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Posted: 01 Aug 04, 21:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Which songs do you like better live than in the studio? Or vice-versa? For me, I think it would be either White Queen or Somebody To Love. White Queen is great in the studio, but I love it in concert, because Freddie's voice gets so powerful and emotional in that song. And the anticipation of Somebody To Love, waiting for that high note, is the best.


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Posted: 01 Aug 04, 22:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

White Queen - but mostly because of Freddie's piano contrasted with Brian's guitar.


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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 02:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hammer To Fall & Crazy Little Thing are way better on stage. Staying Power sounds good with real drums and B&R vocal harmonies, instead of triple-tracked Freddie.

Otoh, I prefer studio version of White Queen. Acoustic piano is great, but that sitarized guitar takes my breath away. Not to mention the angelical choir.

Somebody To Love I prefer studio too. It`s easy: three/four voices vs over 30.


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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 02:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

* White Queen
* See What A Fool I've Been
* Staying Power
* Hammer To Fall
* CLTCL
* Radio Ga-Ga...

Actually, most of them are far better live than in studio...

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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 03:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

None of them are better live.

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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 06:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

One Vision - in the studio it's a mediocre rock song IMO - but live it KICKS ASS.

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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 07:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Kind of Magic and AOBTD were great live. I particularly like the funky/boogie version of Magic. Great fun.

My girlfriend always moans about the end of Champions from the studio - she says there should be the "of the world" on the end!!

And I agree with CLTCL - I love it when it get's rocking at the end, again especially on the Magic tour


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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 08:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

queen live was amazing, i actually listen to more of my bootlegs than the studio performances because they always seem to add something extra that takes my breath away :D

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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 08:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

'Tear It Up' sucks when you hear it on 'The Works' but live it's way much better.


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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 09:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dust live is good and Radio G ga is better live!


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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 11:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

AKOM at Wembley gives me goosebumps. Brians guitar and Johns bass sound amazing towards the end of the song just before 'Magic, Magic, Magic, Magiiiiiiicccc!' Way better live. But on the other hand, Id rather have the Highlander version of the song too. And Hammer to Fall at Wembley, great performance. But I think Stone Cold Crazy and White queen sound great live.


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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 12:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hammer To Fall at Wembley 86 is just the best thing ever!


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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 12:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oberon wrote:


My girlfriend always moans about the end of Champions from the studio - she says there should be the "of the world" on the end!!

lmao I've always thought that too.

Anyway, I think a lot of their 80's songs-especially the pop ones or the ones that employ usage of the synthesizer-sound a lot better live. They have a more hard-rock, powerful feel to them. It's like what those songs would have been had they been recorded by the band in their 70's hard-rock glory (aka no synths at all).


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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 13:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

QueenZeppelin wrote:

Oberon wrote:


My girlfriend always moans about the end of Champions from the studio - she says there should be the "of the world" on the end!!

lmao I've always thought that too.


My thoughts exactly.


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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 14:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm always waiting for the last 'Of the world' at the end, too. I wonder why they decided to have it live, but not on the album.


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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 14:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Hot Space stuff was always better live.
More Guitar, more funked up and faster.

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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 14:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've got to say that most Queen songs sound better live...

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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 17:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think that AOBTD is a great song Live but Why on EARTH did they use that crappy electronic drumkit in the Works tour??! (I just saw Final Live in Japan 85 DVD). I think it sounds awful.

Earlier versions from 1980-81 sound great, but I think the best version has to be the one they played on the Magic Tour, with all the ad-libs.

AKOM is great live also, but the studio version has that refreshing Europop sound of the eighties that I just love, hehe :).

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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 18:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sheer Heart Attack (Live Killers, various bootlegs) and It's Late (wasn't there a BBC or King Biscuit Flour Hour track?)


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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 19:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"The Hot Space stuff was always better live.
More Guitar, more funked up and faster. "

Agreed. Save for Under Pressure, the entire album sounds better live (or at least what they actually performed live).

"It's Late (wasn't there a BBC or King Biscuit Flour Hour track?)"

Yep, it was part of the last BBC sessions Queen did. Not my favorite live, especially when compared to the vastly superior WWRY they did at the same time.


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