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Posted: 17 Aug 06, 15:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Did you notice that? On the album version of "Under Pressure", the bass guitar in the beginning of the song is systematicly out of tune: the second note is a half tone too low (sorry I don't know the accurate English language in musical terms). Before I never noticed that but it shocked me. As the song goes on, it is all right.
Well, if you are not a musician you will have more difficulty to notice this fact, but well, I post it in the Serious Discussion forum because it doesn't change the global quality of the song, excellent, and, of course, John Deacon was and remains, I'm sure, a great bass player :-)Please listen to the song and try to confirm? Or it is my ears which are wrong to me?


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Posted: 17 Aug 06, 16:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

er....maybe a very tiny tad...its hard to tell.

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Posted: 17 Aug 06, 17:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Probably done deliberately


Dislocate your spine...
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Posted: 17 Aug 06, 19:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well you are "under pressure" when recording.No one is perfect

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Posted: 17 Aug 06, 21:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mercmerc wrote:

Well you are "under pressure" when recording.No one is perfect


I hear that. Its harder on drums. Im still afraid to do rolls because of the click track going.


Well here's my counter-offer... do I have to kill you? What if I were just to kick the ever loving shit out of you?
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Posted: 18 Aug 06, 09:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I´ve finished listen to the "Hot Space" version, and it´s OK.

Can you be more specific?- He plays the riff like he allways played. Unless there were some speed problems with the tape, it´s impossible for John to be out of tune in the beggining and then stay tuned againg (assuming he played the song in one take). But i can´t hear the out of tune problem.

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Posted: 18 Aug 06, 11:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't hear anything off about it, but maybe I'm just so used to hearing it the way it is..

Here's 4 versions of the first bass line:

http://members.cox.net/queenspace/UP.flac

1) 1981 original version (2001 remaster)
2) 1992 'Classic Queen' remix
3) 1996 Karaoke remix (2004 remaster)
4) 1999 Mike Spencer mix (isolated bass)

If that helps anyone..