Friday, August 13, 2010

Queen Song of the Week: Bring Back that Leroy Brown

We made it! Today is the last song in the set list of Queen's 1975 Hammersmith Odeon Christmas Eve concert! As I stated previously, a lot of these songs are much less well known and as such less has been written about them. However, my two favorite Queen websites Bechstein Debauchery and Queenpedia both rose to the challenge and include information about even the most rare Queen songs. Great work!

Bring Back that Leroy Brown was written by Freddie Mercury and appeared on the band's 1974 album Sheer Heart Attack.

If the style of Bring Back that Leroy Brown sounds familiar, it's because the song is part of Freddie's exploration of vaudeville-esque music. Other songs in a similar genre include Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy (discussed here), and Seaside Rendevous.

Bring Back that Leroy Brown also includes a ukelele solo which was Dr. May's idea! Although the song itself is rather short (2:13), it features strong performances by all four members though RT has suggested that perhaps some studio effects were used to speed up the song and get the desired sound.

Happy Listening!

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