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Jake Shimabukuro — Bohemian Rhapsody
Album: Peace Love Ukulele
Avg rating:
6.3

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Total ratings: 1059









Released: 2011
Length: 5:50
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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 JohnOfMalvern wrote:
 
Every household should have one.  Maybe two, just for backup.
Excellent arrangement skillfully performed.  RPm keeps me coming back.
You have to admire their Uke to even try arranging this. Well done fellas though don't rely on me buying the CD.

Long live RP - I sing your praises to the heavens and from them.
 islander wrote:

I can't believe no one has posted this yet.
 

Doesn't mean I wasn't envisioning it. Although to Jake's version they should be genteely nodding along in a vintage Morris Minor.

I can't believe no one has posted this yet.
great playing and sound, but why does it need to be this tired old melody?
lol! Nicely done. Good fun.
This is fantastic.
Just why?
Don't embarrass your talent!
Dislike for music is hard for me to understand, but those who dislike a guy playing an amazing and incredibly difficult transcription of this piece of music on ukelele is almost fascinating if it weren't so dull.  Why not open your mind, just a pinch?
Going to hit the next button can’t stand this song
Great uke player, fantastic for whom can listen.
Crap for dumbasses
Freddy is digging this from wherever he is.
I can appreciate the artistry and uniqueness of applying the ukulele in this manner with a hugely popular song. It is masterful and creative...however...this is just the sort of 'novelty' that is best to experience ONCE. Whenever I hear this...the appreciation factor gets bumped down and I have to remember that someone somewhere is hearting this for the first time and enjoying it like I did the first time.
Nice at first but soon boring. However, I'd say it's quite likable.
Spare him his life from this monstrosity
A genius!
BORING!{#Beat}
So good.  So impressive musically.
This is pretty close to excruciating not to mention tedious. ASTS! (Alexa Skip This Song)
Looking forward to a version on an Appalachian dulcimer.
Coming up short.
 Mita wrote:
Nicely done, but a cover nonetheless. No covers, RP!

 
Are you crazy?! RP has more covers than a Motel 6!
Are u kiddin me
this is a nice sweet tune.  somehow familiar. from an old movie?
Can't wait for his versions of "The ace of spades" and "U can't touch this".

Well, to be honest, I think that actually the ukulele's inventor accidentally died before he could tell the world that it was just a joke.
First time this tune actually does remind me of some Spanish fandango. 
interesting idea but the result is not that great and it's just too long...this arrangement is taking the life and energy out of the song ! I can see there is a lot of work in the performance but I still had to PSD before the end, sorry
{#Clap} {#Notworthy}
Blah.{#Eh}
Thanks for turning me onto this artist.  His music is amazing.  A solid 10 from me.
He certainly stretched that instrument further than the limits I would have imagined.   I was impressed with both his performance and his arrangement.
Nicely done, but a cover nonetheless. No covers, RP!
Did Al Yankovic switch to the ukulele?
 ench wrote:
This guy is incredibly technically proficient, and the Ukulele is a fine instrument... But this track simply does not work...
 
Agreed!
This is the first time I've ever heard someone actually play the ukulele musically. 
This is interesting, but.... I kinda like the California Guitar Trio version better. When doing live, they turn the microphones toward the audience so that it can sing along.
Hands up if you were singing along like me.
For me, this crosses the line from "Wow, whoda' thunk someone could play that on a ukulele?" to sounding like elevator music
on my own, in the office singing my heart out.   this is a 9.  sorry if you don't agree.


9
 ThePoose wrote:
Bill, now kindly play Theme from Shaft by the British Ukelele Orchestra!
It will generate an automatic, reflexive LMFAO.

 

 hencini wrote:


Please tell me this is a real thing. 

 
Indeed, it is:
 
A 10 FOR Jake, A 3 FOR THE TUNE. should be followed by bro. IZ
This guy is incredibly technically proficient, and the Ukulele is a fine instrument... But this track simply does not work...
Sorry, it doesn't work. His rendition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps is great but somehow that cleverness doesn't carry over to the other covers on his album.
Impressive ukulele, version of the song is okay not great.  6 maybe a 5 if I am grumpy.
 ThePoose wrote:
Bill, now kindly play Theme from Shaft by the British Ukelele Orchestra!
It will generate an automatic, reflexive LMFAO.

