Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends, We’re so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside…
I know, it’s been ages.
Stay tuned for future updates though – but in the meantime, enjoy this video about the recording and mixing of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
I was going to say “please enjoy this video”, but honestly, if there isn’t something to delight or amuse you in here, you’re reading the wrong blog !
My own favourite moments are in parts 2 & 3, where Roy Thomas Baker (“Hang on, I’ve lost a Galileo !”) messes around with the original multitracks, making copious use of the Solo button and revealing double-tracking, bum notes, bass and drum spill and some fantastically roomy vocal recordings in the process – plus, some astoundingly tight rhythm section playing.
If that isn’t enough to tempt you, then you need to watch just to find out exactly how Freddie Mercury’s double-jointed wrists contributed to the famous piano melody. Or ponder the similarities between Noddy Holder and Justin Hawkins. Or wonder at a detailed literary analysis of the lyrics(*). Or simply to marvel one more time at Brian May’s hair.
(*) This is not one of the video’s highlights…
Seriously though, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is one of the all-time great studio production numbers, and if the video leaves you craving more detail I can also strongly recommend this classic Sound On Sound Article:
Plus lots more geeky insight here:
And, even more interesting stuff from Mr Baker in this article about a slightly – well, less successful production of his…
So, those guitar sounds – was it worth the effort ? Tell me what you think in the comments !
(Thanks to zark for posting the videos I’ve embedded here, plus more links than you could ever ever need)