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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

"Under-Appreciated Queen Songs" Playlist: Part IIb

Current mood: Queeny

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  Heh heh. It's been a while since I wrote one of these. As if anybody is following them. I've just felt lazy lately, so I didn't really have the motivation to write this, but I did have the knowledge. Kind of like in "Ender's Game" when Ender wrote down Peter's life story via the machine (I forget it's name), since Peter was too lazy to write it himself.

  Whatever, let's get going on Queen's greatest era, Queen II. This blog is on the "Black Side" of Queen II, since the Back and White sides are so different, yet so similar.

Queen II-Black Side-The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke
I should add that this user, David R Fuller, posts many great Queen videos including unreleased tracks from the Innuendo/Miracle era. But that's a different era of Queen.

  As is the case with the White Side, this side has all the songs weave into each other seamlessly, making the listening of individual songs slightly uncomfortable. But like I said in the last blog, you should really give this album a full listen nonetheless.

  The song starts off with a gong hit from the previous track "Ogre Battle," flowing into an opening by (my favorite instrument) a harpsichord. Right off the bat you can hear the signature Queen harmonizing vocals kick in, putting you in a state of confusion and craze, which is what Freddie wanted to do with this song. He based it off the painting of the same name featured in the video. As Freddie leads the vocals through, he uses a "call-and-response" technique familiar in many other early Queen recordings, most prominent on the next album in our series, "Sheer Heart Attack."

  As the song progresses, you may start to wonder what the lyrics are about. It's okay, I still don't know what he's saying . 1:08 is a great point in the song, displaying the vocal range of young Freddie and Roger (that's the drummer for you Queen noobs). Following that at 1:24 is a vocal harmony solo (for lack of a better term) and following that, a harpsichord solo with vocal accompaniment.

 Yes, this song is extremely unorthodox in every way possible. The unorthodox-ness of this song is what first attracted me to the early Queen sound. Now I know I've been using reoccuring terms like "early Queen" and "young Freddie" but these are for compare and contrast in the furture blogs. I really wish I could explain the song further, but there really is no explanation for Queen, at all .

  I promise I'll have more to offer in the next installment: Sheer Heart Attack. 
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Honorable Mentions:

March of the Black Queen- As amazing as a song this is, it is the only song that ever gets credit off this album, and it pesters me when there are such songs as "Fairy Feller" on the very same album.

Ogre Battle- This was a very close contender, containing amazing sounds and spectacles of equal grandiose to "Fairy Feller."

Seven Seas of Rhye- While this wasn't on the level of complexity as the aforementioned, it still provides the most "radio-friendly" side of early Queen as per the fact that it was Queen's breakthrough single.
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