Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody
The song's producer, Roy Thomas Baker, spoke about how Freddie initially played him the opening ballad of the song on the piano: "He played the beginning on the piano, then stopped and said, 'And this is where the opera section comes in!'" Queen had a history of writing much of their material in the studio, but with "Bohemian Rhapsody," guitarist Brian May said that the song was "very much in Freddie's mind" before they started playing with it in the studio. May felt that the epic song was "intriguing and original, and worthy of work."
Intending the song to be something of a "mock opera," Mercury wanted it to fall well outside the bounds of traditional rock song structure, and he succeeded. After a three-week rehearsal in Herefordshire in the summer of 1975, recording for "Bohemian Rhapsody" began at Rockfield Studio 1 near Monmouth on April 24, 1975. Four additional studios were used to complete the song, including Roundhouse, SARM (East), Scorpion and Wessex. Mercury had such a clear vision of the song during its recording that he was able to direct the band throughout the sessions. Numerous sections were recorded separately with a drum click being the only glue holding it together. more on this story
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