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Posted: 17 Oct 19, 18:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I’d always assumed Peter Straker and Roger Taylor appeared in the promo video for Freddie’s single as a visual treat but I’ve never seen anything categorically linking them to singing on the studio track, but the credits for ‘Never Boring’ state that they actually sing backing vocals on the recording with Freddie too.

Is this definitely true and provable, or have those putting the book text together just made an assumption based on their presence in the video? I’m sure it is correct but I just hadn’t seen it in black and white before.

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Posted: 17 Oct 19, 18:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

To be honest I thought it was just him, but listening again I can believe it is them too on some of it particularly on the Malouf mix. Might just be some aural simulacrum though.

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Posted: 17 Oct 19, 19:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

To me it sounds Freddie multitracked himself.

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Posted: 17 Oct 19, 19:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that even though they were in the video and the credits for backing vocals, Freddie actually did all the vocals himself.

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Posted: 17 Oct 19, 19:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Have a listen. Definitely non-Fred voices in there.

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Posted: 17 Oct 19, 19:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I guess there aren't 5:1 stems from the new DVD ?

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Posted: 17 Oct 19, 20:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Listen from 2:01 as it sounds like Roger (or someone else) singing harmony on "heart":



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Posted: 17 Oct 19, 21:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

21st Century Music Fan wrote:

Listen from 2:01 as it sounds like Roger singing harmony on "heart":



No ROger anywhere.

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Posted: 17 Oct 19, 22:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Here are the left and right channels isolated, the center channel is removed.

Attachment: 20191017550092402.mp3 789 KB
This has been downloaded 76 time(s).


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Posted: 17 Oct 19, 23:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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You can clearly hear Peter in there.


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Posted: 18 Oct 19, 06:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Agreed.

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Posted: 18 Oct 19, 07:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There are defiently non-Freddie vocals in the song. But who? It's probably Peter but I'm not ruling out Roger yet.

Listening to this alternative mix just shows what a complicated song it really is! It's got some of the trickest vocals of a Freddie solo song.

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Posted: 18 Oct 19, 08:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Can't we just ask them?


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Posted: 18 Oct 19, 08:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie died dude

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Posted: 18 Oct 19, 11:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Haha!

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Posted: 18 Oct 19, 12:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

dysan wrote:

Freddie died dude


Wait...WHAT?!!!! /O\


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Posted: 18 Oct 19, 14:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Fairy King wrote:

Can't we just ask them?



Sure thing....drop me their mobile numbers and I'll text them now!

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Posted: 18 Oct 19, 20:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Dastard

You can clearly hear Peter in there.


Freddie only.

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Posted: 18 Oct 19, 20:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Clearly Peter Straker's voice on "what my heart" etc. bits.


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Posted: 18 Oct 19, 23:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

well...i've read somewhere that Jo Dare was a mastermind behind the bg-vocals.
as i coun't remember where i read it ... it might be doubtful. might be true, though !
one would have to check it "the great pretender" would have taken at the same time that "schimanski"-soundtrack was up to record.
no idea if this causes confusion or would be helpful... please diskuss.


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