 

Please tell me this is a real thing. 
A complete yawn, sorry.

Great player, though 
 mgtom wrote:
Awesome talent, unique ukelele sound, & terrific song.   Somehow all adds up to a boring tune.

 

Couldn't agree more. 
{#Stop}
This is great!  This guy is a wonder.  And this is truly eclectic.
I'd seen it listed under Jake S. in Google Search but haven't listened to it yet.  
His version of  "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"  came really close to getting me to buy another uke.  
My first string instrument was a uke (red Airline) that my uncle gave me @ age 14.  
I ended up selling the trumpet a couple years later for a Gretch 12-string.  
I was recently looking for something portable to backpack with—still not decided.

ps: For anyone interested in ukes; there are great deals on high quality ukes with minor blemishes.
Search manufacturers for blemished.  You won't find a Casey Kamaka made Jake Shimabukuro signature model there though (they made 100 in 2006 and sold all in less than a year @ $5500
 
pps: Hey Bill.  How about some truly eclectic ethnic, indigeneous stuff like Balinese Gamelan bands on occasion?  A couple of those far out kind of things a week would be cool.
Awesome talent, unique ukelele sound, & terrific song.   Somehow all adds up to a boring tune.
Some people's talent amazes me:  especially when I can't put three chords together on a guitar and this comes out of a ukelele!!!  Good follow up, Bill, with a more obscure Queen song.  Only on RP!!!
 daveesh wrote:
this is kinda fun.

 
Depends on your definition of fun!
This might be the first "HoHum" rating I've issued on RP.  I didn't PSD, but it was close. Sounds like something my family would do after Turkeyday dinner. While its fun to do, I don't think I would care to listen to it any other time.

{#Drunk}{#Boohoo} 
Son has just commented 'WTF' or similar!!  Have to agree.... it's dire! Just because he plays a uke doesn't make it good!
 Webfoot wrote:


I have the opposite reaction. Without the original running through my head, I think I would just mute this. Having said that, I like the contrast and find it rather entertaining.

 
{#Yes}
Bill, now kindly play Theme from Shaft by the British Ukelele Orchestra!
It will generate an automatic, reflexive LMFAO.
this is kinda fun.
 Rotterdam wrote:
I'm trying objectively to determine how I would feel about this had I now known the original.
Pretty sure I would find this wonderful and inventive - as well as showing an amazing musicality.
So basically, I love this. 

 

I have the opposite reaction. Without the original running through my head, I think I would just mute this. Having said that, I like the contrast and find it rather entertaining.
Only on Radio Paradise!
 
There are bits of this that I like, a lot. Then there are passages that I totally detest. Over all it's OK, I think.
Perhaps it's a good demonstration of talent, but judged as a song on its own (at least by me), it's pretty horrible...
I really liked the ending (if you know what I mean...)
Conceptually interesting, but gets on my nerves very quickly.
i bought it and now regret it.
I'm trying objectively to determine how I would feel about this had I now known the original.
Pretty sure I would find this wonderful and inventive - as well as showing an amazing musicality.
So basically, I love this. 
 dwlangham wrote:
This walks a fine line between virtuosity and novelty side show attraction. Virtuosity wins out, imho.

 
i'll respectfully disagree.   Novelty wins out to my ears.   Don't like it...
It's growing on me - started out "WTF", but now I'm like "Oh wow" - virtuosity!
This is really ill-advised.
This guy's Stairway to Heaven is fekkin mind blowing. {#Notworthy}
hearing it played this way - it seems more operatic than the original. 
Say what you will, but I could not help but be compelled to sing the shit out of this song...
And now, for your Monday morning:  one big heaping helping of weird.
This walks a fine line between virtuosity and novelty side show attraction. Virtuosity wins out, imho.
A moment of calm ahh
Whoa - Tiny Tim does Queen! {#Stupid}
 Toke wrote:
Had to come to screen to check out ,, Thought it might have been one of ''Bills'' hidden talents. Conjours up a roaring log fire with a snow storm blowing outside .. I can picture Bill sat at the hearth playing this... Come on Bill come clean ...
 
