๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐๐ซ๐—ฒ-๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฃ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜†๐—บ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜…! ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ

29 June 1973, ‘I Can Hear Music’ / ‘Goinโ€˜ Back’ released in the UK, Germany and USA.

โ€˜I Can Hear Musicโ€™ was written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector for American girl group the Ronettes in 1966.

In the summer of 1972, Trident Studios’ in-house engineer Robin Geoffrey Cable instigated an experimental project in an effort to emulate the “wall-of-sound” style made famous by Phil Spector. Queen happened to be recording their debut album in the studios at the time, so he invited Freddie Mercury to lay down the lead vocals who, in turn, enlisted Brian May and Roger Taylor provide percussion, guitar and backing vocals – as paid session musicians.

In June 1973, just one week before Queen’s own debut album was released, EMI decided to cash in on the emerging glam rock trend and rushed out the resulting recordings as a 7″ single under the name of Larry Lurex – The โ€˜Queenโ€™ name could not be used due to the imminent release of their own debut album. It was decided the single would be released under the pseudonym Larry Lurex – an obvious send-up of Gary Glitter (immensely popular then).

Unfortunately Garyโ€™s popularity went against them: many people were upset by the satire and refused to buy or even play the song. The whole thing backfired, and the single was a total failure in the UK. It was, however, the first appearance on record of Queen – at least three of them anyway (John was elsewhere and wasnโ€™t involved). The single became a sought after collectorโ€™s item. It was later bootlegged and released on Anthem Records in the USA, ensuring that the collectorโ€™s value of the EMI release soared. It was the first solo product by a Queen member.

Freddie Mercury said: โ€œI thought it was great!Letโ€™s face it, itโ€™s the highest honor for any performer to have people copying you. Itโ€™s a form of flattery and it was only meant in fun. We never took it quite seriously since it didnโ€™t have anything to do with Queen. It was only when we achieved popularity and people started figuring out that it was us that anybody was interested. It was just something rock stars dabble in once in a while and I was quite pleased with the outcome.โ€

โ€˜I Can Hear Musicโ€™ peaked at #115 on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart (It didnโ€™t chart in the UK)

The original acetate lists the artist as Larry Lurex and the Voles From Venus. The original 7″ became a sought after collector’s item for Queen fans. The song was finally released on CD as part of The Solo Collection and later on Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs. The song itself is beautifully performed and is a great insight to Queen early in their career.

โ€˜Goin’ Backโ€™ is best known as a 1966 single made famous by Dusty Springfield. The song written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin and was recorded by a number of artists including The Byrds, Phil Collins and eventually Carole King herself.

The song was used as the B-Side to the Larry Lurex single “I Cant Hear Music”. Again, Freddie on lead vocals, Brian on guitar/backing vocals, and Roger on drums/backing vocals. This is a slower paced song, and Freddieโ€™s vocals make him sound very young. Again, highly recommended. If you’re going to get it, please listen to it from an official release; bootlegged versions sound awful.

Freddieโ€™s final recording – Mother Love has snippets of Queen performances at the end and you distinctly hear โ€˜Goinโ€™ Backโ€™โ€ฆโ€ฆ.

Brian May picked up his old 45 copy of Mercury’s 1972 recording of “Goin’ Back.โ€ The A-side of that record was “I Can Hear Music.” When May laid down the clip of “Goin’ Back” against pieces of all Queen performances, going back in time, it all fell perfectly into place. Because “Goin’ Back” is about those very same childhood yearnings, May knew that his choice for the ending was meant to be.

It was only fitting that Mercury’s first recorded song, was used as the final word in his last song. A truly haunting verse, as the song “Mother Love” fades to an end.

The second picture is from the booklet sleeve inside the Freddie Mercury Messenger of the Gods boxed set

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