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Posted: 29 Apr 05, 16:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ok so we have all tried to emulate Freddie - but what is the hardest vocal?
Personally I would say Another One Bites The Dust or I Want to Break Free.
Which songs have you tried (on karaoke) and thought "oh shit!"


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Posted: 29 Apr 05, 16:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Prophet's Song or Let Me Enterain You


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Posted: 29 Apr 05, 16:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes but who would try to sing the Prophet's Song on their own - and have you found it on a karaoke!!!! - lucky you!!


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Posted: 29 Apr 05, 17:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 29 Apr 05, 18:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

HMMMM basically all! I feel so terible when I sing his songs. But I do every chance I get! LOL

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Posted: 29 Apr 05, 22:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Frog wrote:

hardest would probably be 'The Show Must Go On'

I can sing that one, but i have to go an octave down... It's REALLY high!

I can rarely sing a whole song, it either goes too high or low for me...


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Posted: 29 Apr 05, 22:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

All flasetto songs...like Cool cat. For a man it's very hard to sing this. Personally I'm a soprano, which means I can sing quite high, and I even find it hard to sing, so Freddie was amazing to sing this !

I would also say that all complex songs, like Liar and March of the Black Queen, plus "musical comedy" songs like Bring back that Leroy Brown, Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon, Bohemian Rhapsody and The Millionnaire Waltz, were probably quite hard to sing, because Freddie had to take very different voice keys in the same song, which is hard to do in the time of one song.

And I guess The Show Must Go On was also hard to sing, especially if we consider Freddie's state at the moment he recorded it.

I think Freddie had to sing a lot of different hard songs in his career, which he did in an amazing, wonderful way - and considering the fact he never took singing lessons, we can say he was totally the best singer in the world


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Posted: 29 Apr 05, 23:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Prophet's Song, The Show Must Go On and maybe songs like My Fairy King or March Of The Black Queen. And Pain Is So Close To Pleasure and Cool Cat, since it's hard to get falsetto to sound decent.


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Posted: 29 Apr 05, 23:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Maybe it's just me but I find most Queen songs fairly easy to sing. Then again, they sound good to me but maybe not to anyone else. The operatic section of Bo Rhap is hard of course.


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Posted: 30 Apr 05, 00:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Teo Torriatte and Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
They have low notes that are kind of difficult to sing.


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Posted: 30 Apr 05, 02:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

tried 'dead on time' once, murder it was.

As far as SMGO even brian and Roger have destroyed that one a few times.

And as as far as 'IWTBF' goes never understood why roger walloped that one in his solo tours, i thought he was terrible at it.


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Posted: 30 Apr 05, 05:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Anyone got info on how exactly to sing without losing breath

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Posted: 30 Apr 05, 08:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Hero, ( studio version ).


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Posted: 30 Apr 05, 10:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I can almost manage TSMGO but near the end where Freddie sings "I'll face it with a grin, I'm never giving in" I can't sing the "on with the show" that comes after it, unless I belt it out so I can hit the note otherwise it's too high !


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Posted: 30 Apr 05, 10:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh and I just cannot manage I'm In Love With My Car, Roger's vocals are soooooooooooooo hard to match !!!


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Posted: 30 Apr 05, 16:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

yeah, I'd probably say...mmmm....impromptu on the Queen Live @ Wembley DVD! Very difficult! But Freddie could handle anything so I don't think it would matter to him!

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Posted: 01 May 05, 03:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mrs Taylor 05 wrote:

Oh and I just cannot manage I'm In Love With My Car, Roger's vocals are soooooooooooooo hard to match !!!


Oh me too, maybe because whenever I try to sing it, I try to make my voice sound gravelly and I just sound ridiculous.


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Posted: 01 May 05, 16:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

When I sing Queen songs, I don't try to emulate Freddie. I use my own voice.


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Posted: 01 May 05, 17:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think they pitched up some of the recordings (e.g. The Hero). You can also hear in many songs that the lead vocal wasn't recorded in one piece but in segments that sometimes even overlap a little bit. So you do not necessarily have to use the studio recordings as standard for judgement when it's your turn at the Karaoke bar and you suddenly run out of breath...

In the studio Freddie could reach D4 or E4 (without Falsetto), whereas live it probably was A3 (the one in TYMD or HTF). The most difficult song in concerts must have been in WATC ("I've come through"): It's a Bb3 at a very important position of the song, Freddie had to play the piano at the same time, it was the last song after about 2 hours singing, and Roger did not back him up (in contrast to the chorus part). I think Roger could sing up to E4 (in Live Killers "I'm in love with my car").
What I don't understand is why they did not tune down some of the songs (such as Action this day, Radio gaga, WATC) when playing live. From my limited knowledge they only did this with "Who wants to live forever" (tuned down 2 halftones).



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Posted: 01 May 05, 18:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Johnnie wrote:

Scandal


Totally agree here. I just sing for fun, not in a band or so. There are rather mixed opinions on my singing and I don't sing Queens songs trying to be Freddie (just use your own voice), but "Scandal" is one of the harder Queen Songs to sing IMO.


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