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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 12:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

who would you say is the better song writer? It really is tough to say, because these two wrote some of queen's best hits and songs

just to name a few from each:

Brian:

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Fat Bottomed Girls
We Will Rock You
I Want It All
Tie Your Mother Down
Who Wants To live Forever
We Will Rock You
Keep Yourself Alive
White Queen
The Show Must Go On
Sail Away Sweet Sister
Hammer to Fall
Save Me

Freddie:

Bohemian Rhapsody
Killer Queen
Love of My Life
Somebody To Love
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Play The Game
Bicycle Race
Don't Stop Me Now
We Are The Champions
Seven Seas Of Rhye
Under Pressure

these songs are just some of the great ones they each wrote, but who do you guys think were more talented at song writing?




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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 13:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Freddie was... i like most of his songs a little better, and he had more hits...


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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 14:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think they're equally good songwriters.


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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 14:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Millionaire Waltz wrote:

I think they're equally good songwriters.


Agreed.

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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 14:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color="#FF00CC">its_a_hard_life wrote:

The Millionaire Waltz wrote:

I think they're equally good songwriters.


Agreed.


I think the same, because both wrote very different kinds of songs. I think there is no way tsaay that one of them is better!!!


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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 14:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My favourite tracks tend to be Brian's (which doesn't mean he was better). Of course Fred was more advanced in musical things like modulations and complex structures and rhythms, which doesn't make him better either.

They were both brill, and a good team whenever they collaborated.


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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 15:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color="#FF00CC">its_a_hard_life wrote:

The Millionaire Waltz wrote:

I think they're equally good songwriters.


Agreed.


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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 15:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I would have to say Freddie Mercury not taking anything from Brain May.They are both great,but Freddie Mercury was better.


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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 15:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Both equal in the eyes of moi! :D


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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 16:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=red>Flash! wrote:

Both equal in the eyes of moi! :D


Ditto!:D


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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 16:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I like/love more of Freddie's songs than Brian's, but the songs of Brian that I love, I LOVE.

I guess that's my way of saying I also think they're equal.


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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 16:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I find that Brians writing is more emotional but thats just me.


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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 16:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

We cant say who's better...but which songs do we like better...I like freddie's songs better..but who want's to live forever is the most beautiful song ever written for me...


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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 16:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Under Pressure is hardly a song written by Freddie Mercury though...


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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 16:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I would have to say Freddi...March Of The Black Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody both amaze me...Brian has absolutly amazing songs as well like The Show Must Go On

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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 17:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have to say that my favourite tracks songs tend to be Freddie's.


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

Freddie Mercury's songs are much more original.

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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 17:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Freddie was more repsonsible for the Queen sound with his songs, e.g multi-tracked harmonies etc. and probably wrote the greatest songs such as Bo Rhap, MOTB and POTU but May was far more consistent than Fred, particularly in the later years when Mercury's songwriting went downhill and Queen's sound was more pop than rock. Brian had a very important role in the eighties, keeping them weighted in rock and he did this very well with Hammer To Fall, I Want it All etc. he kept hitting the mark when others wrote synth based filler.

Lyrically, Brian was far superior and his songs worked better live because they were heavier. Fred's attention to detail and knack for seamless signature transitions made him the more listenable and varied though.


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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 17:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

freddie was more talented, - his songs are mor emotional and with more "soul" i would say....

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Posted: 29 Apr 06, 18:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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I prefer Brians song writing more becuse its the sort of music im into.But who wrote death on two legs?

I think Freddie was a brilliant song writer too of course but I prefer Brians songs just a bit more. so can someone tell me who wrote death on two legs?


Death on two Legs is 100% Freddie's


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