Queen You’re My Best Friends as found on the 1979 Queen album Live Killer
This is a guitar play along with the record with on screen guitar tab
played by James Rundle of Rock Licks Guitar Tuition in South Shields
“You’re My Best Friend” is a song by the British rock band Queen, written by bassist John Deacon. It was originally included on the A Night at the Opera album in 1975, and later released as a single. In the US, “You’re My Best Friend” went to number sixteen. The song also appeared on the Live Killers (1979) live album and on the compilation albums Greatest Hits (1981), Absolute Greatest (2009) and Queen Forever (2014).
The song was composed by John Deacon, with a meter of 4/4 (12/8), and a key of C major.
The album A Night at the Opera features songs of numerous styles including this three-minute ballad pop song. Very unusually for the genre there is no section appearing more than twice; this is characteristic of many Queen songs, as affirmed by Brian May. On the other hand, in terms of phrases and measures, there are numerous repetitions or variants. The form is cyclic and very similar to that of “Spread Your Wings” (1977). Another similarity between the two songs is the lack of (real) modulation. The arrangement features 3 and 4-part vocal and guitar harmonies, bass (melodic approach), drums, and electric piano. This is Deacon’s second recorded song and the first one released on single, some six months after the album-release. Mercury’s lead vocal features lot of “special effects” (voice, rubato-ized rhythms, ornaments, slides). Mercury hits two sustained C5s in the lead vocal track.
Queen comments on the record
The band answered Tom Browne on 24 December 1977 in a live BBC Radio One interview, regarding Deacon’s control of the piano for the recording:
“ Well, Freddie didn’t like the electric piano, so I took it home and I started to learn on the electric piano and basically that’s the song that came out you know when I was learning to play piano. It was written on that instrument and it sounds best on that. You know, often on the instrument that you wrote the song on. ”
“ I refused to play the damn thing [the Wurlitzer]. It’s tiny and horrible and I don’t like them. Why play those things when you’ve got a lovely superb grand piano? No, I think, basically what he [John] is trying to say is it was the desired effect. ”
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