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Posted: 01 Jun 05, 10:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I am just wondering that during the Jazz / Live Killers tours (1978-1979), Freddies voice was in such a bad condition. Does anybody has an explanation ?




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Posted: 01 Jun 05, 10:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Why do you think it was in bad condition? Any reasons?

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Posted: 01 Jun 05, 10:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

his voice wasn't operatic back then but i prefer freddies 80's operatic voice and his sheer crystal clear passion of early 90's... but you know all in all freddie's voice used to take a rite bashing with all that high vocal stuff plus he suffered terrible with those growths on his vocal chords.. im totally addicted to mr mercury's voice?


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Posted: 01 Jun 05, 14:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Touring strains the voice - causes oedema of the vocal chords (striking together too often)
Also, Freddie smoked......
The one noticable aspect of his vocal in mid-late Queen was that, depite not having the highs on stage - he was NEVER off key (except in Sheer Heart Attack!!)

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Posted: 01 Jun 05, 15:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In fact - Id be very tempted to say his voice sounds better back then than on the Magic tour - his voice is far huskier in '86, and less likely to hit the really high notes....still a good voice but different I guess.
It seems it was just this tour taking its toll though, because by the Miracle he was the same old Freddie.
Maybe its due to the somewhat questionable sound quality on Live Killers that makes him sound not up to his better days?
He sounds superb to me though!


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Posted: 01 Jun 05, 17:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 01 Jun 05, 18:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Although Freddie’s voice was great all along, I find it at its best on innuendo.


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Posted: 01 Jun 05, 21:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

yes ... Freddie´s voice was changing throught the years, but was ALWAYS brilliant !


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Posted: 02 Jun 05, 04:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Please read the book from Peter Freestone. During te periode 1985- 1987 Freddie was wrestling with a strange kind of mushroom, as peter discripes, growing in the back of his mouth. I don't no if that was refecting the first complications of AIDS

Also freddie got some skin problems. black dark spot on his legs and face.




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Posted: 04 Jun 05, 01:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A mushroom?? Hmmmm.......don't know about that.

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Posted: 04 Jun 05, 06:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't think his voice was bad at all during the Jazz and Live Killers tours. I saw them here in the States in November of 78 and from what I remember he was really "on" the night I saw them. And listening to the boots from that tour his voice was pretty good. But the Jazz tour was a long one as well. He always had problems with it dating back to the US tour of '75 before they went to Japan. He didn't start smoking til around the time of the Game sessions and that really changed it for him. I think his voice was crap during THe Works tour but he was always brilliant in the studio. Innuendo was a GREAT example of this.

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Posted: 04 Jun 05, 08:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

People need to remember that Freddie was a natural baratone, so singing these high notes night after night was not at all natural to him and would have been quite a strain on his voice.


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

He had surgery in '85 a few weeks before Live-Aid


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Posted: 05 Jun 05, 08:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I heard he didnt like the thought of surgery in case it affected his ability to sing...
and the "nodules" are called pollips or something similar I believe - loads of rock singers get them because they sing in a forceful and unnatural way.


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Posted: 10 Jun 05, 12:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

NTL wrote:

People need to remember that Freddie was a natural baratone, so singing these high notes night after night was not at all natural to him and would have been quite a strain on his voice.


Any baritone is perfectly capable of hitting a High B, one semitone below Tenor High C. Since Freddie never sang above that High B (sometimes a C, but not higher), the high notes he's singing IS natural for a baritone.
The tessitura itself isn't natural. A baritone can sing to a High B or C, but it's harder to sustain an entire song in the tenor's tessitura, that is, between Middle D and High C.

Now, add that a 2 hour show, and be running down the stage for 2 hours too ;)

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Posted: 19 Jun 05, 15:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

NTL wrote:

People need to remember that Freddie was a natural baratone, so singing these high notes night after night was not at all natural to him and would have been quite a strain on his voice.


He was actually a tenor

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Posted: 20 Jun 05, 12:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

ANAGRAMER wrote:

NTL wrote:

People need to remember that Freddie was a natural baratone, so singing these high notes night after night was not at all natural to him and would have been quite a strain on his voice.


He was actually a tenor


Actually, he was naturally a bass/baritone but trained his voice to be tenor. He did this because that, at the time, was how most rock artists sang. For a guy who never had any real vocal training, I'd say he did VERY well in '78/79. But because he lacked training, he didn't know how to keep his voice in tact or give it a proper rest.

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Posted: 20 Sep 05, 22:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

too much cock sucking...

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Posted: 20 Sep 05, 23:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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too much cock sucking...


Are you referring to yourself or Freddie?

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Posted: 21 Sep 05, 02:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Please read the book from Peter Freestone. During te periode 1985- 1987 Freddie was wrestling with a strange kind of mushroom, as peter discripes, growing in the back of his mouth. I don't no if that was refecting the first complications of AIDS

Also freddie got some skin problems. black dark spot on his legs and face.



never said that in Peter's book. I've read the book numerous times.


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