a very good drummer and I always woundered why fake hi-hats were used in Queen songs during this time. Brian's guitar is also too quiet. Non the less Queen still had a decent decade, however it is no where near the standard of their 1970s material. It is fair to say that Hot Space changed Queen, and they were not the same until Made in Heaven.

Every band has a prime....for Queen it was the first 8 albums, until 1980......After that they got a bit stale as a rock group, but still released some really good pop songs.  A few good rocker's as well.   some things you're right about, other's yur talking nonsense.  first of all,  Innuendo is far better than made In heaven....innuendo is queen's best since their heyday.  Made In heaven is a nice album that has no real classics on it, though every song is at least good......The one thing i do agree on is after a certain point Queen did become The Freddie mercury band.   I was thinking about starting a thread asking when freddie became the band?  (as per the general Public)....the first 3 albums shows a balanced band with each member sounding great on their respective Instruments,  but when Bo Rhap/ANATO was released freddie started to seperate himself from the others, but even at that point in time Brian and roger were considered one of the best guitarist/drummers of the decade,  so i think The Game is when freddie really became what people percieve Queen to be....  I'm not talking songwriting,  or anything like that.   I'm talking about performance....In the 80's Brian had only had a few fine moments, but nothing real special, and roger became an average drummer....In all honesty a pretty weak sounding Drummer......Because of the average performances musically and the strong vocals people started to say Queen = freddie.....   A few weeks ago a discussion of the best rock guitarist came up on my facebook page and names like gilmore, Angus young, Blackmore came up.  I mentioned Brian May, The response?...Brian May was pretty good, but Queen was all about freddie!...that pretty much shows how people feel about Queen, and Brian as a guitarist....

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Posted: 14 Jun 11, 07:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I really got into Queen in the 80's. I was given a tape of The Works on Side A and A Kind of Magic on Side B from a friend. After listening to the tape over and over again I became really hooked. I went out a bought News of the World on LP and I thought it was like listening to a different band in a lot of ways. After buying up the entire back catalogue and listening to them over and over again I felt TW and AKOM were the weakest albums they had released (something I still think today)I would much rather listen to Hot Space than tracks 2-9 on The Works but I digress. I think Queen in the 80's lost sight of what they started out as but I applaud them for trying new things and trying to move with the times. Remember mid 80's charts were full of cheesy pop songs and whilst I don't think Queen were cheesy they were trying to fit in with the trends of the time. I also think Innuendo is almost Queen going full circle back to their early 70's sound.

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First of all, let me say, I am 46. Seven seas of Rhye got me into Queen, when I was 8.  Those of a similar age to me also remember making sure we was in at 7 o'clock on a Thursday night, when Bo Rhap was No 1 and to make sure we could see the wonderful video, on Top of The Pops.
 If the first album I had heard by Queen was 'The Works' or 'A Kind Of Magic', it is fair to say I wouldn't be a fan of theirs today.. 'The Game' was the last great album they made. I went to Leeds in 1982 on my own from Manchester, as a 17 year old kid. It was incredible. I was right near the front of the stage, I couldn't hear properly the next day. Compare that to 'The Magic tour', which I saw in Manchester, I was very dissapointed, I was further back, with mates this time, haha. I couldn't see them nor hear them, I thought they was going through the motions.
 The Works tour in 84, they announced 4 dates in England, 2 at Birmingham NEC, 2 at Wembley Arena, I got tickets for all of them. Then they added 2 more dates, Grrr, I couldn't get tickets. Let me tell you, Elland Road was unforgettable, but The Works tour get's so much stick, it really annoys me. Let me tell you, you couldn't tell Roger was playing those silly drums on the night its self. You are in the moment, singing away, loving everyone, Remember it was a Queen gig. They did Liar, Great King Rat, Killer Queen, Keep yourself alive. They was absolutely awesome. Imagine seeing Queen, live, indoors? I did 4 times. I'd pick an indoor gig every time over an outdoor one.
 Back to the albums, Innuendo, was a great album. 'Hot Space' was better than people thought it was. They are the only two albums I could listen to by them after The Game. Although, Magic, Gaga and Break free were great live, cos they Queened them up, I.e. Guitars and drums.
 I have one question though, Am I the only one that thinks 'Dancer' is a hidden Gem?
 Also bear in mind, other bands who were succesful in the 70's were never as succesful as Queen were in the 80's, cos Queen moved with the times, so fair play to them. They was not Freddies band, nor any of the other three, They were Queen. And I wouldn't change a thing they ever did, That's why we love them, and they to me were, are, still the best band ever, bar none. Paul.
 P.S. I'm not having a pop at people who got into Queen in the 80's, either.


