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Posted: 16 Jun 12, 13:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Couple of questions. I was wondering who it was who played the telecaster (the rhythm guitar) on Man on the Prowl was it Brian or Freddie? I was wondering if it was fred on that one (maybe a reason why he switched to telecasters on the works tour over the acoustic. Also any idea what instrument Princes of the Universe was written on?

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Posted: 16 Jun 12, 14:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Off the top of my head Crazy Little Thing was the only Queen song Freddie played guitar on, may be wrong though...

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Posted: 16 Jun 12, 14:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't remember the credits on The Works saying that Freddie played a telecaster (or any guitar) on that track, although as he wrote it I suppose it's possible (though unlikely).

I don't know why he switched to the electric guitar live from that tour onwards - the acoustic always sounded much better to my ears.

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Posted: 17 Jun 12, 03:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well Freddie was (approximately) quoted; 'The guitar?, i cant even play the damn thing'
As far as CLTCL, i think he was mainly showboating.


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Posted: 17 Jun 12, 03:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If I remember it correctly, Princes Of The Universe was written on the piano! I somewhere read a quote that Brian was quite impressed by the song itself as it is quite heavy and Freddie "only" wrote it on the Piano!

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Posted: 17 Jun 12, 05:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No idea. But Man on the Prowl was fodder trying to cater to the success of that pseudo rockabilly revival CLTCL...



Pretty embarrassing.




Shows how uninspired the band was.


Rather than revisiting something good.... Oh well. Nvm.



On the plus side, I loved "I go crazy" it had the fullfilling joy of a straight out jam


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Posted: 17 Jun 12, 13:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I Go Crazy - without doubt the best Queen song to not appear on an album

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Posted: 17 Jun 12, 15:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What the..? Man on the Prowl is fucking amazing, almost better rockabilly than CLTCL

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Posted: 17 Jun 12, 17:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Man On The Prowl" wasn't trying to copy anything, it was just a fun song Freddie wrote that happened to be in the Jerry Lee Lewis style. I guess this demonstrates that some people think all '50s and early '60s rock and roll was the same, all lumped in together, despite the variety of musicians, producers, songwriters and singers who helped craft the many sounds which came out of that era, themselves taking inspiration from folk, blues, jazz, country and other influences.

Besides, it's an album track. If Queen were thinking about riding the success of "Crazy Little Thing," it would've have been the lead-off single. Instead, the first two singles released represented their current exploration into the modern synth-pop.

And I agree, it's a shame "I Go Crazy" wasn't used on the album. I read an interview years ago where Brian said something about the rest of the ban not likely it after it was done and not wanting it on the album, so he talked them into using it as a non-album B-side track. I wish I could find that interview again. Not even Queen Archives.com has it.

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Posted: 17 Jun 12, 18:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Because so much was made of the fact that Freddie wrote CLTCL on guitar it is fairly safe to assume that he wrote everything else on piano.


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Posted: 18 Jun 12, 06:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

'Fucking amazing' is certainly a phrase that I have never heard used, and certainly wouldn't use myself, to describe Man On The Prowl.

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Posted: 18 Jun 12, 07:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You've heard it now, and I won't take it back

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Posted: 18 Jun 12, 14:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, as a piano player of some years, the piano solo at the end is Fucking Amazing.

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Posted: 18 Jun 12, 23:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Micrówave wrote:
Well, as a piano player of some years, the piano solo at the end is Fucking Amazing.



Piano outro is Fred Mandel according to the liner notes. Yeah, that jam is awesome. Still don't think much of the song-but hey, that's just opinion

It was supposed to be a fifth single from the album.


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