不管你是不是搖滾樂迷,應該都耳聞過Queen的這首We are the champion。特別在重要的運動賽事節目中,經常使用這首歌與勝利相襯。

最近偶然看到一段影片,Playback Radio製作團隊將Queen在四場演唱會錄音音軌抽出人聲vocal的波長,成了無伴奏清唱,搭配剪輯Queen在不同演唱會的影像,向Freddie Mercury致敬。


We are the champion - isolated vocal version


三分多鐘後,沒有原因就熱淚盈眶。Freddie Mercury這個具有五個八度音域的傳奇搖滾歌手,華麗飽滿的音色、戲劇化卻真誠的渲染表現力和上天下海轉換自如的歌唱技巧,一路觸發著細胞震動。此外,歌曲中的幾段和唱,和聲美到掉淚,這天團的其他樂手個個都美聲能唱啊~

當所有樂器聲音或混音效果一一剝除時,純粹的人聲讓歌詞不再像是寫在紙上的文字,而變得像雕刻一樣有著更清楚的凹凸輪廓。每每「we’ll keep on fighting」的高音和「No time for losers, cause we are the champion of the world」的合唱轉調出現時,情緒就被擾動。

I've paid my dues
Time after time
I've done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I've made a few
I've had my share of sand
Kicked in my face
But I've come through
And I need to go on and on and on and on

We are the champions - my friend
And we'll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
Cause we are the champions of the world

I've taken my bows
And my curtain calls
You've bought me fame and fortune
And everything that goes with it
I thank you all
But it's been no bed of roses no pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge before the whole human race
And I ain't gonna lose
And I need to go on and on and on and on

We are the champions - my friend
And we'll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions of the world

We are the champions - my friend
And we'll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
Cause we are the champions

然後,從純人聲版再回歸官方樂團版本後,這首歌曲之所以經典傳唱絕對是音樂本身精心創作的結果。

We are the champion - Official video


多麼的精緻的作曲和編曲,有人聲的主旋律,吉他和貝斯的伴奏旋律,凸顯solo、堆疊和聲、漂亮轉調的設計,強弱對比與段落串接的方式,神奇的節奏速度(非常接近稍微熱血時的心跳速度),以著非常能夠「進入」聽者身體的頻率和波段,去驅動很多本能的反應,心跳、淚腺或者是身體的律動。

在需要熱血的時候,讓Freddie Mercury的聲音來啟動。

參考資料:
Playback Radio Blog
Playback Radio還製作了其他經典Queen歌曲的純人聲版
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