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Posted: 14 Jun 11, 14:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Listen, i love Queen, always have done and view their career as an oddyessy, all kinds of different styles and standards and personalities along the way, making decisions as they saw fit, whether for the better or worse.
    No matter what part of Queens career i'm listening to at any given time, it's tied in with my own personal memories and timeline, arguing with my mates, as a teenager about who had the best musical tastes,meeting my wife, asking her tentatively if she liked Queen, (to which she replied in the negative), getting married, having kids and seeing them discovering Queens music,  the legendary status they've acheived in the time since Freddies death, it's all part of what Queen are to me.
     For these reasons, i do not, or cannot, disect sections of their career or albums and get downbeat about them- the whole package has been a wonderful experience which i have enjoyed immensely!
    And remember, fans of any group could state highs and lows of their favourites, no one has had a perfect career.

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I find it a little odd that anyone can consider Was it all worth it one of Queen´s best songs of the 80´s. I think it´s horrible but it is all subjective I suppose. The lyrics are probably the worst offenders "We bought a drum kit thought we were perfect" indeed! Bet they´re sorry about that now...


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Matheusms wrote: Hammer To Fall, Radio Gaga and, specially, It's a Hard Life are great songs, some of the best in the band's catalogue ...
I don't understand this thing that people have against The Works here, for me, after The Game, is the best album released in the eighties.
Spot on. They don´t compare well with the 70´s albums but the Game and Works were the 80´s high points.


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horse feathers wrote: First of all, let me say, I am 46. Seven seas of Rhye got me into Queen, when I was 8.  Those of a similar age to me also remember making sure we was in at 7 o'clock on a Thursday night, when Bo Rhap was No 1 and to make sure we could see the wonderful video, on Top of The Pops.
 If the first album I had heard by Queen was 'The Works' or 'A Kind Of Magic', it is fair to say I wouldn't be a fan of theirs today.. 'The Game' was the last great album they made. I went to Leeds in 1982 on my own from Manchester, as a 17 year old kid. It was incredible. I was right near the front of the stage, I couldn't hear properly the next day. Compare that to 'The Magic tour', which I saw in Manchester, I was very dissapointed, I was further back, with mates this time, haha. I couldn't see them nor hear them, I thought they was going through the motions.
 The Works tour in 84, they announced 4 dates in England, 2 at Birmingham NEC, 2 at Wembley Arena, I got tickets for all of them. Then they added 2 more dates, Grrr, I couldn't get tickets. Let me tell you, Elland Road was unforgettable, but The Works tour get's so much stick, it really annoys me. Let me tell you, you couldn't tell Roger was playing those silly drums on the night its self. You are in the moment, singing away, loving everyone, Remember it was a Queen gig. They did Liar, Great King Rat, Killer Queen, Keep yourself alive. They was absolutely awesome. Imagine seeing Queen, live, indoors? I did 4 times. I'd pick an indoor gig every time over an outdoor one.
 Back to the albums, Innuendo, was a great album. 'Hot Space' was better than people thought it was. They are the only two albums I could listen to by them after The Game. Although, Magic, Gaga and Break free were great live, cos they Queened them up, I.e. Guitars and drums.
 I have one question though, Am I the only one that thinks 'Dancer' is a hidden Gem?
 Also bear in mind, other bands who were succesful in the 70's were never as succesful as Queen were in the 80's, cos Queen moved with the times, so fair play to them. They was not Freddies band, nor any of the other three, They were Queen. And I wouldn't change a thing they ever did, That's why we love them, and they to me were, are, still the best band ever, bar none. Paul.
 P.S. I'm not having a pop at people who got into Queen in the 80's, either.
Hi Horse,

Your Queen experience mirrors mine almost identically. I too got into them around 74 or 75 at the age of 10 and my first gig was Milton Keynes. I saw them in Birmingham on the Works tour and you´re right, the song choice was excellent - I never thought I´d hear King Rat or Liar live.
I´m fond of hot space probably because it was my first tour. Although I quite liked The Works at the time I don´t really listen to it anymore. They reached their low point in the 80´s with Magic.
AND..I´ve said it many times - Dancer IS a gem. Things could have been different for Hot Space if that had been the first single I´m sure.


