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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 20:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

From Brian's site...:

**Mon 02 Aug 04**
THE PITCH OF NO ONE BUT YOU

Ah ! The strange key of No-One but You ! - an interesting question indeed.

There are MANY reasons why a recording might not be at "concert pitch". I won't go into them all here and now. But "No-One but You" is a special case. I originally recorded it as a solo track, and it was Roger who paid me the compliment of wanting to bring it under the Queen umbrella. Of course I couldn't refuse, because the subject matter was very much Queen relevant, and the track would reach Queen fans much more effectively if it appeared under "Queen" rather than "Brian May".

But of course as soon as you throw a song into a group arena, you no longer have full control. Queen was always a democracy, and songs were always pulled to pieces in the process of becoming Queen tracks. Almost always they benefited. My solo version of NOBY was more or less complete as regards keys, guitars, and vocals, but I had already asked Roger if he would play drums, as the piece was really "Taylor-Made" (sorry!) for him. Roger felt strongly that my tempo was too slow, and convinced me to try changing the tempo. I was happy with my vocal, but of course changing the speed of my track also changed the pitch. We decided against using the "stretching" technology to return the track to original pitch, since so much quality would have been lost (the machines are better now). So, unless I wanted to start all over again with my vocal, which I felt had that "First Thought" vibe, I was stuck with it being slightly raised in pitch. I got Roger to sing the middle verse so it would become more a Queen thing, using my track as the demo in this case .... I enjoyed 'producing' his vocal, pushing him to try things ... and Roger played superb drums - he has the ability to make you feel every hit is for a reason, a rare quality. So the track evolved into what you hear on "Queen Rocks". I mixed it, and actually contemplated returning it to the original pitch, but Roger was so convinced it would stop Radio playing the track, I gave in. That's one decision I've always regretted, (Radio pretty much never played it anyway!) but it's water under bridge....

So there it sits, about half way between A440 and the next semitone up! It annoys me greatly ! But for We Will Rock You I did a new arrangement, (to be sung by a girl, rather than us) which starts in a higher key and modulates to an even higher one for the last verse. The original song has a couple of interesting features, if you're interested! The mood is intended to be very much Ketty Lester's fabulous old hit "Love Letters in the Sand". The whole vibe of that song has always haunted me, and for this occasion it related directly to how I felt about Freddie. So the time signature is 6/8, which is also reminiscent of "We are the Champions". I had all this in mind writing the song, which I wanted to be a tribute to Freddie. One of the great innovations of "Champions", one of Freddie's little masterstrokes, is that when the song moves from Verse to Chorus, it modulates effortlessly and without apology up two keys. It would be hard to find another song written before that time which did this. Freddie had a fabulous ability to move songs around related keys, which still astounds me. Anyway, as part of the tribute, I decided that "No-One But You would do the same. So when you hear this song in our show, in London, Brisbane, Barcelona, Las Vegas, Moscow, or Cologne, the girl you see singing it moves between 3 different keys, and a span of 6 semitones in addition to the range of the melody. It's quite a demanding sing. Of course our wonderful Kerry Ellis set the standard as "Meat" in the original Dominion cast, which you can hear on the London cast album. She set a very high bench mark, every night for two years. If you are in the right part


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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 21:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Very, very interesting. Too many bats, though.


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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 21:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Too much copy/pasting! :)

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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 21:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Adam Baboolal wrote:

Too much copy/pasting! :)

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Yeah... I noticed that only AFTER I posted. I'm on the fritz tonight. :P


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Posted: 02 Aug 04, 21:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

thought it was about me lol


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Posted: 03 Aug 04, 00:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks for the blurb Dan! I visit Bri's site often and one of the things I love is how much time he personally puts into it. There is virtually something new every day straight from the man himself. It's nice to feel as though he actually wants to communicate with his fans, not just put up a biography/discography/recentnews and be done with it. Cheers for the Guv'nor!


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Posted: 03 Aug 04, 06:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah - I have the score to the WE WILL ROCK YOU Musical and i noticed how many key changes there were and now i know - and I have forgotten it all!


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Posted: 03 Aug 04, 06:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Looks like John was barely involved...

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Posted: 03 Aug 04, 07:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Pim Derks wrote:

Looks like John was barely involved...


How do you know?

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Posted: 03 Aug 04, 07:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"How do you know?"

Because Brian only talks about "Roger wanted", "Roger thought", "I did" etc.

But ofcourse you don't agree with me.

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Posted: 03 Aug 04, 10:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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"How do you know?"

Because Brian only talks about "Roger wanted", "Roger thought", "I did" etc.

But ofcourse you don't agree with me.


then again John played bass


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Posted: 03 Aug 04, 11:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The exact same thing happened to the studioversion of Hammer to Fall...

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Posted: 03 Aug 04, 13:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Pim Derks wrote:

Looks like John was barely involved...


Pim, I thought that myself when I visited the site yesterday. Was a bit pissed off that John didnt get a mention.


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Posted: 03 Aug 04, 15:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Apparently it was Rog`s idea to call John so the whole thing would sound more Queen


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