Nice idea... but I'd rather he kept it to himself!


this is great!


Brave ...very brave {#Shifty}
I like that RP is so brave to experement with such things, but no
So underwhelming, this reminds me of the "Rockabye Baby!" lullaby CD's.....  I'll give it a 5 though, good background music to work by.
 Jelani wrote:
I dont think Wayne and Garth would be digging this....
 
That killed me, honestly laughing out loud ...
Apart from how I rate this song it's very RP-ish to play Queen (or another artist) after a song from Queen (or another artist) played by another {#Yes}
Had to come to screen to check out ,, Thought it might have been one of ''Bills'' hidden talents. Conjours up a roaring log fire with a snow storm blowing outside .. I can picture Bill sat at the hearth playing this... Come on Bill come clean ...
It's nice to hear such a fabulous song in a new arrangement. It was a risk worth taking IMHO.
I was working with RP playing in the background when a severe feeling of ‘WTF’ started to dawn upon me.
Very funky!  I like it!
 
Rather not...{#Think}
Just because you can do something, doesn't mean that you should.
A great song is a great song.  Not saying one can't be ruined by the arrangement, but in this case this is fantastic.
 Sasha2001 wrote:
So, he's great at playing the ukelele. Isn't that like being great at kissing your 1st cousin?
 

Obviously, you haven't seen my cousin.
I am impressed by the talent it takes to play this on a uke.

But I don't care if somebody plays this on a one-string wash tub bass or a 1,000-string harp, I still cannot stand this tune.

PSD for me.
 Poacher wrote:

Humour, you twat.
 
I thought that on the internet, nobody would know you're a twat. More fool me. In any case, it was funny for the first 30 seconds.


With only 4 strings... that's a lot of sound!!
I'd like to swat this song like an annoying fly.
Sonic dynamite - in slow motion - it just blows me away. 10+.
It is not complete without four ukes playing in harmony. 
Even better than The California Guitar Trio version, which is saying a lot!
Thank you, Bill, for making me stop in my tracks, LOL and exclaim 'WTF is that??' ;)
Gawd, we miss Freddie Mercury...
I can hardly wait for the classical harp version or perhaps an all snare drum version.
I keep asking the same question I ask when I hear Bela Fleck play Moonlight Sonata...
why? 

(just because you can doesn't mean you should.) 
Gosh, I really don't like it.  A chacon son gout (I have no diacritical marks on my keyboard)!

I love it!!  {#Hearteyes}


Muy bonito, no doubt. Never heard of before.
 
Escuchar esto es como escucharlo en cuatro, me hace viajar a Venezuela...
lovely!
Really love this ...
Es un cuatro? suena como un Cuatro....{#Eh}
 old_shep wrote:
Duh, Bohemian Rhapsody on a Uke?   Automatic 10.
 
...there's a really impressive accordion rendition floating around out there which puts this ukelele shame...
Completely transforms the song.  Delightful.
I dont think Wayne and Garth would be digging this....
 MiracleDrug wrote:

THIS guy was the Andrés Segovia of the ukelele...
 
"Was"?  I think he's still alive.
I could use a swaying hammock in the shade of a palm tree, while sipping a frosty beverage.  
Party on, Garth!
 nyccycleguy wrote:
wonderful ... and not only because it's on a uke (dig the picking on that middle section, yowza!) but because it makes you realize how sweet the melodies are. Of course it's not the original ... does it pretend to be?
 
THIS guy was the Andrés Segovia of the ukelele...
"Physical violence is the least of my priorities."
Man sings ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in police car after being arrested for public intoxication


We all gather here for the wonderful eclectic variety music presented to us with thanks.
However, I was never a fan of this song and to hear it on a uke sounds like two sets of fingernails on a chalkboard.
That is OK I will just turn it down when I hear it again.
wonderful ... and not only because it's on a uke (dig the picking on that middle section, yowza!) but because it makes you realize how sweet the melodies are. Of course it's not the original ... does it pretend to be?