Jazz - Queen's Most Underrated Album?

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Speaking of which, I wonder out of the Montreux tracks, which ones were done upstairs in the studio, and which ones were done out on the casino floor, as per the inner sleeve photo.

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Kes wrote: Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:48 am See, Jazz is like a tin of Quality Street, something for everyone.
Any idea why they called the LP Jazz?

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Quite a lot of the time, Roger suggested the album titles, like Sheer Heart Attack, News Of The World, and to a degree Opera and Races.

Apparently, so the fan club magazines around the time suggested, he was in West Berlin, and saw the word "Jazz" grafitti sprayed on The Berlin Wall, in a place that was floodlit and heavily guarded with machine gun towers. The sort of place people were regularly shot if they got anywhere near the wall.

It impressed Roger that someone had so seriously endangered their life to make an apparently senseless statement. I think this inspired Roger to write the song More Of That Jazz, and push for Jazz as the album's title. Not sure where the idea of the black and white circular patterns on the cover, came from.

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I love the album but, honestly, Roger's tracks are shit.

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YAFF wrote: Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:56 pm I love the album but, honestly, Roger's tracks are shit.
Agree.Drummers can't write songs, they only know how to drum

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TheMiracleMan wrote: Thu Dec 31, 2020 3:20 pm
Agree.Drummers can't write songs, they only know how to drum
That's not entirely true, at all.

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In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins, Hotel California -Don Henley, These Days - Dave Grohl, pretty much all of Rush's lyrics - Neil Peart. According to James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich is VERY important to Metallica's songwriting.

Nah, drummers can't write songs, can they?

They're just as valid as any other person in a band, if they can write lyrics or string half a dozen chords together.

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In the case of Queen, it's a bit like comparing George Harrison's songwriting, to that of his bandmates Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

Roger's in a band with Freddie Mercury and Brian May, two people who were very strong songwriters. Ignoring Roger's writing, because of that fact, isn't really acknowledging that the guy HAS written a UK #1, and written two UK #2 singles. 90% of bands out there, never have even had one top 75 single, at all.

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YAFF wrote: Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:56 pm I love the album but, honestly, Roger's tracks are shit.
I agree that Fun It and More of That Jazz are two of Roger's weaker songs, though at least some of that is due to the overall sound of the Jazz album, in my opinion. There are no excuses for the mash-up at the end of More of That Jazz, though; it's just awful.

And then he seemed to hit a rich creative vein. A Human Body and Rock It are both great, and Coming Soon is decent as well — and he must have been writing the stuff for his first solo album at about the same time, which is really good from start to finish. His best solo album, I wonder?

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It's funny how some things appeal to some people, and not to others.

Personally, I'd rate both Fun It, and More Of That Jazz as two of Roger's better Queen songs.

I would agree that the montage at the end of More Of That Jazz is unneccessary, though. A bit like the one at the end of the 12" mix of I Want To Break Free.

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