Let's just say, for instance, that if Queen I, the first album, was to be remastered, and a song had to be added to it, which one of the three '73-era songs would you add? Polar Bear, Silver Salmon, or Mad The Swine?
As much as I like Polar Bear, and Freddie's beautiful voice in that one, I say Mad the Swine fits the album better. Actually, in my opinion, Polar Bear wouldn't have been too out of place on Queen II. This shows how much potential there would be if Queen were to re-release the albums with relevant bonus cuts, such as these songs and demos.
Freddie's vocal on Polar Bear is "awful" - every time he goes into falsetto, he completely loses the tone and pitch and then finds it, which makes for a very scrappy performance - of course, this is a very rough recording and there may well be a finished take of it, but is certainly not a great example of his voice hitting the heights.
I'd like to have seen an early version of Stone Cold Crazy on there or the odd cover version or two from their stage shows. Bama Lama Bama Loo would have been a great studio track.
If he means "Teenage Wasteland", he'd only be refering to Pete's solo interpretation of the track - ie the demo that Baba O'Riley sprang from. It's either a 12 minute synthesiser loop or a 5 minute song with alternate lyrics to The Who's finished version. Both are available on Pete's "The Lifehouse Chronicles"
It's be interesting to know if Queen ever rehearsed any Who songs; I can't imagine them doing any justice to them at all after Brian's effort at the "Pinball Wizard" intro. as Roger walked on at the FM Tribute show, but it would be interesting to hear Freddie's vocal......something like "Love Ain't For Keeping" or, even more adventurous, "Sunrise" or "Too Much Of Anything".
Sorry to burst your bubbles, but I'm an even bigger fan of The Who than I am of Queen! So I know what I was talking about when I posted all those mistakes ;)
Interesting that there are this many previously-unspoken Who fans, though...wish there was a messageboard that we could talk on!
I'd personally love to hear a version of 'My Generation' with John (Deacon) doing the bass solo, but I think Freddie and Roger (Daltrey; damn, too many similar names here) are two different vocalists, so as much as I would want Queen to perform a Who song, in a way I'm glad they didn't.
That said, I could definitely see Brian playing an acoustic version of 'Sunrise', but I'd really like to see them attempt 'A Quick One While He's Away'!
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I think Mad The Swine would fit perfectly on Queen 1. I havn't heard Silver Salmon. does anyone have it on mp3 or know where i could find it on the internet.
First of all Hangman even a studio version doesn't exist (the live version is so powerful !)
And of course Mad the Swine
I don't really like the two versions og Silver salmon
I always believe that Step on Me is the best song of Smile
If they were going to do AQO, then it would HAVE to have been with Freddie - can you imagine the fun he would have had with that?
I spent a LOT of time on tour with The Who in 2000 & 2002 and we spoke at length about Queen - they really did rate them, but just couldn't get through the fact that they relied so heavily on RTB to get that "Queen" sound, rather than just getting into the studio and rocking out. Pete told me that he was stunned initially by Brian's sound; he did get cross when they started to churn out the radio hits in the 80's when they should have remained a rock band.
As a small aside, I am the last fan to have been photographed back stage at a Who show with John Entwistle - 31.01.02 @ Watford, and I swear that he played better that night than at any other time I'd heard him. God, I miss his sound.