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Posted: 08 Feb 04, 07:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love this beautiful song sung so well by Brian but all the high notes I hear in this are they actually sung by Freddie? Or does Brian sing some too...I'm confused? I always thought it sounded as though Brian sung it all but then soemone said that Freddie sung the :"Hot child that you know you're young you got your whole life ahead of you but IIII" (High note)bit. I always thought it was Brian but when I listenrd to it closeley it did sound a bit like Freddie. Could you please help me on finding out who sings what parts exactly in this song please cos I am really confused?


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Posted: 08 Feb 04, 09:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The "Hot child" is Freddie. Brian sings the rest.


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Posted: 08 Feb 04, 10:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It always amazes me when I hear stuff like that! Not being able to tell Freddie sings on that track!? Whoa...

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Posted: 08 Feb 04, 11:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Many many people used to think Brian did the falsetto part just because Brian sang falsetto the "anytime" of Killer Queen on stage. And in that part Roger was doing the high voice and Brian the "low" part (around A3).

Inclusive I remember people telling me that Brian sang the intro of '39 and screamed in 'Lap Of The Gods' based just in the fact that the camera focused on him during 'anytime' at the concert for the people of Kampuchea


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Posted: 08 Feb 04, 19:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Many many people used to think Brian did the falsetto part just because Brian sang falsetto the "anytime" of Killer Queen on stage. And in that part Roger was doing the high voice and Brian the "low" part (around A3).

Inclusive I remember people telling me that Brian sang the intro of '39 and screamed in 'Lap Of The Gods' based just in the fact that the camera focused on him during 'anytime' at the concert for the people of Kampuchea"

eh?



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Posted: 09 Feb 04, 06:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What I mean is that I met many people who thought Brian was the "soprano" of the band just because they had downloaded some parts of the kampuchea concert (from here I think) and during Killer Queen the camera focused on Brian during 'anytime'.

During the first months of my site I received mails from fans telling me that Brian was the one who sang the intro of ITLOTG and '39 and the middle eight of SASS


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Posted: 09 Feb 04, 10:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sail Away Sweet Sister is such a good song! One of my favorites.


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Posted: 09 Feb 04, 12:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"What I mean is that I met many people who thought Brian was the "soprano" of the band just because they had downloaded some parts of the kampuchea concert (from here I think) and during Killer Queen the camera focused on Brian during 'anytime'."

Ahh, i understand. It's the same old story with John singing backing vocals, because he opens his mouth in the videos



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Posted: 09 Feb 04, 12:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

> It's the same old story with John singing backing vocals, because he opens his mouth in the videos

That's a very good point. I understand people who think John sang ocassionally in the albums (because I'm one of them), but I don't get why most of them (us) think John sings the bassnotes of 'Somebody To Love' and 'Bicycle'


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Posted: 09 Feb 04, 12:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is a great song of Brian's. Probablly my favorite of all the tracks he took the lead vocal on. But freddie sounds amazing on the middle eight here. That high note he hits has to be one the highest he ever recorded. The "Why" in UP is another great one as well.
On Brian's "Live from Hamburg, 98" he performs this song during the encores. Neither he nor his back up singers attempt to sing the middle eight. They only come in on "Way too soon, Ah..."


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Posted: 09 Feb 04, 17:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think that John (!) did backing vocals in Radio Ga Ga live. It's either him or Spike. There's definately a 4th voice.


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Posted: 10 Feb 04, 06:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"John, on Wembley, actually sings NUMEROUS times! Ga-Ga, Tear it Up, Lap of the Gods! GO, johnny, GO!!"

Thats Spike, not John


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Posted: 10 Feb 04, 07:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He did sing on stage, according to what he said in a Japanese magazine "In the studio it's mostly Roger, Freddie and Brian doing all the harmonies. I barely participate. On stage I sing little backing vocals but I can't call myself a singer"


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Posted: 10 Feb 04, 08:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well- we all know that he was singing on stage... One thing though- his mic was off...

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Posted: 10 Feb 04, 08:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It wasn't off, but the volume was minimal compared to the guitars, piano, drums, bass and Fred's & Roger's voices. Note that in the 80s Brian's mic was also very quiet


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Posted: 10 Feb 04, 08:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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You're right- noticed it many times but somehow didn't think of it...
And was only joking with the John's one being off....
There's a different thing though- what kind of a sick bustard allowed the Spike's mic to be on...?

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Posted: 10 Feb 04, 13:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't think Spike has a bad voice, but I agree that his timbre doesn't match in the Queen context


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Posted: 10 Feb 04, 19:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I thought Roger was responsible for the falsetto harmonies. Brian points out that Roger was able to sing higher and hold the note longer on BoRhap during the "let him go" line. I think Roger was the screamer and definately during concerts as well. Just watch the "We Will Rock You" concert from 1982. Brian is barely audible and Roger's voice will not be denied! And not just that concert, but any others you watch especially from the 80's.


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Posted: 10 Feb 04, 20:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah, I have often wondered about that.

It seems 99% of the vocals in concert were done by Freddie (duh) and Roger. Brian has a mic, but he rarely used it, and when he did, it was way low in the mix. (Obviously it depends on what show, but in general.)

Why? Brian had a good voice, and did great vocal work in the studio. I can certainly understand why he would not be able to sing too much - he had a lot to do trying to play all the important guitar bits with one guitar, and probably singing would have been too hard to do while playing a lot of those parts.

But while he was singing, why not turn him up? It would have made things a bit fuller.

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Posted: 10 Feb 04, 20:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger wasn´t always responsible for that. Many many times Freddie did all the harmonies by himself, and in some cases Roger was there too but Fred was in the highest voice (e.g. Doin´ All Right).

The case of "let me go" is, I guess, because Freddie preferred Roger's voice timbre and color for that part


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.