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    Posted: August 31 2012 at 15:14
Originally posted by Equality 7-2521

^Everything you said.

I'm amazed that everyone in that band could write a good song, play an instrument well, and 3/4 had very good singing voices.
 
I like them all as songwriters... Well, Roger Taylor I don't like that much...
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Mercury had the best lyrics.
May has the best riffs.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skorziks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2012 at 15:27
Freddie
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marvellous musicians who made great records. Not so sure about the quality of the songs though. 
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I love Brian May and his guitar work, but Freddie was probably better songwriter. On the other side, as somebody here said before, without Brian guitar would be some FM songs not so good. And thus my vote goes to Brian (for his Father To Son, White Queen, '39, The Prophet's Song, Teo Torriate, Dead On Time, Dreamers Ball, Dragon Attack, Who Wants To Live Forever etc). And they WERE good songwriters, some of their songs are very clever built with great harmonies and with hard studio work. Maybe they didn't use too complex metrics in their songs, but it's only rock'n'roll, isn't it?
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Musicians, an emphatic "yes"; songwriters? Just OK or half-decent.
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the best band ever... difficult, but i vote for Freddie finally.. but May follows closely, and Taylor/Deacon made great songs also!
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Originally posted by resurrection

Musicians, an emphatic "yes"; songwriters? Just OK or half-decent.
 
 
Funny, I would have said just the opposite (well to be precise, good musicians "yes" but "most than anything else good songwriters").
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No one seems to remember the amazing first Qiueen album!  For "Liar" and "Seven Seas of Rye," it must be Freddie.  

Remarkable band....and remember, "No synthesizers" (at least not at first). 
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Originally posted by cstack3

No one seems to remember the amazing first Qiueen album!  For "Liar" and "Seven Seas of Rye," it must be Freddie.  

Remarkable band....and remember, "No synthesizers" (at least not at first). 


My favorites on the album are the May and Taylor tracks, Son and Daughter is awesome, Doin' All Right is cool too (although I actually like the Smile version with Roger and Tim's vocals better), and Modern Times Rock 'n Roll is a classic.  The Mercury songs, with the exception of Liar, I found kind of meh. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote clarke2001 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 03 2012 at 23:16
Each one of them was great in their own right.

My vote (today) goes to Roger, the raw rocker among them. I also love his voice.
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The songs were only OK, not more than that. Great band though.
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Originally posted by Gallifrey

Ogre Battle, March of the Black Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody are all in my top 10 songs of all time, so Freddy for me.

This. Brian was fantastic too, but Freddie was by far the best. He could write 4 or 5 epic songs for album (at least in the 70's, not so much after that). Probably the best songwriter of the last century.


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Originally posted by DiamondDog

Originally posted by thellama73

Originally posted by DiamondDog

None of the members of Queen were particularly great songwriters, just OK ish. The best song was Radio Gaga, most complete and flowing. Freddie was amazingly old-fashioned in his writing, almost vaudeville - it was strange to hear such a powerful and rocking band batter those songs into something that passed as "rockified". Some of their most anthemic 'songs' were banal and repetitive, perhaps ideal for crowd-singing beer-swilling karaoke fodder.

A great band, fine musicians, but songwriters? - never.


I apologize for the assumption if it's wrong, but it sounds like you have only heard their greatest hits based on your comment. I assume the anthemic song you are referring to is We Will Rock You, which I agree doesn't have much to it. But how can you say songs like It's Late, White Queen, The Prophet's Song, '39, Love of My Life, etc. aren't well written?

No need to apologise, but nice of you to take the precaution of saying so. I have heard most of their songs, and I stand by my comments. Too many people are fooled by the production and often-excellent musicianship, strip all that away and though the songs are never bad, they are often average or non-songs. (IMO)!

Just OK?? Bohemian Rhapsody, March of the Black Queen, My Fairy King, Millonaire Waltz, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, Bicycle Race, Love of My Life, Innuendo, etc..
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I always liked Queen and Queen II.  Their early stuff was much better than the later stuff.  Queen II had a concept feel and had a heavy/art rock sound.  Father to Son, White Queen, March of the Black Queen, and a vocal version of 7 Seas of Rhye, and others that had a unique sound.
 
As far as songwriters, combine Mercury and May.

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Originally posted by TheLionOfPrague

Originally posted by DiamondDog

Originally posted by thellama73

Originally posted by DiamondDog

None of the members of Queen were particularly great songwriters, just OK ish. The best song was Radio Gaga, most complete and flowing. Freddie was amazingly old-fashioned in his writing, almost vaudeville - it was strange to hear such a powerful and rocking band batter those songs into something that passed as "rockified". Some of their most anthemic 'songs' were banal and repetitive, perhaps ideal for crowd-singing beer-swilling karaoke fodder.

A great band, fine musicians, but songwriters? - never.


I apologize for the assumption if it's wrong, but it sounds like you have only heard their greatest hits based on your comment. I assume the anthemic song you are referring to is We Will Rock You, which I agree doesn't have much to it. But how can you say songs like It's Late, White Queen, The Prophet's Song, '39, Love of My Life, etc. aren't well written?

No need to apologise, but nice of you to take the precaution of saying so. I have heard most of their songs, and I stand by my comments. Too many people are fooled by the production and often-excellent musicianship, strip all that away and though the songs are never bad, they are often average or non-songs. (IMO)!

Just OK?? Bohemian Rhapsody, March of the Black Queen, My Fairy King, Millonaire Waltz, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, Bicycle Race, Love of My Life, Innuendo, etc..

As many people do, you're confusing production and performance with writing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ole-the-first Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 06 2012 at 03:00
Roger Taylor did a lot of great work as a solo artist, but in Queen Mercury was far better songwriter. Mercury wrote The March of the Black Queen, and that's enough for me to vote for him.
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Mercury for the first couple albums; after that him and May were pretty much equal.
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