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ONE VISION
(Live at Wembley)
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Queen - One Vision (Live At Wembley)

Written by : Queen

Album : A Kind Of Magic

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"One Vision" is a song written and recorded by the band Queen, first released as a single in 1985 and then included on their 1986 album A Kind of Magic. Even though it was on this album, it was not featured in the movie Highlander, but instead it was featured in the movie Iron Eagle. Queen were inspired to write and record this song because of the euphoric feeling that came from their performance at Live Aid. The song was included in all Queen's live concert performances of the 1986 Magic Tour, as the very first song of each concert. They claimed they chose "One Vision" as the introduction song because its intro made a perfect concert introduction.

Oddities

 

Distorted vocals

The song contains mysterious and distorted beginning vocals (which on the album and extended versions, also appear throughout Roger Taylor's drum section and in the end), most prominently the vocals retained in the single version.

 

Possible reverse message renditions

These vocals have been rumoured to contain a Satanic message, most commonly rendered as "Yes, sweet Satan... Yes, I've seen sabbath..." or "I've seen sabbath... Yes, my sweet Satan...".[1] But those rumors are untrue, also due to the sounds one hears when reversing the vocals (and especially when playing them at a high speed) - the sounds are more likely to form the message "E eight-six-seven... that scene seems away..." or "E eight-six-seven... yes, it seems away...", but it is not known whether this message would have a meaning at all.

 

Forward message

Although, what is true, is that these very vocals have sense when played forwards - they say "God works in mysterious ways... mysterious ways..." Although it has been claimed by an official Queen fan club that the second part is sung by Brian May, it's most probably also sung by Freddie Mercury, and the same as the end of the first part, just distorted differently before being incorporated into the song. It is because it is clear shown during the sections of the studio recording session of "One Vision" on both the Magic Years documentary and the DVD Greatest Video Hits II, how Mercury sings the line.

On both documentaries, the complete line says "God works in mysterious ways. And Hey, people! All around the world. I look forward to those glorious days once again!" However, the last line, as well as the word "helps", would be ambiguous, due to the music (which is an early prototype version without special and distorted sounds and no percussion, of "the One Vision" intro) in the background.

 

"Fried chicken"

The final line of the song (in both the studio and live versions) is "fried chicken", although the lyrics say "One vision". This was a result of a prank that Freddie Mercury did in the studio, as the band had fried chicken for dinner. It was Mercury's boyfriend, Jim Hutton's, idea to keep it in the song.

 

Live performances

What is notable that the live performances of the song added an additional section in the beginning of the song, right after the guitar riffs without the percussions, and a big finale, which included ad-libbed vocals by Freddie Mercury. The ad-libbed vocals were not present on all performances though, the most notable being the performance at the Maimarktgelände in Mannheim, on June 21st, 1986. Also, the live versions of the song included a different version of the intro, which starts like the single version intro, but later changes into the album version intro, but repeats the section after the vocals "Ii" near the end. It also features the initial distorted vocals as they were in the single version. However, the version used on the Wembley shows was yet different from the one mentioned above - basically it had the complete initial distorted vocals, and the first part was also like in the one in the album and extended versions, but the transition to the second part was just like in the version, mentioned above, and it did include the repeated section in the end. The VHS version of the July 12th Wembley show has the first part of the middle instrumental section of the studio version of Brighton Rock instead of the initial distorted vocals. The version of the song from the July 11th Wembley show has not yet been officially released. Interestingly enough, none of the two versions of the intro has been used with a studio version of the song so far.

 

Single B-side

A remixed version of the song, basically an extended and completely different (but not in structure) version of Roger Taylor's drum section from the song, but retaining the ending (however with a longer version of the music from the end of the song's intro plus an additional non-distorted sond over the final vocals "Vision vision vision vision...", which are like in the single version of the song), and repeating the existing famous distorted vocals (also in a new form, which is the first repetition), plus adding new distorted vocals (although they are nowhere as prominent as the famous ones), has been released as the song's B-side on both the 7" and 12" singles, and titled "Blurred Vision".

 

Cover versions

"One Vision" has been covered by many artists, the most notable is the German-language cover by the industrial music band Laibach, titled "Geburt einer Nation" ('Birth of a Nation'), which changed the song's feel and mood from the somehow light-hearted and optimistic original to the feel and mood of a Nazi propaganda song. This version also starkly revealed the ambiguity of lines like "One race one hope/One real decision". It was released in 1987, on the album Opus Dei. It has also been performed live, both as Laibach alone and accompanied by Dream Theater.

 

Promotional video

The video to "One Vision" mainly showed the band recording the song at Musicland Studios in Munich and was the first to be directed and produced for Queen by Austrian directors Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher, also collectively known as DoRo. DoRo and Queen developed a fruitful working relationship which would result in numerous acclaimed and award-winning videos (for "Innuendo" and "The Show Must Go On", among others).

The video also featured a "morphing" effect of the band's famous pose in 1975's "Bohemian Rhapsody" video to a 1985 version of the same pose.

 

Chart performance

"One Vision" became another hit single for Queen in many countries, usually reaching the Top 40, where it did in the Netherlands (#21), Switzerland (#24), and Germany (#26). It also had very minor chart success on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at #61. It became a big hit in the band's native UK, entering the Top 10 at #7. It also made #10 on Australia's ARIA Chart


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