Title: Tie your mother down
Catalogue number: E 45385
Format: 7" vinyl
Condition sleeve / record: EX / VG-
Extra: Company sleeve, scratches on vinyl
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"Tie Your Mother Down" was written in Tenerife, when May was working on his PhD in Astronomy in early 1968.
He wrote it on Spanish guitar and thought he'd change the title and chorus later on, but Mercury liked it and they kept it that way.
The song is preceded, first, by a multi-tracked guitar part reminiscent of the song "White Man," then by a one-minute instrumental intro using a Shepard tone harmonium figure, which is actually a reprise of the ending of "Teo Torriatte".
This was intended to create a "circle" in the album.
The ascending scale was created by recording a descending scale on a harmonium and playing it backwards for the record.
The main bulk of the song can be described as heavy blues rock, featuring aggressive vocals by Mercury as well as a slide guitar solo by May, who also provided most of the backing vocals.
A music video was made for the song, directed by Bruce Gowers, based on a performance clip shot at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York in February 1977 during the band's US arena headlining tour.
After its release in 1976, the song was played by Queen on every subsequent tour.
|Condition Sleeve/Insert||Excellent or + (EX, EX+)|
|Condition Record/Disc||Very Good or + (VG, VG+)|
|Hard to Find||Common|