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So This Is How Queen's 'Under Pressure' (And Other Queen Classics) Sounds Like Without The Instruments

This demonstration of Freddie Mercury's vocal prowess will make you wish for the days before auto-tune.
by Gelo Gonzales | Nov 12, 2015
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Queen's Freddie Mercury is one of the greatest singers that humanity has ever produced. If an army of Martians were to invade, and they can only be beaten with the power of the human voice, we'd no doubt pick Freddie to lead the charge. His friend, the equally legendary David Bowie, can be his right-hand man. 

Of course, Mercury is no more, and the Martian invasion is but a figment of our imagination. 

What did happen, however, was a collaboration between these two seminal musicians in the early 1980s. It was called "Under Pressure," a classic by Queen, sampled illegally by Vanilla Ice in the '90s, and reintroduced to a new generation by My Chemical Romance and The Used in 2005. 

Legend has it that Mercury and Bowie were set to collaborate for a completely different song back in 1981 called "Cool Cat." Bowie got bored with the song, so the two—instead of recording—went on a drug and alcohol binge for 24 hours, which eventually resulted in the creation of "Under Pressure." 

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While the song sounds great with all the accompanying instruments, what we didn't know was that it's also incredible as an a cappella piece. Until now. 

The vocal track of the song recently resurfaced on our radar thanks to The website recently posted an article featuring the vocals-only track. The clip was actually posted back in 2011, and now has more than 3 million views. Listen to it:

Moving, right? This is the kind of pure vocal talent that we rarely get to see in the overproduced pop albums of today, and certainly makes us appreciate the singing prowess of Mercury and Bowie even more. 

Know what's even better? The uploader of the video, "MisteRhapsody" has an entire playlist of these a capella versions of Queen songs. Listen to them here:

"We Will Rock You," "We Are The Champions," and "Another One Bites The Dust" are our favorites!

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