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Posted: 28 Aug 04, 20:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

At what point in His career was his voice at his best



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Posted: 28 Aug 04, 20:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Some songs show off Freddie's voice more than others, so it is hard to say? :)


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Posted: 28 Aug 04, 20:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It does depend on the song, but I've always especially loved his voice on the albums from the 70's.


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Posted: 28 Aug 04, 21:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Specifically, I'd say 77. Especially listening to that demo from NOTW, you know, "Number 9! Number 9."

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Posted: 28 Aug 04, 21:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I`d say the 1946-1991 era


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: 28 Aug 04, 21:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

lol. I think I would have to agree with Sebastian on this one!:)


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Posted: 28 Aug 04, 22:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sebastian wrote:

I`d say the 1946-1991 era


ditto!

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Posted: 28 Aug 04, 22:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree with both Gunpowder Gelatine and Adam... In particular I feel that the album ADATR shows Freddie in an astonishing mood... All the known range of colours and emotions come out from those tracks.

It is clear this is just my opinion.

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Posted: 28 Aug 04, 23:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

His voice has so much range and power you can't say that only at one point was it in the best shape. I mean, there were times when his voice crapped out (Early 70's, Hot Space Tour), but that's not the point! You don't see too many singers with that range anymore.

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Posted: 28 Aug 04, 23:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, you are right... But an important component of a singer's background is experience too: you can have a great voice, a wide range and everything else you want but you may not know how to exploit it at its best.

The very early years gave Freddie a higher amount of experience which, in my opinion, was shown in ADATR as clearly as never before and hardly after... When he got older (for example in the mid 1980s), he changed a lot his way of singing: this is under everybody's eyes... This doesn't mean that he got better or worse than in the past, it's simply a different approach to singing... His voice changed and he had to face this... It would have been difficult for him to sing, let's say, Teo Torriatte in 1986 in the same way he had done ten years before and the records speaks quite clearly...

Under this point of view, I agree with you: it's a matter of tastes to identify a precise period during which he was at his best, if you want to find out one... But under a strictly technical point of view this may sound a little bit easier...

Anyway, as I have already said, it is just my opinion... :)

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Posted: 28 Aug 04, 23:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ah, just one last thing: I totally agree with you when you say that there are not many singers now able to do what he did...

Anyway this has nothing to do with giving a technical opinion on Freddie's voice and his way of singing.

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Posted: 29 Aug 04, 00:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think it was best in the 70's. However, his voice was always better than everyone elses.

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Posted: 29 Aug 04, 03:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

About a year before he died. His voice is amazing on Innuendo and MIH.


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Posted: 29 Aug 04, 03:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

About a year before he died. His voice is amazing on Innuendo and MIH.


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Posted: 29 Aug 04, 03:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

its not easy to decide, but I love is voice during the 73-79 era and then 89-91, it's incredible that he was weak and ill while recording mih and he had such a great voice.


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Posted: 29 Aug 04, 04:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You`re right about the difference of his voice. I`m not an expert in vocal technique but I think Fred would have ruined his throat if he tried Impromptu in the 70s, he was more trained in the 80s. But otoh in the 80s he couldn`t have performed You Take My Breath Away as in 1976


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Posted: 29 Aug 04, 07:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i think his voice was at its best at the innuendo album strangely enough, not to say that it was bad before , but the true freddie mercury voice came through at the end and he showed us all that there isnt anyone who can sing like him.

I dont think there are anyone who can sing Show Must Go On the way freddie did, and there wont come anyone else that can.

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Posted: 29 Aug 04, 07:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mercury SingerOfLife wrote:

i think his voice was at its best at the innuendo album strangely enough, not to say that it was bad before , but the true freddie mercury voice came through at the end and he showed us all that there isnt anyone who can sing like him.

I dont think there are anyone who can sing Show Must Go On the way freddie did, and there wont come anyone else that can.


You're right too. But you have to consider that there are not many singers who record an album knowing that they are going to die in few days... Think about the passion, the love, the strong feelings in general that have always been a leit-motif of his life: it is clear that during the Innuendo recording sessions Freddie did his best to throw outside all he had in his heart and soul... And think about how much his psychological status affected the colour of his voice...

These are the reasons leading many of us to infer that in 1991 he was able to give his best as a singer: but this is not completely true... No singer would have singed "Show must go on" with his throat as he did, and that's because you would risk to ruin your voice forever... It's a technical matter. Everytime I listen to SMGO I feel my throat aching as if it was me singing... And that's because this is the first thing a sing teacher would tell you to do not... It's very dangerous...

Freddie, at that point, had not much to lose and he decided to sing SMGO that way because all the pain, the anger and anything else would have been conveyed directly to the listener's spine... He was very talented, this is undoubtly sure, but I really don't think he would have done that in the ADATR recording sessions...

Apart from all that, I agree there is nobody in the mainstream now that can be compared to Freddie, both as a singer and as a charming band leader...

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Posted: 29 Aug 04, 07:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Somebody To Love and TSMGO are his best performances and Innuendo the album and his work for Made In Heaven are his best album vocals. But he was the man so whatever he sang, whenever he sang it, he was the best.


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Posted: 29 Aug 04, 09:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

albyboy: i know what you mean. He gave it all he got , even more , but then again he usually always gives it all in his performance , but the last album was the best he has performed ever and yes thats because he knew that he was going to die.

But thats not to say that i think any singer which has a death sentence like freddie had , could sing like he did , cause they didnt have the voice nor the great techniqe that freddie had.

And about the thing about him hurting his voice, i think the performance he did in "Show must" was truly great but nothing that he couldnt handle , and as you hear , his voice didnt break when you hear mother love.