Listen to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury’s amazing acapella track for ‘Under Pressure’

davidfreddieCheckout this incredible acapella track from David Bowie and Freddie Mercury’s recording session. From Queen guitarist Brian May via Open Culture:

‘When the backing track was done, David said, “Okay, let’s each of us go in the vocal booth and sing how we think the melody should go–just off the top of our heads–and we’ll compile a vocal out of that.” And that’s what we did.’ Some of these improvisations, including Mercury’s memorable introductory scatting vocal, would endure on the finished track. Bowie also insisted that he and Mercury shouldn’t hear what the other had sung, swapping verses blind, which helped give the song its cut-and-paste feel.

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