Favourite Queen song/album?

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Favourite Queen song/album?

Post by Dubras3 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:40 am

Hey Frank, I've noticed you've started adding Somebody to Love to your setlist - which is awesome by the way - and I know that in the past you've done covers of You're My Best Friend and I Want To Break Free. So I'm wondering what your favourite song by Queen is, since you seem to be a huge fan.

If favourite song is iffy (I know mine changes regularly), could you at least say you're favourite album? For me, you can't really go wrong with any of the first five albums. Gun to my head would probably be Sheer Heart Attack though.

Question's opened to everyone too. God knows we can never have enough Queen fans.
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Post by newmy » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:04 am

My two cents:

I find it really hard to choose either a favourite track or album. There's no way I can choose a track, but album wise then I would probably go with A Night At The Opera. I love the bizarrely weird and wonderful songs like Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon and Seaside Renezvous. Then it has both You're My Best Friend and Love Of My Life, two stone cold Queen classics. 39 is also a real cracker, one of their little gems. Then there's the overblown The Prophet's Song and of course Bohemian Rhaposdy - both of which are Queen at their pomp and circumstance best. Then of course there's the closing track which I just love, it was such an obvious thing to do but at the same time it's utterly inspired.

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Post by h26 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:28 pm

Queen II

always has been, always will be. you really need to have the vinyl to really appreciate the whole black side/white side concept though. the album has a flow to it than none of the other queen albums quite has, although day at the races comes close.

somebody to love comes close to being my favourite track. very difficult to pick just one
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Post by frank » Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:20 pm

i'd find it very hard to pick an album, i think they were a band who had a tendency to patchiness if i'm honest. that's not to denigrate any of the (great) albums being discussed here, but I have a lot of time for *some* of Hot Space, Magic etc. Favourite individual song probably is "somebody to love" actually.
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Post by Dubras3 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:13 pm

Yeah, I think everyone can admit that after A Day at the Races, Queen were inconsistent at best when it came to their releases. In fact, Hot Space leaves me cold entirely with the sole exception of Under Pressure.

As unfortunate as it is, I've never liked Roger Taylor's input on the albums - not to say he isn't an amazing musician and singer. But the song he writes - stuff like Modern Times Rock and Roll, I'm in Love With My Car and Tenement Funster - just don't... work for me. I think Radio Gaga's the only one of his songs I do like, actually.

Anyway, thanks for answering the question guys!

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Post by Joobs » Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:49 am

Favourite album is "Night at the Opera" and "Death on Two Legs" would be my favourite song...

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Post by BringTheBalls » Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:38 pm

'Hammer To Fall' is my personal favourite. Especially live.

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Post by Watergirl » Sat Oct 01, 2011 3:12 pm

'Seven seas of Rhye' and 'Good old-fashioned loverboy'.

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Post by macca » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:20 am

Favourite album is Night at the Opera. Can't decide on a favourite song, I think it's between 39 or Somebody to Love. But then again I also love The Prophets Song.... and White Man..... and Killer Queen.... and Doing all Right...
Gah! Can I just have a top 20?

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Post by Bossman66 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:27 am

I can't claim to be a huge Queen devotee, just having the 3 'Greatest Hits' albums on cd, but from my old vinyl recolections, I seem to remember liking the more obscure(?) 'One Year Of Love' from 'A Kind Of Magic' album.

Vaguely remember a sax solo on that one which I guess fits, with me being a Springsteen fan.

Album wise I never had it but suspect I'd like 'The Works' judging by the singles from that one.

Amy worked in a bar in Exeter, Springsteen came clear in my headphones - Frank, did you write these lyrics for me?

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Post by tenaciousdazz » Sun Oct 02, 2011 12:31 pm

I annoyed a few people on facebook recently by offering the opinion that Queen are essentially shite, bar a couple of songs I do rather like, such as Tie Your Mother Down. Those with the most vehement objections were people who I'd bet on not being able to name 3 Queen albums bar 'Greatest Hits 1, 2, 3.'
A lot of people seem to be more enthusiastic about their early works, so perhaps in the interest of presenting a fully informed opinion, I should investigate them further.
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Post by Dubras3 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:38 pm

tenaciousdazz wrote:A lot of people seem to be more enthusiastic about their early works, so perhaps in the interest of presenting a fully informed opinion, I should investigate them further.
Yeah, I said as much in my first post. Queen were (in my opinion) at their strongest for their first five albums. Not to suggest that everything afterwards is worthless, not at all. But I think Frank said it best when Queen tended to be patchy - a sentiment which my dad (who got me into Queen) and many other fans who I've talked to agree with.

Like, if you ever listen to Freddie's solo stuff, you'll be blown away by how... bad... it is.

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Post by Monty » Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:39 am

ANATO is definitely Queen's best album. Death on Two legs is just quality, given the story behind it. Races and Innuendo come in 2nd and 3rd for me on the albums. Can't stand Hot Space.

As for the songs, well, I could list fifty I love, but favourites include Death on Two Legs, Keep Yourself Alive, Tie Your Mother Down, Teo Torriatte and Princes of the Universe as well as the obvious Queen hits.

Best band of all time for me though.

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Post by Polly » Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:31 am

:D My first 'rock' album ever was A Day at the Races. Love, love, love that Frank has been covering Somebody to Love. One of my favorite artists playing another, doesn't get much better than that. I disagree about Roger, I love his voice and songs. However, favorite all time Queen song....Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)

Frank, it seems to me that '39 might be up your alley as well.

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