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Posted: 20 Feb 05, 20:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen are proud of the fact that they hardly used synths, not up until radio ga ga. but correct me if i'm wrong but isn't there one on killer queen now and again. or if it isn't how is the electronic effect produced


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Posted: 21 Feb 05, 06:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There's no any synths 'till "The Game" album.

Brian, The Red Special and The Deaky Amp could produced a lot of non-guitar sounds.

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Posted: 21 Feb 05, 09:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There were several effects produced by voices, drums and piano as well. Bass not so much imo.


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Posted: 21 Feb 05, 15:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Serry Funster wrote:

There's no any synths 'till "The Game" album.

Brian, The Red Special and The Deaky Amp could produced a lot of non-guitar sounds.



Queen always made a point about not using synths until they succumbed with "Play The Game" the first official song to feature an Oberheim OBX synth on The Game album. Went OTT with synths on Hot Space with a disco/funk sound and used synth bass lines instead of John's bass on Body Language & Dancer? Queen's best albums with synths is Innuendo.


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Posted: 21 Feb 05, 21:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Actually synth`s debut was in Save Me, which was recorded and released earlier


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Posted: 21 Feb 05, 23:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I noticed the "electronic" sounding parts of that song too. I wonder how they made that sound

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Posted: 22 Feb 05, 01:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Serry Funster wrote:

There's no any synths 'till "The Game" album.

Brian, The Red Special and The Deaky Amp could produced a lot of non-guitar sounds.



Queen always made a point about not using synths until they succumbed with "Play The Game" the first official song to feature an Oberheim OBX synth on The Game album. Went OTT with synths on Hot Space with a disco/funk sound and used synth bass lines instead of John's bass on Body Language & Dancer? Queen's best albums with synths is Innuendo.


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Posted: 22 Feb 05, 11:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

See I allways thought that it woould have been Roger to push through the synth idea (Listen to his albums), so if i'm right then surely Rock It would have been the first.


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Posted: 22 Feb 05, 13:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I thought it was Coming Soon


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Posted: 22 Feb 05, 14:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What's the big deal anyway? The Beatles were using synths in 1969 - listen to Abbey Road (Maxwell's silver hammer and Here comes the sun to name but two). Remember there are whole songs by Queen that are purely synthetic (apart from vocals obviously!) Drum machine, sequenced bass and synths. Whatever the song needs...


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Posted: 22 Feb 05, 16:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Okay, I know this is kinda gonna sound stupid, but what are synthesisers?


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Posted: 22 Feb 05, 16:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fun It has a drummachine...-.-" Sounds pretty weak to me


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Posted: 22 Feb 05, 18:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brians guitar,listen to "get down make love" on live killers,sounds like a synth but isn't

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Posted: 23 Feb 05, 05:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian was always experimenting with his Guitar sound e.g. 'Guitar Orchestrations' Multi Track layers overdubs etc
A lot of people would think that it was a 'Synthesiser' or 'Tapes'( if it was a 'Live" Show) but it was actually Brian being a Wizard with the Red Special
That's why you get the 'No Synthesisers' branded on those 70's Albums
Its Actually Brian if that makes sense!!
A Synthesiser looks like a Keyboard and it produces artificial Sound
It was more useful in the 80's and it saved Brian lots of Time in the Studio
He was Amazing on those Early Albums-especially 'All Dead All Dead' (have a listen)



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Posted: 23 Feb 05, 11:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rock It was recorded in 1980; there are three synth-songs done earlier:

- Coming Soon (`78-`79, although the OBX was released in`79 so probably the Jazz demo didn`t have synths)

- Save Me

- Sail Away Sweet Sister

Any of the three could be first, BUT, imho, Save Me is the band`s official debut in synths because it was released before the Game album (which is the one containing CS, SASS and PTG)

Btw, again, it`s not 100% Brian those "special" sounds. There are some (even if not many) effects generated by the others in piano, percussion or vocals. And a couple of soundboard effects (not many again, they preferred human sounds). Btw John also did guitar choirs (Misfire).


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Posted: 23 Feb 05, 13:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wasn't Jazz released in 78?


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Posted: 23 Feb 05, 20:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes


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Posted: 26 Apr 05, 22:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lady Cool Cat wrote:

Okay, I know this is kinda gonna sound stupid, but what are synthesisers?


They are keyboards with many different kinds of programmed sounds. They have the abillity to bend pitch and make weird sounds.


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<h3><font color=#A2FF0>Fairy King</font> wrote:

Fun It has a drummachine...-.-" Sounds pretty weak to me


Yeah but only for little peices of it. While Hot Space only had the drum machine instead of his standard Ludwig.


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Posted: 27 Apr 05, 01:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In my opinion, the best example of what Brian could do with his guitar and the amp John created are the incredible effects used near the end of Good Company. Invariably, people claim that these sounds cannot be coming from a guitar.....pretty impressive.