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Posted: 10 Jan 07, 14:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Similar to the Freddie syllable thread, just for Brians guitar work. Not really looking for favourite solos/riffs but if you want to mention them that's fine.

A couple of mine would be the opening of "Keep Yourself Alive" - always reminds of a plane coming in to land for some reason...

Also in "Action This Day" from Live At The Bowl, about 35 seconds into the song, between the verses Brian does come cool syncopation ,which I think is very effective in the live delivery of the song.





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Posted: 10 Jan 07, 14:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've always liked the pussy cat noise in Killer Queen.

So many more though!


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Posted: 10 Jan 07, 15:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

5. 'Someday One Day... You'll come home.... INSANE DEACY ORCHESTRA SOUND'

4. from The Miracle album.... 'Oh lay it nice and cool.... INSANE CLOSING DEACY GUITAR OUTRO'

3. Back to Queen II baby, '...he's a dilly dally oh GORGEOUS DEACY RIFF... Pedagogue squinting...'

2. '...hitman... cut you down to size... PURE RED SPECIAL PERFECTION... Love me baby...'

1. Chinese Water Torture.


Best Riff: Dragon Attack

Best song solo: I Want It All

Best overall guitar work: Brighton Rock

Best live guitar performance -
Song: White Queen

Solo: Brighton Rock(Live Killers tied with Wembley '86)

Best acoustic: Some Day One Day

Best Freddie riff: Liar
Best John riff: Need Your Loving Tonight
Best Roger riff: No More of the Jazz

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Posted: 10 Jan 07, 15:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Save Me" solo. If I must be more specific, the opening, after the clean work.


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Posted: 10 Jan 07, 15:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love the guitars on White Queen.


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Posted: 10 Jan 07, 16:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They’re so many great things about Brian’s guitar & technique. My favorite sound he achieves is in the guitar solo for “Lazy on a Sunday afternoon” & the entire guitar sounds in “Long away” simply amazing.

Best Riff: Dragon attack
Best song solo: Tie your mother down
Best overall guitar work: Bohemian rhapsody
Best live guitar performance -
Song: Keep your self alive (Live killers)
Solo: Brighton Rock (Hyde Park)
Best acoustic: Who needs you
Best Freddie riff: Death on two legs
Best John riff: Need Your Loving Tonight
Best Roger riff: Fight from the inside



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Posted: 10 Jan 07, 16:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The solo in Great King Rat, with the wah pedal.

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Posted: 10 Jan 07, 16:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Three solos. I'm not able to rank them.

These are the Days of Our Lives
It's a Hard Life
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Posted: 10 Jan 07, 17:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ooh, where to start!!!

Probably the "It's A Hard Life" solo, and the second part of the solo in "Save Me"
oh, and "Sail Away Sweet Sister" and "Too Much Love Will Kil You " solos too!!!

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Posted: 10 Jan 07, 17:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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AmeriQueen wrote:

5. 'Someday One Day... You'll come home.... INSANE DEACY ORCHESTRA SOUND'

4. from The Miracle album.... 'Oh lay it nice and cool.... INSANE CLOSING DEACY GUITAR OUTRO'

3. Back to Queen II baby, '...he's a dilly dally oh GORGEOUS DEACY RIFF... Pedagogue squinting...'

2. '...hitman... cut you down to size... PURE RED SPECIAL PERFECTION... Love me baby...'

1. Chinese Water Torture.


Best Riff: Dragon Attack

Best song solo: I Want It All

Best overall guitar work: Brighton Rock

Best live guitar performance -
Song: White Queen

Solo: Brighton Rock(Live Killers tied with Wembley '86)

Best acoustic: Some Day One Day

Best Freddie riff: Liar
Best John riff: Need Your Loving Tonight
Best Roger riff: No More of the Jazz





4. from The Miracle album.... 'Oh lay it nice and cool.... INSANE CLOSING DEACY GUITAR OUTRO'

which song is this from?


Rain Must Fall but it should read 'Play it nice and cool......'


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Posted: 10 Jan 07, 19:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

GOOD COMPANY


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Posted: 10 Jan 07, 21:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ya, watch that bit about Good Company on the ANATO Classic Albums DVD and you'll see what Brian was able to do. Hahaha, fussy guy, no wonder he needed 12 years to complete the Back To The Light album.

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Posted: 10 Jan 07, 22:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jan78 wrote:

Ya, watch that bit about Good Company on the ANATO Classic Albums DVD and you'll see what Brian was able to do. Hahaha, fussy guy, no wonder he needed 12 years to complete the Back To The Light album.

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Yeah, I just watched that classic albums DVD, I love how he does the jazz band thing on Good Company!


