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Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Uses Queen Original Soundtracks


Rediscovering Queen

One night while watching Amazon Prime on TV,  I noticed a documentary on Queen and decided to watch it.  I am certainly a fan of Queen and Freddie Mercury,  but never until now did I appreciate how phenomenal this band truly is.   As a kid and teenager I heard and sang along like millions of others.  As an adult 40+ years later, I listed to it now with a new awareness and realization.

In my opinion, there is a divine beauty to the music of Queen. In this new matured listening experience, I am reminded of the first time I truly listened to Mozart or saw pictures of his magnificent home town of Salzburg, Austria; I am equally in total awe of the sheer beauty!Click To Tweet

The Story of Queen: Mercury Rising

Admittingly,  I was a bit confused at first as to what was what when I saw promotions for Bohemian Rhapsody the movie and original soundtrack.  The Story of Queen: Mercury Rising is the title of the documentary produced by Maureen Goldthorpe that I watched on Amazon Prime TV,  which is not the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie or it’s soundtrack,  which is available on vinyl.

Mercury Rising has actual footage of the band and interviews individuals who were present during the meteoric rise of Queen in the 1970s.  In essence, this documentary is what led me to rediscover Queen and listen with a renewed and deeper interest.

Who knew Freddie Mercury’s real name was Farrokh Bulsara, is of Indian descent, and grew up in a boarding school on the island of Zanzibar,  off the west coast of African?  They taught him how to play piano and sing.  I would say they did a mighty fine job!

My point is,  Mercury Rising was a very informative documentary and serves as a useful primer to prepare for the recently released Bohemain Rhapsody movie.  While several of the tunes in Queen’s catalog are discussed,  particular attention is given to the pioneering music and video production of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which was released in 1975 on A Night at the Opera.

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie

The Bohemian Rhapsody Movie: Fearless Lives Forever  was released on November 2, 2018,  by a joint venture of 20th Century Fox, GK Films, New Regency, and Queen films.  Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor served as consultants in the making of this biographical film. It casts Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and is directed by Brian Singer.

Personally,  I have not seen the movie yet as I quit going to theaters when cell phones got popular,  but now that texting has become prevalent,  I may stretch my comfort zone and go for it having been completely blown away by the heavenly soundtrack.  This remaster of the classic Queen tracks which will introduce new fans to the much deserved categorization of “Rock Opera”!.

Queen’s Rhythm Secion

As I listen to this movie soundtrack,  I must say I am completely impressed by the musicianship and vocal ability of the entire band.  Of course,  we all know about Freddie Mercury and most are familiar with Brian May’s piercing guitar solos,  but the rhythm section of Queen should be lauded as well.

Some of John Deacon’s bass licks were reminiscent of some of John Paul Jones’ melodic riffs,  which in hindsight was probably happening roughly at the same point in history.  Roger Taylor’s drumming technique seems to be underrated and his high piercing vocal harmonies greatly contribute to the operatic influence for which Freddie Mercury had in mind.

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Soundtrack

In the beginning of the Bohemian Rhapsody movie soundtrack,  you will hear the 20th Century Fox drum roll off and hook fanfare found in the beginning of the films.  I knew it sounded edgier and more recent than I remembered it,  and it has come to my attention that this rendition was performed by Brian May and Roger Taylor.  Here is the line up of Queen tunes presented in the movie soundtrack of Bohemian Rhapsody:

  1. Somebody to Love (2011 Remaster)
  2. Doing All Right (…revisited)
  3. Keep Yourself alive (Live at The Rainbow)
  4. Killer Queen (2011 Remaster)
  5. Fat Bottomed Girls (Live in Paris)
  6. Bohemian Rhapsody (2011 Remaster)
  7. Now I’m Here (Live at The Hammersmith Odeon)
  8. Crazy Little Thing Called Love (2011 Remaster)
  9. Love of My Life (Live at Rock in Rio Festival)
  10. We Will Rock You (Movie Mix)
  11. Another One Bites The Dust (2011 Remaster)
  12. I Want to Break Free
  13. Under Pressure (Remastered)[Featuring David Bowie]
  14. Who Wants to Live Forever (2011 Remaster)
  15. Bohemian Rhapsody (Live Aid)
  16. Radio Ga Ga (Live Aid)
  17. Ay-Oh (Live Aid)
  18. Hammer to Fall (Live Aid)
  19. We Are The Champions (Live Aid)
  20. Don’t Stop me Now (…revisited)
  21. The Show Must Go On (2011 Remaster)

