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Queen

The Complete Guide

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Contents
Articles
Overview
Queen Awards and nominations 1 1 26 30 30 49 63 70 82 82 96 96 104 114 122 132 138 146 153 159 167 175 184 194 206 218 218 223 223

Members
Freddie Mercury Brian May John Deacon Roger Taylor

Discography
Queen discography

Studio albums
Queen Queen II Sheer Heart Attack A Night at the Opera A Day at the Races News of the World Jazz The Game Hot Space The Works A Kind of Magic The Miracle Innuendo Made in Heaven

Soundtrack album
Flash Gordon

Live albums
Live Killers

Live Magic At the Beeb Live at Wembly '86 Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl Queen Rock Montreal

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Compilation albums
Greatest Hits Greatest Hits II Classic Queen The 12" Collection Queen Rocks Greatest Hits III Stone Cold Classics The A–Z of Queen, Volume 1 Absolute Greatest Deep Cuts, Volume 1 (1973–1976) Deep Cuts, Volume 2 (1977–1982) Deep Cuts, Volume 3 (1984–1995)

Box sets
The Complete Works Box of Tricks Ultimate Queen The Crown Jewels The Platinum Collection The Singles Collection Volume 1 The Singles Collection Volume 2 The Singles Collection Volume 3 The Singles Collection Volume 4

Singles
"Keep Yourself Alive" "Liar" "Seven Seas of Rye" "Killer Queen" "Flick of the Wrist" "Now I'm Here"

"Bohemian Rhapsody" "You're My Best Friend" "Somebody to Love" "Tie Your Mother Down" "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" "Long Away" "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" "We Are the Champions" "We Will Rock You" "Spread Your Wings" "It's Late" "Bicycle Race" "Fat Bottomed Girls" "Don't Stop Me Now" "Mustapha" "Love of My Life" "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" "Save Me" "Play the Game" "Another One Bites the Dust" "Need Your Loving Tonight" "Flash" "Under Pressure" "Body Language" "Las Palabras de Amor" "Calling All Girls" "Staying Power" "Back Chat" "Radio Ga Ga" "I Want to Break Free" "It's a Hard Life" "Hammer to Fall" "Thank God It's Christmas" "One Vision" "A Kind of Magic" "Princes of the Universe" "Friends Will Be Friends" "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure"

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"Who Wants to Live Forever" "One Year of Love" "I Want It All" "Breakthru" "The Invisible Man" "Scandal" "The Miracle" "Innuendo" "I'm Going Slightly Mad" "Headlong" "I Can't Live With You" "The Show Must Go On" "These Are the Days of Our Lives" "Heaven for Everyone" "A Winter's Tale" "I Was Born to Love You" "Too Much Love Will Kill You" "Let Me Live" "You Don't Fool Me" "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)"

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Songs
List of songs by Queen "C–lebrity" "Say It's Not True" "See What A Fool I've Been" "Stone Cold Crazy"

Videography
Queen videography We Will Rock You The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Greatest Video Hits 1 Queen at Wembley Greatest Video Hits 2 We Are the Champions: Final Live in Japan

Tours

Queen live performances Sheer Heart Attack Tour A Night at the Opera Tour Summer Gigs 1976 A Day at the Races Tour News of the World Tour Jazz Tour Crazy Tour The Game Tour Hot Space Tour The Works Tour Magic Tour

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Related articles
"Another One Rides the Bus" Jim Beach Deacy Amp Spike Edney "In My Defence" Larry Lurex Let the Cosmos Rock The Mercury Phoenix Trust Mountain Studios A Night at the Hip Hopera The Official International Queen Fan Club The Cross Queen + Paul Rodgers Queen Hyde Park 1976 Queen I Tour Queen Live at Golders Green Hippodrome Queen at the Ballet John Reid David Richards SingStar Queen Smile The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody We Will Rock You The Cosmos Rocks

Five Live Live in Ukraine "You Are the Champion" Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour Rock the Cosmos Tour Concert for Kampuchea Super Live in Japan

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References
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Article Licenses
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Overview
Queen
Queen

Queen in concert, 1984. John Deacon (far left), Freddie Mercury (centre stage), Brian May (foreground), Roger Taylor (drums) Background information Origin Genres Years active Labels Associated acts Website London, England Rock 1971 [1] –present [2]

Capitol, Parlophone, EMI, Hollywood, Island, Elektra Smile, The Cross, Queen + Paul Rodgers, David Bowie, Ibex, Mott the Hoople [queenonline.com queenonline.com] Members Brian May Roger Taylor Past members Freddie Mercury John Deacon

Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1971, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar, guitars, vocals), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works, incorporating more diverse and innovative styles in their music. Before joining Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had been playing together in a band named Smile with bassist Tim Staffell. Freddie Mercury (then known by his birth name of Farrokh/ Freddie Bulsara) was a fan of Smile, and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques after Staffell's departure in 1970. Mercury himself joined the band shortly thereafter, changed the name of the band to 'Queen', and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was recruited prior to recording their eponymous debut album (1973). Queen enjoyed success in the UK with their debut and its follow-up, Queen II (1974), but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack (1974) and A Night at the Opera (1975) that gained the band international success. The latter featured "Bohemian Rhapsody", which stayed at number one in the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks; it charted at number

Queen one in several other territories, and gave the band their first top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. Their 1977 album, News of the World, contained two of rock's most recognisable anthems, "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions". By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world, and their performance at 1985's Live Aid is regarded as one of the greatest in rock history. In 1991, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. Since then, May and Taylor have infrequently performed together, including a collaboration with Paul Rodgers under the name Queen + Paul Rodgers which ended in May 2009. The band has released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, and 10 number one DVDs, and have sold over 150 million albums, with some estimates in excess of 300 million albums, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. They have been honoured with seven Ivor Novello awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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History
Early days (1968–1974)
In 1968, guitarist Brian May, a student at London's Imperial College, and bassist Tim Staffell decided to form a band. May placed an advertisement on the college notice board for a "Mitch Mitchell/Ginger Baker type" drummer; Roger Taylor, a young dental student, auditioned and got the job. The group called themselves Smile.[3] While attending Ealing Art College, Tim Staffell became friends with Farrokh Bulsara, a fellow student who had assumed the English name of Freddie. Bulsara felt that he and the band had the same tastes and soon became a keen fan of Smile. In late 1970, after Staffell left to join the band Humpy Bong, the remaining Smile members, encouraged by Bulsara, changed their name to "Queen" and continued working together.[4] When asked about the name, Bulsara explained, "I thought up the name Queen. It's just a name, but it's very regal obviously, and it sounds splendid. It's a strong name, very universal and immediate. It had a lot of visual potential and was open to all sorts of interpretations. I was certainly aware of gay connotations, but that was just one facet of it."[4] The band had a number of bass players during this period who did not fit with the band's chemistry. It was not until February 1971 that they settled on John Deacon and began to rehearse for their first album. They recorded four of their own songs, "Liar", "Keep Yourself Alive", "The Night Comes Down" and "Jesus", for a demo tape; no record companies were interested.[5] It was also around this time Freddie changed his surname to 'Mercury', inspired by the line "Mother Mercury, look what they've done to me," in the song My Fairy King.[6] Having attended art college, Mercury also designed Queen's logo, called the Queen crest, shortly before the release of the band's first album.[7] The logo combines the zodiac signs of all four members: two lions for Leo (Deacon and Taylor), a crab for Cancer (May), and two fairies for Virgo (Mercury).[7] The lions embrace a stylised letter Q, the crab rests atop the letter with flames rising directly above it, and the fairies are each sheltering below a lion.[7] There is also a crown inside the Q and the whole logo is over-shadowed by an enormous phoenix. The whole symbol bears a passing resemblance to the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom, particularly with the lion supporters.[7] The original logo, as found on the reverse-side of the first album cover, was a simple line drawing but more intricate colour versions were used on later sleeves.[7] [8]

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3 In 1973, after a series of delays, Queen released their eponymous debut album, an effort influenced by the heavy metal and progressive rock of the day.[9] The album was received well by critics; Gordon Fletcher of Rolling Stone said "their debut album is superb",[10] and Chicago's Daily Herald called it an "above average debut".[11] It drew little mainstream attention, and the lead single "Keep Yourself Alive", a Brian May composition, sold poorly. Retrospectively, "Keep Yourself Alive" is cited as the highlight of the album, and in 2008 Rolling Stone ranked it 31st in the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time", describing it as "an entire album's worth of riffs crammed into a single song".[12] The album was certified gold in the UK and the US.[13] [14]

The group's second LP, Queen II, was released in 1974, and features rock photographer Mick Rock's iconic image of the band on the cover. This image would be used as the basis for the 1975 "Bohemian Rhapsody" [15] [16] music video production. The album reached number five on the British album chart and became the first [13] Queen album to chart in the UK. The Freddie Mercury-written lead single "Seven Seas of Rhye" reached number ten in the UK, giving the band their first hit.[13] The album is the first real testament to the band's distinctive layered sound, and features long complex instrumental passages, fantasy-themed lyrics, and musical virtuosity.[17] [18] Aside from its only single, the album also included the song "The March of the Black Queen", a six-minute epic which lacks a chorus or song structure, bearing similarity to Queen's later work, "Bohemian Rhapsody". The Daily Vault described the number as "menacing".[19] Critical reaction was mixed; the Winnipeg Free Press describing the record as a "monstrosity".[20] Allmusic has described the album as a favourite among the band's hardcore fans,[21] and it is the first of three Queen albums to feature in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[22]

Queen II cover with Mick Rock photo later recreated for the Bohemian Rhapsody music video

Sheer Heart Attack to A Night at the Opera (1974–1976)
After the band's six-night stand at New York's Uris Theatre in May 1974, Brian May collapsed and was diagnosed as having hepatitis.[17] While recuperating, May was initially absent when the band started work on their third album, but he returned midway through the recording process.[23] Released in 1974, Sheer Heart Attack reached number two in the United Kingdom,[24] sold well throughout Europe, and went gold in the United States.[14] It gave the band their first real experience of international success, and was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.[25] The album experimented with a variety of musical genres, including British music hall, heavy metal, ballads, ragtime, and Caribbean. At this point, Queen started to move away from the progressive tendencies of their first two releases into a more radio-friendly, song-orientated style.[26] [27] Sheer Heart Attack introduced new sound and melody patterns that would be refined on their next album, A Night at the Opera. The single "Killer Queen" reached number two on the British charts,[13] and became their first US hit, reaching number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.[28] It combines camp, vaudeville, and British music hall with May's guitar virtuosity. The album's second single, "Now I'm Here", a more traditional hard rock composition, was a number eleven hit in Britain, while the high speed rocker "Stone Cold Crazy" featuring May's uptempo riffs is a precursor to speed metal.[23] [29] In recent years, the album has received acclaim from music publications: In 2006, Classic Rock ranked it number 28 in "The 100 Greatest British Rock Albums Ever",[30] and in 2007, Mojo ranked it No.88 in "The 100 Records That Changed the World".[31] It is also the second of three Queen albums to feature in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[22] In 1975, the band left for a world tour with each member in Zandra Rhodes-created costumes and accompanied with banks of lights and effects. They toured the US as headliners, and played in Canada for the first time.[32] [33] While the band toured Japan in April, the band's manager, Jim Beach, successfully negotiated the band out of their Trident Studios contract. One of the options they considered was an offer from Led Zeppelin's manager, Peter Grant. Grant

Queen wanted them to sign with Led Zeppelin's own production company, Swan Song Records. The band found the contract unacceptable and instead contacted Elton John's manager, John Reid, who accepted the position.[34] In late 1975, Queen recorded and released A Night at the Opera, taking its name from the popular Marx Brothers movie. At the time, it was the most expensive album ever produced.[35] Like its predecessor, the album features diverse musical styles and experimentation with stereo sound. In "The Prophet's Song", an eight-minute epic, the middle section is a canon, with simple phrases layered to create a full-choral sound. The Mercury penned ballad, "Love of My Life", featured a harp and overdubbed vocal harmonies.[36] The album was very successful in Britain,[13] and went triple platinum in the United States.[14] The British public voted it the 13th greatest album of all time in a 2004 Channel 4 poll.[37] It has also ranked highly in international polls; in a worldwide Guinness poll, it was voted the 19th greatest of all time,[38] while an ABC poll saw the Australian public vote it the 28th greatest of all time.[39] A Night at the Opera has frequently appeared in "greatest albums" lists reflecting the opinions of critics. Among other accolades, it was ranked number 16 in Q Magazine's "The 50 Best British Albums Ever" in 2004, and number 11 in Rolling Stone's "The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time" as featured in their Mexican edition in 2004.[40] It was also placed at #230 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" in 2003.[41] A Night at the Opera is the third and final Queen album to be featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[22] The album also featured the hit single "Bohemian Rhapsody", which was number one in the UK for nine weeks[13] and is the third-best-selling single of all time in the UK, surpassed only by Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997"—making it the best selling commercial single in the UK. It also reached number nine in the United States (a 1992 re-release reached number two on Billboard for five weeks).[28] It is the only single ever to sell a million copies on two separate occasions,[42] and became the Christmas number one twice in the UK, the only single ever to do so. Bohemian Rhapsody has been voted numerous times the greatest song of all time.[43] [44] The band decided to make a video to go with the single; the result is generally considered to have been the first "true" music video ever produced.[45] [46] Although other bands, including The Beatles, had made short promotional films or videos of songs prior to this, generally, those were specifically made to be aired on specific television shows. The second single from the album, "You're My Best Friend", the second song composed by John Deacon, and his first single, peaked at number sixteen in the United States[28] and went on to become a worldwide Top Ten hit.[42] The band's A Night at the Opera Tour began in November 1975, and covered Europe, the United States, Japan, and Australia.[47]

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A Day at the Races to Live Killers (1976–1979)
By 1976, Queen were back in the studio recording A Day at the Races, which is often regarded as a sequel album to A Night at the Opera.[48] [49] It again borrowed the name of a Marx Brothers movie, and its cover was similar to that of A Night at the Opera, a variation on the same Queen Crest.[50] The most recognizable of the Marx Brothers, Groucho Marx, invited Queen to visit him in his Los Angeles home in March 1977, and the band thanked him in person, and performed "'39" a cappella.[51] Musically, A Day at the Races was by both fans' and critics' standards a strong effort, reaching number one in the UK and Japan, and number five in the US.[13] [50] The major hit on the album was "Somebody to Love", a gospel-inspired song in which Mercury, May, and Taylor multi-tracked their voices to create a 100-voice gospel choir. The song went to number two in the United Kingdom,[13] and number thirteen on the US singles chart.[28] The album also featured one of the band's heaviest songs, Brian May's "Tie Your Mother Down", which became a staple of their live shows.[52] [53] During the same year, Queen played one of their most famous gigs, a 1976 free concert in Hyde Park, London. It set an attendance record, with 150,000 people confirmed in the audience.[54] During the A Day at the Races Tour in 1977, Queen performed sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, New York, in February, and Earls Court, London, in June.[16] [55] The band's sixth studio album News of the World was released in 1977, which has gone four times platinum in the United States, and twice in the UK.[14] The album contained many songs tailor-made for live performance, including

Queen two of rock's most recognisable anthems, "We Will Rock You" and the rock ballad "We Are the Champions", both of which became enduring international sports anthems, and the latter reached number four in the United States.[28] [56] Queen commenced the News of the World Tour in October 1977, and Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times called this concert tour the band's "most spectacularly staged and finely honed show yet".[57] In 1978, the band released Jazz, which included the hit singles "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Bicycle Race" on a double-sided record. The album reached number two in the UK and number six on the Billboard 200 in the US.[58] This album was "the target of a bizarre marketing campaign, in which sixty-five naked women were perched atop bicycles rented from Halford's Cycles and sent racing around Wimbledon Stadium."[59] The word "jazz" was not used in a strict sense, and the album was noted by critics for its collection of different Queen in New Haven, Connecticut in 1978. styles, jazz not being one of them.[60] Rolling Stone Magazine criticised it for being "dull", saying "Queen hasn't the imagination to play jazz – Queen hasn't the imagination, for that matter, to play rock & roll."[60] Reviews of the album in recent years have been more favourable.[61] Another notable track from Jazz, "Don't Stop Me Now", provides another example of the band's exuberant vocal harmonies.[62] In 1978, Queen toured the US and Canada, and spent much of 1979 touring in Europe and Japan.[63] They released their first live album, Live Killers, in 1979; it went platinum twice in the United States.[64] Queen also released the very successful single "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", a rockabilly inspired song done in the style of Elvis Presley.[65] [66] The song made the top 10 in many countries, topped the Australian ARIA Charts for seven consecutive weeks, and was the band's first number one single in the United States where it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks.[28] [67] Having written the song on guitar and played rhythm on the record, Mercury played rhythm guitar while performing the song live, which was the first time he ever played guitar in concert.[66] In December 1979, Queen played the opening night at the Concert for the People of Kampuchea in London, having accepted a request by the event's organiser Paul McCartney.[66]

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The Game to The Works (1980–1984)
Queen began their 1980s career with The Game. It featured the singles "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Another One Bites the Dust", both of which reached number one in the United States.[28] After attending a Queen concert in Los Angeles, Michael Jackson suggested to Mercury backstage that "Another One Bites the Dust" be released as a single, and in October 1980 it spent three weeks at number one.[68] The album topped the Billboard 200 for five weeks,[69] and sold over four million copies in the US.[14] It was also the first appearance of a Queen concert in Drammen, Norway in 1982. synthesiser on a Queen album. Heretofore, their albums featured a distinctive "No Synthesisers!" sleeve note. The note is widely assumed to reflect an anti-synth, pro-"hard"-rock stance by the band,[70] but was later revealed by producer Roy Thomas Baker to be an attempt to clarify that those albums' multi-layered solos were created with guitars, not synths, as record company executives kept assuming at the time.[71] In September 1980, Queen performed three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden.[16] In 1980, Queen also released the soundtrack they had recorded for Flash Gordon.[72] In 1981, Queen traveled to South America as part of The Game Tour, and became the first major rock band to play in Latin American stadiums.[63] The tour included five shows in Argentina, one of which drew the largest single concert crowd in Argentine history with an audience of 300,000 in Buenos Aires[73] and two concerts at the Morumbi Stadium in São Paulo, Brazil, where they played to an audience of more than 131,000 people in the first

Queen night (then the largest paying audience for a single band anywhere in the world)[74] and more than 120,000 people the following night.[75] In October of the same year, Queen performed for more than 150,000 fans on 9 October at Monterrey (Estadio Universitario) and 17 and 18 at Puebla (Estadio Zaragoza), Mexico.[76] On 24 and 25 November, Queen played two sell out nights at the Montreal Forum, Quebec, Canada.[77] One of Mercury's most notable performances of The Game's final track, "Save Me", took place in Montreal, and the concert is recorded in the live album, Queen Rock Montreal.[78] Queen worked with David Bowie on the single "Under Pressure". The first-time collaboration with another artist was spontaneous, as Bowie happened to drop by the studio while Queen were recording.[79] Upon its release, the song was extremely successful, reaching number one in the UK and featuring at number 31 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s.[80] Later in 1981, Queen released their first compilation album, entitled Greatest Hits, which showcased the group's highlights from 1974–1981.[81] It is the best-selling album in UK Chart history, and has spent 450 weeks in the UK Album Chart.[82] [83] The album is certified eight times platinum in the United States, and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.[14] [84] Taylor became the first member of the band to release his own solo album in 1981, entitled Fun in Space. In 1982, the band released the album Hot Space, a departure from their trademark seventies sound, this time being a mixture of rock, pop rock, dance, funk, and R&B.[85] Most of the album was recorded in Munich during the most turbulent period in the band's history, and Taylor and May lamented the new sound, with both being very critical of the influence Mercury's personal manager Paul Prenter had on the singer.[86] May was also scathing of Prenter, who was Mercury's manager from the early 1980s to 1984, for being dismissive of the importance of radio stations, such as the US networks, and their vital connection between the artist and the community, and for denying them access to Mercury.[87] The band stopped touring North America after their Hot Space Tour, as their success there had waned, although they would perform on American television for the only time during the eighth season premiere of Saturday Night Live. Queen left Elektra Records, their label in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, and signed onto EMI/Capitol Records.

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Queen live in Frankfurt on 26 September 1984. Compatible with his performance and compositions, Freddie Mercury was also a multi-instrumentalist.

After working steadily for over ten years, Queen decided that they would not perform any live shows in 1983.[88] During this time, they recorded a new album at the Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles and Musicland Studios, Munich, and several members of the band explored side projects and solo work. May released a mini-album entitled Star Fleet Project, on which he collaborated with Eddie Van Halen.[89] In February 1984, Queen released their eleventh studio album, The Works, which included the successful singles "Radio Ga Ga", "Hammer to Fall" and "I Want to Break Free".[90] [91] Despite these hit singles, the album failed to do well in the United States, while in the UK it went triple platinum and remained in the album chart for two years.[92] That year, Queen began The Works Tour, the first tour to feature keyboardist Spike Edney as an extra live musician. The tour featured nine sold-out dates in Bophuthatswana, South Africa, at the arena in Sun City.[93] [94] Upon returning to England, they were the subject of outrage, having played there during the height of apartheid and in violation of worldwide divestment efforts. The band responded to the critics by stating that they were playing music for fans in that country, and they also stressed that the concerts were played before integrated audiences.[95]

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Live Aid and later years (1985–1990)
In January 1985, the band headlined two nights of the first Rock in Rio festival at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and played in front of over 300,000 people each night.[96] The Boston Globe described it as a "mesmerising performance".[97] A selection of highlights of both nights was released on VHS with the title Queen: Live in Rio, and was later broadcast on MTV in the US.[97] [98] In April and May 1985, Queen completed the Works Tour with sold-out shows in Australia and Japan.[99]
"Queen were absolutely the best band of the day... they just went and smashed one hit after another... it was the perfect stage for Freddie: the whole world"  —Bob Geldof, on Queen's performance at Live Aid.
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At Live Aid, held at Wembley on 13 July 1985, in front of the biggest-ever TV audience of 1.9 billion, Queen performed some of their greatest hits, during which the sold-out stadium audience of 72,000 people clapped, sang, and swayed in unison.[101] [102] The show's organiser, Bob Geldof, other musicians such as Elton John and Dave Grohl, and various music journalists commented that Queen stole the show.[101] [103] [104] [105] An industry poll in 2005 named it the greatest rock performance of all time.[103] The band, now revitalised by the response to Live Aid and the ensuing increase in record sales, ended 1985 by releasing the single "One Vision", which was the first time since "Stone Cold Crazy" that all four bandmembers received a writing credit for the one song.[106] [107] Also, a limited-edition boxed set containing all Queen albums to date was released under the title of The Complete Works. The package included previously unreleased material, most notably Queen's non-album single of Christmas 1984, titled "Thank God It's Christmas".[108] In early 1986, Queen recorded the album A Kind of Magic, containing several reworkings of songs written for the Russell Mulcahy film Highlander. The album was very successful, producing a string of hits, including the title track, "A Kind of Magic". Also charting from the album were "Friends Will Be Friends", "Who Wants to Live Forever?" (featuring an orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen), and the de facto theme from Highlander, "Princes of the Universe".[109] In summer of 1986, Queen went on their final tour with Freddie Mercury.[110] [111] A sold-out tour in support of A Kind of Magic, once again they hired Spike Edney, leading to him being dubbed the unofficial fifth member.[112] [113] The Magic Tour's highlight was at Wembley Stadium in London and resulted in the live double album, Queen at Wembley, released on CD and as a live concert DVD, which has gone five times platinum in the US and four times platinum in the UK.[14] [114] Queen could not book Wembley for a third night, but they did play at Knebworth Park. The show sold out within two hours and over 120,000 fans packed the park for what was Queen's final live performance with Mercury.[115] During the tour, Queen performed a concert at Slane Castle, Ireland, infront of an audience of 95,000, which broke the venue's attendance record.[116] The band also played behind the Iron Curtain when they performed to a crowd of 80,000 in Budapest, in what was one of the biggest rock concerts ever held in Eastern Europe.[117] More than one million people saw Queen on the tour—400,000 in the United Kingdom alone, a record at the time.[94] After working on various solo projects during 1988 (including Mercury's collaboration with Montserrat Caballé, Barcelona), the band released The Miracle in 1989. The album continued the direction of A Kind of Magic, using a pop-rock sound mixed with a few heavy numbers. It spawned the European hits "I Want It All", "Breakthru", "The Invisible Man", "Scandal", and "The Miracle".[118] The Miracle also began a change in direction of Queen's songwriting philosophy. Since the band's beginning, nearly all songs had been written by and credited to a single member, with other members adding minimally. With The Miracle, the band's songwriting became more collaborative, and they vowed to credit the final product only to Queen as a group.[119]

and Metallica performed various Queen songs along with the three remaining Queen members. Greatest Hits II. freeing them of internal conflict and differences. starting with The Miracle in 1989 and continuing with Innuendo in 1991.000 – were donated to the Terrence Higgins Trust.[139] On 20 April 1992.[126] The band's second greatest hits compilation. "he went in and killed it. that May had concerns as to whether he was physically capable of singing it. and "The Show Must Go On".Queen 8 Mercury: illness. The concert is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as "The largest rock star benefit concert".[136] . Annie Lennox. and tribute (1988–1992) "There was all that time when we knew Freddie was on the way out. The music video for "These Are the Days of Our Lives" contain Mercury's final scenes in front of the camera.[140] Performers. the band credited all songs to Queen. Extreme.[121] The band decided to continue making albums. the lead singer continued to contribute.[141] as it was televised to over 1.[135] Initial proceeds from the single – approximately £1. rumours began to spread that Mercury was suffering from AIDS. 1976.[14] [137] Wayne's World footage was used to make a new music video for "Bohemian Rhapsody". and 1992). For the last two albums made while Mercury was still alive. Despite his deteriorating health. he died of bronchial pneumonia. rather than specific members of the group. Mercury flatly denied this. 1991. West London was private.000-strong crowd. completely lacerated that vocal".[122] [123] Innuendo was released in early 1991 with an eponymous number 1 UK hit[124] and three other charting singles.[125] Mercury was increasingly ill and could barely walk when the band recorded "The Show Must Go On" in 1990. including Def Leppard. George Michael.[94] and raised over £20.000.[131] His funeral service on 27 November in Kensal Green.2 billion viewers worldwide. David Bowie. The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert was held at London's Wembley Stadium to a 72. death. and has sold 16 million copies worldwide. "Headlong".[126] Recalling Mercury's successful performance May states. we kept our heads down"  —Brian May [120] After fans noticed Mercury's increasingly gaunt appearance in 1988.000 for AIDS charities.[127] [128] [129] On 23 November 1991. in a prepared statement made on his deathbed.[136] Queen's popularity was stimulated in the United States when "Bohemian Rhapsody" was featured in the 1992 comedy film Wayne's World. followed in October of the same year. and held in accordance with the Zoroastrian religious faith of his family. Mercury made his final public appearance when he joined the rest of Queen to collect the BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.[137] Its inclusion helped the song reach number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks in 1992 (it remained in the Hot 100 for over 40 weeks). "I'm Going Slightly Mad".[130] Within 24 hours of the statement. and is certified three times platinum in the US. with which the band and management were delighted. Elton John.000. with "These Are the Days of Our Lives" as the double A-side.[134] The single went to number one in the UK.[138] The compilation album Classic Queen also reached number four on the Billboard 200. which is the eighth best-selling album of all time in the UK. which was brought on as a complication of AIDS. In 1990. remaining there for five weeks – the only recording to top the Christmas chart twice and the only one to be number one in four different years (1975. Mercury confirmed that he had AIDS. Robert Plant. insisting he was merely "exhausted" and too busy to provide interviews. Guns N' Roses.[137] and won the band an MTV Award at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.[132] [133] "Bohemian Rhapsody" was re-released as a single shortly after Mercury's death.

re-worked material from May. a statue of Mercury was unveiled in Montreux overlooking Lake Geneva. Point Stadium.[153] .[149] In 1999. sharing vocals with various guest singers. It was released as a bonus track on the Queen Rocks compilation album later that year. behind The Beatles. In 1998. They again attended and performed in 2003. 1 on the UK charts immediately following its release. and it marked the last performance and public appearance of John Deacon. Queen were awarded the 2. plus material left over from their previous studio albums. The song was later released as a single. reaching number 13 in the UK chart. Queen performed "The Show Must Go On" live with Elton John and the Berjart Ballet in Paris on a night in which Freddie Mercury was remembered.[148] The Paris concert was only the second time Queen had played live since Mercury's death.[146] Brian May and Roger Taylor performed together at several award ceremonies and charity concerts. on Queen being without a lead singer since the death of Freddie Mercury. almost five years to the day since his death. Taylor. was finally released in 1995. Switzerland. the duo appeared at Luciano Pavarotti's benefit concert with Brian performing "Too Much Love Will Kill You" with Pavarotti. "Queen + Wyclef Jean" on a rap version of "Another One Bites the Dust". in order to raise awareness of the spread of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. titled Made in Heaven.[142] [145] Statue of Freddie Mercury overlooking Lake Geneva in Montreux. a Greatest Hits III album was released. Cape Town. and Mercury's solo albums were included. featuring tracks such as "Too Much Love Will Kill You" and "Heaven for Everyone". Both stages of recording. were completed at the band's studio in Montreux. and two years later the band was made ambassadors for the 46664 cause. they were billed as Queen + followed by the name of the guest singer. who chose to retire. A live version of "Somebody to Love" by George Michael and a live version of "The Show Must Go On" with Elton John were also featured in the album. This featured.[144] In 2002. and prompted Elton John to urge them to perform again.Queen 9 Made in Heaven to 46664 Concert (1995–2003) Queen's last album featuring Mercury.[150] By this point. four years after his death. Queen returned to the studio to record "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)".207th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. and "We Are the Champions" with Zucchero. [146] In 1997.[142] The album reached No. which is located at 6358 Hollywood Blvd.[143] [144] On 25 November 1996. "We Will Rock You". It must be like having a Ferrari in the garage waiting for a driver"  —Elton John. discussing how Africa's problems might be approached. and has sold 20 million copies worldwide. before and after Mercury's death. May and Taylor Queen's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Queen's vast amount of record sales made them the second best selling artist in the UK of all time. In addition.[147] In January 1997. "You guys should go out and play again. performed at the 46664 Concert hosted by Nelson Mandela at Green located at 6358 Hollywood Blvd.[151] [152] On 29 November 2003. such as Robbie Williams providing vocals for "We Are the Champions" for the soundtrack of A Knight's Tale (2001). It was constructed from Mercury's final recordings in 1991. Switzerland. During this time.[153] May and Taylor spent time at Mandela's home. among others. later playing "Radio Ga Ga". Several of the guest singers recorded new versions of Queen's hits under the Queen + name.

on 25 May 2006.[157] Queen received the inaugural VH1 Rock Honors at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.[159] Queen + Paul Rodgers performed at the Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute held in Hyde Park.[160] The first Queen + Paul Rodgers album. May and Taylor announced that they would reunite and return to touring in 2005 with Paul Rodgers (founder and former lead singer of Free and Bad Company).[154] In November 2004. titled The Cosmos Rocks. to be recorded at a "secret location".Queen 10 Queen + Paul Rodgers (2004–2009) At the end of 2004. the second in Japan. The band's drummer Roger Taylor commented. The retired John Deacon would not be participating. He's not trying to be Freddie.000 Ukrainian fans. Paul [Rodgers] came along by chance and we seemed to have a chemistry. which saw the band play 15 sold-out dates across nine countries.[164] Rodgers did not rule out the possibility of working with Queen again. who played a selection of Queen hits. and again promote awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. was released in Europe on 12 September 2008 and in the United States on 28 October 2008. Buenos Aires. London on 27 June 2008. Brian May confirmed through his website and fan club that Queen + Paul Rodgers would begin producing their first studio album beginning in October. and Paul Rodgers.[161] The 12 September concert in Ukraine was later released on DVD. through Europe. and the band performed two sold-out shows at the Moscow Arena. Ukraine. Paul is just such a great singer.[162] Queen and Paul Rodgers officially split up without animosity on 12 May 2009. Taylor. which was the first time Queen toured since their last tour with [156] Freddie Mercury in 1986.[162] Having completed the first leg of its extensive European tour. and the third in the US in 2006.[157] The Foo Fighters paid homage to the band in performing "Tie Your Mother Down" to open the ceremony before being joined on stage by May. the first of which was The O2 Arena on 13 October. and included a sold-out concert at the Estadio José Amalfitani. Queen were among the inaugural inductees into the UK Music Hall of Fame. Queen + Paul Rodgers embarked on a world tour. "We never thought we would tour again.[165] [166] Queen performing with Paul Rodgers during their 2005 tour . Nevada. to commemorate Mandela's ninetieth birthday.[164] Rodgers stated: "My arrangement with [Queen] was similar to my arrangement with Jimmy [Page] in The Firm in that it was never meant to be a permanent arrangement". opening on Kharkiv's Freedom Square in front of 350. 12 September 2008. not replacing Mercury.[161] The tour then moved to Russia.[158] On 15 August 2006.[143] Queen + Paul Rodgers concert in Kharkiv's Following the release of the album. and the award ceremony was the first event at which Rodgers joined May and Taylor as vocalist.[153] [155] Between 2005 and 2006.[163] The last leg of the tour took place in South America. Brian May's website also stated that Rodgers would be 'featured with' Queen as 'Queen + Paul Rodgers'. the UK leg of the tour sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale and included three London dates. the band again went on a tour Freedom Square."[156] The first leg was in Europe.

Queen's first five albums were re-released in the UK and some other territories as remastered deluxe editions (the US versions were released on 17 May). is that Roger and I have a much closer mutual understanding these days—privately and professionally . and a vinyl record. who want him and they're not gonna get him unless we're not doing anything. As Brian has already said Queen's next moves will involve 'studio work.[184] Queen closed the awards ceremony.. performing "The Show Must Go On". perhaps more than ever before.[184] In October 2011. Queen's Manager. double disc (with commentary). [172] On 7 May 2010.. 40th Anniversary (2009–present) On 20 May 2009.[177] [178] The final five are scheduled for release in the UK on 5 September. Queen was on EMI-owned Capitol Records in the US). The album was released on 16 November and peaked at number 3 in the official UK Chart. with the world outside.[169] On 30 October 2009. doors seem to open. we do not have plans to tour in 2010. a subsidiary of Universal. and it remains to be decided whether we will take up this particular challenge. and every day. and all ideas are carefully considered. is currently distributed by Universal (for a time in the late 1980s. Queen received the BMI Icon Award in recognition for their airplay success in the US. Incorporated (BMI) Awards held in London on 4 October. May and Taylor performed "Bohemian Rhapsody" live on the British TV show The X Factor alongside the finalists. Prior to its release. computers and live work"  —Jim Beach. Every day.[174] [175] For the first time since the late 1980s. and of course we look forward to continuing to work with EMI Music Publishing who take care of our songwriting affairs. Queen's catalogue will have the same distributor worldwide. is always about when we will next play together as Queen. Jane's Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell noted that Queen are currently scouting their once former and current live bassist Chris Chaney to join the band. "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions". "The greatest debate.we would like to thank the EMI team for all their hard work over the years. May wrote a fanclub letter on his website stating that Queen had no intentions to tour in 2010 but that there was a possibility of a performance. a competition was run by Queen online to guess the track listing as a promotion for the album. The good news. Farrell stated: "I have to keep Chris away from Queen.[173] On 20 August 2010. though. May and Taylor performed "We Are the Champions" live on the season finale of American Idol with winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert providing a vocal duet..[182] [183] At the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards on 6 November.[171] "Many of you will have read bits and pieces on the internet about Queen changing record companies and so I wanted to confirm to you that the band have signed a new contract with Universal Music. As I write. with Adam Lambert on vocals.[168] The album contains 20 of Queen's biggest hits spanning their entire career and was released in four different formats: single disc.. Queen's manager Jim Beach put out a Newsletter stating that the band had signed a new contract with Universal Music. the many successes and the fond memories. which marked the band's 40th anniversary. after the split of Queen + Paul Rodgers. the Queen online website announced a new Greatest Hits compilation named Absolute Greatest. though.[179] In May 2011. It's good that the pulse still beats". May and Taylor announced that they were quitting their record label. on the change of record label. it was announced that Queen will be recording a new album featuring lost demos of Mercury on vocals. Hollywood Records. in the USA.[185] Brian May confirmed that he and Taylor are working their way through the band's old material to . with the exception of the US and Canada (27 September)."[180] In the same month. there is an important one-off performance on offer. after almost 40 years.[181] At the 2011 Broadcast Music. in spite of the many rumours that are out there. Music is never far away from us.[170] On 15 November 2009. On 14 March 2011. as their US home. double disc with feature book. EMI. May confirmed that the band's new deal was with Island Records. Then they can have him. we interact. At the moment.[172] During an interview for Hardtalk on the BBC on 22 September. Paul Rodgers stated he may tour with Queen again in the near future. It is a time of exciting transition in Rock music and in 'The Business'. which Katy Perry presented to Brian May. Queen received the Global Icon Award.Queen 11 Departure from EMI. Next year we start working with our new record company to celebrate Queen's 40th anniversary and we will be announcing full details of the plans over the next 3 months.[170] He was quoted as saying.[167] In mid-2009.[176] The second five albums of Queen's back catalogue were released worldwide on 27 June.

[185] May also revealed that a series of duets that Mercury recorded with Michael Jackson are to be released in 2012.[193] [194] Besides vocal harmonies.[187] heavy metal.[214] Katy Perry. there are over 180 vocal overdubs in "Bohemian Rhapsody". Led Zeppelin.[217] Manic Street Preachers.[206] Franz Ferdinand. gospel.[222] My Chemical Romance. A distinctive characteristic of Queen's music are the vocal harmonies which are usually Brian May playing his custom made Red composed of the voices of May. Some of the musicians that have cited the band as an influence include Anthrax.[211] [212] Journey. such as "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions".[227] Trent Reznor. and The Smashing Pumpkins.[223] Panic at the Disco.[224] Queensrÿche. and won their first Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1991.[187] pop rock. opera. Slade.[216] Lady Gaga.[221] Muse.[190] Queen also wrote songs that were inspired by genres that are not typically associated with rock.[209] Guns N' Roses.Queen compile a selection of unreleased songs for the forthcoming album. Queen were also known for multi-tracking voices to imitate the sound of a large choir through overdubs. such as ragtime.[207] George Michael.[195] Many Queen songs were also written with audience participation in mind. which first appeared on the Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary album in 1990.[198] and heavy metal. For instance.[229] Sum 41. Pink Floyd.[202] Dream Theater.[226] Robbie Williams.[200] Nirvana. In 1963.[231] The Flaming Lips. studio albums A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races.[232] The Killers.[205] Foo Fighters.[235] Metallica recorded a cover version of "Stone Cold Crazy".[228] Steve Vai.[187] glam rock. Mercury. . countries.[208] Green Day. Deep Purple and David Bowie.[233] [234] Queen have been cited as a major influence on the "neo-classical metal" genre by Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. The Who. and genres. Black Sabbath. Moreover.[191] [192] Sonic experimentation figured heavily in Queen's songs.[203] Extreme. such as The Beatles.[187] hard rock.[210] Iron Maiden. In the early 70s. Hence.[186] 12 Artistry Musical style The band drew artistic influence from many other British rock acts at the time.[199] amongst others. the bands and artists that have claimed to be influenced by Queen are diverse and span different generations. the band has been cited as an influence by many other musicians. Some of the ground work for the development of this sound can be attributed to their former producer Roy Thomas Baker. they fused the music genre with a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed. which was purposely designed to feedback.[201] Def Leppard.[219] Metallica.[218] Meat Loaf. like their music.[220] Mika.[204] Trivium. Queen helped spur the heavy metal genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence.[188] The genres they have been associated with include progressive rock.[196] [197] Influence Queen have been recognised as having made significant contributions to such genres as hard rock.[187] dance/disco.[215] Keane. according to Brian May. vaudeville.[225] Radiohead. and Taylor best heard on the Special in 1975.[187] Queen composed music that drew inspiration from many different genres of music.[189] blues rock and psychedelic rock.[199] [211] the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in addition. the teenage Brian May and his father custom-built his signature guitar Red Special.[213] Kansas. and folk. often with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. and their engineer Mike Stone.[230] Styx.

587 copies.5 million in the United States alone as of 2004.[239] As of 2005. in 2005 an industry poll ranked Queen's performance at Live Aid in 1985 as the best live act in history.407.[126] and May the 39th greatest guitarist. who manages the band's official website.225 websites dedicated to Queen bootlegs. with sales upwards of 5.404 copies.[240] In 2006.[254] while ranking Mercury the 18th greatest singer.[245] Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Queen have sold over 150 million albums. with the release of their live album with Paul Rodgers. and all four members of Queen were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.[255] Queen were named 13th on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock list.[196] [242] [243] [244] including 32. the band is also the only group in which every member has composed more than one chart-topping single. The Beatles' Sgt.[237] Acclaimed for their stadium rock.[257] . according to Nick Weymouth.[81] [83] Also in 2005.[256] and in 2010 were ranked 17th on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list. Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was voted "the UK's favourite hit of all time"[236] in a poll conducted by the Guinness World Records British Hit Singles Book. and ten number one DVDs worldwide. the Greatest Hits album was the all-time best-selling album in UK Chart history.295 more copies than its nearest competitor. eighteen number one singles. with sales upwards of 3. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. with profits going to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.[26] [196] [238] In 2007. and in 2004 the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[250] Queen are one of the most bootlegged bands ever. more time than any other musical act. with some estimates in excess of 300 million albums worldwide. they were also voted the greatest British band in history by BBC Radio 2 listeners.[127] [241] The band has released a total of eighteen number one albums.322 weeks (twenty-six years) on the UK Album Charts. making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. the highest number for any band.[252] Bootleg recordings have contributed to the band's popularity in certain countries where Western music is censored. Queen moved into third place on the list of acts with the most aggregate time spent on the British record charts.[253] In a project called Queen: The Top 100 Bootlegs.[251] A 2001 survey discovered the existence of 12.746. "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. over 604. such as Iran.[248] [249] and the latter was voted the world's favourite song in a global music poll.[82] Their Greatest Hits II album is the eighth best seller.[246] [247] In 2009.[251] Rolling Stone ranked Queen at number 52 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". many of these have been made officially available to download for a nominal fee from Queen's website. according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Queen albums have spent a total of 1.Queen 13 Legacy In 2002.

spanning the 1970s and 1980s) have seen the band's music remixed into 5. Sunderland Empire. a Blu-ray edition of Queen's previously released concerts. have been fully remixed into high-resolution multichannel surround on DVD-Audio. the show has now been extended indefinitely. Los Angeles. titled We Will Rock You. Queen released the computer game Queen: The eYe in 1998. A Night at the Opera was re-released with some revised 5. which uses Queen's music as a soundtrack for the show's dancers. at the Dominion Theatre. "Radio Ga Ga". and produced by Robert De Niro.1 mixes and accompanying videos in 2005 for the 30th anniversary of the album's original release (CD+DVD-Video set). only two of the band's albums.[264] Queen's music also appears in the Off-Broadway production Power Balladz. As part of the Jubilee celebrations. Queen were inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk in Sunset Boulevard. the Grease musical.[267] Under the supervision of May and Taylor.[265] Statue of Mercury at the West End's Dominion Theatre where Queen and Ben Elton's musical We Will Rock You has been performed since May 2002. numerous restoration projects have been under way involving Queen's lengthy audio and video catalogue. DVD releases of their 1986 Wembley concert (titled Live At Wembley Stadium). most notably the song "We Are the Champions". We Will Rock You has become the longest running musical ever to run at this prime London theatre. A Night at the Opera and The Game. was released.[196] The musical was written by British comedian and author Ben Elton in collaboration with Brian May and Roger Taylor. Digital realm In conjunction with Electronic Arts. Birmingham Hippodrome. 1982 Milton Keynes concert (Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl). with the show's two performers believing the song was "the apex of artistic achievement in its day". Adding to the problem was an extremely long development time. playing at Manchester Palace Theatre. Bristol Hippodrome.1 and DTS surround sound. overtaking the previous record holder.[268] . In 2007. It has since been staged in many cities around the world.[196] Following the Las Vegas premiere on 8 September 2004.[266] The music itself—tracks from Queen's vast catalogue.[258] The original London production was scheduled to close on Saturday. Brian May performed a guitar solo of "God Save the Queen". but the game experience was hampered by poor game play. and two Greatest Video Hits (Volumes 1 and 2. a musical or "rock theatrical" based on the songs of Queen.[261] as featured on Queen's A Night at the Opera. The launch of the musical coincided with Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. and "Killer Queen". from the roof of Buckingham Palace. who interpret the stories behind tracks such as "Bohemian Rhapsody". opened at the Dominion Theatre on London's West End.[259] Brian May has confirmed that they are considering writing a sequel to the musical. in many cases remixed into new instrumental versions—was by and large well received. Queen Rock Montreal & Live Aid. So far. marking their first project in 1080p HD. a tribute to Freddie Mercury. The recording of this performance was used as video for the same song on the 30th Anniversary DVD edition of A Night at the Opera.[262] [263] Sean Bovim created "Queen at the Ballet".[260] The musical toured around the UK in 2009.Queen 14 In other media Musical theatre In May 2002. and Edinburgh Playhouse. but due to public demand. 7 October 2006. resulting in graphic elements that already seemed outdated by the time of release.

[285] The song was also featured in Fox's cartoon series American Dad! during the first season episode "Roger 'n' Me" on Fox on 23 April 2006. the film Gladiator featured snippets of "We Will Rock You" performed by Warrant whereas their full version was released as a single. "I Was Born to Love You" was used as the theme song of the Japanese television drama Pride on Fuji Television in 2004. The band also appeared in the video game Lego Rock Band as playable Lego avatars.[270] "Stone Cold Crazy" in Guitar Hero: Metallica. A version of "Somebody to Love" was done by Anne Hathaway in the 2004 film Ella Enchanted. which is available on PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. "Minako's Rival.[277] In the United States. the Japanese live-action version of Sailor Moon. such as 40 Days and 40 Nights in 2002 and Ben Stiller's 2007 film The Heartbreak Kid. Their hit "Bohemian Rhapsody" was featured in Rock Band 3 with full harmony and keys support. "One Year of Love". called Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.[279] In 2006. "Bohemian Rhapsody" was re-released as a single in 1992 after appearing in the comedy film Wayne's World.[283] Since featuring in Grosse Pointe Blank in 1997. the introduction to the same movie features We Will Rock You played by the medieval audience. It was also used in the Highlander TV series (1992–1998). Mio Kuroki. Brittany Murphy also recorded a cover of the same song for the 2006 movie Happy Feet. is titled SingStar Queen and has 25 songs on the PS3 and 20 on the PS2. Brian May revealed there was "talk" going on "behind the scenes" about a dedicated Queen Rock Band game. the second being "Another One Bites the Dust" in 42-Year-Old Virgin and "Bicycle Race" in Jack's .[137] The single subsequently reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 (with "The Show Must Go On" as the first track on the single) and helped rekindle the band's popularity in North America. "Under Pressure" with David Bowie in Guitar Hero 5. directed by Mike Hodges) and Highlander (the original 1986 film. This was the first of three appearances of Queen songs. and "You're My Best Friend" played during the end credits. directed by Russell Mulcahy). In 2004. used "I Was Born To Love You" in a volleyball game scene featuring the show's hero Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon.[284] "Don't Stop Me Now" has featured in the BBC television show Top Gear. as well as during the 2006 Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy The Break-Up. and "Bohemian Rhapsody". "Who Wants to Live Forever". and the theme "Princes of the Universe" can be heard in the latter film. released in 2001. during Act 29. "A Kind of Magic". The songs.[272] On 13 October 2009. "Don't Stop Me Now" was featured in the bar fight scene in the cult movie Shaun of the Dead." and the Paul Rodgers collaboration "C-lebrity" in a track pack for Guitar Hero World Tour. SingStar. "We Are the Champions" also features in The Mighty Ducks trilogy. and Rock Band 3 (three of those are also compatible with Lego Rock Band). a version of "The Show Must Go On" was performed by Jim Broadbent and Nicole Kidman in the movie musical Moulin Rouge!. has a version of "We Are the Champions" performed by Robbie Williams and Queen. starring Takuya Kimura and Yūko Takeuchi. is a Transfer Student?". Sony Computer Entertainment released a Queen branded version of the company's karaoke franchise. The game. "Hammer to Fall". including "We Will Rock You". "We Are The Champions". Rock Band 2. "Under Pressure" has appeared in a number of comedies.[281] The closing credits of A Knight's Tale.[274] In March 2009.[275] "We Will Rock You" and other songs by Queen also appear in DJ Hero.[269] "I Want It All" in Guitar Hero: Van Halen. The show's soundtrack also contained other songs by Queen.Queen Queen have been featured multiple times in the Guitar Hero franchise: a cover of "Killer Queen" in the original Guitar Hero. Chicken Little (2005).[137] [278] Several films have featured their songs performed by other artists.[273] Queen have also been featured multiple times in the Rock Band franchise: a track pack of 10 songs which are compatible with Rock Band.[276] 15 Film and television Queen contributed music directly to the movies Flash Gordon (1980. "We Are the Champions".[271] and "Bohemian Rhapsody" in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. In 1992. "Fat Bottomed Girls. and the 2008 film What Happens in Vegas. and in 2005 the song was voted as "The Greatest Driving Song Ever" by the shows viewers.[282] In May 2004.[280] In 2001.

vocals (1970–present) Former members • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals.[288] "We Are the Champions" has also featured in South Park episode "Stanley's Cup".[292] On 15 November 2009. season 5 of The Sopranos (Tony's ringtone). The performance was included on the show's Volume One soundtrack CD.[293] TIME commented with approval on his singing ability and visual similarity to Mercury.[290] one of which made the group's time with contestant Ace Young look negative. and "Innuendo". performing "We Are the Champions" with finalists Adam Lambert and Kris Allen. which is being co-produced by Robert De Niro's TriBeCa Productions. Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared on the singing contest television show X Factor in the UK. Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared on the American singing contest television show American Idol. Brian May later criticised the show for editing specific scenes. "The Show Must Go On".[287] Fox television show The Simpsons has made storylines which have featured Queen songs such as "We Will Rock You". despite it being the opposite. The Who for the sixth. and "You're My Best Friend". percussion. vocals (1970–present) • Roger Taylor – drums. and the first season of Malcolm in the Middle. Each contestant was required to sing a Queen song during that week of the competition.[286] Keeping in the tradition (since Season Five) of naming each season's episodes after songs from a famous 1970s era rock band (Led Zeppelin for the fifth season. Songs which appeared on the show included "Bohemian Rhapsody". keyboards. and The Rolling Stones for the seventh). will focus on Queen's formative years and the period leading up to the celebrated performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert. The film. the choir performed "Another One Bites the Dust" in the episode Funk.[291] In June 2010. who had been nominated for Oscars for his screenplays The Queen and Frost/Nixon. "Who Wants to Live Forever". and is available as a single via digital download.[167] In the autumn of 2009. guitar (1970–1991) • John Deacon – bass guitar (1971–1997) .Queen Back.[289] On 11 April 2006. "Fat Bottomed Girls".[171] Brian May announced in a BBC interview that Sacha Baron Cohen had been chosen to play Mercury in a film. "We Are the Champions" (both sung by Homer). piano. the eighth and final season of That '70s Show consisted of episodes named after Queen songs.[295] 16 Band members Current members • Brian May – guitars. "Bohemian Rhapsody" served as the season premiere. Filming is due to begin sometime in 2011.[294] The motion picture is being written by Peter Morgan. Taylor and May again appeared on the American Idol Season 8 finale in May 2009. the Fox television show Glee featured the fictional high school's show choir singing "Somebody to Love" as their second act performance in the episode The Rhodes Not Taken.

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queenonline. Mercury: 5th British Singer. 9th International Group • NME: 8th Best British Group.famouslogos. 5th World Songwriter.The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.The band was the first inducted into the VH1 Rock Honors. Top British Group. 3rd World Stage Band. No.The band became the first band.Queen 26 External links • Official website (http://www. Best Single ("Bohemian Rhapsody")[10] .us/queen-logo) as explained on Famous Logos • Queen (http://www. to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.com/home) • Queen band logo (http://www.org/Arts/Music/Bands_and_Artists/Q/Queen/) at the Open Directory Project Awards and nominations The following is a list of awards and nominations received by Queen. 7th Best Stage Band. 2nd Album ("A Night at the Opera") • Record Mirror / Disc: 1st Best British Group. 1st British Single ("Bohemian Rhapsody"). 4th British Songwriter. 1st World Group. 4th Most Promising Group In The World. 6th World Singer. Mercury: 7th World Singer.The band was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.[5] 2004 . Top International Group. 4th World Musician • Sound: Best Band.[4] 2004 .dmoz. 5th Best Album (Queen II) • Ivor Novello Award to Mercury for "Killer Queen"[9] • Golden Lion Award (Belgium) to Mercury for "Killer Queen" • Carl Allen Award for contribution to the Ballroom Dancing Industry • 1976 • NME: 1st British Stage Band.The band was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[7] 2009 . 2nd Group. 17th Best World Group • Disc: Top Live Band. 6 Album ("A Night at the Opera"). Best Album (A Night at the Opera).[3] 2004 . Ohio. Top Single ("Killer Queen"). May: 3rd Top Guitarist. 9th Best International Band • Disc: 10th Brightest Hope • NME: 2nd Most Promising New Name • 1975 • Melody Maker: 'Band of the Year'[8] • Record Mirror: 2nd Best British Newcomer. 3rd Most Promising New Name. 2nd Best Single ("Killer Queen").[5] Awards • 1974 • Sounds: 3rd Best New British Band."We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" are inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Accolades Inductions • • • • • • • • 2001 . 5th World Group.The band was inducted into the RockWalk of Fame (at Guitar Center on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard)[6] 2006 . No. rather than individual. 3rd Best Album (Sheer Heart Attack). May: 4th British Musician.[2] 2003 . 1 Single ("Bohemian Rhapsody")."Bohemian Rhapsody" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[1] 2002 .

Top Male Vocalist. Montreux: International Music Media Conference: Best Long Form Video worldwide (The Magic Years) • Festerio. 3rd Best Keyboard Player. 3rd Best Bassist.3 Single ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love"). Top Drummer. 3rd Best Songwriter. 2nd Best Guitarist. Top Disco Crossover (All awarded for "Another One Bites the Dust") • Dick Clark Awards USA: Best Band • Circus Magazine USA: 2nd Best Group. Top Singer. Best Video award for "Radio Ga Ga" • 1986 • Daily Mirror Reader's Poll: Top British Group. Top Album (Jazz). Best International Single ("Another One Bites the Dust"). 3rd Best Drummer • 1981 • American Music Awards: 'Favorite Pop/Rock Single' ("Another One Bites the Dust")[8] • Music Life. Top Producer. Top Bass Player • 1980 • Juno Awards. Best Bass Player. No. Rio De Janiero: Best video documentary (The Magic Years) • 1989 • Independent Television Awards: Best Band of the Eighties • US Film & Video Festival: Silver Screen Award (The Magic Years) • Diamond Awards. 1 Album (The Game). 5th Best Album (A Kind of Magic) • Daily Express: Best Album Cover Award (A Kind of Magic) • British Video Awards: Top Music Video Award (Live In Rio) • Worldwide Music Awards: Best Worldwide Group • 1987 • • • • Sun: Best Male Vocalist for Mercury Capital Radio London: Best Group Ivor Novello Award: for Outstanding Contribution to British Music British Video Awards: Best Video. Best International Album (The Game) • Record World USA: Top Male Group. Antwerp: Best Special Effects Award ("The Invisible Man") • 1990 . No.Awards and nominations • Ivor Novello Award to Mercury for "Bohemian Rhapsody"[9] • 1977 • The BRIT Awards: Best British Single of the Last 25 Years ("Bohemian Rhapsody")[11] • Europe One Radio: Most Potential Rock Band • Daily Mail: Best Group • 1979 • Music Life. Japan: Best Group. 1 Single ("Another One Bites the Dust"). Top Single. Japan: Top Group. Top Guitarist. 1st Live Show. Mercury: 2nd Male Vocalist. Best Vocalist. Canada: Best Group. 3rd Best Guitarist. No. 2nd Drummer • NARM Award USA: Biggest Selling Single of 1980 ("Another One Bites the Dust") • 1984 • Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Silver Clef Award: Outstanding Contribution to British Music • UK Video Awards: Highly Commended in Best Compilation Category for The Works EP. Music category for "Live In Budapest" 27 • 1988 • Golden Rose Festival.

• 2011 • At the MTV Europe Music Awards Queen received the Global Icon award. ("The Show Must Go On") ("These Are the Days of Our Lives") • 1993 • Ivor Novello Award: to Mercury ("Living on My Own") (posthumous) • American Society Of Composers.[12] • Ivor Novello Award: Best Single ("These Are the Days of Our Lives"). New York City: Best Achievement in Music Video ("Innuendo") • 1992 • The BRIT Awards: Mercury received a posthumous Outstanding Contribution To Music Award. Authors & Publishers: Mercury posthumously awarded for "Bohemian Rhapsody" as the Most Played Record in the U. (Greatest Flix II). Gold World Medal for the Best Home Video (Music Video Section) for The Freddie Mercury Untold Story • Capital FM Awards: Outstanding Contribution to Music • Guinness World Records: UK’s best single of the past 50 years ("Bohemian Rhapsody") • Annual DVD Awards: Best DVD-Audio/Non Video (A Night at the Opera) • Surround Music Awards: "Most Adventurous Mix" and "Listener's Choice" (A Night at the Opera) • 2003 • • • • • Annual DVD Awards: Best DVD-Audio (The Game) DVD Awards At The Universal Sheraton: DVD-Audio Of The Year (The Game) Capital Legends Awards: Legendary Group European Music DVD-Award: Best Live DVD (Live At Wembley Stadium) Surround Music Award: "Best Mix: Non-Orchestral" (The Game) 28 • 2008 • New York City radio station Q104. Chicago: Gold Camera Awards (The Freddie Mercury Tribute). of 1993 • Monitor Awards. Hollywood: "Red Couch" Awards (Greatest Flix II and "I'm Going Slightly Mad") • 1997 • Ivor Novello Award: Best Song Lyrically & Musically ("Too Much Love Will Kill You") • 2001 • Golden Rose Film Festival.S. Best Single Award ("These Are the Days of Our Lives".).043 Songs Of All Time listener-generated countdown. .3 FM WAXQ names Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" number 13 in their 2008 Top 1.Awards and nominations • The BRIT Awards: Outstanding Contribution to Music[9] • 1991 • American Film & Video Festival. Montreux: Prix de la Presse (The Freddie Mercury Untold Story) • 2002 • New York Film Festival: Gold World Medal for the Best Television and Entertainment Program (Variety Special Section). I'm Going Slightly Mad won 3rd Prize for Creative Excellence in the Art Culture and Performing Arts category • Monitor Awards (International Teleproduction Society). Chicago: Innuendo won 1st Prize. May received a Best TV Commercial Music Award ("Driven By You") • Golden Giraffe Award: Greatest Hits II (Award given by the Association of Hungarian Record Producers) • MTV Awards: Best Video From A Movie (Wayne's World) • US Film & Video Festival.

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keyboards. Hollywood Records Origin Died Genres Occupations Instruments Years active Labels Associated acts Queen. Mercury also occasionally served as a producer and guest musician (piano or vocals) for other artists. Parlophone. Polydor. Zanzibar [1] London. EMI. England. Wreckage/Ibex. London. Mercury composed many hits for Queen. As a performer. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "We Are the Champions". he led a solo career. glam rock Musician. "Killer Queen". penning hits such as "Barcelona". United Kingdom Rock. he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. record producer Vocals. Montserrat Caballé Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara (Gujarati: ફારોખ બલ્સારા). Connecticut. singer and songwriter. UK 24 November 1991 (aged 45) Kensington. including "Bohemian Rhapsody". guitar 1969–1991 Columbia. In addition to his work with Queen. 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991)[2] [3] was a British musician.30 Members Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Mercury performing in New Haven. England. piano.[4] [5] [6] As a songwriter. in 1978 with Queen Background information Birth name Born Farrokh Bulsara 5 September 1946 Stone Town. hard rock. singer-songwriter. "I Was Born to Love You" and "Living on My Own". best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. He died of bronchopneumonia brought on .

Mercury was a Parsi born in Zanzibar and grew up there and in India until his mid-teens. "I was certainly aware of the gay connotations. by early 1970 this group broke up as well. He ultimately earned a Diploma in Art and Graphic Design at Ealing Art College. The house in Zanzibar where Mercury lived in his early years Following graduation. Mercury joined a series of bands and sold second-hand clothes in the Kensington Market in London. but that was just one facet of it".[18] It was also at St. he changed his surname.[13] The Bulsara family had moved to Zanzibar so that his father could continue his job as a cashier at the British Colonial Office. who possessed "one of the greatest voices in all of music". In 2005.[1] At about the same time. His parents. and covered artists such as Cliff Richard and Little Richard. Mary's School.[10] Allmusic has characterised Mercury as "one of rock's greatest all-time entertainers". Mercury remained in India. He also held a job at Heathrow Airport. Mercury chose the name "Queen" for the new band.[7] In 2006.[21] In April 1970.[20] In 1969 he joined the band Ibex. When this band failed to take off. Bombay. Mercury and his family practised the Zoroastrian religion. He had a younger sister.[7] The family moved into a small house in Feltham. later renamed Wreckage. Despite reservations from the other members. Kashmira. he formed a school band. a poll organised by Blender and MTV2 saw Mercury voted the greatest male singer of all time. Mercury enrolled at Isleworth Polytechnic (now West Thames College) in West London where he studied art. India.[16] Aged 12.[15] In 1954. Mercury remained a British citizen for the rest of his life. East Africa (now part of Tanzania). Bomi and Jer Bulsara. The Hectics. Time Asia named him one of the most influential Asian heroes of the past 60 years. He later said about the band's name.Freddie Mercury by AIDS on 24 November 1991. a British-style boarding school for boys in Panchgani near Bombay (now Mumbai). He has been referred to as "Britain's first Asian rock star". to Mercury.[17] A friend from the time recalls that he had "an uncanny ability to listen to the radio and replay what he heard on piano".[a] were Parsis from the Gujarat region of the then province of Bombay Presidency in British India.[19] At the age of 17. Mercury and his family fled from Zanzibar for safety reasons due to the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution.[9] In 2008.[6] In 2009. later using these skills to design the Queen crest. As Parsis.[12] [b] The family surname is derived from the town of Bulsar (also known as Valsad) in southern Gujarat. However. England. Peter's School. Rolling Stone editors ranked him number 18 on their list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. living with his grandmother and aunt until he completed his education at St.[8] and he continues to be voted one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music.[11] 31 Early life Mercury was born in the British protectorate of Zanzibar. Mercury joined guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor who had previously been in a band called Smile. only one day after publicly acknowledging he had the disease. Middlesex. a Classic Rock poll saw him voted the greatest rock singer of all time. Peter's where he began to call himself "Freddie". Mercury was sent to study at St. at the age of eight.[14] Mercury spent the bulk of his childhood in India and began taking piano lessons at the age of seven. Bulsara.[22] . Friends from the time remember him as a quiet and shy young man who showed a great deal of interest in music. he joined a second band called Sour Milk Sea.

