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Posted: 10 Oct 04, 05:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Or was it just his idea which Freddie took over..and completed.


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Posted: 10 Oct 04, 06:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Eh??? Bit silly this.


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Posted: 10 Oct 04, 06:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie arranged it, but Roger wrote it. Take Knockin` On Heaven`s Door as example. Guns N Roses took it, added little segments, put a different drum part, put solos, more harmonies, a rhythm guitar, melodic bass, etc, but still the song is Bob`s, because the solos, new melodies, etc they created were over the chord progressions and lyrics Bob had put.

Same case. Fred arranged what Roger wrote.


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Posted: 10 Oct 04, 06:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sicmot wrote:

Or was it just his idea which Freddie took over..and completed.


A kind of Magic - as far as I remember - is such a kind of track you mean maybe. It is Rogers track but FM worked on it.


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Posted: 10 Oct 04, 06:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah Fred said in Munich that John and Rog let him get in their songs from an early stage, kind of tear them apart and tape back together again. So in a way I guess all or most of R`s and J`s songs were arranged by him; in some cases John even shared the credit with him.


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Posted: 10 Oct 04, 07:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah, I think the Highlander version of 'A Kind Of Magic' is Roger's original version and the single version was Freddie's arrangement, can't remember where I heard that. I think it was 'Champions of the World' I heard that.


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Posted: 10 Oct 04, 08:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I personally like the version at the end of Highlander. Quite good and the AKOM version wouldn't've fit in.


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Posted: 10 Oct 04, 09:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah, the 'real' magic version sounds so dark. I like it a lot. You can hear this version in a great sound quality on the Wembley DVD at the gallery section! Check it out!


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Posted: 10 Oct 04, 11:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Come on, anybody knows it was written by David Bowie.

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Posted: 10 Oct 04, 14:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"A Kind Of Magic" initially was ment to be a hard - rocksong, Freddie decided to re - create it in pop style.

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Posted: 11 Oct 04, 03:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

According to the latest information Roger wrote only GA GA and RADIO was written by Robbie Wiliams


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Posted: 11 Oct 04, 04:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

hehehe... the original A king of magic was really dark etc, then when roger went on holidays, freddie managed to get the musical notes (cant think of proper term) and rearranged it! champion.... of course if he did that to me i'd beat him, but good on him!


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Posted: 14 Oct 04, 08:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

crowley wrote:

"A Kind Of Magic" initially was ment to be a hard - rocksong, Freddie decided to re - create it in pop style.
Not a hard-rock... Darker- yes; more interesting- yes! less obvious- yes! But it wasn't heavy at all!!! Hard rock is sth like Dead On Time or Son And Daughter, not original version of AKOM...

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Posted: 20 Oct 04, 16:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

On AKoM I suspect Brian had quite a lot of input: His bouncy (actually brilliant) guitarwork rather made the song for me. And I should imagine the solo was almost entirely his invention.

But then ownership in MondoQueeno is a rather slippery concept.


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Posted: 20 Oct 04, 19:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

RGG is *such* a tremendous track-- live it's even better-- for a while as a teen it was my fave Queen tune-- and it seems IMHO that Freddie's hand can be seen especially in the chorus, with the call-and-response structure, as opposed to the chorus Roger more likely wrote himself for tracks such as Modern Times Rock n' Roll or Fight From the Inside. The tasty bass licks and slide solos SHIMMER


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Posted: 21 Oct 04, 06:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Don't know if they'd ever do this, but I'd love them to go through all the songs and explain how the four of them added/ammended/rearranged the initial ideas. Would be fascinating!


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Posted: 21 Oct 04, 06:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They have to make showcase about their work :) If they can make WWRY musical, they can to an 2h long show :)

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Posted: 21 Oct 04, 06:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Martin Packer wrote:

On AKoM I suspect Brian had quite a lot of input: His bouncy (actually brilliant) guitarwork rather made the song for me.


Both Fred or Roger could have invented the guitar parts and asked Brian to play them


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: 21 Oct 04, 09:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie said in an interview that he changed Radio GaGa completely. Roger's original idea was a negative song about the radio (Radio KaKa) but Freddie claims he took over and switched the whole direction of the song and gave it a positive message.


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Posted: 21 Oct 04, 10:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes apparently Fred re-arranged it both lyrically and musically, particularly he mentioned that he considered there were some wrong construction elements. Roger must be grateful since thanks to that he got his first hit


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.