Friday, 26 October 2018
NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "QUEEN"
A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR. THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU. HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!
From 1974's "Queen II" there was only one track I could pick, the superb "Seven Seas Of Rhye", as previously mentioned this was half written at the time of their debut so the instrumental version was included there. This version is totally different to what they initially thought it would be come, a blistering Rock track with a comedic style ending of "I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside". Class!
"Sheer Heart Attack" released later that year gave me three tracks for my playlist. The atmospheric and anthemic "Now I'm Here" plus the the manic, almost Punk sound of "Stone Cold Crazy". The brilliant piano-led "Killer Queen" completes the trio of tracks.
1975's album "A Night At The Opera" (the first of two albums named after Marx Brothers' films!) I chose two songs, one is probably the best known and best loved of all Queen songs, the incredible, monumental, epic "Bohemian Rhapsody". The second is the first single written by John Deacon, "You're My Best Friend", its a cool Electro Rock ballad and quite an emotive but positive song.
I added three tracks from the 1976 album, "A Day At The Races", one of my favourites "Somebody To Love", and the quirky Pop style of "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy". The third track is the Glam Rock/Bues style of "Tie Your Mother Down".
From 1977's sixth Queen album, "News Of the World" I chose the two most anthemic Queen songs, the absolute gems "We Are The Champions" and "We Will Rock You". Nothing more to be said about these two, just immense.
1978 saw "Jazz" reelased to both critical acclaim and scorn on both levels. Such as the varying musical styles on the album. However, I still managed to pluck three of my all time favourite Queen songs for my playlist. One of their most famous songs "Don't Stop Me now" and two of their quirkiest but most fabulous songs, "Bicycle Race" and "Fat Bottomed Girls".
Four songs chosen for the playlist from 1980's release "The Game", like most of my favourite artists the Eighties' music always sticks in my memory. From the Pop Rock ballad "Play The Game" to the funky, electronic pumping sound of "Another One Bites The Dust". The Elvis Presley Rock N' Roll style of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" completes the quartet with the emotional and brilliant "Save Me".
I just had to choose "Flash" from the movie Soundtrack of 1980, it was one of the first singles somebody bought me. Always remember Brian Blessed's "Gordon's alive!". Would have been a better film if the lead role wasn't so badly played by Sam Jones. The makers missed a trick there, bad casting for the big role. Great movie soundtrack though.
After "The Game" came the disappointing (for me) 1982 album, "Hot Space", a little more Disco sounding than Rock and the only track I could pick was the fantastic "Under Pressure", a duet with David Bowie. A memorable and superb track by two incredible music acts.
1984 saw the band back to their best and conquering the world with the extravagant videos and catchy Rock songs like "Radio Ga Ga" and "I Want To Break Free", both just had to be included on my playlist. The lesser known but by no means inferior tracks "Hammer To Fall" and "It's A Hard Life" are also here. This is the Queen I remember fondly.
The 12th studio album by Queen released in 1986, "A Kind Of Magic" was again a masterpiece, and again I chose four tracks to appear on my playlist. After Live Aid in 1985 the band could do no wrong. The big, loud and proud "One Vision" accompanies "A Kind Of Magic", a "bit of everything" song that is quite experimental but works to a treat! Completing the four tracks is the emotive and powerful "Friends Will Be Friends" and the quite beautiful "Who Wants To Live Forever".
Sadly, with Freddie Mercury becoming more and more ill and Brian May's marital problems, I kind of sensed it with this album that things were going off the rails. Only "I Want It All" was Classic Queen and is included on my playlist. The rest of the tracks just didn't register with me at all, lightweight and poor quality.
1991 saw the release of "Innuendo", nine months after this release Freddie sadly passed away. This album was much like the last, the band's writing and musical creativity were obviously hampered by Freddie's condition. I did manage to pick two songs "These Are The Days Of Our Lives" and "The Show Must Go On", two very poignant tracks.
The final studio album from Queen was released in 1995. Four years after Freddie's death the remaining members re-worked songs recorded with the frontman's vocals to unifinished tracks. Two of the songs were masterpieces, "I Was Born To Love You" and "Too Much Love Will Kill You". Both end my Queen playlist in style.
I AM SURE MANY FANS WILL BE DEBATING THE INCLUSIONS AND THE TRACKS NOT INCLUDED, BUT I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS PLAYLIST INTERESTING, CHECK BACK FOR MORE ON NEW MUSIC EAR!