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Posted: 05 Apr 05, 22:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What do you feel is the best produced? Production is probably Queen's biggest shortcoming--on Sheer Heart Attack or Jazz, a lot of the sounds and instruments do not come out clearly, and the articulation of the arrangement is partially lost.

I find that ADATR is very well produced. Especially since, correct me if I'm wrong, they produced it themselves--without the assistance they had used before.

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Posted: 06 Apr 05, 18:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mmmmmmm good topic, best produced id say "the game" the first ever cd i bought was "magic" i rememder puttin it on and feelin really let down by dave richards production,i was expecting fireworks from this new fangled "cd thing"!lol, strangely enough i like to listen to early albums on vynyl.


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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 06:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

But the Game definately has excellent production. I think it was Mack that allowed this to happen--especially with the extremely clear drum sound.

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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 08:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think for me it would be a toss up between QueenII or Innuendo.

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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 08:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 18:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think A Night At The Opera was well produced.


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Posted: 07 Apr 05, 21:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A Night at the Opera and The Game are Queen's best produced albums ever!


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Posted: 08 Apr 05, 00:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I/II/SHA - they were still learning how to use the studio. II and SHA are actually pretty sloppy in some places.
ANATO/ADATR - their best-produced early albums
NOTW - runner-up
Jazz - is that a snare drum or a shoe box?
Game - best-produced album of the 80s. Mack is the man.
Flash - does this count? The title track's drums are practically missing (but not in the karaoke version!)
Hot Space/Works/Magic - 80s stuff, not bad... Machines, One Vision, and Princes are the best-produced tracks
Miracle - runner-up to The Game
Innuendo - excellent production
MIH - excellent again

There are a few songs I would have slightly redone, and here I'll explain why. Queen's music was often so heavily over-dubbed that certain transitions in the sound spectrum were so drastic that the result was a clicking sound (does that make sense?). Only very sensitive and attentive ears can hear this, preferably in headphones. Examples:

Brighton Rock - two bars before the bass returns after the long guitar solo, as Brian's harmonies enter

Lily Of The Valley - again, when Brian's harmonies enter, on "tell"

It's A Hard Life - during the solo, again, right when Brian's harmonies come in

Made In Heaven - at the end of the song, each B-E chord pattern has a huge digital click on the B chord

All four examples are of Brian's harmonies. But when you have 5-10+ guitar tracks happening at once, a smooth edit may not be possible.



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