I Can Hear Music
Robin Geoffrey Cable
UK EMI 7":
1 June 1973 EMI 2030 / Did Not Chart
USA Anthem 7":
August 1973 AN-204 / Did Not Chart
1. I Cant Hear Music (Greenwich/Spector/Barry) 3:29
1. Goin' Back (Goffin/King) 3:34
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 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.