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Posted: 15 Jun 11, 06:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

TBH I think of all the albums as a whole - there is no divide as far as I'm concerned, other than that in my head (the order I bought the albums for example). The 80's were kinder to Queen than to many artists. BTW I got into them in the early 80's listening repleatedly to Flash on GH1, and then occasionally letting it flow into Seven Seas Of Rhye. Then that became my favorite track.

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I like the 80's,  but of course the 70's were unbeatable for Queen....My album order for the 80's....

The Game- Very good album...Especially side A.
The works-  The singles carry this album,  but a few album tracks are good...keep passing the open windows is decent.
Hot space- Coulda Shoulda been much better....Listen to the live version of these songs for proof.  the album is decent though.
A kind of Magic- good singles, the highlander songs are good, but the rest are weaker tracks.  Pain and pleasure, friends will be friends and don't lose your head bring this album down.
The miracle-  Queen's overall weakest IMO....their attempt to go back to basics finds them sounding old on this one.  Still, some really good songs here.

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mike hunt said:
                           I like the 80's,  but of course the 70's were unbeatable for Queen....My album order for the 80's....The Game- Very good album...Especially side A.
The works-  The singles carry this album,  but a few album tracks are good...keep passing the open windows is decent.
Hot space- Coulda Shoulda been much better....Listen to the live version of these songs for proof.  the album is decent though.
A kind of Magic- good singles, the highlander songs are good, but the rest are weaker tracks.  Pain and pleasure, friends will be friends and don't lose your head bring this album down.
The miracle-  Queen's overall weakest IMO....their attempt to go back to basics finds them sounding old on this one.  Still, some really good songs here. 

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I agree, but tbh, i'd switch AKOM and The Miracle around, I mean, i think they're on a par as regards songwriting, hits, etc...
But at least the production is better on The Miracle, also, there's more live drums, bass and guitar on the Miracle than AKOM.


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What is strange in these rating discussions is, that people - especially the younger fans - think there was the world and Queen and nothing else.

Queen were linked with the times they lived in. In the 70s multitracking was the new big thing in the studios with suddenly over 40 tracks on one tape available. And Queen played with that. So did many other bands like 10cc, ELO...Sweet....ABBA...  whoever. 

When Punk arrived Queen moved away from the big production and "News of the World" was the result. 

In the 80s there was the electronic explosion. Digital recording and editing became the big thing. It was suddenly hip to programm drums instead of playing them. So did many bands and artist - not only Queen. The results were "Hot Space" and "The Works". On their later albums they may have tried to bring all together, the multitracking sound of the 70s and the digital recording. 

So it's quite funny, when people wonder how Queen could do an album like "Hot Space" or dare to go away from their 70s sound. 
Everyone did, ELO went disco at one point and sent the orchestra home, The Sweet tried Funk. The Sparks went into electronic and dance.....Even the Stones explored some strange adventures like "Emotional Rescue".

But many other contemporary bands did not survive those changes unlike Queen. And that makes "Queen" quite unique.

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I think if you look at all 70s bands who made new music in the 80s and you'd make similar conclusions.

Studio and computer technology was awkward then, which makes some of the music hard to listen to as bands used the new technology to sound "current".

Add Freddie being influenced by the music he was hearing in the gay clubs and John wanting to do funk and bowls of cocaine.. you get Hot Space.

(edit to add, that unknowingly, I pretty much just repeated what the above poster said.  Well done sir!)

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For the record, I love '80s Queen, including the solo albums.

I have a few thoughts to add to the discussion:

Further to the "Everyone was doing it" posts, I'd like to add that, on a larger scale, music continually evolves. It's influenced by new technologies and talented artists, and not just in the 20th Century, but pretty much since humans started making music.