[24] Biographer David Bret described his voice as "escalating within a few bars from a deep.[29] [30] He also wrote six songs from Queen II which deal with multiple key changes and complex material. "Bicycle Race". which included. often harmonising with seconds. Mercury also tended to write musically complex material. his vocal placement was very good and he was able to glide effortlessly from a register to another."[28] Compared to many popular songwriters. progressive rock. "We Are the Champions".[26] She adds. on the other hand.[24] He could belt up to tenor high F (F5). heavy metal. rockabilly. The most notable aspect of his songwriting involved the wide range of genres that he used. with whom Mercury recorded an album. As he explained in a 1986 interview. perfect coloratura. he delivered most songs in the tenor range. Despite the fact that Mercury often wrote very intricate harmonies. I like to see what's happening now in music. "Don't Stop Me Now". pure and crystalline in the upper reaches". No problem of tempo. throaty rock-growl to tender. film and theatre and incorporate all of those things. gospel and disco. then on to a high-pitched. "Killer Queen". "His technique was astonishing. he sung with an incisive sense of rhythm.Freddie Mercury 32 Career Singer Although Mercury's speaking voice naturally fell in the baritone range.[27] Freddie Mercury in 1978 Songwriter Mercury wrote 10 of the 17 songs on Queen's Greatest Hits album: "Bohemian Rhapsody". among other styles."[24] As Queen's career progressed.[29] Freddie Mercury's vocal range . "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". For example.[31] He wrote most of his songs on the piano and used a wide variety of different key signatures.[25] Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé. "I hate doing the same thing again and again and again. "Somebody to Love". "Seven Seas of Rhye".[23] His vocal range extended from bass low F (F2) to soprano high F (F6). expressed her opinion that "the difference between Freddie and almost all the other rock stars was that he was selling the voice". His phrasing was subtle. vibrant tenor. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy". He also had a great musicality. he would increasingly alter the highest notes of their songs when live. he also claimed that he could barely read music. delicate and sweet or energetic and slamming. "Bohemian Rhapsody" is acyclic in structure and comprises dozens of chords. thirds or fifths instead. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Play the Game". Mercury was said to have "the rawest vocal fold nodules" and claimed never to have had any formal vocal training. He was able to find the right colouring or expressive nuance for each word. contains only a few chords.

A writer for The Spectator described him as "a performer out to tease. in what was one of the biggest rock concerts ever held in Eastern Europe. which were often delivered to stadium audiences around the world. Mercury performed an estimated 700 concerts in countries around the world with Queen. Queen also played behind the Iron Curtain when they performed to a crowd of 80. breaking worldwide records for concert attendance in the Morumbi Stadium in São Paulo in 1981. Queen's performance at the event has since been voted by a group of music executives as the greatest live performance in the history of rock music.[28] He once explained.[39] Mercury. I only saw him in concert once and as they say. during which the entire stadium audience of 72. A notable aspect of Queen concerts was the large scale involved.[37] In 1986.. DeMille of rock and roll. who performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert and recorded the song "Under Pressure" with Queen. The results were aired on a television program called "The World's Greatest Gigs".[38] Mercury's final live performance with Queen took place on 9 August 1986 at Knebworth Park in England and drew an attendance estimated as high as 300. "Those who compile lists of Great Rock Frontmen and award the top spots to Mick Jagger. saying: "Of all the more theatrical rock performers. always wanting to do things bigger and better. shock and ultimately charm his audience with various extravagant versions of himself". And of course. praised Mercury's performance style. "We're the Cecil B. Freddie took it further than the rest. was easily the most godlike of them all.."[36] Over the course of his career. with his bottomless microphone stand Mercury performing live in 1984 . as evidenced by his Dionysian Live Aid performance. etc all are guilty of a terrible oversight.Freddie Mercury 33 Live performer Mercury was noted for his live performances. he took it over the edge. performing live in 1979. He displayed a highly theatrical style that often evoked a great deal of participation from the crowd.000 in Budapest.[32] David Bowie."[33] One of Mercury's most notable performances with Queen took place at Live Aid in 1985. one critic wrote.[34] [35] In reviewing Live Aid in 2005."[28] The band were the first ever to play in South American stadiums.000 people clapped. Freddie.000. Robert Plant. I always admired a man who wears tights. sang and swayed in unison. he was definitely a man who could hold an audience in the palm of his hand.

[40] Although he wrote many lines for the guitar. Mercury played the piano in many of Queen's most popular songs. 1984. Mercury possessed only rudimentary skills on the instrument. Although his solo work was not as commercially successful as most Queen albums. "We Are the Champions". recorded with Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé. Queen guitarist Brian May claims that Mercury was unimpressed with his own abilities at the piano and used the instrument less over time because he wanted to walk around onstage and entertain the audience. debuted at the number 10 position in the UK charts. one referred to it as "the most bizarre CD of the year". Much of the music he liked was guitar-oriented: his favourite artists at the time were The Who. occasionally. Jimi Hendrix. "Barcelona" was recorded and performed with the opera singer Montserrat Caballé. he enlisted Fred Mandel (a Canadian musician who also worked for Pink Floyd. Bad Guy as "outstanding from start to finish" and expressed his view that Mercury "did a commendable job of stretching into uncharted territory". Allmusic critic Eduardo Rivadavia describes Mr. The song. he also made frequent use of synthesisers in the studio. Freddie Mercury playing guitar during a live concert with Queen in Frankfurt. combines elements of popular music and opera.[46] and the album's title track debuted at the No. Elton John and Supertramp) for his first solo project.[44] In particular.[42] Mercury's two full albums outside the band were Mr. whom he had long admired. other keyboard instruments such as the harpsichord. the two off-Queen albums and several of the singles debuted in the top 10 of the UK Album Charts. the album is heavily synthesiser-driven in a way that is not characteristic of previous Queen albums. a remix of "Living on My Own". His first solo effort involved his contribution to the Richard "Wolfie" Wolf mix of Love Kills on the 1984 album (the song also used as the end title theme for National Lampoon's "Loaded Weapon") and new soundtrack to the 1926 Fritz Lang film Metropolis.8 position in the UK charts and was a hit in Spain. leaving most of the keyboard work exclusively to them. and again prior to the start of the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final in Barcelona. Barcelona.Freddie Mercury 34 Instrumentalist As a young boy in India. He was often self-deprecating about his own skills on both instruments and from the early 1980s onward began extensively using guest keyboardists for both Queen and his solo career. "Somebody To Love" and "Don't Stop Me Now". David Bowie. including "Killer Queen". Mr. The Beatles. reached the No. Songs like "Ogre Battle" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" were composed on the guitar. He used concert grand pianos and.[41] Solo career In addition to his work with Queen. he learned guitar. Mercury put out two solo albums and several singles. while living in London.[45] The album was a commercial success. "Bohemian Rhapsody".[42] In 1993. a single from the album.1 position on the UK Singles Charts. Many critics were uncertain what to make of the album. The former is a pop-oriented album that emphasises disco and dance music. Mercury received formal piano training up to the age of nine. Most notably. and Led Zeppelin. and from 1985 onward collaborated with Mike Moran (in the studio) and Spike Edney (in concert). produced by Giorgio Moroder.[47] The title track received massive air play as the official hymn of the 1992 Summer Olympics (held in Barcelona one year after Mercury's death). Bad Guy (1985) and Barcelona (1988). Later on. Caballé sang it live at the opening of the Olympics with Mercury's part played on a screen. Bad Guy debuted in the top ten of the UK Album Charts. "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy".[43] The song also garnered Mercury a posthumous Ivor Novello Award. the latter featured Mercury playing acoustic guitar both on stage and in the studio. Germany. From 1980 onward.[48] .

[61] Sexual orientation Mercury was an acknowledged bisexual. he would often distance himself from his partner. the most notable of which is "Love of My Life". whom he had met through guitarist Brian May.[52] In November 2011. Mercury released several singles. it was a marriage. Mercury said of Austin."[56] He also wrote several songs about Austin. that's enough for me.[8] [65] In December 1974. In the 1980s. The only friend I've got is Mary and I don't want anybody else. the singer had begun an affair with a male American record executive at Elektra Records. John Marshall of Gay Times expressed the following opinion: "[Mercury] was a 'scene-queen'. an Austrian actress. not afraid to publicly express his gayness but unwilling to analyse or justify his 'lifestyle' . I'm not going to elaborate further.[57] Mercury was also the godfather of Mary's oldest son. He lived with Austin for several years in West Kensington. during public events."[66] A writer for a gay . It's a thing schoolboys go through. a compilation album featuring Mercury's solo work was released in the UK in honour of what would have been his 60th birthday. but it's simply impossible.[60] lived with Mercury for the last six years of his life. So what?" And that in itself for some was a statement.. Richard. when asked directly "So how about being bent? " by the New Musical Express. I've had my share of schoolboy pranks. nursed him during his illness and was present at his bedside when he died.[17] [62] [63] While some critics claimed he hid his sexual orientation from the public. he began another long-term relationship with a hairdresser named Jim Hutton.[58] who is featured in the video for "It's a Hard Life". including a demo of "State of Shock". Jim Hutton. The album debuted in the top 10 of the UK Album Charts. "I am what I am.[55] Mercury and Austin nevertheless remained close friends through the years. however. In his will. with Mercury often referring to her as his only true friend. although bootleg recordings exist.[40] During the early-to-mid-80s. It was as if Freddie Mercury was saying to the world.[53] [54] 35 Personal life Relationships In the early 1970s Mercury had a long-term relationship with Mary Austin.[50] None of these collaborations were officially released. including his own version of the hit The Great Pretender by The Platters.[7] [26] [64] others claimed he was "openly gay".[59] By 1985. there were times when I was young and green.[51] Mercury included the solo version of "There Must Be More To Life Than This" on his Mr. Brian May announced that a series of duets that Mercury recorded with Jackson are to be released in 2012. Mercury recorded several tracks with Michael Jackson. Mercury replied "You're a crafty cow. Mercury left his London home to Austin." Homosexuality was legalised in the United Kingdom in 1967. "All my lovers asked me why they couldn't replace Mary Freddie Mercury signature [Austin]. saying "you would have been my wife and it would have been yours anyway".[49] In 1981–1983. who himself was tested HIV-positive in 1990.. he was romantically involved with Barbara Valentin.[42] In September 2006. By the mid-1970s. Hutton claimed that Mercury died wearing a wedding band that Hutton had given him. only seven years earlier. Let's put it this way. which debuted at number five in the UK in 1987. rather than his then partner Jim Hutton. Jackson went on to record the single "State of Shock" with Mick Jagger for The Jacksons's album Victory. We believe in each other. which ultimately resulted in the end of his relationship with Austin.[60] Hutton died from cancer on 1 January 2010. she was my common-law wife. To me. In a 1985 interview. Hutton. To me.[60] In 1992. "Victory" and "There Must Be More to Life Than This". Bad Guy album.Freddie Mercury In addition to the two solo albums.

and it has been suggested that he could have raised a great deal of money and awareness earlier by speaking truthfully about his situation and his fight against the disease. my dear" being one of his most famous quotes). The organisation issued several complaints about the planned celebrations. Mercury basked in the love from the audience. Mercury was a very shy and retiring man in person. an entertainment complex in Bophuthatswana.[70] Criticism and controversy HIV Mercury hid his HIV status from the public for several years. which was famously noted by Kurt Cobain. a homeland of (then) apartheid South Africa. when an organisation calling itself the Islamic Mobilization and Propagation petitioned the Zanzibar government's culture ministry. his sexual orientation seemed to pass over the heads of scrutinising audiences and pundits (both gay and straight) for decades". Mercury once said of himself: "When I'm performing I'm an extrovert.[18] [26] [68] He also granted very few interviews. As a result of these shows. including that Mercury was not a true Zanzibari and that he was gay. The organisation claimed that "associating Mercury with Zanzibar degrades our island as a place of Islam". demanding that a large-scale celebration of what would have been Mercury's sixtieth birthday be cancelled.[71] [72] Other controversies Queen were widely criticised when they broke a United Nations cultural boycott in 1984 by performing a series of shows at Sun City.[65] The planned celebration was cancelled. . yet inside I'm a completely different man. particularly around people he did not know well.Freddie Mercury online newspaper felt that audiences may have been overly naïve about the matter: "While in many respects he was overtly queer his whole career ("I am as gay as a daffodil. which is not in accordance with their interpretation of sharia. Queen was placed on a United Nations list of artists who broke the boycott and was widely criticised in magazines such as the NME.[36] A further controversy ensued in August 2006."[69] While on stage.[67] 36 Personality Although he cultivated a flamboyant stage personality. in his suicide note. when he wrote of how he both admired and envied Mercury for being able to do so.

with Elton John and the remaining members of Queen among those in attendance. to Mary Austin. at his home in Kensington. and reports from former lovers to various tabloid journals . The front cover of The Sun the day after whom he felt he could trust. Queen's absence from touring.[79] Due to his worsening condition. had been a particular comfort in his final years. continually denied the stories. £100. Mercury claimed in an interview to have tested negative for HIV. Mercury's service was for 35 of his close friends and family. my doctors. and his deterioration was so overpowering he couldn't get out of bed. The next day. and £500.[79] On 22 November 1991. 23 November. even after Mercury's death. the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with me.[77] Filmed in May 1991. Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS shortly after Easter of 1987.000 to his chef Joe Fanelli.[83] [84] Mercury was cremated at Kensal Green Cemetery. He further left £500. including his home and recording royalties. Mercury died on the evening of 24 November 1991 at the age of 45.[85] In his will. £500.[76] Brian May confirmed in a 1993 interview that Mercury had informed the band of his illness much earlier. However.[75] However. and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease. Mercury called Queen's manager Jim Beach over to his Kensington home. Please understand this policy will continue.[73] Around that time. His former partner. and in the last few weeks of his life made regular visits to his home to look after him. the music video for "These Are the Days of Our Lives" features a painfully thin Mercury.000 to Jim Hutton.[79] Near the end of his life. Mercury retired to his home in Kensington. notably in an article from November 1990 which featured an image of a haggard looking Mercury on the front page accompanied by the headline "It's official Freddie is seriously ill". I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. Mercury left the vast majority of his wealth. he was routinely stalked by photographers.000 to his personal assistant Peter Freestone. Mercury decided to quicken his death by refusing to take his medication. while the daily tabloid newspaper The Sun featured a series of articles claiming that he was seriously ill. A little over 24 hours after issuing that statement. West London. Mercury was starting to lose his sight.by 1990 the rumours about Mercury's health were rife.000 to his driver Terry Giddings. My privacy has always been very special to me and I am famous for my lack of interviews. the British press pursued the rampant rumours over the next few years.[82] On 27 November. one front page article published on 29 April 1991.Freddie Mercury 37 Illness and death According to his partner Jim Hutton. Mercury's funeral service was conducted by a Zoroastrian priest. which showed Mercury appearing very haggard in what was now a rare public appearance.[74] Towards the end of his life. the following announcement was made to the press on behalf of Mercury:[80] Following the enormous conjecture in the press over the last two weeks. and the remainder to his parents and sister. which are his final scenes in front of the camera. with the whereabouts of his ashes believed to be known only to Mary Austin.[78] After the conclusion of his work with Queen in June 1991. Mary Austin. Mercury and his inner circle of colleagues and friends.[26] Despite the denials.[81] The news of his death had reached newspaper and television crews by the early hours of 25 November. An intensely private man. fuelled by Mercury's increasingly gaunt appearance. to discuss a public statement. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me.[62] The official cause of death was bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS.[86] Mary Austin .

sales of Queen albums went up dramatically in 1992. Queen have now spent more collective weeks on the UK Album Charts than any other musical act (including The Beatles). Mercury was voted second to Robert Plant in a poll of the greatest voices in rock.[89] Estimates of Queen's total worldwide record sales to date have been set as high as 300 million. The former poll was an attempt to determine the world's favourite song.[8] Additionally. on the digital radio station Planet Rock. Classic Rock magazine voted Freddie Mercury as the greatest singer in rock. Mercury was voted second to Mariah Carey in MTV's 22 Greatest Voices in Music. which featured "Bohemian Rhapsody". In the United States. Queen have sold 32. a Rolling Stone readers' pick placed Mercury in second place of the magazine's "Best Lead Singers of All Time". in January 2009. the Untold Story. have also each been voted as the greatest song of all time in major polls by Sony Ericsson[93] and Guinness World Records.[70] .[97] In 2011.[86] Hutton was involved in a 2000 biography of Mercury.[90] In the UK. "what cynics call the 'dead star' factor had come into play—Queen is in the middle of a major resurgence". about half of which have been sold since Mercury's death in 1991. In October 2007. According to the Recording Industry Association of America.[88] The movie Wayne's World.[94] respectively. and also gave an interview for The Times for what would have been Mercury's 60th birthday.Freddie Mercury continues to live at Mercury's home. while the Guinness poll took place in the UK.[92] Two of Mercury's songs.[96] In May 2009. Garden Lodge. the year following his death. Freddie Mercury. the video for "Bohemian Rhapsody" was voted the greatest of all time by readers of Q magazine.[10] In 2011. Kensington. with her family. "We Are the Champions" and "Bohemian Rhapsody". also came out in 1992.[95] Consistently rated as one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music.[73] 38 Legacy Continued popularity The extent to which Mercury's death may have enhanced Queen's popularity is not clear. where Queen's popularity had lagged in the 1980s.[87] In 1992 one American critic noted.5 million albums in the United States.[91] and Queen's Greatest Hits is the highest selling album of all time in the UK. NME magazine readers voted Mercury second to Michael Jackson in the Greatest Singers Ever poll.

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Tributes
A statue in Montreux, Switzerland (by sculptor Irena Sedlecka) has been erected as a tribute to Mercury.[98] It stands 3 metres high overlooking Lake Geneva and was unveiled on 25 November 1996 by Freddie's father and Montserrat Caballé.[99] Beginning in 2003, fans from around the world gather in Switzerland annually to pay tribute to the singer as part of the "Freddie Mercury Montreux Memorial Day" on the first weekend of September and the Bearpark And Esh Colliery Band played at the Freddie Mercury statue on 1 June 2010.[100] In 1999, a Royal Mail stamp with the image of Mercury on stage was issued in his honour as part of the Millennium Stamp series.[101]
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Statue of Freddie Mercury overlooking Lake Geneva in Montreux, Switzerland.

In 2009, a plaque was unveiled in Feltham where Mercury and his family moved upon arriving in England in 1964. The star in memory of Mercury's achievements was unveiled in Feltham High Street by his mother Jer Bulsara and Queen bandmate Brian May.[103] A tribute to Queen has been on display at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas throughout 2009 on its video canopy.[104] In December 2009 a large model of Mercury wearing tartan was put on display in the centre of Edinburgh as publicity for the run of We Will Rock You at the Playhouse Theatre.[105] A statue of Mercury stands over the entrance to the Dominion Theatre in London's West End since May 2002, where the main show has been Queen and Ben Elton's musical We Will Rock You.[106] [107] For Mercury's 65th birthday, Google dedicated their Google Doodle to him.[108] It included an animation set to the Mercury penned song, "Don't Stop Me Now".[109]

Importance in AIDS history

Freddie Mercury statue above the West End's Dominion Theatre.

As the first major rock star to die of AIDS, Mercury's death represented a very important event in the disease's history.[110] In April 1992, the remaining members of Queen founded The Mercury Phoenix Trust and organised The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness to celebrate the life and legacy of Mercury and raise money for AIDS research, which took place on Easter Monday, 20 April 1992.[111] The Mercury Phoenix Trust has since raised millions of pounds for various AIDS charities. The tribute concert, which took place at Wembley Stadium for an audience of 72,000, featured a wide variety of guests including; Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin), Roger Daltrey (of

Freddie Mercury The Who), Extreme, Elton John, Metallica, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Tony Iommi (of Black Sabbath), Guns N' Roses, Elizabeth Taylor, George Michael, Def Leppard, Seal, Liza Minnelli (and also U2 via Satellite). Elizabeth Taylor spoke of Mercury as "an extraordinary rock star who rushed across our cultural landscape like a comet shooting across the sky".[112] The concert was broadcast live to 76 countries and had an estimated viewing audience of 1 billion people.[113]

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Appearances in lists of influential individuals
Several popularity polls conducted over the past decade indicate that Freddie Mercury's reputation may in fact have been enhanced since his death. For instance, in a 2002 vote to determine whom the UK public considers the greatest British people in history, Mercury was ranked number 58 in the list of the "100 Greatest Britons", broadcast by the BBC.[114] He was further listed at the 52nd spot in a 2007 Japanese national survey of the 100 most "influential heroes".[115] Despite the fact that he had been criticised by gay activists for hiding his HIV status, author Paul Russell included Mercury in his book "The Gay 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Gay Men and Lesbians, Past and Present."[116] Other entertainers on Russell's list included Liberace and Rock Hudson. In 2006, Time Asia magazine named him as one of the most influential Asian heroes of the past 60 years: The article credited Mercury with having "duplicated in popular music what other Indians—such as Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth – have done in literature: taking the coloniser's art form and representing it in a manner richer and more dazzling than many Anglophones thought possible."[8] In 2008, Rolling Stone' magazine ranked Mercury No.18 in its list of the "Top 100 Singers Of All Time".[6]

Portrayal on stage
On 24 November 1997, a monodrama about Freddie Mercury's life titled Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God opened in New York City.[117] It presented Freddie Mercury in the hereafter; examining his life, seeking redemption and searching for his true self [118] The play was written and directed by Charles Messina and the part of Mercury was played by Khalid Gonçalves (né Paul Gonçalves) and then later, Amir Darvish.[119] Billy Squier opened one of the shows with an acoustic performance of a song he had written about Mercury titled I Have Watched You Fly.[120]

Portrayal in film
Brian May announced in a September 2010 BBC interview[121] that Sacha Baron Cohen, previously best known for his comedic characters Borat, Ali G and Brüno, had been chosen to play Mercury in a film about his life. TIME commented with approval on his singing ability and visual similarity to Mercury.[122] The motion picture is being written by Peter Morgan, who had been nominated for Oscars for his screenplays The Queen and Frost/Nixon. The film, which is being co-produced by Robert De Niro's TriBeCa Productions, will focus on Queen's formative years and the period leading up to the celebrated performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert. Filming is due to begin sometime in 2011.[123] In April 2011, Brian May confirmed that a lot of work was still being done in preparation for the film. He said that after holding back for a long time due to mixed feelings, the band had approved a team to start filming later in 2011, and Baron Cohen's eagerness had been the key to progress.[124]

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Notes
a) On Mercury's birth certificate,[12] his parents defined themselves with "Nationality: British Indian" and "Race: Parsi". The Parsis are an originally Persian ethnic group of the Indian subcontinent who follow Zoroastrianism. b) The Bulsara family gets its name from Bulsar, a city and district that is now in the Indian state of Gujarat and is today officially known as Valsad. In the 17th century, Bulsar was one of the five centres of the Zoroastrian religion (the other four were also in what is today Gujarat) and consequently "Bulsara" is a relatively common name amongst Zoroastrians. c) Mercury is portrayed in the manga and anime series Cromartie High School as the character Freddie (and as the minor character Mercury), and as himself in the British Channel 4 show House of Rock along with Marc Bolan, John Lennon, Notorious BIG, John Denver and Kurt Cobain.

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• • • • Freddie Mercury (http://www.myspace.com/freddiemercuryonline) on Myspace (official EMI Music) Freddie Mercury (http://www.discogs.com/artist/Freddie+Mercury) discography at Discogs Freddie Mercury (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p4899) at Allmusic Freddie Mercury (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006198/) at the Internet Movie Database

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Brian May
Brian May

May in 2011 Background information Birth name Born Brian Harold May 19 July 1947 Hampton, London, England, UK Rock Musician, songwriter, producer, astrophysicist, author, contributor (The Sky at Night) Guitar, vocals, piano 1965–present Hollywood, Parlophone

Genres Occupations Instruments Years active Labels

Associated acts Smile, Queen, Phenomena, G3, Queen + Paul Rodgers, Kerry Ellis, Lady Gaga Website [brianmay.com brianmay.com] Notable instruments • • Red Special Fender Telecaster

Brian Harold May, CBE (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician and astrophysicist most widely known as the guitarist and a songwriter of the rock band Queen. As a guitarist he uses his home-built guitar, "Red Special", and has composed hits such as "Tie Your Mother Down", "We Will Rock You", and "Fat Bottomed Girls". He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005 for "services to the music industry".[1] May earned a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College in 2007 and is currently the Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.[2] May currently resides in Surrey.[3] In 2005, a Planet Rock poll saw May voted the 7th greatest guitarist of all time.[4] He was ranked at #39 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".[5]

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Early life
Brian May, the only child of Harold and Ruth May, was born in Hampton, London and attended Hampton Grammar School (now Hampton School).[6] During this time he formed his first band with vocalist and bassist Tim Staffell, named Nineteen Eighty-Four after George Orwell's novel of the same name.[7] He left Hampton Grammar School with ten GCE Ordinary Levels and three Advanced Levels in Physics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.[7]

Career
Smile
Brian May formed the band Smile in 1968. The group included Tim Staffell as singer and bassist, and later, drummer Roger Taylor, who also went on to play for Queen. The band lasted for only two years from 1968 to 1970, as Staffell left in 1970, leaving the band with a catalogue of only nine songs. Smile would reunite for several songs on 22 December 1992. Taylor's band The Cross were headliners and he brought May and Staffell on to play "Earth" and "If I Were a Carpenter".[8] May also performed several other songs that night.

Queen
In Queen's three-part vocal harmonies, May's was generally the lower-range backing vocal. On some of his songs he sings the lead vocal, most notably the first verse of "Who Wants to Live Forever", the bridge on "I Want It All" and "Flash's Theme", and full lead vocals on "Some Day One Day", "She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettoes)", "'39", "Good Company", "Long Away", "All Dead, All Dead", "Sleeping on the Sidewalk", "Leaving Home Ain't Easy" and "Sail Away Sweet Sister". Throughout Queen's career May frequently wrote songs for the band and has composed many significant songs such as the worldwide hit "We Will Rock You", as well as "Tie Your Mother Down", "Who Wants to Live Forever", "Hammer to Fall", "Save Me", "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "I Want It All". Typically, either Freddie Mercury or May wrote the most songs on every Queen album. After the famous Live Aid concert in summer 1985, Mercury rang his bandmates and proposed writing a song together. The result was "One Vision", which was basically May on music (the Magic Years documentary shows how he came up with the opening section and the basic guitar riff) and Roger Taylor on lyrics, with Freddie Mercury being more a producer and arranger than a proper co-writer, and John Deacon mostly absent. For their 1989 release album, The Miracle, the band had decided that all of the tracks would be credited to the entire band, no matter who had been the main writer. Still, interviews and musical analyses tend to help identify the input of each member on each track. May composed "I Want It All" for that album, as well as "Scandal" (based on his personal problems with the British press). For the rest of the album he did not contribute so much creatively, although he helped in building the basis of "Party" and "Was It All Worth It" (both being predominantly Mercury's pieces) and created the guitar riff of "Chinese Torture". Queen's subsequent album was Innuendo, on which May's contributions increased, although more in arrangements than actual writing in most cases; for the title track he did some of the arrangement for the heavy solo, then he added vocal harmonies to "I'm Going Slightly Mad" and composed the solo of "These Are the Days of Our Lives", a song for which the four of them decided the keyboard parts together. He changed the tempo and key of Mercury's song "The Hitman" and took it under his wing, even singing guide vocal in the demo. May also co-wrote some of the
Queen in 1979.

Brian May guitar lines in "Bijou". Two songs that May had composed for his first solo album, "Headlong" and "I Can't Live With You", eventually ended up in the Queen project. His other composition was "The Show Must Go On", a group effort in which he was the coordinator and primary composer, but in which they all had input, Deacon and Taylor with the famous chord sequence. In recent years, he has overseen the remastering of Queen albums and various DVD and greatest hits releases. In 2004, he announced that he and drummer Roger Taylor were going on tour for the first time in 18 years as "Queen", along with Free/Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers. Billed as "Queen + Paul Rodgers", the band has played throughout 2005 and 2006 in South Africa, Europe, Aruba, Japan, and North America and released a new album with Paul Rodgers in 2008, entitled The Cosmos Rocks. This album was supported by a major tour.

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Solo work and The Brian May Band
During 1983, several members of Queen explored side projects. On 21 and 22 April in Los Angeles, May recorded his first solo work, a mini-album entitled Star Fleet Project, on which he collaborated with Eddie Van Halen.[9] He worked with his second wife Anita Dobson on her first album, in which she sang vocals to the EastEnders theme tune. In this form the tune became the song "Anyone Can Fall in Love".[10] May himself produced the song, which reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1986. Following the death of Freddie Mercury in November 1991, May chose to deal with his grief by committing himself as fully as possible to work, first by finishing his solo album, Back to the Light, and then touring worldwide to promote it. He frequently remarked in press interviews that this was the only form of self-prescribed therapy he could think of.[11]
May playing his Red Special In late 1992, the Brian May Band was officially formed. An early version of the band was loosely formed for 19 October 1991, when May took part in the Guitar Legends guitar festival in Seville, Spain. The line-up for his performance was May (Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar), Cozy Powell (Drums & Percussion), Mike Moran (Keyboards), Rick Wakeman (Keyboards), Maggie Ryder (Backing vocals), Miriam Stockley (Backing vocals) and Chris Thompson (Backing vocals).

The original line-up was Brian May (Lead Vocals and Lead Guitar), Cozy Powell (Drums and Percussion), Mike Caswell (Guitar), Neil Murray (Bass), Maggie Ryder (Backing vocals), Miriam Stockley (Backing vocals) and Chris Thompson (Backing vocals). This version of the band lasted only during the South American support tour (supporting The B-52's and Joe Cocker) on only five dates. In Spain, a Catalan band called Sweet Sister supported the tour. Afterwards, May made significant changes, feeling the group never quite gelled. Most significantly, May brought guitarist Jamie Moses on board to replace Mike Caswell. May considered Moses a perfect fit to the band. The other change made was in the backing vocal department. Ryder, Stockley and Thompson were replaced with Catherine Porter and Shelley Preston. On 23 February 1993, this new line-up of The Brian May Band began its world tour in the US, both supporting Guns N' Roses and headlining a few dates. The tour would take them through North America, Europe (support act: Valentine) and Japan.

Brian May After the tour ended on 18 December 1993, May returned to the studio with fellow surviving Queen band members Roger Taylor and John Deacon to work on tracks that became Made in Heaven, the final Queen studio album. The band took Mercury's solo album demos and last recordings, which he managed to perform in the studio after the album Innuendo was finished, and completed them with their additions both musically and vocally. Work on the album after Mercury's death originally began in 1992 by Deacon and May, but was left until a later date due to other commitments. In 1995, May began working towards a new solo album of covers tentatively named Heroes, in addition to working on various film and television projects and other collaborations. May subsequently changed the approach of his second album from covers to focus on those collaborations and on new material. The songs recorded for that album, Another World, would feature mainly Spike Edney, Cozy Powell, Neil Murray and Jamie Moses, who had become his core support/collaborative team. On 5 April 1998, Cozy Powell was killed in a car accident on the M4 motorway near Bristol, England. This caused a huge, unexpected disruption to the upcoming tour for The Brian May Band, with a new drummer being needed at short notice. Steve Ferrone was brought on to help May finish recording drums for the title track "Another World" and to join the band for the early stage promotional tour of five dates in Europe before the world tour. The line-up was then May (lead vocals & lead guitar), Edney (keyboards), Murray (bass), Moses (guitar), Ferrone (drums & percussion), Susie Webb (backing vocals) and Zoe Nicholas (Bbacking vocals). Following the early promotional tour, Eric Singer replaced Steve Ferrone for the full 1998 world tour.

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Later solo work
From his last solo release in 1998 May has been performing as a solo artist, as part of an ensemble, and infrequently as Queen with Roger Taylor. On 22 October 2000, Brian May made a guest appearance at the Motörhead 25th Anniversary show at Brixton Academy along with Eddie Clarke (former Motörhead guitarist) for the encore song "Overkill". In the Queen's birthday honours list of 2005, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire "for services to the music industry".[12] May is a friend of singer and musician Phil Collins and was a special guest at the Genesis reunion concert at Twickenham Stadium in 2007. On 17 November 2007, Brian May was appointed Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University,[13] taking over from Cherie Blair, and installed in 2008.[14] May worked extensively with stage actress and singer Kerry Ellis after he cast her in the musical We Will Rock You. He produced and arranged her debut studio album Anthems (2010), a follow-up to her extended play Wicked in Rock (2008), as well as appeared with Ellis at many public performances – playing guitar alongside her. He also contributed a guitar solo to Meat Loaf's Hang Cool, Teddy Bear album in exchange for the use of drummer John Miceli. Along with Elena Vidal, Brian May released a historical book in 2009 entitled A Village Lost and Found: Scenes in Our Village. The book is an annotated collection of stereoscopic photographs taken by the Victorian era photographer T. R. Williams and it is sold with a focussing stereoscope. May became an enthusiast of stereoscope photographs as a child, and first encountered the work of Williams during the late 1960s. In 2003 May announced a search in order to identify the actual location of the Scenes in Our Village images. In 2004 May reported that he had identified the location as the village of Hinton Waldrist in Oxfordshire. In November 2009, May appeared on the popular reality TV show The X Factor with band mate Roger Taylor as Queen mentoring the contestants, then later performing "Bohemian Rhapsody". In April 2010, May founded the "Save Me" 2010 project to work against any proposed repeal of the British fox-hunting ban, and also to promote animal rights in Britain.[15] In February 2011 it was announced that May would tour with Kerry Ellis, playing 12 dates across the UK in May 2011. On 18 April 2011 Lady Gaga confirmed that May would play guitar on her track "You and I" from her latest album Born This Way, released on 23 May 2011.[16] On 26 August, May performed "We Will Rock You" and "Welcome To The Black Parade" with American rock band My Chemical Romance at the Reading Festival.[17] On 28 August, May performed "You and I" live with Lady Gaga at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles.[18]

"Tie Your Mother Down").[22] The album. Nevada. to be recorded at a "secret location". May explored a wide variety of styles in guitar. "Rain Must Brian May in 1975 Fall". "Bohemian Rhapsody". with Paul Rodgers (founder and former lead singer of Free and Bad Company). was released in Europe on 12 September 2008 and in the United States on 28 October 2008. tape-delay ("Brighton Rock". "Chinese Torture"). the first leg being Europe and the second. Brian May's website also stated that Rodgers would be "featured with" Queen as Queen + Paul Rodgers.[19] Between 2005 and 2006 Queen and Paul Rodgers embarked on a world tour. "Cyborg".[20] On 25 May 2006. "White Man") and melodic sequences ("Bohemian . including sweep picking ("Was It All Worth It". May and Taylor announced that they would reunite and return to touring in 2005. including Frank Musker. May confirmed through his website and fan club that Queen + Paul Rodgers would begin producing their first studio album beginning in October. often more contrapuntal than parallel — a relative rarity for rock guitar.[26] A meticulous arranger. he focuses on multi-part harmonies.[24] [25] Highlights Brian May began composing in 1968/1969. and through the years he has collaborated with other songwriters. Examples are found in Queen's albums A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races. "Resurrection". "It's Late". opening on Kharkov's freedom square in front of 350.[20] [21] On 15 August 2006. "China Belle". Rodgers does not rule out the possibility of working together again. and with Elizabeth Lamers. Queen received the inaugural VH1 Rock Honors at the Mandalay 2005 Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. "Brighton Rock"). "Dragon Attack"). "I Was Born To Love You"). slide guitar ("Drowse". a vocal canon ("The Prophet's Song") and guitar and vocal counterpoints ("Teo Torriatte"). Japan and the US in 2006. and May and Taylor were joined on stage with the Foo Fighters to perform a selection of Queen songs.[23] The show in Ukraine was later released on DVD. Hendrix sounding licks ("Liar". "Get Down Make Love". not replacing the late Freddie Mercury.Brian May 53 Queen + Paul Rodgers At the end of 2004. tapping ("Bijou".[23] Queen and Paul Rodgers officially split up on 12 May 2009. Following the album the band again embarked on a tour through Europe and parts of the US. where he arranged a jazz band for guitar mini-orchestra ("Good Company"). whose music won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically & Lyrically in 1996. "Death on Two Legs".000 Ukrainian fans. "Business". "Stone Cold Crazy". tremolo ("Brighton Rock". with whom he wrote "Too Much Love Will Kill You". "Sweet Lady". The retired John Deacon would not be participating. titled The Cosmos Rocks.

the readers of Guitar World voted May's guitar solos "Bohemian Rhapsody". May would also record on other string instruments such as harp (one chord per take. in "Get Down. As a child. May is also an accomplished singer. which he then played on Queen's song "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" (live and in the studio). From 1979 onwards. Il Colosso. Occasionally. "Killer Queen". and the Queen + Paul Rodgers album). he used a regular baritone ukelele which he had bought in Hawaii on a holiday. organ ("Wedding March") and programmed drum-machines for both Queen and outside projects (such as producing other artists and his own solo records). . "Killer Queen". it was performed entirely by puppets. the finger-picked solo of "White Queen" and the skiffle-influenced "'39". Make Love" he was able to create sound effects with his guitar that were so unusual that many thought a synthesiser was being used. May co-composed a mini-opera with Lee Holdridge. he was able to imitate an orchestra in the song "Procession". for Steve Barron's 1996 film. including the acoustic guitar live version of "Love of My Life" from 1975's A Night at the Opera. For "Good Company". "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy"). who then asked May to bring them to life ("Bicycle Race". May contributed lead vocals to at least one song per album.[27] From Queen's Queen II to The Game. On-screen. 54 Other instruments The first instrument Brian May learned to play was the banjolele. May also performed notable acoustic works. he also played synthesisers. Sissel Kyrkjebo. then copied and pasted by the engineer to make it sound like a continuous performance) and bass (on some demos and many songs in his solo career. For example. he was also trained on classical piano. In January 2007. a piccolo and several other instruments for the song's Dixieland jazz band feel. "These Are the Days of Our Lives"). Although Freddie Mercury was the band's main pianist. Queen used a "No synthesizers were used on this album" sleeve note on their early albums to make this clear to the listeners. The Adventures of Pinocchio. and Just William. Some of his solos and orchestral parts were composed by Freddie Mercury. "Brighton Rock" into the top 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of all time ("Bohemian Rhapsody" was voted #20 and "Brighton Rock" was voted #41). "Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon". Aided by the uniqueness of his guitar — the Red Special — May was often able to create strange and unusual sound effects. in "Good Company" he used his guitar to mimic a trombone. May performed the opera with Jerry Hadley.Brian May Rhapsody". Brian would occasionally step in (such as on Save Me.

These plans were eventually given to guitar luthier Andrew Guyton in around 2004/05. Omnibus Press. In a 1991 interview for Guitar World magazine. I can listen to any player and pantomime their sound. However. that May simply had no need to build another guitar. However the guitar also came to be known as "The Guitar That Time Forgot".Brian May 55 Musician "He's a class act from head to toe. He is known to carry coins in his pockets specifically for this purpose."[35] During the time in which Brian May and his father were building the Red Special. from Queen In Their Own Words (ed. really love his guitar work. Michael. and it shows in his playing. May's early heroes were Cliff Richard and The Shadows. some slight modifications were made and the guitar was built. the knob at the end's off a knitting needle and the springs are valve springs from an old motorbike. He has collaborated with Cliff Richard on a re-recording of the Cliff Richard and The Shadows (then known as The Drifters) 1958 hit "Move It" on the Cliff Richard duets album Two's Company which was released on 6 November 2006. so successful was the Red Special. "I thought Queen were really innovative and made some great sounding records. p. . May also produced plans to build a second guitar. I think Brian May has one of the great guitar tones on the planet. instead of a more traditional plastic plectrum. as the shape of the body resembled the form shown on playing cards. I lacquered the fingerboard with Rustin's Plastic Coating.. which he designed when he was only 16 years old. and I really. His comments on this instrument." Many years later he gained his opportunity to play on separate occasions with both Cliff Richard and Shadows lead guitarist Hank Marvin. "We used to look at those guys and think. I like the rockin' stuff. Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton as his guitar heroes. The tremolo is interesting in that the arm's made from an old bicycle saddle bag carrier."  —Steve Vai.[29] [30] [31] [32] [33] Former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar stated. He's just walking on higher ground. May referred to The Who as "my inspiration"."[33] May has used a range of guitars. 1992. on the basis that their rigidity gives him more control in playing. who he says were "the most metallic thing(s) out at the time. flat and wide. "That's the way it should be done. Mick St. and on seeing Led Zeppelin stated. It was named "The Spade". 62) are: I like a big neck – thick.[34] It was built with wood from an 18th century fireplace. —Brian May In addition to using his home-made guitar he prefers to use coins (especially a sixpence from the farewell proof set of 1970). On Queen For An Hour 1989 Interview on BBC Radio 1 May listed Jimi Hendrix. this guitar has not been used in any recordings and remains in May's possession. [28] Brian May has been referred to as a virtuoso guitarist by many publications and musicians. most often the "Red Special". May tapping. but I can't do Brian May. As yet.

he has also had some replicas made. Godin and Guild. On stage. Martin. of which . some of which were also used for live and recording purposes. Tōkai Hummingbird. It was used for the video (but not the recordings) of "Back Chat" (1982). others were mainly spares. Brian May performing with the Greg Fryer Red Special replica in Warsaw. and the Stratocaster from the previous tour. • July – November 1982: Added a Gibson Flying V as second back-up. • August to October 1984: The Flying V became a second back-up again as his main spare was the Guild replica. Some of the non-RS electric guitars he used in the studio included: • Burns Double Six on "Long Away" (1976) and "Under Pressure" (1981). plus a Martin D-18 acoustic for "'39". In 1993 Guild made a second replica of the RS. plus a natural finish John Birch replica of the Red Special. The rest remained the same.Brian May 56 Equipment Most of May's electric guitar work live and in the studio was done on the Red Special. Currently. • January 1977 – August 1979: Just the Birch replica plus an Ovation Pacemaker 12-string acoustic on some numbers ("'39". "Dreamer's Ball"). not on stage).[36] [37] [38] From 1975 onwards. Brian used to carry at least one back-up guitar (in case he broke a string) and occasionally would use others for certain songs or parts. • Parker Fly on "Mother Love" (1993–1995). On 9 August 1982 Brian smashed the Birch guitar. He also used Roger Taylor's Gibson Chet-Atkins Classical Electric. The most famous replicas were made by John Birch (in 1975—May actually smashed it during a concert in the States in 1982). • November 1979 – June 1982: Birch replica (back-up). In 1984 Guild released the first official Red Special replica for mass production. • July 1973 – May 1974: Fender Stratocaster Pre-CBS • October 1974 – May 1975: Gibson Les Paul Deluxe. • Ibanez JS on "Nothing But Blue" (1991). • Gibson Firebird on "Hammer to Fall" and "Tear It Up" (album versions only. made in just 1000 copies. 1998. Guild (back-up from 1984 to 1993) and Fryers (1997–1998. However the solid body construction (the original RS has hollow cavities in the body) and the pick-ups (DiMarzio) that were not an exact replica of the Burns TriSonic did not make May happy. used both live and in the studio). middle-eight and solo). Ovation (acoustic numbers). • September 1976: Same three as before. • November 1975 – May 1976: Same two guitars as before. Greco BM90 (featured in the promo video of "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" in 1977). • Fender Broadcaster on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (1979). so the production stopped after just 300 guitars. May has his own company which makes guitars whose design is modelled after the original Red Special guitar. Fender Telecaster ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love" 2nd verse. which he built with his father during his teenage years. • July 1985 – August 1986: Gibson Flying V no longer used. he favoured Ovation. "Love of My Life". On a couple of videos he also used some different electric guitars: a Stratocaster copy on "Play the Game" (1980) and a Washburn RR2V on "Princes of the Universe" (1986). For acoustic. Poland. and made some prototypes specifically for May. so the Flying V became the only spare.

"Scandal" and "The Show Must Go On". May has a custom switch unit made by Cornish and subsequently modified by Fryer that allows him to choose which amps are active. along with the AC30. Rodgers). He mostly used Freddie Mercury's 1972 Steinway piano and reportedly now owns the instrument in question. He has a rack of 14 AC30s. which can be heard in In The Lap of The Gods (Live at Wembley '86) or Hammer to Fall (slow version played live with P. He always used a treble booster built by John Deacon which. except for the Fryer logo on the headstock (May's original one has a sixpence). May used Yamaha DX7 synths for the opening sequence of "One Vision" and the backgrounds of "Who Wants to Live Forever" (also on stage). harmony and other lines throughout (1986) "I Want It All" – with Mercury (1989) "Lost Opportunity" (1991) "Mother Love" – Lead vocals on final verse (1995) "Let Me Live" – Lead vocals on third verse (1995) "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)" – with Taylor (1997) . Effects guru Pete Cornish built for him the TB-83 (32 dB of gain) that was used for all the remaining Queen albums. a "genuine George Formby Ukulele-Banjo" in "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" and in "Good Company". and a toy mini koto in "The Prophet's Song". and he runs the amp at full volume on the Normal channel. went a long way in helping to create many of his signature guitar tones. He also customises his amps by removing the circuitry for the Brilliant and Vib-trem channels (leaving only the circuitry for the Normal). etc.lead on falsetto lines. He uses a BOSS pedal from the '70s. he uses a Foxx Foot Phaser (We Will Rock You. the Chorus Ensemble CE-1. All Dead" (1977) "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" (1977) "Fat Bottomed Girls" – Chorus lead vocals (1978) "Leaving Home Ain't Easy" (1978) "Sail Away Sweet Sister" – Mercury sings the bridge (1980) • • • • • • • • • • "Flash" – with Freddie Mercury (1980) "Put Out the Fire" . We Are the Champions. In the studio. and two delay machines to play his trademark solo in Brighton Rock. flanger and chorus. Chorus. he uses banks of Vox AC30 amplifiers keeping some amps with only guitar and others with all effects such as delay. he uses the two guitars made by Greg Fryer—the luthier who restored the Old Lady in 1998—as backup. the top-boost version with Blue Alnico speakers. Live. One Day" (1974) "She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettoes)" (1974) "'39" (1975) "Good Company" (1975) "Long Away" (1976) "All Dead. He used the Dallas Rangemaster for the first Queen albums. rest sung by Mercury (1973) "Some Day. up to A Day at the Races. Keep Yourself Alive. On his pedal board. which actually gives less boost than the TB-83. May was keen on using some toys as instruments as well. "Las Palabras de Amor" – Lead harmony vocals on chorus (1982) "I Go Crazy" – Lead Bridge Vocals (1984) "Who Wants to Live Forever" – First verse. Delay 2. He used a Yamaha plastic piano in "Teo Torriatte".).[39] His choice is the model AC30TBX. Delay 1. At the moment. Next in the chain. and this alters the tone slightly.Brian May May has some and used as a backup. May has used Vox AC30 amplifiers almost exclusively since a meeting with his long time hero Rory Gallagher at a gig in London during the late '60s/early '70s. They are almost identical to the original. with a gain addition of 6–7 dB. which are grouped as Normal. He switched in 2000 to the Fryer's booster. 57 May's lead vocals in Queen • • • • • • • • • • • "Keep Yourself Alive" – Vocal bridge with Taylor.

[49] passed his viva voce. May was appointed Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University. his perceived failure as a husband and a father. also at the Imperial College London departments of Physics and Mathematics.[43] According to The Sunday Times Rich List he is worth £85 million as of 2011. thank you very much". along with Dr. and was part way through this PhD programme. more than 30 years after he started his research. Prof. who is the mother of his three children: Jimmy. May was married to Chrissie Mullen. whom he met in 1986. even to the point of contemplating suicide. As a result. May dislikes smoking.[47] In October 2007. When Queen became successful he abandoned his physics doctorate but did co-author two scientific research papers: MgI Emission in the Night-Sky Spectrum (1972)[45] and An Investigation of the Motion of Zodiacal Dust Particles (Part I) (1973). on the afternoon of Wednesday 14 May 2008.[48] entitled A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud. He is the co-author of Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe with Sir Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott. who was born on 15 June 1978. May replied that "that could be my after dinner comment. Brian Cox.[13] taking over from Cherie Blair. studying reflected light from interplanetary dust and the velocity of dust in the plane of the Solar System. and Freddie Mercury's illness and eventual death. "I don't know any scientist who looks as much as like Isaac Newton as you do". He then proceeded to study for a PhD degree. and who gained fame in the 1980s as Angie Watts. 2000.Brian May 58 Personal life From 1974 to 1988. He has stated in interviews that he suffered from severe depression in the late 1980s and early 1990s.[34] [54] May appeared on the 700th episode of The Sky at Night hosted by Sir Patrick Moore. and the Astronomer Royal Martin Rees who on leaving the panel told Brian May.[41] May's father Harold worked as a draughtsman at the Ministry of Aviation and had been a long-time cigarette-smoker. graduating with a BSc (Hons) degree and ARCS in physics with Upper Second-Class Honours.[14] Asteroid 52665 Brianmay was named in his honour on 18 June 2008 on the suggestion of Sir Patrick Moore (probably influenced by the asteroid's provisional designation of 1998 BM30). After many years together they married on December 18. who was born on 22 May 1981 and Emily Ruth. and installed in 2008.[42] even to the point where he has prohibited smoking indoors at his more recent concerts. . who was born on 17 February 1987. which was published in October 2006.[44] Astrophysics May studied physics and mathematics at Imperial College London. On 17 November 2007. Their separation and eventual divorce was highly publicised by British tabloid newspapers following reports that he had an affair with Eastenders actress Anita Dobson. who was joining it. Chris Lintott.[46] which were based on his observations at the Teide Observatory in Tenerife. Chrissie and Brian separated in 1988. his father Harold's death.[40] for reasons having to do with his troubled first marriage. Jon Culshaw. he completed his PhD thesis in astrophysics. Louisa.[50] [51] [52] [53] He officially graduated at the postgraduate awards ceremony held in the Royal Albert Hall. and performed the required corrections.

A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud. with a particular emphasis on preventing hunting of foxes and the culling of badgers. ISBN 978-0-387-77705-4.[55] he has stated that their policy on fox hunting and the culling of badgers turned him off voting for them. Brian Harold (2008) (PhD thesis). Patrick. • May. Brian. Moore. ISBN 1-84442-552-5.[56] The group's primary concern is to ensure that the Hunting Act 2004 and other laws protecting animals are kept in place.[15] In a September 2010 interview with Stephen Sackur for the BBC’s HARDtalk program. cruel and degrading treatment. Though a Conservative Party voter most of his life. In 2009. Save Me (named after the song that he wrote). Carlton. Frances Lincoln. His group. A Village Lost and Found [60]. Vidal. he published his second book. May said that he would rather be remembered for his animal rights work than for his music or science.[57] Stereophotography May has had a lifelong interest in collecting Victorian stereophotography. New York: Springer. with co-author Elena Vidal. .[58] Discography Albums Studio albums Year 1983 1992 1998 2000 Title Star Fleet Project Back to the Light Another World UK 35 6 23 [59] US [59] [59] 125 159 – – Furia (Original Soundtrack) – Live albums Year 1993 Title UK [59] US – Live at the Brixton Academy 20 Bibliography • May. on the work of English stereophotography innovator TR Williams. Bang! The Complete History of the Universe.Brian May 59 Activist Brian May has formed a group to promote animal welfare. is a campaign group for the protection of all animals against unnecessary. • May. Chris (2006). Lintott. Brian. ISBN 978-0-7112-3039-2. A Village Lost and Found. Elena (book with stereoscopic viewer).

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"I Want to Break Free". Deacon's sole performance with the remaining members of Queen was a one-off rendition of "The Show Must Go On" in 1997 with Mercury's friend Elton John (who had sung the track with the band at Mercury's tribute). programming and drums. songwriter Bass 1965–1997 Queen Genres Occupations Instruments Years active Associated acts Notable instruments Fender Precision Bass Music Man StingRay Fender Telecaster John Richard Deacon (born 19 August 1951) is a retired English multi-instrumentalist and song writer. He also played electric and acoustic guitars on several albums as well as keyboards. "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)" – released that year on the Queen Rocks compilation – after which he retired from the music industry. synthesizers.John Deacon 63 John Deacon John Deacon Deacon on stage in Dublin. best known as the bassist for the rock band Queen. pop Musician. and the band's biggest selling single in the United States. He occasionally provided backing vocals during live shows. "Another One Bites the Dust". Following The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992. being only 19 years old when he was recruited by the other members of the band. Deacon wrote a number of Queen's hit singles. He chose not to participate with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor in the Queen + Paul . "Spread Your Wings". He contributed to the final Queen song. including "You're My Best Friend". Of the four members of the band. 1979 Background information Birth name Born John Richard Deacon 19 August 1951 Oadby. as well as a number of album tracks. he was the last to join and also the youngest. "Back Chat". Leicestershire England Rock.

Sheer Heart Attack. Barry Mitchell and Doug Ewood. Joshua (13 December 1983). Deacon also was the band's archivist. After being in the band for four years. It was on the song "Stone Cold Crazy". By this time Queen had already been formed by Brian May. A Night at the Opera. prior bassists with the band included Mike Grose. Deacon's first writing credit did not come until Queen's third album. now part of King's College London. bought with money borrowed from one of the other band members. which was featured on the group's fourth album. he often used to build equipment for the band.[3] As a trained electronics engineer. and the others said that he was in charge of most of the finances. Laura (25 June 1979). "You're My Best Friend". all at grade A. and Gartree High School and Beauchamp Grammar School in Oadby and achieved 8 GCE O level and 3 A level passes. He would achieve much greater success with his second song. A persistent legend claims Deacon was the seventh bassist auditioned. His father worked for the Norwich Union insurance company. used by Deacon and May. In early 1971 he was introduced to Taylor and May by a friend at a disco who told him that they were in a band that had just lost its bassist. He became the bassist after the original bassist was fired for not being of the same quality as the rest of the band. Deacon was known to friends as 'Deaks' and attended Linden Junior School in Leicester. but it was also credited to the other band members. taking clippings from newspapers of even the advertisements featuring The Opposition. He played rhythm guitar. but died of a heart attack in 1962. His most famous creation is the "Deacy Amp". Deacon was also absent from Queen's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Personal life He was the 'quiet' member of the band. Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor. According to various sources. Michael (3 February 1978). He left as he had been accepted to study at Chelsea College. and Cameron (7 November 1993). he requested that he be referred to by his proper name. Married since 18 January 1975. a Caribbean-themed song that garnered little attention. his quiet demeanour and his electrical skills.[1] Not long after its release. and went on to be an international hit. Career It was in Leicester that he formed his first band. Luke (5 December 1992). in 1965 at the age of fourteen. The first song Deacon wrote on his own was "Misfire" from the same album. According to The Sunday Times Rich List. and Deacon even saw them in October 1970. she was already two months pregnant with their first child when they got married. As well as a dedicated musician.John Deacon Rodgers collaboration. he decided he wanted to join a band. Since the band's last bassist drew attention away from Mercury. A couple of days later he auditioned in a lecture room at Imperial College London and became the last member of Queen to join the band. and his last direct involvement with Queen was with the recording of "No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)". Deacon was selected for his musical talent. On Queen's first album he was credited as "Deacon John". The Opposition. He lives in Putney in South West London with his wife Veronica Tetzlaff. Although he left his bass and amplifier at home in Oadby after less than a year in London where he went on to achieve a First Class Honours Degree in electronics at Chelsea College.[2] The two have six children: Robert (18 July 1975). . but did give them his support. His last public appearance with the band was at an AIDS charity event in 1997. when John was eleven. mother Lilian and younger sister Julie. Deacon played his final concert with the band (then called The Art) in August 1969. 64 Early life John Deacon grew up in Oadby with father Arthur. Deacon is worth £50 million as of 2009.

New Haven. although on the actual recording the piano was played by Mercury. He also played double bass. "Father to Son". As a bass guitarist. He can also be seen playing the grand piano in the music video to "Spread Your Wings". which was the first song he wrote on the electric piano. playing an electric one on his top ten hit "You're My Best Friend". "Body Language". He has been responsible for some of Queen's biggest hits such as "You're My Best Friend" (from A Night at the Opera).[5] Deacon's contributions in keyboards were mostly just background chords. "The March of the Black Queen". and "Under Pressure". he did some rhythm-playing in songs like "Staying Power" (both live and in the studio) and "Back Chat". Highlights Mostly. Both went on the Greatest Hits II album. as well as several acoustic performances. ("Spread Your Wings" and "Back Chat"). Deacon also played . Some of the guitar work on Hot Space (the clean Fender Telecaster single-coil sound) is his work. notably on May's 1975 song "'39". as well as lead parts in "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Misfire" and Spanish acoustic fills in "Who Needs You". He would occasionally play synthesizers on his own compositions and often composed at the piano. As a guitarist.John Deacon 65 As a performer Deacon on stage at the New Haven Coliseum. "Dragon Attack". — Gordon Fletcher – Rolling Stone 149 [1] is explosive. Connecticut in 1978 “ Let's just say that the product of drummer Roger Meddows Taylor and bassist Deacon John [4] eruption make the earth tremble. He also wrote two other popular songs. his most notable work is in his composition "You're My Best Friend". and created the riff for "Under Pressure". "You're My Best Friend". and he had already learned to play it. "Liar". "Brighton Rock". "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". "Another One Bites the Dust" (from The Game) and "I Want to Break Free" (from The Works). a colossal sonic volcano whose ” Deacon played guitar in addition to bass. Deacon's compositions varied from pop rock to funk. "We Are the Champions". Deacon's notable works include "Another One Bites the Dust". "The Millionaire Waltz". taking over rhythm parts in many albums. He also co-wrote "Friends Will Be Friends" with Mercury and developed the chord arrangement for "The Miracle" with Mercury. May had asked him to play upright bass as a joke but a couple of days later he found Deacon in the studio with the instrument.

such as "The Millionaire Waltz". he had sung backing vocals during "Liar" into Mercury's microphone. though sometimes he did use a pick. "Brighton Rock". "Liar". Before this. feature the bass as the main instrument. "Body Language". Deacon did not receive his own microphone until the band's first headlining tour in support of their "Sheer Heart Attack" album. He can also be seen playing the drums on the video for "One Vision"."[6] Singer Deacon is the only member of Queen never to sing any lead vocals on any of their tracks. "You're My Best Friend". Deacon mainly used his fingers. although he did play drums on certain tracks on "Hot Space". walking basslines and tight quick note changes. where his voice was clearly heard on "Somebody to Love" and "In The Lap of the Gods Revisited". "Somebody To Love". "Another One Bites the Dust". granted his technique an affinity with Motown's lead style basslines. the reviewer wrote: "Only at the end would a new initiate to Queen recognise John Deacon's unmistakable trademark: the bass runs under the fade are a fast and facile as any to be heard. Deacon is almost always shown to be singing in Queen's music videos. His basslines are notable on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". "Tie Your Mother Down". This is perhaps a visual trick. the main purpose of this was to play one note on the triangle in "Killer Queen". Deacon is not credited as a vocalist on any Queen album. Some of his basslines. "Queen at the Rainbow" (shot live in November 1974 and released on The Box of Tricks). Despite this promising development. There have been occasions where his microphone was turned up to a point where his voice can be heard. "I'm Going Slightly Mad" and "You're My Best Friend". and "One Year of Love". In live shows. In a 1975 review of Sheer Heart Attack. "Another One Bites the Dust". The least well known musician in Queen is one of his rock generation's most able. such as "Bohemian Rhapsody". 66 Style Deacon used the bass as a lead and rhythm instrument. and "Don't Stop Me Now". "Under Pressure". A trademark of Deacon's playing are his bass runs. and "A Kind of Magic". He is also credited as backing vocalist on the closing credits of the band's first live video. He generally did not play with a floating thumb and occasionally played with his thumb itself. among others. He even admitted in interviews that he was incapable of competing with the three strong vocalists in the group. with numerous runs. Despite this. . When performing with Queen. "You're My Best Friend".John Deacon triangle in live versions of "Killer Queen" (it hung off his microphone) and some piano (notably on "Another One Bites the Dust"). such as "Dragon Attack". Some of Queen's songs. such as a 1977 Earls Court bootleg. "I Want to Break Free". "'39". Deacon delivered a highly technical style.

"It is one of the greatest .g. at the beginnings of "News of the World" tour in the US. Before the Magic Tour. Roland Jupiter 8 and Yamaha DX7. Kramer made him a custom bass. In early 1977. For synths. the Music Man would remain for just specific numbers ("Sheer Heart Attack". For other instruments. The old Fender kept being used occasionally as a backup. and at the opening of the Bejart Ballet in Paris on 17 January 1997. "Play the Game".g. some videos and recordings (e. Fender gave him a special prototype model which he used for recording "Under Pressure" for "Hot Space" and performing it during the 1981–1985 period. which he used for "'39" (emulating the double bass he used in the original recording) and Deacon performing with Queen in "My Melancholy Blues" on stage. When the band began recording at Trident. In an interview with The Sun about the collaboration he said. which became his main instrument for the last concerts in 1972 and all 1973–1975 tours. Retirement After playing live with Queen twice more — at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness on 20 April 1992. re-appearing only briefly by joining his ex-band mates in October 1997 for the recording of the final Queen song "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)". which he used for mimed performances. and in "You're My Best Friend". a sunburst 1954 model with the original single-coil pickup. The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness. Deacon has reportedly spoken out about the May/Taylor/Robbie Williams cover of "We Are the Champions". and used sometimes in the studio as well.g. part of the Leiden 1986 gig. in the recordings of "Coming Soon" (1979) and in the video of "Back Chat" (1982). Deacon got a Warwick Buzzard.John Deacon 67 Gear Deacon's first bass was an Eko. In the recordings of "Misfire" he demonstrated he too could play guitar harmonies. Deacon mostly used Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars. From the 'News of the World' tour up until 'The Works' tour in 1985. he used Oberheim OB-X. used for some videos and mimed performances. "One Vision"). which was used for his audition for Queen. and he later acquired a Rickenbacker 4001. As a backup he had another one of the same model. In 1980. Next year. a Wurlitzer Electric Piano (though May has stated that it was a Fender Rhodes). Before the beginning of the 'Night at the Opera' sessions he stripped the paint from both. A new Fender P-Bass came to his hands: a red Elite 1. he had problems with it and acquired a Fender Precision 1962 model with the silver 1964 transition logo and sunburst finish. but not on recordings.[7] but eventually gave it up and returned to the black logo '67 model. main for the "Day at the Races" tour and some videos. During late 1977. "Las Palabras De Amor"). In 1986. performing only "The Show Must Go On" with Elton John on lead vocals — he made the decision to retire from music. which he used as a backup for some tours and in videos (e. Deacon tried another Fender P-Bass. "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Back Chat"). "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)"). the entire Marbella and Knebworth 1986 gigs and "Radio Ga Ga" at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. included in the Queen Rocks album released a month later. left them with a natural finish and switched them. the very first concerts and the recording sessions at De Lane Lea in 1971. but with the black 1967 transition logo. from then on the black logo one would be his main guitar for most tours and recordings. The piano he played in "Another One Bites the Dust" was a Bösendorfer. Deacon got two new basses: a Fender Precision Fretless. and a Music Man StingRay which he used as 1979. For acoustic he mostly used Martin D-18 and Ovation. his main was a custom Tele which he used on stage. he refurbished and spray-painted his Precision bass black and continued using it as his main instrument for several gigs (e. The fretless type kept being used for "'39" and "My Melancholy Blues" live until the end of the decade. recorded for A Knight's Tale.

[8] He chose not to be present at Queen's induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. John did not participate in the Minako Honda recording. • 1983: "Picking Up Sounds" by Man Friday and Jive Junior – co-wrote. 1983) • The Immortals: "No Turning Back" (single from Biggles: Adventures in Time soundtrack) (1986) Collaborations • 1975: All four members of Queen helped produce a session with the soul band Trax. "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure" (both cowritten with Freddie Mercury) and "One Year of Love" from A Kind of Magic • " The Miracle" from The Miracle (cowritten with Freddie Mercury. although his bandmate May wrote and produced two songs for this album. then re-recorded between 1993 and 1995 for the 1995 album Made in Heaven) Selected solo efforts: • Jive Junior And Man Friday: "Picking Up Sounds" (7" single. • 1986: "Angeline" by Elton John – bass guitar on this song from the LP Leather Jackets. • 1984: "It's An Illusion" by Roger Taylor – bass guitar on this track from the album Strange Frontier. Nothing was ever released. produced and played bass guitar on this single. I don't want to be nasty but let's just say Robbie Williams is no Freddie Mercury. 68 Discography Queen songs John Deacon wrote that were released as singles: • • • • • • "You're My Best Friend" from A Night at the Opera "Spread Your Wings" from News of the World "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Need Your Loving Tonight" from The Game "Back Chat" from Hot Space "I Want to Break Free" from The Works "Friends Will Be Friends".John Deacon songs ever written but I think they've ruined it . • 1988: "Roulette" by Minako Honda – co-wrote this song (in fact "No Turning Back" remake with other lyrics) from the album Cancel. he was listed in the Thanks Notes on the CD.. • 1985: "Too Young" by Elton John – bass guitar on this song from the LP Ice On Fire. Freddie can never be replaced – and certainly not by him". on the single Strange Frontier. • 1985: Strawberry Switchblade – produced self-titled first album.) Selected Queen album tracks: • • • • • • • • "Misfire" from Sheer Heart Attack "You and I" from A Day at the Races "Who Needs You" from News of the World "If You Can't Beat Them" and "In Only Seven Days" from Jazz "Execution Of Flash" and "Arboria" from Flash Gordon "Cool Cat" from Hot Space (co-written with Freddie Mercury) "Rain Must Fall" from The Miracle "My Life Has Been Saved" (two versions. the first in 1989 as a non-album single B-side. • 1987: "I Dream Of Christmas" by Anita Dobson – bass guitar on this track from the album Talkin' Of Love. . • 1986: "This Is Your Time" by Errol Brown – co-wrote and bass guitar on this track. On the Queen + Paul Rodgers collaboration album The Cosmos Rocks which featured new material from the trio. which was never released.. or join in the collaboration with Paul Rodgers. • 1984: "I Cry For You" by Roger Taylor – bass guitar on the remixed version of this song.