Person Interpretation of the Meaning of Bohemian Rhapsody

Before reading anyone else’s personal interpretation of the meaning of Bohemian Rhapsody,  I will attempt to do my own.  I could be way off and/or you could completely disagree with my analysis.   If so, please comment below.  Like I said earlier,  I have always been a Queen fan,  but am now listening and interpreting with a renewed interest from a matured perspective.  Please accept my apologies in advance if anything I write is inaccurate or offensive.

Here we go… My opinion is that Freddie Mercury was struggling with inner conflict about being gay,  and Bohemian Rhapsody was his way of “coming out”,  if you will. It sounds as though his mother was not very accepting of his situation and and did not accept it.  Mercury sings that she pulled “my” trigger,  which I find odd at the least or incredibly ingenious and prophetic,  in that Farrokh Bulsara is now dead and Freddie Mercury is in full acceptance as his role as a gay rock star.

Freddie didn’t mean to make his mama cry, but knew that he had to move on with his life and there was no turning back. He had to leave his past behind to face the truth and carry on.

There was still external conflict within his family;  some wanted to “Let him go!”.   Other did not, i.e. “We will not let you go!”.  This family conflict was considered a monstrosity.

When the movement shifts to Brian May’s electrifying guitar riff,  I feel that Freddie has accepted himself, the tension is over,  and a new-found freedom and independence has emerged. No one will ever again bully him,  spit in his eye or leave him to die.

In the end,  nothing really matters and the wind still blows.

Conclusion

The soundtrack to the Bohemian Rhapsody movie is fantastic and highly recommended.  Don’t miss out on this one! A vinyl version is available via Amazon. Enjoy!

71 thoughts on “Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Uses Queen Original Soundtracks

  1. First off Im dying to see that movie, everyone I have talked to that has seen that movie loves it and I love Queen so im sure I will love it. In your opinion what do you feel is the reason for this recent resurgence in vinyl?

     It just seems crazy that we have been moving forward so rapidly in technology as far as how we listen to music and now all of a sudden we are going to backwards to vinyl. I get not everyone has gone back but it is interesting how many people are getting into again, my niece is one of them.

    1. First off, Cheyenne, thank you for your comments!  I can’t wait to see the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie as well!  

      When vinyl records were around, they were physically large in comparison to what we “evolved” to.  Now that everything is digital, the entire look, feel, touch, smell, whatever has been diminished to an audio intangible, if you will.  

      Full disclosure: I have been listening to the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie soundtrack for a couple of days now on  Amazon Prime music.  Two minutes ago, I ordered the vinyl version and had it shipped to my good friend Floyd Durand, as a gift as he inspired me to get back into vinyl.  

      Please revisit and comment, Cheyenne, after you see the movie.  

      Thanks again! 

      Nate   

  2. I’m desperate to see Bohemian Rhapsody. Just haven’t found the time to fit it in yet.

    Everyone I know who’s seen it has raved about it. They all say you can’t believe you’re not watching Freddie Mercury. Rami Malek does such a fantastic job with the role.

    One thing I was really interested to learn was that they electronically blended Freddy Mercury’s voice with Rami Malek’s. So that what you’re listening to is the real thing, but not dubbed, so that it’s really the actor singing. Sounds amazing.

    I loved your analysis of Bohemian Rhapsody and felt that it gave me a lot of new insights,

    And I’ll watch out for the documentary Mercury Rising. It sounds good.

    Thanks for all this information, Nathan.

    P.S. You might like to correct the slug for this post. It’s missing the d from soundtrack.

    1. Thanks for your comments, Phil!  Today was the first time I was introduced to the term “slug” so I will try to fix that and appreciate you bringing that to my attention. 

