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Posted: 07 Dec 19, 15:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

if every track were done in ONE TAKE, I'd agree with you. But as we don't know how many "goes" he had at each song / how many "bits of tape" were pieced together, we'll never be able to judge for sure.

however, if you word your question differently: "what was Freddie's greatest vocal recording?"
Nevermore
Somebody To Love
Barcelona
Breakthru
You take My Breath Away
Millionaire Waltz
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Posted: 07 Dec 19, 17:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

100% wrote:Not many Queen tracks were recorded in one take but its the final cut that is most important and Freddie nailed "Somebody To Love" the emotion and style in his voice is breathtaking.


but "vocal effort" wouldn't be a series of takes spliced together. a final cut isn't usually a single "vocal effort" - which is why I made the distinction: "what was Freddie's greatest vocal recording?"

best vocal effort can only really apply to a specific "take" of a song, or single live performance. (Effort: a vigorous or determined attempt.)
- which is why I listed those above. all great examples of what a singer can do - with the luxury of time and tape.




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Posted: 07 Dec 19, 17:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

TSMGO has to be a candidate surely?


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Posted: 07 Dec 19, 21:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wasn't it TSMGO where regarding laying down the vocal Freddie said to Brian something like "What are you trying to do, kill me?" I cant remember the exact quote. But then he took a shot of vodka and just nailed it?
Within that context, TSMGO wins.

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Posted: 07 Dec 19, 21:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'd like to hear Sebástiaño's take on this!

As for greatest final vocal on a recording it's probably WWTLF or TSMGO...or STL which is more nuanced.

But I'm a huge fan of BARCELONA (the album) so a favorite would be "GUIDE ME HOME/HOW CAN I GO ON" (which i tend to see as one track. ....i know it's not)


I'll still never understand how some hear WWTLF as a "boring" song. It's got so much light and heavy, such great impassioned contrasts ....and Michael Kamen's score puts it into "Should've won a Fucking Academy Award" territory.

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Surely it was better than that KARATE KID song, that AMERICAN TAIL song, and THAT'S LIFE. ...that Giorgio Moroder song is stiff competition though. Love that BERLIN tune....sorry but I do, It's great, THERE i farking said it!


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Posted: 07 Dec 19, 23:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

matt z wrote:

I'd like to hear Sebástiaño's take on this!

As for greatest final vocal on a recording it's probably WWTLF or TSMGO...or STL which is more nuanced.

But I'm a huge fan of BARCELONA (the album) so a favorite would be "GUIDE ME HOME/HOW CAN I GO ON" (which i tend to see as one track. ....i know it's not)


I'll still never understand how some hear WWTLF as a "boring" song. It's got so much light and heavy, such great impassioned contrasts ....and Michael Kamen's score puts it into "Should've won a Fucking Academy Award" territory.

Yes. .. from HIGHLANDER. ..an academy award ..OSCAR

Surely it was better than that KARATE KID song, that AMERICAN TAIL song, and THAT'S LIFE. ...that Giorgio Moroder song is stiff competition though. Love that BERLIN tune....sorry but I do, It's great, THERE i farking said it!


WWTLF is a great song!


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Posted: 07 Dec 19, 23:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 08 Dec 19, 03:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It’s a Hard Life feels like his greatest vocal. Not my favorite song by a long shot... but when I listen to it, feels kind of like Freddie’s just showing off. Ha! Look what I can do. Then he’d go on to fuck it up when singing it live. I think multiple boots from the 84-85 shows support that. It’s been a while since I’ve last heard them but at least one show comes to mind.

Maybe someone else can fill in re: technique and range, timbre, etc but to my ears, that was the one.

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Posted: 08 Dec 19, 03:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 08 Dec 19, 11:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Simple.Curtains shut,lights out and put Who Wants To Live Forever highlander Freddie version on full blast.Fantastic piece of singing that to me has no equal anywhere.

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Posted: 08 Dec 19, 15:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That one part in Mother Love. Considering the circumstances.


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Posted: 08 Dec 19, 15:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And thats the whole deal isn't it. Effort depends on circumstances, context. What could he do at the time and how did he surpass it.
God is heavy wins because of how bad of a cold he had at the time.

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Posted: 08 Dec 19, 18:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rick wrote:

That one part in Mother Love. Considering the circumstances.


Aside from TSMGO, ML is definitely up there.


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Posted: 08 Dec 19, 18:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

'Effort' implies a single line/phrase as opposed to a whole song. The last 'Still Around' of The Great Pretender is pretty special.

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Posted: 08 Dec 19, 20:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Which bit?

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Posted: 08 Dec 19, 20:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

First . If picking a line or specific bit “I don’t want to die.....”.is about as emotive and powerful as it gets.
Third part is up there for best heavy rock vocal too.

Of lesser known songs The Hero, Scandal also good.

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Posted: 08 Dec 19, 21:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

AlbaNo1 wrote:


Of lesser known songs The Hero, Scandal also good.


I like the cut of your jib. In fact, Fred was great and maybe at his best in those mid tempo rockers like Play the Game, Save me, Flick of the Wrist, etc.




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Posted: 08 Dec 19, 21:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Play The Game is a good shout for sure.


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Posted: 08 Dec 19, 22:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The last line of innuendo, the opening line of Mustapha, “we can love forever” on who wants to live forever, and “don’t let me face my life alone” on save me are a few standouts.