24 April 2001" (http:/ / music." queenzone. External links • Queen official site (http://www. . com/ story. His bass parts are like little stories. yet he never gets in anyone's way. musichall. bassplayer." Bass Player. tight groove parts. The Early Years: Queen. • 1994: "Bushfire" by Steve Gregory – plays bass on this track from the eponymous album. 69 Quotations about Deacon • "When I was five years old my hero was John Deacon. Retrieved 2011-11-02. • 1997: "That's The Way God Planned It" by SAS Band – plays bass on this track from their début (and only studio) album. co.com.queenonline. Sources • Mark Hodkinson (2004). sleeve notes [2] " Queen Biography 1975 (http:/ / www. . aspx?q=7). [9] McIver. • 1992: "Somewhere In Time" by Cozy Powell – plays bass on this instrumental version of "Nothin' But Blue" from Cozy Powell's album The Drums Are Back. November 2005. net/ bass/ oldE. he finds the spaces and plays basically what he wants. yahoo. com/ viewtopic. originally recorded by Billy Preston. bassplayer. queenzone. Music. MOJO Classic Queen Special Edition. • 1988: Stutter Rap (No Sleep Til Bedtime) by `Morris Minor and the Majors John makes an appearance. com/ read/ news/ 12057561). [3] "Search the Sunday Times Rich List 2009" (http:/ / business. • 1989: "Who Wants to Live Forever" by Ian & Belinda – bass on this charity record. " John Deacon's Complete Bass Line (http:/ / www. who used to do the most incredible upper-register work and those melodic. ISBN 1-84449-012-2 • Mark Blake (Editor) (2005). "Queen Legends" (http:/ / queen. [8] "Yahoo! Music. deaky. timesonline. and quite busy at times. [4] Rolling Stone – Issue 149 – 12-06-1973 (http:/ / www. but I can't find one song where he stepped on the vocal or guitar parts. uk/ tol/ business/ specials/ rich_list/ rich_list_search/ ?l=17& list_name=Rich+ List+ 2009& advsearch=1& t=1& x=33& y=3& i=Music). 2001-04-24." – Danny Miranda[10] References [1] Queen. asp?sectioncode=16& storycode=13208). February 2006 [10] Chaney. EMAP Metro Limited. 1973. php?s=fc& d=facts). Deaky. [6] 1975-03-XX – Circus (http:/ / queenarchives. cz/ index_en. . " Richie Edwards (http:/ / www. com/ story. php?t=620) [7] "Bass'es Bassinet-Bass" (http:/ / www. . The Times (London).John Deacon • 1988: "How Can I Go On" by Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe – bass guitar on this single from the album Barcelona. queenarchives. html). Roger Taylor sings a verse as well on this cover track. com/ viewtopic.com.yahoo. also featuring May and Roger Taylor.com/en/the-band/members/john-deacon/) – info on John Deacon – and all about his history in Queen . Joel. com/ queenzone/ bio_view. php?t=84) [5] Brian May." – Richie Edwards[9] • "Grossly underrated. produced by Brian May. • 1992: "Nothin' But Blue" by Brian May – plays bass on this track from Back To The Light. With all the guitars and vocals going on. Chris. Omnibus Press. Retrieved 2011-07-06. wearing a blue wig and playing guitar. He's loose.net. fluid." Bass Player. asp?sectioncode=22& storycode=11366).

Queen + Paul Rodgers. Yoshiki Hayashi. Genesis. Taylor contributed songs to the band's albums from the very beginning. as heard on his debut solo album in which he played all instruments and sang all vocals. Foo Fighters.[3] and "These Are the Days of Our Lives". singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Cherie. "A Kind of Magic". England Rock Musician. backing vocalist and occasional lead vocalist of British rock band Queen. Roger Waters. composing at least one track on every album. Phil Collins. As a drummer he is known for his "big" unique sound[1] and is considered one of the most influential rock drummers of the 1970s and '80s. Yoshiki Roger Meddows Taylor (born 26 July 1949). He has played with such artists as Eric Clapton. The Cross.[4] He plays multiple instruments. As a producer he has produced albums by Virginia Wolf. known as Roger Taylor.[2] As a songwriter. He is best known as the drummer. Elton John. and Bon Jovi. He also wrote four of the band's hits. Al Stewart. vocals. In 2005 he was voted by UK fans as the 8th greatest drummer in classic rock music history in a poll conducted by Planet Rock Radio. he formed a parallel band known as The Cross.[6] . Taylor routinely played the guitars and bass on his own songs. Shakin' Stevens. Robert Plant. Norfolk. including guitar. in which he was the singer and rhythm guitarist. Felix & Arty. Gary Numan. is a British musician.[5] According to The Sunday Times Rich List he was worth £65 million as of 2009.Roger Taylor 70 Roger Taylor Roger Taylor Taylor in 2008 Background information Birth name Born Roger Meddows Taylor 26 July 1949 Dersingham. "Radio Ga Ga". Roger Daltrey. and (in the early days) usually sang lead vocals on his own compositions. producer Drums. bass and keyboards. Steve Vai. Surrey. singer-songwriter. Jimmy Nail and Magnum. keyboards 1968–present Genres Occupations Instruments Years active Associated acts Queen. Smile. in addition to his work with Queen. "The Invisible Man". During the 1980s. In addition to his drum work. He currently resides in Guildford. Jimmy Nail.

Taylor was seeing another girl. in which he played the ukulele. When he was seven years old he and some friends formed his first band. At the age of 15 Taylor became a member of The Reaction. Bulsara convinced the remaining two members to continue. They decided to get married for reasons relating to his estate. Taylor was a prominent songwriter for the band. and he eventually joined the band. Cornwall with mother Winifred. and later Taylor on drums. Debbie Leng (also seen in the "Breakthru" video). to Sarina Potgieter. In late 2002. Smile included May as lead guitarist. Felix Luther and Rory Eleanor. Mercury. • "April Lady" (Lucas) a song presented to the band by Mercury Records during their second studio session. father Michael and younger sister Clare.Roger Taylor 71 Biography Born in East Anglia. In 1967. . Roger and Debbie had their first child. usually contributing one or two tracks per record. Before Freddie Mercury's death. Roger Taylor moved to Truro. the Bubblingover Boys. By the time News of the World came out. Taylor remarried on 3 October 2010. raising their two children. Staffell as lead vocalist and bassist.[7] Smile Taylor met Brian May and Tim Staffell in 1968 after seeing an advert on a noticeboard at Imperial College for a drummer. Rufus Tiger. who was at the helm of Queen's free concert at Hyde Park. He ended up having two more children with Debbie: Tiger Lily (1994). based on the song "That's How I Feel" by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee) • "If I Were a Carpenter" (Tim Hardin) a cover regularly featuring in their live set. he moved in with her a month after his marriage of convenience to Dominique. and Lola Daisy May (2000).[8] Queen In 1969. Smile reunited for several songs on 22 December 1992. before going on to release their debut album in 1973. was an avid fan of Smile. "Doin' Alright" (Staffell/May) (later remade for Queen's debut album) "Blag" (Taylor) "Polar Bear" (May) "Silver Salmon" (Staffell) "See What A Fool I've Been" (May. After the band split up in 1970. Taylor's band The Cross were headliners and he brought May and Staffell on to play "Earth" and "If I Were a Carpenter". a very busy semi-pro rock band formed mainly of boys from Truro School. they decided to break up. who was born in March 1991. Taylor met his future girlfriend Dominique Beyrand. leaving the band with only a catalogue of nine songs: • • • • • • • "Earth" (Staffell) "Step On Me" (Staffell/May) originally from May and Staffell's band 1984. She was working for Richard Branson at the time. his girlfriend of six years. Taylor was working with Freddie Mercury at the Kensington Market (they were living in an apartment around the same time). he went to London to study dentistry. to protect his children's interest in the future. His compositions for Queen include: • "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll" (Queen) • "The Loser in the End" (Queen II) Queen in 1979. In 1971 they found bassist John Deacon and brought him into the group. They lived together from 1980–1987. At the time. then known as Freddie Bulsara. The band only lasted for two years before Staffell departed to join Humpy Bong.

was characteristic of Queen's vocal harmonies.A Day at the Races (1976) . His voice was very recognisable. from G4 to A5). His extremely high falsetto. Taylor's lead and partial vocal credits include: • • • • • "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll" – Queen (1973) "Keep Yourself Alive" – Queen (Vocal bridge sung with May. written by Mercury). or a synthesiser effect (most notably his screams on "In the Lap of the Gods". rest sung by Mercury) • "Tenement Funster" – Sheer Heart Attack (1974) • "In the Lap of the Gods" .. "The Loser in the End" – Queen II "March of the Black Queen" – Queen II (Lead vocals on one line: "My life is in your hands/I'll foe and I'll fie". May and Mercury) (Sheer Heart Attack) "I'm in Love with My Car" (A Night at the Opera) "Drowse" (A Day at the Races) "Sheer Heart Attack" (News of the World) "Fight From the Inside" (News of the World) "Fun It" (Jazz) "More of That Jazz" (Jazz) "A Human Body" (non-album B-side of "Play the Game") (Single) "Rock It (Prime Jive)" (The Game) "Coming Soon" (The Game) "In the Space Capsule (The Love Theme)" (Flash Gordon) "In the Death Cell (Love Theme Reprise)" (Flash Gordon) "Escape From the Swamp" (Flash Gordon) "Marriage of Dale and Ming (And Flash Approaching)" (Co-written with May) (Flash Gordon) "Action This Day" (Hot Space) "Calling All Girls" (Hot Space) "Radio Ga Ga" (The Works) "Machines (or Back to Humans)" (Co-written with May) (The Works) "Thank God It's Christmas" (Co-written with Brian May) (Single) "A Kind of Magic" (A Kind of Magic) "Don't Lose Your Head" (A Kind of Magic) "Heaven for Everyone (Made in Heaven) 72 Songs written by Taylor.Sheer Heart Attack . and was often thought to be a woman's voice.(Falsetto screams) • "I'm In Love With My Car" – A Night At The Opera (1975) • "Bohemian Rhapsody" . rest sung by Mercury) "Father to Son" .A Night at the Opera (High-falsetto vocals. His vocal range spans three-and-a-half octaves (A2-E6)..". for both its high range (he would often reach a E5 in full voice during live performances) and raspiness.Queen II (1974) (This contains his highest range ever recorded. that blasts the song off to the heavier section) • "Drowse" .Roger Taylor • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • "Tenement Funster" (Sheer Heart Attack) "Stone Cold Crazy" (Co-written with Deacon. sometimes going above a A5. such as the scream-part "for me. but credited the band collectively include: • • • • • "The Invisible Man" (The Miracle) "Breakthru" (intro written by Mercury) (The Miracle) "Innuendo" (lyrics written by Taylor) (Innuendo) "Ride the Wild Wind" (Innuendo) "These Are the Days of Our Lives" (Innuendo) Many of these feature Taylor on vocals.

was released in 1981.Innuendo (1991) (Additional vocals) Let Me Live – Made In Heaven (1995) (Lead vocals on second verse and bridge) No-One But You (Only the Good Die Young) (1997) (Lead vocals on second verse and outro) 73 Solo career Taylor has had a productive solo career." In 1998 he released his fourth solo album Electric Fire.. "Future Management". The cover of the album is a 'pixelated' signing of his portrait photo that appeared in the liner notes of The Works. which would become Strange Frontier. He recorded it during Queen's sessions for the News of the World album. except for the intro. The Cross. The three singles from the album were the title track. but most especially. releasing four albums. Taylor started a new band. Mercury sang backing vocals on "Killing Time". With Queen still touring heavily and recording at the time of release. His next venture came in July 1984 when.B-side of "Play the Game" (1980) "Action This Day" – Hot Space (1982) (Octave-lead vocals on verses. He supported it with a small tour in the spring of 1999. The Works. "Beautiful Dreams" (in Portugal only) and "Man On Fire". including Top Of The Pops. Fun In Space. which released three albums over their six years of existence. David Richards. His first solo album. The only US single released from the album was "Let's Get Crazy". The only other single to come from the album was "My Country". Deacon remixed the B-side "I Cry For You" and Rick Parfitt co-wrote and played on "It's An Illusion". so he appeared on some European TV shows to promote the single. In 1994 Taylor worked with Yoshiki Hayashi. "Nazis 1994" from this album became Taylor's first hit single in England and was followed by two other top 40 UK hits. Strange Frontier included guest appearances by bandmates Freddie Mercury and John Deacon. although a cover. The album includes covers of Bruce Springsteen's "Racing in the Street" and Bob Dylan's "Masters of War". "Happiness" and "Foreign Sand. which were done by engineer David Richards. normal on chorus) "Don't Lose Your Head" – A Kind of Magic (1986) (Lead chorus vocals) "The Invisible Man" – The Miracle (1989) (Lead chorus vocals) "Hijack My Heart" – The Miracle (B-side to "The Invisible Man") "Ride the Wild Wind" .. for Freddie". after Mercury rejected a lot of his songs for the Queen album. Taylor performed all vocals and played all instruments aside of about half of the keyboards. Queen's engineer and producer at the time. on which Brian May joined him at the gig in Wolverhampton. The album Happiness? was "Dedicated to the tasmanian tiger – thylacinus cynocephalus. after performing one final gig at the Gosport Festival. sung by Mercury) "Coming Soon" – The Game (Lead chorus vocals) "A Human Body" . The B-side was a self-penned song "Turn On The TV".[9] . it was impossible for Taylor to promote the album to its fullest extent. drummer and pianist of X Japan and released the song "Foreign Sand" and a reworking of The Cross' "Final Destination". and Taylor did not perform on any TV shows. After Queen finished their 1986 Magic Tour. was completely different from the original. Taylor also performed one of the first Internet-gigs – for which he got a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. No attempts to promote the singles were made since Queen toured to promote The Works. His first single was his 1977 cover of The Parliaments' "I Wanna Testify". In 1993 the band split up. which made a Strange Frontier tour impossible. The A-side.Roger Taylor • • • • • • • • • • • • • • "Sheer Heart Attack" – News of the World (1977) (Lead vocals on chorus and second verse) "Fight from the Inside" – News of the World "Fun It" – Jazz (1978) (lead vocals shared with Mercury) "More of That Jazz" – Jazz "Rock It (Prime Jive)" – The Game (1980) (Lead vocals. Taylor realised he had more than enough for a full album. the latter becoming a live favourite for him in later years. also co-wrote two of the tracks.

The first album. He had already written and recorded the album himself before finding a band to play the songs with. "Manipulator. the US version having "Feel The Force" as its extra track. . was released in 1988. Heaven for Everyone (later a Queen song) contained Freddie Mercury on lead vocals and Taylor on backing vocals. When the auditions were over. Taylor planned to release a new studio album titled The Unblinking Eye (Everything Is Broken). after nearly twelve years between solo albums. Taylor decided to form a new band with whom he could tour. He eventually placed an ad for band members in a national newspaper. was released on 23 November 2009 as a digital download. The position of keyboard player was duly offered to Spike Edney after two successful Queen tours in which Taylor performing with The Cross in 1990. Taylor fronted The Cross as rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist. hinting he was a famous rock musician. However. "Heaven for Everyone" and "Shove It". Taylor sharing them with Edney and Steve Strange. While still the drummer for Queen. of the same name. on the single version and American album version the roles were switched. On its debut release. with many TV performances of singles including an appearance at the Montreux Golden Rose festival in 1988. it still managed to be on YouTube within hours of the early bird release. Clayton Moss on guitar and Josh Macrae on drums. Another single. The tour took in dates in the UK and Germany. Edney had played.Roger Taylor In 2010. The first single. the line-up was completed by Peter Noone on bass. but it was not included on any album. The band never enjoyed much commercial success. Three singles were released from the album: "Cowboys and Indians". Shove It. The band promoted hard (especially in Germany). It was also the only song from the time that had joint writing credits." was released in 1988.[10] Originally leaked to the official Queen fan club's website for members only. First album: Shove It After Queen's 1986 Magic Tour. except in Germany. The European CD contained an extra track (compared to cassette and LP) in The 2nd Shelf Mix. The Cross incorporated dance influences which they dropped on their remaining two albums. 74 The Cross The Cross were a side project of Taylor's that existed from 1987 to 1993 and released three albums. Taylor himself would take the responsibility on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. but due to popular demand it was released as a limited edition single. the band members went their separate ways to do various solo work. In Europe.

The 12" single and CD of "Liar" also included extended remixes of both "Liar" and "In Charge of My Heart". the accompanying tour only included dates in Germany. the latter being the last single to be released in the UK by the group. Third album: Blue Rock Made at a time when Taylor's efforts were concentrated on Queen and Mercury himself. which was also penned by Taylor. covering 20 dates in one month. The instrumental section at the beginning of "In Charge Of My Taylor performing with The Cross in 1990. so the concert lengths were short (45 mins. who contributed three of his own tracks and contributed to four more. so copies are somewhat rare. while Macrae worked behind the scenes as co-producer. The tour was in support of Magnum. Blue Rock itself was only released in Germany (although promo copies were released in Italy and Japan). The rest of the album consisted mainly of individually written songs. "New Dark Ages" (Taylor) was released in Germany with another live version of "Man On Fire". "Bad Attitude" was written (although not complete) by the Christmas fan club party of 1990. The album itself contained a lot of vocals not from Taylor. Bad and Dangerous to Know. and "Liar" (Noone) had a brand new track. except for "Power To Love" which was the result of the combined effort of Macrae. Noone and Moss. "Life Changes" (Moss. "Final Destination" came with a live rendition of Taylor's song "Man On Fire" as a B-side. The group having seemingly given up on the UK market. It was however immediately withdrawn due to Freddie Mercury's passing. In the late 1990s. Both Taylor and keyboardist Edney participated in the Queen + Paul Rodgers tours. Edney formed the SAS Band ("Spike's All Stars").Roger Taylor 75 Second album: Mad. Switzerland and Ibiza. but never was. Taylor continued working with Queen and produced solo albums. but mainly of Edney and Noone. Edney and Macrae) and "Heartland" (The B-side to Life Changes. It was in fact mostly written by Edney. Examples of this can be heard in "Put It All Down To Love" (Edney). Bad and Dangerous to Know After finishing Queen's 1989 album The Miracle. Unusual for such tours. Taylor went into the studio with the rest of The Cross for the first time to record Mad. penned by Noone).) and very few bootlegs have survived. The tour pace was rapid. Drummer Macrae accompanied Taylor on his solo tours and also played percussion at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. Blue Rock gave the other members of the band a chance to take control of the upcoming album. Noone. which was written by Taylor. a group with an ever-changing line-up of popular '80s musicians. Breakup The band broke up in 1993 after performing a final show. Clayton Moss sang lead vocals on his own track "Better Things". and Spike Edney played mandolin on "Final Destination". every song from the new album was played live. sound engineer and Pro Tools engineer for them. The band composed the opening track "On Top Of The World Ma" with a riff bearing a resemblance to the Led Zeppelin track Whole Lotta Love. Heart" was used as the opening to concerts on the accompanying tour. Austria. "Closer To You" (Edney) had been planned to be released in America. as were "Liar" and "Power To Love". "In Charge Of My Heart". whilst "Life Changes" was released with the B-side "Heartland". Once again the opening track was penned by the entire band. "Final Destination" was released as a single. .

not replacing the late Freddie Mercury. Taylor opened the concert with Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers. was released in Europe on 12 September 2008 and in the US on 28 October 2008. as part of ensembles. "The Show Must Go On". once on 11 April 2006. to be recorded at a "secret location". performing "We Are the Champions" with finalists Adam Lambert and Kris Allen. and the second time on the show's Season 8 finale in May 2009. Also in that month.[13] Between 2005 and 2006. opening on Kharkov's freedom square in front of 350. then later performing Bohemian Rhapsody. and infrequently as Queen with May. (which included "Bohemian Rhapsody". but with Jer Bulsara. celebrating the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. "Fat Bottomed Girls". performing as Queen. This performance was shown in cinemas on 6 November 2008 for one airing only. Taylor has appeared along with May for various other events and promotions. present) and the "Party at the Palace". during which week contestants were required to sing a Queen song. also appeared twice on the American singing contest television show American Idol. Taylor confirmed he is planning to tour with Taylor Hawkins. May's website also stated that Rodgers would be 'featured with' Queen as Queen + Paul Rodgers. The retired John Deacon would not be participating. Queen + Paul Rodgers embarked 2005 Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour on a world tour. May and Taylor announced that they would reunite and return to touring in 2005. . and "Innuendo"). the second Japan and the US in 2006. "Who Wants to Live Forever". Taylor and May. At the end of 2004. Following the album release the band embarked on a tour through Europe and South America. the first leg being Europe. On 15 August 2006. with Paul Rodgers (founder and former lead singer of Free and Bad Company). titled The Cosmos Rocks. and later released on DVD. Taylor appeared on the popular reality TV show The X Factor with May as Queen mentoring the contestants.Roger Taylor 76 Recent events 2000s At Live Earth in 2007.[14] The album.[12] Queen + Paul Rodgers From his last solo album Electric Fire in 1998 Taylor has been performing as a solo artist. including Queen's 2001 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame[11] (sans John Deacon. In November 2009. Mercury's mother. which Taylor described as a "quick tour". May confirmed through his website and fan club that Queen + Paul Rodgers would begin producing their first studio album beginning in October.000 Ukrainian fans.

and just one bass drum. "The greatest Rock`n`Roll drummer of all time was John Bonham who did things that nobody had ever even thought possible before with the drum kit. And he had technique to burn and fantastic power and tremendous feel for rock`n`roll". was also a major influence of his. the drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Speaking of Bonham. Taylor also stated that Mitch Mitchell. So fast on it that he did more with one bass drum than most people could do with three.[15] In a 2009 interview. And also the greatest sound out of his drums . Tours Happiness? Tour Happiness? Tour Tour by Roger Taylor Start date 28 July 1994 End date 29 January 1995 Date City Country Europe Venue 28 July 1994 15 September 1994 Gosport London England Gosport Festival Shepherds Bush Empire Asia 26 September 1994 28 September 1994 30 September 1994 Tokyo Kawasaki Nagoya Europe 14 October 1994 24 October 1994 Cologne Milan Germany Italy Altes Presswerk City Square Japan Sun Plaza Hall Club Citta Club Quatro .Roger Taylor 77 Discography Albums • • • • Fun in Space (1981) Strange Frontier (1984) Happiness? (1994) Electric Fire (1998) Influences Taylor has stated that his main influence as a rock drummer is the late John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. if they could manage them.they sounded enormous. Taylor said.

Roger Taylor 78 19 November 1994 20 November 1994 22 November 1994 23 November 1994 24 November 1994 26 November 1994 27 November 1994 29 November 1994 30 November 1994 1 December 1994 2 December 1994 3 December 1994 4 December 1994 8 December 1994 Two Shows 16 January 1995 17 January 1995 18 January 1995 20 January 1995 21 January 1995 22 January 1995 24 January 1995 25 January 1995 26 January 1995 29 January 1995 London Cambridge Nottingham Newcastle Leeds Liverpool Sheffield Glasgow Bristol Milan Truro Manchester Wolverhampton Paris France Scotland England Italy England England Shepherds Bush Empire The Junction Rock City Riverside Leeds Irish Centre Royal Court Theatre The Leadmill The Garage Bierkeller Mediolanum Forum City Hall Manchester University Civic Hall Europe 1 Studios Monfalcone Schio Genova Casea Firenze Rome Valletta Palermo Catania Napoli Italy Hippodrome Palazetto Teatro Verdi Vidia Teatro Tenda Palladium Malta Italy Teatro Nazionale La Valetta Teatro Metropolitan Havana Club Electric Fire Tour Electric Fire Tour Tour by Roger Taylor Start date 24 September 1998 End date 3 April 1999 .

12"x 10" & 14"x12" Floor Toms .24" x 8" Snare Drum . 19" K Dark Crash & 20" K Dark Crash Ride: 22" Avedis Ping Ride China: 22" Oriental China Trash Drum Pedal – DW 9002 (On all live performances with Queen. In the recent Queen + Paul Rodgers 2008 The Cosmos Rocks tour he opted for a DW kit.10"x8".10"x8". Taylor's pedal of choice was the Ludwig Speed King) DW Black Mirra with 24 carat gold hardware Front of stage kit Toms .15" Avedis New Beat Crash: 17" K Dark Crash.24"x18" Sub-Bass Drum .Roger Taylor 79 Date City Country Venue United Kingdom 24 September 1998 14 October 1998 15 March 1999 16 March 1999 18 March 1999 19 March 1999 20 March 1999 21 March 1999 23 March 1999 23 March 1999 25 March 1999 27 March 1999 28 March 1999 29 March 1999 30 March 1999 31 March 1999 2 April 1999 3 April 1999 Surrey London Glouster Cardiff Truro Stoke-on-Trent Manchester Sheffield Glasgow Edinburgh Newcastle Liverpool Cambridge Norwich Wolverhampton Nottingham Portsmouth London England Scotland Wales England England Cosford Mill Shepherds Bush Empire Guildhall Coal Exchange Hall For Cornwall The Stage Manchester University The Leadmill The Garage The Liquid Rooms Newcastle University Liverpool L2 The Junction The Waterfront Civic Hall Rock City Pyramid Centre Astoria Drum kit Until 2008.14"x6.26"x 18" Snare Drum .12" & 14" Remo Cymbals (all Zildjian) Hi-Hats .14"x 8" (Ludwig Classic Maple) Roto-Toms . Taylor exclusively used Ludwig or Sleishman drums kits. 12"x10" & 14"x12" Floor Toms .16"x16" & 18"x16" Bass Drum . or a combination of the two in the 2005 Return of the Champions Tour.16"x 16" & 18"x16" Bass Drum .5" Roto-Toms .12" & 14" Remo . DW Natural satin Maple Kit Main kit on tour Toms .

bbc. USA Convention Story and Queen and Paul Rodgers Heading Towards a Studio Assignation (http:/ / brianmay. "The politics of stamps" (http:/ / news. com/ s-tatdool. com/ name/ nm0003547/ bio). co. Retrieved on 2010-11-05. bbc. com/ queenzone/ article_show. [5] "Zeppelin voted 'ideal supergroup'" (http:/ / news. fooarchive. Archived from the original (http:/ / sebastian. htm).com.com. aspx?Q=11) [9] The Top 20 Roger Taylor Solo Rarities. com/ web_exclusive?mdid=900001187). Moderndrummer. Retrieved on 2010-11-05. Finlo (2008-10-14). [6] (http:/ / www/ business. timesonline. archive.com [16] Rohrer. co.com (http:/ / www. uk/ 1/ hi/ entertainment/ music/ 4669597. . com/ s-tatdool. queenonline. Taylor appeared on the "Twelve Drummers Drumming" Christmas card in the "Twelve Days of Christmas" set sold at Woolworths to raise money for the NSPCC – alongside the "other" Roger Taylor. [18] Duran Duran's Roger Taylor Exclusive Interview: Modern Drummer Magazine (http:/ / www. stm). org/ web/ 20071217074920/ http:/ / sebastian. com/ queen/ queennews/ queennewsmar06c. Gigwise (2009-11-17). uk/ tol/ business/ specials/ rich_list/ rich_list_search/ ?l=17& list_name=Rich+ List+ 2009& advsearch=1& t=1& x=33& y=3& i=Music) [7] Roger Meadows International Business Advice (http:/ / www.uk. [3] "The Invisible Man" (http:/ / web. IMDB. com/ hpb/ taylortaylor. rockhall. BBC News. org/ web/ 20071217144950/ http:/ / sebastian. 10 July 2005. . queenconcerts. Retrieved 1 December 2009. com/ Articles/ Solo10/ roger. . com/ Lovers. htm). Rogermeadows. timesonline. queenconcerts. Retrieved on 2010-11-05. [15] Biography for Roger Taylor (I) (http:/ / www. imdb. Timesonline. Rockhall. com/ news/ 1517/ ). Brian (15 August 2006).Roger Taylor Vic Firth Drumsticks X5B American Classic Extreme 5B (length : 16 1/2" | Diameter : 0.co. Fooarchive. [8] Tim Staffell Biography (http:/ / www. queenconcerts. "Royal Mail unveils Beatles album cover stamps (''Times'' Online)" (http:/ / www. uk/ tol/ news/ uk/ article636773. [4] "These Are the Days of Our Lives" (http:/ / web. brianmay. Retrieved on 2010-11-05. htm).595") 80 Stamps In 1999 Taylor appeared in the background of a Royal Mail stamp featuring Mercury as part of a "Great Britons" issue. html#06). Bechstein Debauchery. stm).com. [11] Queen: inducted in 2001 | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (http:/ / www. Retrieved 28 January 2008. Bechstein Debauchery. BBC News. com/ s-im. rogermeadows. the drummer for Duran Duran. htm) on 17 December 2007. queenzone. [12] Queen And Foo Fighters Drummers To Team Up For 2010 Tour (http:/ / www. com/ s-im.com. Queencollector. . html). Retrieved 2011-10-29. queenconcerts. gigwise. ece). . Archived from the original (http:/ / sebastian. . co. Retrieved 2011-10-29. This caused controversy as it was an understood rule that the only living people allowed to appear on British stamps could be members of the Royal Family. [10] "QueenOnline – News" (http:/ / www. queencollector. [17] Alex Spence.[18] References [1] Rolling Stone – Issue 149 – 12 June 1973 [2] Taylor Hawkins: Rhythm 2002 (http:/ / www. html). . htm) on 17 December 2007. 17 November 2009. com/ brian/ brianssb/ brianssbaug06a. archive. Retrieved 28 January 2008. htm). [14] May. moderndrummer. uk/ 2/ hi/ uk_news/ magazine/ 7669252. com/ news/ 53482/ Queen-And-Foo-Fighters-Drummers-To-Team-Up-For-2010-Tour).[16] [17] In 2002. Retrieved on 26 July 2009. co.com. . Retrieved on 2010-11-05. com/ inductee/ queen). Retrieved 28 January 2008. [13] "Queen News March 2006" (http:/ / brianmay.

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Their discography consists of fifteen studio albums (one of which is a soundtrack album). . Queen's album back catalogue will be remastered and re-released in the UK and rest of the world (excluding the US) through 2011 to commemorate their 40th anniversary (as well as being the 20th anniversary of Mercury's death). Despite not being an immediate success. Queen's entire catalogue was remastered and released on compact disc in the United States. Founded in 1970. Queen signed a record contract with EMI. was number 1 for nine weeks (and a further five weeks in 1991) and is the third biggest selling single of all time in the UK. in 1983. The 2011 remasters will be released on Universal's Island label as the band's contract with EMI has now ended.S.6 million copies sold by 2009. In 1991. 48 singles and a number of other appearances. The band would remain with EMI for the rest of their career.82 Discography Queen discography Queen discography Live in 1984 Releases ↙Studio albums ↙Live albums ↙Compilation albums ↙EPs ↙Singles ↙Soundtracks ↙Other appearances 16 9 12 2 62 1 3 Queen are an English rock group. Queen released their self-titled debut album in 1973.[3] In 1972. "Bohemian Rhapsody". which consisted of vocalist Freddie Mercury (d. though.1991). and thirteen albums (all studio albums up to 'The Works' as well as 'Live Killers' and 'Greatest Hits') were remastered at Abbey Road Studios and released on CD and cassette in the United Kingdom between July 1993 and March 1994. In 1990.[2] The band's 1981 Greatest Hits album is the biggest selling album in UK history with 5. record contract and signed with Hollywood Records.7 million copies sold by 2009. The band's 1991 compilation Greatest Hits II is also one of the UK's top ten biggest sellers of all time. and Elektra in the United States. five live albums. guitarist Brian May. Queen gained popularity in Britain with their second self-titled album in 1974. with 3.[1] Their 1975 single. bassist John Deacon. Queen signed a production deal with Trident Studios. and drummer Roger Taylor. they terminated their contract with Elektra and signed with Capitol Records.[4] Later in their career. they once again terminated their U. ten compilation albums.

Queen discography 83 Albums Studio albums Year Album details UK AUS AUT Peak chart positions FRA GER JPN NL NOR SWE US Certifications (sales thresholds) [16] [17] — 83 [18] UK: Gold [19] US: Gold [18] [5] [6] [7] 24 77 [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] — — 52 — — 1973 Queen • • Released: 13 July 1973 Label: EMI (#EMC 3006) — • • 1974 Queen II • • Released: 8 March 1974 Label: EMI (#EMA 767) 5 79 — — — 26 — 19 — 49 • UK: Gold Sheer Heart Attack • • 1975 Released: 8 November 1974 Label: EMI (#EMC 3061) 2 19 — 6 — 23 7 9 — 12 • • UK: Platinum [19] US: Gold [18] A Night at the Opera • • Released: 21 November 1975 Label: EMI (#EMTC 103) 1 1 9 16 5 9 1 4 11 4 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • [18] UK: Platinum [19] US: 3× Platinum [20] AUT: Gold [21] CAN: Platinum [22] FIN: Gold [23] GER: Platinum [18] UK: Platinum [19] US: 2× Platinum [21] CAN: Platinum [23] GER: Gold [18] UK: Platinum [19] US: 4× Platinum [21] CAN: 3× Platinum [24] FRA: Gold [23] GER: Platinum [25] NLD: Platinum [26] SWI: Platinum [18] UK: Platinum [19] US: Platinum [20] AUT: Gold [24] FRA: Gold [23] GER: Gold [25] NLD: Platinum [26] SWI: Platinum [18] UK: Platinum [19] US: 4× Platinum [20] AUT: Gold [23] GER: Gold [25] NLD: Gold UK: Gold [18] 1976 A Day at the Races • • Released: 10 December 1976 Label: EMI (#EMT 103) 1 8 8 — 10 1 1 3 8 5 1977 News of the World • • Released: 28 October 1977 Label: EMI (#EMA 784) 4 8 9 1 7 3 1 4 9 3 1978 Jazz • • Released: 10 November 1978 Label: EMI (#EMA 788) 2 15 8 7 5 5 3 6 6 6 1980 The Game • • Released: 30 June 1980 Label: EMI (#EMA 795) 1 11 5 17 2 5 1 2 7 1 Flash Gordon • • Released: 8 December 1980 Label: EMI (#EMC 3351) 10 29 1 — 2 12 7 25 29 23 .

Queen discography [18] UK: Gold [19] US: Gold [20] AUT: Gold [18] UK: Platinum [19] US: Gold [20] AUT: Platinum [21] CAN: Platinum [23] GER: Platinum [25] NLD: Gold [26] SWI: Platinum [18] UK: 4× Platinum [19] US: Gold [20] AUT: Platinum [24] FRA: Gold [23] GER: 3× Gold [26] SWI: 2× Platinum [18] UK: Platinum [19] US: Gold [20] AUT: Gold [22] FIN: Gold [24] FRA: Gold [23] GER: Platinum [25] NLD: Platinum [26] SWI: Platinum [18] UK: 2× Platinum [19] US: Gold [20] AUT: Platinum [21] CAN: Gold [22] FIN: Gold [24] FRA: Platinum [23] GER: Platinum [25] NLD: 2× Platinum [26] SWI: 2× Platinum [18] UK: 4× Platinum [19] US: Gold [20] AUT: 2× Platinum [21] CAN: Platinum [22] FIN: Platinum [24] FRA: 2× Platinum [23] GER: 5× Gold [27] NOR: Platinum [26] SWI: 3× Platinum 84 4 15 1 7 5 6 1 3 4 22 1982 Hot Space • • Released: 21 May 1982 Label: EMI (#EMA 797) • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1984 The Works • • Released: 27 February 1984 Label: EMI (#EMC 240014) 2 12 2 14 3 7 1 2 3 23 1986 A Kind of Magic • • Released: 2 June 1986 Label: EMI (#EU 3509) 1 12 3 6 4 25 2 5 9 46 1989 The Miracle • • Released: 22 May 1989 Label: Parlophone (#PCSD 107) 1 4 1 11 1 23 1 2 6 24 1991 Innuendo • • Released: 5 February 1991 Label: Parlophone (#PCSD 115) 1 6 2 9 1 17 1 8 1 30 1995 Made in Heaven • • Released: 6 November 1995 Label: Parlophone (#PCSD 167) 1 3 1 2 1 10 1 2 1 58 Live albums .

Queen discography 85 Year Album details UK AUS AUT Peak chart positions FRA GER ITA JPN NL SWE SWI US Certifications [5] [6] [8] [9] [10] — [11] [14] [28] 1979 Live Killers • • • Recorded: January – March 1979 Released: 26 June 1979 Label: EMI (#EMSP 330) 3 25 3 4 — 9 9 15 34 16 • • • • • • [18] UK: Gold US: 2× [19] Platinum [20] AUT: Gold [23] GER: Gold [25] NLD: Gold [26] SWI: Gold [18] UK: Platinum [20] AUT: Gold [23] GER: Gold [26] SWI: Platinum 1986 Live Magic • • • Recorded: 11. 12 & 27 July and 9 August 1986 Released: 1 December 1986 Label: EMI (#EMC 3519) 3 51 13 — 15 22 49 24 50 26 — • • • • 1989 At the Beeb • • • Recorded: 5 February & 3 December 1973 1973 Released: 4 December 1989 Label: Band of Joy (#BOJLP 001) 67 — — — — — — — — — — 1992 Live at Wembley '86 • • • Recorded: 12 July 1986 Released: 26 May 1992 Label: Parlophone (#CDPCSP 725) 2 — 6 2 20 1 81 12 29 6 53 • • • • • • • [18] UK: Gold [19] US: Platinum [20] AUT: Gold FRA: [24] Platinum [23] GER: Gold [25] NLD: Gold [26] SWI: Gold [18] UK: Gold [19] US: Platinum [20] AUT: Gold GER: [23] Platinum [26] SWI: Gold 2004 Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl • • • Recorded: 5 June 1982 Released: 4 November 2004 Label: Parlophone (#8632112) 20 — 23 75 10 15 85 74 — 52 — • • • • • 2006 Super Live In Japan • • • Recorded: 27 October 2005 Released: 28 April 2006 (Japan Only) Label: EMI Music Japan 20 — 25 111 17 13 — 54 — 27 — • US: Platinum [19] 2007 Queen Rock Montreal • • • Recorded: 24 & 25 November 1981 Released: 29 October 2007 Label: Parlophone (#5040472) .

Queen discography 86 Compilation albums Year Album details UK AUS Peak chart positions AUT FRA[!] GER ITA JPN NL SWE SWI US Certifications [5] [6] [7] 2 [8] [9] [10] 5 [A] [11] [14] [28] 1981 Greatest Hits • • Released: 2 November 1981 Label: Parlophone (#EMYV 30) 1 1 1 1 9 1 — 5 11 • UK: 11× Platinum [18] but actual sales equate to x19 platinum [19] • US: 8× Platinum [29] • AUS: 14× Platinum [20] • AUT: 4× Platinum [21] • CAN: 3× Platinum [22] • FIN: Platinum [23] • GER: 7× Gold [25] • NLD: Platinum [26] • SWI: 4× Platinum 2 1 65 1 2 1 — • • • • • • • • • • [18] UK: 8× Platinum [29] AUS: 8× Platinum [20] AUT: 4× Platinum [22] FIN: 2× Platinum [24] FRA: Diamond [23] GER: 9× Gold [25] NLD: 5× Platinum [26] SWI: 5× Platinum [19] US: 3× Platinum [21] CAN: 4× Platinum 1991 Greatest Hits II • • Released: 28 October 1991 Label: Parlophone (#PMTV 2) 1 4 1 1 [B] 1992 Classic Queen • • Released: 10 March 1992 Label: Hollywood — — — — — — — — — — 4 The 12" Collection • • Released: 1992 Label: Parlophone — — — 3 — — — — — — — • FRA: 2× Gold [24] 1997 The Best I • • Released: 14 February 1997 Label: Parlophone / EMI France The Best II • • Released: 14 February 1997 Label: Parlophone / EMI France — — — — — — — — — — — • FRA: Gold [24] Queen Rocks • • Released: 3 November 1997 Label: Parlophone (#8230912) 7 — 16 — 12 — 22 14 51 16 — • • • [18] UK: Platinum [30] AUS: Gold [24] FRA: Gold 1999 Greatest Hits III • • Released: 9 November 1999 Label: Parlophone (#5238942) 5 — 2 9 5 2 25 8 19 4 — • • • • • [18] UK: Platinum [20] AUT: Gold [23] GER: Gold [25] NLD: Platinum [26] SWI: Gold .

Queen discography 87 2007 The A-Z of Queen. Volume 1 • • Released: 10 July 2007 Label: Hollywood Records 3 18 10 11 23 21 23 36 5 15 195 • UK: 2× Platinum [18] 2009 Absolute Greatest • • Released: 16 November 2009 Label: Parlophone (#3091952) 2011 Deep Cuts. Boxsets Year Album details Peak chart positions UK AUS AUT FRA[!] GER NL SWE SWI US Certifications [5] - [7] - [8] - [9] [10] [11] [14] - [28] - 1985 The Complete Works • • Released: 2 December 1985 Label: Parlophone - 1992 Box of Tricks • • Released: 1992 Label: Parlophone - - - - - - - - - 1994 Greatest Hits I & II • • Released: 2 November 1994 Label: Parlophone (#CDPCSD 161) 37 50 30 18 28 14 — — - • • • • • [19] US: Platinum [24] FRA: Gold [23] GER: Gold [25] NLD: Platinum [26] SWI: Gold .[9] Before 2011 compilation albums were not listed on the Top 200 Albums Chart in France.[9] • B  "Greatest Hits II" charted originally at #1 on the Compilation Albums Chart. but the remastered version in 2011 qualified for an entry on the Top 200 Albums Chart when it peaked at #57 in March 2011. Notes • A  "Greatest Hits" charted originally at #5 on the Compilation Albums Chart. The French chart positions here for the compilation albums are their peak positions on the French Compilation Albums Chart. but instead on a separate chart for compilation albums only. Volume 1 (1973-1976) • • Released: 14 March 2011 Label: Island Records 92 — — — — — — — — — — Deep Cuts. Volume 2 (1977–1982) • • Released: 27 June 2011 Label: Island Records 175 — — — — — — — — — — Deep Cuts. Volume 3 (1984–1995) • • Released: 5 September 2011 Label: Island Records 155 — — — — — — — — — — "—" denotes albums that failed to chart or were not released. but the remastered version in 2011 qualified for an entry on the Top 200 Albums Chart when it peaked at #56 in March 2011.

Queen discography 88 — — — — — — — — — 1995 Ultimate Queen • • Released: 13 November 1995 Label: Parlophone (#QUEENBOX20) 1998 The Crown Jewels • • Released: 24 November 1998 Label: Parlophone — — — — — — — — — 2000 The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I. The French chart positions here for the compilation albums are their peak positions on the French Compilation Albums Chart. Before 2011 compilation albums were not listed on the Top 200 Albums Chart in France. Extended plays Year Album details Peak chart positions UK AUS AUT FRA GER IRE NL SWI US Certifications [5] 1 [7] 17 [8] 2 [32] [11] 12 8 [14] [28] 1 2 6 1993 Five Live (with George Michael and Lisa Stansfield) 30 • • • • • [18] UK: Gold [20] AUT: Gold [23] GER: Gold [25] NLD: Platinum [26] SWI: Gold . II & III • • Released: 13 November 2000 Label: Parlophone (#5298832) 2 21 23 13 54 5 4 41 48 • • • • • • • • — [18] UK: 3× Platinum [19] US: Platinum [31] AUS: Platinum [22] FIN: Gold [24] FRA: Gold [23] GER: Gold [25] NLD: 2× Platinum [26] SWI: Gold 2008 The Singles Collection Volume 1 • • Released: 1 December 2008 Label: Parlophone — — — — — — — — 2009 The Singles Collection Volume 2 • • Released: 15 June 2009 Label: Parlophone — — — — — — — — — 2010 The Singles Collection Volume 3 • • Released: 31 May 2010 Label: Parlophone — — — — — — — — — 2010 The Singles Collection Volume 4 • • Released: 18 October 2010 Label: Parlophone — — — — — — — — — "—" denotes albums that failed to chart or were not released. but instead on a separate chart for compilation albums only.

1998 Singles 1970s Year Single UK AUS Peak chart positions AUT FRA GER IRE NL NZ SWI US Certifications (sales thresholds) Album [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [33] [34] [14] [35] [36] .Queen discography 89 Other Releases • Queen: The Eye .

Queen discography 90 — — — — — — — — — — Queen 1973 "Keep Yourself Alive" 1974 "Liar" — — — — — — — — — — "Seven Seas of Rhye" 10 — — — — — — — — — Queen II "Killer Queen" 1975 "Now I'm Here" 2 11 24 — 10 — — — 12 25 2 14 3 29 — — — — 12 — • UK: Silver [18] Sheer Heart Attack "Lily of the Valley" — — — — — — — — — — "Bohemian Rhapsody" 1 1 — 15 7 1 1 1 4 9 • • UK: [18] Platinum [19] US: Gold A Night at the Opera 1976 "You're My Best Friend" "Somebody to Love" 7 2 31 17 40 15 47 — — — — — — 54 — — — 21 — — 3 6 — — 6 1 10 — — — — — — — — — 16 13 49 — A Day at the Races 1977 "Tie Your Mother Down" "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy (Queen's First EP)" "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" "Long Away" — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — "We Are the Champions" / "We Will 2 Rock You" 8 12 1 13 3 2 8 — 4 • • [18] UK: Gold US: [19] Platinum News of the World 1978 "Spread Your Wings" 34 — — 31 29 — 26 — — — "It's Late" "Bicycle Race" / "Fat Bottomed Girls" 1979 "Don't Stop Me Now" "Jealousy" — 11 — 25 — 21 — 7 — 27 — 10 — 5 — 20 — — 74 24 • UK: Silver [18] Jazz 9 — — — — — 49 — 35 — 10 — 16 — — — — — 86 — • UK: Silver [18] "Mustapha" — — — — — — — — — — "Love of My Life (Live)" 63 — — — — — — — — — Live Killers "We Will Rock You (Live)" — — — — — — — — — — "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" 2 1 9 24 13 2 1 2 5 1 • • [18] UK: Gold [19] US: Gold The Game .

Queen discography 91 1980s Year Single UK AUS Peak chart positions AUT FRA GER IRE NL NZ SWI US Certifications Album [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [33] [34] [14] [35] [36] 1980 "Save Me" "Play the Game" "Another One Bites the Dust" 11 14 7 76 85 5 — — 6 — 41 22 42 40 6 8 9 4 6 10 11 — — 2 — 8 8 — 42 1 • US: [19] Platinum The Game "Need Your Loving Tonight" "Flash" — 10 — 16 — 1 — 11 — 3 — 10 — 13 — 32 — — 44 42 • UK: Silver [18] Flash Gordon OST Hot Space 1981 "Under Pressure" (with David Bowie) "Body Language" "Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love)" "Calling All Girls" "Staying Power" "Back Chat" 1 6 10 50 21 2 1 6 10 29 • UK: Silver [18] 1982 25 17 23 — 11 — 58 — 27 68 13 10 4 18 19 — — 13 11 — — — 40 2 3 6 13 21 — — — 2 8 65 69 — — — — 2 1 — — 21 — — — 24 9 — — — — — 69 2 4 26 — 57 — — 19 1 2 2 10 8 — — — 2 1 20 — 31 — — — 4 6 30 — — — — — 3 2 — — — 60 — — 16 45 72 — — non-album single A Kind of Magic • • UK: Silver UK: Silver [18] [18] The Works 1984 "Radio Ga Ga" "I Want to Break Free" "It's a Hard Life" "Hammer to Fall" "Thank God It's Christmas" 1985 1986 "One Vision" "A Kind of Magic" "Princes of the Universe" "Friends Will Be Friends" "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure" "Who Wants to Live Forever" "One Year of Love" 7 3 — 14 — 24 — 3 7 12 25 21 35 25 32 — — — — 10 45 — — — — 12 — — — — — 11 — — — — 76 5 — — — — — — — — — — 26 6 — 20 57 52 — 9 24 31 — 78 5 4 — 4 — 15 — 3 6 10 14 23 21 5 — 16 43 29 — 2 6 6 12 16 — 23 — 50 — — — 3 45 15 — — 24 4 — 19 — — — 8 28 30 — — 61 42 — — — — — 50 — — — — • UK: Silver [18] 1989 "I Want It All" "Breakthru" "The Invisible Man" "Scandal" "The Miracle" The Miracle .

Queen discography 92 1990s Year Single UK AUS Peak chart positions AUT FRA GER IRE NL NZ SWI US Certifications Album [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [33] [34] [14] [35] [36] 1991 "Innuendo" "I'm Going Slightly Mad" "Headlong" "I Can't Live With You"(American promo only) "The Show Must Go On" "Ride The Wild Wind"(Poland Only) "Bohemian Rhapsody" / "These Are the Days of Our Lives" 1 22 14 — 28 — — — 12 — — — — — — — 5 42 — — 4 19 25 — 4 20 43 — 10 — — — 3 — — — — — — — • UK: Silver [18] Innuendo 16 — 75 — — — 2 — 7 — 17 — 6 — 20 — 11 — — — • US: Gold [19] 1 5 8 15 16 1 1 16 8 2 • UK: [18] Platinum A Night at the Opera / Innuendo 1992 "Who Wants to Live Forever" / "Friends Will Be Friends" "We Will Rock You (Live)" / "We are the Champions (Live)" "We are the Champions" / "We Will Rock You" (re-release) — — — — — — 6 — 36 — Greatest Hits II — — — — — — 9 — — — Live At Wembley '86 — 81 — 14 — — — — — — Greatest Hits 1995 "Heaven for Everyone" "A Winter's Tale" 2 6 — 15 71 — — — — — 4 23 — — — 23 — 8 — — — — 14 — 15 62 — — 67 26 75 7 23 — 28 — 23 — 2 16 — — 28 22 33 25 — — — — — — 9 28 — — — 27 — — — — — — — — • UK: Silver [18] Made In Heaven 1996 "I Was Born to Love You" "Too Much Love Will Kill You" 15 "Let Me Live" "You Don't Fool Me" 1997 "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)" / "Tie Your Mother Down" "We are the Champions" (re-release) "Under Pressure (Rah Mix)" (with David Bowie) 9 17 13 Queen Rocks 1998 — — — 10 — — — — — — Greatest Hits 1999 14 — — — — — 21 — — — Greatest Hits III 2000s .

II & III — — — 48 — — — — — — 2010s Year Single UK AUS Peak chart positions AUT FRA GER IRE NL NZ SWI US Certifications Album [5] [6] [7] — [8] [9] [33] [34] [14] [35] [36] — — — — 2011 "Stormtroopers In Stilettos" — — — — — Non-album single As featured artist Year Single UK AUS Peak chart positions AUT FRA GER IRE NL NZ SWI US Album [5] [6] [7] 19 [8] [9] [33] [34] [14] [35] [36] 1 6 8 — 1993 "Somebody to Love (Live)" (Queen + George Michael) "Another One Bites the Dust" (Queen + Wyclef Jean ft.Queen discography 93 Year Single UK AUS Peak chart positions AUT FRA GER IRE NL NZ SWI US Certifications Album [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [33] [34] [14] [35] [36] 2000 "Princes of the Universe" (re-release) "We Will Rock You" (re-release) "Another One Bites the Dust" / "We Will Rock You" (re-release) — — — — — — 45 — — — Greatest Hits III 2003 — — — 10 69 — — — 49 — The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I. Pras and Free) "We Will Rock You" (5ive + Queen) "Flash" (Queen + Vanguard) "Reaching Out" / "Tie Your Mother Down" (Queen + Paul Rodgers) "Another One Bites the Dust" (Queen vs. The Miami Project) "Say It's Not True" (Queen + Paul Rodgers) "C-lebrity" (Queen + Paul Rodgers) "We Believe" (Queen + Paul Rodgers) "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen + The Muppets) 1 15 16 21 30 Five Live 1998 5 — 23 62 46 11 21 9 35 — Greatest Hits III 2000 1 3 2 — 8 6 15 29 18 — Invincible 2003 15 95 44 — 17 — — — — — 2005 — — — — — — 27 — — — 2006 31 — — — 88 — 49 — — — 2007 90 — — 75 82 — 62 — — — The Cosmos Rock 2008 33 — — 96 67 — 50 — — — The Cosmos Rock 2008 The Cosmos Rock 2009 32 — — — — — — — — — .

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It was recorded at Trident Studios and De Lane Lea Music Centre. with production by Roy Thomas Baker (as Roy Baker).96 Studio albums Queen Queen Studio album by Queen Released 13 July 1973 Recorded December 1971. London Genre Length Label Rock 38:36 EMI (Europe) Elektra Records (US) Producer John Anthony. London. . "Keep Yourself Alive" Released: 6 July 1973 "Liar" Released: 14 February 1974 (US only) Queen is the eponymous debut album by British rock group Queen. The album was influenced by the seaside rock. released in July 1973. John Anthony and Queen. Lead singer Freddie Mercury composed five of the ten tracks. hard rock. Queen Queen chronology Queen (1973) Queen II (1974) Singles from Queen 1. and heavy metal of the day and covers subjects such as folklore ("My Fairy King") and religion ("Jesus"). Roy Thomas Baker. June-November 1972. De Lane Lea and Trident studios. 2.

One day. which was co-written by Smile band-mate Tim Staffell and drummer Roger Taylor composed and sang "Modern Times Rock and Roll"." with May's approval. but producer Roy Thomas Baker asked them to re-record the songs with better equipment. as Mercury and Taylor thought this may make him sound more interesting. After seven or eight failed attempts. and the infamous track "Hangman" (whose existence was long denied officially. in fact. During this time. They recorded it once again. the track was left off the album. The first single.Queen guitarist Brian May composed four songs. while waiting to use the studio. but problems arose almost immediately. Mercury was asked to record vocals by producer Robin Cable. including "Doing All Right". Queen had begun writing material for their next album. even though the record-buying public was just getting wind of them. they put together a polished demo tape of five songs: "Keep Yourself Alive". titled "(Long Lost Re-take). the De Lane Lea demo recording. from 3:47 to 3:30. but they were disheartened by the current album's delay. and "Liar". They were finally taken aboard in 1972 by Norman and Barry Sheffield. Another track that proved problematic was "Mad The Swine". no mix met their standards until engineer Mike Stone stepped in. Other recordings from this period. "Keep Yourself Alive" was the first song to be re-recorded. "Great King Rat". After eight months of failing that. Elektra Records released a single of "Liar" in a heavily edited form (without the band's knowledge) on 14 February 1974. These recordings were released on a single under the name Larry Lurex. feeling they had grown past that stage. with the B-side "Doing All Right". have surfaced in the form of acetate pressings. The album was released in the US on 4 September. which they used to try to entice other companies. who was working on a version of "I Can Hear Music" and "Goin' Back". and Queen did not like the result. which was usually between 3 and 7am. The track length was edited for release in the US. and on the Hollywood Records re-release of the album. 6 July and 13th respectively). . With the issue unresolved. The first.[1] as the band were unsatisfied with any attempt at rerecording it. Despite the demo tape's quality. Stone would stay on to engineer and eventually co-produce their next five albums. The limitations this imposed on them led the band to focus on completing one track at a time. Queen were allowed to record only during the studio's downtime. The US single was issued in October. They recorded two BBC sessions during the interim. The band had thought highly of their De Lane Lea demo tracks. The final song on the album is a short instrumental version of "Seven Seas of Rhye". which was recorded for the album but then derailed by Baker and Queen disagreeing on the quality of the percussion. The arrangement of recording only during downtime lasted from June to November 1972. this time with the rare double B-side (rare for a 7" single) of "Lily Of The Valley" and "God Save the Queen". "Keep Yourself Alive" (the Mike Stone mix. such as two Smile tracks ("Silver Salmon" and "Polar Bear"). It re-surfaced in 1991 as both the B-side to the "Headlong" CD single in the UK. rejected re-record of "Keep Yourself Alive" was later released by Hollywood Records in the US. the band received only one offer from a record company — a low bid from Chrysalis Records. but during the mixing sessions. they simply released it themselves in 1973. however. The version of "The Night Comes Down" which appears on the album is. All countries had the B-side "Son And Daughter". Though the album was completed and fully mixed by November 1972. 97 History Queen had been playing the club and college circuit in and around London for almost two years when the band had a chance opportunity to test out the new recording facilities of De Lane Lea Studios. Mercury enlisted May and Taylor to record the tracks. as some listeners had mistaken their elaborate multi-tracking and effects processed by guitar and vocal sounds as synthesizers. now considered the standard album version) was released a week before the album[1] (UK dates. "Jesus". who were setting up Trident Studios. beyond live concert recordings). now owned legitimately by private collectors. Stone's first try met with Queen's approval. Taking advantage of the opportunity. Bassist John Deacon was credited on the sleeve notes of the original vinyl release as "Deacon John". Elektra later re-issued the edited version of "Keep Yourself Alive" in July 1975. The band included the comment 'No synthesizers' on the album sleeve.[1] after the paying artists had left. "The Night Comes Down". Trident spent months trying to get a record company to release it. "Rock And Roll Medley" (a live encore staple from the era).

calling it a "patchy but promising debut from a classic rock group. "My Fairy King" May. energetic English quartet has all the tools they'll need to lay claim to the Zep's abdicated heavy-metal throne. "Album Version (Unremastered)". The versions on the CD are: "Long Lost Re-take". and beyond that to become a truly influential force in the rock world. Title 1.[7] In 2008. "Jesus" Writer(s) Mercury May Roger Taylor May Mercury Length 6:26 4:24 1:48 3:19 3:45 1:10 6..[8] Track listing Side one No."[2] The Winnipeg Free Press opined that Queen borrowed from other artists. "Doing All Right" 3. "The Night Comes Down" 3."[6] In 1994."[3] Illinois' Daily Herald also commended the record."[5] while Q awarded the album 5/5 stars. "Keep Yourself Alive" Brian May 2. "Great King Rat" 4. Allmusic awarded the album 3/5 stars. Their debut album is superb. Guitarist magazine ranked Queen the 19th most influential guitar album of all time. Hollywood Records released a CD single featuring five versions of "Keep Yourself Alive" to promote the forthcoming "Crown Jewels" boxed set (1998). high energy set which in time may be looked upon with the same reverence Led Zep 1 now receives. With its first album. Queen has produced a driving. Tim Staffell Freddie Mercury Mercury Side two No. writing. citing it as an "essential purchase.' 'Great King Rat' and 'Doing All Right'. "Liar" 2. "the group manages to inject such a fresh. Rolling Stone ranked "Keep Yourself Alive" 31st in the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time"."[4] In later years. "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll" 4. "BBC Session #1 Version". "There's no doubt that this funky. writing "Good listening is guaranteed in songs like 'Keep Yourself Alive.. energetic touch to most of it that I don't mind a bit. "Seven Seas of Rhye" (Instrumental) Mercury . "Live Killers Version".Queen Both versions are unique compared to the album versions. Title Writer(s) Length 3:46 4:10 5:41 4:07 1. and "Album Version (1998 Remastered Version)". but also compared it favourably to Led Zeppelin. "Son and Daughter" 5. 98 Reception Rolling Stone wrote. describing it as "an entire album's worth of riffs crammed into a single song".

"Liar (1991 Bonus Remix by John Luongo and Gary Hellman)" Mercury 2011 Universal Records reissue bonus disc No. "Keep Yourself Alive (Rehearsal at St John’s Wood Studios '73)" Length 2011 re-issue On 8 November 2010. "Son And Daughter (Live at Hammersmith Odeon '75)" 8. which meant Queen's association with EMI would come to an end after almost 40 years. "Great King Rat (De Lane Lea Demo. According to what May said in a radio special about their 1977 album. "Jesus (De Lane Lea Demo. "Mad the Swine (Previously Unreleased)" 12. Taylor and May sing the vocal bridge of the song. as confirmed by former bass player Barry Mitchell (on an unofficial Q&A session held on an online forum). "Liar (Live at The Rainbow '74)" 9. "Liar (De Lane Lea Demo. According to Universal Music. "Keep Yourself Alive (Long Lost Re-Take)" Writer(s) Length Mercury May 3:24 4:04 6:28 13. Mercury might have helped on the musical arrangements based on the fact that (as it has been recalled by former bassists and the band themselves) they were in a more collaborative period in the pre-studio days and Mercury was usually the one getting his way with structural ideas. "Keep Yourself Alive (De Lane Lea Demo. December 1971)" 3. While it is highly possible that he contributed ideas to the song (the modulation types and the expanded form are closer to his style than to May's). This as part of a new record deal between Queen and Universal Music. but their sense was completely changed when Freddie Mercury sang them. record company Universal Music announced a remastered and expanded reissue of the album set for release in May 2011. Title 7.Queen 99 1991 Hollywood Records bonus tracks No. "The Night Comes Down (De Lane Lea Demo. Song information "Keep Yourself Alive" Brian May wrote "Keep Yourself Alive" after the band had been formed. "Mad the Swine (June 1972)" Length 3:50 4:22 6:07 5:04 7:52 3:22 2011 iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus videos No. but before John Deacon joined.[9] . News of the World. Title 1. December 1971)" 6. all Queen albums are to be remastered and reissued in 2011. he had penned the lyrics thinking of them as ironic and tongue-in-cheek. Title 11. December 1971)" 4. December 1971)" 5. December 1971)" 2. the bottom line is that even in that case Mercury would be more a co-arranger than a co-writer per se (like George Martin on The Beatles' songs).

The vocal overdubs technique would later be used in many Queen songs. Deacon would sing into Mercury's microphone. which Mercury was fond of. from light pop music to acoustic guitars and even contains a heavy metal section. Mercury borrowed some lines from Robert Browning's poem. this is one of the few Queen tracks of the 1970s to feature a Hammond organ. Both live and in the video. heavy compositions with long guitar solos and sudden tempo changes. "Great King Rat" "Great King Rat" was written by Freddie Mercury. Before writing this song Mercury was known as Freddie Bulsara. Freddie claimed he was singing about his mother. Drummer Roger Taylor also displays his vocal skills here. Freddie Bulsara took the stage name Freddie Mercury. and this song is said to have inspired him to change his surname. a fantasy world created by vocalist Freddie Mercury and featured in other Queen songs. Written during the band's time in the studio. therefore it is not known if it was merely a visual trick or if actually Deacon did some uncredited backing vocals. Staffell sang it when it was a Smile song. look what they've done to me. as Mercury himself once described it) from his personal persona (introverted). The band played this song as early as 1970. most notably "Seven Seas of Rhye". he was joined by Roger Taylor. Brian May and Freddie Mercury. "My Fairy King" "My Fairy King". the song contains many voice overdubs and vocal harmonies. on both. Some Queen fans believe that John Deacon sang the "all day long" lines. since he did so in live versions and the video. hitting some of the highest notes in the composition. As confirmed by the transcription on EMI Music Publishing's Off The Record sheet music for the song. and before John Deacon joined the band the following year. He also played his old Hairfred acoustic guitar on this track and on later tracks such as "White Queen (As It Began)" and "Jealousy". "The Pied Piper of Hamelin". with lengthy. However. Subsequently. Its lyrics contain a verse with the words "Mother Mercury. This song is an example of Queen's earliest sound. Smile. most notably "Bohemian Rhapsody". The song changes many times throughout.Queen 100 "Doing All Right" "Doing All Right" was written by Brian May and Tim Staffell while in the pre-Queen band. It is one of the band's heavier songs. This was another attempt to separate his stage persona ("extroverted monster". and it was notable as the band's first song Freddie Mercury played live on the piano for. "My Fairy King" is the first song on the album to feature Mercury's piano skills – as the piano on "Doing All Right" was played by guitarist Brian May who was quite impressed by Mercury's piano playing on the track. and from this point on Mercury handled most of Queen's piano parts.[10] "Liar" "Liar" was written by Freddie Mercury in 1970 while he was still under the name Farrokh Bulsara. This is one of the few Queen songs to feature Brian May on the piano. ." Brian May has said that after the line was written. written by Mercury. deals with Rhye. and Mercury tried to sing in the same manner when it became a Queen song.