      At this point, I am not exactly sure what you mean in that they “electronically blended” Freddie Mercury’s voice with Rami Malek’s. Maybe you can expound.  

      What I do know is, that Freddie Murcury delivers a vocal that is crystal clear, powerful, and operatic.  You can take that to the bank! 

      Thanks again, Phil.  Please pop back on and share your comments after you watch the movie.  

  3. I grew up with Queen, Freddy Mercury and David Bowie. Do you know that the music industry did not consider David Bowie as a musician but as a performer? How about that? I saw the list of the songs, and I love all of them. I am glad I came across your post, I will make sure to watch Bohemian Rhapsody, brings back child hood memories. Good interpretation on the meaning Bohemian Rhapsody, never thought of that but now when I think about it, you might be right. Love the review. 

    1. Hey Nuttanee, I appreciate your comments.  As a pro bass player/vocalist, one of my rock and roll band projecdts is called “The Liberators”.  When we first got started we would open every show with “Fame” by David Bowie. While we didn’t do exactly like the record, it didn’t matter — people went nuts because not many bands cover it. 

      We plan the regroup soon and the guitar player has a nice, high falsetto.  While I know Queen could never be duplicated, it surely would be fun to give it a whirl in a dumpy barroom with few listeners who would more than likely appreciate the effort.  — We do “Come Sail Away” by Styx and people are awe! 🙂   

  4. Great article on rediscovering Queen and telling us about this soundtrack.

    I only caught the tail end of the documentary Mercury Rising, but I went to the cinema and watched Bohemian Rhapsody shortly after and was completely blown away!

    Like you, I grew up listening to Queen and liking their music, but after watching the movie, I’m a bigger fan than ever before.

    There were so many things I never knew about Freddy Mercury and his story.

    I’ve been watching YouTube footage of Queen constantly the last month or so!

    You should definitely go and see the movie, and I am definitely getting that soundtrack.

    By the way, I think your interpretation of Bohemian Rhapsody’s meaning is spot on!

    Cheers 🙂

    John 🙂

    1. Thanks John!  The trip is, I never thought about what it meant for 40 years!  

      I was (and am now more than ever) completely blown away by Queen!  

      Thank you for agreeing with me on my interpretation of Freddie Mecury.

      As much as I am impressed by him, as a professional musician for most of my life, I have to give props to the rest of the band who are equally instrumental in Queen’s success. 

      Cheers 🙂  

  5. Very much a favorite band growing up and they remain so to this day for me. The Bohemian Rhapsody movie soundtrack is a step back in time for me, times when I was younger, more care-free, and loving such tunes/singers/bands. Many of the bands have fallen by the wayside since, but not Queen.

    I agree with your analysis of the song and how Freddy used his music to act out his frustrations and experiences both within his family and in regards to his personal life-choices (being gay). He was able to do so in a beautiful way that young people are now being introduced to maybe for the first time.

    I am glad they put together the movie, and like you I have not seen it yet, only excerpts. It has gotten rave reviews from most people, and that does not surprise me knowing who all was involved in putting it together. The soundtrack I will get for myself, just for the remixes (I have a bunch of their music already, but one more album will fit in).

    Freddy Mercury was a genius in so many ways, yet also fallible as we all are. His personality lives on through his music, and now this latest film will help many more people appreciate the man behind the genius and his music. Thanks for this review and your analysis, a good read that will help others be better informed about the movie, the man, and the music!  

    1. WOW, thanks DAVE!  

      When I set out to do this post, I had no intention of doing an analysis of Freddie Mercury’s intention when he wrote Bohemian Rhapsody.  

      In fact, I was listening to the digital versio while working out at Planet Fitness when I has a pause. 

      I meant to continue listening to give my readers a holistic analysis.  When I got to Bohemian Rhapsody, I heard it in a different way and intentionally chose not to conitnue listening Queen until I completely absorbed what I just heard from a story point of view. 

      Couple that with my newfound appreciation for the musicianship and vocal harmony, I was tranfixed.  

