In The Studio With Queen Circa 1985

Old technology, pure charisma      24/10/12

Its funny, I never really rated Queen until I saw the LiveAid performance when I was a moody teen and they definitely were not cool. But when they basically blew the all the other bands of the era off the stage, it was something to see. That level of showmanship and control in front of what was one of the largest ever live TV audiences. Don't get me wrong, I didn't rush out and buy all their albums, just filed it under "worthy of respect'.

This is a great picece of fly on the wall footage from the recording of One Vision - another track I hadn't really noticed, but when Brian May kicks off with that opening guitar riff - it does stir something primal in me. I think you know what I'm talking about , there are a few guitar riffs that just reach in and grab you - this seems to be one of those that just does it, no matter what your musical taste.

But aside from all this waxing lyrical, this video is a great look into the tech of the time - recording to tape, strings on the DX7!?, Jupiter 8, Fairlight  and hanging around trying to make the lyrics work, to Roger Taylor messing up a few takes and that bloke who plays bass in the band - anyone know his name?

This is a band at the top of their game working in what is presumably a top of the range studio at the time without any PR nonsense.

Gear spotters paradise - get to it - thats what the comments are for...

Here's how to play that One Vision riff...




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