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Posted: 02 May 06, 09:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Let's compare:

Guitar choirs vs one guitar

Drums + Timpani vs just drums

Intro + Ballad + Opera + Rock + Reprise vs Ballad + Rock + Reprise

Ballad section with angelical harmonies vs Ballad section without harmonies

Reprise section with brilliant vocal harmonies vs Reprise without vocal harmonies

Reprise with astonishing guitar harmonies vs Reprise without guitar harmonies

Rock section with double-tracked vocals hitting the high notes vs Rock section with single-tracked voice not hitting the high notes

Wonderful intro vs not having intro

"Shivers down my spine" guitar effect vs nothing


Seems quite obvious to me :)


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Posted: 02 May 06, 09:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sebastian wrote:

Let's compare:

Guitar choirs vs one guitar

Drums + Timpani vs just drums

Intro + Ballad + Opera + Rock + Reprise vs Ballad + Rock + Reprise

Ballad section with angelical harmonies vs Ballad section without harmonies

Reprise section with brilliant vocal harmonies vs Reprise without vocal harmonies

Reprise with astonishing guitar harmonies vs Reprise without guitar harmonies

Rock section with double-tracked vocals hitting the high notes vs Rock section with single-tracked voice not hitting the high notes

Wonderful intro vs not having intro

"Shivers down my spine" guitar effect vs nothing


Seems quite obvious to me :)


Yeh, LIVE!!! xD


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Posted: 02 May 06, 09:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love both, but I would choose studio.... Sebastian has pointed out really most/all of the reasons why it is better. When it's live you have they're real voices no computerized stuff on them. Plus the audience joining in is wonderful.

For me it has to be, studio.

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Posted: 02 May 06, 09:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I of course LOVe the studio version but they do an AMAZING rendition of it live so therefore...I can't choose...

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Posted: 02 May 06, 10:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This question seems a little... you know. We all know the studio recording sounds way better than any live performance of the song.


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Posted: 02 May 06, 10:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I always perfered studio.... In any song. They never really impressed me live..


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Posted: 02 May 06, 11:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There are some songs that may sound equally respectable live. Sometimes a simpler arrangement works better (although not in the case of Bo Rhap imo).

For instance, Hammer To Fall live is extraordinary, even if Fred doesn't hit the high notes, even if backing vocals aren't double-tracked, even if there's not a harmony of Brian's making chordal backing during the bridge. But the speed is better, the solo is better, and the drums (Magic Tour) sound much better than the shitty studio version.

Same goes for Love Of My Life: the studio version is beautiful with piano, guitars, bass and the angelical choirs. Live version takes the song from another angle: simple, gentle, acoustic + voice + audience. It's not better, not worse, just different. And each one's got their one favourite among them.

Yet there are some tracks that, imo, need to be very layered. 'Somebody To Love', for me, needs to feature scores of voices together in order to be as majestic as it is. That's why I prefer the studio version a thousand times: it's 40+ voices vs 3.

Or Bicycle Race... while Staying Power otoh is better live for me: even if there aren't horns, both John and Brian have more guitar parts than in the album, plus the three-voiced lines are "bigger" when being sung by Fred+Rog+Bri instead of Fred+Fred+Fred (in that case).


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 02 May 06, 11:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Studio - plain and simple.

Sebastian has all of the reasons except that Brian DID do a bit of the shiver thing live. It, of course, does not compair to the studio version, but it is there - sometimes.


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Posted: 02 May 06, 11:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I say live because i think almost every Queensong is live better tah in the studio!!!


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Posted: 02 May 06, 11:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love both, but if I had to choose then it would have to be the studio version. Don't get me wrong, I love the many live versions, but the studio version has an eerie feeling to it.

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Posted: 02 May 06, 12:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The studio version doesn't have fireworks when the rough bit starts. I'd probably take a good live version, mostly because I appreciate the studio one for so many different reasons.


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Posted: 02 May 06, 13:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

single malt ...or tesco's blended?
thorntons continental...or dairy milk chocolates?
maserati spyder...or austin allegro?

studio...or live?

i don't understand how anyone could choose live...this is in essence...removing ALL of what Freddie intended Bo Rhap to be about...the bell's and whistles, the finesse, the kitchen sink....

live it's a good end-of-show rock song...studio it's the classic it always will be


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Posted: 02 May 06, 14:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

LIVE!!!because of NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTHING REALLY MATERS TUU MEEEEEEE!!!!


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Posted: 02 May 06, 15:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

queen is a live band


queen are the only band i hear apart from metal
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Posted: 02 May 06, 15:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No More Fun wrote:

queen is a live band


Er, didn't Queen prefer the studio with the unlimited possibilities?


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Posted: 02 May 06, 15:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I prefer live Bohemian Rhapsody because its played faster than the studio version and all of the crowd are singing along to it.

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Posted: 02 May 06, 16:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mix both and you have the perfect boheman rhapsody!!!!!!! drums better live...more powerfull


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Posted: 02 May 06, 16:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

zlatan wrote:

mix both and you have the perfect boheman rhapsody!!!!!!! drums better live...more powerfull


depends which tour...some drums sounded shite


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Posted: 02 May 06, 16:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=green>Bren<font color=orange>ski wrote:

zlatan wrote:

mix both and you have the perfect boheman rhapsody!!!!!!! drums better live...more powerfull


depends which tour...some drums sounded shite

(don't know how old you are...or even if you saw em live) but if you saw them liev you'll know that on some tours the drums were terrible




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Posted: 02 May 06, 17:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

studio version of course