Queen were always influenced by other artists at the same time as bringing their own ideas and sounds to the larger musical palette. Queen did not come charging onto the scene ready to revolutionize music. They eased in with a Zeppelin-esque rock sound and gradually established their territory. It's important to keep in mind that even as they found their place, the musical landscape was still shifting underneath them and everyone else. Disco came forward in the mid-'70s, then Punk in the late '70s, followed by New Wave in the early '80s.

And Queen was a part of it all, still affected by their peers.

They added funk and disco many years before Hot Space (the seeds were sewn during the NOTW and Jazz eras). As Disco music evolved into the dance club music of the early '80s, so did Queen's sound when they delved into those genres. What began as Roger's experiments with funkiness ("I Wanna Testify," "Turn On The TV," "Fight From The Inside," "Fun It") became the band as a whole trying these different sounds out. They were influenced by (and influenced) other artists, working with Bowie, Billy Squier and Michael Jackson. They weren't playing heavy blues rock as much anymore because they'd already explored it and wanted to try new things.

The technology evolved and Queen adopted it, not out of a need to capitalize on what was popular, but because they, as artists, were interested in what was going on around them. Nothing really changed in that influence system in the '80s. What a lot of people react to, in my opinion, is a false sense of "Queen were trailblazers in the '70s, but lost it in the '80s."

I must emphasize that this is separate from simply not liking many of the sounds of the '80s. Yes, the '80s were quite synth-heavy in terms of popular music. Like all eras, there was good music, great music and crappy music between 1980 and 1989.  We only remember the good and great music (mostly) from any given time because that's just naturally what happens. We generally don't hear the crap in movies, on the radio, in TV shows. 

As Queen fans, we don't have the luxury of weeding out the music they made with we don't like (though I have to say I'm amused by some fans attempts to do just that, by not acknowledging Queen+ collaborations they disapprove of). Sitting on our shelves and in our Windows folders is the entire catalogue, "Body Language" and "The March Of The Black Queen" side by side. If they were by two different bands, it would be easy to delete the tracks you don't like, but alas, such is the burden of being a fan of a band with a diverse output. 

Unless, of course, you like most everything they did, then there's no real problem.

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horse feathers wrote: First of all, let me say, I am 46. Seven seas of Rhye got me into Queen, when I was 8.  Those of a similar age to me also remember making sure we was in at 7 o'clock on a Thursday night, when Bo Rhap was No 1 and to make sure we could see the wonderful video, on Top of The Pops.
 If the first album I had heard by Queen was 'The Works' or 'A Kind Of Magic', it is fair to say I wouldn't be a fan of theirs today.. 'The Game' was the last great album they made. I went to Leeds in 1982 on my own from Manchester, as a 17 year old kid. It was incredible. I was right near the front of the stage, I couldn't hear properly the next day. Compare that to 'The Magic tour', which I saw in Manchester, I was very dissapointed, I was further back, with mates this time, haha. I couldn't see them nor hear them, I thought they was going through the motions.
 The Works tour in 84, they announced 4 dates in England, 2 at Birmingham NEC, 2 at Wembley Arena, I got tickets for all of them. Then they added 2 more dates, Grrr, I couldn't get tickets. Let me tell you, Elland Road was unforgettable, but The Works tour get's so much stick, it really annoys me. Let me tell you, you couldn't tell Roger was playing those silly drums on the night its self. You are in the moment, singing away, loving everyone, Remember it was a Queen gig. They did Liar, Great King Rat, Killer Queen, Keep yourself alive. They was absolutely awesome. Imagine seeing Queen, live, indoors? I did 4 times. I'd pick an indoor gig every time over an outdoor one.
 Back to the albums, Innuendo, was a great album. 'Hot Space' was better than people thought it was. They are the only two albums I could listen to by them after The Game. Although, Magic, Gaga and Break free were great live, cos they Queened them up, I.e. Guitars and drums.
 I have one question though, Am I the only one that thinks 'Dancer' is a hidden Gem?
 Also bear in mind, other bands who were succesful in the 70's were never as succesful as Queen were in the 80's, cos Queen moved with the times, so fair play to them. They was not Freddies band, nor any of the other three, They were Queen. And I wouldn't change a thing they ever did, That's why we love them, and they to me were, are, still the best band ever, bar none. Paul.
 P.S. I'm not having a pop at people who got into Queen in the 80's, either.

