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Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby Stone Cold Crazy » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:21 am

Which songs were played in a different key live, compared to the album versions?

I know about these:
Who Wants to Live Forever (two semitones lower than the album version)
Friends Will Be Friends (two semitones lower than the album version)

Any others?
 
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Re: Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby Bri » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:58 am

Nearly all the songs at Freddie Tribute!

Don't forget often that what you hear on CD or Itunes has been changed from the original so this doesn't help!

Love of My Life has been changed from C to D as Brian transposed it better for playing on Guitar.
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Re: Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby Action This Day » Wed May 08, 2013 12:43 am

Rock It (Prime Jive) was played live in A but the studio version was in Bb.
 
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Re: Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby Bri » Thu May 09, 2013 6:38 am

Action This Day wrote:Rock It (Prime Jive) was played live in A but the studio version was in Bb.


Studio version is in B actually. Didn't know they played it live in A though.
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Re: Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby Minister! » Thu May 09, 2013 8:41 am

Think it was only played in A on the US Hot Space tour, always in its natural B before then.
 
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Re: Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby Stone Cold Crazy » Fri May 10, 2013 2:34 pm

"Sheer Heart Attack" as well. The album version begins in Eb, but on the live recordings I've heard it was tuned down one semitone, so it begins in D.

The live version of "Love of My Life" is three semitones lower than the album version. The first verse begins in C on the album and A when played live.
 
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Re: Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby Bri » Fri May 10, 2013 3:19 pm

Stone Cold Crazy wrote:The live version of "Love of My Life" is three semitones lower than the album version. The first verse begins in C on the album and A when played live.


Yes in the key of D major as i said above :roll:

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Re: Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby Stone Cold Crazy » Fri May 10, 2013 3:35 pm

:-|

Anyway, just remembered that "'39" was also played in a different key live. On the album it's in Ab, but the live version is in G, a semitone lower. George Michael also performed the song in G at the Tribute Concert.
 
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Re: Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby Bri » Fri May 10, 2013 3:49 pm

Stone Cold Crazy wrote::-|

Anyway, just remembered that "'39" was also played in a different key live. On the album it's in Ab, but the live version is in G, a semitone lower. George Michael also performed the song in G at the Tribute Concert.


Thats one i was not aware of. I have always played it in G - just checked with my piano and you are right - Ab on the original. He must played with a capo on the album.
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Re: Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby Action This Day » Mon May 13, 2013 9:17 pm

Minister! wrote:Think it was only played in A on the US Hot Space tour, always in its natural B before then.


That's correct actually it was dropped a key for the Hot Space tour as it was used as the opener.
 
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Re: Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby Simon » Sat May 18, 2013 9:08 am

Are there any songs that were played HIGHER live?
By the way, the documentary "Come Rain or Shine" from the Genesis When In Rome DVD shows extensive material from the rehearsals. There is a very long bit where they try to play songs and realize that they have to play much lower so Phil can sing them. They then discuss several artists who had to change the keys of their songs live, as if to assure Phil it is "ok".
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Re: Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby Bri » Sun May 19, 2013 4:15 pm

Simon wrote:Are there any songs that were played HIGHER live?.


Can't imagine so - would have made them harder to sing!

Btw on this subject I have said before the Freddie Tribute annoyed me in some ways as some of the songs sounded completly different to me in different keys.
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Re: Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby Simon » Sun May 19, 2013 4:26 pm

Bri wrote:
Simon wrote:Are there any songs that were played HIGHER live?.


Can't imagine so - would have made them harder to sing!

Btw on this subject I have said before the Freddie Tribute annoyed me in some ways as some of the songs sounded completly different to me in different keys.


Depends on how high the highest note in the song is. Also it might be played easier on the guitar.
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Re: Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby bowmarteacon » Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:13 am

I've heard I Want To Break Free, Another One Bites The Dust, Love Of My Life, and 39, in different keys. Also heard Fat Bottomed Girls in 2 other keys (bluegrass versions) and when I sing and play Save Me I do it in A. No One But You is another one that I've heard in more than one key.
 
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Re: Which songs were played in a different key live?

Postby Sir Knute » Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:05 am

Bri wrote:
Stone Cold Crazy wrote::-|

Anyway, just remembered that "'39" was also played in a different key live. On the album it's in Ab, but the live version is in G, a semitone lower. George Michael also performed the song in G at the Tribute Concert.


Thats one i was not aware of. I have always played it in G - just checked with my piano and you are right - Ab on the original. He must played with a capo on the album.

Is it possible it's a tape speed thing during the mastering? Even with a capo a song like that would be so much more comfortable and logical in the open position. I swear I read somewhere that Another One Bites the Dust was recorded in E, but it was sped up slightly to where we hear it a semi-tone higher in F.
 
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