I thought this would do better in recordings because it's about certain songs/albums in particular. Well, I woke up this morning (actually afternoon but that's besides the point ) and decided I wanted to learn "Another One Bites the Dust". My band isn't covering it or anything, but I thought I would learn it anyways, being it's sort of a standard and I want to know it if I ever get called on to do it. So I pop my dad's old Queen cassette into the player and start playing. I listen to what the bassist is doing for the first few measures and I pause the tape, run over it while the melody is still fresh in my head, and bang it out on the bass. Then when I go to play along with the recording, it's horribly out of tune. But it's still close enough that I know the song's in E. I know that my bass is perfectly in tune but it's out with the recording. I then went a checked a tab to make sure I was correct and it says it's in the key of E too. Now, I once read that sometimes, certain recordings, when they are mixing to a DAT that they slow the master recording down just a little bit, so it's a little off key from when they orginally played it. I heard they did this with "Paraniod" by Sabbath. The song is suppose to be somewhere inbetween E and Eb. (a quarter step? but whenever I think quarter step, I'm thinking of a "sitarish" sound) I was thinking maybe this song has the same treatment. Or maybe because it's an older cassette, it strechted just a little wee bit out of tune from how it was orginally recording. Has anyone else expierenced anything like this on other songs?