Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby icy » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:22 am

JLP wrote:Assuming Freddie knew he was HIV+ during the Magic Tour, singing this song must have been emotionally difficult in front of the massive audiences. Could anyone else put that emotion into the song? No, not in a billion years.

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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby icy » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:36 am

dee87 wrote:I go for live versions over studio versions for three of Queens songs and surprisingly they are sang by other singers

TSMGO - Elton John (This recording) https://youtu.be/LgROJoX3OYM
STL - George Michael (Tribute Concert)
WWTLF - Adam

It might be the reason why disc three in the greatest hits is my favourite.

I know TSMGO is the last song Freddie recorded so don't hate me for picking Elton. It's poignant in two ways for me, Freddie always wanted the music to live on but 'never make me boring'. The show must go on! It's emotional and Elton was singing for his friend. He never was able to perform it live. For me it has an angrier/grittier vibe than the studio version which works well with the lyrics. Freddie giving a big FU to death. The sound production and Brian Mays guitar work in this is incredible too. I always but it up to max in my car and sing along.

Secondly, George Michaels version of Somebody to Love is my favourite. It's just so special. He sang it so well and the fans joined in and it was a tribute to Freddie. If I had to put a version of this song on to a disc to listen to forever, it would be this.

Adams live version of WWTLF makes me connect to the song more so that's why I pick it. It's more operatic and theatrical which suits the song (for me) perfectly.


I'm not hating on Freddie btw. Just explaining my reasoning. I would be interested in hearing your feedback, what do ye think?

Is TSMGO the last song Freddie recorded? I always thought it was Mother Love?
I'm a huge fan of Elton. I love how he paid tribute to Freddie, which is far from perfect vocal wise, emotionally wise is another story. But does Elton John come close to the version with Freddie? Nope, and I say that as someone who respects and admire both versions and artists. Same with GM, and he is one of the best artists I've ever heard that covered a Queen song.
Freddie sang his heart out while very ill in his last few/couple of years. That says alot about guts and determination of the man. Those songs are tremodously special for many Queen fans, myself included. AL may be technically better at times, but that doesn't matter much to me in the Queen catalogue. What does matter for me is the emotion behind and sometimes at the forefront of Queen songs.
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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby fairydandy » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:43 pm

I rate Lambert's version the same as I rate this version. In fact, I find this version far more listenable and emotional.

I'm being serious.

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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby snifflese » Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:35 am

It takes two singers to do a pretty poor job of the song! Not even close to Adam's version.
 
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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby YAFF » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:04 pm

Okay I counted to ten before I responded...

Of all Queen songs Adam does WWTLF the best BUT it pales in comparison to Freddie and no matter what Adam sings he will ALWAYS pale in comparison to Freddie but in fairness 99.9% of all singers pale in comparison to Freddie. It's not just Freddie''s range, power, vocal phrasing it's his tone. Freddie is one of the greatest male singers in recorded history for all music.

Now YOU may have your preference and your opinion but time will tell. 10 years from now Freddie still will be in most Top 10 Greatest Singers lists and Adam will not even be on the list. Adam's tone is just too common. I don't hear emotion in his voice. There's no soul. There's precision and technique out the wazoo but that describes too many professional singers to matter.
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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby Leigh Burne » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:27 pm

Adam's version isn't even as good as Seal's.
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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby JLP » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:04 pm

YAFF wrote:Okay I counted to ten before I responded...

Of all Queen songs Adam does WWTLF the best BUT it pales in comparison to Freddie and no matter what Adam sings he will ALWAYS pale in comparison to Freddie but in fairness 99.9% of all singers pale in comparison to Freddie. It's not just Freddie''s range, power, vocal phrasing it's his tone. Freddie is one of the greatest male singers in recorded history for all music.

Now YOU may have your preference and your opinion but time will tell. 10 years from now Freddie still will be in most Top 10 Greatest Singers lists and Adam will not even be on the list. Adam's tone is just too common. I don't hear emotion in his voice. There's no soul. There's precision and technique out the wazoo but that describes too many professional singers to matter.


If he was not touring with Queen, he would have returned to the obscurity from whence he came. Outside of his fan base I doubt he would make any list of the greatest 100 male singers. Quite why his fans think it is appropriate to come on here and claim he can sing a song better than Freddie Mercury is beyond comprehension.
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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby icy » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:51 pm

I love :sarcasm: how it's called Adam's version and not even the Q+AL version by a couple of posters here.
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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby fairydandy » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:08 pm

He's a good vocalist, technically perfect, just as those West End singers are that I keep on comparing him to. It's no big deal, they are ten-a-penny these days. Just turn on the TV on any Saturday night these daysand you will hear vocalists on a TV talent show every bit as good as Lambert.

Those TV shows won't find the next Freddie Mercury though....they will merely find the next Lambert. Next...yes it's your time for 10 mins of fame..... :roll:
 
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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby fairydandy » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:27 pm

Seriously, if anyone thinks that this is in any way comparable to that Lambert nonsense, then they are very probably on the wrong site. At 1:55 my eyes start to water ("it's what they call tears, it's a sign of their weakness") because it's simply amazing!

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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby Kes » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:02 pm

Leigh Burne wrote:Adam's version isn't even as good as Seal's.



...or Ian & Belinda's version. (At least like the Seal version, THAT had THREE original members of Queen playing on it!)

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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby The Milkman » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:06 pm

fairydandy wrote:Seriously, if anyone thinks that this is in any way comparable to that Lambert nonsense, then they are very probably on the wrong site. At 1:55 my eyes start to water ("it's what they call tears, it's a sign of their weakness") because it's simply amazing!

https://youtu.be/MOhuK7aZayw


You have to understand that Adam makes the old vag water too. :lol:
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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby Kes » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:09 pm

I don't know why, it's not like he's ever going to be in need one of those, is it?
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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby The Milkman » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:13 pm

Kes wrote:I don't know why, it's not like he's ever going to be in need one of those, is it?



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Re: Is Adams version of WWTLF better than Freddie's?

Postby Leigh Burne » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:18 pm

Kes wrote:...or Ian & Belinda's version. (At least like the Seal version, THAT had THREE original members of Queen playing on it!)

For what it's worth, I've always thought Seal did a pretty good job. I've seen people say he wasn't very impressive on the day, but on the DVD he comes across really well. Plus I like how obviously emotional he is when he sings it.
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