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Posted: 18 Jun 17, 23:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/music/musicnews/brian-may-teases-unheard-recordings-featuring-david-bowie-queen-1067630.html#ixzz4kPpc17qZ


The 69-year-old guitarist has recalled how the late 'Golden Years' hitmaker and his bandmate, the late Freddie Mercury, "locked horns" during the recording of 'Under Pressure', the biggest hit from 1982 LP 'Hot Space', but now he tries to focus only on the "wonderful" memories he has of that time, and revealed there is still music that hasn't "come to light" yet.

He said: "It wasn't easy because we were all precocious boys and David was very... forceful, yes.

"Freddie and David locked horns, without a doubt. But those are the things that happen in a studio, that's when the sparks fly and that's why it turned out so great.

"[They locked horns] in subtle ways, like who would arrive last at the studio. So it was sort of wonderful and terrible. But in my mind, I remember the wonderful now, more than the terrible.

"And not all of what we did in those sessions has ever come to light, so there's a thought..."

After Freddie died in 1991, Queen were advised to hire George Michael as a replacement frontman, but despite the late 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker's powerful duet with them on 'Somebody To Love' at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness in 1992, Brian insists it would "never have worked" with the singer.

He told Mojo magazine: "George was fantastic [at the gig]. I remember hearing his voice sizzling out on our monitors, and it was very close to the way Freddie sounded.

"A lot of people said we should have taken George on as singer for the band after that, but it never would have worked. George was headed in a very different direction."

The 'We Will Rock You' hitmaker was distraught when George passed away in December at the age of just 53.

He said: "I never thought we'd be losing George so soon. It was such a shock, and so very sad. He was a great guy."

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Posted: 19 Jun 17, 05:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wish Brian could finally give it a rest. Just release what's left on an anthology and that's it.

I can already see how they are going to build another compilation around it...

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Posted: 19 Jun 17, 08:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well it could simply be little more than the demo we already have from years ago: "Feel Like".

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Posted: 19 Jun 17, 08:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I thought there's not much left, LOL..........



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Posted: 19 Jun 17, 09:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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I thought there's not much left, LOL..........





Not much. I think we know these unreleased songs.

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Posted: 19 Jun 17, 09:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Well it could simply be little more than the demo we already have from years ago: "Feel Like".



Cool cat with Bowie don't forget.
Feel like and probably go crazy(early version)


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Posted: 19 Jun 17, 09:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

k-m wrote:

Wish Brian could finally give it a rest. Just release what's left on an anthology and that's it.

I can already see how they are going to build another compilation around it...




Well while they are in research new good singers for live performances long awaiting anthology will be released NEVER

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Posted: 19 Jun 17, 10:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I predicted this back in 2013:

http://www.queenzone.com/forums/1350143/i-go-crazy-original-lyrics.aspx

It seems that Brian is talking about 'I Don't Want To Be A Rolling Stone' !!!

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Posted: 19 Jun 17, 11:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I suppose that this was only recall nothing more.
No sense to wait another compilation .
Because we again will hear from Brian and Roger words that they didn't want compilation album.

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Posted: 19 Jun 17, 22:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mack stated that Bowie was so coked during the mixing process of "Under Pressure" that he gave the other Queen guys a call from the studio to pick him ( David ) up to do a session or whatever.
Mack was pissed just by the physical presence of David...hearing him breathing and snorting coke :)
So, maybe there is some overspill from that day :)


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Posted: 19 Jun 17, 23:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

So, the songs they supposedly recorded were:

1. Under Pressure (final version);
2. his 'father' Feel Like (early version);
3. Cool Cat (almost final version with Bowie's vocals); and
4. I Don't Want To Be A Rolling Stone (early version of I Go Crazy).

Am I forgetting anything?



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PM me if you want any [leaked] multitrack.

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musicland munich wrote:

Mack stated that Bowie was so coked during the mixing process of "Under Pressure" that he gave the other Queen guys a call from the studio to pick him ( David ) up to do a session or whatever.
Mack was pissed just by the physical presence of David...hearing him breathing and snorting coke :)
So, maybe there is some overspill from that day :)





Can we trust Mack?

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Posted: 19 Jun 17, 23:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Anton3283 wrote:

musicland munich wrote:

Mack stated that Bowie was so coked during the mixing process of "Under Pressure" that he gave the other Queen guys a call from the studio to pick him ( David ) up to do a session or whatever.
Mack was pissed just by the physical presence of David...hearing him breathing and snorting coke :)
So, maybe there is some overspill from that day :)





Can we trust Mack?


He`s a human I guess. With all the problems that humans do have.
Anyway I trust him more than BM for example...
I don`t think he sucked it out of his fingers ;)




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Posted: 20 Jun 17, 00:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The thing is - these sessions came a couple of *years* after Bowie's 1978 move away from cocaine. I find claims about Bowie being completely coked up at the time very suspect - as they flatly contradict numerous examples of testimony from many people all around Bowie. He might've been drinking more or less heavily, but he almost certainly wasn't doing a lot of coke.


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Posted: 20 Jun 17, 01:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

musicland munich wrote:

Anton3283 wrote:

musicland munich wrote:

Mack stated that Bowie was so coked during the mixing process of "Under Pressure" that he gave the other Queen guys a call from the studio to pick him ( David ) up to do a session or whatever.
Mack was pissed just by the physical presence of David...hearing him breathing and snorting coke :)
So, maybe there is some overspill from that day :)





Can we trust Mack?


He`s a human I guess. With all the problems that humans do have.
Anyway I trust him more than BM for example...
I don`t think he sucked it out of his fingers ;)



Well Mack is a human no one deny it, but question can we trust Mack words.

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Posted: 20 Jun 17, 05:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

RS_Protos wrote:

I thought there's not much left, LOL..........




There isn't Brian can only remember Cool Cat



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Posted: 20 Jun 17, 06:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Togg wrote:

RS_Protos wrote:

I thought there's not much left, LOL..........




There isn't Brian can only remember Cool Cat





The problem is not that anyone remembers anything, but the fact that no one wants to take the time to release studio rare material

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Posted: 20 Jun 17, 06:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

BETA215 wrote:

So, the songs they supposedly recorded were:

1. Under Pressure (final version);
2. his 'father' Feel Like (early version);
3. Cool Cat (almost final version with Bowie's vocals); and
4. I Don't Want To Be A Rolling Stone (early version of I Go Crazy).

Am I forgetting anything?


I think Frederick said they started off just playing their old songs, so it wouldn't be surprising if they ran through Queen and Bowie classics... but there's no way of telling, until we ask the right people, if those jams were recorded.


John hated Hot Space. Fred's favourite singer was not Paul Rodgers. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Wales is not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 20 Jun 17, 06:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm sure I've read these words from Brian before.....I have a feeling this is just a rehash of an old piece??

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Posted: 20 Jun 17, 06:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bowie relaxed his drug use while in Berlin but he dabbled after. Notably Scary Monsters which is just before the time we're talking about. Depends on the company, and I can imagine Freddie and Roger were happy to get stuck in.

Interestingly, in late 1979 Bowie did sessions that involved rerecording Space Oddity, Boys Keep Swinging and Panic In Detroit (rather curious for Bowie to look back) so it's fair to say he'd have be happy to get recordings of Queen jamming out some of his old stuff (after all, Ronson was a big influence on May), and the other way around (same). Especially as Queen were massive in America at that point, and Bowie was massive in UK - a flip for each other at that point. It's widely known they jammed, so I can imagine the tape was rolling (see bootlegs for jam sessions featuring Mott / Lou Reed / reputedly Bowie jamming old RNR numbers.