With the release of the original De Lane Lea demos as bonus tracks in 2011. allowing the rest of the band a bit of a rest and costume change. "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll" The lead vocal is performed by drummer Roger Taylor. it was decided that the De Lane Lea version was still superior. In 1972. and occasionally afterward. nostalgia over the loss of childhood to the past. Baker and Studio owners/management Norman and Barry Sheffield insisted on re-recording the five De Lane Lea demos. There is also what could be an ambiguous reference to "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". Trident Studios signed Queen to a recording contract which limited them to only down-time studio access (when paying artists were not recording) and they began working with producer Roy Thomas Baker. "Keep Yourself Alive". when the band was hired to test the studio's new equipment in exchange for being allowed to record proper demos for their attempt to find a record company. Dazzling. The song follows what would become trademark Brian May themes such as coming-of-age. The song was re-recorded on two occasions for the BBC. the guitar solo would take over the middle of "Son And Daughter" during concerts. The second re-recording was done in April 1974 and broadcast on Bob Harris's show.Queen 101 "The Night Comes Down" Brian May wrote the song shortly after the band's formation in 1970. such as "Liar". The unused Roy-Thomas-Baker-produced version remains unreleased and has not surfaced even on bootlegs. "The Seven Seas of Rhye" and "In The Lap Of The Gods. Until this time. for the track "Brighton Rock" of their Sheer Heart Attack album. . The demo is roughly the same mix that appeared on the album except that there is a distinct difference in the drum sound. A new studio version of "The Night Comes Down" was recorded. in the lyric: "When I was young it came to me. and the difficulties of life as an adult. "Son And Daughter" stayed off the set-lists after Queen's hit singles began to dominate their live show. following the break-up of Smile. Unlike other songs from Queen's early period which crept back into circulation in the live set of their '84 through '86 tours. "Son and Daughter" "Son and Daughter" was written by guitarist Brian May and was the B-side for the single "Keep Yourself Alive". the song originally housed Brian May's famous guitar solo. holding the world inside. The first was re-recorded in December 1973 and broadcast on John Peel's show. with a slower tempo and extra vocals from Freddie Mercury. the difference in the mixing of "The Night Comes Down" is quite noticeable when compared to the original LP and digital remasters. The album version of the song does not feature the guitar solo. The agreement was mutually beneficial and Queen took full advantage of the state-of-the-art equipment to put five of their tracks to tape. influenced by blues rock and heavy metal. and sounds very similar to the original album version. Lucy was high and so was I." May is admittedly a Beatles fan and has commented in numerous interviews on their impact on him. This version was released on the 1989 Queen album At The Beeb. The solo would not be properly recorded until 1974. who wrote the song. The song is indicative of their very earliest sound. And I could see the sun breaking.Revisited". and this was the version which appears on the debut album.. Written in 1972 for their first album and a regular feature in Queen's live set until well into 1975. It was first recorded at De Lane Lea Studios in December 1971. This version has not seen the light of day outside of bootleg recordings and it differs in style from the original album version.. but in the end.

it was frustrating for me to take so long to get to this point. Because of the effects created by Brian May's Red Special guitar.producer. You know.bass guitar • John Anthony . "Seven Seas of Rhye.. and other numbers. was a Parsi Zoroastrian.drums.. You should just keep on doing what you think is an interesting thing to do. but we sometimes fell into the trap of over-arrangement...lead and backing vocals. backing vocals.electric and acoustic guitar. Now I've finally done it.. There are parts of it which may sound contrived but it is very varied and it has lots of energy . My Fairy King was a number Freddie wrote when we only wrote while we were in the studio and it was built up in the studio. and songs that we just used to play together. for example the drum sound. They're songs that we just used to play. for instance. The track features a two-chord rhythm section during the verses with a long instrumental break toward the end of the song. —Brian May ” [11] “ “ There are a lot of things on the first album I don't like. On a personal level.Queen 102 "Jesus" The lyrics tell part of the story of Jesus of Nazareth.. I wanted to record things with. you know as I said. songs like Keep Yourself Alive. You can get so far into something that you forget what the song originally was. ” [12] —Roger Taylor And quite a lot of the songs on that first album were songs that we had had for a long while.sound engineer . though. Liar. many early followers of Queen viewed the band as something of a psychedelic rock band. And we just went in and recorded them. there's other numbers where essentially live songs. sound engineer • Mike Stone . but then I think one of the best albums last year was the "Mott" album and that had loads of inconsistencies and rough bits... backing vocals.. basically just the track and then just a few . the songs changed over the years and some of them probably evolved too much. Queen comments on the record “ We like some of the stuff on it. percussion • John Deacon .. Hammond organ on "Liar" • Brian May . vocal bridge on "Keep Yourself Alive"." Mercury had half-written the song when the first album was recorded and completed it for the second album.. And there were one or two numbers on that first album which were more sort of that first sort of sign of getting interested in doing things in the studio. backing vocals on "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll" • Roy Thomas Baker . tape echoes and multiple guitars five years ago. vocal bridge on "Keep Yourself Alive". among other things.producer. piano. But you have to get away from the idea that playing music is a competition. credited with writing the song. but in the meantime so have other people! Which is a bit disappointing. lead vocals on "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll"..sound engineer • Ted Sharpe . ” [13] —John Deacon Personnel • Freddie Mercury . Great King Rat. Mercury.backing vocals and guitar solos over the top and that was it. piano on "Doing All Right" • Roger Taylor . Whereas.

com) (http:/ / www. December 1994. . co. php?title=John_Deacon_-_XX-XX-1977_-_Innerview) [14] http:/ / www. lines 246-248.S. Archived at rocklistmusic. London: Frederick Warne and Co. queenonline. queenarchives. Archived at rocklistmusic. chartstats.102 [7] "The Top 50 Most Influential Guitar Albums Of All Time Ever!" (http:/ / www. QueenOnline. 1888. php?title=Roger_Taylor_-_12-XX-1974_-_Sounds) [13] Innerview 1977 (http:/ / www. queenarchives.com. Billboard 200 References [1] "Queen – Queen" (http:/ / queenonline.html) .uk [8] "100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time" (http:/ / www. php?release=37683 [15] http:/ / www. php?history=6& section=1). . edu/ ~librcsd/ etext/ piper/ text. Retrieved 2006-11-23. [10] Robert Browning. com/ index. com/ index. rocklistmusic._IL) [5] Allmusic review (http:/ / www. com/ index.co. queenarchives. allmusic. indiana. php?title=Queen_-_12-07-1973_-_Queen_-_The_Herald. p. allmusic.com) (http:/ / www. com/ index.tripod. rocklistmusic. php?title=Queen_-_01-05-1974_-_Queen_-_Winnipeg_Free_Press) [4] Chicago Herald review (archived at queenarchives.com/q_history/history. com/ artist/ queen-p5205/ charts-awards/ billboard-albums External links • Queen at Queen's official website including history and lyrics (http://queenonline. QueenOnline. html)._Chicago. com/ artists/ queen/ albums/ album/ 199416/ review/ 5942941/ queen) [3] Winnipeg Free Press review (archived at queenarchives. com/ album/ r687293) [6] Q. html).com/earlyrec. php?title=Brian_May_-_08-XX-1973_-_Guitar_Magazine) [12] Sounds December 1974 (http:/ / www. rollingstone. html). uk/ rstone. (website of Indiana University) [11] Guitar Magazine August 1973 (http:/ / www.Queen 103 Chart performance Chart (1973) Peak position [14] [15] 24 83 UK Albums Chart U. queenarchives. php).com. com/ q_history/ history. com/ index. Guitarist.. co. Rolling Stone. queenarchives. Retrieved 2006-11-23.uk [9] "Queen – Keep Yourself Alive" (http:/ / www.co. uk/ 50. The Pied Piper of Hamelin (http:/ / www. November 2004. [2] Rolling Stone review (http:/ / www. com/ q_history/ Music/ Queen/ KeepYourselfAlive_video. php?history=6&section=1) • Early Queen recordings (http://qliverecordings. com/ release. June 2008.

and is significant in being the first album to contain elements of the band's signature sound of multi layered overdubs.[1] [2] . released in March 1974. with the white side having songs with a more emotional theme and the black side almost entirely about fantasy. The two sides of the original LP were labelled "Side White" and "Side Black" (instead of the conventional sides "1" and "2"). and engineered by Mike Stone. and varied musical styles. most notably in the music video for the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975).Queen II 104 Queen II Queen II Studio album by Queen Released 8 March 1974 Recorded August 1973 at Trident Studios. Queen Queen chronology Queen (1973) Queen II (1974) Sheer Heart Attack (1974) Singles from Queen II 1. Elektra (US) Producer Roy Thomas Baker. Mick Rock's album cover photograph was frequently re-used by the band throughout its career. Released to an initially mixed critical reception. has garnered praise from musicians such as Axl Rose. Queen II remains one of the band's lesser-known albums. Robin Geoffrey Cable. "Seven Seas of Rhye" Released: 23 February 1974 Queen II is the second album by British rock group Queen. often with quite dark themes. It is also a concept album. with corresponding photos of the band dressed in white or in black on either side of the record's label face. London in August 1973 with co-producers Roy Thomas Baker and Robin Cable. London Genre Length Label Rock 40:42 Parlophone (Europe). vocal harmonies. Nonetheless. It was recorded at Trident Studios. the album has retained a cult following since its release. Steve Vai and Billy Corgan.

contributing virtuosic piano and harpsichord pieces and a wide range of distinctive vocal performances. in Rock's words. "Ogre Battle" was written during the debut album sessions. according to VH1. This scene from Dadd's imagination was inspired by characters from faery myths. which in the painting are gathered around the Feller of Trees to watch him crack a walnut for Queen Mab's new carriage. Lead vocalist Freddie Mercury composed the entire "Black" side. except the songs "White Queen" and "Some Day One Day". one is sung by Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor (with May at the piano).. A full version of "Seven Seas of Rhye" was laid down. with an album under their belts. During that time. After the commercial failure of "Keep Yourself Alive". We were trying to push studio techniques to a new limit for rock groups – it was fulfilling all our dreams. Subsequently.[4] Robin Cable. "Queen standing in diamond formation. but what we are trying to do differently from either of those groups [is] this sort of layered sound. Management problems forced the album to be released under the independent Trident label. and some dated from even earlier. heads tilted back like Easter Island statues" against a black background. Queen and Baker made sure that "Rhye" began in a way which would grab people.[4] This single picture of Queen.  —Brian May.. revisited and brought to life for the "Bohemian Rhapsody" promotional film. Rock photographer Mick Rock was employed to do the photography for the album's artwork.[6] According to Rock. especially since their first album had failed to do so. but our sound is more based on the overdriven guitar sound. on Queen II and the band's sound.Queen II 105 Background and recording "Led Zeppelin and The Who are probably in [Queen II] somewhere. because they were among our favourite groups. Queen decided it needed a single that did not take "too long to happen" (without a lengthy guitar intro). now allowed to book proper hours there. Several new songs were written immediately after the first album. but the band decided to wait on recording them until they had more ample studio time. The closing track of The "White" Side is Taylor's only composition in the album. where one is instrumental. which was taken from the first album. as was "Father To Son". I also wanted to build up textures behind the main melody lines. the brief the photographer received from Queen was to have a black and white theme for the Queen II artwork.[5] The band had hired Rock because they wanted to. Packaging The Queen II album cover features a photograph taken by Mick Rock of. For what is generally considered a complex album (with layered vocals. "See What A Fool I've Been" was left over from the Smile days. the next is sung by Mercury. the group were looking to grab people's attention with the cover. used on the Queen II album cover. and the last by May. "graft some of [the trademark] decadent 'glam' sensibility" of his work with artists such as David Bowie. which were performed by May—partly on an inexpensive Hairfred guitar that he had owned since his childhood. So. Queen set about touring and promoting it. The Who had the open chord guitar sound. Queen were writing new material and anxious to record it. harmonies and instruments). was recruited to reproduce the Spector production sound for "Funny How Love Is". [3] After their debut album Queen was recorded and mixed by the end of November 1972. Mythology and art were passions of Mercury's. and Richard Dadd's painting "The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke" (which currently hangs in the Tate Gallery) sparked his creativity. but only after eight months had gone by since completion. which he also sings. would become one of the band's most iconic images. it took a very short time—only one month—to record Queen II. Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. recorded with the specific intention of being the album's leading single. The "White" side is very diverse: four of the five numbers were composed by Brian May. because we didn't have much opportunity for that on the first album". August 1973 found the band back in Trident Studios. "They realized .. John Deacon played acoustic guitar as well as bass on most of the album. with whom Mercury had worked during the "I Can Hear Music" session.

writing. the dregs of glam rock. "It's reputed Queen have enjoyed some success in the States. writing. Weak and over-produced. government-enforced measures for energy conservation delayed its manufacture by several months. While the magazine had little enthusiasm for "Side Black". recording and even artwork standards are very high. I suppose it's basically that audiences like the band."[5] The image was reused by Queen for the promotional video of their 1975 single "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "One Vision" (1986). "It made them look like much bigger a deal then they were at the time. if this band are our brightest hope for the future. Rock convinced them otherwise."[10] Record Mirror were also unamused. We’ll stick by it. their writing talents."  —Roger Taylor on the critical reaction to Queen II. as well. improving on debut album Queen. Once the long-overdue first pressing arrived in record shops. The album enjoyed chart success in the UK. this album captures them in their finest hours."[10] Rolling Stone awarded the album two-and-a-half stars out of five. "Seven Seas of Rhye" (released in February 1974) peaked at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart. we took so much trouble over that album."[10] while Sounds wrote. Trident delayed the record since Queen's first album had only just been released in the UK and had yet to be issued in the USA. Disc wrote. giving the band their first chart hit. Once again.."[11] Melody Maker had little praise for the record. peaking at number five. are they right?' But after hearing it a few weeks later I still like it. "The material. Its completion coincided with the 1973 oil crisis and consequently. and had to complain persistently to correct it. then we are committing rock and roll suicide. writing that it featured the "saving grace of timely and well-chosen power chords and some rather pretty tunes. it's currently in the balance whether they'll really break through here.[5] "And of course no one was ever more 'glam' than the divine Ms Dietrich". "Simply titled Queen II. but when we finished we felt really proud. "This is it. Maybe Queen try too hard.[12] Queen II entered stores in the UK on 8 March 1974. the band noticed a spelling error on the sleeve. It peaked at number 49 in the US. Immediately it got really bad reviews so I took it home to listen to again and thought 'Christ."[5] Describing it as a "sort of a knockoff of an old Marlene Dietrich shot". however.[7] the photographer took inspiration for the cover from a still of the actress from the 1932 film Shanghai Express. performance. 106 Release and reception After the album's completion in the end of August 1973. Numerous other problems beset the album's release. describing it as "Wimpoid royaloid heavoid android void". but it was a true reflection of their music.Queen II that if you could catch people's eyes you could get them interested in music. Rock quips. I’m surprised that the new album has done so well. "Procession" and "Father to Son" to their live setlists immediately and toured extensively. then I'll have to eat my hat or something.[6] Although the band almost rejected the photograph because they felt it too pretentious. possibly too much. they applauded "Side White". and every quality that makes them unique. The only single taken from Queen II.[8] "Considering the abuse we've had lately. there's no depth of sound or feeling."[10] NME opined that the record showcased "all their power and drive. which peaked at number 83. [9] Queen II received a mixed critical reaction from the contemporary music press."[10] Robert Christgau gave the album a "C−" rating. . If they do.. Queen added "Ogre Battle". I think it’s great.

"Queen is coiled. fellow artists and fans as one of Queen's finest works. weird. It's so over the top.total Queen overload. and I found Queen II. it would open my mind up to so many different styles.Queen II 107 Legacy As 1974 drew to a close. IGN Music named Queen II as one of their "10 Classic Glam Rock Albums". said as one of their influences was Queen and this was reflected in 1997 when they released. Kerrang! readers voted Queen II the 72nd greatest British rock album ever. so many vocal and guitar track overdubs .[20] Along with the Queen albums Sheer Heart Attack and A Night at the Opera."[19] In 2010. Queen II is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. ."[21] Allmusic said of the record. it has since retained a cult following and has in recent years been cited by a number of music publications. describing Queen II as "an absolute scorcher of an album" which features two of the band's best tracks: "Ogre Battle" and "Father to Son". more anthemic sound with this glittery opus. Whenever their newest record would come out and have all these other kinds of music on it. I really appreciate them for that. In 1987. where it is described as "a distinctly dark album" which "displayed their diversity. delivering on their inherent sense of drama. Mojo ranked Queen II as the 60th greatest album ever released on the Elektra Records label. Combined with Freddie Mercury's underrated keyboard work.[18] In 2008. as tribute. "Queen gave glam a bigger. tense.[15] In 2003.[17] In 2006. but aren't. at first I'd only like this song or that song. I loved the cool. and that gives Queen II real power as music. the album was featured in Classic Rock and Metal Hammer's "The 200 Greatest Albums of the 70s."  —Steve Vai. The Quietus published an article highlighting Queen's "lesser-known brilliance" to coincide with the release of that year's Absolute Greatest compilation. That's something I've always wanted to be able to achieve".[10] The album was also ranked by Disc as the 5th best of the year.." being listed alongside Sheer Heart Attack as one of the 20 greatest albums of 1974. Queen II was voted #202 in the all-time greatest rock and pop albums. probably their least popular album. [24] Endorsements from younger recording artists have introduced the album to a new generation of fans.[16] In 2005." stating. stadium-pleasing anthems. The Argentine rock band Soda Stereo. The Queen II album was one of those pivotal moments that just nailed me to the wall. Q magazine included Queen II in a list of fifty little-known albums recommended by the magazine to supplement their "The 50 Best British Albums Ever" poll. I have my favorite: Queen II. Queen II is one of the favorites of their hardcore fans.[23] "I don't think enough is really said about the brilliance of Brian May's guitar playing.[25] Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan spoke to Melody Maker in August 1993 about "the records which changed his life." and contrasted with their later "expansive. writing. a Spanish version of "Some Day One Day" called "Algún Día". "With Queen. "I worked at this record store where we had lots of old records.. Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose said of the record."[26] The influence of this album is also seen in Latin America. as well as a true cohesion. in the sense that it's overshadowed by the music itself. public reaction to Queen II had been enthusiastic. and vicious here.[13] While the album remains one of the band's lesser-known works. the Post-Tribune ranked Queen II 9th in an article covering "albums that should be in everyone's record collection. But after a period of time listening to it."[22] In 2009."[14] In the 1994 edition of The Guinness All Time Top 1000 Albums. I loved it. In a 1989 Rolling Stone interview. ambiguous songs about Freddie’s sexuality and the way it shifts from heavy to beautiful ballads. Brian May's ringing leads and pristine riffs created a backdrop for songs that were by turns ferocious and elegant.

All songs on the black side written by Freddie Mercury. Title 1. "Ogre Battle (1991 Bonus Remix)" 3. "Nevermore (BBC Session. "Some Day One Day" 5. "Father to Son" 3. "See What A Fool I've Been (May)" 2. "Seven Seas of Rhye" Writer(s) Length 4:10 2:40 1:15 6:33 2:50 2:50 Bonus track (1991 Hollywood Records CD reissue) No. April 1974)" 5. "Seven Seas Of Rhye (1991 Bonus Remix)" Length 4:32 3:27 6:35 2011 Universal Records reissue bonus disc No. "White Queen (As It Began) [Live At Hammersmith Odeon. "Ogre Battle" 2. "Funny How Love Is" 6. "Seven Seas of Rhye (Instrumental Mix)" 4. "White Queen (As It Began)" 4. Title 1. "See What a Fool I've Been (B-Side Version February 1974)" Length 4:22 5:32 3:09 1:27 4:31 . "Nevermore" 4. White Side No. "Procession" (Instrumental) 2. "The Loser in the End" Roger Taylor Writer(s) Length 1:12 6:14 4:34 4:23 4:02 Black Side No. Title 1. "See What a Fool I've Been (BBC Session July 1973) [Remix 2011]" 2. Title 1. "The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke" 3.Queen II 108 Track listing All songs on the white side written by Brian May except where noted. December 1975]" 3. "The March Of The Black Queen" 5.

A different version of "Ogre Battle" exists. "Father to Son" has parts with May on multi-tracked guitar. Like the preceding number. it tells the story of a battle between ogres. "Seven Seas Of Rhye (Live at Wembley Stadium '86)" 9. It was a longtime live favourite. "Ogre Battle (Live at Hammersmith Odeon '75)" Length Song information Procession "Procession" is a short instrumental piece performed by Brian May on multi-tracked guitar. This kind of complex guitar arrangement is typical of May. The beginning of the song is the end of the song in reverse including the final gong. which May played. The ogre-like screams in the middle are Mercury's. does not have any effects that the . but the song was dropped from the setlists in 1975. but rather waited until they could have more studio freedom to do it properly. The guitar riff along with Taylor's drumming give it a very "thrash" sound. Taylor (G4-A5). creates the building wave sound. although in this case. It features May on acoustic guitar and electric guitar and the last guitar solo (during the fade-out) features three solo guitars. The song is one of Queen's heaviest works. this song features contrasting acoustic and heavy metal sections. The band did not want to record it for their first album. He recorded it by playing overlapping parts on the Red Special through John Deacon's custom-made amplifier (the Deacy Amp). but in this case. recorded in December 1973 for the BBC Radio 1 "Sound of the 70s" programme. Some Day One Day This is the first song sung entirely by May on lead vocals. They stopped playing the song somewhere around 1977-1978. Roger Taylor also contributes to this instrumental. The song covers a two-octave range: Mercury (G3-A4). using only a bass pedal. played through the Deacy Amp. which when played backwards at the start of the song. Title 7. Queen added "Father to Son" to their live setlists immediately and toured extensively. and the high harmonies at the end of the chorus hook are sung by Taylor. usually the guitars are harmonious. This version starts right away with its riff (without any long intro). Ogre Battle Mercury wrote "Ogre Battle" on guitar (as confirmed by May in several interviews)[27] in 1972. playing it on almost every concert up until then. White Queen (As It Began) Written by May. Father to Son "Father to Son" was written by May and features heavy metal sections as well as a quiet piano part. It is written in the father's perspective when talking or thinking about his son. it was played slower than in the studio. however. all of the guitars play different parts. As the title suggests. and features a May guitar solo and sound effects to simulate the sound of a battle. "White Queen (As It Began) (Live at The Rainbow '74)" 8. The Loser in the End "The Loser in the End" was Taylor's sole contribution on the album both as a songwriter and lead vocalist.Queen II 109 2011 iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus videos No.

however. referring to the intricate use of panning in the mix.[28] [29] [30] The song segues into the next track. The BBC version of "Ogre Battle" did originally have a long intro featuring a grand guitar build up. like most of the songs on the album. it was not used for this release. and Roy Thomas Baker played the castanets. who added some contemporary piano "ring" effects as well. they were created by someone plucking the piano strings while Mercury played the notes." etc. The complex arrangements are based around a backing track of piano. which is very rare for popular music.Queen II version on "Queen II" has and sounds much less polished. but also included harpsichord. For the intricately-arranged studio recording. 110 The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke Mercury was inspired to write "The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke" after seeing Richard Dadd's painting The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke. All the vocal parts were performed by Mercury. was sometimes included in a live medley. The song. with vocals by Mercury and Taylor. and the song is the only Queen song containing polyrhythm/polymeter (two different time signatures simultaneously 8/8 and 12/8). and still is today. bass guitar and drums. Mercury played harpsichord as well as piano. "Funny How Love Is". Waggoner Will. The full piece was too complicated to perform live by the band. The band never performed this song live. such as Queen Mab. where the painting was. multiple vocal overdubs and overdubbed guitar parts. according to Taylor. and each of the scenes are described. Taylor called this song Queen's "biggest stereo experiment". The use of the word "Quaere" has no reference to Mercury's sexuality. Apparently whenever Queen had spare time. features medieval fantasy-based lyrics. Mercury would drag them to the London's Tate Gallery. The March of the Black Queen Mercury composed this song on piano in 1973. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke by Richard Dadd. This song ends with an ascending note progression. the Tatterdemalion. which climaxes in the first second of the following track. Nevermore is quite a short ballad about the feelings after a heartbreak. Mercury and Taylor which flows into Mercury playing the piano on this track. and makes direct reference to the painting's characters as detailed in Dadd's poem. Nevermore The previous track ends with a three-part vocal harmony from May. .. allegedly because the original tape was damaged. the uptempo section containing the lines "My life is in your hands.. I'll foe and I'll fie. These effects were widely suspected to be synthesizers. The lyrics follow the claustrophobic atmosphere of the painting. however. during the 1970s. and others.

it was so unimaginative. The song was never performed live. peaking at #10 in the UK charts. Mercury wrote it and played the piano while Robin Cable produced. the arpeggios are played with both the right and left hands. in the lyric "Messenger from Seven Seas has flown/To tell the king of Rhye he's lost his throne".drums. so a short clip of it was included there. ” [34] —Roger Taylor • Freddie Mercury . The song became a live favourite throughout Queen's existence. like many of the songs on the album. Queen II. that was a concept that we developed at the time. It's nice to see some recognition for your work though I don't usually worry too much. stylophone on "Seven Seas Of Rhye". —Freddie Mercury ” [32] The most important thing to me was the Queen II album going into the charts -... —John Deacon ” [33] “ Personnel I hated the title of the second album. an octave apart. marimba. and most live performances. it ended up being much different from what they'd first envisioned.especially satisfying that. This version ends with a cross fade. "Lily of the Valley" from Sheer Heart Attack. piano. whereas on the Queen recording. Mercury played the simpler one-handed version of these arpeggios. acoustic guitars With • Roy Thomas Baker . lead vocals on "Some Day One Day". since the first one didn't do so well. backing vocals. It was produced using the "wall of sound" technique..[31] The song.. instruments blending into a "singsong"-style rendition of "I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside". But we were fascinated with these types of things.. backing vocals.bass guitar. bells on "The March of the Black Queen". However. largely due to the demanding high-register vocals from Mercury throughout the song. additional vocals on one line of "The March of The Black Queen". it doesn't have any special meaning.Queen II 111 Funny How Love Is "Funny How Love Is" was created in the studio.castanets on "The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke". The seven seas of Rhye are also mentioned in another Queen song... Queen comments on the record “ “ (On the concept of Side White and Side Black) Well..lead and backing vocals. the wardrobe that we used at the time described it perfectly well. harpsichord • Brian May . gong. . is about a fantasy world named Rhye. It was the band's first hit single. Seven Seas of Rhye "Seven Seas of Rhye" had been half-written at the time of recording for Queen's first album. The theme also appears at the end of "It's a Beautiful Day (reprise)" on the album Made In Heaven. acoustic guitar. when Queen finished the song. and on Queen and Sheer Heart Attack. It features a distinctive arpeggiated piano introduction – on the Queen II recording. piano and organ on "Father to Son" • Roger Taylor . Roger tends to worry more about what's happening on that side. lead vocals on "The Loser in the End" • John Deacon .electric guitars.

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Trident. Sheer Heart Attack featured more conventional rock tracks and marked a step towards the classic Queen sound. 2. Digressing from the progressive themes featured on their first two albums. released in November 1974.[1] In recent years. peaking at #12 in 1975. Rockfield. It was produced by Queen and Roy Thomas Baker and distributed by EMI in the United Kingdom. peaking at #12 on the Billboard singles chart. "Killer Queen/Flick of the Wrist" Released: 11 October 1974 "Now I'm Here/Lily of the Valley" Released: 17 January 1975 "Lily of the Valley/Keep Yourself Alive" Released: April 1975 Sheer Heart Attack is the third album by the British rock group Queen. and Wessex Sound studios Genre Length Label Rock 39:09 EMI and Parlophone (Europe) Elektra and Hollywood Records (US) Producer Roy Thomas Baker. "Killer Queen" reached #2 in the British charts and provided Queen with their first US Top 20 hit. 3. it has been listed by multiple publications as one of the band's best works.Sheer Heart Attack 114 Sheer Heart Attack Sheer Heart Attack Studio album by Queen Released 1 November 1974 Recorded July–September 1974. . and Elektra in the US. Sheer Heart Attack was also the first Queen album to hit the US Top 20. The album launched the band to mainstream popularity both in the UK and internationally: the first single. Queen Queen chronology Queen II (1974) Sheer Heart Attack (1974) A Night at the Opera (1975) Singles from Sheer Heart Attack 1. AIR.

"Bring Back That Leroy Brown" Writer(s) Mercury Mercury. "Stone Cold Crazy (1991 remix by Michael Wagener)" Length 2:15 2011 Universal Records reissue bonus disc No. "Killer Queen" Writer(s) Brian May Mercury Length 5:08 3:01 2:48 3:19 1:43 4:10 3. "Dear Friends" 4. October 1974)" 4. Title 1. "In the Lap of the Gods" 2. July 1986)" Length 4:25 3:24 2:58 2:17 2:35 . Title 14. "Tenement Funster" Roger Taylor 4. "Flick of the Wrist" Mercury 5. John Deacon May Deacon Mercury Length 3:20 2:12 1:07 1:50 2:13 4:08 3:42 6. December 1975)" 2. "Stone Cold Crazy" 3. "Misfire" 5. "Brighton Rock" 2. "Flick of the Wrist (BBC Session. Revisited (Live at Wembley Stadium. "Lily of the Valley" Mercury 6. May. Title 1. Title 1.Sheer Heart Attack 115 Track listing Side one No.. "Tenement Funster (BBC Session. "In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited" Mercury Bonus track (1991 Hollywood Records CD reissue) No. Taylor. "Bring Back That Leroy Brown (A Cappella Mix 2011)" 5. "Now I'm Here" May Side two No.. October 1974)" 3. "In the Lap of the Gods . "Now I'm Here (Live at Hammersmith Odeon. "She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettos)" May 7.

The term was also iconic in UK pop culture as the title of a dark Graham Greene thriller/noir novel later adapted into a successful film starring Richard Attenborough as a teenage sociopath. It's a typical Taylor track about youth and rebellion. a medley of it with some other songs (as witnessed on the News of the World tour where it segued after Mercury's multiple echoed vocal solo at the end of "White Man" and May's solo would segue into "The Prophet's Song" or "Now I'm Here"). Deacon's bass. or on its own as a guitar solo. like in "Brighton Rock". it also includes echo effects with May's guitar. the first track on the album.Sheer Heart Attack 116 2011 iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus videos No. The studio version only contains one "main" guitar and one "echoed" guitar for a short section. "Killer Queen (Top Of The Pops. but time restrictions meant that the song was not ready for inclusion on an album until Sheer Heart Attack. The original working titles for the song were "Teen Dreams" and "Young and Crazy". tells the story of two young lovers meeting in Brighton on a public holiday.[2] Jenny cannot linger because she is afraid her mother will find out "how I spent my holiday". eager on the day. "Stone Cold Crazy (Live at The Rainbow '74)" 8. before becoming a performance in its own right. including a timpani solo by Taylor (from October. as he sang the lead vocals. 1978 to November. either as part of a rendition of Brighton Rock. leaving spaces for whenever he felt better. and May's Red Special guitar. Mercury's piano. he would usually split his guitar signal into "main" and two "echoed". but live. the solo was included as a medley with "Keep Yourself Alive". the guitar solo was adapted to include some bass and drums. Variations of this solo often featured during live Queen concerts. The live piece is often between nine to thirteen minutes long. Version 2)" 7. During the recent tour of Queen + Paul Rodgers.[5] . The title is something of a pun: Brighton rock is a long. "Now I'm Here (Forum. The song. with each going to a separate bank of amplifiers. The last couple of guitar notes overlap into "Flick of the Wrist". Title 6. Jimmy. a modified version. The song is probably best-known for its lengthy guitar solo interlude. cylindrical sugar candy traditional to that seaside resort. is not so happy with her "nothing can my love erase": now he is the one afraid of discovery by "my lady". The band initially did the song without May while he was in the hospital. Mercury played an upright "jangle" piano as well as a grand piano. In the late 70s. In 1980 and 1981. The backing track consisted of Taylor's drums. but afterwards "writes a letter every day". incorporating bits of "Chinese Torture" (from the album The Miracle) and the introduction from "Now I'm Here" was featured in the concerts. In addition to showcasing the out-of-phase tone capabilities of the Red Special. Tenement Funster "Tenement Funster" is Taylor's song on the album.[3] [4] It is one of the few songs by Mercury for which he wrote the lyrics first. 1981). Montreal '81)" Length Song information Brighton Rock Brian May wrote "Brighton Rock" in 1973 before the completion of Queen II.[2] This featured May's technique of using multiple echoes used to build up guitar harmony and contrapuntal melodic lines. Killer Queen "Killer Queen" (Sample ) was written by Mercury as the band's first international hit.

The song opens with a lone.[8] Music magazine Q described "Stone Cold Crazy" as "thrash metal before the term was invented".[6] Now I'm Here "Now I'm Here" is the band's second single in the album. with more screams by Taylor. The lyrics themselves deal with gangsters. Amusingly enough. The song. The song includes Mercury singing octave vocals. one of his pre-Queen bands. making a 3-song overlap ("Tenement Funster" into "Flick of the Wrist". Stone Cold Crazy "Stone Cold Crazy" was allegedly written by Mercury whilst in Wreckage. the line "Baby you've been had" can be heard.[10] [11] [12] [13] . together with "Tenement Funster" and "Flick of the Wrist". and 'Flick of the Wrist" into "Lily of the Valley").Sheer Heart Attack 117 Flick of the Wrist "Flick of the Wrist" was the double A-side of "Killer Queen" but it was much less promoted and therefore not as popular outside the Queen fandom. This track is known for its fast tempos and heavy distortion. but the song underwent many changes musically and lyrically before a studio version was recorded in 1974. nobody seemed to remember who wrote the lyrics when the album was released. recalling touring with Mott the Hoople. based on vocals harmonies singing "leave it in the lap of the gods". It was the first song credited to all four members of Queen.[9] The song was played live at almost every Queen concert between 1974-1978. guitar riff. was covered by Dream Theater on the Bonus Disc of their album Black Clouds & Silver Linings. thus being a precursor to speed metal. When May returned to work having recovered from his hepatitis. according to Mercury himself. featuring slowed-down vocals by Mercury. Those screams were thought to be made using synthesizers. and the third part. the direct prelude to "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the A Night at the Opera album in general. Throughout the entire song. which contains fast piano arpeggios. It is a heavy track with quite dark lyrics and an aggressive tone. he had not heard the song before he recorded his guitar and backing vocals. with May playing piano. "Lily of the Valley". Written by May while at the hospital. it was recorded during the last week of the sessions. foreshadowing "The Prophet's Song".[6] Lily of the Valley "Lily of the Valley" features Mercury playing the piano and providing all of the vocals. something that may seem unusual for later Queen songs. and to prove they were not. such as "Great King Rat" and "Son and Daughter". It is built in three parts: the introduction. Queen played it live as early as 1972. hence they shared writing credit. The song has a reference to "Seven Seas of Rhye" in the line "messenger from Seven Seas has flown to tell the King of Rhye he's lost his throne". This line is also the opening to the next song on the album. and is followed by choir-like vocal harmonies and overdubbed guitar parts. wind effects can be heard. At about 1:14 .1:16. making a reference to Al Capone. the second part which is a slow love song. Taylor would reproduce them in live performance every night. but in the early days (especially on Queen II) Mercury and May would often write grim songs. The song relies a lot on delay machines. very high-toned screams by Taylor plus vocals harmonies.[7] In the Lap of the Gods "In the Lap of the Gods" is.

Revisited With its powerful chorus and stadium rock-esque sound. anything. May played ukulele-banjo and Deacon did a line with a double bass. May's ukelele-banjo would be brought onstage especially for this song. "The Virginian.[1] Mojo awarded the album 4/5 stars. which include NYC police vehicle sirens and deep-breathing sounds which accompany the closing bars. and Mercury sang all the vocals." and calling it "equally stellar". and concluding. and theatrical style. She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettoes) "She Makes Me" was written and sung by May with Deacon playing acoustic guitars.[21] Q awarded the album 5/5 stars. except for the very end and one other line. And this sense of scale. "If it's hard to love.[16] Rolling Stone offered a mostly positive review. Misfire "Misfire" was John Deacon's first composition." Bring Back That Leroy Brown "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" was written by Mercury and features him on most of the vocals (with production techniques using tape speed to make it sound really low in the harmonies) as well as grand piano and jangle piano. making Sheer Heart Attack as the moment where they truly came into their own". Revisited" could perhaps be considered the forerunner to "We Are the Champions".. only to end up empty-eared and bawling". Flick of the Wrist. The song's finale features what May referred to as "New York nightmare sounds". the album was ranked by Disc as the third best of the year[19] and placed joint #24 of the 60 albums to appear in NME's end-of-year list. The song was played live in a different arrangement that shortened the song and was. No duffers. rockingest assault on these shores we've enjoyed in some time". Reception and legacy NME wrote. even remotely as magnificent as "Keep Yourself Alive" or "Father to Son". full-scale attack on the senses". it's hard not to admire: This band is skilled. Freddie Mercury's stunning vocalising and Roy Thomas Baker's dynamic production work".. marks the true unveiling of Queen.[20] Allmusic awarded the album 4. "I hunted all over both sides of this latest album for something. "In the Lap of the Gods.[14] The Winnipeg Free Press commended "Brian May's multi-tracked guitar. and it dares". writing. "they stretched contemporary production methods .[22] The BBC wrote.[18] As 1974 drew to a close. and Mercury providing lead vocals. calling it "indispensable" and "one of the great pop/rock admixtures of the '70s". after all. which ironically makes them sound larger than life. calling the album "a no-holds barred.. giving the album a 3/5 star rating.Sheer Heart Attack 118 Dear Friends "Dear Friends" was May's song featuring him on the piano and backing vocals. Def Leppard covered this song (and sung by bassist Rick Savage) for a Wal Mart bonus EP for their cover album. Neko Case performed a country version of the song on her 1997 solo début album. The song's title alludes to the then-recent hit "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" by the American singer-songwriter Jim Croce (little known in Queen's native UK) who had died in a plane crash the previous year. writing. and In the Lap of the Gods. and four songs that will just run and run: Killer Queen. pop hooks.5/5 stars.[17] John Mendelsohn was unimpressed. combined with the heavy guitars. Deacon played most of the guitars including the solo.revisited“..[15] Circus referred to the album as "perhaps the heaviest. purely instrumental... In the Lap of the Gods. "A feast. "the theatricality is now wielded on everyday affairs. Yeah!. noting that it was "often overlooked in favour of A Night at the Opera. Now I'm Here.

that's what we're all about. acoustic guitar. We are basically a rock band. They've certainly been under a misconception about us. percussion. electric guitar. We learnt a lot about technique while we were making the first two albums. Hammond organ on "Now i'm here" • Roger Taylor: drums. lead vocals on "Tenement Funster". screams on "In the Lap of the Gods" • John Deacon: bass guitar. the work continued in studio.Sheer Heart Attack to their very limit with multi-layered vocals and guitars and Freddie’s vaudevillian streak finally emerged. but we are very interested in studio techniques and wanted to use what was available. and they've been pretty unfair to us. ukulele. Of course there has been some criticism. But to be frank I'm not that keen on the British music press. banjo.[23] 119 Accolades Publication Country Accolade 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die The 100 Greatest British Rock Albums Ever [24] Year 2005 2006 [26] 2006 2005 2007 2002 2006 [31] 2007 2006 1977 1980 [35] 2000 Rank * 28 * 8 45 72 * 88 63 50 * 492 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die UK Classic Rock UK [25] The 200 Greatest Albums of the 70's (20 greatest of 1974) Kerrang! UK Poll: The 100 Best British Rock Albums Ever The 100 Greatest Rock Albums Ever Mojo UK 100 Greatest Guitar Albums [29] [28] [27] [30] 70 of the Greatest Albums of the 70's The 100 Records That Changed the World NME Radio Caroline Trouser Press Virgin UK UK US UK Poll: Greatest 100 Albums of All Time [33] Poll: Top 100 Albums [34] Best Albums of the 1970s Poll: All Time Album Top 1000 Albums [32] (*) designates unordered lists. this time with a duodenal . backing vocals. jangle piano • Brian May: guitars. piano. —Freddie Mercury ” [36] Personnel • Freddie Mercury: lead vocals. May fell ill with hepatitis (he had been infected with an unclean needle during a vaccination before the Australian tour). rhythm guitar. put themselves above the artists. we took it to extreme I suppose. piano. backing vocals. but he continued to work from hospital... I feel that up and coming journalists. We've been called a supermarket hype. all guitars on "Misfire". double-bass on "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" During Queen's first North American Tour (as a support band for Mott the Hoople). and the constructive criticism has been very good for us. this was the album that finally saw Queen find their true voice". lead vocals on "She Makes Me". Queen comments on the record “ The album is very varied. But if you see us up on a stage. When he was fit. by the large. but then he fell ill again.

2011 [10] Queen live on tour: Sheer Heart Attack: Setlist (http:/ / www. com/ queen/ queennews/ queennewsfeb11a. Much to his relief. When he felt well enough. html) Queen Concerts. 2011 [11] Queen live on tour: A Night At The Opera: Setlist (http:/ / www. and Mahogany Rush. When May was recovering after an operation. com/ index. com/ album/ black-clouds-silver-linings-special-edition-r1567154) Allmusic. 2011 . queenconcerts. com/ live/ queen/ anato. British Hit Singles & Albums. com/ live/ queen/ sha. record company Universal Music announced a remastered and expanded reissue of the album set for release in May 2011. com/ song/ brighton-rock-t860271) Allmusic. 2011. [9] Queen News: February 2011 (http:/ / www. 120 Chart performance Chart (1974) Peak position [37] 6 7 [39] 9 2 12 Canadian Albums Chart Dutch Albums Chart [38] Norwegian Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [40] [41] U. Billboard 200 2011 re-issue On 8 November 2010. BBC. David (2006). Chris (2007-06-07).com. Retrieved July 2. html) Queen Concerts. He felt guilty. The supporting bands consisted of Styx. "Queen: Sheer Heart Attack Review" (http:/ / www. html) BrianMay. . allmusic. html) Queen Concerts. queenconcerts. Retrieved 1 September 2011 [8] Jones. The tour consisted of three legs and 77 individual shows. com/ album/ r687294) Brighton Rock (http:/ / www. php?title=Tenement_Funster) Black Clouds & Silver Linings (Special Edition) (http:/ / www. Retrieved July 2. All three members were continuing on recording without May at the time. Production planning had left a lot of spaces in the songs for May's solos. co. Retrieved July 2. References [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] Allmusic review (http:/ / www. Retrieved 1 September 2011 [7] Now I'm Here (http:/ / www. According to Universal Music. allmusic. brianmay. and was the band's first world tour. Retrieved July 2. bbc. which meant Queen's association with EMI would come to an end after almost 40 years. queenconcerts. com/ live/ queen/ adatrna. he returned and completed the tracks with guitar solos and backing vocals. Retrieved 1 September 2011 Whitburn. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. allmusic.Sheer Heart Attack ulcer. This as part of a new record deal between Queen and Universal Music.S. allmusic. uk/ music/ reviews/ xxhj). no one in the group had even considered it. 2011 [12] Queen live on tour: Day At The Races (world): Setlist (http:/ / www. Billboard Books Roberts. com/ song/ now-im-here-t860276) Allmusic. Joel (2006). London: Guinness World Records Limited Queenpedia article about Tenement Funster (http:/ / queenpedia. Tour From 10 October 1974 through to 1 May 1975 the album was promoted on tour. all Queen albums are to be remastered and reissued in 2011. Retrieved July 2. Hustler. Kansas. and was a bit nervous that someone would replace him in the band. the next tour had been cancelled.

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[1] A commercial success. released in November 1975. A Night at the Opera has been voted by the public and cited by music publications as one of Queen's finest works. which the band watched one night at the studio complex when recording. the most expensive album ever recorded. at the time of its release. Parlophone (Europe) Elektra. Queen Queen chronology Producer Sheer Heart Attack (1974) A Night at the Opera (1975) A Day at the Races (1976) Singles from A Night at the Opera 1. Hollywood (US) Roy Thomas Baker. "Bohemian Rhapsody" Released: 31 October 1975 "You're My Best Friend" Released: 18 May 1976 A Night at the Opera is the fourth studio album by the British rock group Queen. where it topped the charts for four non-consecutive weeks. . A Night at the Opera was. where it peaked at #4. Co-produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen. 2. The album takes its name from the Marx Brothers film A Night at the Opera.A Night at the Opera 122 A Night at the Opera A Night at the Opera Studio album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Length Label 21 November 1975 August – November 1975 at various studios Rock 43:10 EMI. and Elektra Records in the United States.[2] It was originally released by EMI in the United Kingdom.

most of the guitar parts on this song were initially played on piano by Mercury. He played piano and did all of the vocals. Other than on the version of said live album. which gives it a hollow "megaphone" sound. making it a jarring. The song is dedicated to him. Sheffield later admitted that it probably gave the band an incentive to dedicate the song to him after he decided to sue them. Taylor sang it from the drums while Mercury played piano and provided backing vocals. During live performances. and well into. but very effective. This decision would later become the cause of much internal friction in the band. Sheffield attempted to sue the band for defamation. and the song went on as penned. He would recover the song for his concerts with The Cross and solo tours. who is reputed to have mistreated the band and abused his role as their manager from 1972-1975. upon listening to the song. Norman Sheffield. Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" is another song by Mercury. Johnathan Harris. "Death on Two Legs" remained on the setlist until.[4] The revving sounds at the conclusion of the song were recorded by Taylor's then current car. and this revealed to the public the subject of the song. The lyrics were inspired by one of the band's roadies. the album says: "Dedicated to Johnathan Harris. The key change going into the guitar solo (Eb to A) is a tritone relationship. although this line was censored on the version that appeared on their Live Killers album in 1979. A microphone picked up the sound from the bucket. as there were no more tracks to record on. to demonstrate to May how they needed to be played on guitar. "I'm in Love with My Car".) "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to. he'd said it was dedicated to a "motherfucker I used to know". I'm in Love with My Car "I'm in Love with My Car" is amongst Roger Taylor's most famous songs in the Queen catalogue. as explained by producer Roy Thomas Baker during the 'Classic Albums' documentary.. it was agreed that the "author should have his way". it generated an equal amount of publishing royalties for Taylor as the main single did for Mercury. Brian May stated that the band at first was somewhat taken aback by the incisiveness of Mercury's lyrics. and all released live versions. whose Triumph TR4 was evidently the "love of his life". The song was often played live during the 1977-1981 period. but they were later re-recorded by May on his Red Special. The lead vocal was sung in the studio and reproduced through headphones in a tin bucket elsewhere in the studio. The Game Tour in 1980. The lead vocals were performed by Taylor on the studio version. who thought that Taylor was not serious when he heard a demo recording. After the song came together.. then was dropped. When it came down to releasing the album's first single. again for the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour in 2005 and the Rock the Cosmos Tour in 2008. boy racer to the end". Mercury would usually re-dedicate the song to "a real motherfucker of a gentleman". an Alfa Romeo.A Night at the Opera 123 Recording history Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to. Taylor played the guitars in the original demo.)" could only be referred to as Freddie Mercury's hate letter towards Queen's ex-manager. where instead of drums he played rhythm guitar. The guitar solo is also reported to have been recorded on the vocal track. . The song was initially taken as a joke by May.. "Bohemian Rhapsody") to allow it to be the B-side and reportedly locked himself in a cupboard until Mercury agreed. In the Classic Albums documentary about the making of A Night at the Opera.[3] As with "Bohemian Rhapsody". transition into the key of E minor for the next track. Though it never made a direct reference to him. Taylor was so fond of his song that he urged Mercury (author of the first single. in that while it was only the B-side..

The song was written for his wife. some[5] have speculated that this is actually a song about the beginning of the Second World War but this is not the case.[6] George Michael performed '39 at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in April 1992. and the band thanked him in person and performed "'39" a cappella. A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races. The Spanish folk metal band Mägo de Oz has a cover of this song on his album La Ciudad de los Árboles named Resacosix en la Barra. Sweet Lady "Sweet Lady" is a distortion driven fast rocker written by May. However. The tap dance segment is also "performed" by Mercury and Taylor on the mixing desk with thimbles on their fingers. He played the Wurlitzer Electric Piano (which Mercury called a "horrible" instrument in an interview) on the recording and overdubbed the bass later on. It was also Deacon's first single to hit the charts in the top 10.[9] Counting all of the original songs in album order. a year-long voyage. invited Queen to visit him in his Los Angeles home in March 1977. '39 "'39" was May's attempt to do "sci-fi skiffle". this song falls 39th in chronological order. The section is performed entirely by Mercury and Taylor using their voices alone. Mercury imitates woodwind instruments including a clarinet and Taylor mostly brass instruments. where he plays a double bass. and some falsettos by Taylor. which he composed while he was learning to play piano. Because the "year of '39" resembles 1939. . the video for A Kind Of Magic (song). 'Tie Your Mother Down' had already been written at the time. Having named their albums.A Night at the Opera 124 You're My Best Friend "You're My Best Friend" was John Deacon's first single. however. including tubas and trumpets. it is usually thought to precede 'Tie Your Mother Down' as a loud. during this section Taylor hits the highest note on the album C6. In the music video. There are backing vocals by Mercury as well as very high and fairly low harmonies by Taylor. riff-heavy expression of disdain for the author's romantic interest. and it is one of the only times on video he is playing an instrument other than his bass. The song is an unusual rock style in 3/4 meter (which gives way to 4/4 at the bridge). Lyrically and musically.[7] [8] Michael cited this song as his favourite Queen song. "'39" relates the tale of a group of space explorers who embark on what is. Mercury plays both grand piano and jangle honky-tonk. and the loved ones they left behind are now all dead. Taylor remembers it as the most difficult drumming part he ever recorded. Veronica Tetzlaff. and even a kazoo. The B-side of "You're My Best Friend" and one of the band's most popular songs. the video for Spread Your Wings. the most recognisable of the Marx Brothers. after Marx Brothers films. Upon their return. is probably best known for the "musical" bridge section which begins at around 0:51 into the song. because of the time dilation effect in Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity. where he also mimes playing the piano and in the One Vision music video where he plays drums in a few short shots rather than Taylor. The guitar line later evolved into the fast version of We Will Rock You. starting with Keep Yourself Alive (on the first Queen album) all the way through to '39. they realise that a hundred years have passed. Deacon mimes a grand piano. Groucho Marx. claiming he used to busk it on the London Underground. written by Mercury. Seaside Rendezvous "Seaside Rendezvous". where he plays a banjo. the other times being the video of Who Wants to Live Forever. from their perspective.

he begins to lose interest in his friends. All piano. keeping his friends and marrying a girl named Sally. Bohemian Rhapsody "Bohemian Rhapsody" was written by Mercury with the first guitar solo composed by May. At over eight minutes in length. as the original tape player was stopped. Mary Austin. The now famous operatic section was originally intended to be only a short interlude of "Galileos" that connected the ballad and hard rock portions of . As detailed by May in a documentary about the album. In his younger years.A Night at the Opera 125 The Prophet's Song "The Prophet's Song" was composed by May (working title "People of the Earth"). Scorpions and Elaine Paige). and later instrumental canon was produced by early tape delay devices. and is one of his most covered songs (there have been versions by many acts like Extreme featuring May. "Love of My Life" was such a concert favourite that Mercury frequently stopped singing and allowed the audience to take over. he becomes increasingly skilled at and dedicated to his occupation. As he grows older. and the band released the song as a single there. The song finishes with the speaker as an elderly man. is also Queen's longest song (not counting the untitled instrumental track on Made in Heaven). produced by way of May's Red Special guitar and Deacy Amp. Good Company "Good Company" was written and sung by May. and lyrics have references from the Bible and the Noah's Ark account. the man's efforts are rewarded. It is a heavy and dark number with a strong progressive rock influence. Mercury played piano (including a classical solo) and did all of the vocals with startling multi-tracking precision. On the show In the Studio with Redbeard. Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar (which he'd bought in Japan) and his Red Special. The song is a narrative tale. since throughout the rest of the song "company" is used in the sense of companions). told by a man who in young age was advised by his father to "take care of those you call your own. working long nights and neglecting his family. after their marriage. he begins his own Limited company (which is also a pun.[10] The recording is remarkable for featuring an elaborate recreation of a Dixieland-style jazz band. However. He spent several days putting it together. who gradually disappear. The vocal. May played harp (doing it chord by chord and pasting the takes to form the entire part). who provides all vocals and plays a "Genuine Aloha" ukelele. Taylor and May. then by Mercury. the singer follows his father's advice. bass and drum parts. When Queen and Paul Rodgers performed the song (specifically Brian solo) he sang almost none of the words and let the audience sing it all. It was especially well received during concerts in South America. which spotlighted A Night at the Opera. he hardly notices as his wife leaves him. The other members recorded their respective instruments with no concept of how their tracks would be utilised in the final mix. as well as the vocal arrangements. and keep good company". were thought up by Mercury on a daily basis and written down "in blocks" (using note names instead of sheets) on a phonebook. continuing the tradition. and is the source of some of the lyrics. Eventually. and it includes a vocal canon sung first by Mercury. The dream May had was about The Great Flood. Even more dedicated to his business. puffing his pipe and pondering the lessons of his life. the speed-up effect that happens in the middle of the guitar solo was achieved by starting a reel-to-reel player with the tape on it. May explained that he wrote the song after a dream he'd had while he was recovering from being ill while recording the Sheer Heart Attack album. which he has no one left to share with. Love of My Life "Love of My Life" was written for Mercury's girlfriend at the time.

. a cornucopia.)". During the recording. but offered a mostly positive review. "It's a record to which all four contributed fine songs. A Night at the Opera's overlaying of heavy metal. using a small amplifier named the 'Deacy Amp' built by Deacon. genius stereo gimmickry. "Generally considered one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Broadway swish and British pomp is as vital and riveting to listen to today as when it was released in 1975.[20] Uncut awarded the album only 3/5 stars. Coupled with good songs. "The group's potential is practically limitless. it debuted at #4.[3] He performed the song live on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the Queen's golden jubilee in 2002."[19] Q were similarly receptive.[13] Mojo called the album "An imperial extravaganza. But what sets them apart is their selection of unlikely effects: acoustic piano." The magazine opined that the eight minute "Prophet's Song" is "as good as Bohemian Rhapsody". Queen would have disbanded. the song became immensely popular. Queen's obviously the strongest contender in its field. "Sweet Lady" and first single "Bohemian Rhapsody".[12] May has stated that he performed the song on the roof of Buckingham Palace as a homage to Jimi Hendrix's version of "The Star-Spangled Banner". writing.[13] Guitar layering is one of May's distinctive techniques as a rock guitarist. Rolling Stone wrote.[3] After the song was completed it was played as an outro at virtually every concert Queen played. and one of extremes -. He played a guide piano which was edited out later and added several layers of guitars."[21] Rhapsody's Mike McGuirk wrote. acapella vocals.A Night at the Opera the song. encouraging listeners to "turn it up loud and enjoy".[11] 126 God Save the Queen May recorded the anthem in 1974 before their Sheer Heart Attack tour.[1] Brian May has asserted in subsequent years that. and the title only emerged during the final sessions."[23] . wrote. Queen's most easily distinguished trait is a knack for manipulating dynamics. Allmusic. He has said that the technique was developed whilst looking for a violin sound. In the US. "Christmas 1975 was to be forever remembered as Queen’s. indicating that Queen is destined to finally take its place among the small handful of truly major acts working in rock today. "Like all heavy-metal groups. Despite being twice as long as the average single in 1975. "It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics. the album was a commercial success. And A Night at the Opera remains their finest hour. a band of hungrily competitive individualists on a big roll of friendship and delight. Allmusic chose "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to.. who chose the record as an "album pick". For tracks like this.[14] Upon release. have seen the album receive five-star ratings. the band's strongest showing at that time. had A Night at the Opera not been successful. the song became affectionately known as "Fred's Thing" to the band. debuting at #1 in the UK charts and remaining there for nine weeks.among the crashing rock and proggy wigouts were love songs. and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else".[18] Later reviews in notable publications such as Allmusic. he stated he can use "up to 30" layers."[17] Robert Christgau was less enthusiastic."[15] Melody Maker called the album a "must-have". commending "the extent of the band's barmy diversity. no synthesisers. a trad-jazz pastiche and a brace of vaudeville show tunes.[16] while the Winnipeg Free Press wrote. harp. and later released commercially like the "Brian May" amplifier by Vox."[22] The BBC said of the record. Mojo and Q Magazine. as the best tracks on the record. He called his own skills on the piano sub-par at the time. When recording the track May played a rough version on piano for Roy Thomas Baker. giving the album a "B-" rating. topping charts worldwide (where it remained for an unprecedented nine weeks in the UK) and is now widely regarded as one of the most significant rock songs in history. acoustic whimsy. Reception and legacy At the time the most expensive album ever recorded.

This release is accompanied by a DVD-Video disc with the same track listing featuring the original videos. Re-releases The album was first re-released in the US on Hollywood Records on 3 September 1991 with two bonus remixes.A Night at the Opera 127 Accolades Publication Country Accolade 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die [25] Poll: Top 100 Albums [26] Poll: Top 100 Albums Poll: Greatest 100 Albums [27] [28] [29] [24] Year 2005 2007 2006 2005 2001 2006 [30] 2006 2005 2006 2004 2004 2002 [36] 2003 1998 Rank * 28 9 13 25 17 * 19 19 17 11 82 230 87 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die UK ABC BBC Channel 4 Classic Rock AUS UK UK UK The 100 Greatest Rock Albums Ever The 100 Greatest British Rock Albums Ever The 200 Greatest Albums of the 70's (20 greatest of 1975) Kerrang! NME Q Rolling Stone UK UK UK MX US US Virgin UK Poll: The 100 Best British Rock Albums Ever Poll: Greatest 100 Albums of All Time The 50 Best British Albums Ever [33] [32] [31] [34] Poll: The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time Poll: Readers' Top 100 Albums [35] The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time Poll: All Time Top 1000 Albums [37] (*) designates unordered lists. Queen certainly would have disbanded. "Bohemian Rhapsody". Track listing . old and new concert footage (including "'39" from the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour and Brian May on the roof of Buckingham Palace playing "God Save the Queen") and audio commentary by all four bandmembers. as part of a complete re-release of all Queen albums. It was on this commentary (and on In the Studio with Redbeard. On 21 November 2005 it was once more re-released by Hollywood Records Catalogue Number 2061-62572-2 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album and its first single.1-channel mix in Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound. which devoted an episode to A Night at the Opera) that May stated that had the album not been a success. On 30 April 2002 the album was again re-released on DVD-Audio with a 5.[38] It also includes the original 1975 video of Bohemian Rhapsody.

"Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" 3.)" Freddie Mercury 2. "Love of My Life" 3. Title 13. "You're My Best Friend (Backing Track Mix)" 4. "You're My Best Friend" (1991 Bonus remix by Matt Wallace) Length 3:28 2:52 2011 Universal Records reissue bonus disc No. "Bohemian Rhapsody (Operatic Section A-cappella Mix)" 3. "'39" 6. "I'm in Love With My Car (Guitar & Vocal Mix)" 5. "God Save the Queen" Traditional. "Keep Yourself Alive (Long-Lost Retake... "Bohemian Rhapsody" Mercury 5. June 1979)" Mercury . Title 1.A Night at the Opera 128 Side one No. "Good Company" Writer(s) May Mercury May Length 8:17 3:38 3:26 5:55 1:11 4. "I'm in Love with My Car" 4. "'39 (Live at Earl's Court. "Love of My Life (South American Live Single. Title 1. Title Writer(s) Length 3:43 1:08 3:05 2:50 3:25 4:01 2:13 1. "You're My Best Friend" 5. June 1977)" Writer(s) Length May Mercury Deacon Taylor May 4:04 1:03 2:57 3:18 3:46 3:43 6. arr. "The Prophet's Song" 2. "Seaside Rendezvous" Mercury Roger Taylor John Deacon Brian May May Mercury Side two No. "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to. May 1991 Hollywood Records bonus tracks No. June 1975)" 2. "Sweet Lady" 7. "I'm In Love With My Car" (1991 Bonus remix by Mike Shipley) 14.

backing vocals. backing vocals • John Deacon – vocals. toy koto on "The prophet's Song". "Seaside Rendezvous (30th Anniversary 2005)" 9. backing vocals. piano. harp on "Love of My Life" • Roger Taylor – drums.A Night at the Opera 129 2011 iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus videos No. brass vocalizations on "Seaside Rendezvous". "Bohemian Rhapsody (No Flames Original Version)" 8. "Love Of My Life (Live at Milton Keynes '82)" Length Chart performance Chart (1975) Peak position [39] 1 9 2 1 16 5 9 [46] 1 4 23 10 1 4 Australian Albums Chart Austrian Albums Chart [40] [41] Canadian Albums Chart Dutch Albums Chart [42] [43] [44] [45] French Albums Chart German Albums Chart Japanese Albums Chart New Zealand Albums Chart Norwegian Albums Chart [47] [48] Portuguese Albums Chart Swedish Albums Chart UK Albums Chart US Billboard 200 [50] [49] [51] Personnel • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals. lead vocals on "I'm in Love with My Car". Title 7. Bechstein Debauchery. ukelele. bass. woodwind vocalizations on "Seaside Rendezvous" • Brian May – guitars. percussion. double-bass. lead vocals on "'39" and "Good Company". electric piano • Mike Stone – executive engineer • Gary Lyons – invaluable additional engineering • John Harris – equipment supervision • David Costa – art direction • Rick Curtin and Brian Palmer – special thanks • John Reid – management .

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The title of the album followed suit with its predecessor A Night at the Opera in taking its name from a film by the Marx Brothers. and the first not to feature producer Roy Thomas Baker. 4. 3. released in December 1976. 5. 2. Parlophone (Europe) Elektra. Wessex Rock 44:24 EMI.A Day at the Races 132 A Day at the Races A Day at the Races Studio album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Length Label 10 December 1976 July–November 1976 at The Manor. Canada. New Zealand only) A Day at the Races is the fifth album by British rock group Queen. Hollywood (US) Queen Queen chronology Producer A Night at the Opera (1975) A Day at the Races (1976) News of the World (1977) Singles from A Day at the Races 1. . A Day at the Races was the band's first completely self-produced album. Sarm East. The Manor and Wessex Studios in England. A Day at the Races was engineered by Mike Stone. Recorded at Sarm East. "Somebody to Love" Released: 12 November 1976 "Tie Your Mother Down" Released: 4 March 1977 "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" Released: 25 March 1977 (Japan only) "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy (Queen's First EP)" Released: 20 May 1977 "Long Away" Released: 7 June 1977 (US.

"Somebody to Love (Live at Milton Keynes. July 1977)" 5. "You Take My Breath Away (Live in Hyde Park. "The Millionaire Waltz" 5. It subsequently reached platinum status (one million shipped) in the US. Title 1. "Somebody to Love" 2. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy (Top of the Pops. "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) (HD Mix)" Length 3:48 7:55 3:06 2:51 4:47 . Title 1. "White Man" 3. Title 11. Japan and the Netherlands. Title 1. "Drowse" Writer(s) Freddie Mercury Brian May Freddie Mercury Roger Taylor Length 4:56 4:59 2:54 3:45 5:50 5. September 1976)" 4. "You Take My Breath Away" Freddie Mercury 3. The album peaked at #1 in the UK. a number of publications have cited A Day at the Races as one of the band's finest works.A Day at the Races In recent years. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" 4. "You and I" Brian May Freddie Mercury John Deacon Side two No. "Somebody to Love (1991 Bonus Remix By Randy Badazz)" Length 3:44 5:00 2011 Universal Records reissue bonus disc No. "Tie Your Mother Down" Writer(s) Brian May Length 4:48 5:09 3:34 4:54 3:25 2. "Long Away" 4. June 1982)" 3. It reached #5 on the US Billboard 200 and was Queen's fifth album to ship gold (500. 133 Track listing Side one No. "Tie Your Mother Down (Backing Track Mix 2011)" 2. "Tie Your Mother Down (1991 Bonus Remix By Matt Wallace)" 12. "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" Brian May Bonus tracks (1991 Hollywood Records CD reissue) No.000 units shipped) in the US.