        

       

  6. Hey Nathan , great website.I myself am a lover of music and art because we all know that in this life we have to find ways on how to relax ourselves. Music is important for the uplifting of the soul and finding new type of music is always an adventure as we discover the different arrangements. Thanks for sharing. 

    1. I hear ya, Jamiro.  As i get older, I have be a bit reluctant to new material, but I currently find myself liking a band called Coldplay, which is a bit out of my normal listening pervue.  

  7. I also recently watched a documentary on Queen and was transported back to the mid 1970’s when Bohemian Rhapsody was first released. Personally, I never understood the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody, and I think that your interpretation could be close to what Freddie Mercury had in mind when he wrote the lyrics. Regardless of the lyrics interpretation, I think that Bohemian Rhapsody is a fantastic combination of styles that took a genius to put them all together for people to enjoy throughout time.

    1. Thanks you, Suzie!  At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter what my interpretation is.  Like you, I was transported back to the 1970’s and am thoroughly enjoying this ride!   

  8. This is an awesome article! Thank you so much for all the information you’ve provided here. I even learned something new about Freddie Mercury. I had no clue at all his real name was Farrokh Bulsara, he was of Indian descent, and grew up in a boarding school on the island of Zanzibar. Who knew?!

    I always liked Queen and always enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody (I knew most of the words! LOL). I haven’t seen the movie either. Since you have given the soundtrack such a glowing review, I may have to get my hands on that .

    I really enjoyed reading this article and I look forward to seeing what you write about next. What will you write about next on site? Whatever it is, I can’t wait to read it.

    You have a very lovely site. Wonderful job and keep up the great work!

    Kind regards,
    Yvette

    1. Thank you very much, Yvette! You are hired! Were it not for your expertise, direction, and motivation, this would not have been done!

      In the overall scheme of things, your work is MOST important in preparing our students for the world ahead of them. Notwithstanding and in my view, the world would be a better place if we all could enjoy and celebrate common ground together.

      Moving forward, I was thinking of reviewing a Beatles record. However, my “Glory Days”, if you will, were the early 80’s and I am almost certain our next analysis will revolve around Prince Rogers Nelson, as we find ourselves in a new “revolution” – a vinyl revolution!

  9. First of all I am really eager to watch that movie. Especially after reading this wonderful article about it I am even more urged to watch the movie. The Story of Queen: Mercury Rising is my kind of movie to watch. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful article with us.

    1. Thank you, Sujandar, for your comments!  For the record, Murcury Rising is the documentary on Amazon TV; Bohemian Rhapsody: Fearless Lives Forever, is the new movie just released in 2018, at least that’s the way I see it. 

      Believe me, I was confused myself, and may continue to be so as this age thing and watching movies affect me. 

      Thing is, the soundtrack to the Bohemian Rhapsody movie BLEW ME AWAY!   Sure, I heard most of it before, but this was an entire new experience that I highly recommend. 

      Thanks again! 

      Nate

  10. Queen was certainly an exceptional band.  

    I always thought the song was about a disillusioned youth who made a mistake and threw his life away, then felt sorry for himself and became depressed.  

    Your interpretation coming from the benefit of hindsight is certainly intriguing especially as at the time Bohemian Rhapsody was recorded, the gay movement was just starting to be spoken about in public even though it was not as widely accepted as it is today.   

    When I revisit the lyrics I can certainly see your point.  I wonder if we will ever really know for certain?

    1. Hi Rosie.  In my opinion, I believe part of Freddie’s brilliance was to construct lyrics that could be open for interpretation and forever relevant.  For the rest of days, people will always want to be rocked and they will always want to be champions my friend.  

      Will we every know eactly what he meant?   Maybe not. 

      But, we will always remember what he wrote.  

      Thank you, Rosie, and please let me know if you provide “roadie” services in the New Orleans area. 

      I’m getting a little too old to move band gear.     

  11. Great lay out of the topic its always interesting to discover new music and appreciate the art and culture of each composer. After reading your article, i am even more intrigued to check out this sound track, i always like discovering new music and i am happy that your website gives people the opportunity to do that. Thanks once again for sharing.  

