God Save the Queen (1:15)

Cover of A Night at the Opera

From A Night at the Opera and 49 other releases

Brian May recorded the national anthem of England in 1974 before Queen’s “Sheer Heart Attack tour. He played a guide piano which was edited out later and added several layers of guitars. After the song was completed it was played as an outro at virtually every concert Queen played. When recording the track May played a rough version on piano for Roy Thomas Baker. He called his own skills on the piano sub-par at the time.

May performed the song live on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s golden jubilee in 2002 and has stated that he performed the song on the roof of Buckingham Palace as an homage to Jimi Hendrix’s version of “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

Guitar layering is one of May’s distinctive techniques as a rock guitarist. He has stated that the technique was born in his mind looking for a violin sound. For tracks like this, he stated he can use “up to 30” layers, using a small amplifier named the ‘Deacy Amp’ built by John Deacon, and later released commercially like the “Brian May” amplifier by Vox.


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  • MarcyStooge

    God save the queen, the fascist regime! Oh, wrong shoutbox xD

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • wardalem

    A great track to end their concerts. I saw them at Knebworth for the "Kind of Magic Tour"

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • kissesneverdie

    No one cares about the King.

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Nintendoman64

    God save the queen The fascist regime They made you a moron Potential H-bomb

    2 Oct 2011 Reply
  • mont1ff

    "Let Freedom Ring" god bless the U.S.A

    30 Mar 2011 Reply
  • gaviao65

    God shave the Queen...

    29 Jan 2011 Reply
  • KubaNecina

    Great joke:-)

    19 Jan 2010 Reply
  • clore482

    the Red Special and all of its glory.

    7 Jan 2010 Reply
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    18 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Soyerz

    Perfect. Finish ANATO with something so simple and short.

    22 Nov 2009 Reply
  • PhamilyJules

    After a song like "Bohemian Rhapsody", no other song besides this one would be fitting enough to follow it...

    16 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Jezeebel

    I'm lovin' it!

    13 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Layard1

    ekel-version..live is es geiler!

    14 Apr 2009 Reply
  • backtothelight

    I recently watched the Classic Albums DVD on "A Night At The Opera", and it is fascinating to see how Brian worked on this particular arrangement. A musical talent that is a cut above the rest.

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • masyan_ka_ya

    God save our gracious Queen, Long live our noble Queen, God save the Queen: Send her victorious, Happy and glorious, Long to reign over us: God save the Queen.

    15 Feb 2009 Reply
  • CU2005

    I looked up the lyrics to God Save the Queen... I gotta say they are pretty awesome. "Confound their politics, Frustrate their knavish tricks" That's my favorite part :-)

    17 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Balthi

    la lalaaaaa

    11 Nov 2008 Reply
  • elchingolense

    If every anthem were like this!!! :D

    28 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ziojimmy

    God save the Queen, God save the Queen

    8 Oct 2008 Reply
  • leropo

    god save the queen

    30 Jun 2008 Reply
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