Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Monumental Soundbyte - 77


Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
This is truly a masterpiece.
Freddie Mercury wrote this song for the band and it was released on a 1975 album. I think its true music lovers that can appreciate this song. Its a very unstructured song that some have called chaotic. It doesnt even have a chorus. But that had no effect on the commercial success of this song. Billboard ranked it 163 on its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. The video that accompanied this song is pretty hot as well.
Everything about this song is amazing. It was recorded over a 3 week period and in 4 studios (and if you listen to the complexity of the song, one can understand why). Freddie Mercury (God rest his soul) to me remains one of the true musical maestros ever. It has been written that he would "see" and "hear" songs in his head and execute them almost fanatically. This song is no exception.
Now, on to the lyrics of this song. So much confusion about this. I will admit that it was just a few years ago that i paid attention to the lyrics in totality. I enjoyed this song quite alright, but for some reason, i didnt listen to the lyrics in full - i guess i never figured there was a a story or train of thought here. Freddie Mercury hated to talk about his inspiration for songs preferring for listeners to interpret themselves. However, finally - in one of their interesting greatest hits cds that had liner notes - the band says this song is about a man that kills a person my accident and then sells his soul to the devil - but before he is executed, he calls to God and regains his soul. Heavy stuff....
This is truly a monumental song so enjoy!

4 comments:

Pix Gremlin (akin) said...

I wasn't much of a Queen fan till I hired a colleague at my old place of work. Really got me into their stuff. I love their, "Too much love will kill ya", "You don't fool Me" and "This could be heaven". Do you remember Live Aid 85 when Queen actually showed the world how to perform on a global stage? Classic!!

Alan said...

I was fortunate enough to have seen Queen perform live three times in the late 70's and early 80's. Bohemian Rhapsody was always the crowd favorite, and mine as well. Freddie was the altimate showman. The band used a rather simple light show, but it was amazingly affective. One of the truly great bands of all time.

Zahratique said...

I love this song. Yup, really deep stuff. My best part is the

"I see a little sihouette of a man"

"Scaramouche! Scaramouche! Can you do the Fandango?"

I could go on and on...... :)

The Last King Of Scotland said...

so unorthodox...the song. truly a masterpiece, i agree