I think Dancer is pretty cool. I used to listen to Magic and the Works in the late 80s but as time has gone by , they are possibly the albums I listen to the least . I have never analysed the reasons why but I think its no coincidence that after The Game , Freddie took all lead vocals , suggesting that the band were a little more contrived in what they were aiming for and the package they wanted to present .

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Soundfreak wrote: What is strange in these rating discussions is, that people - especially the younger fans - think there was the world and Queen and nothing else.

Queen were linked with the times they lived in. In the 70s multitracking was the new big thing in the studios with suddenly over 40 tracks on one tape available. And Queen played with that. So did many other bands like 10cc, ELO...Sweet....ABBA...  whoever. 

When Punk arrived Queen moved away from the big production and "News of the World" was the result. 

In the 80s there was the electronic explosion. Digital recording and editing became the big thing. It was suddenly hip to programm drums instead of playing them. So did many bands and artist - not only Queen. The results were "Hot Space" and "The Works". On their later albums they may have tried to bring all together, the multitracking sound of the 70s and the digital recording. 

So it's quite funny, when people wonder how Queen could do an album like "Hot Space" or dare to go away from their 70s sound. 
Everyone did, ELO went disco at one point and sent the orchestra home, The Sweet tried Funk. The Sparks went into electronic and dance.....Even the Stones explored some strange adventures like "Emotional Rescue".

But many other contemporary bands did not survive those changes unlike Queen. And that makes "Queen" quite unique.

Interesting about ELO and The Sweet experimenting with different sounds. I believe that it is best way for a band to survive and it makes their back catalouge more interesting. Bands like AC/DC have kept the same sound throughout their career that can eventually make their music boring.

I like bands or artists that evolve their sound and stand out as superstars in different musical styles in different decades. With Queen, there are some parts of their 1980s sound that I like and some I don't. I would probably like more of Queen's 80s material if it weren't for the fact that drum machines and bass keyboards were used. When listening to sheer musical quality of Queen's live performence and complete, deep and wide sound on acoustic songs (like Save Me, It's a Hard Life) it's hard not to be disapointed when the rhythm of certain songs seems flat, singing does not fit and lack of Brian's epic guitar work. I think a song like Machines emphasises the conflict of Queen's sound in the 1980s with the electronic, fake drums/bass and synths overload (that sounds flat without any musical substance) and the acoustic, lively music that has far more power and energy.

So, yes on some Queen tracks in the 80s were disapointing however during live performances and some solo work you can quite clearly see how good a drummer Roger is and a guitarist Brian is. In my opinion, perhaps it was good thing that Roger sacrificed his drumming on certain tracks and Brian didn't use the guitar as much because that shows not a group individual musicans but a group of musicians that are able to work as a team. Sadly, quite obviously the music produced throughout the decade was far away the standard of that of the 1970s.

You can correct me if you like but the following show Queen tracks that have either drum machines, synth bass or someone else playing bass.

The Game:

Coming Soon (The Game - 1980) - According to Queenpedia, nobody is sure who played Bass between Roger and John.

Verdict - The Game is a very good album, the band is working well collectively as a group. John may have not played bass on Coming Soon?

Hot Space:

Staying Power (Hot Space - 1982) - Freddie did the drum machine, synth bass although Roger played some elec..drums.

Dancer (Hot Space - 1982) - Brian played the drum machine, synth bass, Roger played some drums and John did absolutely nothing.

Back Chat (Hot Space - 1982) - John did drum machines although Roger played some drums.

Body Language (Hot Space - 1982) - Freddie played drum machines, synth bass, Roger had some elec drums. John had no involvement, Brian had very little.

Action this Day (Hot Space - 1982) - No drum machine, synth bass played by either Freddie, Mack, Roger. Mack played some synths aswell as John had no involvement (so much for John's funk album!).

Cool Cat (Hot Space - 1982) - John played Drum machine. Roger and Brian had no involvement.

