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Posted: 04 Oct 06, 21:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i am sure this has been asked before so please dont jump down my throat.Who sings the lead vocal on Sheer Heart Attack.It sounds like Roger but at times the vocal is so strong it seems like Fred.Help!



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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 01:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was Roger who sang it all on the demo, but mostly Roger sang this but Freddie did sing on this, Freddie only on live performances, Roger recorded all the guitars except the solo peice (May), and Roger also recorded all the bass lines.


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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 04:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

But very strange it was Freddie who played the bongos and John Deacon did the trumpet section wich was later edited away :-)

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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 04:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie sings everything except "Ticulate" (thats Roger)


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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 04:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

ty FC that is one of the parts where i thought its Roj as well
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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 04:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No problem :)


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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 09:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's a mixture ... and of course backing vocals are Roger ("sheer heart attack" "real cardiac").


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: 05 Oct 06, 09:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What do you mean a mixture?

A mixture of Lead vocals?


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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 12:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

shame that I think the song is their worst by far! I can listen to any other but not this. Its this type of music that got me listening to bands like queen and for them to do a song like this is terrible, sorry.

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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 12:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Actually it was John. After recording it, they agreed to never ever EVER! let him sing again. Fred snuck back into the studio that night and overdubbed himself back into the mix. This perpetuated an idea in John's head to do a solo album.

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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 13:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

olly1988 wrote:

shame that I think the song is their worst by far! I can listen to any other but not this. Its this type of music that got me listening to bands like queen and for them to do a song like this is terrible, sorry.


What a dork! lol


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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 13:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Fake Greg Brooks wrote:

Actually it was John. After recording it, they agreed to never ever EVER! let him sing again. Fred snuck back into the studio that night and overdubbed himself back into the mix. This perpetuated an idea in John's head to do a solo album.


What a retard! Come on people, this was a legit question, if you can't give a legit response, don't reply



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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 14:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sheer Heart Attack IS recorded very badly. It just doesn't have that power as It's Late for example. Freddie's voice is muffled. The guitar isn't that bad, but the drums ARE. I really miss the round sound which is on It's Late and Get Down Make Love.


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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 15:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Fake Greg Brooks wrote:

Actually it was John. After recording it, they agreed to never ever EVER! let him sing again. Fred snuck back into the studio that night and overdubbed himself back into the mix. This perpetuated an idea in John's head to do a solo album.


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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 15:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Actually


I wouldn't believe a thing from this guy.

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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 15:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=?B2F><b>Crezchi wrote:

The Fake Greg Brooks wrote:

Actually it was John. After recording it, they agreed to never ever EVER! let him sing again. Fred snuck back into the studio that night and overdubbed himself back into the mix. This perpetuated an idea in John's head to do a solo album.


What a retard! Come on people, this was a legit question, if you can't give a legit response, don't reply


I understand your point, but if anyone took the John vocal thing seriously, they probably shouldn't be here. On the otherhand, it's probably sarcastic comments being taken seriously that lead to misunderstandings, so forget what I first wrote, you're frickin' right! Don't post stupid shit! :)


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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 16:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian said on his site that it was technically a mixuture of Freddie and Roger, lemme see if I can find it....

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Posted: 05 Oct 06, 16:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

this is his reply to somebodys letter:

"Well, it's mixture - a compromise, as often happened in these cases.

Roger had done a demo, and our usual practice was to use the demo's as a bed for the final track. Roger had sung it all, but the decision was made to get Freddie to the job for the record. Roger was keen that Freddie sing it pretty much like the demo to retain the (kind of Punkspoof?) atmosphere. Freddie didn't find it that easy since it wasn't his natural style.

But it's Freddie you hear doing the verses - double tracked.

However Roger’s voice is there in odd lines, joining in on “Hey hey hey”, and “’ticulate”, and the choruses are, I think, all of us, but with Roger up front – the demo versions dominating – in fact it sounds to me like ALL Roger in the choruses in the mix now I listen to it...

So it’s a nice little melange you have there.... Of course it was a tour de force for Freddie live – it brought out his destructive side!!!! I also enjoyed it live – nice to go flat out and uncompromisingly heavy at the end of the show. Strangely enough it was Roger who would wince when someone suggested SHEER HEART ATTACK as an extra encore – it was totally draining for him to keep up that pattern, especially when we got into it and it got more and more extended in our enthusiasm. Taylor Hawkins from the Foo’s cites SHA as one of his favourite tracks – and even he recognises the physical commitment it takes!!
So you were ALL right – OK?

Love b"

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