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enharmonic 18th June 2004 12:49 AM

Ship, do you have any interesting stories you could share about Queen?
 
One of my favorite bands! Their records sound great to me to this day.

diddlydoo

Mike Shipley 18th June 2004 02:17 AM

Well I could tell you about the time I was editing the 24track and totally [email protected]#ed it up thereby effectively making an unscheduled arrangement change . Of course it was all their fault 'cos they kept asking me to hear it with the piece in..the piece out ...the piece in etc and when they had decided that they wanted it to stay...well by that time I was standing on the piece of tape in question and destroyed it by mistake , but they actually took me seriously when I sheepishly said that it sounded good without it (trying to hide my faux pas)Editing the multi-track was always quite nerve wracking with those guys because of how much was on the tape!!!
Then there was the fun of being on a chair on the drum riser with the band and others doing hanclaps and footstomps for "We will rock you" which was a lot of fun .

enharmonic 18th June 2004 03:54 AM

OMG man!!! Thank goodness the band was so up in the air on the part kfhkh

We Will Rock You, those stomps and claps are so HUGE. You just don't hear sounds like that on records anymore :(

Drumsound 18th June 2004 06:13 AM

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Well I could tell you about the time I was editing the 24track and totally [email protected]#ed it up thereby effectively making an unscheduled arrangement change . Of course it was all their fault 'cos they kept asking me to hear it with the piece in..the piece out ...the piece in etc and when they had decided that they wanted it to stay...well by that time I was standing on the piece of tape in question and destroyed it by mistake , but they actually took me seriously when I sheepishly said that it sounded good without it (trying to hide my faux pas)Editing the multi-track was always quite nerve wracking with those guys because of how much was on the tape!!!
You're a brave man Mike Shipley!


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Then there was the fun of being on a chair on the drum riser with the band and others doing hanclaps and footstomps for "We will rock you" which was a lot of fun .

COOL!

bumpkin

"News of the World" is my favorite Queen record.

PRobb 18th June 2004 06:37 AM

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Then there was the fun of being on a chair on the drum riser with the band and others doing hanclaps and footstomps for "We will rock you" which was a lot of fun .

Hey- waitaminnit! Give us more! Those claps and stomps are one of of most instantly recognizable sounds in the history of recording. How was it done? Were there mics under the riser? How many passes? How do they sound so HUGE?

Ckevperry 18th June 2004 07:10 AM

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Then there was the fun of being on a chair on the drum riser with the band and others doing hanclaps and footstomps for "We will rock you" which was a lot of fun .

So when that comes on at sporting events, do you still nudge the guy next to you and say "that's me."heh

big furry 18th June 2004 12:39 PM

MR. Shipshape- Sitting in with Queen to do the boom-boom-bap! is the coolest thing I've ever heard of. You could have stopped right there. You could have gone into call center customer relations or pool cleaning, after that, knowing you had nowhere to go in the world of cool. How many times have you seen someone bang on a bar or desk that beat? You could walk over, smile pleasantly and say, "actually, we did it like... this! Boom-boom-bap! Boom-boom-bap!"
Unfrickin' believeable...

So you went on to do some other stuff, I guess.

flexoffset 18th June 2004 02:29 PM

The 'We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" was the first 45RPM record I ever bought. . . actually my parents bought it for me.

The guitar solo on We Will Rock You has captivated me for years by it's simplicity, yet I'm always amazed at how every note hits home.

Question:
Did Brian May play this solo 'off the cuff' or was it mulled over and tweaked for hours?
Did he nail it on the first take?
How many changes did he make to it?
Were any parts of it punched in?
Did you get to see him track that solo?
Any details of that event would be very interesting to me.

many thanks
Richard

not_so_new 18th June 2004 02:41 PM

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So you went on to do some other stuff, I guess.
errrrrr..... yeah you could say that... boing

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The guitar solo on We Will Rock You has captivated me for years by it's simplicity, yet I'm always amazed at how every note hits home.
kfhkh

I feel the exact same way. I was 10 or so when I heard it and it hit me then. When you play something so right that a kid can get you have done something special.....

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Well I could tell you about the time I was editing the 24track and totally [email protected]#ed it up thereby effectively making an unscheduled arrangement change
Mike what song??


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Then there was the fun of being on a chair on the drum riser with the band and others doing hanclaps and footstomps for "We will rock you" which was a lot of fun .
There has got to be more to this story right?? heh Anything else you can add?? Double tracked, triple?? Mics (or mic)?? I love this sh*t!!!

Thanks Mike....

KevinS 18th June 2004 06:01 PM

I was curious about the "We Will Rock You" solo myself. I often wonder what happened at the beginning of the solo because it almost sounds like Brian May played it out of time or was unsure of what he wanted to play. After a few beats go by he finally locks into the groove. It's a cool solo, but I always thought it sounded a little weird at the beginning. Maybe it was comped???

camitchell 18th June 2004 07:58 PM

More Queen stories!!!! Very cool!

Mike Shipley 29th June 2004 05:31 AM

Brian would be pretty much first to the studio and would sit down in front of his 10 or so AC30"s and play thru them all for a while to see which one sounded best that day , and it was rarely the same amp as the day before.