Verdict - The band's poorest album musically and lacked ideas. The best songs saw all Queen members playing together and playing authentic instrements. Roger did not drum on (or drummed part of it) 5/11 tracks. John did not play bass on 4/11 tracks. John/Roger/Brian had no involvement/little on 4/4/2 tracks. This disjointedness shows arguments in the group.

The Works:

Radio Ga Ga (The Works - 1984) - Roger did play some drums and programed Drum machines. Synths done by Fred Mandel.

Man on the Prowl (The Works - 1984) - Fred Mandel played piano finale.

Machines (The Works - 1984) - Roger played drums, elec drums and drum machine.

I Want to Break Free (The Works - 1984) - Roger may have played no drums and John may have controlled drum machine. Fred Mandel did synth solo.

Hammer to Fall (The Works - 1984) - Fred Mandel played synths.

Is this the World We Created (The Works - 1984) - Roger and John had no involvement (nothing wrong with that).

Verdict - Far better album that Hot Space. Roger may not have played at all on 2/9 tracks and John on 1/9 tracks. Fred Mandel played all synths on Ga Ga. Drum Machines can be found on 3/9 tracks whereas Roger played no drums on I Want to Break Free.

A Kind of Magic:

A Kind of Magic (A Kind of Magic - 1986) - Roger played some drums though he also programed the drum machine.

One Year of Love (A Kind of Magic - 1986) - John did drum programing. No one knows if Roger did some drums/tambourine. Steve Gregory played sax, Lynton Naiff string arrangement (nothing wrong with that).

Pain is So Close to Pleasure (A Kind of Magic - 1986) - Roger played some drums and John performed drum machine.

Who Wants to Live Forever (A Kind of Magic - 1986) - Brian did drum progaming. Roger had little involvement and John had none.

Don't Lose Your Head (A Kind of Magic - 1986) - Roger played some drums aswell as programing them.

Verdict - Poorer album than the Works and far more disjointed aswell. John had no involvement on one song, Roger had no involvement on 1/2 songs. Brian had no involvement on one track. Drum machine on 5 tracks, no drums by Roger on 2 tracks. More drum machines = poorer album.

The Miracle:

Party (The Miracle - 1989) - Freddie and Roger did drum programing although Roger played some drums.

I Want it All (The Miracle - 1989) - Roger played drums and Freddie or Roger may have programmed some drums.

Breakthru (The Miracle - 1989) - Roger played drums and programmed some of the drums.

Rain Must Fall (The Miracle - 1989) - Roger played Drums as Dave Richards programed some of them.

My Baby Does Me (The Miracle - 1989) - Roger had no involvement as Richards programed the drums.

Verdict - Better album than A Kind of Magic and musically more daring and more accomplished than the Works, perhaps their best release since The Game bar 2 songs. Roger played drums on every track except one and he did not perform at all on one track. Drum machine featured on 5/10 tracks.

Innuendo:

I'm Going Slightly Mad (Innuendo - 1991) - Drums by Roger and programmed drums by Freddie and Roger.

Headlong (Innuendo - 1991) - Drums by Roger and drum programing by Brian.

I Can't Live With You (Innuendo - 1991) - All drums programed by Brian and Roger has little involvement.

Ride the Wild Wind (Innuendo - 1991) - Roger played drums and some drum programing. John may have played bass?

Delilah (Innuendo - 1991) - Freddie did drum programing. Roger had no involvement.

Bijou (Innuendo - 1991) - Roger and John had no involvement (no problem with that)

Verdict - Good album although it may not be quite as good as the Miracle. It is also quite disjointed as Roger has little

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Posted: 16 Jun 11, 19:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Keep in mind that even if, say, Roger, didn't play an instrument on a track, it doesn't necessarily mean he didn't voice his thoughts, help craft the song or offer ideas during the production. How literally do we interpret a band member's presence on a track? Certainly there are times when a song is done and the person who didn't play on it says, "Yeah, it's fine as is. Nothing I can add to it," but before an album comes out, each member (I'd imagine) would want a say in every track, especially since their name is attached to the album as a band member.

There's also the fact that even if, again to Roger as an example, he didn't play drums on "I Can't Live With You," he still sings on it as part of the back-up harmonies.

Basically, contributing to a song isn't strictly limited to recording an instrument on it.

Just throwing that out there.