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Storia dei Queen: dalla nascita della band a “Bohemian Rhapsody”

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The history of Queen: from the birth of the band to "Bohemian Rhapsody" The musical story of Queen, one of the most famous British rock groups of the 70's, but who continued with their productions until the end of the 90's, includes, and is obviously and closely in parallel with the artistic and human story of Freddy Mercury, born Farouk Bulsara in 1946 in Zanzibar into a family of Persian origin. Moving at the age of fourteen to London, he had the opportunity of meeting Brian May, who at that time managed, we'll say, and was the soul of a musical group called Smile, that was already formed with Roger Taylor, as drummer, and which added in 1971 John Deacon on bass. In the meantime though, in 1970, at the suggestion of Bulsara, who at that time began calling himself Freddy Mercury, the name of the group was changed and transformed into Queen. The reason for this name was remembered by the same Freddy Mercury in this way: "Queen is a short name, simple and easy to remember, it expresses what we want to be: majestic and regal. The glam is part of us, and we want to be dandy". There had great success undoubtedly, because in the first part of their career, especially the incredible clothes designed for them by Zandra Rhodes, gave an expressive force that Queen succeeded in transmitting to their audience, in the attempt of dragging them into their performances in a manner almost physical, we'll say... This is especially thanks to the great extraordinary skills of the entertainer on the stage Freddy Mercury. However I must say that the start of the musical career of Queen was a little bit longer and more controversial: the first album "Queen" was released in 1973, therefore actually three years after the start of the life of the band, but it couldn't even be particularly significant. It's not until 1974, with the release of "Queen II" and the presence of a single like "Killer Queen" that clearly states what the compositional vein of the group is and what are its characteristics: one part, undoubtedly, is rock, glam rock, and hard rock, which was very fashionable at that time in England, but, the other, this ability to play with other registers as well, especially with the parody and the irony which remained one of the distinctive traits of the production of Queen for many years. Though, in 1974, Queen released yet another album, "Sheer Heart Attack", that, too, couldn't reach a particular... or capture the interest of the public and the English press. On the other hand, in 1975, something special happened: Queen found their dimension, and found it with a song that isn't exactly radio-friendly it's difficult frankly to think, in the sense that their first success, destined to become evergreen, forever a huge success, "Bohemian Rhapsody", is an extremely complicated song, complex and longer than 6 minutes, that alternates from a first part in which the piano and the voice of Freddy Mercury are the masters, to even an operatic interlude, to a finale clearly hard rock. We're going to hear those last two sections in just a fragment of "Bohemian Rhapsody". The song, presented by Brian May to his dj friend, Kenny Everett of Capital Radio, was immediately put in programming, despite the recommendations of Brian May, but, in fact, Everett was so thunderstruck from listening to this song that he decided not to listen to the recommendations of his friend, and put this song in heavy rotation, which obtained such a success as to oblige the record label to immediately publish the single, anticipating the release of the album, a single which sold 150,000 copies in only two weeks. Let's say it very clearly, this song represents the quintessential of the first production of Queen, centered on this ability to alternate vocal harmonies to the expressive force of the voice of Mercury, the instruments used, especially the guitar of Brian May, in a manner perhaps technically not exceptional, but very redundant, to the limit, too, how can I say... of pompous, but that constructs exactly the style that Queen wants to bring in their music and in their expression live as well. "Night at the Opera", this is the title of the album, that was defined as the least dramatic musical dream of Queen, melodrama which then for example was oversimplified live, because at the end of the concerts, before performing "God Save the Queen" in instrumental format Mercury appeared on the stage throwing roses to the audience and drinking glasses of champagne... therefore the importance of representation and esthetics, we'll say, remains fundamental. The form though, especially, of the exhibition that's really ironic, and of these sketches, is represented by other songs also: "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon", "'39", "You're my Best Friend", that recount, in fact, the ability of Queen, especially of juggling between diverse styles and diverse musical genres. This ability increased through that album in the following year, "A Day at the Races", that contained two fundamental songs, of the history of Queen. The truly great heavy metal song "Tide your mother down", and especially the heartfelt gospel anthem "Somebody to Love". It was defined as: "A melodic climb of a perfect gospel architecture, with the voice of Mercury that rises literally into the sky of pop-rock music". Views obviously enthusiastic, that moreover hadn't always been unanimous in the choir of the English press, because also, on the other hand, the music of Queen, we'll say, had a streak of pop in it too and they were especially interested in commercial success and in the rapport with the public, theirs had never been music of searching and depth from the point of view of the history of rock. But, undoubtedly, the expressive ability of the group and their simplicity struck the imagination of many and their performances were truly exceptional. It seemed though that precisely because of these characteristics so to speak... their musical construction was a little classical too, 1977 would wipe out Queen. Because in 1977 in England the punk movement exploded, with a completely different esthetic, music that was absolutely dry, even deliberately rude, sparse, and without technical ability, whereas instead, for example, in studio Queen, with their continuous remixes and use of the multitrack were able to obtain results from an esthetic point of view that were absolutely perfect. But Queen kept going forward, beautifully tranquil, and published "News of the World", which contains another two songs destined to reach the top of the English charts. We'll listen to a fragment of "We Will Rock You". A clear statement of the ability, and of the complacency towards the public, of Queen, they say plainly: "We're the ones who will make you dance"; and even "We Are the Champions", their other big hit of that period, and featured on "News of the World". Pompously also, if you will, then used by dozens and dozens of sport teams as well to recount their successes. Here, self-celebration, the sense of power, is so to speak, the characteristic of this album, which concludes the first part of the production of Queen.

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Duration: 12 minutes and 58 seconds
Country: Italy
Language: Italian
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Posted by: oilproject on Mar 5, 2012

Prima parte del percorso musicale dei Queen

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