I agree its always been my favourite Queen album, they found their identity on this one, after trying too hard to be led Zeppelin on the first two IMO, Queen have always been 2 bands for me, the heavy rock & the pop stuff and that's what we got for the first time on sha !
The vocal sounds awful. Why did they do it?
Yes, if exist, i would like to hear a version with normal vocals.
Live versions then. If you speed up the slowed down vocals on the album, it would be out of tune, obviously.
I think it makes the song more interesting actually. The track isn't very musically complex, but there's so much stuff going on, stereo panning and pitched voices and falsettos that it makes for an interesting listen anyway.
I dont think its hard to hear the clean vocals. It seems to my ear that Freddie sung while the tape was running slow, so you should just correct the pitch so you can hear the clean vocals.
Now, my favorite parts are Roger's screams and the guitar, it seems to me (at least that's what my ears "tell me") that the guitar was recorded backwards. I may be wrong, of course! But I find those little effects a very nice touch which I love.
The difference being the vocal from Sunday Afternoon was recorded the way it is heard on the album whereas its likely that an untampered vocal from Lap of the Gods is on a tape somewhere gathering dust
I think they were going for the "old acetate 72 style of ballroom recording sound" schmaltzy, old and romantic. Like listening to a monophonic grammaphone
They went much further of course on ANATO.
I actually prefer ITLOTG I to II.
The riveting opening alone is worth admission