Freddie Mercury’s isolated vocals from ‘We Are The Champions’ prove he was one of the finest tenors in history

23 November 2016, 12:14

freddie mercury isolated vocals

Just listen to how Freddie Mercury’s voice, isolated from the rest of the Queen sound, comes across so powerfully without double-tracking.

Queen’s ’We Are The Champions’ is a bombastic monument of a song, one of the most iconic in rock history - but what happens if you strip away all the instrumentation and leave only Freddie Mercury’s voice?

As it turns out, you’re left with a crystal clear bravura tenor that rivals any operatic performance for sheer intensity. Mercury’s gorgeous tone may be rough around the edges, but it has so much character that you’re compelled to overlook the technical shortcomings.

And how about that for a range? Fred, we salute you:

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