07 Jun

Under Pressure – Vocals Only

It was 1981 when Queen were recording their album ‘Hot Space’ in Switzerland and David Bowie was recording music for the movie Cat People that the great song ‘Under Pressure’ came about. Bowie stopped by to visit Queen with the intention of adding vocals to the song Cool Cat. Freddie Mercury and Bowie were messing around with some songs when Bowie said, let’s just write a song. 24 hours of wine and cocaine brought on these vocals for Under Pressure. The scene is described in the book “Is This the Real Life?”

“We felt our way through a backing track all together as an ensemble,’ recalled Brian May. ‘When the backing track was done, David said, “Okay, let’s each of us go in the vocal booth and sing how we think the melody should go–just off the top of our heads–and we’ll compile a vocal out of that.” And that’s what we did.’ Some of these improvisations, including Mercury’s memorable introductory scatting vocal, would endure on the finished track. Bowie also insisted that he and Mercury shouldn’t hear what the other had sung, swapping verses blind, which helped give the song its cut-and-paste feel.

Here are the amazing vocals!

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24 Jun

Queen Documentary

The BBC documentary ‘Queen: Days Of Our Lives’ is going to air on the A&E Channel on June 27th at 8:00pm est.

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19 Jan

Freddie Mercury Movie Finally Coming

Freddie Mercury is finally getting a movie made about his incredible life. I don’t know what to think of when hearing that Sacha Baron Cohen is going to star in the movie. Queen guitarist Brian May said they will begin shooting later this year with a release date in the autumn of 2012.

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13 Nov

Queen Goes to Universal

It’s been 40 years that Queen has been with EMI but now the have ended their relationship and moved over to Universal Music Group. Moving to Universal will bring remastered versions of all of Queens albums sometime next year.

Brian May of Queen says “We are very excited after all this time to be embarking on a new phase of our career.

Its seems that after the 2007 purchase of EMI by Terra Firma they have been losing big acts such as Radiohead, Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.

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01 Oct

Queen’s Absolute Greatest

Queen is releasing ‘Absolute Greatest’ on November 16 and will be available in multiple formats.  Either a 20 track CD, a double CD with bonus disc of Brian May and Roger Taylor discussing the tracks, or with both the above CD’s, 52-page book, unseen photos and access to streaming live performances or and LP box set with three 180g vinyl records, softback photo book and access to the streadming live performances.  Damn they are going all out.

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