Brighton Rock

Album: Sheer Heart Attack (1974)
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  • Brighton Rock is the name of a low budget British thriller released in 1947. The movie was based on a novel by Graham Greene and starred Richard Attenborough in the title role as a sinister and totally ruthless teen gangster. The film includes a romance of sorts, one that is entirely one-sided, and it may have been the inspiration for this Queen song, the subject of which is an ill-fated holiday romance.
  • A Brian May composition, "Brighton Rock" features his unique guitar sound layered with multiple echoes and the full vocal range of lead singer Freddie Mercury. In concert, he would use the song as a vehicle for launching into long, crowd-pleasing guitar solos. >>
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    Alexander - London, England, for above 2
  • Brian May remained proud of "Brighton Rock," with his guitar solos into the '10s building on the song as a foundation. His introduction to Queen's performance with Jessie J at the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony featured him performing a version of the "Brighton Rock" solo in the Olympic Stadium - complete with "Save the Badgers" attire.

Comments: 6

  • Ananda from Adelaide I love Freddie’s vocal range in this song - in one line! It’s so good to know there’s still magic in the air
  • Fabio from Rio De Janeiro, BrazilA Brighton Rock is a candy, usually hard stick-shaped, that is sold in seaside Brighton, UK. The story told in this song is supposed to have happened there, hence the title.
  • Ret from Bristol, United KingdomBrian May's best work. Should have left it at that, really.
  • Jfv from Philadelphia, PaThe song's opening includes what appears to be carnival-like music and someone whistling the song "I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside", an old English Music Hall song, written in the early 1900's by John A. Glover-Kind. A "sing-song" version of the very same song can be heard in the outro of "Seven Seas of Rhye", the last song on the previous Queen album (Queen II). Since Brighton Rock is the first song on Queen's next album, Sheer Heart Attack, the melody, in essence, ties the two works together. (4/15/08)
  • Ethan from Helsinki, -FAVORITE QUEEN SONG. Right next to Somebody To Love.
  • AnonymousA live version of this can be found on the Live Killers album. It sounds freakin awesome live!! Also Brian fiddled around with this on Live At The BBC which was before Sheer Heart Attack came out. Its quite interesting because you can tell he's got the general outline for Brighton Rock, but hasnt figured out to do with it. It's on the end of Son And Daughter on Queen Live At The BBC! Check it out.
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