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Remember This? Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

In 1975, a very unusual single blasted it's way into the public consciousness - Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, a big, gaudy and fun recording that eschewed the conventions of the time for a single release at almost 6 minutes long. In those days, "singles" would be actual physical 45rpm vinyl disks, not just an mp3 file.

The song was a track from the Queen album A Night At The Opera, and at the time was the most expensive single recording ever made; it is still one of the more complex ones, particularly as it was all done on tape, without the benefit of digital technology.

Queen fans like myself may remember an even more ridiculous and fun recording from an earlier album - March Of The Black Queen, from Queen II (the recording in the link ends abruptly because on the album it merged into another song). There is even a piano/guitar part in Black Queen that sounds very reminiscent of end of Bohemian Rhapsody.

The video below has Queen guitarist Brian May giving us the low down on the recording process.


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