[13] Song information Tie Your Mother Down "Tie Your Mother Down" was written in Tenerife. I give it a nine with no remorse. A Day at the Races was voted #87. critics. they've deserted art-rock entirely.5/5 stars. "Tie Your Mother Down (Live at Milton Keynes '82)" 8. of Pink Floyd's albums. which is actually a reprise of the ending of "Teo Torriatte": this was intended to create a "circle" in the album."[4] Allmusic awarded the album 3. describing Freddie Mercury as possessing a merely "passable pop voice". directed by Bruce Gowers."[3] Rolling Stone were less appreciative. musicians. a national BBC poll saw A Day at the Races voted the 67th greatest album of all time. and concluding. writing. comedians. "The breadth of its ambition remains ever impressive. typical."[1] The Winnipeg Free Press was also appreciative. They're silly now.[16] . Title 6.A Day at the Races 134 2011 iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus videos No."[11] In the 1987 edition of the The World Critics List. naming singles "Tie Your Mother Down" and "Somebody to Love". the BBC's Peter Powell ranked A Day at the Races the 6th greatest album of all time. The ascending scale was created by recording a descending scale on a harmonium and playing it backwards for the record. writing." A music video was made for the song. The main theme of the intro is the same as that of "White Man.[10] Out ranked it #20 of 100 in a poll of "more than 100 actors. almost operatic. as do tracks such as May's stomping 'Tie Your Mother Down' and Mercury's baroque one-two.[5] while Q awarded it 4/5 stars. as the best tracks on the record. "With A Day at the Races. 'Somebody To Love' and 'Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy'. 1977 during the band's US arena headlining tour. "Races is a reconfirmation of Queen's position as the best of the third wave of English rock groups. in a worldwide Guinness and NME poll to find the "Greatest 100 Albums of All Time".[15] After its release in 1976. New York in February."[2] Circus offered a mixed review. "considering that it does have its fair share of undisputable classics and that the boys' songwriting and arranging are still at an all-time high. along with ballad "You Take My Breath Away".[8] The same year. asking each to list the 10 albums that left the most indelible impressions on their lives. writers."[7] In 2006. but Mercury liked it and they kept it that way. writing.[9] It was also featured in Classic Rock and Metal Hammer's "The 200 Greatest Albums of the 70s.[14] He wrote it on Spanish guitar and thought he'd change the title and chorus later on. and DJs. when May was working on his PhD in Astronomy in early 1968. the song was played by Queen on every subsequent tour. "You Take My Breath Away (Live at Earls Court '77)" 7. based on a performance clip shot at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. "Queen will probably top the charts until one or the other of its leaders grows restless and spins off another version."[6] George Starostin wrote. torch songs. And wondrously shameless.[12] and Jim DeRogatis' included the record in his "The Great albums" in 2006. "Somebody To Love" Length Reception and legacy The Washington Post described A Day at the Races as "a judicious blend of heavy metal rockers and classically influenced." being listed as one of the 20 greatest albums of 1976. label reps. performance artists. for example.[14] The song is preceded by a one-minute instrumental intro using a Shepard tone harmonium figure.

A Day at the Races 135 You Take My Breath Away "You Take My Breath Away" was written by Freddie Mercury and based on the harmonic minor scale. Written by Freddie Mercury. This song was never played live. Somebody to Love "Somebody to Love" is the hit single of the album. singles chart. the song was inspired by gospel music. The lyrics. especially combined with the gospel influence. The Millionaire Waltz "The Millionaire Waltz" was written by Mercury about John Reid (Queen and Elton John's manager at the time). The song Niech Żyje Bal (Long live the ball) performed by Polish singer Maryla Rodowicz and released as an award-winning single in Poland in 1985 contains a waltz-like bridge which. You and I "You And I" is John Deacon's song on the album." using abrupt arrangement changes and including Brian May doing multi-tracked guitar choirs.[18] Mercury recorded a wide range of notes. which gradually evolves into the repeated phrase "you take my (breath away)" and reintegrates into the next track. There is a vocal interlude between this song and the next one that begins with a wash of vocals (repeating the words "take my breath") created by echoes (of a multitracked Mercury) regenerating in reverse. Its riff was used for the album intro. May. He'd wanted to use a Rickenbacker because he admired John Lennon. similarly to "Father To Son" and "Procession" some years before. and Taylor multi-tracked their voices to create a 100-voice gospel choir. this time based on a gospel choir arrangement.[19] [20] White Man "White Man" was written by May about the suffering of Native Americans at the hands of European immigrants.[17] Like "Bohemian Rhapsody". On the later 2005 Return of the Champions Tour and the later 2008 Tour the riff to 'White Man' was used as an introduction to 'Fat Bottomed Girls'. It went to number 2 on the UK charts and number 13 on the U. the major hit from Queen's previous album.[14] It's another multi-key and multi-metre song like "Bohemian Rhapsody. is inspired and arranged similarly to Brian May's multilayered Millionaire Waltz middle solo. create a song about faith. and Mercury. He used a Burns Double Six 12-string electric guitar for the rhythm parts instead of his Red Special. All of the vocals and piano were done by him. the singer questions both the lack of love experienced in his life and the role and existence of God. It features a noteworthy example of John Deacon's 'lead bass' playing. going from a G#2 (in the last choral verse) to a Ab5 (at the peak of his melisma on "ooh" over the choir break). . but he did not get along well with the thin neck of the instrument.[18] Staying true to Queen's guitar-driven style. This song would be the focal point for a Freddie Mercury vocal solo on the A Day at the Races tour and would serve as both a Mercury vocal solo spot and a Brian May guitar solo spot on the 1977-78 News of the World tour. this song has a complex layering of vocal tracks. It features him on acoustic guitar and Mercury playing Elton John-esque piano parts. "Long Away. thematically and musically. and he performed it by himself at Hyde Park before recording it. especially that of Aretha Franklin." Long Away "Long Away" was composed and sung by May. desperation and soul-searching.S. The song is one of Queen's heaviest works. it was also filled with intricate harmony parts and a solo by May. although implementing different melody.

It is the only point in the album in which Mercury does not play piano. "Teo Torriatte" was also released exclusively in Japan. the drums. Taylor sings octave lead vocals during the verses (except for the third and final verse). lead vocals on "Long Away". piano • Brian May – electric. "I'm In Love With My Car". lead vocals and rhythm guitar on "Drowse". slide and acoustic guitars. bass and guitar drop out. followed by another chorus. which reached number 49. plastic piano. another verse is sung. as a Shepard tone. it is one of only three Queen songs (the others being "Las Palabras de Amor" from Hot Space and "Mustapha". It reached number 2. acoustic guitar on "You and I" • Mike Stone – additional vocals on "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" . Personnel • Freddie Mercury – lead and backing vocals. Taylor's song on the previous album. In the US. reaching number 17. Both of these were released in Japan: in addition. At this point. the sequence was attached to the beginning of "Tie Your Mother Down". then continues. Most of the track was a concert staple on the band's A Day at the Races Tour and News of the World Tour. sung by Freddie Mercury and Mike Stone. backing vocals. percussion. musically. which then leads into the bridge. It was followed by "Tie Your Mother Down" (Elektra E45385) in March 1977. "Drowse" is notable for being Roger Taylor's first "soft" song. at the start of the chorus. otherwise commonly known. The song was once performed live on Top of the Pops in June 1977. a plastic piano.[21] [22] Drowse "Drowse" was Roger Taylor's song in 6/8 having him playing rhythm guitar and timpani and doing all of the vocals. May played slide guitar during this and "Tie Your Mother Down" (the second guitar solo in the middle of the song). timpani • John Deacon – bass guitar. with the bass and drums adding on. "Somebody to Love" was released on 10 December 1976 ( Elektra E45362) and reached number 13. the first track on the album. Following the Brian May guitar solo. The album’s closing harmonium melody is also its opening melody. "Tie Your Mother Down" followed on 4 March 1977 (EMI 2593). The song is notable for having two choruses sung in Japanese. The song features a piano. The song starts with a piano and vocal introduction by Mercury. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) "Teo Torriatte" was Brian May's tribute to the Japanese fans. his previous compositions being usually the heaviest rock pieces of the album. harmonium • Roger Taylor – drums.A Day at the Races 136 Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" was written by Mercury. all of which are played by Brian May. and "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy" on 20 May 1977. was also in 6/8. from the album Jazz) in which an entire verse or chorus is sung in a language other than English. The second verse is sung. and a harmonium. Multi-tracked vocals enhanced the song as well as May's guitar choirs. and then the chorus ends the track. reaching number 31. May described it as "a never-ending staircase". backing vocals. with Roger Taylor singing the Mike Stone part. Singles In the UK the first track to be released as a single was "Somebody to Love" on 12 November 1976 (EMI 2565). piano.

com/ index. com/ album/ r589149) [6] Q. rocklistmusic. which meant Queen's association with EMI would come to an end after almost 40 years. This as part of a new record deal between Queen and Universal Music. php?title=Queen_-_XX-XX-1977_-_A_Day_at_the_Races_-_Circus) [4] Rolling Stone review (archived at queenarchives. php?title=Queen_-_02-24-1977_-_A_Day_at_the_Races-_Rolling_Stone_(Issue_223)) [5] Allmusic review (http:/ / www. com/ song/ somebody-to-love-t2415720) Allmusic. com/ live/ queen. Retrieved 1 September 2011 [18] Queen: Somebody to Love (http:/ / www. do. asp?id=24081) [12] The World Critics List (http:/ / www. queenarchives.118: "The breadth of its ambition remains ever impressive. jimdero. Retrieved July 10. ultimatequeen. Archived at rocklistmusic. 1987 [13] Jim DeRogatis: "The Great albums" (http:/ / www." [7] George Starostin review (http:/ / starling.jsessionid=8A5092669F7D11EFB08D063D564E1F55) [10] Classic Rock/Metal Hammer. com/ greatalbums. htm#1977datrnorthamerica) Ultimate Queen. p. ru/ music/ queen. uk/ music/ article-22769595-oasis-album-is-greatest-ever. March 2006 [11] Out: ""The 100 Greatest. co. rocklistmusic. php?title=Queen_-_02-07-1977_-_A_Day_at_the_Races_-_Washington_Post) [2] Winnipeg Free Press review (archived at queenarchives. queenarchives. 2011 [17] A Day At The Races (http:/ / queenonline. queenconcerts. queenarchives. Retrieved 31 August 2011 [16] Queen on tour (http:/ / www. BBC Radio 2. uk/ uk_radio. out.com) (http:/ / www. htm). co.co. uk/ steveparker/ world_critics_lists. php?title=Queen_-_01-20-1977_-_A_Day_at_the_Races_-_Winnipeg_Free_Press) [3] Circus review (archived at queenarchives) (http:/ / www. com/ en/ the-band/ discography/ day-races/ ) Queen Online. queenarchives. all Queen albums are to be remastered and reissued in 2011. thisislondon. co.S. htm#Races) [8] Top 100 Albums (http:/ / www. uk/ live/ queen2. co. as do tracks such as May's stomping 'Tie Your Mother Down' and Mercury's baroque one-two. 'Somebody To Love' and 'Gold Old-Fashioned Lover Boy'. Billboard 200 2011 re-issue On 8 November 2010. record company Universal Music announced a remastered and expanded reissue of the album set for release in May 2011.A Day at the Races 137 Chart performance Chart (1976) Peak position [23] [24] 8 4 1 10 [27] 11 3 8 1 5 Austrian Albums Chart Canadian Albums Chart Dutch Albums Chart [25] [26] German Albums Chart New Zealand Albums Chart Norwegian Albums Chart Swedish Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [30] [31] [28] [29] U.com) (http:/ / www. com/ index. Gayest Albums" (http:/ / www. allmusic. "The 200 Greatest Albums of the 70s". htm) [14] A Day At The Races (http:/ / queenonline. Retrieved 1 September 2011 [15] 1977 A Day At The Races North American Tour (http:/ / www. com/ en/ the-band/ discography/ day-races/ ) Queen Online. html) Queen Concerts. According to Universal Music.uk [9] Guinness poll (http:/ / www. Broadcast 28 August 2006. allmusic. com/ index. com/ index. Retrieved 6 July 2011 . References [1] Washington Post review (archived at queenarchives.com) (http:/ / www. September 1993. htm). rinet. com/ detail.

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enlisting Mike Stone as assistant producer at the Basing Street and Wessex Studios in London. with Roger Taylor and John Deacon composing two songs each. was a "boring" album. 2. London and co-produced and engineered by Mike Stone. and achieved high certifications around the world as well. They scaled down their complex arrangements and focused on a "rootsier" sound (as Brian May put it).News of the World 139 Korean cover Singles from News of the World 1. Production Having received some criticism that their first completely self-produced project. Canada. the quartet re-entered the studio to begin work on their sixth studio offering in July 1977. Containing hit songs "We Will Rock You". Track listing . still exist on this album. multitracked harmonies and guitar orchestrations.[1] Queen decided to shift their musical focus towards the mainstream but remain as the producers of the next album. After completing the A Day at the Races Tour. "We Are The Champions"/"We Will Rock You" Released: 7 October 1977 "Spread Your Wings" Released: 10 February 1978 "It's Late" Released: 1978 (US. "We Are the Champions" and "Spread Your Wings". released in 1977. 2x platinum in the UK. The group completed recording and production of the album two months later in September and released the album on 28 October 1977. New Zealand. News of the World was the second album to be produced solely by the band (the first being A Day at the Races) and was recorded at Sarm West Studios and Wessex Studios. Japan only) News of the World is the sixth studio album by British rock group Queen. albeit a bit more subtly. A Day at the Races. 3. However the staple of the Queen sound. the album went 4x platinum in the US. News of the World shows Queen's songwriting less dominated by May and Freddie Mercury.

"Spread Your Wings (BBC Session. Title 1. 1979)" 3. July 1977)" 2. "My Melancholy Blues (BBC Session. Title 1. "Sheer Heart Attack (Live in Paris. All Dead" 5. 1998)" Length 3:54 3:13 2:04 . "We Will Rock You (Fast) (Live in Tokyo. "We Are the Champions" Freddie Mercury 3. "It's Late" 5.News of the World 140 Side one No. November 1982)" Length 1:54 5:25 3:12 3:34 2:54 2011 iTunes Bonus Videos No. 1977)" 2. "Sheer Heart Attack" 4. February 1979)" 5. Feelings (Take 10. "Sheer Heart Attack (Live at Hammersmith. "We Will Rock You (Queen Rocks version. "Feelings. "We Will Rock You" Writer(s) Brian May Length 2:01 2:59 3:26 3:10 4:34 3:03 2. October 1977)" 3. "My Melancholy Blues" Deacon May Mercury 1991 Hollywood Records CD reissue bonus tracks No. "Spread Your Wings" 6. Title 1. "Fight from the Inside" Roger Taylor May John Deacon Taylor Side two No. "My Melancholy Blues (Live At The Summit. "Who Needs You" 4. Title 1. "We Will Rock You (1991 Bonus Remix)" Length 5:00 2011 Bonus EP No. "All Dead. "Get Down. "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" May 3. Title 1. Make Love" Writer(s) Length Mercury 3:51 3:06 3:05 6:26 3:29 2. October 1977)" 4.

the heavy metal band Hallows Eve covered this song on their 1988 album Monument. Mercury can be seen wearing star-shaped sunglasses in the video. and the fact that Taylor stated in interviews that he thought many of the 1970s punk bands had very little talent. Everyone got a single and Queen did a free concert after the shoot. and the band was performing in the snow. It was a conscious decision by Brian May to make the song simple and anthemic ("stomp. All Dead" was written and sung by May. although Deacon mimes it in the music video. and became one of Queen's biggest songs worldwide as a staple of arena and stadium sports everywhere. Of note is the lyric "I feel so inarticulate". Roger Taylor sang lead on the demo but for the definitive version the band decided Mercury should sing lead vocals. and this song was viewed as something of a jab at the musicians who felt bands like Queen were too self-indulgent. "We Are the Champions" was the first promotional video for which fan club members were invited to participate in the filming. so that their live audience could be more directly involved in the show. "We Are the Champions" had been already written in 1975 but it was not recorded until 1977. pause" in a 4/4 metre). Guitarist Brian May is seen playing a copy of his Red Special due to the cold weather conditions. All Dead "All Dead. It was the first Queen single without harmony vocals. We Are the Champions According to Freddie Mercury. The cover can be heard as a B-side for their single "Just a Little Sign". drummer Roger Taylor can be seen singing in the video despite the fact that there are no backing vocals in the song. when the weather was freezing. All Dead. Released as a single. On an episode of "in the Studio with Redbeard" Brian May confirmed that claim.[4] Spread Your Wings "Spread Your Wings" (Sample ) was written by John Deacon. clap. Also. the punk rock movement went into full effect. German heavy metal band Helloween covered the song. with Roger singing the chorus.[3] During this time. . The video was filmed at Roger Taylor's house at that time in his backyard. It is rumoured that the song is about the passing of Brian's cat. and features Mercury on backing vocals.[2] Mercury was thinking about football when he wrote it and was surprised that nobody composed anything to overtake it as a sports anthem. The video was filmed at the New London Theatre 6 October 1977.News of the World 141 Song information We Will Rock You "We Will Rock You" (Sample ) was released as the B-side to "We Are the Champions". In the video for "We Will Rock You" and "Spread Your Wings". The piano is played by Mercury. He supposedly did not want to commit his Red Special to outside conditions. as the videos for these songs featured the band performing in the snow in Taylor's garden. Rhythm guitar and bass were played by Taylor. May used a copy of his guitar. apart from some guitar "screams" by May during the instrumental section. Also. Sheer Heart Attack "Sheer Heart Attack" was half-finished at the time of the 1974 album of the same name. "We Are the Champions" reached #2 in the UK and #4 in the US. stomp.

The track is built around a jangly guitar riff and is amongst the first in the Queen catalogue to focus predominantly on the drums and bass. It was never played live in its entirety with only the first and last verses/choruses being played with the guitar feature in the middle. The distinctive 'psychedelic' sound effects heard in the song were not produced on a synthesizer. the latter borrowed from Deacon himself. and remained a staple of their "medley" until the end of the Hot Space tour of 1982. In addition to the drums. along with May. is among the most sexual-oriented songs in the Queen catalogue. It is also one of the few Queen songs that does not feature Mercury. Guitarist Slash has cited the guitar riff to this song as one of his favourite riffs of all time. It's Late "It's Late". The song was introduced into the band's live show immediately after its release. May also plays maracas and Mercury plays a cowbell. ([5]). which he would often do live. written by Mercury. who. Lyrically. plays Spanish guitar. The song was later covered by Nine Inch Nails. It makes use of the tapping technique before Eddie Van Halen of rock group Van Halen made the technique widely-known. May sings with an American accent and measures the aforementioned trumpet player's success by "bucks" (as opposed to pounds).[8] Who Needs You "Who Needs You" was written by Deacon. and Brian May can also be heard laughing at the end of the song. delivered in a "rags-to-riches" fashion. Taylor also plays rhythm and bass guitar. written by May. It is also the only song in the band's discography recorded almost entirely by one member (Brian May contributed additional guitar). John Deacon can be heard playing the wrong notes in some bass parts. Sleeping on the Sidewalk "Sleeping On The Sidewalk". Make Love "Get Down. written and sung by May. The Game and Hot Space tours. presenting the band an opportunity to show off the full potential of their stage lights and effects. Live. as opposed to the lead guitars. My Melancholy Blues "My Melancholy Blues" was composed by Mercury. were expanded upon during live renditions of the song. These sound effects. and tightly tuned Remo Roto-Toms on the Jazz tour. appearing on their "Sin" single and later on the 2010 re-issue of Pretty Hate Machine. It was recorded (minus the vocals) in one take. it deals with an aspiring trumpet player's career. There are no backing vocals or guitars. On a close inspection. the song was reduced to the first verse/chorus only as a way to lead into Brian May's guitar solo. On the Hot Space tour. the track is more related to jazz. Despite the title. was the author's idea of treating a song as a three-act theatrical play. Crazy tour.[6] Get Down.News of the World 142 Fight from the Inside "Fight from the Inside" was written and sung by Roger Taylor. this song featured Roger Taylor's use of Latin-influenced percussion with timbales on the News of the World tour. The band's web site states they were unaware that they were being recorded[7] but Brian May has cast doubt on the authenticity of this. was inspired by ZZ Top. Deacon played fretless bass on stage during this song but used a regular fretted bass on . though confirming the first take of the backing track was used. but on May's Red Special and an Electroharmonix Frequency Analyzer pedal. Make Love". together with Mercury's moans and groans.

by replacing the single dead man with the four "dead" band members (Taylor and Deacon falling to the ground).[9] The original painting (also called The Gulf Between) features on the cover of Freas's collection of art As He Sees It (Paper Tiger. Astounding Science Fiction..News of the World the record.[10] Freas said he was a classical music fan and did not know Queen. 143 Cover The album's cover was a painting by American sci-fi artist Frank Kelly Freas. The caption read: "Please. • "It's Late" is the last single from the album and was only released as a single in the United States.[9] The painting inspired the band to contact Freas. Daddy?" to illustrate the story "The Gulf Between" by Tom Godwin. • "Spread Your Wings" followed as the second single from the album. In the US. Roger Taylor had an issue of Astounding Science Fiction (October 1953) whose cover-art depicted a giant intelligent robot holding the dead body of a man.. Japan and New Zealand in 1978. and it would ruin my ideas". Written by John Deacon and released in the UK on 10 February 1978. 2000). fix it. failing to chart everywhere else. it was released as a Double A-side with "We Will Rock You" where it reached #4. October 1953 Singles • "We Are the Champions" released 7 October 1977 in the UK as the first single where it reached #2. The inner sleeve has the robot stretching out his hand to snatch up the petrified fleeing audience in the shattered auditorium where the corpses were removed. Canada. who agreed to alter the painting for their album cover. it reached #34. Only reached #74 in the US. Reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Valley News Washington Post Allmusic Q Robert Christgau Rolling Stone BBC George Starostin (favourable) (C) [15] [16] [17] [18] Rating (favourable) (favourable) [11] [12] [13] [14] . but eventually liked their music. and only listened to the band after doing the cover "because I thought I might just hate them.

This as part of a new record deal between Queen and Universal Music. Spanish guitar. Billboard 200 Personnel • Freddie Mercury: lead and backing vocals.[19] Following the immense success of singles "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions". bass • John Deacon: bass guitar. According to Universal Music. the critical reception shifted towards a more positive stance. acoustic guitar. record company Universal Music announced a remastered and expanded reissue of the album set for release in May 2011. Chart performance Chart (1977) Peak position [21] [22] 9 2 1 1 [24] [25] 7 15 4 9 4 3 Austrian Albums Chart Canadian Albums Chart Dutch Albums Chart [23] French Albums Chart German Albums Chart New Zealand Albums Chart Norwegian Albums Chart Swedish Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [28] [29] [26] [27] U. all Queen albums are to be remastered and reissued in 2011.S. backing vocals. mostly reflecting on the differences to the previously predominantly progressive rock sound produced by Queen.[1] Creem readers voted News of the World the 19th best album of 1977. percussion • Roger Taylor: drums.News of the World 144 Critical response News of the World initially received mixed reviews. which meant Queen's association with EMI would come to an end after almost 40 years.[20] 2011 Re-issue On 8 November 2010. as it became evident that the band was displaying another field of their musical ability. lead vocals on "Sheer Heart Attack" and "Fight from the Inside". All Dead" and "Sleeping on the Sidewalk". piano. backing vocals. percussion. lead vocals on "All Dead. percussion . percussion. electric guitar. and this album's vast shift towards a more pop-rock oriented sound. cowbell on "Who Needs You" • Brian May: electric and acoustic guitar. This reissue includes a deluxe edition which contains five additional tracks. The second batch of albums (the band's middle five albums) has been released in June.

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it was subject to a viciously scathing Rolling Stone review by Dave Marsh which included the suggestion that "Queen may be the first truly fascist rock band". released in November 1978. but this album also was the last he co-produced for the band. . New Zealand. "Bicycle Race"/"Fat Bottomed Girls" Released: 13 October 1978 "Don't Stop Me Now" Released: 26 January 1979 "Mustapha" Released: 1979 (Bolivia. The album's varying musical styles were alternately praised and criticised. Canada. It was three years since he co-produced Queen's 1975 album A Night at the Opera. Roy Thomas Baker temporarily reunited with Queen and became their producer for this album. Parlophone (Europe) Elektra. Germany. Hollywood (USA) Producer Queen. France Genre Length Label Rock 44:44 EMI. Berre-les-Alpes. Yugoslavia only) "Jealousy" Released: 1979 (US. USSR only) Jazz is the seventh studio album by British rock band Queen. 4.[1] Nevertheless. Montreux and Super Bear Studios. Spain.Jazz 146 Jazz Jazz Studio album by Queen Released 10 November 1978 Recorded July – October 1978. Brazil. 3. Mountain Studios. Roy Thomas Baker Queen chronology News of the World (1977) Jazz (1978) The Game (1980) Singles from Jazz 1. 2. the album reached #6 on the US Billboard 200.

"Don't Stop Me Now" 7. The album artwork was suggested by Roger Taylor. "Bicycle Race (1991 remix)" Length 4:22 4:59 . "Fun It" Writer(s) May Deacon May Roger Taylor Length 3:23 2:30 3:30 3:29 3:15 3:29 4:16 5. Title 1.Jazz Queen sold the album with a poster depicting the all-female nude bicycle race staged to promote "Fat Bottomed Girls". "Mustapha" 2. who previously saw a similar design painted on the Berlin Wall. "Jealousy" 4. "Leaving Home Ain't Easy" May 6. "Dead on Time" 2. "Fat Bottomed Girls" 3. 147 Track listing Side one No. "Let Me Entertain You" Mercury Side two No. referring to the crash of thunder heard at the end of the song "Dead On Time" which May recorded with a portable audio recorder during a thunderstorm. "Dreamer's Ball" 4. "Fat Bottomed Girls (1991 remix)" 2. for tax purposes. This was the first Queen album recorded outside the UK. "In Only Seven Days" 3. Title 1. A small version of the poster comes with the Crown Jewels box set. "Bicycle Race" Writer(s) Freddie Mercury Brian May Mercury Mercury Length 3:01 4:16 3:14 3:01 4:15 3:01 5. "If You Can't Beat Them" John Deacon 6. Title 1. Included in the liner notes is the attribution "Thunderbolt courtesy of God". "More of That Jazz" Mercury Taylor Bonus tracks (1991 Hollywood Records CD reissue) No.

"Fat Bottomed Girls (Single version)" 2. . August 1978)" Length 3:23 3:09 3:34 2:48 3:40 2011 iTunes Bonus Videos No. Critical reaction upon release was not particularly favourable. with Allmusic. 1979)" Length Reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Creem Q Robert Christgau Rolling Stone (C+) [5] [6] Rating [2] (unfavourable) [3] [4] (unfavourable) This table needs to be expanded using prose. 1982)" 3. November 1981)" 5. Q and George Starostin giving positive reviews. "Bicycle Race (Instrumental)" 3.Jazz 148 2011 Bonus EP No. "Dreamer's Ball (Early acoustic take. reviews have tended to be more favourable. 1978)" 2. "Don't Stop Me Now (With long-lost guitars)" 4. "Let Me Entertain You (Live in Montreal. with scathing reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone and Creem. "Bicycle Race (Promo Video performance. "Fat Bottomed Girls (Live at Milton Keynes Bowl. "Let Me Entertain You (Live in Japan. See the guideline for more information. Title 1. Title 1. In recent years.

from Queen II.". It features several modulations. just killed a man. written by May. The song resembles "Keep Yourself Alive" from Queen's self-titled debut album. It has since featured as the theme tune to a popular game show. and a programmatic section (a race of guitars emulating the bicycle race). Persian and possibly a number of invented words. "Ibrahim" and the phrases "Allah. Join Them. a rarity for Queen. directed towards the audience. hosted by Larry Grayson. who sings lead on the chorus. The lyrics consist of English. Both guitar and bass are played in drop-D tuning for this song. In live performances. sometimes the band performed an almost full version of the song.. Dead on Time "Dead on Time". it was considered by most fans to be an ideal live number. those words are written in capitals. but was curiously never played in concert. "The Hitman". unusual chord functions. If You Can't Beat Them "If You Can't Beat Them" was another hard rock composition by John Deacon and was a live favourite for the band in late '70s.Jazz 149 Song information Mustapha "Mustapha" (Sample) is a song written by Freddie Mercury. the words "keep yourself alive" are sung. Performed at breakneck speed. It was released as a single in 1979. features some of the fastest and most aggressive guitar work by its author. Some understandable words are "Mustapha". such as the performance on Live Killers. going from "Allah will pray for you" to "Mama. "salaam alaykum" and "alaykum salaam". In the last chorus. The idea of a guitar riff in parallel sixths was re-used later in the Innuendo track. with Taylor and May doing harmonies. All vocals were recorded by Mercury. If You Can't Beat Them. making it one of the longest guitar solos in a Queen song. Bicycle Race "Bicycle Race"(Sample ) is a complex composition by Mercury. with Mercury at the piano. However. The line "we'll sing to you in Japanese" is a reference to May's Teo Torriatte. a metre change (4/4 to 6/8 and back). Mercury would often sing the opening vocals of "Mustapha" in place of the complex introduction to "Bohemian Rhapsody". Arabic. Allah.. May would only incorporate snippets of it in his guitar solos during the Jazz Tour. Jealousy "Jealousy" was penned by Mercury and features May playing his Hairfred acoustic guitar placing small pieces of piano wire under the frets to produce the "buzzing" effect of a sitar. and in the lyrics attached to the album. Fat Bottomed Girls "Fat Bottomed Girls" was written by May with lead vocals shared by Mercury. On stage Mercury sang the entire song. . and May. This effect had already been used on "White Queen (As It Began)". It is one of the few songs by Deacon where May plays all the guitars and contains a guitar solo of over two minutes. Let Me Entertain You "Let Me Entertain You" was written by Mercury. as well as some equally complicated yet ferocious drumming by Taylor. from A Day at the Races. Allah will pray for you".

followed by Mercury screaming "You're dead!" The thunderbolt was actually recorded by May on a portable recorder during a vicious thunderstorm. and share similarities with one of his previous songs. 2011. "Spread Your Wings". who had died one year before. "Mustapha". The album's liner notes credit the thunderbolt to God. backing vocals. lead vocals on "Fun It" and "More of That Jazz" • John Deacon: bass guitar. "If You Can't Beat Them". His voice was sped up for the bridge. while Mercury was backup. where both Mercury and himself shared the vocals. In addition. Leaving Home Ain't Easy "Leaving Home Ain't Easy" was a ballad by May. Taylor did the lead vocals. Taylor used Syndrum pads and played most of the instruments. and "Fat Bottomed Girls". It is loop based and Taylor plays most instruments and sings all vocals. "Don't Stop Me Now" was also used for the Google Doodle made to commemorate Freddie Mercury's 65 birthday on September 5. Deacon also played acoustic guitar and electric guitar. bass guitar. piano • Brian May: electric and acoustic guitars. lead vocals on and "Leaving Home Ain't Easy" • Roger Taylor: drums. The arrangement for the concert version was completely different. Fun It "Fun It" was a funk track with a disco vibe by Taylor. May's only input is a short guitar solo and backing vocals.Jazz The song ends with the sound of a thunderbolt. backing vocals. with May and Taylor doing vocal brasses. 150 In Only Seven Days "In Only Seven Days" is Deacon's other songwriting contribution on the album. especially with the intro of this track. "Bicycle Race". electric and acoustic guitars Sound engineers: • Geoff Workman • John Etchells . "Fun It". The song was used in the now-famous bar scene of the motion picture Shaun of the Dead. The outro also contains short clips from many songs on the album. percussion. It can be seen a precursor to Another One Bites the Dust. including "Dead on Time". the BBC2 show Top Gear named it the top song in a viewer poll of Top Ten driving songs. More of that Jazz "More of that Jazz" is yet another one of Taylor's bitter comments about current society and the way rock and roll is disrespected. Personnel • Freddie Mercury: lead and backing vocals. who also sang all the vocals (lead and harmony). reaching some very high notes (peaking on an E5). Dreamers Ball "Dreamers Ball" is May's tribute to Elvis Presley. electric guitar. Don't Stop Me Now "Don't Stop Me Now" is Mercury's top 10 single in the UK and is one of Queen's most famous songs.

According to some reports. and Canada. Its B-side was "Dead On Time" ("In Only Seven Days" in Yugoslavia). released December. its B-side was "Fun It" ("Don't Stop Me Now" in Russia." according to the liner notes). the band staged a famous nude. but at 2:16 on greatest hits. This as part of a new record deal between Queen and Universal Music. record company Universal Music announced a remastered and expanded reissue of the album set for release in March 2011. • "Don't Stop Me Now"/"More Of That Jazz" – Elektra E46008. Russia. Spain. all Queen albums are to be remastered and reissued in 2011. Brazil. The bicycle race took place on 17 September 1978 at Wimbledon Stadium in London. Chart performance Chart (1978) Peak position [7] [8] 8 13 3 7 5 [12] 20 6 6 2 Austrian Albums Chart Canadian Albums Chart Dutch Albums Chart [9] French Albums Chart [10] [11] German Albums Chart New Zealand Albums Chart Norwegian Albums Chart Swedish Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [15] [13] [14] . as they had been used in an improper manner (i. • "Jealousy"/"Fun It" – Elektra E46039. New Zealand. but a pair of red panties were painted on to avoid public outcry. on a blue flexi disc).Jazz 151 2011 Re-issue On 8 November 2010. its B-side was "In Only Seven Days" ("More Of That Jazz" in the USA and Canada). Singles Four singles were released from the album: • "Bicycle Race"/"Fat Bottomed Girls (edit)" – Elektra E45541. The picture sleeve showed a rear view of one of the ladies on her bicycle. 1979 "Jealousy" was released in 1979 in the United States.e. all-female bicycle race to promote the single. The second batch of albums (the band's middle five albums) was released in June 2011. According to Universal Music. released February. • "Mustapha" was released in 1979 in only Bolivia. released April. Yugoslavia and Germany. 1978 "Bicycle Race" and "Fat Bottomed Girls" were released in 1978 as a double A-side. Fat Bottomed Girls also contains one of Roger Taylor's most memorable drum fills at about 2:52 on the album Jazz. Legend has it that the band borrowed the bicycles from a store ("Halfords. without clothing). but upon returning them were informed that they would have to purchase all the seats. 1979 "Don't Stop Me Now" was released in 1979. which meant Queen's association with EMI would come to an end after almost 40 years. this reissue will include a deluxe edition which will contain five additional tracks along with commentaries from the band about each song.

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4. The album received very favourable reviews. 5. 3. tying News of the World's US sales tally. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Released: 5 October 1979 "Save Me" Released: 25 January 1980 "Play the Game" Released: 30 May 1980 "Another One Bites the Dust" Released: 22 August 1980 "Need Your Loving Tonight" Released: November 1980 (US. Musicland Studios. Notable songs on the . February–May 1980. Germany Genre Length Label Rock 35:39 EMI (Europe) Parlophone (Europe) Elektra Records (US) Hollywood Records (US) Producer Queen. Munich.The Game 153 The Game The Game Studio album by Queen Released 30 June 1980 Recorded June–July 1979. Japan) The Game is the eighth studio album by British rock band Queen released on 30 June 1980. It was the only Queen album to reach #1 in the US and became Queen's best selling studio album in the US with four million copies sold to date. 2. Mack Queen chronology Jazz (1978) The Game (1980) Flash Gordon (1980) Singles from The Game 1.

The album features a more pop/rock sound than its predecessor. "Don't Try Suicide" Writer(s) Roger Taylor Mercury Length 4:33 3:52 3:33 2:51 3:50 8. The original photo (with Taylor having folded arms and May not having a hand resting upon his exposed hip) is shown in the article.5 million in the United States.1 surround sound and DTS 5. "Sail Away Sweet Sister" May 9. with their subsequent soundtrack for the film Flash Gordon being shorter by 39 seconds. "Another One Bites the Dust" 4.[2] 154 Track listing Side one No.The Game album include the bass-driven "Another One Bites the Dust" and the rockabilly "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". because the final master tapes were not found when mixing the album to 5. including over 4. Re-issued on May 2003 on DVD-Audio with Dolby 5. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Mercury Side two No.1. "Coming Soon" 10. "Play the Game" 2. The photo on the cover of the EMI CD is different from that originally used on the LP and cassette even though the Hollywood CD still has the original photo. It is estimated to have sold 12 million copies worldwide.[2] The remaining songs were recorded between February and May 1980.1. At approximately 35 minutes 39 seconds. "Coming Soon". The 5. "Rock It (Prime Jive)" 7.[1] (an Oberheim OB-X). "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". "Sail Away Sweet Sister". Jazz. The album's style would be augmented on Queen's next release Hot Space. both of which reached #1 in the US. This alternate photo was also used on cover of the DTS DVD-Audio edition of the album released in 2003.1 mix of "Coming Soon" features an alternate backing track. "Save Me" Taylor May . The Game was the first Queen album to use a synthesiser. and "Save Me" were recorded from June to July 1979. "Dragon Attack" 3. The Game is the 2nd shortest of Queen's studio albums. Title 1. and future Queen albums. "Need Your Loving Tonight" Writer(s) Freddie Mercury Brian May John Deacon Deacon Length 3:30 4:18 3:35 2:50 2:44 5. Title 6.

We had done some of our old backing tracks so many times. Plus we had a new engineer in Mack and a new environment in Munich. June 1982)" Length 4:18 3:44 2:34 1:31 5:15 2011 iTunes Bonus Videos No. We thought there was only one way of doing things. If there were some bits where it speeded up or slowed down. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Saturday Night Live. I can drop the whole thing in. dismal albums. Title 11. state-of-the-art circa 1980 pop album that still stands as one of the band's most enjoyable records.[10] Queen comments on the record Yeah. they were too stiff. Title 1. 1982)" 3. performance artists. Title 1. like doing a backing tracks: We would just do it until we got it right.K. February 1980)" 4. We turned our whole studio technique around in a sense. then we would do it again until it was right.A. musicians. "Dragon Attack" (1991 remix by Jack Benson and R. not 'anthems'. describing the album as "catchy. writers. April 1980)" 5. 1982)" Length Reception Record Mirror awarded The Game 4/5 stars. but they can't bend enough to get with it. this was supposed to be Queen's comeback. label reps. that was when we started trying to get outside what was normal for us. because Mack had come from a different background from us.) Length 4:23 2011 Bonus EP No. comedians. "A Human Body (B-Side)" 3. "Vocal Improv / Dragon Attack (Live at Morumbi Stadium. 1981)" 2. well-written and atmospheric. opining that it "finds Queen turning decidedly. We laughed and said "Don't be silly. "Well you don't have to do that."[7] Creem readers voted The Game the 7th greatest album of 1980. November 1981)" 2. "Save Me (Live at Seibu Lions. writing: "After five years of unchallenging.5/5 stars." but opined that "these guys know how this music should sound and feel. writing: "After Zeppelin and even before the Scorpions. then we can edit in and carry on if you just play along with the tempo". Everything was different. "Save Me (Live in Montreal. If it breaks down after half a minute. But no such luck."[9] Allmusic would go on to name The Game as Queen's best album of the 1980s."[4] The Washington Post gave a scathing review."[3] Rolling Stone felt that it was "nice to hear a Queen album with songs. "Dragon Attack (Live in Milton Keynes. and it's a grand."[5] Allmusic awarded the album 4. asking each to list the 10 albums that left the most indelible impressions on their lives. critics.[8] In 2008. Out ranked the album #28 of 100 in a poll of "more than 100 actors. You can't do that".The Game 155 Bonus track (1991 Hollywood Records CD reissue) No. "It's a Beautiful Day (Original spontaneous idea. and DJs. diverse. "Sail Away Sweet Sister (Take 1 with guide vocal.[6] George Starostin was also appreciative. . Queen are the most exciting band I've ever seen or heard. And I'm sure all you lovers of quality music will agree. Mack's first contribution was to say. decisively pop.

It really helped a lot. synthesiser • Brian May: electric. rhythm guitar on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". percussion. —Brian May[11] 156 Personnel • Freddie Mercury: lead and backing vocals. because often a lot of the backing tracks is first time though. intro vocals on "Rock It (Prime Jive)". There was less guitar on that album. piano. tape effects Additional synthesisers by Mack. bridge vocals on "Sail Away Sweet Sister". synthesiser • John Deacon: bass guitar. but that's really not going to be the same forever. lead vocals on "Sail Away Sweet Sister". acoustic and twelve-string guitars. that was just an experiment.The Game But in facts. lead vocals on "Rock It (Prime Jive)". Charts Chart positions Chart (1980) Peak position 5 1 1 10 5 [17] 11 2 7 1 1 [21] 8 2 Austrian Albums Chart [12] [13] Canadian Albums Chart Dutch Albums Chart [14] [15] [16] Italian Albums Chart Japanese Albums Chart New Zealand Albums Chart Norwegian Albums Chart Swedish Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [20] [21] [18] [19] U. rhythm guitar. electronic drums. piano. you can. backing vocals. electric and acoustic guitars.S. What you gain is the freshness. piano. synthesiser • Roger Taylor: drums. backing vocals. Billboard 200 U.S. Billboard R&B Albums Chart West German Albums Chart [22] .

[7] George Starostin review (http:/ / starling. Gayest Albums" (http:/ / pub37. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Game& cat=a [13] http:/ / www. Allmusic. php?title=Brian_May_-_XX-XX-1982_-_On_the_Record) [12] http:/ / austriancharts." [2] http:/ / www. discogs.. queenarchives. php?PHPSESSID=53gtrvbfj0gk7r9b4sd40dtvu0& q1=Queen+ The+ Game& q2=Top+ Albums%2FCDs& interval=50 [14] http:/ / dutchcharts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Game& cat=a . uk/ creem_lists. "The album yielded . php?usernum=3172289350& frmid=0& msgid=897399). queenarchives.The Game 157 Certifications Region Austria (IFPI Austria) Germany (BVMI) Certification Sales/shipments [23] Gold Gold Gold 25000x 250000^ 50000^ 300000^ 4000000^ [24] [25] Netherlands (NVPI) United Kingdom (BPI) United States (RIAA) ^ x [26] Platinum 4× Platinum [27] shipments figures based on certification alone unspecified figures based on certification alone Year-end charts Chart (1980) Austrian Albums Chart [28] [29] Position 15 14 40 79 46 Position [32] [33] 44 55 Canadian Albums Chart Italian Albums Chart [15] [30] Japanese Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [31] Chart (1981) Canadian Albums Chart U. Billboard Year-end References [1] Baker. queenarchives. [11] On the Record 1982 (http:/ / www.. com/ artists/ queen/ albums/ album/ 261147/ review/ 6068313/ the_game) [5] Washington Post review (archived at queenarchives) (http:/ / www. Schirmer Books. Nicolas Slonimsky (1965). allmusic. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians: Centennial Edition (5th ed. at/ showitem. 'Play the Game. Retrieved 19 November 2010.' which featured the group's first use of the synthesizer. 01-e.). com/ album/ r15977). Retrieved 19 November 2010. Theodore. htm#Game) [8] http:/ / www. com/ forum/ static/ show. gc. Archived at acclaimedmusic. Out. com/ index. co. collectionscanada.com) (http:/ / www. 2008.. ISBN 0028655257. php?title=Queen_-_06-21-1980_-_The_Game_-_Record_Mirror) [4] Rolling Stone review (http:/ / www. allmusic.S. com/ index. php?title=Queen_-_08-21-1980_-_The_Game_-_Washington_Post) [6] The Game (http:/ / www. rollingstone. htm [9] "The 100 Greatest. com/ Queen-The-Game/ release/ 369059 [3] Record Mirror review (archived at queenarchives. com/ index. Allmusic. ru/ music/ queen. nl/ showitem.net [10] The Miracle (http:/ / www. rocklistmusic. com/ album/ the-miracle-r15983/ review).. rinet. bravenet. ca/ rpm/ 028020-110.

hitparadeitalia. collectionscanada. hitparadeitalia. Click Suchen [24] "German album certifications – Queen – The Game" (http:/ / www. jp/ 1981 album. Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld. . Hung Medien.Albums Chart Daijiten . Retrieved 2011-08-06. com/ release. de/ album. collectionscanada. com/ goldandplatinumdata. n-f-l. uk/ certifiedawards/ search. a-クイーン. at/ ?section=goldplatin) (in German). [33] "The Billboard 200 . htm) on 2011-08-29. 4687& type=1& interval=24& PHPSESSID=mhe12pta2k83e08udtq66ot062). php?brws_s=1& file_num=nlc008388.it accessdate = 2011-10-03. Select album in the field By Format. co. [30] "日本で売れた洋楽アルバムトップ23 (Top-23 international albums on the Japanese Oricon Year-End Charts 1980" (http:/ / web. [16] a-クイーン ". . click Advanced.Queen" (http:/ / www7a. charts. ca/ rpm/ 028020-119. asp?pagkey=60463) (in Dutch).queenonline. [26] "British album certifications – Queen – The Game" (http:/ / www. .Year-end: 1983" (http:/ / www. IFPI Austria. Retrieved 2010-08-01. ne. 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2011-10-03. . htm). wbs.The Game [15] "Hit Parade Italia . [29] "Top 100 Albums" (http:/ / www. Select Title in the field Search by. Retrieved 2007-10-21. . nz/ showitem. ifpi. then click SEARCH [28] "Austriancharts.com/history/75/) . Enter The Game in the field Titel. jp/ ~yamag/ album/ al_queen. . 1980-12-20. chartstats. Recording Industry Association of America. biglobe. html). com/ a/ complete-uk-yearend-album-charts_post21. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Game& cat=a [19] http:/ / swedishcharts. org/ web/ 20070219093050/ http:/ / www2. Retrieved 2010-12-06. wbs. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Game& cat=a [20] http:/ / www. asp). [32] "Top 100 Albums of 1981" (http:/ / www. Archived from the original (http:/ / www2. [25] "Dutch album certifications – Queen – The Game" (http:/ / www. html). 0275& type=1& interval=24& PHPSESSID=mhe12pta2k83e08udtq66ot062). . html) (in Japanese). nl/ nvpi/ pagina.Jahreshitparade 1980" (http:/ / austriancharts. ifpi. musikindustrie. com/ showitem. aspx). .en geluidsdragers. ca/ rpm/ 028020-119. de/ gold_platin_datenbank/ ?action=suche& strTitel=The+ Game& strInterpret=Queen& strTtArt=alben& strAwards=checked) (in German). php?release=39297 [21] http:/ / www. htm) (in Italian). allmusic. RPM. jp/ ~ms-db/ oricon/ oricon album80. . php?artist="The+ Game"). com/ showitem. then click Format. Enter The Game in the field Search. riaa. gc. [17] http:/ / charts. . RPM. Retrieved 2010-12-06. Select album in the field Format. ne. [31] "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts" (http:/ / chartheaven. If necessary. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Game& cat=a [18] http:/ / norwegiancharts. Enter Queen in the field Interpret. bpi.Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) . ne. 9. Bundesverband Musikindustrie. archive. php?brws_s=1& file_num=nlc008388. 01-e. British Phonographic Industry. 1981-12-26. gc. asp?artist=Queen& title=The+ Game& cat=a& country=de [23] "Austrian album certifications – Queen – The Game" (http:/ / www. . 158 External links • 'The Game' info on the official Queen page (http://www. org. Retrieved 2011-09-14. Click Go [27] "American album certifications – Queen – The Game" (http:/ / www. .Gli album più venduti del 1980" (http:/ / www. it/ hp_yenda/ lpe1982. 01-e. then select Album.st . jp/ ~ms-db/ oricon/ oricon 84. forumer. com/ artist/ queen-p5205/ charts-awards/ billboard-albums [22] http:/ / www. at/ 1980_album.

Hot Space 159 Hot Space Hot Space Studio album by Queen Released Recorded 21 May 1982 June–July 1981 December 1981 – March 1982 Mountain Studios. Munich. Canada. Germany Rock 43:29 EMI/Parlophone (Europe) Elektra. Mack and David Bowie Queen chronology Genre Length Label Producer Flash Gordon (1980) Hot Space (1982) The Works (1984) Singles from Hot Space • • • • "Under Pressure" Released: 26 October 1981 "Body Language" Released: 19 April 1982 "Las Palabras de Amor" Released: 1 June 1982 "Calling All Girls" Released: 31 July 1982 (US. Montreux. Switzerland Musicland Studios. Australia. Arif Mardin. New Zealand only) • • "Staying Power" Released: July. 1982 (Japan only) "Back Chat" Released: 9 August 1982 . Hollywood (US) Queen.

[8] In July 2004.[5] This made the album less popular with fans who preferred the traditional rock style they had come to associate with the band. the bass sound for this arrangement was played on a keyboard). Mr Mardin's contributions were recorded in New York.[7] The song was a separate project and recorded ahead of the album. "Under Pressure". Marking a notable shift in direction from their earlier work.[2] [5] Disliking the new sound. and Taylor and May lamented the new sound. dance. The song was also issued as a single in the US. albeit much faster and heavier.[10] Song information Staying Power The horn arrangement for "Staying Power" was added by Arif Mardin (who also produced Chaka Khan and added horn sections to Bee Gees and Aretha Franklin records). Queen's collaboration with David Bowie. R&B and dance music on Hot Space. Album styles and genres Before 1979. Mercury's personal manager between the early 1980s and 1984. funk-rock.[11] Beginning with The Game album. the UK success of the song too). Queen began using Oberheim OB-X synthesizers on their songs ("Play the Game" and "Save Me" are examples). pop music. . A departure from their trademark seventies sound. disco and R&B — while the "rock" songs continued in a pop-rock direction similar to their previous album (an exception is the song "Put Out the Fire"). had on the singer.[10] Estimated sales of the album currently stand at five million copies.[12] "Staying Power" would be performed on the band's accompanying "Hot Space Tour". It was also played on Queen's The Works Tour. with both being very critical of the influence Mercury's manager Paul Prenter had on the singer. albeit less frequently than on the Hot Space Tour.[5] The album's second single "Body Language" did peak at #11 on the U. success of "Another One Bites the Dust" (and to a lesser extent.S. in November 1982. the band released "Staying Power" as a single in July 1982. was released in 1981 and became the band's second #1 hit in the UK. being partially influenced by the success of their 1980 hit "Another One Bites the Dust". In Japan.[9] Most of the album was recorded in Munich during the most turbulent period in the band's history. charts. May and Taylor were very critical of the influence that Paul Prenter.S. Q magazine listed Hot Space as one of the top fifteen albums where great rock acts lost the plot. as John Deacon played guitar in addition to Brian May. Queen employed many elements of disco. before the controversy over Queen's new sound (disco-influenced rock music). released in May 1982. It failed to chart in either countries. Queen had a "no synthesizer" policy on their albums (because people would confuse Brian May's multi-tracked guitar effects with synthesizers). with real drums replacing the drum machine and guitars and keyboards replacing the horns (this arrangement contained no actual bass guitar. and continued to do so on Hot Space.[6] Queen's decision to record a dance-oriented album germinated with the massive U. most of Hot Space is a mixture of funk.Hot Space 160 Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Rolling Stone Stylus (favourable) Rating [1] [2] [3] The Washington Post (favourable) [4] Hot Space is the tenth studio album by British rock band Queen.

and the chorus is sung by both. Roger Taylor makes it clear that he hates the music video for it. and "Beautiful Boy". as Led Zeppelin did.. one of two Roger Taylor songs that appear on the album. and recapitulates the theme of social awareness that Taylor espoused in many of his songs. Put Out the Fire "Put Out the Fire" is an anti-firearm song written by Brian May.[14] Though never released as a single. proved somewhat controversial and was banned in a few territories. the track is driven by a pounding electronic drum machine and features a saxophone-like synthesizer solo. It is also one of the few Queen songs whose lyrics were written before the music ("Killer Queen" being another). with Brian May singing lead vocals in falsetto at the end of each verse. As a single. the album's most 'traditional' Queen song. The lyrics of "Dancer" are also notable for being the only ones on the album that make reference to the album title itself. being the sole single released by the band that does not include guitar (save for during the closing strains. The song itself — a fusion of rock and disco — is something of a follow-up to "Dragon Attack" from the band's 1980 album The Game in that it fuses heavy elements of music with danceable ones. from Lennon's 1970 song "Love". which are made more prominent throughout the 1991 remix). Action This Day "Action This Day". who composed "Body Language" on synth bass. played by producer Mack on an Oberheim OB-Xa. In addition to normal bass duties. On the video commentary on Greatest Video Hits 2. Mercury. Loving like a whore". is the track most influenced by black music.[13] Back Chat "Back Chat". being performed to by one of the dancers. and was recorded in a hotel room in Munich. The title may be a reference to the lyric "love is real". "Action This Day" takes its title from a Winston Churchill catchphrase that the statesman would attach to urgent documents. Body Language "Body Language" is atypical among Queen songs. The song also appeared in the 1984 documentary film "Stripper". featuring scantily clad models writhing around each other. The band performed "Action This Day" live on the Hot Space Tour with a more conventional arrangement. Also. the first . later appeared on the Queen Rocks compilation in 1997. It contains the slightly offensive line ". May recorded its guitar solo under the influence of alcohol (after many unsuccessful attempts). "Put Out the Fire". meant to recall the opening bells in Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over". this is your wake-up call". had previously explored the instrument's potential with his contributions to the Flash Gordon soundtrack. written by bassist John Deacon. The verse are duets between Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury. A new video was also produced for the accompanying video compilation.. it roughly translates to "good morning.[14] The "Body Language" video. with lead vocals by Freddie Mercury. was clearly influenced by the New Wave movement/style current at the time. it stalled at 40 on the UK charts. Life Is Real (Song for Lennon) Mercury wrote "Life Is Real" as a tribute to John Lennon. "Life Is Real" features a sparse piano-based arrangement and a melancholy tone.[12] The phone message at the end of "Dancer" is in German. electric piano and synthesizer on the song. It begins with three bell-like piano notes. featuring a live performance of the song intercut with footage of fire and explosions.Hot Space 161 Dancer The bassline of "Dancer" was played on a synthesiser (an Oberheim OB-Xa) by writer/guitarist Brian May. replacing the drum machine and bass synth with a rock rhythm section. whose murder in 1980 had also previously prompted the band to perform his song "Imagine" on tour. Like Lennon's songs. John also plays rhythm guitar.

[14] Queen never performed the song in Europe.. "Killer Queen" and "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy")..S. 162 Calling All Girls The first Roger Taylor song (however with Mercury on vocals) to be released as a single (albeit in selected countries. This is also the only Queen studio track on which John Deacon uses the popping technique. second and third being for "Seven Seas of Rhye". "Mother". "Guilt stains. May also sang lead vocals for the harmonized line "this time and evermore". and a live recording from Japan in 1982 is commercially available on the Queen on Fire . This song is notable for its use of "record scratching". originally featured David Bowie on background vocals and even a few lines of rap during the middle eight. and played the feedback noises during the song's break. despite having an entertaining music video based on the George Lucas film THX 1138. where "Calling All Girls" accompanies the photo gallery. According to Mercury in a 1982 television interview.[7] Freddie Mercury was the primary director of this track.Live at the Bowl DVD. All the instruments are played by Deacon. Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love) Brian May's lyrics for "Las Palabras de Amor" were inspired by Queen's close relationship with their Ibero-American fans. Cool Cat "Cool Cat". "Under Pressure" reached #1 in the UK singles chart. "Calling All Girls" failed to create much of an impact on the charts where it peaked at #60 in the U.. with him and Bowie as the main lyricists (each writing the lines they sang). Under Pressure A now famous duet with David Bowie. and have been interpreted as an allegory for the Falklands War. including the United States and Australia. Mercury sings the entire song in falsetto. likely a nod to emergent rap and hip-hop sounds then beginning to reach the mainstream. The single was released in July 1982 and reached #33 in Canada and #60 in the US.. Part of the chord progression is based on a rough demo of an unreleased song "Feel Like". "Under Pressure" was the result of an impromptu jam session in the band's studio in Montreux. written by Freddie Mercury and John Deacon. Track listing .. and must have been recorded long before the war started) A Top 20 hit in the UK.[12] (actually the album was released during the war.[15] The alternate take with Bowie's vocals still intact is widely available on various bootleg recordings[16] and surfaces from an early 1982 vinyl "Hot Space" test pressing from the USA.".Hot Space two words. heard with the repeated phrase "This message is.[8] When it was released in 1981. Taylor composed "Calling All Girls" on guitar.[17] The songwriting is credited to all five participants. On the album version. Bowie was unhappy with the results and requested them to be removed. "Las Palabras de Amor" marked the band's fourth appearance on Top of the Pops (the first. but not the United Kingdom)." are virtually identical interval-wise (though in a different key) to Lennon's first two notes in his song. For this mimed performance May is seen playing a grand piano though on the recording there are only synths (played by May).

Title 1. "Back Chat" 4. Mercury David Bowie. "Under Pressure" (with David Bowie) Deacon. "Staying Power" 2. "Body Language" Writer(s) Freddie Mercury Brian May John Deacon Mercury Length 4:10 3:46 4:31 4:29 3:33 5. "Life Is Real (Song for Lennon)" 3. "Dancer" 3. "Action This Day (Live at Milton Keynes Bowl. Taylor Bonus track (1991 Hollywood Records CD reissue) No. "Calling All Girls (Live in Tokyo. Title 1. June 1982)" 2. November 1982)" Length 3:57 3:36 4:12 6:25 4:45 2011 iTunes Bonus Videos No. May. Mercury. Title 12. "Cool Cat" 6. "Back Chat (Single Remix)" 4. Deacon. 1982)" Length . November 1982)" 5. "Soul Brother (B-Side)" 3. Title 1. "Action This Day (Live in Tokyo. Title 1. "Under Pressure (Rah Mix. "Body Language (1991 Bonus Remix)" Length 4:44 2011 Bonus EP No. "Action This Day" Roger Taylor Side two No. "Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love)" May 5. "Staying Power (Live in Milton Keynes. 1999)" 3. "Las Palabras De Amor (Top Of The Pops. "Calling All Girls" Writer(s) May Mercury Taylor Length 3:15 3:39 3:53 4:26 3:26 4:02 4.Hot Space 163 Side one No. "Put Out the Fire" 2. 1982)" 2.

Hot Space 164 Charts Chart positions Chart (1982) Peak position 15 1 6 1 7 5 9 6 [26] 5 3 4 4 22 [30] 40 Australian Albums Chart Austrian Albums Chart [18] [19] [20] Canadian Albums Chart Dutch Albums Chart [21] [22] [23] French Albums Chart German Albums Chart Italian Albums Chart [24] [25] Japanese Albums Chart New Zealand Albums Chart Norwegian Albums Chart Swedish Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [29] [30] [27] [28] U. Billboard R&B Albums Chart Year-end charts Chart (1982) Austrian Albums Chart [31] [32] Position 17 46 54 51 Canadian Albums Chart Italian Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [24] [33] Certifications .S. Billboard 200 U.S.

com/ release. Retrieved 31 May 2011 [6] Prato. and The Black Eyed Peas's 2010 The Beginning bear some similarity to the Hot Space cover (which. htm) Stylus Magazine. co. com/ reviews/ album/ 193117/ hot_space) Rolling Stone. php?title=Queen_-_07-23-1982_-_Washington_Post_-_A_Glorious_Queen) The Washington Post. electric guitar. rhythm guitar. who was close friends with the band during the time. Retrieved 3 August 2011 [3] Queen . [7] Chart Stats .co. synth bass on "Dancer". Allmusic. July 2004.Hot Space (http:/ / www. backing vocals. Q magazine. com/ articles/ on_second_thought/ queen-hot-space. and did not tour again until the Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour commenced in 2005). Greg. drums. drum computer. allmusic.Queen And David Bowie (http:/ / www. uk/ music/ 2008/ jul/ 13/ popandrock.Hot Space 165 Region Austria (IFPI Austria) Certification Sales/shipments [34] Gold [35] Gold Gold 25000x 100000^ 500000^ United Kingdom (BPI) United States (RIAA) ^ x [36] shipments figures based on certification alone unspecified figures based on certification alone Personnel • John Deacon – bass guitar. Retrieved 3 August 2011 [4] A Glorious Queen (http:/ / queenarchives. art) The Guardian. backing vocals. piano. was also an attempt to make a dance album.[39] References [1] Stephen Thomas Erlewine Hot Space (http:/ / www. Retrieved 2 August 2011 [2] Hot Space (http:/ / www. com/ album/ r687305/ review). percussion and keyboards on "Under Pressure" • Arif Mardin – "Hot and Spacey" horn arrangement and production on "Staying Power" • Mack – production. . Retrieved 3 August 2011 [9] "15 Albums Where Great Rock Acts Lost the Plot" (http:/ / www. keyboard programming on "Action This Day" Miscellaneous • Michael Jackson. synthesizers. chartstats. electric piano • Brian May – lead guitar. both of which received mixed results. lead vocals on "Action This Day". allmusic. Retrieved 2006-12-05. Pop. "Weird Al" Yankovic's 1994 Greatest Hits Volume II. guardian. • The 1982 Hot Space Tour was Queen's last tour of America until the Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour in 2006 (the band stopped touring completely in 1986 due to Mercury's health. synthesizers. stylusmagazine. keyboards With: • David Bowie – lead vocals. Blur's 2000 Best Of compilation. drew its inspiration from the cover of The Beatles' album Let It Be). uk/ q150lists. com/ album/ r687305/ review) Allmusic. in turn. lead vocals (falsetto lines on "Put Out the Fire" and lead harmony on "Las Palabras de Amor") • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals. like Hot Space.uk .[37] [38] • The cover art of U2's 1997 Pop album. Retrieved 3 August 2011 [5] Queen . co. synth bass on "Staying Power". later cited Hot Space as an influence for his own blockbuster album Thriller. htm) Stylus Magazine. php?release=9471) Retrieved 9 June 2011 [8] Lowry. rocklistmusic.Hot Space (http:/ / www. stylusmagazine. Max (13 July 2008) The ones that got away (http:/ / www. keyboards • Roger Taylor – drums. Archived at rocklistmusic. "Hot Space Review" (http:/ / www. com/ index. piano. com/ articles/ on_second_thought/ queen-hot-space. htm). synthesizer. rollingstone.

html) (in Japanese). .st . Retrieved 2006-12-05. collectionscanada. infodisc. issue 371. Retrieved 31 May 2011 [11] Roy Thomas Baker & Gary Langan Interview (http:/ / www. Retrieved 2006-12-05. php?PHPSESSID=53gtrvbfj0gk7r9b4sd40dtvu0& q1=Queen+ Hot+ Space& q2=Top+ Albums/ CDs& interval=50) Library and Archives Canada [21] http:/ / dutchcharts. uk/ Songs/ queendemos2. [32] "Top 100 Albums '82" (http:/ / www. [18] Kent. com/ showitem. guardian. Retrieved 2011-09-14. Retrieved 2006-12-05. html). com/ queen/ ). . charts.whose previous credits include working with Chaka Khan. jp/ ~yamag/ album/ al_queen.170.S. gc. php?artist="hot+ Space"). com/ artist/ queen-p5205/ charts-awards/ billboard-albums [31] "Austriancharts. hitparadeitalia. Retrieved 2006-12-05. . at/ ?section=goldplatin) (in German). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Hot+ Space& cat=a [22] http:/ / www. aspx). Click Go [36] "American album certifications – Queen – hot Space" (http:/ / www.Days of Our Lives.. pcpki. php [23] http:/ / www. google. uk/ certifiedawards/ search. com/ noticias/ noticia. then select Album. ultimatequeen. de Michael Jackson. Click Suchen [35] "British album certifications – Queen – hot Space" (http:/ / www.Jahreshitparade 1984" (http:/ / austriancharts. com/ goldandplatinumdata. . [17] "Queen Demos of Released Tracks (M-Z)" (http:/ / www.: Australian Chart Book. Stylus. asp). com/ queen/ articles/ bhm8301. com/ a/ complete-uk-yearend-album-charts_post21. php?release=40276 [30] http:/ / www. . a-クイーン.Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) . elperiodicoextremadura. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2011-10-03. David (1993). (2011) Queen . then click SEARCH [37] Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock (http:/ / books. fr/ Album_Q. rollingstone. gc. The Bee Gees and Aretha Franklin . collectionscanada. nl/ showitem. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Hot+ Space& cat=a [27] http:/ / norwegiancharts. Hung Medien. Select album in the field By Format. ifpi. "On Second Thought" (http:/ / www. Enter Queen in the field Interpret. asp?pkid=341044) [39] Queen most loved band (http:/ / www. asp?artist=Queen& title=Hot+ Space& cat=a& country=de [24] "Hit Parade Italia . ca/ rpm/ 028020-119. 1982-12-25.Albums Chart Daijiten . co. com/ release. Anthony.and is the only song in Queen's catalogue to feature an authentic horn section.The Complete Words" (http:/ / www. [34] "Austrian album certifications – Queen – hot Space" (http:/ / www. . com/ lyrics/ songs/ sng12_02. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Hot+ Space& cat=a [28] http:/ / swedishcharts. . shtml). [14] Obrecht. Retrieved 2006-12-05 'Staying Power' marked the band's first and only collaboration with Arif Mardin . . htm) (in Italian). 6170& type=1& interval=24& PHPSESSID=mhe12pta2k83e08udtq66ot062). . com/ articles/ on_second_thought/ queen-hot-space. 9. John (1982-06-10). Enter hot Space in the field Search. Retrieved 2010-08-01. Retrieved 3 August 2011 [12] Miccio. biglobe. co. co. click Advanced. archived at Andy's Queen page (http:/ / www. [19] http:/ / austriancharts. Rolling Stone. ca/ rpm/ 028020-110. Part 2. Retrieved 2006-12-05. ultimatequeen. Retrieved 9 June 2011 [38] Thriller´. . Select Title in the field Search by. org. 01-e. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Hot+ Space& cat=a [20] Queen" and "Hot" and "Space" and "Top Albums/CDs" (http:/ / www.Queen" (http:/ / www7a. riaa. uk/ uk/ 2005/ jul/ 05/ arts. Recording Industry Association of America. stylusmagazine. it/ hp_yenda/ lpe1982.it. [13] "Queen . uk/ Songs/ queendemos1. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Hot+ Space& cat=a [29] http:/ / www. [15] Milward. Jas. com/ books?id=adNONbUWLjgC& pg=PT173& dq=hot+ space+ michael+ jackson#v=onepage& q=hot space michael jackson& f=false) p. . chartstats. RPM. at/ 1984_album. N. If necessary. com/ artists/ queen/ albums/ album/ 193117/ review/ 5946715/ hot_space). sigue imbatido 25 años después (http:/ / www. [33] "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts" (http:/ / chartheaven. htm). 2007-12-30. co. forumer. hitparadeitalia. dir. "Hot Space Review" (http:/ / www. [26] http:/ / charts. 01-e. nz/ showitem. "Brian May Interview" (http:/ / www. htm). IFPI Austria. Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. artsnews1) The Guardian. com/ sos/ 1995_articles/ oct95/ queen. BBC. then click Format.Hot Space [10] O'Casey. php?brws_s=1& file_num=nlc008388. St Ives. at/ showitem. [16] "Queen Demos of Released Tracks (A-L)" (http:/ / www. de/ album. ne. Matt.Gli album più venduti del 1982" (http:/ / www. The original demo of the track featured a guitar instead of horns. Retrieved 3 August 2011 166 . com/ showitem. soundonsound. html#) Sound On Sound. allmusic. pcpki. htm). . Queen Productions Ltd. queenwords. Select album in the field Format. Retrieved 2010-12-06. [25] a-クイーン ". Enter hot Space in the field Titel. Guitar Player (January 1983). ISBN 0-646-11917-6.W. . bpi. html). Retrieved 2011-10-03.

