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Old 09-03-2018, 09:45   #421
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Scotland and Ireland dates on the way, and the Scottish dates have Texas and The Darkness on the same bill.

Tempting.
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Old 08-05-2018, 08:15   #422
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Just popped up on my Facebook timeline ... Queen + Adam Lambert have a Las Vegas residency @ the Park MGM from September 1st - 22nd.

Shame that there is no way I will convince the OH to go back to Vegas
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Old 29-06-2018, 23:26   #423
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They've been selling the Glasgow tickets for 50% off face value. Existing ticket holders unhappy.
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Old 06-10-2018, 09:47   #424
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Slightly Queen related ... Montserrat Caballe has died.
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Old 06-10-2018, 11:29   #425
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That's sad to hear.

In other (slightly older news), the upcoming accompanying soundtrack album to the BoRhap movie is mostly another greatest hits compilation, but there is some interesting material hidden on their. Notably a new version of the Smile version of Doin' Alright (apparently recently worked on with Tim Staffel) and Queen's Live Aid set.

I have to admit, I kind of love the idea of a Queen version of the 20th Century Fox fanfare. That's just so them.

http://www.queenonline.com/news/pres...k-october-19th

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For the first time ever audio tracks from Queen's legendary performance at Live Aid are being released as part of the soundtrack album to "Bohemian Rhapsody", 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises’ forthcoming feature film celebrating the band, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Recorded at the historic Wembley concert in July 1985, these Live Aid songs are among the rare gems and unheard versions from the band’s rich catalogue.

Alongside the show-stopping Live Aid performances of Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Hammer To Fall and We Are The Champions, the album features other rare live tracks spanning Queen's entire career, new versions of old favourites, and a choice selection of the band's finest studio recordings. Among them are some of Queen's biggest hits, including eleven all-time anthems that reached Number One around the world. The track listing is being announced on 5 September 2018, which would have been Freddie's 72nd birthday.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is scheduled to have its World Premiere in the UK on 23 October before opening across the world in early November. It stars Rami Malek as Freddie, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Joe Mazzello as John Deacon, and Lucy Boynton as Freddie's lifelong companion Mary Austin. The soundtrack, featuring all-original Queen recordings and vocals, is released on CD and digital formats on 19 October.

Queen's cinematic music has proved irresistible to filmmakers over the years, featuring in numerous big screen epics. Their 1986 album "A Kind of Magic" was based on six songs composed for the swashbuckling time-travel adventure "Highlander" including such band classics as A Kind of Magic and Who Wants To Live Forever. But "Bohemian Rhapsody" will be only the band's second ever full original soundtrack album release, following on from the classic "Flash Gordon" in 1980.

The 22 songs on the soundtrack were produced by Brian May and Roger Taylor, with engineering and co-production by long-time Queen studio collaborators Justin Shirley-Smith, Kris Fredriksson and Joshua J Macrae, and mastering by Adam Ayan and Bob Ludwig.

The key task for the team behind the "Bohemian Rhapsody" soundtrack was sourcing the most suitable versions of the band’s songs, especially live performances, to fit the screenplay's career-spanning narrative. Their brief was not merely to produce a greatest hits playlist package but a soundtrack album to stand on its own merits, underscoring key moments in the screenplay. May, Taylor, and their co-producers worked with the filmmakers to find the best versions of each track to heighten the dramatic power of each scene.

Ensuring that listeners are in no doubt they are listening to a soundtrack album, Brian came up with the inspired idea that Queen should record their own arrangement of the famous 20th Century Fox Fanfare. Featuring May's famous multi-layered guitars and Roger Taylor’s distinctive percussion, this revamped track provides a suitably flamboyant opening fanfare to both film and album.

Unlike Queen's soundtrack to "Flash Gordon", no spoken dialogue from "Bohemian Rhapsody" is included on this new album. And while the film uses only parts from songs and performances, the soundtrack features the full-length versions of some of the band's best-loved studio and live recordings.

The five tracks from Queen's 21-minute performance at Live Aid on 13 July 1985 have never been released in audio form before. They only ever featured on video as a special extra on the DVD/BluRay release of "Queen Rock Montreal", which features the Montreal Forum shows of November 1981. The Live Aid audio is exclusive to this new soundtrack album.

Other tracks on the soundtrack have been sourced from different decades and even different continents. Fat Bottomed Girls comes from the Paris shows in 1979, part of the "Jazz" world tour and has never been released before. Now I'm Here was recorded at the band's 1975 Christmas Eve show at London's Hammersmith Odeon. And the history-making duet between Freddie and Brian on Love of My Life comes from the Rock in Rio festival of January 1985 when 300,000 Brazilians sang along. Previously this track was only available to fans on the video releases of this performance.

For the studio recordings on the album, Queen had the luxury of being able to work with the Bob Ludwig remastered tracks from 2011, widely considered the best and most definitive versions.

The three remaining tracks on the soundtrack will be fresh to Queen fans, old and new. We Will Rock You starts out as the studio version, then seamlessly blends into a live performance with audience participation. This has been created especially for the film. Don't Stop Me Now features Brian's newly recorded guitar parts and is much closer to how the band plays the track live today.

Doing All Right was originally recorded by Smile, the predecessor band to Queen that featured Brian and Roger with vocalist Tim Staffell. When Tim later left, Roger and Brian would join forces with Freddie to form Queen. Freddie’s interpretation of the song featured on the first Queen album. To recreate the original Smile version, Brian and Roger re-united with Staffell at Abbey Road Studios to re-record Doing All Right for the "Bohemian Rhapsody" soundtrack. This session which featured Roger, Tim and Brian all singing lead vocals took place almost 50 years after the original Smile recording.

