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Posted: 08 Jan 05, 16:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Do you guys notice how the Beach Boys would weave their voice into the chordings just like Queen? For example, you'll hear the guitar going, then you'll hear the voices doing the same thing or the "voices" being the chords behind the lead vocal. I'm just saying the style in which they do it is similiar to the Beach Boys even though alot bands use backing vocals. Styx is a band that used heavy backing vocals its just they did it differently. Just listen to a song like Good Vibrations or any of their popular stuff.

I assume we all know about Larry Lurex but less so that song "I can hear music".

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Posted: 08 Jan 05, 16:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

u mean "the wall of sound" thingy? Dunno, i don't think they made tracks the same way. Maybe. Not an expert on that. I know the "I can hear music" thing was very similar to the Beach Boys sound. Think they did that again with "Funny How Love Is". Other than that? Not sure. :)


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Posted: 08 Jan 05, 16:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, especially on Funny How Love Is. Thats sound is very close to the Beach Boys. I think thats mainly what I'm talking about. I think there might be a few things on Queen II like that.

Queen always had their own style doing it but I've contemplated the idea of Queen being Led Zeppelin + Beach Boys + Beatles

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Posted: 08 Jan 05, 16:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Yes, especially on Funny How Love Is. Thats sound is very close to the Beach Boys. I think thats mainly what I'm talking about.


the FHLI song was a natural progression from the Lurex single - freddie loved the sound so much he wanted to stick one on II, obviously.
a lot of people say it doesn't fit onto side black - but i think it's perfect - it compliments the other tracks on the album and nicely segues MOTBQ and SSOR - which there would be no natural progression without this song....listen to the way MOTBQ blends into FHLI - beautiful


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Posted: 08 Jan 05, 17:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

the beachboys original (which i have) is far superior to "queens pet project" larry lurex

but you can see the homage in the track - although the homage itself rightly belongs to Phil Specter - who is widly regarded as the "Governor" of the wall of sound

the surf sound which the beach boys made their own only really scratched the surface (pardon pun) of WOS - Brian Wilson was more interested in harmonies than "filling every gap"


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Posted: 08 Jan 05, 18:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, they were influenced by them. Which doesn`t mean they sounded "the same". A lot of other bands influenced them and the combination of that is the starting point of them as arrangers. Then they would get their own style (which imho can be noticed from the very first demo sessions in De Lane Lea), but the influences can still be noticed.


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.