    1. Thank you, Jamiro.  Not sure if I would call it “new music”, but if it is new to you (and I suspect it is to an entire generation of new listeners), it is all good and I am I glad we can all come together to appreciate utter greatness!  

  12. With Bohemian Rhapsody winning the Golden Globe, I had to read this article. 

    Because of your post, I now have 2 things to watch, Mercury Rising and Bohemian Rhapsody. I don’t really know too much about Queen (besides Freddy Mercury) so I really enjoyed reading your article.

    I’m also going to sit and really “listen” to the words in the song. I haven’t really thought too much about what was being said in the song. I’m more of a melody person.

    1. Mee too, Nancy.  I never thought about the lyrics for 40 years.  As far as Golden Globes and Oscars, I don’t watch Hollywood stuff anymore.  Sort of feel disconnected, but I will watch this movie soon.  

      Thanks for your comments!  I am a melody person, too!   

  13. I love your interpretation of Bohemian Rhapsody! I never thought to try to figure it out, even though I sang it as a youngster and even recently played it on ”Rock Band” with my kids! I think your take is spot on, but I suppose we may never know for sure. I have not seen the movie yet either, but am planning to rent it on DVD as soon as it comes out (no pun intended). That is interesting about his real name and heritage, I never knew that!

    1. DAVE, you made me laugh!!!  I believe your pun was not intended, but I suppose it just as well could have been.  Personally, I coult give a rat’s a@@ on Freddie Mercury’s preferences.  The man was a genius – straight up!

      Nonetheless,  I think the kids say LOL, but I never can remember if it means “laugh out loud” or “lots of love”.  I lean toword the former.  

      The one acronym I do remember that your unintential pun made me ROTFLMAO!   I can always remember that one.  

  14. Interesting take on Bohemian Rhapsody!  I went to see the movie a week ago and I was super dissapointed when I realized it was already out of theaters :(. I’ve read very similar interpretations to Bohemian Rhapsody before. The song itself is absolutely insane! Truly a masterpiece. Freddie Mercury was without a doubt a musical genius, and you just aren’t able to write that quality music without having gone through something intense.

    1. I agree with your assessment, Bobby, that most could not compose a piece
      “without having gone through something intense.”

      Having listed to the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack with scrutiny, I believe that Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon were musical geniuses as well as Freddie Mercury, which contributed to Queen’s success. 

      Look it, at least a couple of them went off to do solo records with minor success.  When they came back together after that spell, they got back on track and recorded more Queen “awesomeness”, if you will. 

  15. I never knew Queens soundtrack was used in Craxy little thing called love. 

    I love watching movies alot but I pay less attention to the names of the artists who did the soundtracks but I usually love nice soundtracks. 

    With this blog, I’ll pay more attention to names of artists.

    I remember watching crazy little thing called love, old but gold. Thanks. 

    1. Thanks Dhayours.  My favorite thing about that track was the “rockabily sound”.  I mean, those young chaps were from England, playing this radical brand of operatic, hard rock, and then came out with this “Elvis like” shuffle groove with literaly “crazy” sounding chromatic fills to remind you that they were still a bad a@@ rock band!  

  16. Your interpretation of Bohemian Rhapsody and of Freddie Mercury I applaud you for putting that out there and saying what most people wont. Yes I to believe that Bohemian Rhapsody and a few others on that album was about his inner conflict, just look at some of the titles I Want to Break Free,Somebody to Love and listen to the words. I have always thought Bohemian Rhapsody was innovative for its time, and is still beautiful today.

    1. I agree, Cathy, it is certainly beautiful and definitely innovative!   The inner struggle Freddie Mercury fought with must have been extremely troubling and the titles you mentioned attest to his efforts to free himself and proclaim his independence.  

  17. This is such a great article.  Thoroughly enjoyed reading it.  It’s for articles like these that I like surfing the web.  Sharing perspective on themes I like.  And I’m definitely a Queen fan.

