Our Artist Focus week, on Queen, continues with Under Pressure, probably their most famous collaborative piece with ace musician, David Bowie.
Now, I originally heard the “Rah” version, which is good, but pales in comparison to the original. It starts with a simple baseline, two simple piano chords, and morphs into a smorgasbord of vocal talent, with Freddie’s range being demonstrated well, Bowie and his deeper voice being a perfect accompaniment to Freddie’s higher tones.
It’s a masterpiece – you’ll be hard pressed to find someone over the age of 18 that won’t appreciate Under Pressure, and personally, I believe that any you do meet need a good slap up the side of the head.
I admit, it’s not the easiest song to listen to – you have to pay some attention, considering the voices they both have, but it’s worth the listen, and for two of music’s greatest musicians to have created this… it’s worth the listen, whoever you are, wherever you’re from. Just listen.