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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 12:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hello, I was wondering when was the last time Freddie recorded piano on the studio. I know his last recordings were only vocals, but was he involve in the instrumental recording? for example: A Winter's Tale.


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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 13:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The track "Delilah" from Innuendo was pretty much done entirely by Freddie using synths, adding Brian's guitar solo at a later date. later Queen material seemed to utilise computer/synth technology as opposed to real piano. Think that the "Forever" (bonus cut on the Magic Cd) was performed by Brian so the last Freddie composition on piano on an Lp would probably be found on "The Works" way back in '84. I would guess that Freddie still used the piano to compose material but the years 89-91 who knows?

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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 14:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"A new life is born"....you mean Breakthru'?? Good point but to me doesn't have that "real" piano sound. Maybe Greg Brooks knows the answer or bloody jim jenkins ha ha!

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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 14:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There's a little bit of piano on "Track13" but that doesn't count I think!? Interesting post re: "New life is born" which leads me to my original thought that for 'demo' purposes the piano was still used to nail down ideas. Think that in '89 computer technology still played a part in the overall Queen sound especially if you listen to "was it all worth it" or "invisible man" that have orchestra's and 'beeps', so maybe not that hard to re-create a piano.

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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 14:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The last keyboard piano arrangement Freddie played was on Mother Love, which was during the guitar solo

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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 15:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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The track "Delilah" from Innuendo was pretty much done entirely by Freddie using synths, adding Brian's guitar solo at a later date. later Queen material seemed to utilise computer/synth technology as opposed to real piano. Think that the "Forever" (bonus cut on the Magic Cd) was performed by Brian so the last Freddie composition on piano on an Lp would probably be found on "The Works" way back in '84. I would guess that Freddie still used the piano to compose material but the years 89-91 who knows?


Ok, there's a bit of confusion.
Surely Freddie plays acoustic grand piano in many songs of The Works.
In A Kind of Magic he plays grand piano in Friends will be Friends (it is undoubtly a gran piano sound and it's Freddie style) and keybords on other tracks. I
n The Miracle we can listen to the grand piano in Breakthru (A new life is born) and also in Hang on in there ("Let's go let's go"). We must add I Guess we're falling out from the same session (the piano is quite surely by Freddie).
In Innuendo there's a lot of piano in All God's people (played by M.Moran). There are also three chords (in arpeggio) in Delilah (I think A min.) and a note at the beginning of Headlong (difficult to say who's the player), and of course a lots of keyboards.
In conclusion I think that in the Freddie's song it's possible it's him who plays the most of sinths and electric pianos (so, I'm including also You don't fool me, Mother love and A Winter's tale).

PS: Yes, Freddie used piano to compose, even if some of his song were composed on guitar (Great king rat, Crazy little thing and few others).




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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 15:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

On 'AKOM' songs it could be Spike Edney.

'Hang On In There' - yes, it sounds as Freddie's piano-playing style. About 'Innuendo' era I don't know exactly, there is much of synths, but 'Delilah' can has some piano sounds though.

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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 18:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I go for Mother Love


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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 20:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

But the very last time he played piano was on November 23th 1991. It was just minutes before he wet his pants and laid down on the couch and asked Peter Freestone to shave hiss balls. THAT was the last time he played piano


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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 20:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wasn't it Dave Stewart he asked ?

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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 20:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hang on...i'll check the book


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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 20:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"It was by that time that Freddie called my name and looked straight into my eyes. I could barely hear his voice, but he asked me to roll his wheelchair to his piano for the very last time. When he put his hands on the keys he started to play a very dramatic, but gentle piece. He played it straight from his heart. Right after that he wet his pants and asked me to lay him down on the couch.

I walked out of the room with a tear in my eye, knowing this was the very last time I heard Freddie Mercury making music...."





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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 20:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Let's hope Peter recorded that too, as he did with the first session with Montserrat. I'd love to hear a recording of that! Or maybe Jim videotaped it and will sell the video ?

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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 21:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Where did you get that FriedChicken? that was my original question, if somebody ever said when was the last time Freddie sat on the piano.
It was my first topic on queenzone, and I think for being a newbie I have received positive responses...


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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 21:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Pim, behave dear.

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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 21:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"It was my first topic on queenzone, and I think for being a newbie I have received positive responses..."

You only get flamed if you ask stupid things. Have fun on Queenzone man :-)


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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 21:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Pim, behave dear."

I thought that was what you liked about me, my "saying what I think" ? :P

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Posted: 14 Nov 04, 21:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I do and I like your scarcasm and your sense of humor!!

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Posted: 15 Nov 04, 05:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

As for recordings, if you mean acoustic piano, probably the only tracks of that in Innuendo album are in Headlong (Brian didn`t mention it in the list of songs he had played piano on so it must be Fred), and All God`s People (Mike). Slightly Mad has some piano at the end as well as Delilah here and there but imo those are digital pianos (Roland RD-1000 to be more precise) as opposed to a grand one.

In Miracle there`s also grand piano in the title track (easier to notice hearind separate DTS tracks), as well as in Party. In fact that song was started by Fred playing piano and singing "we have a good time".

As for keyboards, Jim Hutton said that Fred recorded `A Winter`s Tale` by himself, so the synths are surely him, not the others. He co-wrote the other two tracks from post-Innuendo - Mother Love and You Don`t Fool Me - so it`s reasonable to think he played the synths in there too.


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Posted: 15 Nov 04, 08:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Serry Funster wrote:

On 'AKOM' songs it could be Spike Edney.

'Hang On In There' - yes, it sounds as Freddie's piano-playing style. About 'Innuendo' era I don't know exactly, there is much of synths, but 'Delilah' can has some piano sounds though.


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