Los Angeles. Hollywood Records (US) Producer Queen and Mack Queen chronology Hot Space (1982) The Works (1984) A Kind of Magic (1986) Singles from The Works 1. 3.The Works 167 The Works The Works Studio album by Queen Released 27 February 1984 Recorded August 1983 – January 1984 at The Record Plant. Capitol. California and Musicland Studios. 2. 4. Germany Genre Length Label Rock 37:11 EMI/Parlophone. Munich. "Radio Ga Ga" Released: 23 January 1984 "I Want to Break Free" Released: 2 April 1984 "It's a Hard Life" Released: 16 July 1984 "Hammer to Fall" Released: 10 September 1984 .

made it onto The Works. Canada. especially following the band's success there two years prior. Recorded at the Record Plant Studios and Musicland Studios from August 1983 to January 1984. which gave room to dance and funk with the use of analogue synths and brass. although with a much lighter approach. The band agreed. indulging in solo projects and taking the chance to stretch in individual directions. rock was mostly absent on their previous effort Hot Space. By November 1983. Track listing . and the project fell through. In comparison. The Works was released on 27 February 1984. the album's title comes from a comment drummer Roger Taylor made as recording began – "Let's give them the works!" History Following the release of and subsequent touring for their 1982 album Hot Space. A partial return to their rock roots. the record has also the heaviest electronics amongst all group albums. the band had reunited and began work on their eleventh studio album. while Freddie Mercury began work on his solo album.[5] Recording commenced at Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles – Queen's first time recording in America – and Musicland Studios in Munich. released in February 1984. Freddie Mercury praised the album saying it helped re-establish the band. their manager Jim Beach offered them the opportunity to compose the soundtrack for the film The Hotel New Hampshire.[5] Brian May worked with Eddie Van Halen and others on the Star Fleet Project. It would be Queen's first album for EMI (and its United States affiliate Capitol Records) worldwide after the band nullified its recording deal with Elektra for the United States. Australia and Japan. Roger Taylor's "Radio Ga Ga" was chosen as the first single from the album. especially in Europe. but soon discovered much of their time was being spent on the soundtrack instead of the upcoming album. however. The Works is estimated to have sold 12 million copies worldwide.[5] Only one song written for the soundtrack.The Works 168 Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic People Rolling Stone Sounds (favourable) Rating [1] [2] [3] [4] The Works is the eleventh studio album by British rock band Queen. Also during this time. While a spring tour of South America had been an early possibility. equipment and promotional problems brought an end to these plans. "Keep Passing the Open Windows". the four members of Queen opted to take a break from the band the following year. By August 1983.

London – 7/11/1986)" 2.?" Mercury. "Thank God It's Christmas (Non-Album Single)" Length 2011 iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus videos No. "Is This The World We Created…? (Live in Rio. Taylor John Deacon Length 5:10 3:20 5:21 4:28 2:13 7. "I Want to Break Free" (Extended mix) Deacon 2011 Bonus EP No. Title 1. Title 5. "Tear It Up (Live @ Wembley Stadium. "Machines (Or 'Back to Humans')" 6. "I Go Crazy (B-Side)" 2. January 1985)" 6. "I Want to Break Free" Writer(s) May. Title 1. "It's A Hard Life (Live in Rio. "Man on the Prowl" Mercury Side two No. "Radio Ga Ga (Promo Video. "It's a Hard Life" Writer(s) Roger Taylor Brian May Freddie Mercury Length 5:44 3:28 4:08 3:28 4. "Radio Ga Ga" 2. "Keep Passing the Open Windows" Mercury 8. "I Want To Break Free (Single Remix)" 3. "Tear It Up" 3. "Is This the World We Created.The Works 169 Side one No. "Hammer to Fall" May 9. January 1985)" 5. May Bonus tracks (1991 Hollywood Records CD reissue) No. Title 10.. 1984)" Length . "I Want to Break Free (Live @ Rock in Rio – January 1985)" 3.. "Radio Ga Ga" (Extended version) Writer(s) Length May Taylor 3:42 6:50 7:19 12. "Hammer To Fall (Headbanger’s Mix)" 4. "I Go Crazy" (Original B-side) 11. Title 1.

The instrumental remix of the song samples parts of "Ogre Battle" from Queen's second album Queen II. and the intro was based on Ruggero Leoncavallo's Vesti la giubba. and the song is sung as a duet between two Mercury (harmonising with each other) and a robotic Taylor (using a Roland VP330 Vocoder). and used a Vocoder throughout the song. It was still credited to Taylor since Mercury was an arranger rather than a co-writer. their session keyboardist.The Works 170 Song information Radio Ga Ga "Radio Ga Ga" was composed on keyboards. It features stomping percussion similar to "We Will Rock You" that drives the song. however. . Afterwards John Deacon came up with a suitable bass line. Man on the Prowl "Man on the Prowl" is a three-chord rockabilly Mercury composition (similar to "Crazy Little Thing Called Love") in which Fred Mandel plays the piano ending. Fred Mandel. the song's author. Mercury played piano and did most of the vocals. Freddie commented that 'Everybody ran into their frocks'. Producer Reinhold Mack programmed the synth-"demolition" using a Fairlight CMI II Sampler. John Deacon. both musically and lyrically. an aria from his opera Pagliacci. This song. Taylor sang all the backing vocals. Machines (Or 'Back to Humans') "Machines (Or 'Back to Humans')" came up as an idea by Taylor. Mercury reconstructed the track. This pop song is best known probably because of its controversial video. Flash and Larry Lurex's "Goin' Back" (in fact Queen (sans John Deacon) under a pseudonym). I Want to Break Free "I Want to Break Free" was written by John Deacon out of frustration. Tear It Up "Tear It Up" is May's song. Most of the song is made out of electronics and synthesizers. insisted he didn't want a guitar solo on the track so a synth solo was played by Fred Mandel – live. put together an additive track with piano. Note that "Tear It Up". It was written as an attempt to revive Queen's old sound. The idea for the clip was from Roger Taylor. "It's a Hard Life" and this song are free of synthesizers. May used a glass slide for his guitar solo. May played the solo on guitar. and the demo features him doing the vocals instead of Mercury. It's a Hard Life "It's a Hard Life" is one of May's and Taylor's favourite songs from Mercury (although they admitted that they hated the video). described by May in the guitar program Star Licks as very "Bohemian Rhapsody"-esque. May contributed with some of the lyrics. featuring all four Queen members dressed up as women.[5] He wrote it in Los Angeles and locked himself in the studio with a Roland Jupiter 8 and a drum machine. synth and a temporary bass part. and May collaborated with him and finished it. and conducted May about the scales he should use for the solo. May played the solo using a Telecaster. in a parody of the British soap opera Coronation Street. after Roger Taylor heard his son Felix (3 years old at the time) saying "radio ca ca". along with Radio Ga Ga are some of the heaviest uses of electronics on the album.

Mercury wrote most of the lyrics and May wrote the chords and made small lyrical contributions..[8] Is This the World We Created. Hammer to Fall "Hammer to Fall" is May's other rock song in the album. The song's music video directed by David Mallet. The song.? "Is This the World We Created."There Must Be More To Life Than This" (which was around since the "Hot Space" sessions and finally ended up on Freddie's solo record "Mr Bad Guy") was supposed to be the album's last track. The song harks back to the Queen of old. piano. keyboards. programming • Roger Taylor: drums.The Works 171 Keep Passing the Open Windows "Keep Passing the Open Windows" was written by Mercury in 1983 for the film version of The Hotel New Hampshire. electronic drums. who sings the chorus. rhythm and acoustic guitars. keyboards. I Go Crazy "I Go Crazy" is another Brian May rocker from the Works time period. and was the third song the band performed at Live Aid in 1985. according to the opening credits. programming With • Fred Mandel: Synth Brass on "I Want To Break free". Lead vocals are mostly sung by Mercury. programming • John Deacon: bass guitar. doing a call and response with May. Originally. Live versions were considerably faster and he sang it in his solo tours as well. which was demoed during the "Hot Space" sessions (some say it was tried out during "The Game" sessions) was not to the liking of the other band members and therefore removed from the album. Mercury played piano and synths and wrote the lyrics after reading the quote in the book. Synths are played by Mandel and most of vocal harmonies were recorded by May himself. Piano. keyboards. engineering • Mike Beiriger: additional engineering • Stefan Wissnet: additional engineering . twelve-string acoustic guitar. Personnel • Freddie Mercury: lead and backing vocals. keyboards. The phrase is mentioned on a number of occasions throughout the film and was.[7] The song also features in the setlist of the band's Magic Tour in 1986. making its first digital appearance on the 1991 The Works CD release. based on a novel by John Irving. with a song being built around a hard angular and muscular riff. who changed it in order to suit the album mood better. a Freddie Mercury composition. backing vocals. it ended up as a B-side. also co-produced by the band's manager Jim Beach. The song features Freddie Mercury on lead vocals. Nonetheless.?" was written in Munich after Mercury and May watched the news of poverty in Africa.. backing vocals. particularly in the bridge (save for "oh no" which is Taylor). programming • Mack: Fairlight CMI programming on "Machines". contains footage of a performance of the song in Brussels. with May singing lead on the bridge in the middle. The song ends with Taylor and Mercury alternating vocals on the word "crazy"... The song was recorded with an Ovation but live May used Taylor's Gibson Chet Atkins CE nylon-stringed guitar. Vocoder on "Machines (Back to Humans)" and "Radio Ga Ga". programming • Brian May: electric guitar. lead vocals on bridge of "I Go Crazy".[6] "Hammer to Fall" was a concert favourite. which ended up as the B-side to Roger Taylor's "Radio Ga Ga". and performed at Live Aid.

all the songs (and one non-album track.. Starting with this album.The Works • Ed Delena: additional engineering • Bill Smith: sleeve design • George Hurrell: photography 172 Singles For the first and only time in their career. the group began issuing singles in the United Kingdom under their own catalogue numbers.. "I Go Crazy") from a Queen album were used as either A-sides or B-sides on singles. Number Format A-side B-side Released date (UK) — QUEEN 1 (7" Single) (12" Single) (7" Single) (12" Single) (7" Single) (12" Single) (7" Single) (12" Single) (7" Single) (12" Single) "Radio Ga Ga" "I Go Crazy" 12QUEEN 1 QUEEN 2 "Radio Ga Ga (Extended Version)" "I Want to Break Free (Single Mix)" "I Want to Break Free (Extended Mix)" "It's a Hard Life" "Radio Ga Ga (Instrumental Version)"/"I Go Crazy" 23 January 1984 "Machines (or 'Back to Humans')" — 12QUEEN 2 QUEEN 3 "Machines (or 'Back to Humans')" 2 April 1984 "Is This the World We Created..?" 16 July 1984 "Hammer to Fall (Headbanger's Mix Edit)" "Hammer to Fall (Headbanger's Mix)" "Thank God It's Christmas" (non-album track) "Thank God It's Christmas" "Tear It Up" — 12QUEEN 4 QUEEN 5 "Tear It Up" 10 September 1984 — "Man on the Prowl"/"Keep Passing the Open Windows" 12QUEEN 5 "Man on the Prowl (Extended Version)"/"Keep Passing the Open Windows (Extended Version)" 26 November 1984 Others Format A-side "I Go Crazy" B-side US 7" Single & Cassette Single "Radio Ga Ga (US Single Edit)" US Promo 7" Single "I Want to Break Free (Single Mix)" "I Want to Break Free (Special 7" Single Edit)" US 7" Single & Cassette Single "I Want to Break Free (Single Mix)" "Machines (or 'Back to Humans') (Instrumental Version)" .?" — 12QUEEN 3 QUEEN 4 "It's a Hard Life" "Is This the World We Created..

S.The Works 173 Charts Chart positions Chart (1984) Peak position [9] 12 2 22 1 14 4 7 [16] 9 2 3 3 2 23 [22] 3 Australian Albums Chart Austrian Albums Chart [10] [11] Canadian Albums Chart Dutch Albums Chart [12] [13] French Albums Chart Italian Albums Chart [14] [15] Japanese Albums Chart New Zealand Albums Chart Norwegian Albums Chart Swedish Albums Chart Swiss Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] U. Billboard 200 West German Albums Chart Year-end charts Chart (1984) Australian Albums Chart Austrian Albums Chart [9] Position 48 2 88 37 14 [23] [24] Canadian Albums Chart Italian Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [14] [25] .

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. bpi. com/ artist/ queen-p5205/ charts-awards/ billboard-albums). Click Go [33] "American album certifications – Queen – The Works" (http:/ / www. RPM. chartstats.The Works" (http:/ / www. London. ca/ rpm/ 028020-119. [27] "Austrian album certifications – Queen – The Works" (http:/ / www.The Works" (http:/ / hitparade. com/ showitem. asp?pagkey=60463) (in Dutch). Montreux.de" (http:/ / www. . Enter The Works in the field Titel. com/ search_certifications. com/ a/ complete-uk-yearend-album-charts_post21.at . [31] "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Queen. . de/ album.st . Recording Industry Association of America. php?artist="The+ Works"). asp?search=Queen+ The+ Works). 9642& type=1& interval=24& PHPSESSID=mhe12pta2k83e08udtq66ot062). [29] "German album certifications – Queen – The Works" (http:/ / www. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-08-12. Select album in the field Format.de. . [25] "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts" (http:/ / chartheaven. uk/ certifiedawards/ search. asp) (in German). click Advanced. 'The Works')" (http:/ / www. Germany. . php?release=41928) (PHP). Select Title in the field Search by. Mountain Studios. 9. asp). . Retrieved 2011-10-03. "Queen . Chart Stats. . musiccanada. If necessary. [30] "Dutch album certifications – Queen – The Works" (http:/ / www. Retrieved 2010-12-06. charts. Retrieved 2011-08-12.The Works" (http:/ / swedishcharts. . then click SEARCH 175 A Kind of Magic A Kind of Magic Studio album by Queen Released Recorded 2 June 1986 September 1985–April 1986 at Musicland Studios.en geluidsdragers. html).The Works [18] Steffen Hung. musikindustrie. "Queen . Switzerland and Townhouse Studios. gc. swedishcharts. 01-e. .Jahreshitparade 1984" (http:/ / austriancharts. at/ 1984_album. [20] "Queen . Retrieved 2011-08-12. Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld. IFPI Austria. Enter The Works in the field Search. Enter Queen in the field Interpret. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Works& cat=a) (ASP). asp?artist=Queen& title=The+ Works& cat=a& country=de) (ASP). . Click Suchen [28] "Canadian album certifications – Queen – The Works" (http:/ / www. [23] "Austriancharts. [32] "British album certifications – Queen – The Works" (http:/ / www. . riaa. ifpi. collectionscanada. [22] "charts. aspx?st=The+ Works& sa=Queen& smt=0). com/ GPSearchResult. Music Canada. Bundesverband Musikindustrie. [19] Steffen Hung.Bestenlisten . aspx). British Phonographic Industry. [24] "Top 100 Albums of 1984" (http:/ / www. Hung Medien. [21] "Queen" (http:/ / www. Retrieved 2010-08-01. Select album in the field By Format. hitparade. Munich. . . ifpi. 1985-01-05. co. nl/ nvpi/ pagina. Hung Medien. swisscharts.80-er album" (http:/ / austriancharts. Retrieved 2011-08-12. charts. then select Album. then click Format.ch.com. . . [26] "Austriancharts. . Retrieved 2011-08-12. England Rock Genre . Retrieved 2011-10-24. de/ gold_platin_datenbank/ ?action=suche& strTitel=The+ Works& strInterpret=Queen& strTtArt=alben& strAwards=checked) (in German). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Works& cat=a) (ASP). allmusic. php?brws_s=1& file_num=nlc008388. at/ 80er_album. AllMusic. ch/ showitem. com/ goldandplatinumdata. com/ release. forumer. at/ ?section=goldplatin) (in German).

the band allowed filming of them while they were in the recording studio.A Kind of Magic 176 Length 53:36 (EMI CD) 50:31 (Hollywood CD) 40:58 (LP & Cassette version) EMI Hollywood (1991 US re-release) Queen.[3] Critical reaction to the album was mixed. "Princes of the Universe". "Who Wants to Live Forever". is the theme song to Highlander. For the first time in their career. . A Kind of Magic reached #1 in the UK.000 copies in its first week. Although Queen would release another three albums with Freddie Mercury (including the posthumous Made in Heaven). A Kind of Magic would turn out to be the band's last ever album promoted with a concert tour. and in 2007. The video for "One Vision" shows them in various stages of writing and recording the song. features an orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen. Europe only) "Who Wants to Live Forever" Released: 15 September 1986 "One Year of Love" Released: 1986 (France. but it has. while the last track. 1986 (US. It was the band's twelfth studio album and their first to be recorded digitally. because of Mercury's diagnosis with AIDS the following year and his eventual death from AIDS in 1991.[2] The sixth track on the album. the first in a series directed by Russell Mulcahy. Spain only) A Kind of Magic is a 1986 album by British rock band Queen. in recent years.[4] [5] Estimates of the albums sales currently stand at 14 million copies. Australia. The 1994 edition of the Guinness All Time Top 1000 Albums listed A Kind of Magic #171 in the all-time greatest rock and pop albums. Mack and David Richards Queen chronology Label Producer The Works (1984) A Kind of Magic (1986) The Miracle (1989) Singles from A Kind Of Magic • • • • • • • "One Vision" Released: 4 November 1985 "A Kind of Magic" Released: 17 March 1986 "Princes of the Universe" Released: April. Classic Rock ranked it the 28th greatest soundtrack album of all time. been cited by music publications and fans as one of Queen's best records of the 1980s. "One Vision" and "Friends Will Be Friends". New Zealand. and remained in the UK charts for sixty-three weeks. Japan only) "Friends Will Be Friends" Released: 9 June 1986 "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure" Released: August. selling 100.[1] The album spawned three hit singles. the album's title track "A Kind of Magic". Canada. and is based on the soundtrack to the film Highlander. 1986 (US.

Track listing Side one No. Conversely. may have come from one of the lines Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) says to describe his immortality. "Don't Lose Your Head" 9. "One Year of Love" Writer(s) Queen Roger Taylor John Deacon Length 5:10 4:24 4:26 4:21 4:07 4. Mercury 12.. he had the intention to work on a proper Highlander soundtrack in the future. at least at that point. The three songs that did not appear in Highlander are "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure". New York" made specifically for a scene in Highlander does not appear on A Kind of Magic. "Forever" May . "A Kind of Magic" 3. Title 1. According to a statement by Brian May on the Greatest Video Hits 2 DVD (2003). "Who Wants to Live Forever" Writer(s) Brian May Length 5:15 4:34 4:38 3:32 7. "Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme)" May 8. and in fact has never been released in album form to date. although in different versions.A Kind of Magic 177 A Kind of Magic and Highlander The album enjoys the status of an unofficial soundtrack for the 1986 film Highlander (for which no official soundtrack album was ever released). "One Vision" 2. "A Kind of Magic". a snippet of "Hammer to Fall" plays on a radio. Title 6. "Princes of the Universe" Taylor Mercury 1986 EMI CD bonus tracks No. "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure" Deacon. a recording of "Theme from New York. In one scene. "A Kind of 'A Kind of Magic'" Writer(s) Taylor Length 3:38 5:58 3:20 11.." Deacon.[6] Six out of nine songs on the album appeared in the film. Title 10. a song from the previously released "The Works" album. "Friends Will Be Friends" Deacon. Freddie Mercury 5. "Friends Will Be Friends Will Be Friends. The title. "Friends Will Be Friends" and "One Vision" (which was featured a year earlier in the film Iron Eagle). Mercury Side two No.

"Pain Is So Close To Pleasure (Single Remix)" 4."[7] Kerrang! reviewer wonders "how much of the album is the 'real' Queen and how much is the result of the ."[10] In a retrospective review. Title 1. "why does it not extend to those of us who are given the records to review?"[2] People Weekly wrote. yet questioned its appeal. August 1985)" 6. "This band might as well put some pomp back in its rock. writing.A Kind of Magic 178 1991 Hollywood Records CD bonus tracks No. July 11th 1986)" 7. "Friends Will Be Friends Will Be Friends" Length 2011 iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus videos No. Title 10. "One Vision (Extended Vision)" Length 3:20 6:23 2011 Bonus EP No."[9] The Times described the album as one of "the most spectacularly successful releases this year". "There's hardly a personal expression. "One Vision (Single Version)" 3. "A Kind Of Vision(Demo. "One Vision (Live at Wembley Stadium. but A Kind of Magic was their best work in some time. 1986)" 3. "A Kind Of Magic (Highlander Version)" 2. "Forever" 11. "Princes of the Universe (promo video. Title 1. "Forever (Piano Version)" 5. in this album. In this case they're just overbearing. "It may not have been as cohesive as some of their other albums. The group can be dazzling. let alone an intimate one. asking.. Rolling Stone described the album as "heavy plastic". "One Vision (extended promo video. concluding. London – 7/11/1986)" Length Reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Kerrang! Rolling Stone The Times (unfavorable) (mixed) Rating [7] [8] [9] [2] People Weekly (unfavorable)[10] Critical reaction to A Kind of Magic was mixed. "A Kind of Magic (Live @ Wembley Stadium.. Allmusic were more favourable. Its members are never going to make it as dignified elder statesmen. 1985)" 2.

Spike Edney.. It was this version that was featured on the album. All four band members were credited as songwriters. and appeared during the bar scene in Highlander. Taylor has admitted writing down some lyrics. One Year of Love "One Year of Love" is a song by Deacon. a string orchestra conducted by Lynton Naiff and a saxophone played by Steve Gregory. It was released as a single in France and Spain only.A Kind of Magic costraints/musical slant imposed upon them by writing material to go with a movie". but was used in the 1986 movie Iron Eagle. one clam..[4] 179 Song information One Vision After Queen's contribution to Live Aid. one prawn. Deacon decided to substitute the guitar components with a saxophone solo after a discussion with May. and by Dutch singer Stevie Ann in 2006. a national BBC poll saw the album voted the 42nd greatest album of all time. The song was covered by Elaine Paige in 1988 on her album called The Queen Album. The song was covered by Elaine Paige in 1988. Freddie Mercury was enthusiastic about the band and rang them up to go to the studio and write a song together. which mixes some lyrics.) could put out an album of such diverse songs without disappointing a sizeable portion of their fans". with serious lyrics about men like Martin Luther King. played during the credits of Highlander. but joked that "that rotter Freddie" had changed all his lyrics with additions like "one shrimp. The song does not appear in Highlander. concluding that "only a band of Queen's stature (.[11] In 2007. Classic Rock ranked A Kind of Magic the 28th greatest soundtrack album of all time. and even name-checking bassist John Deacon. 171 in the all-time greatest rock and pop albums. something made obvious by the demo of the song appearing for the first time on the 2011 Universal Bonus EP. The heavier. rockier alternate version. also making its official debut on the 2011 Universal Bonus EP. unbeknown to Taylor who was off to the United States for a few days. which proved to be the basis for both "One Vision" and "A Kind of Magic".[5] In 2006. The sessions were filmed and later released on the 2003 DVD set Greatest Video Hits 2. added the bassline. some connectors and re-arranged the structure. . Brian May played the opening synth section using a Yamaha DX-7. the new. however Roger Taylor stated in an interview with Australian TV that originally it had been his song. the finished product being "One Vision". released as a single and included their auxiliary live musician. Later on. one chicken". playing some keyboards. The album version features Deacon playing Yamaha DX-7 synth.[8] In the 1994 edition of The Guinness All Time Top 1000 Albums. A Kind of Magic was voted No. who does not appear in the song. more pop orientated version was still credited to Taylor. Regardless. Freddie Mercury took it over. A Kind of Magic "A Kind of Magic" was written by Roger Taylor. "polished" the lyrics.

The title also appears as a line in "One Year of Love". and the orchestra was arranged and conducted by Michael Kamen. as it adds to the sub-plot of the movie (in the film. Princes of the Universe "Princes of the Universe" is the film's theme song and the only song on the album for which Mercury received sole credit. spoken by actors Clancy Brown (The Kurgan) and Christopher Lambert (Connor MacLeod) respectively. and in some ways is a musical similitude with older Queen material. The song then segues into a cover of "Theme from New York. Director Russell Mulcahy states in the DVD commentary that this was his least favourite of the band's songs used in the film because he does not like heavy metal. Who Wants to Live Forever "Who Wants to Live Forever" was composed by May and sung in the album version as a duet between himself and Mercury. Percussion was taken over by the orchestra as well as bass (double bass in this case). Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme) "Gimme the Prize" was written by May.[12] It's one of the last of Mercury's piano ballads. in spite of Deacon miming those parts in the video. Mercury sings the first verse as well. and also samples the lines "I have something to say: It's better to burn out than to fade away" and "There can be only one".A Kind of Magic 180 Pain Is So Close to Pleasure "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure" began as a riff idea by May. Synths are done on a Yamaha DX-7 by May. . reaching #26 on the Dutch charts. which has May singing first). The song takes its name from a line spoken in Highlander. This would be one of the last times Mercury would sing a Queen song completely in falsetto. unlike the album version. and is played for a short time when Kurgan kidnaps Brenda. It serves as somewhat of a 'love theme' of Highlander. Friends Will Be Friends "Friends Will Be Friends" was written by Mercury and Deacon. The song is played in the opening credits of Highlander. Deacon did not participate. May also commented (to a Japanese magazine in 1986) that both Mercury and Deacon hated the song. It was noted as being a modern update of the 70's Queen rock anthems "We Are The Champions" and "We Will Rock You" and reached #14 in the UK. demonstrating Queen returning to their hard rock and heavy metal roots. This song is featured in Highlander.[13] The music video uses clips and scenery from the movie. Don't Lose Your Head "Don't Lose Your Head" was composed by Taylor and features Joan Armatrading in a vocal cameo. It is another song not featured in Highlander. as well as a cameo by Christopher Lambert. with lyrics written by Mercury (which was confirmed by May on his website). It is quite a complex and heavy work. though it is only a small clip. and Taylor played some drum-machine parts and contributed backing vocals. New York". The song has a Motown style and was released as a single in 1986. Then Deacon and Mercury turned that into a song. with Deacon playing rhythm guitar. such as "Play the Game" and "We Are the Champions". An instrumental version of the track entitled "A Dozen Red Roses for My Darling" is featured as the B-side to "A Kind of Magic".

released in the UK on 17 March 1986. • A Kind of Magic. released in the US and parts of Europe only. synthesisers. the first after their much-lauded appearance at the Live Aid concert. • Friends Will Be Friends. released on 15 September 1986. programming Roger Taylor – drums. reached #3 on its home chart. released in the UK on 4 November 1985. reaching seventh in the UK and making top ten throughout Europe. The song also appears on Greatest Hits III. electric guitars. reached #24 in the UK. was never released as a single in the UK. synthesisers. Personnel Queen • • • • Freddie Mercury – lead and backing vocals. It was also used as the theme music for the Highlander television show which followed the movie in 1992-1998. along with 40 choirboys and two thousand candles. released in France and Spain only. it peaked at #42 in the US and has been played on radios mostly in New England (Similar to their first single Keep Yourself Alive). • Pain Is So Close to Pleasure. Russell Mulcahy. it is a cult favourite due to the 1986 film Highlander in the USA. synthesisers. While charting well everywhere else.A Kind of Magic 181 Singles • Queen recorded One Vision. and is cut with scenes from the film. lead vocals on "Who Wants to Live Forever" synthesisers. The song appeared in the film Iron Eagle. directed the song's accompanying video. electronic drums. backing vocals. director of Highlander. reached #14 in the UK and made the top 40 throughout Europe. programming Brian May – electric guitars. It did well on the charts. released on 9 June 1986. programming Additional musicians • • • • • Spike Edney – additional keyboards Joan Armatrading – incidental vocals on "Don't Lose Your Head" Steve Gregory – alto saxophone on "One Year of Love" String section on "One Year of Love" arranged and conducted by Lynton Naiff National Philharmonic Orchestra on "Who Wants to Live Forever" arranged by Michael Kamen and May and conducted by Kamen Other • Roger Chiasson – Album cover Charts Chart positions . piano. The music video featured Christopher Lambert and the band on part of the film set. • Princes of the Universe. • Who Wants to Live Forever.[14] It was released as a single in the Netherlands on 28 February 2000. The National Philharmonic Orchestra featured in the song's video. programming John Deacon – bass guitar. backing vocals. While not a hit. • One Year of Love.

A Kind of Magic 182 Chart (1986) Peak position [15] 12 3 50 2 6 13 25 [22] 9 5 9 4 1 46 [28] 4 Australian Albums Chart Austrian Albums Chart [16] [17] Canadian Albums Chart Dutch Albums Chart [18] [19] French Albums Chart Italian Albums Chart [20] [21] Japanese Albums Chart New Zealand Albums Chart Norwegian Albums Chart Swedish Albums Chart Swiss Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [23] [24] [25] [26] [27] U. Billboard 200 West German Albums Chart Year-end charts Chart (1986) Australian Albums Chart Austrian Albums Chart Italian Albums Chart Swiss Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [15] Position 68 16 62 18 8 [29] [20] [30] [31] Certifications .S.

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the back cover went a step further with a seamless regiment of the bands' eyes. Austria. and Switzerland. The album reached #1 in the UK. they decided to change the name to The Miracle. in line with their decision to dispense with individual credits and simply present their music as the product of Queen. to combine photographs of the familiar faces of the four band members into one morphed Gestalt image. recorded as the band recovered from Brian May's marital problems and Freddie Mercury's AIDS diagnosis (which was. 2. according to Roger Taylor. "I Want It All" Writer(s) John Deacon. Allmusic would name it as Queen's best album of the 1980s. 5.The Miracle 185 58:40 (1991 Hollywood CD) Parlophone (UK). Hollywood Records (1991 US re-release) Queen. Brian May. though known to the band. Listed below are the respective writers. the Netherlands. Recording started in January 1988 and lasted twelve months. David Richards Queen chronology Length Label Producer A Kind of Magic (1986) The Miracle (1989) Innuendo (1991) Singles from The Miracle 1. Germany.[1] Track listing All tracks credited to Queen. Deacon May Length 2:24 2:47 5:02 4:40 3:55 5. "The Invisible Man" Roger Taylor .5 million copies. The striking cover art utilised the Quantel Paintbox. then state of the art image-manipulation technology. The Miracle is estimated to have sold 9. 4. Capitol Records (original 1989 US release). It was the band's thirteenth studio album. not publicised at the time). "Khashoggi's Ship" 3. The album was originally going to be called "The Invisible Man". "I Want It All" Released: 2 May 1989 "Breakthru" Released: 19 June 1989 "The Invisible Man" Released: 7 August 1989 "Scandal" Released: 9 October 1989 "The Miracle" Released: 27 November 1989 The Miracle is a 1989 album by British rock band Queen. Side one No. Title 1. along with The Game. 3. "Party" 2. but three weeks before the release. Freddie Mercury Queen Mercury. and #24 on the American Billboard 200 chart. "The Miracle" 4.

"The Invisible Man (12” Version)" Length 2011 iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus videos No. "Scandal (12" Mix)" Length 6:34 2011 Bonus EP No. "Rain Must Fall" 3. "Was It All Worth It" Mercury Extra tracks (CD versions only) No. "The Making of The Miracle album cover (1989)" Length . "Breakthru" 2. "My Baby Does Me" Deacon. "Chinese Torture" Writer(s) Queen Mercury. Title 11. "I Want It All (promo video. "Stealin’ (B-Side)" 6. May Length 3:46 1:46 5:29 13. "Hang On In There (B-Side)" 4. Mercury 5. Title 14. "Chinese Torture (Instrumental)" 7. 1989)" 2. "Scandal" Writer(s) Mercury (intro). August 1988)" 3. Title 1. Taylor Deacon (Music). "The Invisible Man (Early Version with Guide Vocal. "Hang on in There" 12. Title 1. Title 1.The Miracle 186 Side two No. Mercury (Lyrics) May Length 4:07 4:20 4:42 3:22 5:45 4. "Hijack My Heart (B-Side)" 5. "The Making of “The Miracle” promo video (1989)" 3. "I Want It All (Single Version)" 2. "The Invisible Man (12" Version)" Taylor Bonus track (1991 Hollywood Records CD reissue) No.

this track flows seamlessly from 'Party'. Khashoggi's Ship "Khashoggi's Ship" was started by Mercury with all four of them contributing to the lyrics and music. "Brian May" (repeated once) before his guitar solo. 1989) that Taylor wrote part of the song in the bath (similarly to what happened with Mercury and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" ten years before). "The Show Must Go On". Mercury and May share the lead vocals. May played acoustic and electric guitars and Taylor used double-kick bass drum for the first time. From then on the three of them worked together and completed it. On the album. choruses. and solos over the same chord progression was reused on their next album with another May song. The song served as the reference to the name of the Khashoggi character in the We Will Rock You musical. to which it has a very similar lyrical theme. May sings lead on a small portion of the song near the beginning. The whispered parts of the chorus are sung by Taylor. Taylor "answers" with a drum fill.The Miracle 187 Song information Party "Party" began as a jam session between Mercury. May commented that the song was inspired by his second wife. using a Korg M1. The song is about famous billionaire Adnan Khashoggi and a ship (the Nabila. "I Want it All.but nevertheless credited to Queen. May and Taylor commented (Queen for an Hour interview. and I Want It Now!" The idea of having intro. Mercury was at the piano and he started off the "we had a good night" section. This is the only track which can truly be seen as a 'Queen' track in the sense that all the rest were written by sole members . I Want It All "I Want It All" was composed by May in 1987. and "Roger Taylor" (with the initial "r" rolled by Mercury to sound like a drum roll) after the lyric "look at me. which was made in 1990. "John Deacon" after the first verse. look at me". Anita Dobson's favourite motto. now Kingdom 5KR) that he owned at the time and was one of the largest private yachts in the world. It is one of May's favourite songs. An unreleased version features a completely different middle-eight with Mercury singing alternate lyrics in the style of Elvis Presley. verses. The Miracle "The Miracle" is one of the most complex songs from the band's last years. May and Deacon. The names of all four band members are "hidden" in the vocals: "Freddie Mercury" right before the first verse begins. The Invisible Man "The Invisible Man" is Taylor's first song on the album. The lyrical idea came from a book he was reading after which the beat instantly came to his head. . On the Greatest Video Hits II DVD. Mercury played keyboards. Mercury and Deacon co-wrote the chords together. The entire band contributed with lyrical and some musical ideas and Mercury played piano as well as many synth-tracks.

Rain Must Fall "Rain Must Fall" is a collaboration between Deacon (music) and Mercury (lyrics) (as confirmed by both the producer David Richards and. it is replied each time with a harmonised "hang on in there". which had been controversial about his recent divorce. May played keyboards and did the guitar solo as a first take. all members contributed ideas and lyrics (for example . Taylor recorded a lot of Latin percussion but most of that was edited out in order to have more space for synths. This song was released as a single and made the top ten in the UK over the summer of 1989. Both of them had the idea of a simpler track in order to ease off the album. his relationship with actress Anita Dobson. Though the bulk of the song was masterminded by Mercury. written by Taylor with input by the others in the key change. In a Radio 1 interview in 1989.a similar vocals purely by Taylor. guitars and vocal harmonies. Taylor's songs tended to be in flat keys. . keyboards. the second . Mercury's lead vocals were also a first take. by Mercury. and features May playing both acoustic and electric guitars. the first response are the multitracked vocals by May only. Deacon later cited the song as his favourite on the album. In the middle of the song just when the guitar riff comes and Mercury sings "hang on in there" twice. as well as keyboards . In the song. Scandal "Scandal" was written by May about the British press. Hang on in There The first of two tracks which only appeared on the CD version of the album. and Mercury's rare public appearances due to his battle with AIDS. and "Breakthru". The song originally appeared as the B-side to the "I Want It All" single. Was It All Worth It "Was It All Worth It" was composed by Mercury. in the mid-80s. My Baby Does Me "My Baby Does Me" is another collaboration of Mercury and Deacon. The song harks back to the band's intricately-produced sound in the 1970s. both Mercury and Deacon claim each other constructed the bassline. This song was written by all four band members.a job he shared with Mercury. Synth-bass is played by David Richards. Mercury hits an E5 twice. more recently.Taylor contributed the line "we love you madly!"). May on his website).The Miracle 188 Breakthru "Breakthru" is the joint of two songs: "A New Life Is Born". Taylor uses a gong and timpani. when he started writing at the piano instead of on a guitar. May has since commented that the song is very close to his heart in spite of his life at the time going through a difficult phase. who also plays piano.

A reworked version was later released on the 1995 Made in Heaven album. Most of the 10 songs. The song is performed mainly through spoken words. this song also features him on lead vocals. clever melodies and cunning stylizations." Mercury's voice is steady and solid. credited to the band as a whole). This song appeared as the B-side to the "Breakthru" single. here's an album (like so many of Queen's others) that should be used as a pop music how-to for aspirants. stick pretty much to the band's formula of mini-suites: edgy pop with tempos that change half-way into the number and some delicious hooks. as usual. It was credited to the band as an entity rather than just to its actual composer. NY) The Dallas Morning News (mixed) [4] [5] [6] [7] Rating [1] [2] [3] (favorable) (favorable) (favorable) Sun-Sentinel wrote "With Freddie Mercury in vintage light-operatic form. It is a dark instrumental which conveys the horror and fear that Chinese Water Torture was known to evoke in victims. Hijack My Heart Written by Taylor. Combining the forces of rock. despite his original annoyance at her rudeness and mannerisms. In recent years it has been worked into May's guitar solos. as all other songs from these sessions. NY) wrote "On "The Miracle. May's runs are as flashy and supple as ever.The Miracle 189 Chinese Torture The second of the CD-only tracks did not even appear on a single release. pop. this song was the B-side to "Scandal". but occasionally has lines sung. It tells the story of a man who falls in love with a woman he meets. It was the B-side to "The Invisible Man". no telling which way this band will go. The Miracle never lets down. Non-album tracks Stealin' Principally composed by Mercury (though." Newsday (Melville. My Life Has Been Saved Written by Deacon (originally as an acoustic track) about the state the world is in. metal. written collaboratively by the four members. this song is a tongue-in-cheek representation of a man who spends his life committing robbery." . affording even the most jaded ear a challenge. From one track to the next there is. Critical reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Rolling Stone Q Magazine The Times Sun-Sentinel Newsday (Melville. first in the 2005/06 Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour.

May's role on The Miracle is. the album lacks the sense of dynamics that marked most of Queen's early work. limited to a quick.). Brian May is still in fighting trim. The Miracle is a showcase for Freddie Mercury and his love of sweeping. recalling the rich sounds of their past classics (1976's A Day at the Races. quasi-operatic vocals. Mercury – especially on the title track – has never sounded better. The Miracle is Queen's strongest album of the '80s. and that gift comes in handy on The Miracle. etc." Allmusic stated "The Miracle packs quite a sonic punch. too – when you can hear him. And indeed. typically brilliant solo here and there. At least The Miracle offers little snippets of Queen's former majesty. Along with The Game. One of his strengths is his ability to take even the schlockiest material and make it his own. Only on a few tracks ("Khashoggi's Ship" and "Was It All Worth It") does May really let it rip.The Miracle Rolling Stone stated "The band hasn't been so bogged down by synthesizers and pinging drum machines since Hot Space. it's like the old Queen peeping out for just a moment and then turning tail. and when he does. for the most part. Split 50/50 between pop and heavy rock. As a result. Billboard 200 ." 190 Charts Chart positions Chart (1989) Peak position [8] 4 1 18 1 11 1 3 23 [16] 2 2 6 1 1 24 Australian Albums Chart Austrian Albums Chart [9] [10] Canadian Albums Chart Dutch Albums Chart [11] [12] [13] French Albums Chart German Albums Chart Italian Albums Chart [14] [15] Japanese Albums Chart New Zealand Albums Chart Norwegian Albums Chart Swedish Albums Chart Swiss Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] U. even re-establishing the band stateside (going Top 30 and attaining gold status). the album was another global smash.S.

its video was filmed on a private steam train known as "The Miracle Express". It is a protest song about the way the tabloids dealt with May's relationship with actress Anita Dobson. released in the UK on 2 May 1989.130 [27] [29] Finland (IFPI Finland) France (SNEP) [28] 163. The song became an anti-apartheid anthem among youth in South Africa and also has been used to protest other causes. was released in the UK on 19 June 1989. but only reached #50 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. the second single. it hit #3 in British charts but made it to #1 hit in numerous other European countries. The song peaked at #7 in the UK.000 [25] Netherlands (NVPI) Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) United Kingdom (BPI) United States (RIAA) ^ x [33] [34] 500000^ shipments figures based on certification alone unspecified figures based on certification alone Singles Five singles were released from the album. released in the UK on 7 August 1989. the video featured scores of computer-duplicated band members moving in unison. This song was later covered by the late Scatman John. • "Breakthru". .000 Germany (BVMI) [30] [31] 500000^ 100000^ 50000x 480. • "The Invisible Man". Also appearing in the video was Debbie Leng. The song became Queen's first American rock radio hit since Under Pressure by peaking at #3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Singles chart. hit #12 in the UK and was a hit throughout Europe. • "Scandal" was the fourth single from The Miracle. It peaked at #25 in the UK. The song was also released as a single in the US. This well-known anthem has been heard as a rallying song for African youth.The Miracle 191 Year-end charts Chart (1989) Austrian Albums Chart [22] [23] Position 12 66 15 6 14 Canadian Albums Chart Italian Albums Chart Swiss Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [14] [24] [25] Certifications Region Austria (IFPI Austria) [26] [27] Certification Sales/shipments Gold Gold Gold Platinum Platinum [32] Platinum Platinum Gold 25000x 43. all in 1989: • "I Want It All" was the lead single from the album. who was at the time Roger Taylor's girlfriend.

Articles. Retrieved 2011-08-12.Queen" (http:/ / www. . australian-charts. .Library and Archives Canada" (http:/ / www. released on 27 November 1989 in the UK. [9] Steffen Hung.Queen Archives: Freddie Mercury. NY) . Justin Shirley-Smith • Mastered by Kevin Metcalf and Gordon Vickary • Computer programming by Brian Zellis • Album sleeve design by Richard Gray • Original photography by Simon Fowler References [1] Prato. collectionscanada. . Roger Taylor. Retrieved 2011-08-12. programming • Brian May: electric guitars.Queen Archives: Freddie Mercury. Brian May.Newsday (Melville. com/ index. queenarchives. keyboards. . the fifth and final single from the album of the same name. php?title=Queen_-_07-02-1989_-_The_Miracle_-_The_Dallas_Morning_News). Queen Archives.Sun-Sentinel . John Brough. reached #21 on British charts. Queen: • Freddie Mercury: lead and backing vocals. [2] (http:/ / www. 192 Personnel Since the album does not feature credits. Queen Archives. Interviews. Brian May. synthesizers. . Retrieved 2011-08-12. lead vocals on "I Want It All". Andy Mason. Collectionscanada. . synthesizers. php?PHPSESSID=53gtrvbfj0gk7r9b4sd40dtvu0& q1=Queen+ The+ Miracle& q2=Top+ Albums/ CDs& interval=30).06-09-1989 . Roger Taylor. however. allmusic.Queen Archives: Freddie Mercury. this personnel has been compiled from various interviews with the band and the producer. these were actually young Queen lookalikes (including a then-unknown Ross McCall) who performed a Queen-style stage show. com/ index.05-20-1989 .The Miracle . 1989-06-25.The Miracle . [6] "Queen Interviews .The Dallas Morning News . [7] "Queen Interviews .The Miracle" (http:/ / australian-charts.06-25-1989 . Brian May. backing vocals. php?title=Queen_-_05-20-1989_-_The_Miracle_-_The_Times). queenarchives. keyboards. 01-e. [10] "Results . Articles. com/ artists/ queen/ albums/ album/ 192130/ review/ 5946146/ the_miracle) [3] Q Magazine 08/01/1994 [4] "Queen Interviews . acoustic guitars.Queen Archives: Freddie Mercury. synthesizer. Retrieved 2011-08-12.Queen . [5] "Queen Interviews . asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Miracle& cat=a). piano. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Miracle& cat=a). Reviews" (http:/ / www. AllMusic.com. John Deacon. ca/ rpm/ 028020-110. [8] Steffen Hung. John Deacon.07-02-1989 . austriancharts. Queen Archives. queenarchives. Reviews" (http:/ / www. . 1989-05-20. synthesizers.Queen . Articles. Roger Taylor.The Miracle . Retrieved 2011-08-12. com/ showitem. "The Miracle . . com/ index.gc. Interviews. electronic drums. at/ showitem. Retrieved 2011-08-12.The Miracle • "The Miracle". . The real band appeared only at the end jamming with their younger counterparts. gc. "Queen . Interviews. Greg (1989-06-06). John Deacon. com/ album/ the-miracle-r15983). Reviews" (http:/ / www. programming Additional keyboards by David Richards • Engineered by David Richards • Assistant engineers: Andrew Bradfield. John Deacon. backing vocals. rollingstone.ca.The Miracle .Queen . Interviews. "Queen ._NY)).Queen . Its video mimicked that of "The Invisible Man" in that it featured duplicate band members.at. electric guitars.RPM . programming • Roger Meddows Taylor: drums. com/ index.The Times . Retrieved 2011-08-12. queenarchives. Angelique Cooper. Brian May. lead vocals on "The Invisible Man". Articles. Roger Taylor.The Miracle" (http:/ / austriancharts. php?title=Queen_-_06-25-1989_-_The_Miracle_-_Newsday_(Melville. Queen Archives. Claude Frider. Retrieved 2011-08-12. programming • John Deacon: bass guitar. php?title=Queen_-_06-09-1989_-_The_Miracle_-_Sun-Sentinel). Reviews" (http:/ / www.

. Infodisc. com/ search_certifications. norwegiancharts.The Miracle" (http:/ / norwegiancharts. Enter The Miracle in the field Search. British Phonographic Industry. . . co. com/ fr/ pag-259165-CERTIFICATIONS. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Miracle& cat=a). Select album in the field By Format.Albums Chart Daijiten . uk/ certifiedawards/ search.it. ch/ year. . html). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Miracle& cat=a). com/ artist/ queen/ chart-history/ 5473#/ artist/ queen/ chart-history/ 5473?f=305& g=Albums). . 2007-12-30.The Miracle" (http:/ / swedishcharts. [26] "Austrian album certifications – Queen – The Miracle" (http:/ / www. Chart Stats. Retrieved 2011-08-12. [18] Steffen Hung. "Queen . php?debut=2200). Select album in the field Format. Enter Queen in the field Interpret. click Advanced. Retrieved 2011-08-12.The Miracle [11] Steffen Hung. . asp?artist=Queen& title=The+ Miracle& cat=a& country=de). swisscharts. [25] "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts" (http:/ / chartheaven. [15] a-クイーン ".nz. hitparadeitalia. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Miracle& cat=a). dutchcharts. [29] "Les Albums Or" (http:/ / www. Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. [31] "Dutch album certifications – Queen – The Miracle" (http:/ / www. . Hung Medien. . de/ album. Retrieved 2011-08-12. org. ifpi. jp/ ~yamag/ album/ al_queen. ne. fi/ tilastot/ artistit/ Queen) (in Finnish). bpi. . disqueenfrance. Hung Medien. html& type=8) (in French). asp?key=1989). [23] "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1989" (http:/ / www. [28] "French album certifications – Queen – The Miracle" (http:/ / www. ifpi. Retrieved 2011-08-12.The Miracle" (http:/ / charts. RPM. riaa. collectionscanada. swedishcharts. [30] "German album certifications – Queen – The Miracle" (http:/ / www. com/ goldandplatinumdata. com/ release. 'The Miracle')" (http:/ / www. at/ ?section=goldplatin) (in German). com/ showitem.The Miracle" (http:/ / dutchcharts. 9.ch . Retrieved 2011-08-31. [33] "British album certifications – Queen – The Miracle" (http:/ / www. Billboard. . [17] Steffen Hung. Recording Industry Association of America. [32] "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Queen. If necessary. Retrieved 2011-09-14. Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. [12] "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste" (http:/ / www. nl/ showitem. "Queen . gc. htm) (in Italian).Jahreshitparade 1989" (http:/ / austriancharts. Enter The Miracle in the field Titel. hitparade. Retrieved 2011-08-12. "Queen . infodisc. Bundesverband Musikindustrie. . charts. it/ hp_yenda/ lpe1989. 1990-01-13.en geluidsdragers. billboard. Retrieved 2011-08-12. Retrieved 2011-08-12. php?release=42966). asp). . Retrieved 2010-08-01.nl. . Click Go [34] "American album certifications – Queen – The Miracle" (http:/ / www.The Miracle" (http:/ / hitparade. Hung Medien. ca/ rpm/ 028020-119. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Miracle& cat=a). . nl/ nvpi/ pagina.de. [21] "Queen Album & Song Chart History" (http:/ / www. musikindustrie.fr. ifpi. infodisc. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Miracle& cat=a). Retrieved 2011-08-12. [24] "Hitparade. Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld. php?& file_num=nlc008388. [16] Steffen Hung. "Queen . 01-e. aspx). . a-クイーン. charts.com.com. com/ showitem. then click Format. . html) (in Japanese). com/ a/ complete-uk-yearend-album-charts_post21. [13] "charts. 6625& type=1& interval=20& PHPSESSID=c6btf3r8hs459qqt5ln3o3dcv5). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 2011-10-03. Select Title in the field Search by. fr/ CDCertif_O. fr/ Album_Q.st .Gli album più venduti del 1989" (http:/ / www.The Miracle" (http:/ / www. "Queen . infodisc. . Click Suchen [27] "Finnish album certifications – Queen – The Miracle" (http:/ / www. hitparadeitalia. forumer.ch. asp?search=Queen+ The+ Miracle). charts. de/ gold_platin_datenbank/ ?action=suche& strTitel=The+ Miracle& strInterpret=Queen& strTtArt=alben& strAwards=checked) (in German). at/ 1989_album. Retrieved 2011-10-17. Retrieved 2011-10-03. . php). asp?pagkey=60463) (in Dutch). then click SEARCH 193 . . then select Album. nz/ showitem. chartstats. [19] Steffen Hung.Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) .org. Retrieved 2011-10-03.Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1989" (http:/ / hitparade. [22] "Austriancharts. [14] "Hit Parade Italia . .Queen" (http:/ / www7a.de" (http:/ / www. SNEP. Retrieved 2011-08-12.fr. php?artist="The+ Miracle"). . . . ch/ showitem. biglobe.com. [20] "Queen .

The album was released in the United States one day . 4. Switzerland (eight weeks) and Italy (three weeks). it was the final studio album to be released in Freddie Mercury's lifetime and is the last to be composed entirely of new material. 2. 5. London. "Innuendo" Released: 14 January 1991 "I'm Going Slightly Mad" Released: 4 March 1991 "Headlong" Released: 13 May 1991 "The Show Must Go On" Released: 14 October 1991 "These Are the Days of Our Lives" Released: 9 December 1991 Innuendo is the fourteenth studio album by British rock band Queen.Innuendo 194 Innuendo Innuendo Studio album by Queen Released 5 February 1991 Recorded March 1989 – November 1990 at Metropolis Studios. and Mountain Studios. Released in February 1991. Germany (six weeks). Switzerland Genre Length Label Rock 53:44 Parlophone Hollywood Records (US) Producer Queen David Richards Queen chronology The Miracle (1989) Innuendo (1991) Made in Heaven (1995) Singles from Innuendo 1. 3. It reached #1 on the United Kingdom album charts (two weeks) as well as in the Netherlands (four weeks). Montreux.

Lead singer Freddie Mercury conducted an interview with BBC Radio 1. Queen won the BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.[7] Mercury did not to speak publicly about his health. Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS (having being diagnosed as HIV positive in 1987).[5] The 1990 BRIT Awards would be Mercury's final public appearance in his lifetime.[3] 195 Background Queen released their thirteenth studio album. Mercury's increasingly gaunt appearance at the ceremony sparked further speculation from the public about his health. they did not conduct a live tour. In Easter 1987. The album would be the first Queen album to go Gold in the US upon its release since The Works in 1984.Innuendo after it was released in Britain. The album cover was designed by Queen and Richard Gray.[4] however. member Brian May spoke for the band. Stylistically. Hollywood Records. under a new label. The booklets and single covers from the album are by Grandville. saying that he would "keep working until I fucking drop". or are inspired by his illustrations. the band decided again that all work would be credited to Queen as a whole instead of to individual contributing members.[9] The album was released in the U.tour" routine. As a result. at one point. Current estimates at the worldwide sales of the album stand at around 11 million copies. The Miracle. Innuendo was voted the 94th greatest album of all time in a national 2006 BBC poll. while Taylor said that it helped eliminate much of the egotistical struggles that would normally cause bands to break up.[2] Mercury died ten months after its release. and strong vocals from Mercury ranging over four octaves. in an effort to garner greater exposure there. rumours were spreading about Mercury's health and of the possibility that he had the disease. Innuendo is in some sense a return to Queen's roots. where the safer and more peaceful atmosphere allowed to band to concentrate. . but unlike their previous albums. saying that he did not want to sell his music out of the people's sympathy. During this time.[5] [8] Mercury was persistently bothered by reporters at his London home. the band relocated to Mountain Studios in Montreaux.[6] While Mercury accepted the award for the band at the Dominion Theatre. in May 1989. making it difficult for the band to record music. psychedelic effects ("I'm Going Slightly Mad"). except where noted. complex musical composition (title track).[10] Track listing CD All songs written and composed by Queen. He was determined to continue working on music with Queen for as long as he could.[4] Early in Innuendo's recording.[5] While he kept quiet due to his personal rule not to talk to the media.tour . which was not yet publicised and was only known to the rest of the band.album . the other band members denied the rumours. The album was recorded from early 1989 to late 1990. The band and producers were aiming for a November or December release date in order to catch the crucial Christmas market. Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS. band member Roger Taylor told reporters that "he is healthy and working". May said that the decision made a significant impact in the recording process.S.[1] with its harder rock sound. but Mercury's declining health meant that the release of the album did not take place until January 1991.[5] In 1990. where he said that he wanted to break from the "album . although he was keeping his illness a secret and denied countless media reports that he was seriously ill.

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CD version No. Title 1. "Innuendo" 2. "I'm Going Slightly Mad" 3. "Headlong" 4. "I Can't Live With You" 5. "Don't Try So Hard" 6. "Ride the Wild Wind" 7. "All God's People" (Queen, Mike Moran) 8. "These Are the Days of Our Lives" 9. "Delilah" 10. "The Hitman" 11. "Bijou" 12. "The Show Must Go On" Length 6:29 4:22 4:39 4:35 3:39 4:41 4:19 4:12 3:32 4:52 3:37 4:24

2011 Bonus EP No. Title 1. "I Can’t Live With You (1997 Rocks Retake)" 2. "Lost Opportunity (B-Side)" 3. "Ride The Wild Wind (Early Version with Guide Vocal)" 4. "I’m Going Slightly Mad (Mad Mix)" 5. "Headlong (Embryo with Guide Vocal)" Length

2011 iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus videos No. Title 1. "Innuendo (alternative promo video, 1991)" 2. "These Are the Days of Our Lives (Hollywood Records alternative promo video, 1991)" 3. "“Mad in the Making”: The Making of the “I’m Going Slightly Mad” promo video (1991)" Length

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Side one No. Title 1. "Innuendo" Primary song writer(s) Freddie Mercury (Music), Roger Taylor (Lyrics) Length 6:29 4:04 4:31 4:35 4:41

2. "I'm Going Slightly Mad" (Queen, Peter Straker) Mercury (Music, Lyrics), Peter Straker (Lyrics) 3. "Headlong" 4. "I Can't Live with You" 5. "Ride the Wild Wind" Brian May May Taylor

Side two No. Title Primary song writer(s) Length 3:53 3:55 3:32 3:32 3:43 1:19 4:31

1. "All God's People" (Queen, Mike Moran) Mercury (Music, Lyrics), Moran (Music) 2. "These Are the Days of Our Lives" 3. "Delilah" 4. "Don't Try So Hard" 5. "The Hitman" 6. "Bijou" 7. "The Show Must Go On" Taylor Mercury Mercury, Deacon Mercury, May, John Deacon May, Mercury May

Song information
Innuendo
"Innuendo" began as a jam session in Switzerland amongst May, Taylor and Deacon in spring 1989. Mercury was upstairs and heard them playing the beat, and turned it into a song, creating the melody and starting off the lyrics. From then on all four worked on polishing the track and Taylor took over the lyrics (which were written as a tribute to Led Zeppelin and their song "Kashmir"). The middle section, written by Mercury, was included later and it featured a synth-orchestra programmed by producer David Richards and a flamenco interlude played by Yes guitarist Steve Howe, who had come to visit them and was asked to play.[11] "Innuendo" was released as a single in January 1991, debuting at #1 in the UK.[12]

I'm Going Slightly Mad
"I'm Going Slightly Mad" was begun in Mercury's London house, after he'd got the idea of writing a song about madness, inspired by Noel Coward's camp one-liners. Most of the lyrics (like "banana tree" or "one needle") came from both him and his friend Peter Straker, who stayed up all night in Mercury's kitchen, devising ever more outlandish lines. The music is Mercury's as well and it is one of the earliest songs the band were working on in Montreux when Steve Howe came in. The video that accompanied the song saw Mercury dressed in a costume suit with wild hair, white gloves, long pointing shoes and extremely heavy make up, filmed in black and white. Whilst Queen fans were thoroughly amused by the band in the video, in the documentary, "Champions of the World", Taylor confessed, from the band's perspective, the video was marred by Mercury's appearance having to be camouflaged by costume and make-up, as Taylor admitted Mercury looked "pretty ill, at that point."[13]

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Headlong
"Headlong" came from May at the studio they'd got in Switzerland. He recorded it for the solo album he was doing at the same time. May heard Mercury singing it and instantly decided that it worked better as a Queen track. Then the band took it over and they all made modifications.

I Can't Live with You
"I Can't Live with You" was also written for May's solo album. He gave it to the band as well since Taylor, Deacon and Mercury were fond of the track. Drums were programmed on synth by May, and the keyboard-pads were added by the producer. An alternative version of this song appeared on the 1997 compilation album Queen Rocks, billed as the "'97 Rocks Retake". it was said to be more along the lines of how May and Taylor originally wanted the track to sound, with a harder, guitar-driven rock edge. May has stated in a interview, that most of the original demo is in the recording, making the song "Impossible to mix".

Don't Try So Hard
"Don't Try So Hard" came from Mercury.[14] The intro "rain" is actually the pre-set sound of the Korg M1, which appears when it is switched on. Mercury sings most of the song in falsetto, but sings up to a D5 in full voice in the chorus. The song's middle section is written in a style reminiscent of Queen's early 1980s-songs such as Play The Game.

Ride the Wild Wind
"Ride The Wild Wind" was composed by Taylor, who recorded a demo with his own vocals. The definitive version is sung by Mercury with Taylor on backing vocals. The song is a sort of sequel of Taylor's "A Night at the Opera" composition, "I'm In Love With My Car", which focused on Taylor's passion for cars and race. This time, the song involved all of the other members, that gave life to a fast song with beating drums and rhythmic bass line, eerily note-for-note similar to The Smiths' "Shakespeare's Sister_(song)", which create the sensation of speed and engine's roar. In the mid-part, a May solo, which accentuates the sense of high velocity, and also gives the song a heavier sound. In some parts, a racing car can be heard. It was released as a single in Poland, peaking at #1.

All God's People
"All God's People" started off as part of Mercury's Barcelona project under the title "Africa by Night" (hence the co-writing credit with Mike Moran). He'd asked May to play guitar, then one thing led to another and the entire band played. Piano was recorded by Mike Moran. The song features Mercury singing a chest-voiced F5, his highest full-voice note, as well as some very low notes.

