My kids love Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. Who doesn't? It's friggin' awesome!
When I was a about 10 years old, I had a dual cassette deck stereo with a record player on top. It was from Citizen and was purchased at Consumer's Distributing on Dundas Street West, between Jane and Runnymede on the north side.
My teacher had recently played Queen's "We Are the Champions" for the class, and I soon discovered my old man had it on vinyl. It was the 9th track on Queen's Greatest Hits, and while I had the album in my bedroom, I discovered track #2.
The first thing I noticed about "Bohemian Rhapsody" was how long it was. It was almost 6 minutes when most tunes I enjoyed were around 4 minutes. 6 minutes seemed like a long time, but with "Bohemian Rhapsody", it was never enough. "Bohemian Rhapsody" was epic.
I recently re-introduced my kids to "Bohemian Rhapsody" and my 10-year old son particularly digs it. He seems to like it the way I did at his age, and we have a blast singing along at the top of our lungs.
All of that rambling leads us to the purpose of this entry. This is the isolated vocal track for "Bohemian Rhapsody" and it's Freddie Mercury at the top of his game. It gives me chills.
By the way, I adored "Bohemian Rhapsody" until the release of Wayne's World. That's when MuchMusic began playing the new video for "Bohemian Rhapsody" like crazy and the song was everywhere. That's when I took a nice long break from the tune. And now you know the rest of the story.