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Posted: 11 Jan 07, 03:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fur wrote:


Also in "Action This Day" from Live At The Bowl, about 35 seconds into the song, between the verses Brian does come cool syncopation ,which I think is very effective in the live delivery of the song.





Yeah, I love that part as well - it gives such a groovy edge to it, don't know how to say it right, it's just really... cool. That puts it best. I always rewind the DVD and watch it several times, great stuff. Often the smallest things have the greatest effect.

Another part that I really love are the 4 superpowerchords leading to the outro solo in "Hitman" when Freddie sings, "Let the fun begin" (?), they just float out of the speakers so full and thick, a wall of guitar.




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Posted: 11 Jan 07, 07:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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A couple of mine would be the opening of "Keep Yourself Alive" - always reminds of a plane coming in to land for some reason...


That would be because a Phase Shifter is used...they mimick the sound of a jet at take-off/landing on some settings.


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Posted: 11 Jan 07, 08:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Interesting about the Phase Shifter.

I like what Brian does before "And we'll keep on fighting..." in the last chorus of WATC at Live Aid; instead of the usual chords, he plays a short descending scale. Does anyone know if he only did this at Live Aid?

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Posted: 11 Jan 07, 09:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Keep passing the open windows - solo plus all the guitar harmonies kinda before the end a bit


Flash - guitar harmonies again and of course the monsterous vocals!!

Fat bottomed girls - the riff and slick bits

Good old fashioned...guitar solo on BBC version, classic, plus the way the guitar shines...actually prob my fav solo cos it's so rough and sweet

Ride the wild wind - solo cos in the lower areas and climaxes up to a high solo



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Posted: 11 Jan 07, 12:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fur wrote:

Interesting about the Phase Shifter.

I like what Brian does before "And we'll keep on fighting..." in the last chorus of WATC at Live Aid; instead of the usual chords, he plays a short descending scale. Does anyone know if he only did this at Live Aid?

Btw, carboengine: feel free to start the other threads!



What a great response so far. It's all yours to start the other ones.


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Posted: 11 Jan 07, 12:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have a thing for A Winter's Tale.


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Posted: 11 Jan 07, 14:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oddly, in addition to his amazing trademark tones, Bri does some really great stuff when he embraces conventional guitar sounds. For instance, the wah-wah/crybaby flourishes on the "Good Old-Fashioned Loverboy" solo are hilarious and wonderful. Usually I find wah irritating and overemployed (see McCready, Mike of Pearl Jam).

Also, when Bri pulls out Rog's Fender Telecaster for "Crazy Little Thing" and "Man on the Prowl," I'm a fan! The tone is decidedly drier, cleaner and more '50s, but that's the point, eh?

Brian is quite nimble with the acoustic, as we know. It began with his superb chunky harmonic rhythms on "The Night Comes Down" in the early '70s, but fast forward to his solo on "Too Much Love Will Kill You" for "Back to the Light" - it is haltingly pretty and quite breathtaking.

Back to the Red Special hallmarks - that cascading delay at the end of the "Seven Seas of Rhye" solo just blows me away. And, of course, the left-right trading of solo bits in "Bicycle Race" is truly magnificent.

Strangely enough, I really enjoy Brian's tone on the "Hot Space" solos, particularly on the dance tracks - "Back Chat" has a fantastic wailing crunch.

Even though the solo on "I Want to Break Free" sounds like synthy Korg vomit, it IS unique and it works with the 1984-ish future-apocalyptic "Works" theme. A late bloomer in my regards, I would say.

Those major-scale runs before the fade-out on "A Kind of Magic" (the song) are sublime. Bri is really flying here!

"The Invisible Man" solo features some CRAZY fast and VERY HIGH picking from Brian. Hard to play that and stay so articulate with the notes, but he pulls it off with gusto.

Great demented work carved up into pieces in the "I'm Going Slightly Mad" solo. A Franken-solo, one might say. :)

The tapping at the end of the "I Was Born to Love You" solo is always a little mind-blower of wizardry.

To sum it up -

Really, Bri has NEVER played a guitar solo that has been anything less than A) appropriate for the emotional content of the song, as in a natural melodic extension of the lyrics and B) technically virtuosic and masterful. I mean, look at "Don't Stop Me Now." Could Queen be stopped? NO! That song is an unbelievable freight train, a colossus of pop-inflected rock.

Honorable mention - the solos on "Somebody to Love" and "Sail Away Sweet Sister." In addition to the obvious winners: "Killer Queen" and "Bo Rhap."

Great thread!

P.S. Anyone else a sucker for that little descending guitar Brian added during the outro solo in the Rocks re-take of "I Can't Live With You?" (Listen for it ...)




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