These Are the Days of Our Lives
"These Are the Days of Our Lives" was written by Taylor. It is harmonically and structurally one of the simplest songs of the band's catalogue. Keyboards were programmed by all band members in the studio, and conga percussion was recorded by David Richards. The music video for this song was Mercury's last appearance in a video medium, and with his knowing farewell look straight at the camera, Mercury whispers "I still love you" at the end of the song.[15] [16] By the time the video was made, it had become impossible to disguise that Mercury was seriously ill. The video was filmed in black and white and this helped somewhat to minimise Mercury's ill/frail appearance. At a later date, colour footage of the band making the video was released, revealing just how ill Mercury was at the time.

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Delilah
"Delilah" is a song Mercury penned for his favourite housecat, a female tortoiseshell cat, named Delilah. May recorded his solo using a talk box. Reportedly, Taylor was not fond of the song and agreed to let it be included in the album only at Mercury's insistence.

The Hitman
The fly-away rocker "Hitman" was started by Mercury as well. The original version was apparently on keyboards and in a different key. May took Mercury's riff (not un-common), changed the key and recorded a demo of the heavy version. Deacon then re-arranged the structure and they all filled the gaps in lyrics and recorded it. All of the backing vocals were done by May. The demo version is sung by May, with Mercury making spoken comments (like "Bite the bullet baby!"). The finished product features Mercury's vocals peaking at an E♭5.

Bijou
"Bijou" was an idea Mercury and May had of making a song "inside-out" (having guitar doing the verses and the vocal doing the break). Mercury put the chords, title and lyrics, and the two of them worked on the guitar parts. Mercury sang the first line and then May transferred the melody to his Red Special. The song was finished without any input from Taylor or Deacon. The idea was not new and already used by Yes on their song "Soon". May later credited Jeff Beck's 1989 song "Where Were You" as the inspiration for 'Bijou'. In 2008, Queen + Paul Rodgers performed this song in their shows of the Rock the Cosmos Tour by May playing the verse live and then having Mercury's studio vocals play while a screen showed footage from the band's famous Wembley concert in 1986, with the visuals put in sync with the tape. Afterwards the Mercury part would fade out and May would lead into "Last Horizon".

The Show Must Go On
"The Show Must Go On" was written primarily by May. The initial idea was a chord sequence Taylor and Deacon were working on. The rhythm of the refrain is similar to the Queen's 1989 song, "I Want It All". May decided to use the sequence, and both he and Mercury decided the theme of the lyrics and wrote the first verse together. From then on May finished the lyrics, completed the vocal melody and wrote the bridge, inspired by Pachelbel's Canon. Some keys and ideas were suggested by the producer too. The song chronicles the effort of Mercury continuing to perform despite approaching the end of his life.[17] The song was initially not released as a single as part of promotion for the Innuendo album, but was released in October 1991 as the band launched their Greatest Hits II album. The video for the song featured a compilation of clips from all their videos since 1982, in support of the Greatest Hits II album. Due to Mercury's now critically fast fading health, a fresh appearance by the band in a video was not possible. A live version featuring Elton John on vocals appeared on the Greatest Hits III album. A personal favourite of Elton, he performed the song at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert with the remaining members of Queen, and Tony Iommi playing rhythm guitar.[18]

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The Orange County Register wrote "Innuendo" is a mixed bag, but it's precisely the weaker, least quirky songs that will ensure Queen gets radio airplay. Queen is a figurehead these days -- its brand of progressive rock is hardly progressive anymore -- but it looks as if it will clamber back on the album-rock radio throne." The Cincinnati Post stated "The boys are back with a lot less pomp this time. Freddie Mercury still has a taste for luridly melodramatic vocals, but rockers like "Headlong" and "Ride the Wild Wind" make up for it. For old fans, there are plenty of the group's trademark chorale vocals and headphone-mixed sounds, but Mercury's ballad, "These are the Days of Our Lives," actually sounds restrained." The Advocate wrote "Lead vocalist Freddie Mercury still wails and camps things up. Guitarist Brian May remains a highly creative player. Bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor are around, too, providing additional vocals and keyboards. All that's missing are the songs. Sure, they toss in some of the choir-like harmonies which graced one of Queen's most memorable albums. Despite some stabs at full-tilt rockers, like "Headlong," the lyrics are vacuous and the melodies don't exactly keep you humming, either." Rolling Stone stated "Innuendo is so lightweight you'll forget it as soon as it's over – which, with this band, should go without saying anyway – but there's nothing cynical about it. Unlike most fortyish rock relics, the boys in Queen are still too kooky and insincere to settle for any of that "well-earned wisdom of middle age" bunk. They just throw food at the wall, and if it sticks, fine. And if it doesn't stick, well, that's fine too."

Innuendo St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote "Innuendo isn't likely to turn around Queen's decade-long downward spiral of popularity, but the album has a few semiprecious gems: Freddie Mercury singing a love song to his cat on Delilah, lead guitarist Brian May kicking in with unrestrained axing on the hard-hitting The Hitman and serving a brisk metal set on Headlong, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon jolting a spirit of abandon into Ride the Wild Wind. But the remaining tracks are disappointing, and generally Innuendo is yet another misfire in the group's slumping output." VOX Magazine wrote "Lyrically and thematically, 'Innuendo' fails to live up to its title (that is, there was nothing here that struck me as particularly oblique or allusive). A few more hooks and harmonies as well wouldn't have gone amiss, 'cause seldom have such positive messages been delivered so drably." The San Francisco Chronicle stated "Suffice it to say the latest Queen opus is lavish and lush, thick with pomp and guitar, heroic strutting cadences and, in general, exactly what one might expect from a ballyhooed return to form by Freddy Mercury and the boys. Whether anybody cares or not remains to be seen, but either way, "Innuendo" hardly represents the distinguished initial splash Hollywood Records obviously hoped to make." People Weekly wrote "If this is cartoon rock and roll, at least it's good and brazenly cartoonish." Allmusic wrote "Innuendo was a fitting way to end one of rock's most successful careers."[19]

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Personnel
Queen: • • • • Freddie Mercury: lead vocals, backing vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesisers, programming Brian May: backing vocals, electric, slide and classical guitars, keyboards, synthesisers, programing Roger Taylor: backing vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards, programming John Deacon: bass guitars, keyboards, synthesisers, programming

Guest musicians: • • • • • • Steve Howe: classical guitar, shared with May on "Innuendo", (credited as the "Wandering Minstrel") Mike Moran: piano, synthesisers, programming on "All God's People" David Richards: producing, engineering, synthesisers, programming Brian Zellis: programming Noel Harris: assistant engineer Justin Shirley-Smith: assistant engineer

Sleeve design: • • • • Richard Gray: sleeve design Grandville (1803–1847): illustrations Angela Lumley: additional illustrations Simon Fowler: photography

Singles
Five singles were released from the album: • "Innuendo" was the lead single from the album in most countries save the United States where "Headlong" was released as the first single. It was released on 14 January 1991 in Europe and March 1991 in the US as a promo single, becoming Queen's twelfth #1 single. The song also achieved modest success in the US, charting at #17 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Still, the length and style of the track limited its appeal, and it only spent one week at #1 in the UK and quickly slid down the chart, spending only six weeks in the top 75. (B-side on 7 inch release- "Bijou").

Innuendo • "I'm Going Slightly Mad" was released on 4 March 1991. It reached #22 on the UK charts. (B-side on 7 inch release- "The Hitman" in some countries, in others it was "Lost Opportunity" which was a non-album cut). • "Headlong" was released in January 1991 in the US and on 13 May 1991 in the UK. It was one of the most successful songs from the album, and actually served as the lead single in the US. It entered the UK charts at #14, and reached #3 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. (B-side on 12 inch release- "All God's People" in some countries, in others, "Lost Opportunity" and in a few, "The Hitman". The 12" and CD also feature "Mad The Swine"). • "The Show Must Go On" was released on 14 October 1991 in the UK. The single was taken from the album, although it had not been released as a single from Innuendo, and released as promotion for the Greatest Hits II album (Classic Queen in the US/Canada), and peaked at #16 on the UK charts. After Mercury's death in November, the song re-entered the British charts and spent as many weeks in the top 75 as it had upon its original release. This single was released just six weeks before Mercury died. In 1992, the song was released as a double A-side with "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the US and reached #2 in the US. (The original B-side in October 1991 was "Keep Yourself Alive"). • "These Are the Days of Our Lives" was first released in the US on Mercury's birthday, 5 September 1991. In the UK it was released in December 1991 following Mercury's death, as a double A-side with "Bohemian Rhapsody". The single was the UK's Christmas number one of 1991.

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• "I Can't Live With You" was released as a promo single to radio stations in the USA. This two-track promo single, completely remixed by Brian Malouf, uses slightly different lead vocal tracks by Mercury, louder and tighter harmony tracks, and reprogrammed synth drums, resulting in a much more punchy and "over the top" poppy version than included on the album. It reached #28 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Charts
Chart positions
Chart (1991) Peak position [36] 6 2 16 1 9 1 1 17 [44] 6 8 9

Australian Albums Chart Austrian Albums Chart

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Canadian Albums Chart Dutch Albums Chart

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French Albums Chart

German Albums Chart Italian Albums Chart

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Japanese Albums Chart

New Zealand Albums Chart Norwegian Albums Chart Swedish Albums Chart

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Swiss Albums Chart UK Albums Chart

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U.S. Billboard 200

Year-end charts
Chart (1991) Austrian Albums Chart [50] [51] Position 33 60 9 7 31

Canadian Albums Chart Italian Albums Chart Swiss Albums Chart UK Albums Chart

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Certifications
Region Austria (IFPI Austria) [54] [55] Certification Sales/shipments Platinum Gold Gold Platinum Platinum 2× Platinum [61] 2× Platinum 2× Platinum Gold 50000x 50000^ 38,221 [56] [58]

Canada (Music Canada) Finland (IFPI Finland) France (SNEP) [57]

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Germany (BVMI)

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500000^ 200000^ 100000x 600000^ 500000^

Netherlands (NVPI)

Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) United Kingdom (BPI) United States (RIAA)
^ x

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shipments figures based on certification alone unspecified figures based on certification alone

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Made in Heaven
Made in Heaven

Studio album by Queen Released 6 November 1995

Recorded January–June 1991, late 1993-early 1995, Mountain, Allerton Hill, Cosford Mill, and Metropolis Studios Genre Length Rock 70:21 (CD) 47:45 (LP & Cassette) Parlophone, Hollywood Records (US/Canada)

Label

Producer Queen Queen chronology

Innuendo (1991)

Made in Heaven (1995)

Singles from Made in Heaven

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"Heaven for Everyone"
Released: 23 October 1995

"A Winter's Tale"
Released: 18 December 1995

"I Was Born to Love You"
Released: 28 February 1996 (Japan only)

"Too Much Love Will Kill You"
Released: 26 March 1996

"Let Me Live"
Released: 17 June 1996

"You Don't Fool Me"
Released: 18 November 1996

Made in Heaven is the fifteenth studio album by British rock group Queen and the final one to feature lead singer Freddie Mercury & bassist John Deacon. It was released on 6 November 1995.[1] After Freddie Mercury's death in November 1991, remaining band members John Deacon, Roger Taylor and Brian May worked with vocals and piano parts that Mercury recorded before his death, along with newly recorded lyrics by the remaining band members. Both stages of recording, before and after Mercury's death, were completed at the band's studio in Montreux, Switzerland. The album debuted at #1 in the UK where it went 4x platinum. According to The Guardian, it has sold 20 million copies worldwide.[2]

History
The album was recorded in a much different way from Queen's other studio albums. In early 1991, months before his AIDS-related death, vocalist Freddie Mercury recorded as many vocals as he could, with the instruction to the rest of the band—drummer Roger Taylor, bassist John Deacon and guitarist Brian May—to complete the songs later. Put to tape during this time were primarily "A Winter's Tale", "Mother Love" and what would eventually become "You Don't Fool Me". After his death, the band returned to the studio in 1993 to begin work finishing the tracks. Brian May has described in interviews that Taylor and Deacon had begun some work in The statue of Freddie Mercury overlooking Lake Geneva in Montreux which featured on the cover of the album. 1992, while May was on tour promoting his Back to the Light album. Upon his return in 1993, May felt they were not on the right path with the music and that they more or less started from scratch with the three of them working together with producer David Richards. On the video Champions of the World, May described these sessions with Mercury as such: By the time we were recording these other tracks after Innuendo, we had had the discussions and we knew that we were totally on borrowed time because Freddie had been told that he would not make it to that point. I think our plan was to go in there whenever Freddie felt well enough, just to make as much use of him as much as possible, we basically lived in the studio for a while and when he would call and say "I can come in for a few hours", our plan was to just make as much use of him as we could, you know he told us "Get me to sing anything, write me anything and I will sing it and I will leave you as much as I possibly can."

Made in Heaven With less than an album's worth to work with, the band decided to revisit previously recorded material. Whether Mercury had any input before his death as to which songs might be considered for this purpose has not been discussed by the band. The idea was to take existing songs on which Mercury sang and rework them as Queen songs.

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Track listing
CD
No. Title 1. "It's a Beautiful Day" 2. "Made in Heaven" 3. "Let Me Live" 4. "Mother Love" 5. "My Life Has Been Saved" 6. "I Was Born to Love You" 7. "Heaven for Everyone" Writer(s) Queen (Freddie Mercury) Mercury Queen Brian May, Mercury Queen (John Deacon) Mercury Roger Taylor Length 2:32 5:25 4:45 4:49 3:15 4:49 5:36 4:20 5:24 3:49 3:01 0:04 22:32

8. "Too Much Love Will Kill You" May, Frank Musker, Elizabeth Lamers 9. "You Don't Fool Me" 10. "A Winter's Tale" 11. "It's a Beautiful Day (Reprise)" 12. "Yeah" 13. "[Untitled Hidden Track]" Queen Queen (Mercury) Queen (Mercury) Queen Queen (David Richards, Taylor, May)

2011 Bonus EP No. Title 1. "Heaven For Everyone (Single Version)" 2. "It’s A Beautiful Day (B-Side Version)" 3. "My Life Has Been Saved (1989 B-Side Version)" 4. "I Was Born To Love You (Vocal & Piano Version)" (credited to Freddie Mercury) 5. "Rock In Rio Blues (Live B-Side)" 6. "A Winter’s Tale (Cosy Fireside Mix)" Length 4:39 3:58 3:16 2:55 4:33 3:49

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2011 iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus videos No. Title 1. "(Heart-ache) Too Much Love Will Kill You (promo video, 1995)" 2. "Heaven for Everyone (promo video, 1995)" 3. "A Winter’s Tale (alternative promo video, 1995)" Length

Vinyl
Side A No. Title 1. "It's a Beautiful Day" 2. "Made in Heaven" 3. "Let Me Live" 4. "Mother Love" Writer(s) Queen (Freddie Mercury) Mercury Queen Brian May, Mercury Length 2:32 5:25 4:45 4:49 3:15

5. "My Life Has Been Saved" Queen (John Deacon)

Side B No. Title 6. "I Was Born to Love You" 7. "Heaven for Everyone" 8. "Too Much Love Will Kill You" 9. "You Don't Fool Me" 10. "A Winter's Tale" Writer(s) Mercury Roger Taylor May, Frank Musker, Elizabeth Lamers Queen Queen (Mercury) Length 4:25 4:43 4:20 4:46 3:49 3:05

11. "It's a Beautiful Day (Reprise) / Yeah" Queen (Mercury)

Song information
It's a Beautiful Day
Years before Freddie Mercury started recording solo material, he created a sound clip of himself messing around on the piano at Musicland Studios in Munich, 1980. It was later, for the use of this album, that the song was extended to two minutes and thirty-two seconds. The more classical section, without Mercury's improvisation, was put together by John Deacon.

Made in Heaven
Originally from Mercury's Mr. Bad Guy, this song, along with the other Mercury solo track "I Was Born to Love You", was given special treatment by Queen for this posthumous album. The band merely re-worked the music to a 'Queen sound,' and placed Freddie's previous vocals over the new music.

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Let Me Live
"Let Me Live" is a lively rock ballad which features a rare sharing of the vocals between Mercury, Taylor, and May. The song was completed in 1995 after Mercury's death. This track was originally recorded with Rod Stewart during sessions for the 1984 album The Works.[3] Once finished in 1995 for Made in Heaven, Queen made one 11th-hour change to the song to avoid legal action. Part of the backing vocals featured a lyric too closely resembling Erma Franklin's "Piece of My Heart". It is not known if Queen took it upon themselves to make the change preemptively or if their record company told them to do so. Ultimately, the potentially problematic bit was mixed out and the track was released. Promo cassettes from the USA feature the unaltered backing track. Early Mexican and Dutch CD pressings are reported to have this alternate version as well.

Mother Love
"Mother Love" was the final song co-written by Mercury and May, and was also Mercury's last ever vocal performance.[4] On his website, May discussed the writing process he and Mercury had (writing both separately and together, and conscious of the nature of the song and the lyrics). May sang the last verse since Mercury was unable to do so any more, as he was suffering from the bronchial pneumonia which ultimately resulted in his death. The song features a sample from a live sing along session recorded at Queen's famous 1986 concert at Wembley Stadium, and a sample from the intro of the studio version of "One Vision". It also features a sample from a cover of "Goin' Back", a song written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, for which Mercury had provided lead vocals in 1972. The cover was released as a B-Side to "I Can Hear Music", a Ronettes cover, by Larry Lurex, not long before the release of Queen's debut album. The sound bursts between the sing along and the "Goin' Back" sample are apparently a few seconds of every Queen track ever recorded, put together, and then rapidly sped through a tape machine.

My Life Has Been Saved
"My Life Has Been Saved" was started as an acoustic track composed mainly by John Deacon in 1987-1988. Producer David Richards helped him out doing the demo and the keyboards, then Mercury sang on it, and later on the entire band recorded it. The Made in Heaven version is different from that of 1989 (which originally featured as the B-side to the single Scandal), although it uses the same vocals from Mercury. Deacon plays guitar and keyboards as well as his usual instrument, bass guitar.

I Was Born to Love You
"I Was Born to Love You" was originally recorded (piano, vocals, synths) by Mercury on 25 May 1984, for his Mr. Bad Guy album, as a late addition (when told by the record company that the album needed "a single"). May, Taylor and Deacon remixed it and added their instruments, turning the song into fast-paced rock, mainly featuring hard rock guitar from Brian May. That track became popular in Japan during 2004 when it was used for the theme song of a television drama named Pride (プライド). This version also contains samples of Mercury's ad-lib vocals from "A Kind of Magic", from the 1986 album of the same name, and from "Living on My Own", from his Mr. Bad Guy album. The music video for this version of the song, also made in 2004, is comprised mainly of clips from the Freddie Mercury solo video and from Queen: Live at Wembley.[5]

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Heaven for Everyone
"Heaven for Everyone" was a track Roger Taylor wrote and tried out with Queen in 1987,[6] although according to some sources it was written with Joan Armatrading in mind to sing it. Whether she turned it down or Taylor withdrew his song is unclear, but it was recorded for his other band The Cross. One night Mercury came to visit The Cross at the studio and after some drinks he gave them ideas of how to sing the song and ended up recording the lead vocals for it. Mercury appeared on the UK version of their album "Shove It" as guest lead vocalist on the song, with Taylor doing backing vocals. The roles were reversed on the single and the American 'Shove It' version. Mercury's vocals were then used for the Made in Heaven release, with a couple of different lines and May singing backing vocals instead of Taylor, with producer David Richards adding several arrangement ideas. Released as a single in 1995, the song's music video commemorates Mercury, and also contains footage of Georges Méliès seminal 1902 silent film A Trip to the Moon.[7]

Too Much Love Will Kill You
"Too Much Love Will Kill You" was composed by Brian May, Frank Musker and Elizabeth Lamers sometime between the Magic and Miracle sessions.[8] They wrote it in the US and Mercury sang on it. However, there were some problems with the companies representing publishing rights for Musker and Lamers so they could not release the song properly on The Miracle. At the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert May played the song on piano and sang it for the first time in public, and then released it as part of his solo album Back to the Light. The Queen version is a new arrangement. The guitar solo used differs from the one on May's album, however May played variations of the Made in Heaven solo in live renditions as early as 1992. The song was awarded Best Song Musically and Lyrically at the 1997 Novello Awards.[8] This song was also performed by Queen and Luciano Pavarotti in 2003, with Pavarotti singing the latter parts of the verses in Italian.[9]

You Don't Fool Me
"You Don't Fool Me" was one of the last tracks recorded for Made in Heaven and came about in a most unusual way. May has explained on his website that producer for the band, David Richards, more or less created the framework of the song single handedly, building from bits of lyrics recorded just before Mercury's death. May has said that before Richards' work, there was no song to speak of. However, after Richards edited and mixed the song (including a bit of harmonies recorded for "A Winter's Tale") he presented it to the band. May, Taylor and Deacon then added their instruments and backing vocals and were surprised to end up with a finished song that had begun as nothing. The style of the song is reminiscent of their 1982 album Hot Space, and a comment over that featured on their Greatest Hits III album. The theme of the song could also be a continuation of the story told by prior Queen songs Play the Game and It's a Hard Life.

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A Winter's Tale
"A Winter's Tale" is a ballad written and composed by Freddie Mercury at his apartment in Montreux, Switzerland. It is the last song Mercury solely composed entirely. (The music for "Mother Love" is by Brian May). It is the only song in Queen's history to have been recorded and released with Freddie conducting the vocals prior to music being completed. It has since been branded as one of few Christmas songs from the band. Whether this was the intention is unknown.

It's a Beautiful Day (Reprise)
A heavier rock version of "It's a Beautiful Day", that is the same in the beginning but later turns into rock. It contains samples from "Seven Seas of Rhye".

Yeah
"Yeah" is the ending of "It's a Beautiful Day (Reprise)". It is sampled from the track "Action This Day" (Hot Space) and is timed at only 4 seconds. It consists of Mercury saying the word "Yeah".

[Untitled Hidden Track]
"Untitled Hidden Track" (Track 13) was an experiment by producer David Richards with an Ensoniq ASR-10 sampler. He took the opening chords of 'It's a Beautiful Day' and made them loop, and then added Mercury's voice through strange echoes. May and Taylor also added some ideas to the track. This track is only available on the CD edition of the album and the aforementioned promo cassettes. Standard cassettes of the album end with the shortened "It's a Beautiful Day (Reprise)", fading out after the second "Yeah" (Track 12 on the CD), where this Untitled track would continue on. The Untitled Track can be purchased also as part of the full album or as a separate piece from Queen's official online store. The LP (vinyl) edition of the album has only the first few seconds, which run into the run-off of the groove on the record, which actually means that if a listener has a record player which does not have an automatic stop activated at this point, it will play indefinitely, consisting only of the few seconds looped over constantly. Track 13 created a good deal of surprise and confusion among fans, given its ambient musical nature and its sheer length, neither of which have much precedent in Queen's catalogue (the longest of Queen's songs, The Prophet's Song from A Night at the Opera, running only a mere 8:42). The album's last listed track (all formats) is track 11: "It's a Beautiful Day (Reprise)". After the crescendo at the end of this track, Freddie Mercury is heard loudly saying "Yeah!", which at four seconds long comprises the entire Track 12. Fans took to calling this track by that monosyllabic name. The ambient music underneath this track continues into the mysterious "Untitled" Track 13, which ebbs and flows for another twenty-two-plus minutes, which ends with Freddie Mercury calling out "Fab!". Two schools of thought emerged amongst fans. One was that these were to be considered not only separate tracks, but separate "songs". The second was that tracks 11, 12 and 13 were all one song ("It's a Beautiful Day [Reprise]") and that the splitting of it was a deliberate tongue-in-cheek gesture by the band. Initially, the band were content to maintain the air of mystery around Track 13. Over time, May has discussed it and shed a bit more light on it, such as the aforementioned creation by David Richards and the subsequent involvement by himself and Taylor.

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Q magazine wrote: "Ten new tracks (and one reprise). No filler. No shame. An essential purchase for Queen fans, certainly, but even without its special significance, Made In Heaven is probably a better album than Innuendo and a fitting swan song by one of the most incandescent groups in rock. Made in Heaven is also the last musical will and testament of a star who was never going to be turned into a saint, but whose grandstanding performances were, right to the very end, always marked by reckless enthusiasm and a rare generosity of spirit." The Sunday Times described the album as "Essential listening". Entertainment Weekly wrote: "It's the perfect theatrical epitaph for a life dedicated to gorgeous artifice." The Guardian stated: "When a band have the controls permanently set at full-tilt, as Queen did, burn-out is inevitable, for the listener, if not for the band. When we eventually reach the drum-crashing finale, "It's a Beautiful Day", which kicks in with Mercury's umpteenth randy-rottweiler howl, it feels as if far more than 70 minutes has passed. That's where the aforesaid lyrics save the day. Predominantly written by Mercury, they are effectively farewell notes. He poured out his heart, and his words have a throat-aching poignance. Even the record's opening verse assumes a painful significance." Jerusalem Post wrote: "Somehow Mercury and Queen's ability to make a joyful noise in the face of pain and death makes this a very comforting album to have around in shaky times." The Times stated: "Nor are there any obviously half-baked, or patched-up numbers. Most, however, are as good as anything that Queen came up with in their later years. How good that is, as always with Queen, is largely a matter of taste. "Mother Love", the last recording that Mercury made, is a song of truly heartfelt pathos. Despite its overdue delivery, Made in Heaven stands up remarkably well as the closing chapter in a spectacular pop odyssey." Allmusic wrote: "Made in Heaven harked back to Queen's 1970s heyday with its strong melodies and hard rock guitar playing, topped by Mercury's bravura singing and some of the massed choir effects familiar from "Bohemian Rhapsody." Even if one did not know that these songs were sung in the shadow of death, that subject would be obvious. The lyrics were imbued with life-and-death issues, from the titles. The odd thing about this was that Mercury's over-the-top singing had always contained a hint of camp humor, and it continued to here, even when the sentiments clearly were as heartfelt as they were theatrically overstated. Maybe Mercury was determined to go out the same way he had come in, as a diva. If so, he succeeded."

lead vocals on "Let Me Live" Brian May – guitars. keyboards John Deacon – bass guitar. cover photograph of Irena Sedlecká's Mercury sculpture in Montreux Charts Chart positions Chart (1995) Peak position [17] 3 1 2 2 18 1 1 [24] 2 1 1 10 [28] 1 2 1 1 1 Australian Albums Chart Austrian Albums Chart [18] [19] [20] Belgian Albums Chart (Vl) Belgian Albums Chart (Wa) Canadian Albums Chart Dutch Albums Chart [21] [22] [23] Finnish Albums Chart French SNEP Albums Chart German Albums Chart Italian Albums Chart [25] [26] [27] Japanese Albums Chart New Zealand Albums Chart Norwegian Albums Chart Swedish Albums Chart Swiss Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [29] [30] [31] [32] . keyboards. backing vocals. keyboards Roger Taylor – drums. percussion. engineering and mixing supervision Justin Shirley-Smith – co-production and engineering Joshua J.Made in Heaven 214 Personnel • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals. Macrae – co-production and engineering Mack – recording of additional material in the 80s Kevin Metcalfe – mastering Richard Gray – artwork. keyboards. backing vocals. lead vocals on "Let Me Live" and the last verse on "Mother Love" Rebecca Leigh-White – backing vocals on "Let Me Live" Gary Martin – backing vocals on "Let Me Live" Catherine Porter – backing vocals on "Let Me Live" Miriam Stockley – backing vocals on "Let Me Live" David Richards – co-production. piano. guitars.

668 [45] [47] Canada (Music Canada) Finland (IFPI Finland) France (SNEP) [46] [45] 686.S.300 Germany (BVMI) [48] 1250000^ 336. Billboard 200 Year-end charts Chart (1995) Australian Albums Chart Austrian Albums Chart French Albums Chart Italian Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [34] Position 42 13 10 8 7 Position [38] 10 32 92 18 68 [35] [36] [26] [37] Chart (1996) Austrian Albums Chart French Albums Chart [39] [40] Japanese Albums Chart Swiss Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [41] [42] Certifications Region Austria (IFPI Austria) [43] [44] Certification Sales/shipments 2× Platinum Platinum Platinum 2× Platinum 5× Gold 100000x 100000^ 50.782 [49] Japan (Oricon Charts) Netherlands (NVPI) [50] [51] 2× Platinum Platinum [52] 3× Platinum 4× Platinum Gold 200000^ 50000* 150000x 1200000^ 500000^ Norway (IFPI Norway) Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) United Kingdom (BPI) United States (RIAA) [53] [54] Summaries Europe (IFPI) ^ x [55] 5× Platinum 5000000* shipments figures based on certification alone unspecified figures based on certification alone .Made in Heaven [33] 215 58 U.

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Parlophone (Europe) Elektra. "Flash" Released: 24 November 1980 . Hollywood Records (US) Brian May and Mack Queen chronology Recorded Genre Length Label Producer The Game (1980) Flash Gordon (1980) Hot Space (1982) Singles from Flash Gordon 1.218 Soundtrack album Flash Gordon Flash Gordon Soundtrack album by Queen Released 8 December 1980 (UK) 25 January 1981 (Japan) February 1981 (US) 27 June 2011 (Remaster) October – November 1980 Rock 35:01 EMI.

contains mostly synthesizer. except for the opening track and Freddie Mercury's Football Fight (also chosen as a B-side for the Flash single). The single reached number one in Austria. develops for the most part around the full-band rockier themes. which Queen had employed for the first time on their previous album. under the title Flash. and features lyrics on only two tracks. vocal. "The Hero". The track Flash's Theme was the only single to be released from the album. All but two of the tracks on the album (Flash's Theme and The Hero) are instrumentals. while an individual song. composed and arranged by Brian May. reprises both motifs. Side A of the album. The Game. Different takes of the song were used for the end credits in the film and for the album finale. The album makes extensive use of synthesisers. The album contains mostly the score performed by Queen.Flash Gordon 219 Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Rating [1] Entertainment Weekly (favourable) [2] Record Mirror [3] Flash Gordon is the ninth studio album of British rock band Queen. repetitive bassline and the camp humour of the snippets of dialogue from the movie that it contains. The single version (Flash) features parts of the dialogue taken from various parts of the movie. and is one of the two movie soundtracks Queen produced. The track is noted for its pounding. The album reached number 10 in the UK charts and number 23 in the United States. It is the album to the science fiction movie Flash Gordon. The album version (Flash's Theme) is the start to the movie. Track listing . and only two short fragments of Howard Blake's orchestral score (appearing in The Kiss and The Hero). Taylor and Deacon. although to a much lesser extent. The album was reissued worldwide 27 June 2011 (excluding US & Canada. This version was also included on the Greatest Hits compilation from 1981. The last track. Background There are two versions of the opening track.[4] [5] The reissue adds an EP of related tracks. while starting with similar compositions by Deacon and Taylor. along with Highlander. guitar and drum soundscapes (accompanied by the movie dialogues). Side B. written and performed by Mercury. with all the dialogue from the first scene. mainly Flash's Theme and Battle Theme. where it was released 27 September 2011) as part of the band's 40th Anniversary.

"Crash Dive on Mingo City" 9. "Execution of Flash" 8. "The Hero" (Live in Montreal.5) May 2011 Bonus EP No. "Vultan's Theme (Attack of the Hawk Men)" 5. Title 1. November 1981) May May . "Battle Theme" 6. Title Writer(s) Length 1:41 1:44 2:47 1:15 2:20 0:56 2:04 1:01 1:39 3:31 1. "Escape from the Swamp" 3. "In the Death Cell (Love Theme Reprise)" 7.Flash Gordon 220 Side one No. Title Writer(s) Length 6:43 19. "The Kiss (Aura Resurrects Flash)" Mercury Mercury Taylor John Deacon Mercury Side two No.S. "Football Fight" (Early Version. "Arboria (Planet of the Tree Men)" (listed as "Man" on the 1982 U. 9. March 1980) Writer(s) Length May May Mercury 2:48 2:55 1:11 1:55 2:12 1:48 4. "The Wedding March" ("Bridal Chorus") 7. "The Hero" (October 1980… Revisited) 3. May May. "In the Space Capsule (The Love Theme)" Writer(s) Brian May Roger Taylor Length 3:30 2:21 2:53 0:58 1:29 2:26 1:06 1:47 3. November 1981) 6. "The Kiss" (Early Version. "Flash's Theme" 2. "Flash" (Single Version) 2.February 1980) Mercury 5. "Football Fight" 6. "Flash's Theme" (1991 remix by Mista Lawnge. Taylor May May May Bonus track (1991 Hollywood Records CD reissue) No. "Flash to the Rescue" 4. LP. "The Hero" Taylor May Mercury May Richard Wagner. "Marriage of Dale and Ming (And Flash Approaching)" 8. "Flash" (Live in Montreal. 5E-518-B) Deacon 2. "Ming's Theme (In the Court of Ming the Merciless)" Freddie Mercury 4. No Synths! . "Flash's Theme Reprise (Victory Celebrations)" 10. "The Ring (Hypnotic Seduction of Dale)" 5. Title 1.

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1979 January – March 1979 in Europe Rock 90:08 EMI. Japan) . 2. 1979 "We Will Rock You (Live)" Released: August.223 Live albums Live Killers Live Killers Live album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Length Label June 22. 1979 (US. Hollywood Records (US) Queen Queen chronology Producer Live Killers (1979) Live Magic (1986) Singles from Live Killers 1. "Love of My Life (Live)" Released: June 29. Parlophone (Europe) Elektra.

2. Elektra Records re-released a shorter. 4. It was later remastered and restored in better quality by Peter Mew in 2001.[5] It was recorded live during the European leg of Queen's Jazz world tour between January and March 1979. The 1994 issue that was released as part of the Digital Master Series by EMI was not improved as the quality was bad. Despite May and Taylor's unhappiness with the album.. and is certified double platinum in the US. Live Killers hit number 3 on the UK Album Chart. "We Will Rock You" [fast version] (Brian May) – 3:18 "Let Me Entertain You" (Freddie Mercury) – 3:15 "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated To.)" (Mercury) – 3:31 "Killer Queen" (Mercury) – 1:59 "Bicycle Race" (Mercury) – 1:28 "I'm in Love with My Car" (Roger Taylor) – 2:08 "Get Down. 5.Live Killers 224 Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Record Mirror George Starostin Rolling Stone (unfavorable) (favorable) Rating [1] [2] [3] [4] Live Killers is a double vinyl and compact disc live album by English rock band Queen. edited version of the album in 1985 titled "Queen Live".[6] [7] In the territories outside of the United States. Switzerland.[5] Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor revealed on the US radio show In the Studio with Redbeard (which spotlighted the making of 1980's The Game) that the band was not happy with the album's final mix as the band mixed the album themselves.[5] The album was self-produced by the band and was their first album to be mixed at their own studios. Europe and Canada. It was released on June 22. Mountain Studios in Montreux. 8. 6. Make Love" (Mercury) – 4:31 "You're My Best Friend" (John Deacon) – 2:08 . Track listing Side one 1. 3.. and number 16 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. 7. 1979.

000 7 4 14 100. released August. May) – 1:31 Omitted Tracks • • • • It's Late (May) If You Can't Beat Them (Deacon) Somebody to Love (Mercury) Fat Bottomed Girls (May) Singles • "Love of My Life" (Live)/"Now I'm Here" (Live) • "We Will Rock You (Fast Version) (Live)"/"Let Me Entertain You (Live)" – Elektra E46532. 2. "We Will Rock You" (May) – 2:48 5. "Don't Stop Me Now" (Mercury) – 4:28 2. 4. "Bohemian Rhapsody" [intro: "Mustapha"] (Mercury) – 6:02 2. 5.000 250.000 Peak position Weeks Certification Austria 3 12 27 Gold Gold Gold United Kingdom 3 Germany Japan Netherlands Norway Sweden United States 4 9 10 10 15 16 .500.000 380. 3. "Now I'm Here" (May) – 8:42 "Dreamer's Ball" (May) – 3:44 "Love of My Life" (Mercury) – 4:57 "'39" (May) – 3:26 "Keep Yourself Alive" (May) – 4:02 Side three 1.000 Platinum (2x) 2.. 1979 Charts Country Charts Sales Sales 40.Live Killers 225 Side two 1. "Brighton Rock" (May) – 12:13 Side four 1. "Sheer Heart Attack" (Taylor) – 3:35 4. arr.000 50.000 450.000 80. "We Are the Champions" (Mercury) – 3:27 6. "Tie Your Mother Down" (May) – 3:40 3. "Spread Your Wings" (Deacon) – 5:17 3. "God Save the Queen" (Trad.

London: Guinness World Records Limited External links • Queenlive. queencuttings. com/ goldandplatinumdata. 2011 [7] Roberts.Live Killers 226 Switzerland Canada 34 2 Gold 10. UK Genre Length Rock 47:10 (LP) 49:22 (CD) .000 References [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] http:/ / www. htm) Ultimate Queen. com/ artists/ queen/ albums/ album/ 195404/ review/ 5942451/ live_killers Live Killers (http:/ / www. London. ultimatequeen. 1986 (See release history) Recorded 11–12 July 1986 Wembley Stadium. com/ dblog/ articolo. 2011 RIAA – Gold and Platinum (http:/ / www. rollingstone.queenlive. php?resultpage=2& table=SEARCH_RESULTS& action=& title=& artist=queen& format=& debutLP=& category=& sex=& releaseDate=& requestNo=& type=& level=& label=& company=& certificationDate=& awardDescription=& catalogNo=& aSex=& rec_id=& charField=& gold=& platinum=& multiPlat=& level2=& certDate=& album=& id=& after=& before=& startMonth=1& endMonth=1& startYear=1958& endYear=2010& sort=CertificationDate& perPage=50) Recording Industry Association of America Retrieved July 11. Hungary 9 August 1986 Knebworth Park. Stevenage. Budapest. allmusic. com/ album/ r15976/ review http:/ / www. British Hit Singles & Albums.000 150. asp?articolo=66 http:/ / starling.ca/livekillers. UK 27 July 1986 Népstadion.htm) – an analysis of the edits and overdubs on the album Live Magic Live Magic Live album by Queen Released December 1. htm#Killers http:/ / www. co. ru/ music/ queen.ca: "Live Killers" Analysis (http://www. David (2006). rinet. uk/ songs/ killers. riaa. Retrieved July 11.

Trip Khalaf Queen chronology Live Killers (1979) Live Magic (1986) Live at Wembley '86 (1992) Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Kerrang! Rating [1] [2] This table needs to be expanded using prose. Hollywood Records (US) Producer Queen. Track listing Side one 1. Q magazine listed Live Magic as one of the top five disappointing live albums from usually great acts.?" and "We Are the Champions" were reduced to one verse and chorus. 1986.5:29) "Under Pressure" (Queen. it was not released in the United States until August 1996. However.. Bowie) – 3:49 "Another One Bites the Dust" (Deacon) – 5:16 | (CD Version . and both "Is This the World We Created..Live Magic 227 Label EMI. 3. "One Vision" (Queen) – 5:09 "Tie Your Mother Down" (May) – 2:59 "Seven Seas of Rhye" (Mercury) – 1:21 "A Kind of Magic" (Taylor) – 4:47 | (CD Version . It was recorded at various 1986 live shows during the European Magic Tour and released on December 1. the second verse was removed from "Tie Your Mother Down". 6. Live Magic is a live compilation album by British rock band Queen. For example. 2. It received strong criticism by fans.[3] Most of the performances were recorded at Knebworth Park on the 9th August 1986 (the band's last ever concert with its original line-up). 4. In July 2004. due to the heavy editing of many songs.5:50) . the opera section was removed from "Bohemian Rhapsody". See the guideline for more information. 5.

3. May) – 1:19 Release history Country Worldwide Release Date December 1.000 Platinum 100.000 100.000 500. 5. 9. 7..000 .5:20) "Radio Ga Ga" (Taylor) – 4:27 "We Will Rock You" (May) – 1:33 "Friends Will Be Friends" (Mercury/Deacon) – 1:09 "We Are the Champions" (Mercury) – 2:01 "God Save the Queen" (Trad. "I Want to Break Free" (Deacon) – 2:40 "Is This the World We Created.?" (Mercury/May) – 1:30 "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Mercury) – 4:42 "Hammer to Fall" (May) – 4:22 | (CD Version . 8..000 Peak position Weeks Certification United Kingdom Austria Germany Netherlands Italy Switzerland Japan Sweden Argentina United States – 3 [4] 44 6 [4] Platinum Gold Gold [5] 13 15 17 22 26 49 50 Platinum – 100. 2. 1986 United States August 1996 Chart positions and sales Country Charts Sales Sales 1.000 300.000 100.000. 6. arr.000 100. 4.000 100.Live Magic 228 Side two 1.

Stephen Thomas. Hollywood Records (US) Producer Bernie Andrews Queen chronology Live at Wembley '86 (1992) Queen at the Beeb (1995) Queen on Fire . "Queen Live Magic review" (http:/ / www.. 1995 (US) Recorded 5 February and 3 December 1973 at Langham 1 Genre Length Label Rock 37:33 Band of Joy ("by arrangement with BBC Records and Tapes and EMI Records Ltd") (UK). Allmusic. "Queen 'Live Magic'". rocklistmusic.Live Magic 229 References [1] Erlewine. [3] "5 Disappointing Live Albums from Usually Great Acts" (http:/ / www. [2] Wall. Live Magic (http:/ / www. uk/ q150lists. UK: United Magazines ltd. com/ album/ live-magic-r75756/ review). htm). com/ q_history/ history. At the Beeb Queen at the Beeb Live album by Queen Released 4 December 1989 (Europe). uk/ stats). bpi. Kerrang!.com.uk [4] Queenonline. July 2004. co. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 135. php?history=6& section=15). Mick (11 December 1986). co. queenonline. . London. pp.Live at the Bowl (2004) North American cover .co. [5] BPI Certified Awards (http:/ / www. Archived at rocklistmusic. allmusic. 18. Q magazine.

and compact disc in 1989. the exception is "Ogre Battle". The BBC version of "Ogre Battle" did originally have a long intro featuring a grand guitar build up. the versions featured on At the Beeb are different from the original versions. Subsequently. it was released in 1995 in the United States under the title Queen at the BBC on compact disc and as limited edition picture disc vinyl. as it starts right away with its riff (without any long intro). All but one track appeared on the album Queen. This is most notable on "Ogre Battle". released on vinyl. However. the rest were recorded on 3 December 1973. Track listing . which appeared on Queen II. It was not used for this release. cassette tape. allegedly because the original tape was damaged. does not have any effects that the version on Queen II has and sounds much less polished. Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic The Times (?) [2] Rating [1] At the Beeb is a live album by the English rock band Queen.At the Beeb 230 The North American cover. The album comprises tracks recorded in two sessions for the BBC Radio 1 Sound of the 70s programme. The first four tracks were recorded on 5 February 1973. being closer to the songs as performed live.

Title 1. com/ album/ r212569 [2] http:/ / www. Wembley Stadium .London. "My Fairy King" Writer(s) Freddie Mercury Length 4:06 3:48 4:11 6:28 2. "Liar" May. "Ogre Battle" 2. php?title=Queen_-_12-19-1989_-_Queen_At_The_BBC_-_The_Times Live at Wembly '86 Live at Wembley '86 Live album by Queen Released May 26. Tim Staffell Mercury Side two No. "Great King Rat" Writer(s) Mercury Mercury Length 3:57 5:59 2:00 7:08 3. 1992 (See release history) Recorded 12 July 1986. "Keep Yourself Alive" Brian May 3.At the Beeb 231 Side one No. England Genre Length Label Rock. "Son and Daughter" May References [1] http:/ / www. Title 1. "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll" Roger Taylor 4. com/ index. queenarchives. Hard rock 110:00 Parlophone. allmusic. "Doing Alright" 4. Hollywood Records (US) .

"They're talking from here!. Freddie making what was. A remastered special edition DVD was released on September 5. "Under Pressure" (Queen. This name has also been used on subsequent releases elsewhere. prior to the Queen+ collaborations. It was recorded live on Saturday July 12. "A Kind of Magic" (Roger Taylor) – 8:41 7. A Deluxe Edition also included the Saturday concert in remastered CD form." which got quite a response from the audience. we're gonna stay together until we fucking well die.. During the speech. Snippets of the Friday show were included on earlier DVDs. "Tear It Up" (May) – 2:12 6. David Bowie) – 3:41 8." Freddie addressed the rumours at the time of a Queen breakup by pointing to his posterior and saying. a prophetic comment: "So forget those rumours. "Tie Your Mother Down" (Brian May) – 3:52 3. The album was remastered and re-released with bonus tracks in August 2003 in the US as Live at Wembley Stadium after the companion DVD. A companion DVD was released in June 2003. "I Want to Break Free" (Deacon) – 3:34 11.Revisited"[3] (Freddie Mercury) – 2:44 4. 1992. and for the first time included the Friday evening concert in addition to the Saturday night show. "Another One Bites the Dust" (John Deacon) – 4:54 9.. 1986 during the Magic Tour at Wembley Stadium in London. but the remastered release marked the first time that the concert has been presented in full." Track listing Disc one 1. "Who Wants to Live Forever" (May) – 5:16 10. "Seven Seas of Rhye" (Mercury) – 1:19 5. England and released on May 26. although they lack the bonus tracks included with the US version. 2011 in the UK (what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday). I'm sure of it.Live at Wembly '86 232 Producer Queen Queen chronology Live Magic (1986) Live at Wembley '86 (1992) At the Beeb (1995) Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic VideoVista Rating [1] [2] Live at Wembley '86 is a double compact disc live album by English rock band Queen. During the introduction to "Who Wants to Live Forever. "Impromptu" (Queen) – 2:55 12. "One Vision" (Queen) – 5:50 2. "Brighton Rock Solo" (May) – 9:11 . "In the Lap of the Gods.

"Hammer to Fall" (May) – 5:36 9. 1986 at Népstadion. London)" "Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Live July 11. London)" "Another One Bites the Dust (Live July 11. "Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)" (Gene Pitney) – 1:24 5. Spencer Davis. Mike Stoller) – 1:34 4. 3. "God Save the Queen" (arr. 1986 at Wembley Stadium. May) – 2:59 3. 2. "A Kind of Magic (Live July 11. 4 bands performed in the following order: 1. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Mercury) – 6:27 10.?" (Mercury. "Radio Ga Ga" (Taylor) – 5:57 12. 1986 at Wembley Stadium. London)" "Tavaszi szél vízet áraszt (Live July 27.00pm with tickets costing £14. "Gimme Some Lovin'" (Steve Winwood. May) – 1:27 Bonus tracks on 2003 Hollywood Records remaster 1. "We Are the Champions" (Mercury) – 4:05 15.Live at Wembly '86 13.50. 2. "Love of My Life" (Mercury) – 4:47 2. 4. 1992 Chart positions and sales . INXS The Alarm Status Quo Queen Release history Country Worldwide Release Date May 26. "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care" (Jerry Leiber. Cy Coleman) – 1:07 11. "Now I'm Here" (May) – 6:19 233 Disc two 1.. "Is This the World We Created. Hungary)" The Original Concert The concert started at 4. "Tutti Frutti" (Little Richard) – 3:23[4] 6. "We Will Rock You" (May) – 2:46 13. 3. "Friends Will Be Friends" (Mercury. 4. Muff Winwood) – 0:55 7. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Mercury) – 5:50 8. 1986 at Wembley Stadium. Deacon) – 2:08 14. 1992 United States June 2. Budapest.. "Big Spender" (Dorothy Fields.

com.000 Platinum (5x) 500. guitar Brian May . videovista.guitars. on the 2003 re-release on Hollywood Records the reprise was included. .000 Platinum 15 16 13 [5] Platinum Gold Gold [6] 600. com/ goldandplatinum. piano. net/ reviews/ august03/ queen.000 15.com.000 35. co. allmusic. piano. BPI Certified Awards (http:/ / www. backing vocals Notes and references [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] http:/ / www. However.keyboards. queenonline. amprofon. mx/ certificaciones. backing vocals John Deacon . com/ q_history/ history. uk/ stats). backing vocals with • Spike Edney .drums. Live at Wembley '86 (http:/ / www. html It is listed incorrectly as "In the Lap of the Gods". com/ album/ r132489 http:/ / www. bpi.000 Platinum Gold [8] 250. php?history=6& section=19).000 150. php?artista=Queen& titulo=& disquera=& certificacion=todas& anio=todos& categoria=todas& Submitted=Buscar& item=menuCert& contenido=buscar).000 500. On the original 1992 release.000 80.lead vocals. backing vocals Roger Taylor . Gold & Platinum (http:/ / www. php). guitar.000 700.000 100. percussion. riaa. keyboards. this song missed the reprise.000 Gold 4 1 [5] Platinum [7] 300.Live at Wembly '86 234 Country Charts Sales Sales 100.000 100. Queenonline.000 300. Live at Wembley '86 (http:/ / www.000 50. RIAA.000 Peak position Weeks Certification Belgium Italy France United Kingdom Austria Switzerland Netherlands Germany Sweden United States Japan Mexico Brazil Canada Spain 2 1 1 2 [5] 6 6 9 20 29 53 [5] 81 Personnel • • • • Freddie Mercury .bass guitars.

Roger Taylor.Live at the Bowl Live album by Queen Released October 25.Queen on Fire Live at the Bowl 235 Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl Queen on Fire . 2004 (Europe) November 9.Live at the Bowl Directed by Produced by Gavin Taylor Jeff Brown Malcolm Gerrie Simon Lupton Brian May Roger Taylor Rhys Thomas Andrea Wonfor . 1982 in Milton Keynes Rock ~100:00 (DVD ~170:00) Parlophone (Europe) Hollywood Records (US) Brian May. 2004 (US) June 5.Live at the Bowl (2004) Queen Rock Montreal (2007) Queen on Fire . Justin Shirley-Smith Queen chronology Recorded Genre Length Label Producer At the Beeb (1995) Queen on Fire .

In the UK the CD made #20 and DVD #1 in the album and DVD chart respectively. Also. like every Queen album. the lead on his guitar became disconnected and the guitar solo stopped for 20 seconds (as seen on the DVD but the 20 seconds was reduced to 3 seconds on the album version of the performance). A roadie had to help him get his guitar working again. England. the album was also released as an LP. Milton Keynes. Channel 4. During May's guitar solo. a couple of guitar strings snapped and he had to switch over to his Birch Red Special backup for almost all of "Action This Day" and for the entire second half of "Dragon Attack" and all of "Now I'm Here (Reprise)". drummer Roger Taylor did an impromptu 30-second drum solo before "Under Pressure" whilst May got his guitar fixed. A DVD was also released with the concert and bonus material. Buckinghamshire. In the US. neither the album nor the DVD charted. and radio broadcasts of the Milton Keynes show) but the error was repaired for release on the CD and DVD. The next did not occur until the Queen + Paul Rodgers Return of the Champions Tour in 2005. . In 2005. During both the fast version of "We Will Rock You" and "Dragon Attack". MTV. It was recorded live at the National Bowl. Before "Love of My Life". 2004 in Europe and on November 9. 2004 in the US. Freddie Mercury's voice briefly slipped into an off-key falsetto during the lyric "in this locality" (which was noticed on the original BBC TV. guitarist Brian May had problems with his homemade Red Special guitar.Queen on Fire Live at the Bowl 236 Starring John Deacon Brian May Freddie Mercury Roger Taylor Morgan Fisher Fred Mandel 170:00 United Kingdom English Running time Country Language Professional ratings Review scores Source BBC Allmusic Rating (Positive) [1] [2] Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl is a double compact disc live album by English band Queen released on October 25. May played a snippet of the intro to "Las Palabras de Amor" calling it "a little fiddle around". such as band interviews and tour highlights. Notes During the show. Taylor had stopped doing drum solos (he last performed one in November 1981) so this was the only time he did a drum solo post-1981 with the original lineup of Queen. 1982 during the Hot Space Tour. on June 5. On "Fat Bottomed Girls".

Queen on Fire Live at the Bowl Mercury performed without his trademark bottomless microphone stand for "The Hero" (on the Live in Japan bonus footage on DVD). 237 Track listing Disc 1 1. "Sheer Heart Attack" (Taylor) – 3:25 10. May) – 1:24 . "Now I'm Here" (May) – 6:18 9. "Guitar Solo " (May) – 6:22 3. Make Love" or "Fat Bottomed Girls" due to censorship laws. "Flash" (May) – 1:54 "The Hero" (May) – 1:44 "We Will Rock You" (Fast) (May) – 3:17 "Action This Day" (Taylor) – 4:52 "Play the Game" (Mercury) – 4:30 "Staying Power" (Mercury) – 4:03 7. "Love of My Life" (Mercury) – 4:22 12. arr. 2. The Hong Kong & China version of the CD release does not contain either "Get Down. 4. Apparently this allowed Mercury to more freely scale and walk along the raised wings on either side of the stage. "God Save the Queen" (Trad. "Get Down. 5. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Mercury) – 5:38 7. "Save Me" (May) – 4:00 13. "We Will Rock You (Fast)" and "Now I'm Here". "Back Chat" (Deacon) – 5:00 Disc 2 1. "Fat Bottomed Girls" (May) – 5:25 5. "Now I'm Here" (Reprise) (May) – 0:49 11. 6. "Under Pressure" (Queen/Bowie) – 3:47 4. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Mercury) – 4:15 6. "Dragon Attack" (May) – 4:16 10. Make Love" (Mercury) – 3:39 2. Although it is noticeable that he is using a cordless microphone which were becoming available around the time and appears to be relatively larger than a standard microphone. "We Will Rock You" (May) – 2:08 11. 3. "We Are the Champions" (Mercury) – 3:28 12. "Somebody to Love" (Mercury) – 7:53 8. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Deacon) – 3:49 9. "Tie Your Mother Down" (May) – 4:09 8.

Flash / The Hero Now I'm Here Impromptu Put Out the Fire Dragon Attack Now I'm Here (Reprise) 7. additional backing vocals on "Somebody to Love" Morgan Fisher – keyboards Justin Shirley-Smith – mix producer Kris Fredriksson – pro tools hd Mack – recording engineer Mick McKenna – second recording engineer Kevin Metcalfe – mastering Richard Gray – artwork Denis O'Regan – photography Charts and certifications Charts Album . God Save the Queen • Songs from concert at Seibu Lions Stadium. 1982 1. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 8. We Will Rock You 3.Queen on Fire Live at the Bowl 238 DVD bonus material • • • • MK Bowl backstage interview Freddie Mercury interview Brian May and Roger Taylor interviews Songs from concert at Stadthalle. Austria on May 12. 2. Tokyo. vocals. acoustic guitar on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Brian May – guitars. Another One Bites the Dust 2. Vienna. 1982 1. vocals John Deacon – bass guitar. Japan on November 3. piano on "Save Me" Roger Taylor – drums. percussion. piano. We Are the Champions 4. 4. 6. 5. rhythm guitar on "Staying Power". Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) • Photo gallery (Calling All Girls) Personnel • • • • • • • • • • • • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals. 3.

Queen on Fire Live at the Bowl 239 Chart (2004) Peak position 23 60 80 75 10 15 74 9 52 20 [3] Austrian Top 75 Albums [4] Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums [5] Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums French Top 200 Albums German Albums Chart Italian Top 20 Albums [6] [7] [8] [9] Netherlands Top 100 Albums [10] Portuguese Top 30 Albums [11] Swiss Top 100 Albums UK Albums Chart [12] Chart (2005) Peak position [13] 73 Spanish Top 100 Albums DVD Chart (2004) Peak position [14] [15] 10 1 4 1 Australian Top 40 DVDs Austrian Top 10 Music DVDs [16] Norwegian Top 10 DVDs Swedish Top 20 DVDs [17] Chart (2005) Peak position 1 5 [18] Belgium (Wallonia) Top 10 Music DVDs Hungarian Top 20 DVDs [19] Certifications Album .

000x 200000^ 100000^ [21] United Kingdom (BPI) ^ x [22] Gold shipments figures based on certification alone unspecified figures based on certification alone DVD Region Argentina (CAPIF) Australia (ARIA) [23] Certification Sales/shipments Platinum 3× Platinum Gold 3× Platinum 5× Gold Gold [29] Gold 3× Platinum Platinum 8000x 45000^ 5000x 60000* 125000^ 10000^ 3000x 150000^ 100000^ [24] [25] Austria (IFPI Austria) France (SNEP) [26] [27] [28] Germany (BVMI) Mexico (AMPROFON) Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) United Kingdom (BPI) United States (RIAA) * [30] [31] sales figures based on certification alone shipments figures based on certification alone x unspecified figures based on certification alone ^ References [1] http:/ / www. Media Control Charts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (ASP). . at/ showitem. . [5] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / www. Hung Medien. com/ showitem. Hung Medien. Italian Charts. Austrian Charts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (in French) (ASP). nl/ showitem. . Dutch Charts. be/ fr/ showitem. Retrieved 31 July 2011.Queen on Fire Live at the Bowl 240 Region Austria (IFPI Austria) Germany (BVMI) Certification Sales/shipments [20] Gold Platinum 15. [9] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / dutchcharts. Hung Medien. com/ showitem. de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ artist/ Queen/ ?type=longplay) (in German). Retrieved 31 July 2011. . Swiss Charts. ultratop. musicline. [6] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / lescharts. com/ showitem. co. Retrieved 31 July 2011. ultratop. [11] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / swisscharts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). . . be/ nl/ showitem. Ultratop. Retrieved 31 July 2011. allmusic. Retrieved 31 July 2011. Hung Medien. Ultratop. Hung Medien. com/ showitem. Retrieved 31 July 2011. Les Charts. [7] "Chartverfolgung / Queen / Longplay" (http:/ / www. Portuguese Charts. Hung Medien. [8] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / italiancharts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (in German) (ASP). [4] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / www. . Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2011. Music Line. . [10] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / portuguesecharts. com/ album/ queen-on-fire-live-at-the-bowl-r714768/ review [3] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / austriancharts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (in French) (ASP). Hung Medien. . asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (ASP). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). . bbc. uk/ music/ release/ 6wn8 [2] http:/ / www. Retrieved 31 July 2011. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (ASP).

[16] "Topp 10 DVD Audio: 2004 – Uke 47" (http:/ / lista. . asp?search=Queen+ On+ Fire:+ Live+ at+ the+ Bowl). php?artista=Queen& titulo=Queen+ on+ Fire+ -+ Live+ at+ the+ Bowl& categoria=MUSIC+ VIDEO& contenido=buscar) (in Spanish). . Sverigetopplistan. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 31 July 2011. then click Format. . de/ gold_platin_datenbank/ ?action=suche& strTitel=Queen+ on+ Fire+ -+ Live+ at+ the+ Bowl& strInterpret=Queen& strTtArt=video& strAwards=checked) (in German). co. de/ gold_platin_datenbank/ ?action=suche& strTitel=Queen+ on+ Fire+ -+ Live+ at+ the+ Bowl& strInterpret=Queen& strTtArt=alben& strAwards=checked) (in German). pdf) (PDF). ultratop. ar/ Default. . com. Click Go [23] "Argentinian video certifications – Queen – Queen on Fire . [25] "Austrian video certifications – Queen – Queen on Fire" (http:/ / www. at/ ?section=goldplatin) (in German). .Live at the Bowl in the field Titel. Austrian Charts. asp?cat=d& year=2005& date=20050507) (in French) (ASP). Select album in the field By Format.com/title/tt0451175/) at the Internet Movie Database • Queen on Fire . Enter Queen on Fire in the field Titel. Australian Recording Industry Association. then click SEARCH 241 External links • Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl (http://www. . [15] "Austria Top 40 – Musik-DVD Top 10" (http:/ / austriancharts. Hung Medien. . Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. p. IFPI Austria. [13] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / spanishcharts. sverigetopplistan. swisscharts. se/ ) (in Swedish). [22] "British album certifications – Queen – On Fire . The Official Charts Company.imdb. .Live at the Bowl" (http:/ / www. 'On Fire: Live at the Bowl')" (http:/ / www. Pandora Archive. mx/ certificaciones. co. Hung Medien. aspx). nla. 22. Retrieved 31 July 2011. com/ fr/ pag-259165-CERTIFICATIONS. Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 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50:35 (CD 2) Parlophone (UK) Hollywood Records (US) Justin Shirley-Smith Kris Fredriksson Joshua J.Queen Rock Montreal 242 Queen Rock Montreal Queen Rock Montreal Live album by Queen Released 26 October 2007 28 October 2007 29 October 2007 30 October 2007 24 November and 25 November 1981 in Montreal Rock 47:15 (CD 1). Macrae Queen chronology Recorded Genre Length Label Producer Queen on Fire .Live at the Bowl (2004) Queen Rock Montreal (2007) Queen: We Will Rock You: The Movie (2010) .

"Tie Your Mother Down" (May) – 3:52 11. "Somebody to Love" (Mercury) – 7:53 6. "Guitar Solo" (May) – 5:11 5. "Now I'm Here" (May) – 5:31 11. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Mercury) – 5:28 10.[1] This marks the first official release of the film soundtrack to the concert film We Will Rock You on an audio-only format. "Jailhouse Rock" (Jerry Leiber. "Play the Game" (Mercury) – 3:57 5. "The Hero" (May) * – 1:51 7. Canada at the Montreal Forum on 24 November and 25 November 1981. "Let Me Entertain You" (Freddie Mercury) – 2:48 4. "Under Pressure" (Queen. "I'm in Love with My Car" (Roger Taylor) – 2:03 8. [1] Queen Rock Montreal is a live album by English rock band Queen. "Sheer Heart Attack" (Taylor) – 3:53 . "Love of My Life" (Mercury) – 3:56 Disc two 1.[1] [3] Track listing Disc one 1. Make Love" (Mercury) – 4:45 9. which has been re-released as Queen Rock Montreal. David Bowie) – 3:49 2. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Mercury) – 4:15 8. "Intro" – 1:59 2. and 30 October in the US. Quebec. "Flash" (May) * – 2:11 6.[2] Allmusic described Queen's performance in Montreal as being "deliberately theatrical and often majestic". "Keep Yourself Alive" (May) – 3:29 3. "Killer Queen" (Mercury) – 1:59 7.Queen Rock Montreal 243 Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Rating . Unlike the original video release of We Will Rock You. "Save Me" (May) – 4:14 10. the album and CD features the full show (including "Flash" and "The Hero") fully remixed. It was released in 2007 as a double CD / triple vinyl on 28 October in Australia. "We Will Rock You (Fast)" (Brian May) – 3:06 3. Mike Stoller) – 2:32 9. "Get Down. "Now I'm Here (Reprise)" (May) – 1:53 13. "Dragon Attack" (May) – 3:11 12. "Drum and Tympani Solo" (Taylor) – 3:00 4. 29 October in Europe. "Another One Bites the Dust" (John Deacon) – 4:00 12. ten years to the date before lead singer Freddie Mercury died of complications related to AIDS.[1] It was recorded in Montreal.

acoustic guitar on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" • Brian May – guitars. "We Will Rock You" (May) – 2:09 14. piano on "Save Me" and "Flash". percussion. synthesizer on "Flash" • Roger Taylor – drums. synthesizer on "Intro" • John Deacon – bass guitar.mix producer • Justin Shirley-Smith – mix producer • Kris Fredriksson – pro tools hd • Mack – recording engineer • Kevin Metcalfe – mastering • Richard Gray – artwork Charts Chart (2007) Peak position 25 84 62 111 17 54 22 35 27 [4] Austrian Top 75 Albums [5] Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums [6] Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums French Top 200 Albums German Albums Chart [7] [8] [9] Netherlands Top 100 Albums [10] Portuguese Top 30 Albums Spanish Top 100 Albums [11] [12] Swiss Top 100 Albums Chart (2008) Peak position [13] 73 Mexican Top 100 Albums . "We Are the Champions" (Mercury) – 3:27 15. lead vocal on "I'm In Love With My Car" and "Another One Bites The Dust"(chorus). vocals. vocals • Joshua J. "God Save the Queen" (tape) (arr.Queen Rock Montreal 13. Macrae . vocals. May) – 1:27 * previously unreleased 244 Personnel • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals. piano.

