I Can Hear Music

Produced by: Robin Geoffrey Cable
Recorded at: Trident Studios
UK EMI 7": 1 June 1973 EMI 2030 / Did Not Chart
USA Anthem 7": August 1973 AN-204 / Did Not Chart

Side One
1. I Cant Hear Music (Greenwich/Spector/Barry) 3:29
  Side Two
1. Goin' Back (Goffin/King) 3:34

Single Info

If you were looking for Queen sometime during the summer of 1972, you'd most likely find them hanging around Trident Studios, waiting to record their debut album at any odd hour of the night, or morning for that matter. The band were only able to record during downtime, when other more prestigeous (and higher paying) customers were not using the studio.

Robin Geoffrey Cable, who would later go on to produce Funny How Love is on Queen's second album, became inspired by Phil Spector's wall of sound production technique. Cable wanted to record two songs at Trident using this technique, I Can Hear Music, which became famous by The Beach Boys and Goin' Back, which became a hit for Dusty Springfield.

Needing a vocalist and perhaps due to his availability at Trident, Cable recruited Freddie Mercury for the sound he desired. Freddie agreed, on the provision that bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor provide guitar and percussion respectively on I Can Hear Music.

EMI eventually released the single almost a year later and a week before Queen's first album and single debuted. To avoid confusion the name Larry Lurex was chosen, as a possible spoof of Garry Glitter. According to an acetate from the time, the original plan was to release the recording under the name Larry Lurex and the Voles From Venus.

The single was not a hit in either the UK or in the US, where it was released on the Anthem label. The original singles became collector's items, while the two tracks have become fan favorites.

I Can Hear Music

I Can Hear Music 3:29
Appears on: UK I Can Hear Music 7" vinyl, Solo, The Solo Collection, Lover Of Life Singer Of Songs, Lover Of Life Singer Of Songs (Limited Edition)

In 1972, Freddie was approached by producer Robin Geoffrey Cable to record a song in the Phil Spector "Wall Of Sound" style. The Ronettes (and later Beach Boys) classic I Can Hear Music was recorded that summer in Trident Studios and features (per Freddie's insistance) Roger Taylor on percussion and Brian May on guitar. The single was released in the UK a week before Queen's first album, becoming the first solo product by a Queen member. Freddie insisted the Queen name not be used for the release, so it was released under the pseudonym Larry Lurex. 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.

I Can Hear Music (Messenger Of The Gods Edit) 3:23
Appears on: Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles

Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles is a beautiful 7" colored vinyl box set collecting Freddie's solo career. Disc one replicates Freddie's first solo single, I Can Hear Music backed with Goin' Back. I Can Hear Music is slightly edited on this release, ending a few seconds earlier. Messenger Of the Gods is also available as a two CD set.

Goin' Back

Goin' Back 3:34
Appears on: UK I Can Hear Music 7" vinyl, Solo, The Solo Collection, Lover Of Life Singer Of Songs, Lover Of Life Singer Of Songs (Limited Edition), Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles

Goin' Back is best known as a 1966 single 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". Freddie's vocals are youthful and impactful - a perfect combination for this track. If you're going to get it, please listen to it from an official release; bootlegged versions sound awful. You can hear a snippit of this track at the end of Mother Love and in the Machines Instrumental Version.