Queen: Jazz - what a terrific album!

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  1. Secret Ingredient

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    I haven't listened to Queen in a while so I thought I would give some of their tunes a virtual spin. Jazz strikes me as a really interesting recording. It was released in '78, the same year as Van Halen's first album. To me, Jazz still has a lot of the elements that made so much 70's music so good. In comparison, Van Halen's first sounds like it was dropped off by aliens. That's not a diss.

    Btw, I think the guitar on If you can't beat them is about as near perfect as can be. Anyone know how much of it is the ac30 and how much was the deacy? How the hell does he get that much gain, compression and sustain, and it still sounds huge.
     
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    It's a great album. Probably hampered a little by the misleading title, and starting with an Arabic sounding song was brave too. Side 2 is not as strong, but it's a great album all the same.
     
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    I can't answer if it's the deacey or the ac, but I can say that I've played on tri Sonics for a load of years and they sound to me like what a guitar pickup should sound like. I finally just got a red special and a deacey for Christmas, so I'm still getting used to the new axe. My other guitar is a mij squire with the burns pups. The phase switching on the red special certainly does some interesting things. But most of all, being able to switch in all three pups is something I've been missing for a long time and never knew it.
     
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    Probably my favorite record for May's playing
     
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    Great, great album.

    In general, the Deacy is used for harmony parts.
     
  6. Secret Ingredient

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    The dirty rhythm tones are epic as well. Fat Bottom Girls is a good example, as is the phased rhythm in the outro of If You Can't Beat Them. Wonderful stuff.
     
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    Love that album! Still have the poster that came with it of all the nude ladies
    on bicycles....
     
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    Great album!
     
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    What else is on that album?
     
  10. FeloniousBishop

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    The whole album is pure genius. Even more so the tracks that never got played on the radio.
     
  11. Secret Ingredient

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    Pulled this from some web site. I don't know where the hyperlinks go.


    1. Mustapha (3:01)
    2. Fat Bottomed Girls (4:16)
    3. Jealousy (3:14)
    4. Bicycle Race (3:02)
    5. If You Can't Beat Them (4:14)
    6. Let Me Entertain You (3:01)
    7. Dead On Time (3:22)
    8. In Only Seven Days (2:28)
    9. Dreamers Ball (3:30)
    10. Fun It (3:28)
    11. Leaving Home Ain't Easy (3:13)
    12. Don't Stop Me Now (3:30)
    13. More Of That Jazz (4:13
    Fun It is really the one tune that seems a bit out of place, although Roger Taylor makes up for it with some really good singing on More of That Jazz.
     
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    Love about half that album, but much just too silly...
    Brian's tone/playing is badass on things like "Dead on Time", "Dreamer's Ball" and "Fun It" and John Deacon wrote a couple of beautiful tunes.
     
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    Taylor's songs always got me first and most enduring. He knew how to weave in a sinister element that I live for....see: More of That Jazz.
     
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    Same here. Had it as a kid and revisited the CD a few weeks ago...it didn't stay in my player very long.
     
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    "Dont Stop Me Now" is one of their most underrated songs.

    Great album, I love it and also love "News of the World".
     
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    I love all their 70s albums and this is no exception. The diversity and strange flights of fancy is something that you have to buy into with Queen and to me it only enhances their catalogue. Brilliant stuff. On this album Dead on Time and More of that Jazz are favs.
     
  18. scr@tchy

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    Top to bottom one of my all time favorite albums. I like how Brian had some fret buzz going on, I've heard him say that he hasn't had a fret job ever on Red, so maybe it was just his set up at the time of recording some of the tunes.
     

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