    I wonder whether the actor will do Freddie justice. Freddie to me was a burly guy but who had the charisma to carry off his flair of flamboyance (I know I know … double synonyms … but you know what I mean).  The actor is the one that came in Night at the Museum.  Isn’t he petit?  Or at least slight. I know it’s just a superficial difference and a good actor can overcome such bias. But Freddy was a huge personality.  I have to admit, when I watch the movie (and I will), I would not be able to help it but compare.

    Thanks for a great article!

    1. Thanks Cath.  Like I said, I haven’t seen the movie either, but did watch the Amazon documentary with the “real” Freddie.  I spoke to two friends earlier today who raved about the Bohemian Rhapsody movie.  After I listen to the vinly version of the souhdtrack more, I will go see it and report back.  Hope you will as well!  

  18. I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen the film yet, but heard it was phenomenal. Now I’m a bit young to know all of Queen’s songs, but definitely know the ones that were classics and continue to be. It was interesting to read your interpretation of Bohemian Rhapsody and it applying to some people having difficulties with him being gay and some not – it’s definitely possible. Since I’m not familiar with all of their songs, do you think that there are any that have a similar meaning? Thanks for posting this, it was an interesting read!

    1. Not sure about that, Jeremy, but I suspect there are millions of Queen fans out there who can answer it and hopefully, they will come here to do so.  Thanks man!  

  19. Thank you for this post.

    I’ll be honest, I haven’t really listened to Bohemian Rhapsody since high school (class of 94).

    I appreciate your interpretation and just wanted to thank you for sparking my interest not only in the soundtrack but in the documentary as well.  I’m going to check it out.

    I haven’t seen the movie yet either but I’m planning on grabbing from Redbox when I can.

    Thanks again.

    1. I tell ya what, Merlynmac, before I got tired of my cheap a@@ DVD player, I was a “Redbox Dude” and hear where you’re coming from.  Hope you enjoy it!  

  20. Hi!  I love the Queen!  When i learned that they are making a movie about the group, i was very excited!  So, first day of the opening, i watched it.

    I`ve known something about their history, as i was once an avid fan in my younger years. I was glad that the movie actually told the passion and the greatness of the group, though they have to touched about Freddie Mercury`s being gay.

    Thanks for posting this article, great information about the songs of the great musical group!

    1. Thanks Hanna!  As much as we have all been impressed by Freddie Mercury, the contributions of Brian May on guitar, John Deacon on bass guitar, and Roger Tayor on drums ( and crazy high pitched harmonies) cannot be underestimated!!! 

  21. Hi there. 

    Who doesn’t like queen? Like seriously, they have to be one of the best rock bands in the world.

     I can’t wait to go and see this movie with my wife and two sons under the age of 12. We are forever driving around town with the windows down cranking Fat bottomed girls etc. 

    I loved your write up on Freddy and what you thought he was trying to express through the song Bohemian Rhapsody.

    Brian May is a legend 

    Awesome job

    Cheers Dave 

    1. I probably should not say what I am about to say Dave, but I have had a fair amount of “Fat Bottomed Girls” in my day and would more than likely be considered “Fat Bottomed” myself! 🙂  In fact, I love Fat Bottomed Girls and completely agree with Freddie Mercury in that they truly do make the rockin’ world go ’round!  

  22. Hey Nathan, very nice article remembering Queen and Fred Mercury. I wonderful to know about Fred Mercury’s life real name, Indian relating, went to school in Africa… wow. The soundtracks bring me memories as I listen to them when I was a little girl. Your article brings good information to a new generation, that never read or listens to Queen.

    I believe that Bohemian Rhapsody Movie came to bring some of the unique stories and forgotten life of Queen and Fred Mercury. They will be forever in my memories for sure towards to their music.

    Other day was funny, a friend of mine, that does not speak English very well, was listen to me sing We are the Champions and she asked why I was singing a piece of romantic music, so I had to explain that was the music of winners and victorious people so she understands.

    Thank you for such good memories and amazing information for those that don’t know them.

    Cheers to your success,

    Telma

    1. I know, huh, Telma.  It surely brings back good memories!  I am honored you consider my post in such regard!  

      Cheers to your success as well!  

