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Posted: 12 Jun 06, 23:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I can't help but feel like Freddie's voice was one of major assets of Queen (The others being the song writing and May's magical playing). Did you ever notice that songs sung by freddie are better than those sung by Roger or Brian. Look at "Fun It" for example. Roger sings for the majority of his song but the song doesn't come alive until Fred's voice is added. What does everyone else think?

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Posted: 12 Jun 06, 23:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, Freddie was probably one of the best popular music singers of all time. As far as I am concerned, he is by far the most talented in the group. Brian is good as well, but Freddie is a better singer than Brian is a guitar player.

I agree that a great singer can make a crappy song into a good song. As I was listening to Paul Rodgers and the girl on "American Idol" sing "The Show Must Go On", I remember thinking that the song was not really all that great. No, the thing that makes it great is Freddie's extraordinary singing.

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Posted: 13 Jun 06, 03:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie is the best singer in rock history, and roger is the best backing vocalist. Freddie had a combination of power, emotion, and grace in his voice that very few in rock ever had. Roger has one of the highest backing vocals ever. Roger and rob halford from judas priest could hit serious high notes, but they don't have the emotion and grace of a freddie.

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Posted: 13 Jun 06, 04:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie is god, but Brian and Roger are both great singers.

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Posted: 13 Jun 06, 05:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think that Paul McCartney in the beatles period by far beats Roger as a backgroundsinger. I would rather choose him instead of Roger, maybe I would take in Roger if I needed two Backgroundsingers. :)
Else said about Freddie I totally agree with.


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Posted: 13 Jun 06, 07:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mr Fred wrote:

I think that Paul McCartney in the beatles period by far beats Roger as a backgroundsinger.


While Paul McCartney did sing background vocals on most Beatle tracks (usually with John, George, or all 3 together) you do realize that McCartney sang lead vocals on 74 Beatles songs (John on 81) (George on 13) (Ringo on 5)....

And of the Beatles 20 highest charting songs, 15 were sang/written mainly by McCartney.

So... I can't really say I think of McCartney as a background singer.


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Posted: 13 Jun 06, 09:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Scott_Mercury wrote:

Mr Fred wrote:

I think that Paul McCartney in the beatles period by far beats Roger as a backgroundsinger.


While Paul McCartney did sing background vocals on most Beatle tracks (usually with John, George, or all 3 together) you do realize that McCartney sang lead vocals on 74 Beatles songs (John on 81) (George on 13) (Ringo on 5)....

And of the Beatles 20 highest charting songs, 15 were sang/written mainly by McCartney.

So... I can't really say I think of McCartney as a background singer.

I'm agree with this


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Posted: 13 Jun 06, 10:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie was a gifted singer, roger doing harmonizing with freddie, well it was magic.

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Posted: 13 Jun 06, 10:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bohemian Rhapsody, In my oppinion, would not have been as good without Brian and Roger singing backup, particularaly (SP) Roger hitting the high fallseto notes. Freddie obviously was the better singer, but Roger and Brian could do things Freddie couldn't do.


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Posted: 13 Jun 06, 13:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, although Roger could hit some high notes sometimes, there was absolutely nothing that Brian could do as a singer that Freddie could not do 1,000 times better. The problem with Roger's voice is that his tone is not that good and he voice is not very powerful. Freddie, who had the kind of power that you might expect from an opera singer in his voice, could easily sing right over Roger in concerts.

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Posted: 13 Jun 06, 15:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I sorta agree in a way...I LOVE Sail Away Sweet Sister and Brian's vocals and all but when Freddie starts singing everything lights up and thats becuase he's absolutly AMAZING beyond anything.

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Posted: 13 Jun 06, 16:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fat Queen Pig wrote:

The problem with Roger's voice is that his tone is not that good and he voice is not very powerful. Freddie, who had the kind of power that you might expect from an opera singer in his voice, could easily sing right over Roger in concerts.


In Roger's defense, I just want to point out that he DOES have a powerful voice, perhaps just different from the way Freddie's voice was. Freddie's voice was sort of... blatantly powerful because it was so smooth and beautiful. Roger's raspy qualities sometimes make it seem more like shouting than singing powerfully. It's almost distracting from his finner singing qualities. As sighted in the first post, 'Fun It' is a good example of where a song gets a new dynamic by adding Freddie's voice into the mix, yet you still hear that Roger has some really power-house vocals at about 2:21 where their voices just sort of... split. >w< That's a moment when they really hold their own with each other.

As far as live pieces go, I think it depends on who's voice you're listening for, because when I listen, I can always pick out Rog's singing from Freddie's. :)

But at the end of the day... they both rock, really.


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Posted: 13 Jun 06, 17:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie couldn´t sing "i´m in love with my car" as good as Roger, or if you prefer, this song is simply one of those songs that can´t be covered without looking silly. The same with Boh Rap.

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Posted: 13 Jun 06, 18:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I shall only do my state clear. If Paul McCartney sang lead, it doesn't matter. And the fact that he sang background isn't the fact either. The thing was that I think that Paul as a backgroundsinger, on those songs where he sings proves that he also is a great backgroundsinger. In the meaning of doing harmonies. Better than Roger, but not said that Roger is bad. He has a great singer to.

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Posted: 13 Jun 06, 22:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i think u can't really compare them 2 bcoz they got different type of voice...yeah freddie definitely got powerful voice but he can't do the high notes like roger did in bho rap or some other song...

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Posted: 13 Jun 06, 23:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

doeeyes wrote:

Freddie was a gifted singer, roger doing harmonizing with freddie, well it was magic.


I totally agree!! I love in live performances when Freddie sings lead and Roger sings backing vocals, it totally makes the song magic everytime Rog sings vocals. And he was a fucking incredible drummer as well, so, he's deffinitly got a great package going for him. I just love when Freddie is singing the main vocals and you hear Roger in the backround singing the song with the album lyrics. a bit behind Freddie, sort of like an a capella but a bit different. This video is a good example of Rogers fantastic backing vocals. Especially from 5:31 onwards (I know theres an a cappella bit in SOTL) http://youtube.com/watch?v=RxtXKDzRxiU&search=Somebody%20To%20Love
One of my favourite Queen performances EVER!

I just enjoy Rogers backing much more then Brian's, because, no offense Brian! (i love you :D ) Roger just makes the song come alive more then he does.

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Freddie couldn´t sing "i´m in love with my car" as good as Roger, or if you prefer, this song is simply one of those songs that can´t be covered without looking silly. The same with Boh Rap.

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I agree with this aswell, it does depend on the type of song, I would rather hear Roger sing I'm In Love With My Car than Freddie. And vice-versay for Bohemian Rhapsody, the types of songs they sang worked great with their individual voices, which differ greatly, but I love both.

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

hitting high notes isn't what makes a great singer. For me roger was a great backup singer, just listen to more of that jazz or loser in the end, he just wasn't a great lead singer.

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Posted: 15 Jun 06, 08:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

but mike rog was great in i'm in love with my car...

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Posted: 19 Jun 06, 01:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm in love with my car was a good song, but personally it's my least fav on anato.

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Posted: 19 Jun 06, 16:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger's voice was very important live when Biran's was weak and Fred's didn't always have the range in later years. The hamronies on "This rage that lasts a thousand years" makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck at Wembley during AKOM, the power is amazing.

Interestingly, very few singers sing like fred, perhaps George Michael and Lindsey Buckingham. Call me mad, but I think Lindsay sounds a bit like fred on some of his solo songs like Soul Drifter for example.


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