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Posted: 10 Nov 05, 05:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That was a joke, right? Musical experiment, very eccentric track by very eccentric band- written by one of the most eccentric artists ever. And one can't be really serious about it, right? Yet there's one thing that's done absolutely seriously. The music.
Vocal performance is pretty good, I'd say. It starts and straight away you don't know what to think about it- are they serious? Is this real? C'mon- what's THAT? The piano comes in, thye drums and bass and it's all in mono (I think)- pretty quiet... Confused, you put the volume up. And a bit more... Few more nudges... There comes chorus- nice but nothing special... And when you left the volume knob almost at 10- there it hits you. Guitar comes in. Heavy as hell. You suddenly sit there with your jaw on the floor and listen... Heavy chords and oriental ornaments, with much more aggressive Fred's voice- and you're speechless... And almost as rapidly as it started- it's quiet again. The mono bit comes back- you're completely confused at that point- did it really happen? Yeah, it did- and it comes back. Again- heavy, stereo, LOUD. And bloody powerful! And than few more bars and that's it- "Fat Bottomed Girls" starts. Listening it for the first time you have no idea what just happened...

That's pretty much how it was the first time I heard it. But I STILL find myself putting the volume up just to be smashed by the power of the heavy guitars coming in the chorus. I absolutely love the dinamics in this song- poetry!!! The lyrics are... well, it's not English, that's for sure- of course they bloody fit :) And as I said before- you can't take this track seriously. But musically- it's simply AWESOME! IMO anyway :)

I'm not surprised that people were demanding it at the gigs. It's FUN- everything that rock'n'roll should be! And as I already mentioned gigs- live version from Wembley'80 (first night) is one of the best things I have ever heard at Queen gig.. well- on bootleg anyway :)

Your thoughts?

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Posted: 10 Nov 05, 10:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My thoughts? Really can't add any, as you nailed it perfectly.

I was slightly distracted, ogling over the poster and wot, damn near tore it when the volume doubled.

You know, at this pace, and including solo reviews, this is gonna take about ten years. At which point, we'll have to start anew with the then recently released box set.....


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Posted: 10 Nov 05, 16:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love the song Mustapha- operatic, heavy, oriental, it has everything in just three minutes. That's what I love about Jazz- it's concise but so much musical terrirtory is explored. Bicycle Race and Let Me Entertain You are other examples of songs that seem to do so much in a short length of time.


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Posted: 10 Nov 05, 17:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

hey Dennis Daja, everytime i read your posts i start laughing until i cant breath, anyway "you guys are good" jaja...as my english used to say by the way.. Mustapha, blow away many other artists´heads when they listened it as the opening track, just imagine.......it really ROCKS

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Posted: 10 Nov 05, 17:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My friend is having some severe problems with his asshole of an upstairs neighbour. Yesterday I gave him my copy of Jazz so that he could use Mustapha for the only purpose I think it was ever made - as a profoundly effective weapon of psychological warfare. He's going to play it on loop at full blast every time he goes out, and perhaps once or twice at 3am every morning. If that doesn't do the trick, I'll have to lend him The Miracle so he can make use of Chinese Torture.


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Posted: 13 Nov 05, 00:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mustapha should have been a single?....i think possibly it would've worked. One of my favorite songs from queen, a freddie and brian showcase.

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Posted: 13 Nov 05, 10:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=black>Dennis Daja<h6>QZs God wrote:

motbq wrote:

Mustapha should have been a single?....i think possibly it would've worked. One of my favorite songs from queen, a freddie and brian showcase.


It was released in some country's. Germany and Columbia for example.

I believe that it even became a little hit in Germany.


Released in:
- Germany
- Yuguslavia
- Spain
- Bolivia




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