  23. I think you did a right job detailing the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody”. You mentioned the movie soundtrack, the film’s plot, Queen’s rhythmic segment, and Freddie Mercury’s personal demons, etc. Personally, I am not very interested in Queen’s music. However, your article was still attracting enough to have my attention. Anyway, keep dropping that good content.

    1. Thank your for your honesty, Jean!  After this post, I am leaning on doing a Prince analysis.  It it were you, what type of music are you interested in and what would you like to read about???

  24. This is really a good summary because I haven’t seen Freddie Mercury yet but now I am more excited to see it! People at my job rave about it and I think from your description they were spot on! 

    You talked about how good the music bend was and I literally right now I am learning guitar, I sing, play piano and each tool for me has to be so perfect. The sound just creates a magic.

    I definitely will be watching soon and get more inspired. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Hi Kira, practice makes perfect and good luck on your musical endeavors.  As a professional bass player and singer, I would recommend learning something not quite as complex as Queen music to begin.  Just sayin’ . 

      I mean you could strum a “D” chord and start off with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, but when the band get cranking, they veer off from a standard 3-chord rockability thing into some cool sounding chromatics that may be a bit challenging to a beginner.  

      To your point, as my Queen coworker often says, I could not agree more with your statement that “the sound just creates a magic.” 

  25. Hello Nathan,

    All I can say is wow! I had no idea there was a documentary about his life. I will be sure to check that out now on Amazon Prime. I wrote it down and will have to wait until tomorrow to watch, but I’m very intrigued about learning how he grew up off the coast of africa. I like hearing about a musician’s start and how they developed their talent. 

    I’ve heard of the new movie coming out and I will be sure to catch that as well. I’ve always been a fan of their music since I first heard “We will Rock You” when I was little playing pee wee sports. Their songs are timeless classics that seem to apply to any generation. That’s what truly makes the greats stand out from the rest. 

    I never really took the time to understand the meaning behind Bohemian Rhapsody, although I’ve sung karaoke to it several times. I love the highs and lows of the song as well as the electric guitar riff by Brian Mays at the end. I knew he was gay, but I did not know the song was about him coming out. It all makes sense now. I appreciate you clarifying that and connecting it to parts of the song. That was really incredible and I’m excited to watch that documentary now.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Daniel! But, I do not exactly know if that was Freddie Mercury’s intention; however, I stand by my interpretation.  If others know one way or the other, hopefully they will comment.  Like I said at some point, I could care less what his preferences are.  His music inspired me to start this blog and it is soooo flippin’ cool to have you and others sharing their thoughts! I appreciate you! 

  26. I love Queen and their songs are amazing works of art. It would be amazing to hear all the original songs through the wonderful sound systems in the cinema. 

    I remember when I was younger, my brother asked me to play Bohemian Rhapsody on the piano for him – I tried to play a classical piece of the same name, not realising that he meant the rock song! He’s a fan of vinyl and the Bohemian Rhapsody movie soundtrack would be the perfect gift for him!

    1. Wow Fiona!  Cool!  Would love to hear you play piano, especially the piece you played for your brother!  Hope he likes your gift!  

  27. I loved this article! Many of the songs you listed played on the juke box at the pizza shop I worked in as a teenager. Oh, the memories! I wouldn’t have known they were all from Queen until I read your article. Now I’m excited to see both movies and hear the old familiar tunes again. Thanks for the great post!

  28. Love the article! However I can’t believe you haven’t seen the movie. Being a huge fan of Queen, the movie made the music have so much more meaning to me. It gave the history of the songs (why and how they were made). It was fascinating and it brought to life the genius of Freddy Mercury. Now- I must go find that documentary you wrote about bc I want to see the live footage. I am hooked.

    1. Hi Kate, thanks for poppin’ in!

      Yesterday, I made friends with Gino on fb and have really been too chicken to ask him to visit this post as he is a big Queen fan.

      I am about to do that now and hope he likes it. Here we go!

