Brighton Rock – Queen – Guitar Rig 5 Native Instruments Free Preset Download
Brighton Rock is a Queen track found on Sheer Heart Attack album of 1974 and the live album Live Killers of 1979.
The live version showcases Brian May’s guitar work using delay pedals set at 800ms and 1600ms
Brian May wrote “Brighton Rock” in 1973 before the completion of Queen II (variations of the solo were often played live as part of Son And Daughter), but time restrictions meant that the song was not ready for inclusion on an album until Sheer Heart Attack. Working titles for this song included ‘Happy Little Day’, ‘Blackpool Rock’, ‘Bognor Ballad’, ‘Southend Sea Scout’, ‘Skiffle Rock’ and ‘Herne Bay’. The title is something of a pun: Brighton rock is a long, cylindrical sugar candy traditional to that seaside resort. The term was also iconic in UK pop culture as the title of a dark Graham Greene thriller/noir novel later adapted into a successful film starring Richard Attenborough as a teenage sociopath.
The song, the first track on the album, tells the story of two young lovers named Jenny and Jimmy meeting in Brighton on a public holiday. Jenny cannot linger because she is afraid her mother will find out “how I spent my holiday”, but afterwards “writes a letter every day”; Jimmy, eager on the day, is not so happy with her “nothing can my love erase”: now he is the one afraid of discovery by “my lady”.
The song is probably best known for its lengthy guitar solo interlude, which was rather similar to the solo of 1968 Smile song “Blag”. This featured May’s technique of using multiple echoes used to build up guitar harmony and contrapuntal melodic lines. The studio version only contains one “main” guitar and one “echoed” guitar for a short section, but live, he would usually split his guitar signal into “main” and two “echoed”, with each going to a separate bank of amplifiers.
Variations of this solo often featured during live Queen concerts, either as part of a rendition of Brighton Rock, a medley of it with some other songs (as witnessed on the News of the World tour where it segued after Freddie Mercury’s multiple echoed vocal solo at the end of “White Man” and May’s solo would segue into “The Prophet’s Song” or “Now I’m Here”), or on its own as a guitar solo.
In the late ’70s, the guitar solo was adapted to include some bass and drums, including a timpani solo by Roger Taylor (from October 1978 to November 1981). In 1980 and ’81, the solo was included as a medley with “Keep Yourself Alive”, before becoming a performance in its own right. During the recent tour of Queen + Paul Rodgers, a modified version, incorporating bits of “Chinese Torture” (from The Miracle) and the introduction from “Now I’m Here” was featured in the concerts. The Queen + Paul Rodgers version is featured on their live album Return of the Champions, simply titled “Guitar Solo”. The live piece is often between nine to thirteen minutes long. May performed part of the “Brighton Rock” solo at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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