I'm gonna have to say the long lost retake is my favorite. The album version is fine, the demo is really just raw version of the album which i like very much, but then we come to the retake which incorporates the best of both worlds and its really fantastic.
Had to go with De Lane Lea. Album version has great vocals and great guitar work but shitty drum sound. The retake is great but the drum solo is heavily truncated and the guitar solo is somewhat simplified, though I do love the chorus harmonies on that version. De Lane Lea is my overall favourite, the band sound great, it's very relaxed but powerful and upbeat at the same time, and Freddie's voice has a certain youthful quality to it which I think complements the song nicely.
They all have their charms, but the re-take is just so well done. It's probably what they would've wanted to do in 1972 but didn't have the time and/or technology to. By 1975 their studio chops had greatly improved, and those three years of growth are very apparent.
We can only imagine how good The March Of The Black Queen would've sounded had they redone it in 1975 on 24 track tape.
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Btw, to waunakonor..
"Hey baby, I think I'm getting religious, 'cause you're looking divine tonight!"
Is this from a Roger song? I don't recognize it, but it sure is his style.
Haha, it's a dumb little joke that I have with myself. In Breakthru, when it says "I get religion quick, 'cause you're looking divine," I thought that sounded like some sort of pickup line, so I turned it into that. So, yes, it is a Roger song, just a little twisted.
Has to be the retake for me. But one has to wonder what went wrong with the drums on Queen 1. RT's feelings towards have been documented in the past and I agree. It says something when the demos beat the main production on drum sound.