I prefer the album version over other versions of most songs, with a few exceptions. I love the versions of "Don't Stop Me Now" and "Spread Your Wings" from Live Killers. The Single Mixes of "Pain Is So Close To Pleasure" and "I Want To Break Free" are superior to album versions. As discussed in another thread, the Rocks Re-take of "I Can't Live Without You" is much more powerful than the earlier album version. The High Def Mix of "Teo Torriatte" makes a great song even better.
I think "Save Me" is an underrated song in North America. It was a single in Canada, but not in the States. Later, the US and Canada both got "Need Your Loving Tonight".
Overall, I prefer the Hammersmith '79 version of this song, even with Brian's slight solo mistakes, although purely on the notes he's hitting, then this is definitely top of the list.
I really hope they have a soundboard recording of this or any of the Crazy Tour shows (apart from Hammersmith obviously), it's a shame that we can only hear these performances in B-Grade quality :(
Rhyeking, unsure if you're old enough to recall, but on the single in Canada (released months before the album was released) I'm positive the guitar was much heavier when the solo kicked in. I mean a big difference, anyone else recall that?
Hmm...I own the Canadian 7" single of "Save Me" but never heard the difference, though I think I only played it once. I really have to get a new record player. Until then, I can't confirm the claim of the louder guitar and this is the first I've heard of it.
My personal favourite version has *always* been that from Wembley Arena on December the 8th 1980, as found the on ‘Flash Alive’ and ‘Standing On The Arena’ bootlegs.
This version captures all the emotion of the song; Freddie completely nails the vocal and Brian sounds ultra powerful when he kicks in, also squeezing out some amazing notes in the solo.
I love the ‘light & shade’ end of the number too, that final power chord sounds immense with a nice bit of feedback thrown in.
Just my opinion though!
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My definite favorite version is Montreal in '81. I liked the way he sings the chorus much better than on the album or the earlier '79 recordings, and he does some crazy vocals. He seems to hit every note and I've never heard him duplicate what he does starting at 4:02 of this video. Save Me is one of my favorite Queen songs and I've listened to a bunch of different versions of it. It's one of the first times I heard the song so I may be a bit biased, but it's an incredible version and you can't find a higher quality recording. It's on YouTube, you can buy it on DVD or BluRay I believe. The only reason I haven't bought it is because it really is hard for me to take him wearing those short shorts toward the end of the concert, lol.
I didn't hear so much bootlegs from that period. so my personal fave is the one from the Montreal DVD. It's really amazing the synchronization between the band, they were so precise. I love the way Brian starts the song playing the piano, then he attacked with his Red Special and Freddie incredibly replaces him at the piano.
I don't like the Hot Space tour versions because Freddie didn't play the piano, tha piano part by Brian was so much shorter and in my opinion the song lost a lot of its subtle details.
no, no, you didn't get me right, I was talking about that note at the end of the song: Save me, save me, OOOOOOOOOH, I'm naked and I'm far from home" - I never heard him hitting that note, he always sung it lower