Since I'm a bit obsessed with Queen and all their glory, I figured that the media-choked world could use a nice refreshing playlist of some of their lesser-known songs. I'll choose one song a day ( or more if I feel like it) from each album (discluding the Flash Gordon soundtrack) that displays a different side to Queen that some may not know.
First off, Queen I-Great King Rat
This song captures, in my opinion, Brian May's greatest early guitar work. And that's including "Brighton Rock." The topping to his amazing playing is the treble saturated tone he gets from what I presume to be his Deacy amp and a wah pedal. Such examples of his tone occur at 1:18 during the pre-chorus, and around 1:36 during his solo in the linked video. Another key point of the early Queen sound occurs around 2:30, where the tempo and altogether atmosphere of the song changes. Since this was a "pre-fame" Queen, song format was not an issue. Rather than relying heavily on rock anthems, this Queen was a sort of band that could throw together random bits and pieces of whatever style they wanted to and make a hell of a song out of.
This part of the song also intrigues me because of the "storytelling" atmosphere set to it. Where Freddie just sings a short tale about "the Lord" , most likely referring to Jesus Christ. After this brief "story" , the song makes another dynamic and stylistic transition into one of Brian May's genius guitar interludes @3:40, setting the mood for a soothing outro.
But alas, there's still another two minutes to the song! And this is where the song climaxes all over your whore body. At 3:57 the song picks back up pace and resumes the original theme. At 4:16 the song transitions into a nice instrumental interlude led by none other than Brian May. I wouldn't necessarily call this a solo because of Roger's intense drumming not backing, but co-singing (for lack of a better term) with May's guitar playing.
At 4:54 the band is given a (rightfully deserved) round of applause, most likely from their "studio" audience. cwatididther? And the song returns back to the initial theme. I would like to point out at the 5:08 mark, it may sound like a guitar alone, but Mercury is actually singing along to May's guitar solo, demonstrating young Mercury's fantastic higher register. The song ends with a drum solo by Mr. Roger Taylor @5:35. Apparently this was supposed to weave into another song on the LP but didn't quite make the cut.
Other honorable mentions from this album include:
Doin' All Right- I initially planned to write the blog on this song, but after realizing that it was a Tim Staffel (Smile/Queen before they were Queen) song, I didn't think it was in the Queen spirit.
My Fairy King-Displays the musicianship of early Queen, including key roles by every instrument. Yes...even Deacon John on Bass (Queen joke). I think the main reason I didn't write the blog on this song was because of its complexity, and my insufficient vocabulary on how to describe my thoughts on it.
P.S. If I ever fall behind/start getting lazy about writing these, then comment or shoot me a PM of motivation. Thanks.