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Posted: 02 Jul 04, 04:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I know there are two versions of this song, one with Freddie the other with Montserrat on vocals (well at least that's what Greg the Queen's archivist said), but I have no idea who sings on the version from The Freddie Mercury Album. Since the album is called like that, it would be natural to be Freddie's version, but still the voice is too feminine and too high to be his... Perhaps someone knows for sure and helps me!
P.S. If it's Fred's voice, this guy certainly had the best voice ever!


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Posted: 02 Jul 04, 05:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It`s Freddie


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.
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Posted: 02 Jul 04, 06:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, It is very much Freddie. :)


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Posted: 02 Jul 04, 07:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The whole Freddie and nothing but Freddie :)


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Posted: 02 Jul 04, 07:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm so surprised a question like this would be asked!! Freddie's falsettos could easily mimic a woman's voice. Bear in mind Montserrat Caballe did Ensueno on the Barcelona CD -- a variation on the same song -- and there's a marked difference in Freddie's and her voice. I like Freddie's version better though!

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Posted: 02 Jul 04, 08:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Interestingly enough, in La Japonaise there`s one part sung by both Montserrat and falsetto Fred.


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Posted: 02 Jul 04, 08:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sebastian wrote:

Interestingly enough, in La Japonaise there`s one part sung by both Montserrat and falsetto Fred.
Good to see I'm not losing my mind!


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Posted: 02 Jul 04, 08:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh yeah, 100% Freddie.

Lovely song there. After 10 years I've realised I'm in love with the Barcelona album.


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Posted: 02 Jul 04, 08:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And that's nothing to be ashamed of. ;)


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Posted: 02 Jul 04, 15:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lisa, I am also surprised of your answer!

Why to compare Freddie's Exercises In Free Love with Montsy's Ensueño when you can compare it with Montsy's version of the SAME SONG???

By the way, Freddie's version is repeated on his box set, while Montsy's is absent. Weird.

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Posted: 02 Jul 04, 22:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It is the same song indeed! :-))
I loved the way Freddie was singing both parts of Barcelona on the Solo Collection CD (Barcelona Sessions). And all of the outtakes! I wish we could see a Boxset Part II -- I'm sure there's stuff that's still never been released. So much still to be heard and enjoyed!

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Posted: 03 Jul 04, 00:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Josuè wrote:

Oh yeah, 100% Freddie.

Lovely song there. After 10 years I've realised I'm in love with the Barcelona album.


Not 100%, but whole 200 %


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Posted: 03 Jul 04, 01:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Incredible! I was just about to post this very same question. I've been listening to The Great Pretender,and the first time I heard Exercises In Free Love I almost thought it was Montsy. But then I realized that it is Freddie when I heard the part where he goes low key for a moment. It's a beautiful song and Freddie is beautiful in it. It's proof that he had the best voice of all time.Is this why EIFL is on The Great Pretender album and not Barcelona??


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Posted: 03 Jul 04, 04:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, thanks to you all for helping me with this problem. By the way, Lisa said she was surprised that a question like that could be asked, but I wanted to be 100% sure, even if I already supposed it was Fred's voice: I'm working on a Queen site and I didn't want to write about something I wasn't sure.


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Posted: 03 Jul 04, 10:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yep, it's Freddie!!
He almost sounds like a violin... amazing stuff.


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Posted: 05 Jul 04, 14:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie's vocal range was astounding. His voice seemed to get better as he got older! The smoking and drinking added to its lustre (and took away the "innocence, don't you think?) and, after the Montserrat Caballe sessions, improved so much. (Matured in that sense?) Notice how his songwriting changed a bit as well!

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Posted: 05 Jul 04, 22:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Woof. Fred recordings manage to forever floor me. [Grasps counter a bit harder.] His range scares the crap out of me ... :) (I sing, so yah, it's a bit scary to hear a man like that. Wow.)

Best voice of ... all time.


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