Sunday, December 14, 2008
George Michael with Queen
WOW . . . what a tribute to Freddie Mercury! AWESOME version of this song!
Original version . . . Queen with Freddie Mercury
"Somebody to Love" is a song written by Freddie Mercury and performed by English rock band Queen featured on their 1976 album A Day at the Races.
Like "Bohemian Rhapsody", the major hit from Queen's previous album, "Somebody to Love" has a complex melody and deep layering of vocal tracks, this time based on a gospel choir arrangement. It was the first single off the album A Day at the Races.
It is a rock ballad on which band members Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor multi-tracked their voices to create the impression of a 100-voice gospel choir.
The lyrics, especially combined with the gospel influence, create a song about faith, desperation and soul-searching; the singer questions both the lack of love experienced in his life and the role and existence of God. Staying true to Queen's guitar-driven style, it was also filled with intricate harmonies and a notable guitar solo by Brian May, and it went to number 2 on the UK charts and number 13 on the U.S. singles chart.