  29. Hi Nathan,

    Thanks for providing this overview of the Sound track for the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack. I watched it at the cinema back in November time and was blown away by both the film and the soundtrack!

    Interesting analysis of Bohemian Rhapsody as well, it sounds like you may be on to something there!

  30. I just watched the movie Bohemian Rhapsody this past weekend with my family. I have always loved the band Queen and grew up on their music. But the movie touched my 17 year old son so much that he has spent the last 4 nights learning how to play Queen songs on his piano! He is a total Queen addict now and loves their music as much as I do!  

    I’m going to share this link with him because there is some excellent information here that he will enjoy. I’m sure he will love it. I’m also going to be purchasing the soundtrack on his behalf for his birthday that is coming up next month. Thanks for such a great post!

    1. Wow Bob!  That is so very cool your son is playing Queen tunes on the piano!  We need more young people playing actual instruments so that they can shape the future of music!  

      I purchased the vinyl soundtrack myself and sent it to my drummer friend who always drives me to our church gig across town.  For some reason, it took Amazon a while to ship it, but it’s on the way now.  Sound like there may be big demand for this record!!!

      Your son will certainly appreciate you for getting this awesome soundtrack for him!  Tell him I am proud of him for working hard to work up the piano track!  

  31. I love movies soundtracks and I’ve always found myself downloading a good song whenever I heard one from cool movies. Will surely check out these soundtracks as your article about them sounds genuine. This is exactly what I like about articles like this one. It brings awareness of stuff I wouldn’t have found otherwise.

    1. Thank you, Ayodeji!  As I revisited Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody, I realized that this band is far greater than I imagined growing up listening to them. Glad you enjoyed the post! 

  32. Queen has been an absolute favorite band of mine since way back in the day, but the story doesn’t end there.  In the summers here in the New York Capital District, there is a concert series along the Hudson River in a park in Troy, and one of the absolute highlights of that series is a band called “Almost Queen.”  This band is a knock-off Queen cover band, but it is the closest thing I’ll get to the real thing.  OMG, they are a huge draw, big hit, everyone singing and yelling out the words we all know so well.  It is magical year after year.  Thanks for the history and great article.  I love it!!!

    1. Wow Babs, that so cool!  I appreciate you commenting here!  I’ve seen you out there in the “blogosphere” somewhere and I am certainly glad you made it here to share your information on “Almost Queen”.  Your description makes them sound exciting and I think I’ll have to Google them to see what’s up.  

      Thank you for your comments and appreciate the love! 🙂 You Rock!  

  33. Wow, I love your interpretation of Freddy’s song. It totally makes sense in context of the documentary’s sharing of his life. I haven’t seen the docco, however, my hubby has and told me what it was all about which has inspired me to find time to watch it, and now reading this post has reminded me I need to get onto it lol! I too love the music, and am curious to see where the man has come from and how his life moved forward through his music. Thanks for a fabulous review of the documentary of the band and Freddy Mercury! 

    1. Thank Kat!  When you get a chance, watch the documentary on Amazon TV as well where you will see pictures of the real Freddie Mercury as a young, aspiring musician in school. It is quite fascinating!  Thank you for your comments and please tell your hubby to pop in and share his remarks as well.  Glad you did! 🙂

  34. Your blog post has filled me with the desire to watch the Bohemian Rhapsody especially after how you’ve passionately written about it. I always listened to Queen on my dad’s record and I’m definitely interested in seeing this movie. I’m sure after watching this movie, I’ll love Queen and Freddie even more. Thanks for sharing this

  35. Thanks Louis.  I need to do the same with regard to watching the new movie.  Like I said, I watched a documentary on Amazon TV, but still need to see the movie.   The music in and of itself is fascinatiing, but it’s about time for me to see how it is presented in the theater.  

  36. A lovely article there.Sometimes even when I don’t want  to sit down and watch any movie I later find myself setting down watching it because of the sound track of the movie alot.and I do hear only sound track sometimes

    Have not hear sound track of Bohemian Rhapsody just yet Or the movie.but will try and get it soon. 

    hearing Queens voice makes me feel relax. Am a fan.i sing along learning to it until date

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