Enter the characters you see below Sorry, we the bohemian rhapsody need to make sure you’re not a robot. Please include your IP address in the description. Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. G6 A7 G6 A7 Is this the real life? B Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see. Navai — А если это любовь?
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Watch the video above to learn how this song that no one thought would be successful became the best rock song ever recorded. Following is a transcript of the video. Narrator: It’s a song you’ve all heard at least once. And it was probably not like anything you’ve heard before. I’m of course talking about Queen’s legendary single «Bohemian Rhapsody,» a song that, even 40 years later, is one of the most influential and memorable songs of our generation. But have you ever wondered why this six-minute single that no one ever thought would be a hit became one of the most famous songs ever written? Bohemian Rhapsody» was a song long in the making, but it officially kicked into gear in the summer of 1975, when Freddie Mercury began writing it as an operatic piece titled, «Real Life. After the success of their last album «Sheer Heart Attack,» Queen was given complete creative freedom and control over their next piece.
And it’s obvious that they took that creative freedom and ran with it. Irwin Fisch: «Bohemian Rhapsody» had a very rare effect on people, which is that it was one of those songs where the first time you heard it, you hadn’t heard anything like it. In my image is that it’s the kind of song that makes you pull over to the side of the road, because you go, «What the devil is this? Very few songs have done that, and that did. Bohemian Rhapsody» was different for its time and still is today. Unlike most pop hits that lasted around three minutes, it was a six-minute pop single that has an opera, an opera, right in the middle of the song. Fisch: It actually in some ways hasn’t been influential, because it was so fully realized that it was a little bit of, «Where do we go from here? It managed to become a ubiquitous part of the culture and something that never gets off the radio and never stops in the karaoke bars and is used in movies, and it’s all over the place because nobody has still done anything that sounds like that.
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Narrator: One of the reasons why «Bohemian Rhapsody» sounds so different is in its structure. The song is neither an a cappella, a ballad, an opera or rock. It’s actually all of them in one song. Fisch: It advanced a tradition of suites in pop music, meaning not a continuous song, not a verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge structure, which was the norm. A put together group of different songs, in essence. Narrator: «Bohemian Rhapsody» can actually be divided into five different sections: an a cappella introduction. It was also highly unusual for a popular single to not include a chorus, while combining different musical styles and lyrics. It is by definition a mind-blowing genre bender.
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Fisch: This innovation started around the mid-’60s. It started basically with the Beach Boys and the Beatles. The Beatles with «A Day in the Life. Epic songs that pieced together different ideas into a cohesive whole. Queen, in «Bohemian Rhapsody,» took that idea and pushed it way over the top. Narrator: And to see just how over the top they went, you need to look no farther than this operatic section of the song. The lyrics name characters from classical Italian theaters, quotes from the Quran, and the demon Beelzebub.
And this section that sounds like it’s been sung by a roomful of choir was actually just three people: Freddie Mercury, drummer Roger Taylor, and guitarist Brian May. Fisch: When people talk about what a great song «Bohemian Rhapsody» is, they’re talking equally, or even more, about the production. Narrator: To achieve the sound that they wanted, Queen used a technique known as reduction mixing, also called ping pong recording. Most of the pop songs you listen to today use a lot of audio tracks, each track reserved for different instruments and vocals, combining to make one song. But back then, technology limited the amount of audio tracks that could be used. Pepper’s» was recorded on an analog four-track record.
Fisch: Part of the great challenge of that process was that you had to make commitments to your mix, to the blending of everything as you went along, so you needed to have a lot of foresight and a great image of where you were going. By the time Queen made «Bohemian Rhapsody,» we were up to 24-track tape. By today’s standards, that’s still not many tracks. They had so many vocals and they had so many layers of guitars. Narrator: But of course this method of bouncing tracks came with its own challenges. Once it’s done, you can’t go back to just fix it, like we can do now.
Fisch: Two-inch, 24-track tape that they were working on, it was a physical process. It was an edit block where the tape would sit there. You would slice through the two-inch tape. You would cut out what you wanted to cut out. And you would splice it together with a little piece of white tape. You chop it on the screen. If you made a mistake, you can fix it. Narrator: Just how much tracking went into the song becomes more evident when you remove the instruments to just listen to the vocals.