With record sales estimated at 300 million and counting, Queen remains evergreen rock favourites whose glorious catalogue of songs continues to thrill fans of all ages across the globe. Despite the loss of Freddie in 1991, their following has continued to grow over the decades, boosted by a new wave of fans who first discovered the band's music through their hugely successful stage show "We Will Rock You" or via hit TV shows like "Glee", "American Idol" and "The X-Factor".

The "Bohemian Rhapsody" film and its original soundtrack album are certain to introduce Queen to a new generation of listeners and remind existing fans just how magnificent the band was in its prime. Queen remain spectacular performers today, both live and in the studio, their songs having comfortably stood the test of time. After almost 50 years together, Queen continues to be one of the most exciting and beloved bands in rock history. (END)

Full track listing for Bohemian Rhapsody the original soundtrack is:

1. 20th Century Fox Fanfare 0:25
2. Somebody To Love 4:56
3. Doing All Right... revisited (Performed by Smile) 3:17
4. Keep Yourself Alive (Live At The Rainbow) 3:56
5. Killer Queen 2:59
6. Fat Bottomed Girls (Live In Paris) 4:38
7. Bohemian Rhapsody 5:55
8. Now I'm Here (Live At Hammersmith Odeon) 4:26
9. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 2:43
10. Love Of My Life (Rock In Rio) 4:29
11. We Will Rock You (Movie Mix) 2:09
12. Another One Bites The Dust 3:35
13. I Want To Break Free 3:43
14. Under Pressure (Performed by Queen & David Bowie) 4:04
15. Who Wants To Live Forever 5:15
16. Bohemian Rhapsody (Live Aid) 2:28
17. Radio Ga Ga (Live Aid) 4:06
18. Ay-Oh (Live Aid) 0:41
19. Hammer To Fall (Live Aid) 4:04
20. We Are The Champions (Live Aid) 3:57
21. Don't Stop Me Now… revisited 3:38
22. The Show Must Go On 4:32

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Old 17-10-2018, 18:36   #426
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I'm not sure about the guitar version of DSMN. Can't help doubting the authenticity of it - Brian May already says he hates the song and now it turns up with guitars muddying sound of the piano. Hmmm.
Posted this a while back after the News Of World reissues in 2011 and - lo! - Brian is mucking around with Don't Stop Me Now again on the soundtrack. I wonder if Freddie pushed to get rid of the guitars on the original?

Dead men can't argue, I suppose.
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Old 17-10-2018, 18:50   #427
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No they can't argue; but Freddie must be spinning in his grave each time a talking dog moans about how dirty the kitchen is.

Just release every song you made as a group as they were recorded make your money and then stop.
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Old 18-10-2018, 14:14   #428
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They were ever thus; they're a bunch a great talents but they've always followed the money and unfortunately I think it's come at the cost of their perceived legacy.
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The soundtrack album is up on Spotify now. It's more or less another greatest hits compilation with some curiosities. My thoughts:
  • 20th Century Fox Fanfare - feels very Queen, along the lines of God Save The Queen. It's a little bit of fun and it works.
  • Doing All Right... Revisited - this is kind of interesting. It sounds to me like it includes elements from the original 1969 Smile recording, but there's new stuff alongside to make it sound far more pristine. Roger, Tim and Brian take a verse each. Still not as polished or as good as the 1973 Queen version.
  • Fat Bottomed Girls (Live in Paris) - I think this is a first time release? From the late 1970s.
  • We Will Rock You movie mix - starts out as the studio version and then transforms into a live version. I assume this is what happens in the film. Not sure if it's Freddie singing on the live stuff or a mix of him/Marc Martell/Rami Malek.
  • Live Aid - the complete set. Nothing we haven't heard before, but I think this is the first time it's ever had an official audio release. 'Is This World We Created' is not included.
  • Don't Stop Me Now... Revisited - this has really been redone. I think it's got Freddie's original vocals, piano and the bass but the drums and guitars are completely redone. While it's nice to finally have decent sounding drums on a song from the Jazz album, the new elements do kind of overwhelm things. That said, it also feels kind of tastefully done when compared to the 'long lost guitars' version from 2011.

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Old 20-10-2018, 13:48   #430
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I love the new version of Doin' All Right and the fanfare is a bit of fun. But the rest just feels like another 'do the minimum' Queen release. I'm not sure what I expected really, but I find the whole thing pretty disappointing. WWRY mix, for example, is very badly done, Live Aid missing tracks (CLTCL?) etc.

I'm looking forwards to the film as a bit of fun, but I imagine it be equally as safe.
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Probably best suited here than in the film thread ...

I presume that the 2nd album in the CBS solo deal was NOT Barcelona. But has any of its content seen the light of day yet?
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Not sure - as far as I know, everything Freddie recorded down to demo snippets (there's a lot on there) was included in the Freddie box set back in 2000.
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Not sure - as far as I know, everything Freddie recorded down to demo snippets (there's a lot on there) was included in the Freddie box set back in 2000.
Is that the one that in the first/only release looked like a leather bound book with about a dozen CD/DVDs ?
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Yep. Still got mine!
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Yep. Still got mine!
Still got mine somewhere as well. Annoyingly it has a 5" long crease/thumbnail mark on the front cover after I lent it to someone
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