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Facts: Queen

Doing All Right

recording: Brian played a Hairfred acoustic guitar. <true>

In a 1973 magazine there was an article on Brian (including some quotes from him) and they mentioned in all the album he just used the Red Special and an old acoustic. The old acoustic must be the Hairfred since 30 years later Brian said Dave´s Dilloway acoustic was the one he used in ´Night Comes Down´. In 1982 he had mentioned his unusual acoustic was a Hairfred (and put Jealousy and White Queen as examples).
live performance: Doin' All Right was the first song Freddie played piano in on stage with Queen. <true>

When the band signed with Trident Productions the company arranged an important gig at Peasantry Club in London, in November 6th 1972. That wasn't a particularly great concert, but it was historical because Trident Sounds hired a white Bechstein piano, so for the first time in the band's story Freddie played that instrument on stage. That piano would be the same Freddie hired for many future recordings and concerts.
recording: Brian played piano in the album version (not neccesarily all the parts). <true>

Brian (2003): "For the record, as far as I remember, I played piano on Doin' All Right, Father To Son, Now I'm Here, Dear Friends, Teo Torriate and All Dead All Dead."



live performance: It was performed on stage before 1973. <true>

There's an original setlist from a March 1972 concert (a very rare item of Queen memorabillia), in which both this song and 'The Night Comes Down' are included.


Keep Yourself Alive

recording: Brian recorded the "synth parts" with the Red Special and John's Deacy amp. <true>

Brian (1982): "There is no processing whatsoever on the solo in that tune, as far as I remember. I used John Deacons's small amplifier and the Vox AC-30 to do those little three-part chorus thing behind, as well as the fingerboard pickup on the guitar. There is a bit more tape phasing on the end of that track."

recording: Brian was never happy with the album version, he preferred the demo. <true>

Brian (1982): "I have this great belief that the magic of the moment can never be recaptured and, although we ended up with something that was technically in the playing and perhaps even in the recording a bit better than the De Lane Lea thing. I still think that the De Lane Lea one had that certain sort of magic, so I was never really happy. As it turned out no one else was ever really happy either and we kept remixing it. We thought that it's the mix that's wrong, we kept remixing and there must have been, at least, seven or eight different mixes by different groups of people. Eventually we went in and did a mix with Mike Stone, our engineer, and that's the one that we were in the end happiest with. That's the one we put out. But, to my mind Keep Yourself Alive was never really satisfactory. Never had that magic that it should have had."

writting: Brian didn't write before hand the guitar parts, he just played intuitively. <true>

Brian (1998): "As far as arranging the guitar harmonies, I wasn't that difficult - I was always able to hear in my head what was going to work. As a result, my guitar orchestrations were mostly intuitive and worked out on the spot, such as the harmonized solos on Keep Yourself Alive. It was afterwards that I actually analyzed why a certain arrangement I came up with worked."



writting: Freddie wrote it in guitar. <true>

John (1979): "The biggest factor of our music being lighter than in the early days is that in this point Freddie has developed more interest in the piano, because the song he writes in piano has the piano as base instrument, most likely. Liar in the first album was written on guitar, and naturally goes in the hard rock extreme, as opposed to Killer Queen. Freddie is now surrounded by Japanese furniture decoration and a grand piano, so the songs are written there. Simply, isn't it? But I doubt Roger writes songs on the drums."

Peter Hince (2002): "I think early songs like Liar or Ogre Battle were probably guitar originated."


My Fairy King

writting: It was the only song from the first album written in the studio. <true>

John (1976): "My Fairy King was a number Freddie wrote which we only wrote when we were in the studio and it was built up in the studio. Whereas, you know as I said, there’s other numbers where essentially live songs, basically just the track and then just a few backing vocals and guitar solos over the top and that was it."
recording: Brian was amazed by the piano work of this song. <true>

Brian: "This was the first time we'd really seen Freddie working at his full capacity. He's virtually a self-taught pianist, and he was making vast strides at the time, although we didn't have a piano on stage at that point because it would have been impossible to fix up. So in the studio was the first chance Freddie had to do his piano things and we actually got that sound of the piano and the guitar working for the first time which was very exciting. My Fairy King was the first of these sort of epics where there were lots voice overdubs and harmonies. Freddie got into this, and that led to The March of The Black Queen on the second album and then Bohemian Rhapsody later on."

writting: Freddie changed his lastname to Mercury after writing this song. <true>

Brian commented it in the Untold Story documentary.


Seven Seas Of Rhye

writting: Freddie already had the song written when they recorded the first album. <false>

Roger (1977): "I think Freddie had half written the song and we thought it was a nice 'tail out' to the first album, with the idea of starting the second album with the song."


The Night Comes Down

live performance: It was performed on stage before 1973. <true>

There's an original setlist from a March 1972 concert (a very rare item of Queen memorabillia), in which both this song and 'Jesus' are included.