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album art Under Pressure
by etgilles and DavidBowles


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Released: Jul 27, 2014 | 3:22 PM
Category: Rock
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: Some loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 5.69 MB

Plays: 1158
Downloads: 7
Weekly Plays: 2
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Sunday

License: No derivative works allowed
A collaboration with the wonderful Mr. Bowles that's been around 7 years in the making. No pressure.


Song history:
Queen had been working on the song under the title "Feel Like" but were not yet satisfied with the result. David Bowie had originally come to Mountain Studios in order to sing backing vocals on another Queen song, "Cool Cat", which would end up being edited out since he was not satisfied with it. Once he got there, they worked together for a while and wrote the song. The final version that became "Under Pressure" evolved from a jam session that Bowie had with the band at Queen's studio in Montreux, Switzerland; therefore it was credited as co-written by the five musicians. The scat singing that dominates much of the song is evidence of the jam-beginnings as improvisation. According to Queen bassist John Deacon (as quoted in a French magazine in 1984), however, the song's primary or main musical songwriter was Freddie Mercury — though all contributed to the arrangement.

Brian May recalled to Mojo magazine in October 2008 that, "It was hard, because you had four very precocious boys and David, who was precocious enough for all of us. David took over the song lyrically. Looking back, it's a great song but it should have been mixed differently. Freddie and David had a fierce battle over that. It's a significant song because of David and its lyrical content." The earlier, embryonic version of the song without Bowie, "Feel Like", is widely available in bootleg form, and was written by Queen drummer Roger Taylor.

There has been some confusion about who created the song's bassline. John Deacon said (in Japanese magazine Musiclife in 1982, and in the previously mentioned French magazine) that David Bowie had created it. In more recent interviews, Brian May and Roger Taylor have credited the bass riff to Deacon. Bowie, on his website, said that the bassline was already written before he became involved. Roger Taylor, in an interview for the BBC documentary Queen: the Days of Our Lives, stated that Deacon had indeed created the bassline, stating that all through the sessions in the studio he had been playing the riff over and over; he also claims that when the band returned from dinner Deacon had, amusingly, forgotten the riff, but fortunately Taylor was still able to remember it.

et - vocals
DavidBowles - music

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LaFayette Artist

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I love this Bowie's song (one of my fave).

You did it justice, guys smiley

Amazing !!!

- LaFayette smiley
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OMG you sound outstanding!! I can never get enough of your voice
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Wow! Awesome job on this fantastic song .... vocals were Amazing !!!! Incredible work guys !!!!!
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Y'all have made it your own! A bunch of WOWs!!!!! Love it! Love it! Love it! Another WOW!!!
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oh yeah, cool version
lovely vocals, wow!
Yep, good stuff!
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Great voice and vocal work!!!
Great tension and feel!
Excitement!
Super ending...
Thx!
Fully enjoyed!
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jkane Artist

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Superb cover. Any effort to reclaim this song and erase the memory of those clowns sampling this song gets a thumbs up from me! Good to know the back story to this song. I'm averaging 7 years on some of my collabs too smiley
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jibes Artist

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Way to go you guys! Stellar production and performance! More please!
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Baboon Artist

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The echo brings to mind Zep...like Queen crossed with Whole Lotta Love smiley Good to hear people taking chances with tough material!
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Oh great!!
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Cool take on an classic tune
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seriously cool collab! great job you two.
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One of my favs....and you pull it off beautifully....great one gents smiley
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Dude!!! One of the best I've ever heard from you. This is A++ delivery...wow! Really enjoyed this...AWESOME!!!
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You nailed this one, E.T!
A great collaboration...
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MoorNoki Artist

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Bloody Hell! Yes!! absolutely Terrific cover!!!! Your pipes shine here Etgilles!! Amazing!

And David... just wow! What a bed of music...

this was worth waiting for 7 years!
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Love it!
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