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 Posted:   Oct 18, 2013 - 1:19 AM   
 By:   Steve H   (Member)

So which came first? There is a fair amount of Howard Blakes' score on the commercially released soundtrack album by Queen. As in the film some cues are presented outright while others appear mixed into the Queen material. Nearly all of the queen material is featured in Blakes score in some shape or form. So who originally came up with the themes. I've enjoyed the heck out of this score since picking up the Super Tracks release.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2013 - 1:39 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

So which came first? There is a fair amount of Howard Blakes' score on the commercially released soundtrack album by Queen. As in the film some cues are presented outright while others appear mixed into the Queen material. Nearly all of the queen material is featured in Blakes score in some shape or form. So who originally came up with the themes. I've enjoyed the heck out of this score since picking up the Super Tracks release.

QUEEN was on the project first and Howard was called in late in the production to provide the score which used QUEEN's themes.

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2013 - 1:48 AM   
 By:   Steve H   (Member)

A release featuring Blakes' score and all of the Queen cuts would be most welcome.

 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2013 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

AMEN.

 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2013 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   The Beach Bum   (Member)

QUEEN was on the project first and Howard was called in late in the production to provide the score which used QUEEN's themes.

Ford A. Thaxton


The more complete story is that Queen was hired to score the film, and, having never done a film before, couldn't figure-out what to do.

Blake was then called-in to write a score, incorporating some of thematic material Queen submitted. Blake wrote the score over a near-sleepless two weeks -- without an orchestrator -- and also conducted the session. (Then he collapsed from exhaustion -- his wife was out of town while he was working on the score, and when she returned could not revive him and called an ambulance. He might well have died had she not found him in time.)

After Queen heard his score, they suddenly realized how a film score is supposed to work with the picture. So they provided several cues for the film -- replacing Blake's cues, much to the chagrin of the composer, who almost literally killed himself to get the job done.

 
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