Brian's infamous guitar solo. It has gone through many changes through the years and it also had two parents, which has got me wondering... Who's the rightful parent to this solo..?
Something not to similar to a custody battle/one night stand that ends up in a pregnancy or just a normal adoption. Brian's solo has gone through two parents over the years.
In the sense of a one night stand/pregnancy. The guitar solo was brought to life (Queen) by of Son and Daughter 1971?-1975 then the biological father (Brighton Rock) came on the scene and they decided to have a go at a relationship 1975-1976 when the solo became part of Son and Daughter and Brighton Rock, then the relationship somewhat broke down (and/or in terms of a adoption Son and Daughter couldn't take any more..) Brighton Rock took ended up taking full custody over the solo 1976-1978?, then the solo grew up and became it's own thing 1979?-1985? then (not to dissimilar to Liv Tyler) decided to go back to back to it's fathers name of Brighton Rock 1986-.
According to Brian May in my words/understanding
This solo found life in his band before smile/Queen and it was going to be apart of Son and Daughter. But there was no space left on the album.
Brighton Rock came along and, as Brian mentions. That, (in along the lines of....) this was the song that the solo was "to find life" in regards to being on a album, and as he mentions, they ran out of space for Son and Daughter for Queen I.
Then over the years it seems that Son and Daughter has been totally forgotten about and it was "an idea that I had during the pre queen years then I decided to put it on a song called Brighton Rocks." Brian would often say in regard's to the solos creation.
SO the question.....
Who is the true parent to the song?
What is your favorite accompany to the solo....? Son and Daughter, SAD/Brighton Rock, Brighton Rock, on it's own or as Brighton Rock 1986...?
And... Was there any recording of the solo as part of Son and Daughter "in studio....?"
I know that it was done for the BBC sessions and I also know that Queen was strapped for time during their first album both literally and the fact that they had very little time during those early morning sessions to record that album.
But did Brian ever lay down any guitar solo recordings as part of Son and Daughter, just to see if it sounded like it could be included on the Queen I album...? and is it part of the folklore like the Hangman and Rock and Roll medley and that there are rumors that it has been recorded during those early years and those recordings are "lost".
Or was it like Ogre Battle and that they decided not to record anything and just wait for the studio time to give the song it's full justice that it deserves!!
Pre Son and Daughter solo could be Blag from his Smile period? It sounds very similair. All time favourite, the first Beeb version of Son and Daughter and secondly the stunning version of the forthcomming Hammersmith Odeon!
On the studio recording of Brighton Rock, the guitar solo works quite well. Live, I find it much better suited to Son and Daughter. That big segue after the guitar solo, where the full band re-enters, sounds excellent when it leads straight into the main riff of that song, whereas it sounds incredibly anti-climactic when it goes into Brighton Rock.
By the way, do you know to how many miliseconds the delay was set?
I remember reading somewhere, perhaps in a guitar magazine years ago, it was 800 ms. I used to set it to that on a little multi-effects pedal I had, and that sounded about right, anyway....of course it wasn't really set up to give me just 2 repeats....
and of course I still sounded nothing like Brian! lol