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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 12:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh yes he did. I'm sure more than once, but I think the worst case was in the song "My Melancholy Blues" where, after the instrumental solo, Fred sang "I'm causin' a mild sensation..." The first note, "I'm" is definitely way off. It sounds like something that would happen live, but it's a studio recording! Maybe this is just a reminder that Fred was human, and a precious flaw to treasure. Maybe it was mere laziness in production. Anyway, tell me if you've found more vocal imperfections on album versions of songs. Cheerio.


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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 14:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow... you're so wrong it's not even funny. It (the note) is spot-on, nigh-on, perfect!

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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 15:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sorry, have to disagree. It's right on the money.


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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 15:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Are you listening to the correct spot? It's not the first time he says it, it's the second.


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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 15:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zoroaster wrote:

Are you listening to the correct spot? It's not the first time he says it, it's the second.


Yes i have listened and theres nothing wrong, its perfectly in tune and i have good hearing!
Maybe its just you...


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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 15:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hate to push my credentials here, but, since I'm currently comping together the best parts of vocal takes for a band's album mixes, I'm pretty sure I know (as others here know as well as I) there's nothing wrong with Freddie's notes where you mention them. *Gasps for air*

What you should know is that, there are people who thought Roger sang lead on Sheer Heart Attack. I'm guessing you must be in the same ballpark with your claim here.

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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 15:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I listened to it again just to make sure. All I know is, he does it differently the second time than he does it the first. The first time, the whole phrase "I'm causin' a mild sensation" is one constant note. The second time, the word "I'm" starts a semitone higher than it should be and kind of slides down on that same syllable. Someone must also hear this!


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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 16:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's at 2:41 that you keep referring, isn't it?

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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 16:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zoroaster wrote:

I listened to it again just to make sure. All I know is, he does it differently the second time than he does it the first. The first time, the whole phrase "I'm causin' a mild sensation" is one constant note. The second time, the word "I'm" starts a semitone higher than it should be and kind of slides down on that same syllable. Someone must also hear this!


Look even IF he did sound not intune does that matter to much if it was just one word or sentance he did everything in perfection and to his best standerds, you shouldnt worry about it too much and i still hear it intune.


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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 16:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm gonna back up Zoroaster here.

It's not wildly out of tune, and it's barely even out of tune, but at the very start of the note Fred is a microtone sharp. He very quickly adjusts it to be bang in tune, but it IS there.

I now can't stop noticing it every time I hear it...


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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 16:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hmm... at 2:41.. it's not out of tune.. but it's not perfect either. Maybe you could say it's a bit weak.

But! He did make a mistake on an album, yes. In Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy he hits a false note: "Just take me back to yours that will be fine". "Fine" is out of tune, too low. In de BBC recording, which is on GVH1, he sings it right ;).

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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 16:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Is that it?? The way he talks about it - "The first note, "I'm" is definitely way off." - he make's it sound far worse. I still don't think it's worth noting, never mind a thread like this! lol

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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 16:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Is that it?? The way he talks about it - "The first note, "I'm" is definitely way off." - he make's it sound far worse. I still don't think it's worth noting, never mind a thread like this! lol

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Exactly lol


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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 16:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

um, isn't this a studio album? So it probably means that he hit the note seeing as no one would put out the song if he is not happy with it. He probably couldve just did another take if Freddie didnt like it.


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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 16:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Adam Baboolal wrote:

Is that it?? The way he talks about it - "The first note, "I'm" is definitely way off." - he make's it sound far worse. I still don't think it's worth noting, never mind a thread like this! lol

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Yeah, I guess I overreacted a bit. In grade school they always said I was a bit of a spaz. Pardon my enthusiasm.



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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 18:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, since we're nit-picking, LOL.

In "Somebody to Love," the falsetto 'to' towards the end is flat at first, but then Freddie bends it and adds vibrato, and the pitch becomes more true.

I happen to think that it was a conscious vocal choice, but it still kinda bugs me at times. :P


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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 18:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ravenetta wrote:

well you gotta remember they couldnt fix one note back then, bri even said, its the take and that was it.


Not entirely true. Tape can be spliced to remove those little problems. And then just stick in a corrected word, or heck, even syllables!
I'm not 100% familiar with tape as I've only worked with it when pieceing together a speech. But it's not that difficult.

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Posted: 20 Oct 05, 23:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Well, since we're nit-picking, LOL.

In "Somebody to Love," the falsetto 'to' towards the end is flat at first, but then Freddie bends it and adds vibrato, and the pitch becomes more true.

I think it was a conscious vocal choice, but it still kinda bugs me at times. :P


I've noticed that too. I think it was intentional, because in the last few moments of the song, during the repetitions of "Find me somebody to love", Fred is doing all sorts of improv style vocal embellishments. One of these embellishments sounds exactly like the "to" you're speaking of, only it's just an "oo". It starts flat and goes up to true Eb. I've always considered it a kind of echoing of that line for effect.


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Posted: 21 Oct 05, 09:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How do you know Freddie didn't intend to do that, given that it actually exists and you aren't just fucking crazy?


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Posted: 21 Oct 05, 10:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sweet Lady is sooooooo badly sung. it's overdubbed 3 and 4 times so mask up all the bad notes


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