Son & Daughter (3:20)

Cover of The Crown Jewels

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“Son and Daughter” was written by guitarist Brian May and was the B-side for the single “Keep Yourself Alive”. Written in 1972 for their first album - 1973’s Queen - and a regular feature in Queen’s live set until well into 1975, the song originally housed Brian May’s famous guitar solo. The album version of the song does not feature the guitar solo. The solo wouldn’t be properly recorded until 1974, for the track “Brighton Rock” of their Sheer Heart Attack album. Until this time, and occasionally afterward, the guitar solo would take over the middle of “Son And Daughter” during concerts, allowing the rest of the band a bit of a rest and costume change.

Unlike other songs from Queen’s early period which crept back into circulation in the live set of their ‘84 through ‘86 tours, such as “Liar”, “Keep Yourself Alive”, “The Seven Seas of Rhye” and “In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited”, “Son And Daughter” stayed off the set-lists after Queen’s hit singles began to dominate their live show. The song is indicative of their very earliest sound, influenced by blues rock and heavy metal.

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