Retrieved 1 August 2011. Portuguese Charts. Retrieved 1 August 2011. com/ showitem. . Retrieved 1 August 2011. nl/ showitem. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Rock+ Montreal& cat=a) (in French) (ASP). Retrieved 1 August 2011. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Rock+ Montreal& cat=a) (in German) (ASP). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Rock+ Montreal& cat=a) (ASP). com/ showitem. ultratop. Retrieved 1 August 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. . musicline. Dutch Charts. External links • Official Site (http://www. [5] "Queen – Rock Montreal (Album)" (http:/ / www. Retrieved 1 August 2011. . com/ album/ r1239496) Allmusic. Music Line. com/ showitem. Retrieved 1 August 2011. . Retrieved 16 July 2011 [3] Queen Rock Montreal (http:/ / www.Queen Rock Montreal 245 References [1] Queen Rock Montreal (http:/ / www. [12] "Queen – Rock Montreal (Album)" (http:/ / swisscharts.queenrockmontreal. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Rock+ Montreal& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). co. ultimatequeen. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Rock+ Montreal& cat=a) (ASP). [13] "Queen – Rock Montreal (Album)" (http:/ / mexicancharts. bbc. com/ showitem. Hung Medien. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Rock+ Montreal& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). Hung Medien. co. de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ artist/ Queen/ ?type=longplay) (in German). com/ showitem. stm) BBC. . Hung Medien. [10] "Queen – Rock Montreal (Album)" (http:/ / portuguesecharts. Hung Medien. Hung Medien. be/ fr/ showitem. Hung Medien. . Les Charts. [11] "Queen – Rock Montreal (Album)" (http:/ / spanishcharts. htm#flash) Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 1 August 2011. [8] "Chartverfolgung / Queen / Longplay" (http:/ / www. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Rock+ Montreal& cat=a) (in French) (ASP). Ultratop. . asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Rock+ Montreal& cat=a) (ASP). Retrieved 16 July 2011 [2] 1991: Giant of rock dies (http:/ / news. Spanish Charts. . Austrian Charts. Swiss Charts. [9] "Queen – Rock Montreal (Album)" (http:/ / dutchcharts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Rock+ Montreal& cat=a) (ASP). [7] "Queen – Rock Montreal (Album)" (http:/ / lescharts. . Hung Medien. Mexican Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 August 2011. Media Control Charts. uk/ songs/ rockmontreal. allmusic. at/ showitem. ultratop. [6] "Queen – Rock Montreal (Album)" (http:/ / www. uk/ onthisday/ hi/ dates/ stories/ november/ 24/ newsid_2546000/ 2546945. Ultratop. .com) . Retrieved 16 July 2011 [4] "Queen – Rock Montreal (Album)" (http:/ / austriancharts. Hung Medien. be/ nl/ showitem.

various Queen chronology Greatest Hits (1981) Greatest Hits II (1991) Alternative covers .246 Compilation albums Greatest Hits Greatest Hits Original 1981 edition Greatest hits album by Queen Released Genre Length Label Producer 2 November 1981 Rock 57:20 (UK edition) Parlophone Queen.

The Game. rendering it one of the best-selling albums worldwide. Queen's Greatest Hits was an instant success. When released in November 1981. It has spent 476 weeks in the UK Charts. the record consisted of Queen's best-selling singles since their first chart appearance in 1974 with "Seven Seas of Rhye". edition 2011 Universal Remaster Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Rating [1] This table needs to be expanded using prose. it became the definitive Queen compilation. Greatest Hits is a compilation album by the British rock group Queen. and is Queen's most commercially successful album ever having sold more than 25 million copies. There was no universal track listing or cover art for the album. until their most recent album at the time.Greatest Hits 247 1992 U. In some countries "Under Pressure" was included. . and each territory's tracks were dependent on what singles had been released there and which were successful.[2] [3] [4] It is certified eight times platinum in the United States. See the guideline for more information. peaking at number one on the UK Album Chart for four weeks.[5] [6] Combined with Greatest Hits II.S. which had been released as a single earlier in the year. and is the best-selling album of all time in the UK.

CD version is the same as the British. but instead created their own collection.S. where solid numbers could be collected. For other compilations. re-released a companion collection Greatest Hits with similar artwork (on a red background. the U. it features most of the '70s tracks absent from Classic Queen (including "Another One Bites the Dust" [1980]. Some examples of these were "Sweet Lady" and "Love of My Life". In Argentina and Brazil. "We Will Rock You". In some cases. see the relevant articles. and each territory's tracks were dependent on what singles were released there and what tracks charted. to promote the Las Vegas production of the musical We Will Rock You. . Classic Queen (1992). Roger Taylor had not released any singles with the group at that time. not enough songs were issued as singles to fill a compilation album. Hollywood Records. "Keep Yourself Alive" and "Under Pressure" (which had already appeared on the Elektra 1981 Hits collection) as well as newer tracks ("A Kind of Magic" and "Radio Ga Ga"). In the UK and the U. peaking at no. Track listing This section includes the track listings for the original Greatest Hits and closely related albums only. ended up with its original edit of Queen's first single release. was able to add "Under Pressure" (Queen's duet with David Bowie) to its Hits collection.. because of the delay in release dates between the UK (out first) and the U. which had been re-released in the U. neither was released as a single in any country. and including "Love of My Life" (Live Killers version). the standard was raised again by only including top 20 hits. later that year.S. who were keen on a massive promotion of the band's back catalog. In 2004. from Capitol to Hollywood Records. Also.S. The problem was that Elektra still held the US rights to that first 1981 collection (despite being Hollywood's US licencée). On this album Mercury has ten songs. this collection would eventually pose the problem of overlapping track lists in the future.Greatest Hits 248 History There was no universal track listing or cover art for the Greatest Hits album. and a few album tracks were used as filler. as it was released during that interim. but appear on some regions' 1981 Hits release. where Classic Queen was on royal blue).[8] Some tracks were not even singles in the U. In 1991.4. Commonly referred to as the Red Greatest Hits.S. Hollywood Records decided to not release Greatest Hits II to the U. ("One Year of Love") or anywhere ("Stone Cold Crazy").[7] This compilation was made up of tracks such as "Bohemian Rhapsody".S. Queen sought to issue a second Greatest Hits collection worldwide.S. this time with a standard track listing. The U. Hollywood Records released Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You Edition which was the UK Greatest Hits with three bonus tracks. the band had just changed record labels in the US. including the second and third Greatest Hits albums.[8] Though well received. the LP edition included the same list of UK Greatest Hits minus "Seven Seas of Rhye".S. (almost a month later). "We Are the Champions" and "Killer Queen"). despite the band's popularity. Brian May has five and John Deacon has two. "Keep Yourself Alive". However. market. in 1975 (original release was 1973) after the success of "Bohemian Rhapsody".

"Under Pressure" (later included on Hot Space. 1973) May 14. "You're My Best Friend" (from A Night at the Opera. "Save Me" (from The Game. 1974) Writer(s) Freddie Mercury John Deacon Mercury Brian May Mercury Deacon Mercury May Mercury Mercury May Length 5:56 3:36 2:57 3:16 3:01 2:52 3:29 3:52 2:42 4:56 4:10 2:54 3:33 2:48 2:47 2:01 2:59 57:20 12. "Bohemian Rhapsody" 3. "Flash" 11. 1978) 6. "Don't Stop Me Now" (from Jazz. "Now I'm Here" (from Sheer Heart Attack. "Somebody to Love" (from A Day at the Races. "Play the Game" Total length: Queen. 1976) Mercury 13. 1974) 4. "We Will Rock You" 9. 1980) 10. "Keep Yourself Alive" (single version in mono. from Jazz. "Fat Bottomed Girls" (single version. "Killer Queen" (from Sheer Heart Attack. "Another One Bites the Dust" (from The Game. from Flash Gordon. 1980) 14. "Bicycle Race" (from Jazz. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (from A Night at the Opera. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" 4. No.S. 1977) Total length: Mercury May Mercury May Mercury 1981 U. 1977) 17. "Fat Bottomed Girls" 6. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" (from A Day at the Races. 1976) 11. 1974) 16. "Killer Queen" 5.Greatest Hits 249 1981 UK edition (Parlophone) & 2011 UK edition (Island) Has a photograph of the band as its cover. 1980) 9. "We Are the Champions" 10. David Bowie Writer(s) Length 3:37 5:58 2:44 3:02 3:23 3:01 4:05 2:02 3:01 2:49 4:58 2:52 3:32 3:30 47:58 . "We Are the Champions" (from News of the World. 1980) 15. 1978) 8. "Bicycle Race" 7. and Canada edition No. from Queen. Title 1. "Flash" (single version. 1975) 2. "Play the Game" (from The Game. 1982) 8. "Another One Bites the Dust" 2. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (from The Game. "Seven Seas of Rhye" (from Queen II. "You're My Best Friend" 13. Title 1. 1975) 7. "We Will Rock You" (from News of the World. 1980) 3. 1978) 5. "Somebody to Love" 12.

"We Are the Champions" Total length: Writer(s) Length 5:55 3:33 3:00 3:22 2:32 3:28 3:48 4:05 2:42 4:55 4:15 5:00 2:50 3:28 2:47 2:00 2:58 60:37 1992 U. Flash" 16. "You're My Best Friend" 9. "Bohemian Rhapsody" 2. "Body Language" (from Hot Space. "Flash's Theme A. "Fat Bottomed Girls (LP version)" 7. "Under Pressure" 9. "Teo Torriatte" (single version. "You're My Best Friend" 14. Title 1. "Save Me" 8. "We Will Rock You" 17. "Now I'm Here" 12. "Another One Bites the Dust" 4.S. "Killer Queen" 4. 1982) 14. "Now I'm Here" 11. "Seven Seas of Rhye" 13. "Fat Bottomed Girls" 5. from A Day At The Races. edition Has a red cover with the Queen crest design. "Somebody to Love" 11. "Play the Game" 15. "Somebody to Love" 6. "We Are the Champions" 3. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" 10. 1976) May 13. Title 1.Greatest Hits 250 1981 Japan edition No. "Another One Bites the Dust" 3. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" 10. "Don't Stop Me Now" 7. "Don't Stop Me Now" Mercury Writer(s) Length 2:02 3:01 3:37 3:01 4:56 4:16 3:02 2:51 2:43 4:14 3:31 2:48 4:33 3:48 3:30 . "We Will Rock You" 2. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" 6.A.K. "Bicycle Race" 8. "Play the Game" 12. "Killer Queen" 5. "Save Me" 15. No.

Germany. Australia. followed by three additional tracks. "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" (From A Day at the Races. No.Live at the Bowl. the official biography Queen: As It Began by Jacky Gunn and Jim Jenkins states the following variations on the original UK tracklisting: Argentina. Brazil. Australia had Tie Your Mother Down and Keep Yourself Alive but not Don't Stop Me Now. 1975) 19. Save Me. 2004) 20. Mexico and Venezuela had Love Of My Life (live) instead of Seven Seas Of Rhye. Charts Chart (1981) Peak position 1 1 [11] 1 1 1 [9] Austrian Top 75 Albums German Albums Chart [10] Netherlands Top 100 Albums [12] New Zealand Top 40 Albums UK Albums Chart [13] Chart (1982) Peak position 21 [14] Norwegian Top 40 Albums . 2004) May Total length: Writer(s) Roger Taylor Length 3:12 3:39 6:22 69:17 2011 Japan Reissue Edition From the bonus track for japan. "I'm in Love with My Car" (From A Night at the Opera. Israel and Netherlands had Under Pressure as an extra track. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy or Seven Seas Of Rhye. No. Now I'm Here. 1976) May Total length: In addition to the variations above.Greatest Hits 251 16.S. Title 18. Belgium and Spain had Spread Your Wings as an extra track. Canada. "I Want to Break Free" (from The Works. Bulgaria had Death On Two Legs and Sweet Lady as extra tracks.Live at the Bowl. Available in iTunes. "Tie Your Mother Down" (from Queen on Fire . edition (Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You) Same track listing as UK 1981 edition. Title Writer(s) Length 5:07 63:00 18. 1984) Deacon Total length: 2:55 4:22 58:43 2004 U. "Under Pressure" (from Queen on Fire . "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" 17.

Greatest Hits 252 Chart (1992) Peak position [15] 8 4 5 [18] 12 21 5 11 Australian Top 50 Albums [16] Canadian Top Albums French Compilations [17] Hungarian Top 40 Albums Swedish Top 60 Albums Swiss Top 100 Albums US Billboard 200 [21] [19] [20] Chart (2004) Peak position 2 [21] US Catalog Albums Chart (2007) Peak position 5 [21] US Hard Rock Albums Chart (2008) Peak position [22] 63 Spanish Top 100 Albums Chart (2011) Peak position 78 56 53 [23] Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums French Top 200 Albums [24] [25] Mexican Top 100 Albums Certifications .

.Gold and Platinum (http:/ / www. php?resultpage=2& table=SEARCH_RESULTS& action=& title=& artist=queen& format=& debutLP=& category=& sex=& releaseDate=& requestNo=& type=& level=& label=& company=& certificationDate=& awardDescription=& catalogNo=& aSex=& rec_id=& charField=& gold=& platinum=& multiPlat=& level2=& certDate=& album=& id=& after=& before=& startMonth=1& endMonth=1& startYear=1958& endYear=2010& sort=CertificationDate& perPage=50) Recording Industry Association of America Retrieved January 23. com/ booksid=hxAEAAAAMBAJ& pg=PA8& dq=queen+ waynes+ world#v=onepage& q& f=false) p. 2011 [7] Billboard 25 Jul 1992 (http:/ / books. stm) BBC Retrieved January 23. mtv. bbc.Greatest Hits 253 Region Argentina (CAPIF) Australia (ARIA) [26] Certification Sales/shipments 3× Platinum 14× Platinum 4× Platinum Platinum [30] 3× Platinum 9× Gold Gold [33] 5× Platinum 11× Platinum 8× Platinum 180000x 980000^ 200000x 250000* 300000^ 2250000^ 50000^ 250000x 5. uk/ hi/ english/ static/ in_depth/ entertainment/ 2002/ jubilee/ popup/ 5. 2011 [3] "BPI Highest Retail Sales" (http:/ / www. 2011 [9] "Queen – Greatest Hits (Album)" (http:/ / austriancharts.678. Retrieved 30 May 2011 [8] Queen Album: Classic Queen (http:/ / www. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (in German) (ASP). Retrieved 2011-01-17. 2011 [5] In Pictures: 50 years of pop (http:/ / news. uk/ tvshowbiz/ article-354650/ Queen-longest-reigning-chart-act. uk/ assets/ files/ top 40 albums. . stm) BBC News Retrieved January 17.8. Billboard.610 8000000^ [35] [27] [28] Austria (IFPI Austria) Brazil (ABPD) [29] Canada (Music Canada) Germany (BVMI) [31] [32] Sweden (IFPI Sweden) Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) United Kingdom (BPI) United States (RIAA) * [34] [36] sales figures based on certification alone shipments figures based on certification alone x unspecified figures based on certification alone ^ Release history Date 2 November 1981 3 November 1981 Region Label Format LP LP Catalog number EMTV 30 5E-564 61265 2061-62465-2 2758364 United Kingdom EMI/Parlophone United States Elektra Records 15 September 1992 United States 17 August 2004 3 January 2011 United States Hollywood Records CD Hollywood Records CD CD United Kingdom Island Records Notes [1] Greatest Hits (Queen album) (http:/ / www. co. British Phonographic Industry. com/ album/ r413002) at Allmusic [2] Queen head all-time sales chart (http:/ / news. bpi. Retrieved 25 July 2011. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 30. [4] Queen becomes longest reigning chart act (http:/ / www. at/ showitem. jhtml?albumId=72769) MTV. bbc. dailymail. html) Daily Mail Retrieved January 23. com/ music/ artist/ queen/ albums. uk/ 1/ hi/ entertainment/ 6151050. co. com/ goldandplatinumdata. 2011 [6] RIAA . riaa. co. pdf). . Austrian Charts. google. co. allmusic.

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[22] "Queen – Greatest Hits (Album)" (http:/ / spanishcharts. . . php?artist="Greatest+ Hits"). Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. com. asp?sArtista=Queen& tmidia=1) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 25 July 2011. 40 albums. theofficialcharts. . RPM 56 (16). [28] "Austrian album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits I" (http:/ / www. [19] "Queen – Greatest Hits (Album)" (http:/ / swedishcharts. fr/ Albums_ChartRun. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (ASP). asp?artist=Queen& title=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a& country=de) (in German) (ASP). musikindustrie. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (ASP). Music Canada. Hung Medien. ifpi.pdf. . British Phonographic Industry. Click Go [35] 40 albums. Dutch Charts. com/ search_certifications. 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Retrieved 25 July 2011.pdf "Top 40 Best Selling Albums 28 July 1956 – 14 June 2009" (http:/ / www. . . Retrieved 25 July 2011. [14] "Queen – Greatest Hits (Album)" (http:/ / norwegiancharts. Spanish Charts. Hung Medien. asp?search=Queen+ Greatest+ Hits). pdf) (in Swedish) (PDF). Norwegian Charts. click Advanced. uk/ assets/ files/ top). collectionscanada. [26] "Argentinian album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits" (http:/ / www. com. 01-e. Hung Medien. billboard. Select album in the field By Format. Retrieved 25 July 2011. Ultratop. Les Charts. Retrieved 25 July 2011. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (ASP). [24] "Queen – Greatest Hits (Album)" (http:/ / lescharts. ultratop. [32] "Guld. [18] "Archivum: Top 40 Album" (http:/ / mahasz. Hung Medien. IFPI Austria. . Hung Medien. [31] "German album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits I" (http:/ / www. Select Title in the field Search by. Retrieved 25 July 2011. . Retrieved 25 July 2011. de/ gold_platin_datenbank/ ?action=suche& strTitel=Greatest+ Hits+ I& strInterpret=Queen& strTtArt=alben& strAwards=checked) (in German). Swedish Charts. Recording Industry Association of America. asp?PerDesde_MM=0& PerDesde_AA=0& PerHasta_MM=0& PerHasta_AA=0& interprete=Queen& album=Greatest+ Hits& LanDesde_MM=0& LanDesde_AA=0& LanHasta_MM=0& LanHasta_AA=0& Galardon=O& Tipo=1& ACCION2=+ Buscar+ & ACCION=Buscar& CO=5& CODOP=ESOP). . [27] "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2007 Albums" (http:/ / www. aria. Bundesverband Musikindustrie. com/ all-the-number-one-albums-list/ _/ 1981/ ). Mexican Charts. ca/ rpm/ 028020-119. gc. com/ showitem. ar/ Default. Retrieved 25 July 2011. The Official Charts Company. New Zealand Charts. . aspx). htm). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (ASP). Billboard. Retrieved 25 July 2011. [16] "100 Albums (CD's & Cassettes)" (http:/ / www. Retrieved 25 July 2011. . au/ pages/ httpwww. Hung Medien. Swiss Charts. 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[3] [4] The compilation contains most of Queen's European hits from 1981 to 1991. II & III. It was released less than a month before the death of vocalist Freddie Mercury and was the last Queen release of any kind while he was still alive. Most of the videos are now available on the DVD Greatest Video Hits 2 with the exception of the videos from the 1991 . and is the eighth best-selling album in UK Chart history with sales of 3. released in 1991.Greatest Hits II 255 Greatest Hits II Greatest Hits II Greatest hits album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Length Label 28 October 1991 1981–1990 Rock 75:57 Parlophone Queen chronology Greatest Hits (1981) Greatest Hits II (1991) Classic Queen (1992) Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Rating link [1] Greatest Hits II is a compilation album by the British rock group Queen. but is currently out of print. Hollywood Records released the newly-remastered 2011 version of Greatest Hits II in the USA & Japan. 2011.7 million copies as of 2009.[2] It reached #1 on the UK Album Chart. A companion video release entitled Greatest Flix II was released at the same time. On April 19. and has sold 16 million copies worldwide. It was later made available in the United States in two box sets: Greatest Hits I & II and The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I.

"The Show Must Go On" (early faded. Deacon Queen Queen 2011 Japan Reissue Edition From the bonus track for japan. Title Writer(s) Length 4:49 80:46 18. 1986) Queen (May) Queen (Mercury) Queen (Mercury) Queen (Taylor) May Mercury. from The Works. No. "Who Wants to Live Forever" (edit. 1986) Brian May 10. 1984) 8. 1989) 12. "Under Pressure" (edit. 1984) 4. Available in iTunes. "Headlong" (Single Version. "The Miracle" (early faded. "I'm Going Slightly Mad" (Original Innuendo LP edit) 13. "Innuendo" (from Innuendo. David Bowie Taylor Queen (Brian May) John Deacon Queen Freddie Mercury Queen (Mercury/Taylor) Length 4:22 3:56 5:43 4:01 4:18 6:27 4:09 4:09 4:57 4:33 4:54 4:07 3:58 3:40 4:08 4:23 4:02 9. 1986) 2. from A Kind Of Magic. 1991) 7. "I Want to Break Free" (single mix. 1982) 3. "Friends Will Be Friends" (from A Kind Of Magic. 1989) 14. from The Miracle. from The Miracle. from Innuendo. "I Want It All" (single version. "Hammer to Fall" (single version. from Hot Space. "Radio Ga Ga" (from The Works. 1984) 15. "One Vision" (single version. 256 Track listing No. "The Invisible Man" (from The Miracle. "A Kind of Magic" (from A Kind Of Magic. 1989) Writer(s) Roger Taylor Queen.Greatest Hits II Innuendo album. 1989) 5. 1995) Mercury Total length: Charts Chart (1991) Peak position 4 [6] 1 1 1 1 [5] Australian Top 50 Albums Netherlands Top 100 Albums [7] New Zealand Top 40 Albums [8] Swiss Top 100 Albums UK Albums Chart [9] . Title 1. from A Kind Of Magic. 1984) 6. 1991) 17. 1991) 11. "Breakthru" (from The Miracle. from The Works. 1986) 16. from Innuendo. "I Was Born to Love You" (From Made in Heaven. "It's a Hard Life" (from The Works.

404 [26] Germany (BVMI) [22] [23] Sweden (IFPI Sweden) Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) United Kingdom (BPI) * [25] sales figures based on certification alone shipments figures based on certification alone x unspecified figures based on certification alone ^ .746.000 [20] Austria (IFPI Austria) Brazil (ABPD) [19] Finland (IFPI Finland) France (SNEP) [21] 1000000* 2250000^ 100000^ 250000x 3.Greatest Hits II 257 Chart (1992) Peak position [10] 1 1 2 1 4 2 Austrian Top 75 Albums French Compilations [11] [12] [13] German Albums Chart Hungarian Top 40 Albums [14] Norwegian Top 40 Albums Swedish Top 60 Albums [15] Chart (2008) Peak position [16] 45 Spanish Top 100 Albums Certifications Region Argentina (CAPIF) [17] [18] Certification Sales/shipments Diamond 4× Platinum 2× Platinum [20] 7× Platinum Diamond 9× Gold Platinum [24] 5× Platinum 8× Platinum 500000x 200000x 500000* 143.

[15] "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (http:/ / swedishcharts. Retrieved 23 July 2011. Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers.och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (http:/ / www. Hung Medien. . Find "QUEEN" under the drop-down menu to see statistics. infodisc. com/ search_certifications. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 2" (http:/ / www. bbc. . . allmusic. New Zealand Charts. asp?PerDesde_MM=0& PerDesde_AA=0& PerHasta_MM=0& PerHasta_AA=0& interprete=Queen& album=Greatest+ Hits+ Vol+ II& LanDesde_MM=0& LanDesde_AA=0& LanHasta_MM=0& LanHasta_AA=0& Galardon=O& Tipo=1& ACCION2=+ Buscar+ & ACCION=Buscar& CO=5& CODOP=ESOP). nl/ showitem. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (ASP). co. Hung Medien. Media Control Charts. php) (in French) (PHP).UK Best Selling Albums of All Time (14 June 2009) (http:/ / www. hu/ ?menu=slagerlistak& menu2=archivum& lista=top40& ev=1992& het=11& submit_=Keresés) (in Hungarian). Swiss Charts. [18] "Austrian album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits II" (http:/ / www. . pdf) (in Swedish) (PDF). Retrieved 23 July 2011. Hung Medien. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (ASP). . . se/ wp/ wp-content/ uploads/ guld-platina-1987-1998. Hung Medien. musikindustrie. Hung Medien. uk/ certifiedawards/ search. [10] "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (http:/ / austriancharts. IFPI Austria. 2 (http:/ / www. aspx). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 July 2011. Greatest Hits. Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. br/ certificados_interna. Retrieved 13 June 2011 [4] Queen Greatest Hits I and II Review (http:/ / www. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (ASP). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (in German) (ASP). Enter Queen in the field Interpret. Australian Charts. swisscharts. com/ album/ greatest-hits-vol-2-r299806). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). Select QUEEN and click OK [22] "German album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits II" (http:/ / www. bpi. . InfoDisc. com/ showitem. [7] "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (http:/ / charts. . Hung Medien. [3] BPI . [12] "Chartverfolgung / Queen / Longplay" (http:/ / www. . bpi. ar/ Default. Retrieved 23 July 2011. com/ showitem. [14] "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (http:/ / norwegiancharts. Select Title in the field Search by. com/ showitem. . [17] "Argentinian album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits Vol II" (http:/ / www. Bundesverband Musikindustrie. [13] "Archivum: Top 40 Album" (http:/ / mahasz. 2011. nz/ showitem. Retrieved 23 July 2011. at/ showitem. uk/ music/ reviews/ 5hpn) BBC. Norwegian Charts. com/ album/ r299806 [2] Queen. org. bpi. [24] "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Queen. pdf). [8] "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (http:/ / swisscharts. Enter Greatest Hits II in the field Titel. The Official Charts Company. Hung Medien. theofficialcharts. co. asp?sArtista=Queen& tmidia=1) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 23 July 2011. 'Greatest Hits II')" (http:/ / www. Select album in the field By Format. . pdf) (PDF). Spanish Charts. All Music. ifpi. . asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (ASP). Retrieved 23 July 2011. Enter Greatest Hits (Vol II) in the field Search. org. . InfoDisc. at/ ?section=goldplatin) (in German). Hung Medien. Vol. [6] "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (http:/ / dutchcharts. Retrieved 23 July 2011. Dutch Charts.Greatest Hits II 258 References [1] http:/ / www. . Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. [9] "All the Number One Albums: 1991" (http:/ / www. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (ASP). 2011. php) (in French). [21] "French album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits Vol. uk/ assets/ files/ top 40 albums. IFPI Sweden. ifpi. Click Go [26] "Top 40 Best Selling Albums 28 July 1956 – 14 June 2009" (http:/ / www. British Phonographic Industry. fr/ Albums_ChartRun. capif. . com/ all-the-number-one-albums-list/ _/ 1991/ ). ifpi. . Austrian Charts. . . Retrieved 23 July 2011. [16] "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (http:/ / spanishcharts. com/ showitem. . infodisc. fr/ Certif_Album. Retrieved August 31. com/ showitem. musicline. [20] "Finnish album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits 2" (http:/ / www. Retrieved January 16. de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ artist/ Queen/ ?type=longplay) (in German). de/ gold_platin_datenbank/ ?action=suche& strTitel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& strInterpret=Queen& strTtArt=alben& strAwards=checked) (in German). org. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (ASP). . allmusic. Click Suchen [19] "Brazilian album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits II" (http:/ / abpd. Retrieved 17 June 2011 [5] "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (http:/ / australian-charts. Retrieved 23 July 2011. . . uk/ assets/ files/ top 40 albums. asp?search=Queen+ Greatest+ Hits+ II). 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containing two different tracks from the 1981 release but designed specifically to complement Classic Queen. it did not fit in with the previous Queen compilations. It overlapped both the 1981 Greatest Hits and the 1991 Greatest Hits II. Accumulated sales (Greatest Hits II and Classic Queen for the U. David Richards. and Canada combined) are in .S. and five times platinum in Canada.[3] [4] Although critically acclaimed as an excellent compilation. Hollywood Records re-released Greatest Hits in the U. Mack and Queen Queen chronology Greatest Hits II (1991) '''Classic Queen''' (1992) The 12" Collection (1992) Professional ratings Review scores Source *Allmusic Rating link [1] Classic Queen is a 1992 compilation of songs by the English rock band Queen. 1992 Recorded 1972-1990 Genre Length Label Rock 75:10 Hollywood Records EMI Parlophone Producer Roy Thomas Baker. and contained a few tracks not found in either of the previous releases.S.[2] The album reached number four on the Billboard 200.Classic Queen 259 Classic Queen Classic Queen Greatest hits album by Queen Released March 10. to remedy this situation. It was issued in order to capitalise on the sudden Queen fever generated in the United States following the release of the movie Wayne's World. and is certified three times platinum in the U.S. only. David Bowie.

1975) 3. 1986) May 17. such as "Another One Bites the Dust". "The Miracle" and "One Vision" have been edited or remixed for this compilation. "I Want It All" (from The Miracle. Mercury. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (from A Night At The Opera.Classic Queen excess of 19 million worldwide. Title 1. "Who Wants to Live Forever" (from A Kind Of Magic. Many of Queen's biggest hits. 1973) 15. Taylor May Deacon. php|title=Canadian) Retrieved 17 June 2011 . 1986) 14. 2011 [3] RIAA . John Deacon. May. Retrieved May 30. Taylor Deacon Taylor Deacon. Taylor Length 4:23 5:59 4:02 3:38 2:14 4:26 5:49 4:21 4:01 3:44 4:24 4:14 4:38 3:47 4:38 5:15 4:31 75:10 16. 1989) 12. Peter Straker. Mercury. 1991) Writer(s) Roger Taylor Freddie Mercury David Bowie. 1982) 4.Gold and Platinum (http:/ / www. Mercury. Taylor Deacon.8. Mercury. 1991) Total length: Deacon. Mercury. Taylor Deacon. "One Year of Love" (from A Kind Of Magic. May. 1984) 5. Taylor May Deacon. "Radio Ga Ga" (from The Works. ca/ cert_db_search. 1991) 9. 1989) 10. "We Will Rock You". com/ album/ r58558 [2] Billboard 25 Jul 1992 (http:/ / books. allmusic. "The Miracle" (from The Miracle. Taylor (The songs "Under Pressure". 1974) 6. 1991) 13. com/ goldandplatinumdata. google. are missing from this compilation. 1986) 2. May. php?resultpage=2& table=SEARCH_RESULTS& action=& title=& artist=queen& format=& debutLP=& category=& sex=& releaseDate=& requestNo=& type=& level=& label=& company=& certificationDate=& awardDescription=& catalogNo=& aSex=& rec_id=& charField=& gold=& platinum=& multiPlat=& level2=& certDate=& album=& id=& after=& before=& startMonth=1& endMonth=1& startYear=1958& endYear=2010& sort=CertificationDate& perPage=50) Recording Industry Association of America Retrieved 17 June 2011 [4] Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Certification Results (http:/ / www. com/ books?id=hxAEAAAAMBAJ& pg=PA8& dq=queen+ waynes+ world#v=onepage& q& f=false) p. Taylor Deacon. "One Vision" (from A Kind Of Magic. Mercury. May.) Charts Country United States Canada Chart 4 — Certication 3× platinum 5× platinum Sales [3] 3 000 000+ [4] 500 000+ References [1] http:/ / www. and "We Are the Champions". Taylor May Deacon. Mercury. cria. Mercury. "Headlong" (from Innuendo. May. "Stone Cold Crazy" (from Sheer Heart Attack. "Keep Yourself Alive" (from Queen. "Hammer to Fall" (from The Works. Brian May. 1976) 11. riaa. May. "Tie Your Mother Down" (from A Day At The Races. 1984) 8. "The Show Must Go On" (from Innuendo. "A Kind of Magic" (from A Kind Of Magic. "These Are the Days of Our Lives" (from Innuendo. 1986) 7.[5] 260 Track listing No. May. Mercury. "I'm Going Slightly Mad" (from Innuendo. May. "Under Pressure" (from Hot Space. Billboard.

Parlophone Various Queen chronology Producer Classic Queen (1992) The 12" Collection (1992) Queen Rocks (1997) The 12" Collection is a compilation album by British rock band Queen. The sleeve notes do not mention why it was included. com/ music/ artist/ queen/ albums. Retrieved May 30. 2011 261 The 12" Collection The 12" Collection Compilation album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Length Label 1992 1975 – 1991 Rock 70:04 Queen Productions Ltd. . jhtml?albumId=72769) MTV. mtv.Classic Queen [5] Queen Album: Classic Queen (http:/ / www. "The Show Must Go On" did appear on a 12-inch single however it was not extended and appears on this album in the same format as before. "Bohemian Rhapsody" was never released on a 12-inch single and the sleeve notes state that it is included due to its length. It features various 12-inch single format recordings and remixes.

1997 1973 – 1997 Rock 70:21 Parlophone / Hollywood Queen chronology .6:25 9.6:53 3.Taylor .5:30 12.Queen . "Radio Ga-Ga" (Extended Version) . "A Kind of Magic" (Extended Version) . "Bohemian Rhapsody" .Mercury .5:44 11. "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure" (12" Version) .Taylor .5:08 4.6:01 10. "Machines (Or 'Back to Humans')" (12" Instrumental) .Mercury . http://paulmcgarry. References [1] http:/ / paulmcgarry.Deacon . html Queen Rocks Queen Rocks Compilation album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Length Label November 3.5:05 6. "The Show Must Go On" . "The Invisible Man" (12" Version) . "Breakthru" (Extended Version) .6:04 8.May .The 12" Collection (1992)" [1].Mercury/Deacon . "Hammer to Fall" (The Headbanger's Mix) . "Queen . "Man on the Prowl" (Extended Version) .5:23 7.7:19 5. "I Want to Break Free" (Extended Mix) .Mercury .com/cdcatalogue/. com/ cdcatalogue/ details/ 3351. "It's a Hard Life" (12" Extended) .The 12" Collection 262 Track listing 1.Taylor/May .Queen .5:58 2.Queen .4:34 References 1.

It also contained one new track. "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)" Released: January 5. "Tie Your Mother Down" (single vesion. "Tear It Up" (from The Works. from The Works. released in 1997. Track listing No. "One Vision" (album version. 1974) 9. 1974) Writer(s) Brian May May May Freddie Mercury Queen (May) May May. 1977) 4:12 4:18 3:44 3:28 5:09 3:26 . Title 1. from Jazz. The album is a selection of songs from Queen's heavier side. 1973) 11. while other tracks included were never released as singles anywhere ("Put Out the Fire" and "Sheer Heart Attack"). from A Kind of Magic. 1989) 4. as it deliberately does not follow the standard "greatest hits" collection format. John Deacon.Queen Rocks 263 The 12" Collection (1992) Queen Rocks (1997) The Crown Jewels (1998) Singles from Queen Rocks 1. "Now I'm Here" (from Sheer Heart Attack. "Fat Bottomed Girls" (album version. from The Miracle. "Hammer To Fall" (album version. "Fat Bottomed Girls"). "Keep Yourself Alive" (from Queen. The album is unique to the Queen catalogue. 1986) 13. "Seven Seas Of Rhye" (from Queen II. "I Want It All" (hybrid album/single version. 1998 (UK) Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Rating [1] Queen Rocks is a compilation album by the English rock band Queen. from A Day at the Races. This song began life as a track for Brian May's solo album Another World (1998). 1984) 7. Roger Taylor May May May May Queen (May) Taylor Length 2:01 3:45 4:30 2:47 4:35 4:30 2:14 8. The album also contains a remake of the pop rocker "I Can't Live With You". "I Can't Live With You" ((1997 Rocks Retake) from Innuendo. Some hits are present ("We Will Rock You". "Sheer Heart Attack" (fromNews of the World. 1977) 2. Mercury. 1984) 12. 1978) 10. the remaining members chose to record it as a bookend for their career as Queen. 1974) 5. "Stone Cold Crazy" (from Sheer Heart Attack. 1976) 3. Roger Taylor and John Deacon (and the first Queen recording without Freddie Mercury). which is a gentle ballad. It was the last original studio recording from the 1990s featuring Brian May. 1991) 6. "We Will Rock You" (from News of the World. "No-One But You (Only the Good Die Young)". with a much louder and heavier guitar and more aggressive drumming.

) 12. Wembley ‘86.) 7. "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)" (1997) May Queen (May) May May 3:20 4:33 6:29 4:11 Video version A video version of the album was made. Rio ‘85. Japan ‘79. Houston ‘77. "It's Late" (from News of the World. "I'm in Love with My Car" (hybrid album/single version from A Night at the Opera. "Headlong" (from Innuendo. Houston ‘77.) 2. "Put Out the Fire" (from Hot Space. and the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. Budapest ‘86. Live Aid ‘85.) 6. Houston ‘77. Milton Keynes ‘82. “I’m In Love With My Car” (Rare video.) 3. Hammersmith ‘79. “It’s Late” (Rare video. Hammersmith ‘75. “Tie Your Mother Down: Through the Years” (Clips from Japan ‘85. Milton Keynes ‘82. and clips from other Queen videos like Under Pressure and Keep Yourself Alive.) 5. 1977) 18. Rio ‘85. Hammersmith ‘79. Montreal ‘81. Also uses outtakes from the original video. Japan ‘79. “One Vision (extended)” (Original video with some never-before-seen footage. except for the fact that it uses clips from the 1986 Wembley concert. along with shots of zooming cars. Hammersmith ‘75. Japan ‘79. These Are the Days Of Our Lives. and The Miracle. Buenos Aires ‘81. “Fat Bottomed Girls” (Lengthened version of original video including never-before-seen footage. Princes of the Universe.) 8. and BBC version with footage from black/white movies. and the original video. Earl’s Court ‘76. Buenos Aires ‘81. Video includes clips of Queen performing the song at Hammersmith ’79. 1991) 17.Queen Rocks 264 Taylor 3:05 14. “Sheer Heart Attack” (Rare video. 1982) 16. 1975) 15. com/ album/ r325812 . “I Want It All” (The original video. Budapest ‘86. “Seven Seas of Rhye” (Slightly modified 1992 DoRo video with footage from Tokyo '75 and Tokyo '85) 10. “Keep Yourself Alive” (Uses clips from two original 1973 videos. Killer Queen. Hammersmith ‘79. Buenos Aires ‘81. Wembley ‘86. Video includes clips of Queen performance at the Rainbow ‘74. “Makings of No-One But You” References [1] http:/ / www. Earl’s Court ‘76. allmusic. Earl’s Court ‘77.) 11. Wembley ‘86. “Put Out the Fire” (Performance at Osaka '82 with clips from old black/white movies.) 9. Video includes clips of Queen performance at the Rainbow ‘74. 1. and clips from other Queen videos like Keep Yourself Alive.) 4. It included slightly different videos for all these songs. “We Will Rock You” (Uses clips of Queen singing that at Wembley ‘86. Houston ‘77.

1998 2. "Another One Bites The Dust (Small Soldiers Remix)" Released: November. 1999 "Princes of the Universe" Released: 2000 (Holland only) . "Under Pressure (Rah Mix)" Released: December.Greatest Hits III 265 Greatest Hits III Greatest Hits III Greatest hits album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Length Label 8 November 1999 1980 – 1997 Rock 73:41 Parlophone Queen chronology The Crown Jewels (1998) Greatest Hits III (1999) Stone Cold Classics (2006) Singles from Greatest Hits III 1. 3.

Despite being a greatest hits compilation. Theatre National de Chaillot. Paris. "Under Pressure (Rah Mix)" Queen. Mike Moran Brian May. Wembley. Frank Musker. "Driven by You" Queen Roger Taylor May May • • • • • • • 5:22 4:37 4:29 4:09 10.Greatest Hits III 266 Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Chester Chronicle Classic Rock (Positive) (Positive) Rating [1] [2] [3] This table needs to be expanded using prose. Bad Guy From Made in Heaven Performed by Freddie Mercury non-album single 5:07 6. the band members' solo hits and the band's collaborations with other artists (hence the album's credit to "Queen+"). "Living on My Own (Julian Raymond Album Mix)" Mercury 3:37 • • 11. See the guideline for more information. the first two tracks actually made a debut on this album (a number of such albums have typically included at least one new track to help drive sales). 1997 feat. Elizabeth Lamers 4:25 4. It was released on November 8. The Freddie Mercury Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness. "Barcelona (Single Version)" Freddie Mercury. "Somebody to Love (Live. It is a compilation of latter-day songs. from the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert From Five Live Originally from A Day at the Races From Made in Heaven From Made in Heaven From Hot Space Performed by Brian May From Back to the Light Performed by Freddie Mercury This version erroneously included. 1999. Elton John)" Writer(s) Queen Note(s) • • • 2. "Heaven for Everyone (Single Version)" 8. "Let Me Live" 12. "The Show Must Go On (Live. "Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love)" 9. as the 1993 No More Brothers Radio Mix is listed on the compilation's sleeve notes From The Freddie Mercury Album Originally from Mr. "Too Much Love Will Kill You (Album Version)" 4:18 5. April 1992)" • • • • Performed by George Michael + Queen Live at Wembley Stadium 1992. "You Don't Fool Me" 7. David Bowie • • • • • Performed by Queen + Elton John Live from the premiere of Ballet for Life in Paris 1997 Originally from Innuendo Performed by Queen + David Bowie Originally from Hot Space Performed by Freddie Mercury + Montserrat Caballé From Barcelona From Made in Heaven Length 4:26 4:08 3. Greatest Hits III is a compilation album by English rock band Queen. "The Great Pretender" Queen Buck Ram • • • 4:45 3:26 . Track listing No. Title 1.

"Princes of the Universe" 14. Taylor 4:11 4:22 4:19 Charts Chart (1999) Peak position 2 7 35 9 5 7 8 24 5 19 4 5 [4] Austrian Top 75 Albums [5] Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums [6] Finnish Top 50 Albums [7] French Compilations German Albums Chart [8] [9] Hungarian Top 40 Albums Netherlands Top 100 Albums [10] [11] New Zealand Top 40 Albums Norwegian Top 40 Albums [12] [13] Swedish Top 60 Albums [14] Swiss Top 100 Albums UK Albums Chart [15] Chart (2000) Peak position 7 7 [16] Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums Italian Top 20 Albums [17] Chart (2008) Peak position [18] 89 Spanish Top 100 Albums . "These Are the Days of Our Lives" 17. "Thank God It's Christmas" May Queen May. "Another One Bites The Dust (Small Soldiers Remix)" 15. "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)" 16.Greatest Hits III 267 Mercury John Deacon • • • • • • From A Kind of Magic Featuring Wyclef Jean. Pras & Free Originally from The Game From Queen Rocks From Innuendo 1984 non-album single release 3:31 4:20 13.

Greatest Hits III" (http:/ / www. fr/ Albums_ChartRun. Dutch Charts. php) (in French) (PHP). asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (ASP). Hung Medien. Media Control Charts. [15] "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 20th November 1999" (http:/ / www. Retrieved 24 July 2011. New Zealand Charts. be/ nl/ showitem. . infodisc. queenarchives. nz/ showitem. Retrieved 24 July 2011. asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). .Greatest Hits III 268 Certifications Region Argentina (CAPIF) [19] [20] Certification Sales/shipments Platinum Gold Gold Gold Platinum Gold [25] Gold Platinum 60000x 25000x 150000^ 7500^ 50000* 40000^ 25000x 300000^ Austria (IFPI Austria) Germany (BVMI) [21] [22] [23] New Zealand (RIANZ) Norway (IFPI Norway) Sweden (IFPI Sweden) [24] Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) United Kingdom (BPI) [26] Summaries Europe (IFPI) * [27] Platinum 1000000* sales figures based on certification alone shipments figures based on certification alone x unspecified figures based on certification alone ^ References [1] Queen . The Official Charts Company. asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (ASP). Retrieved 24 July 2011. . theofficialcharts. Swedish Charts. [7] "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé" (http:/ / www. Hung Medien. [11] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / charts. . InfoDisc. [14] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / swisscharts. asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (ASP). [13] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / swedishcharts. com/ archive-chart/ _/ 3/ 1999-11-20/ ). com/ showitem. . hu/ ?menu=slagerlistak& menu2=archivum& lista=top40& ev=1999& het=52& submit_=Keresés) (in Hungarian). [9] "Archivum: Top 40 Album" (http:/ / mahasz. Hung Medien. asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (ASP). Swiss Charts. Retrieved 24 July 2011. charts. . Retrieved 13 August 2011 [4] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / austriancharts. Find "QUEEN" under the drop-down menu to see statistics. Ultratop. org. Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. . Retrieved 24 July 2011. . Hung Medien. com/ showitem. Retrieved 24 July 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011 [2] Greatest Hits III (http:/ / www. com/ showitem. . . allmusic. . com/ index. ultratop. [5] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / www. Austrian Charts. com/ index. Retrieved 24 July 2011. Hung Medien. [8] "Album – Queen+. com/ album/ r443580) Allmusic. Retrieved 13 August 2011 [3] Greatest Hits III (http:/ / www. php?title=Queen_-_01-XX-2000_-_Greatest_Hits_III_-_Classic_Rock) Classic Rock Magazine. Retrieved 24 July 2011. nl/ showitem. php?title=Queen_-_11-05-1999_-_Greatest_Hits_III_-_Chester_Chronicle) Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 24 July 2011. at/ showitem. MAHASZ. Retrieved 24 July 2011. asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (ASP). asp?artist=Queen+ & title=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a& country=de) (in German) (ASP). queenarchives. Hung Medien. Finnish Charts. . [12] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / norwegiancharts. Retrieved 24 July 2011. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (in German) (ASP). . asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). Hung Medien.Greatest Hits III (http:/ / www. [10] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / dutchcharts. de/ album. [6] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / finnishcharts.

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performed live by Queen + Paul Rodgers 14. "We Are the Champions" (Mercury) 8. in conjunction with the broadcast of an episode of the U. "We Will Rock You" (May) 7. Taylor) 2. 2006 Rock Hollywood Records Queen chronology Greatest Hits III (1999) Stone Cold Classics (2006) The A-Z of Queen. "Radio Ga Ga" (Taylor) 9. in which contestants performed songs from the Queen catalogue. television series American Idol. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Mercury) 10. "Feel Like Makin' Love" . "I Want It All" (Queen (May)) 13. "All Right Now" . "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Mercury) 6. "These Are the Days of Our Lives" (Queen (Taylor)) 12. May. Track listing 1. "Tie Your Mother Down" (May) 3. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Deacon) 5.performed live by Queen + Paul Rodgers . Volume 1 (2007) Stone Cold Classics is a compilation album by English rock band Queen released on 11 April 2006.Stone Cold Classics 270 Stone Cold Classics Stone Cold Classics Compilation album by Queen Released Genre Label April 11. "The Show Must Go On" (Queen (May)) 11. "Fat Bottomed Girls" (May) 4. Mercury.S. "Stone Cold Crazy" (Deacon.

Some of the video performances feature Paul Rodgers playing with Brian May and Roger Taylor as Queen + Paul Rodgers in 2005. Volume 1 (2007) The Singles Collection Volume 1 (2008) The A–Z of Queen. "I Want It All" (Single Version) (Brian May) 6.The AZ of Queen. The album is a 2-disc set available only from Wal-Mart and Amazon. 2007 Rock 42:55 Hollywood Records Queen chronology Stone Cold Classics (2006) The A-Z of Queen. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Mercury) 7. Volume 1 271 The A–Z of Queen.com that features an audio CD and video DVD with music videos and live performances. "Flash" (Single Version) (May) 10. "Innuendo" (Queen) 11. "A Kind of Magic" (Roger Taylor) 2. CD track listing 1. released in 2007. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Freddie Mercury) 4. "Bicycle Race" (Mercury) 5. Volume 1 Greatest hits album by Queen Released Genre Length Label July 10. To date no further volumes have been released. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" (Mercury) . Volume 1 The A–Z of Queen. Volume 1 is a compilation album by the English rock band Queen. "Another One Bites the Dust" (John Deacon) 3. "Fat Bottomed Girls" (Single Version) (May) 9. "Don't Stop Me Now" (Mercury) 8.

7. 2. 5. 9. 4.The AZ of Queen. Volume 1 272 DVD track listing 1. "A Kind of Magic" (from Greatest Video Hits 2) "Another One Bites the Dust" (from Queen on Fire . 3.Live at the Bowl) "Bohemian Rhapsody" (from Greatest Video Hits 1) "I Want It All" (from Return of the Champions) "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (from Queen at Wembley) "Don't Stop Me Now" (from Greatest Video Hits 1) "Fat Bottomed Girls" (from Return of the Champions) "Innuendo" (original promo video from the album Innuendo) "Wembley Stadium Concert Interview" (from Queen at Wembley) Absolute Greatest Absolute Greatest Greatest hits album by Queen Released 11 November 2009 (Japan) 13 November 2009 (Germany. 8. Austria) 16 November 2009 (Europe) 17 November 2009 (US) 1973–1995 Rock 79:29 Parlophone (UK) Hollywood Records (US) various Queen chronology Recorded Genre Length Label Producer Singles Collection 2 (2009) Absolute Greatest (2009) Singles Collection 3 (2010) . 6.

"Heaven for Everyone" (Single Version) 17. "I Want It All" (Single Version) 6. The prize winner was then chosen in a random selection. "Don't Stop Me Now" 12. including the single CD edition. "We Will Rock You" 2. "I Want to Break Free" (Single Version) 19. David Bowie Queen Deacon Mercury Mercury Queen Length 2:02 3:01 5:48 3:34 4:00 2:44 4:22 4:06 3:58 2:52 3:31 2:58 4:16 4:55 2:44 4:37 4:48 4:22 4:27 14.[5] Track listing [1] No.[4] A promotion running on the band's official website. a 2 CD special edition featuring audio commentaries by Brian May and Roger Taylor. "Seven Seas of Rhye" 16. Queen Online. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" 7. See the guideline for more information. "A Kind of Magic" 8. Each track has been remastered from the original tapes. Absolute Greatest is a compilation album by the British rock band Queen. Title 1. The album features 20 of their most famous hits throughout their career on one CD for the very first time and is available in several formats. "Somebody to Love" 18. "Who Wants to Live Forever" ('Greatest Hits II' Edit) May 15. gave fans the opportunity to guess the placings of the tracks on the album and win a prize if their answer was correct (a new track was revealed daily). "These Are the Days of Our Lives" Writer(s) Brian May Freddie Mercury Roger Taylor John Deacon Queen Mercury Taylor Queen. "You're My Best Friend" 11. "The Show Must Go On" Mercury Taylor Mercury Deacon Queen . "Radio Ga Ga" 4. and an LP edition box set.Absolute Greatest 273 Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Classic Rock Q [3] Rating [1] [2] This table needs to be expanded using prose. "Under Pressure" 9. "Another One Bites the Dust" 5. "We Are the Champions" 3. a 52 page hardback book with the 2 CDs. "One Vision" (Single Version) 10. "Killer Queen" 13. digital download.

"Let Me Entertain You" 9. piano. keyboard. "One Vision" Writer Brian May City / Venue London / Rainbow Year 1974 1977 1977 1977 1977 1979 1979 1979 Freddie Mercury London / Earls Court Mercury Mercury Mercury May May Mercury Roger Taylor May May Mercury May Mercury Queen London / Earls Court Houston / The Summit Houston / The Summit Paris / Pavillon de Paris Tokyo / Nippon Budokan Tokyo / Nippon Budokan London / Hammersmith Odeon 1979 London / Hammersmith Odeon 1979 Montreal / Montreal Forum 1981 Milton Keynes / National Bowl 1982 Rio de Janeiro (Rock in Rio) Rio de Janeiro (Rock in Rio) London / Wembley Stadium London / Wembley Stadium London / Wembley Stadium Budapest / Népstadion 1985 1985 1986 1986 1986 1986 16. "In the Lap of the Gods" (revisited) Mercury 17. "My Melancholy Blues" 6. keyboard Roger Taylor – drums. backing vocals. "Save Me" 12. "Bohemian Rhapsody" Mercury 5:56 Bonus streaming live performances Title 1. keyboard Brian May – guitar. "The Millionaire Waltz" 5. "Love of My Life" 15. "You Take My Breath Away" 4. keyboard. "Tie Your Mother Down" 14. "Dreamer's Ball" 7. "Somebody to Love" 13. "Now I'm Here" 11. "We Will Rock You" Mercury May Personnel • • • • John Deacon – bass. backing vocals.electronic drums. "We Will Rock You" (fast) 8.Absolute Greatest 274 20. guitar. "I'm in Love With My Car" 10. "We Are the Champions" 18. piano. backing vocals Guest musicians: • David Bowie on "Under Pressure" • Fred Mandel on "Radio Ga Ga" and "I Want to Break Free" • National Philharmonic Orchestra and Michael Kamen on "Who Wants to Live Forever" . percussion. "White Queen" 2. lead vocals on "I Want It All" and "Who Wants to Live Forever" Freddie Mercury – lead vocals. "Killer Queen" 3. guitar.

Absolute Greatest 275 Charts and certifications Charts Chart (2009) Peak position 18 10 22 6 11 23 4 22 6 4 20 5 15 3 [6] Australian Top 50 Albums [7] Austrian Top 75 Albums [8] Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums [9] Danish Top 40 Albums [10] French Compilations German Albums Chart [11] [12] Hungarian Top 40 Albums [13] Mexican Top 100 Albums [14] Norwegian Top 40 Albums [15] Portuguese Top 30 Albums Spanish Top 100 Albums [16] [17] Swedish Top 60 Albums [18] Swiss Top 100 Albums UK Albums Chart [19] Chart (2010) Peak position 15 36 6 [20] Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums Netherlands Top 100 Albums [21] [22] New Zealand Top 40 Albums Chart (2011) Peak position [23] 16 15 Canadian Albums Chart Finnish Top 50 Albums [24] .

Hung Medien. [11] "Chartverfolgung / Queen / Longplay" (http:/ / www. Mexican Charts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Absolute+ Greatest& cat=a) (ASP). QueenOnline. Retrieved 29 July 2011. com/ showitem. . [5] Tracklisting Competition (http:/ / www. Swiss Charts. MAHASZ. [13] "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (http:/ / mexicancharts. . com/ news/ 1439). [16] "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (http:/ / spanishcharts. com/ tracklistcomp). ultratop. Queen online. . asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Absolute+ Greatest& cat=a) (ASP). Swedish Charts. com/ showitem. hu/ ?menu=slagerlistak& menu2=archivum& lista=top40& ev=2009& het=51& submit_=Keresés) (in Hungarian). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. . Australian Charts.Absolute Greatest 276 Certifications Region Australia (ARIA) [25] Certification Sales/shipments Gold [26] Gold Platinum Platinum Platinum Gold Gold 2× Platinum 35000^ 15000^ 6000x 15000x 15000^ 10000* 10000x 600000^ Denmark (IFPI Denmark) Hungary (Mahasz) Ireland (IRMA) [27] [28] [29] New Zealand (RIANZ) Poland (ZPAV) Portugal (AFP) [30] [31] [32] United Kingdom (BPI) * sales figures based on certification alone shipments figures based on certification alone x unspecified figures based on certification alone ^ References [1] Absolute Greatest (http:/ / www. Retrieved 29 July 2011. [6] "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (http:/ / australian-charts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Absolute+ Greatest& cat=a) (ASP). Retrieved 1 January 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2011. musicline. queenonline. Retrieved 29 July 2011. fr/ Albums_ChartRun. . Danish Charts. Hung Medien. Hung Medien. [18] "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (http:/ / swisscharts. com/ showitem. de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ artist/ Queen/ ?type=longplay) (in German). infodisc.Absolute Greatest" (http:/ / www. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Absolute+ Greatest& cat=a) (ASP). Retrieved 29 July 2011. . Spanish Charts. Hung Medien. com/ showitem. [7] "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (http:/ / austriancharts. [14] "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (http:/ / norwegiancharts. queenonline. . Hung Medien. [9] "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (http:/ / danishcharts. Retrieved 1 January 2010. [12] "Archivum: Top 40 Album" (http:/ / mahasz. queenonline. . Hung Medien. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Absolute+ Greatest& cat=a) (in German) (ASP). Ultratop. [8] "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (http:/ / www. . "Queen . [4] Press Release: Absolute Greatest (http:/ / www. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 29 July 2011. Queen online. com/ showitem. Austrian Charts. . InfoDisc. . brianmay. [17] "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (http:/ / swedishcharts. be/ fr/ showitem. Retrieved 29 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-04. . Retrieved 29 July 2011. 3 September 2009. Norwegian Charts. .com. Hung Medien. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011. com/ queen/ queennews/ newspix/ 09/ Classic_Rock-Absolute_Greatest_review_0110. allmusic. . Hung Medien. [10] "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé" (http:/ / www. Music Line. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Absolute+ Greatest& cat=a) (ASP). com/ showitem. [15] "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (http:/ / portuguesecharts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Absolute+ Greatest& cat=a) (ASP). com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Absolute+ Greatest& cat=a) (ASP). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Absolute+ Greatest& cat=a) (in French) (ASP). php) (in French) (PHP). . com/ news/ 1547). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Absolute+ Greatest& cat=a) (ASP). jpg) (JPG). . Find "QUEEN" under the drop-down menu to see statistics. com/ showitem. Retrieved 29 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011. Portuguese Charts. [3] "The Official Queen Website" (http:/ / www. com/ album/ r1660992) at Allmusic [2] Terry Staunton. at/ showitem.

[31] "Portuguese album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest" (http:/ / www. Billboard. [21] "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (http:/ / dutchcharts. Retrieved 29 July 2011. hu/ ?menu=arany_es_platinalemezek& menu2=adatbazis& ev=2010) (in Hungarian). [25] "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Albums" (http:/ / www. co. Ultratop. com. The Official Charts Company. Enter 2009 in the field Ano at the bottom of the page. org. Retrieved 29 July 2011. aspx). ultratop. com/ #/ artist/ queen/ chart-history/ 5473?f=309& g=Albums). [20] "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (http:/ / www. pl/ rankingi/ wyroznienia/ zlote/ index. New Zealand Charts. Finnish Charts. aria. Irish Recorded Music Association. . org. IFPI Denmark. [29] "New Zealand album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest" (http:/ / www. htm). . asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Absolute+ Greatest& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). Hung Medien. Select album in the field By Format. Mahasz. . Australian Recording Industry Association. dk/ default. British Phonographic Industry. hitlisterne. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. . htm). Retrieved 29 July 2011. . ie/ awards/ platinum09. Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). [24] "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (http:/ / finnishcharts. asp?w=50& y=2009& list=a40). aria. . [28] "Irish album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest" (http:/ / www. [27] "Adatbázis – Arany. . Dutch Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011.és platinalemezek – 2010" (http:/ / www.Absolute Greatest [19] "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 28th November 2009" (http:/ / www. [22] "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (http:/ / charts. [30] "Polish album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest" (http:/ / www. com/ showitem. nl/ showitem. Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. com/ archive-chart/ _/ 3/ 2009-11-28/ ). aupagesARIACharts-Accreditations-2009Albums. [26] "Danish album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest" (http:/ / www. mahasz. nz/ showitem. php) (in Portuguese). . com. Click Vêr [32] "British album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest" (http:/ / www. php?option=com_content& task=view& id=79). theofficialcharts. net. Retrieved 29 July 2011. Hung Medien. Hung Medien. uk/ certifiedawards/ search. . . asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Absolute+ Greatest& cat=a) (ASP). php) (in Polish). . nz/ index. billboard. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Absolute+ Greatest& cat=a) (ASP). Enter Absolute Greatest in the field Search. bpi. Retrieved 29 July 2011. radioscope. zpav. Click Go 277 . be/ nl/ showitem. au/ pages/ httpwww. pt/ estatisticas. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Absolute+ Greatest& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). [23] "Queen Album & Song Chart History: Canadian Albums" (http:/ / www. . . irishcharts. Prometheus Global Media. . Select Title in the field Search by. afp.

Unlike other compilations released by Queen. A Day at the Races) were re-released. Volume 1 (1973–1976) Deep Cuts. Queen II. The album was released on March 14. Volume 2 (1977–1982) (2011) Deep Cuts. Flick of the Wrist and Lily of the Valley all segue into each other just like on the original Sheer Heart Attack album. Sheer Heart Attack. Deep Cuts contains songs which are largely not as well known as Queen's hits. Volume 1 (1973–1976) is a compilation of Queen tracks between 1973 and 1976. 2011 as part of Queen's 40th Anniversary. It's the only release to feature the complete ending of The March of The Black Queen (on Queen II it segues to Funny How Love Is) and of Ogre Battle (on Queen II it segues to The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke). The three songs Tenement Funster. Volume 1 (1973–1976) (2011) Deep Cuts. Volume 1 (1973–1976) Compilation album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Length Label Producer 14 March 2011 1972–1976 Rock 50:07 Universal Music. A Night at the Opera.Deep Cuts. Deep Cuts Volume 1 was released at the same time Queen's first five albums (Queen. The songs picked were all personal favourite songs that weren't hits selected by Brian May. and Taylor Hawkins (the drummer for the Foo Fighters). . Island Records Various Queen chronology The Singles Collection Volume 4 (2010) Deep Cuts. Volume 1 (19731976) 278 Deep Cuts. Roger Taylor.

"Stone Cold Crazy" 3. Revisited" Mercury Personnel • Freddie Mercury: lead and backing vocals. "Good Company" 13. percussion. John Deacon Freddie Mercury Roger Taylor Brian May May Mercury May Taylor Mercury Mercury May Mercury Length 4:14 2:13 4:08 3:05 3:46 3:33 4:54 3:30 2:46 3:17 1:45 3:23 6:38 3:46 14. "Long Away" and "Good Company". vocal bridge on "Keep Yourself Alive". • Brian May: guitars. "The Millionaire Waltz" 8. "'39" 9. Volume 1 (19731976) 279 Track listing No. backing vocals. "My Fairy King" 4. "Lily of the Valley" 12. bells. "Tenement Funster" 10. "I'm in Love With My Car" 5. • Roger Taylor: drums. "Flick of the Wrist" 11. ukelele. "In the Lap of the Gods. lead vocals on "Tenement Funster" and "I'm in Love with My Car". piano. "Keep Yourself Alive" 6. lead vocals on "39".Deep Cuts.. Mercury. Taylor. vocal bridge on "Keep Yourself Alive". • John Deacon: bass guitar. .. "The March of the Black Queen" Writer(s) Freddie Mercury May. Title 1. "Ogre Battle" 2. acoustic guitar. "Long Away" 7. vocal line in "The March of the Black Queen".

Volume 2 (19771982) 280 Deep Cuts. it contains Queen songs that are less well known. Island Records Various Queen chronology Deep Cuts. Track listing . The album was released on June 27. Volume 2 (1977–1982) (2011) Deep Cuts. Volume 1 (1973–1976) (2011) Deep Cuts. Volume 2 (1977–1982) Compilation album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Length Label Producer 27 June 2011 1977–1982 Rock 52:09 Universal Music. 2011 as part of Queen's 40th Anniversary. The Game. Volume 1). Like its predecessor.Deep Cuts. Volume 2 (1977–1982) is a compilation of Queen tracks between 1977 and 1982. Flash Gordon and Hot Space). All the songs are sampled from these five albums. (Deep Cuts. Jazz. Deep Cuts Volume 2 was released simultaneously as the second five reissues of the Queen studio albums (News of the World. Volume 3 (1984–1995) (2011) Deep Cuts. Volume 2 (1977–1982) Deep Cuts.

"It's Late" 6. "Mustapha" 2. percussion. "Spread Your Wings" Writer(s) Freddie Mercury Roger Taylor John Deacon Length 3:01 3:27 4:34 3:07 6:27 4:33 3:23 3:33 4:18 3:34 3:18 4:12 3:13 2:20 4. "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" Brian May 5. lead vocals on "Rock it (Prime Jive). "Dead on Time" 8. bass guitar on "Sheer Heart Attack". lead vocals on "Sail Away Sweet Sister" and "Sleeping on the Sidewalk". "Rock It (Prime Jive)" 7. falsetto vocals on "Put out the Fire". acoustic guitar. "Staying Power" 13. piano. Title 1. synthesizer. backing vocals. percussion. "Battle Theme" May Taylor May May May Taylor May Mercury Mercury May Personnel • Freddie Mercury: lead and backing vocals. Volume 2 (19771982) 281 No. • Brian May: lead guitar. • Roger Taylor: drums. "Sheer Heart Attack" 3. synth bass on "Staying Power". "Action This Day" 11. "Sail Away Sweet Sister" 9. "Dragon Attack" 10. "Put Out the Fire" 12. synthesizer.Deep Cuts. . synthesizers. synthesizers. backing vocals. keyboards. • John Deacon: bass guitar. "Jealousy" 14. co-lead vocals on "Sheer Heart Attack and "Action This Day".

Deep Cuts Volume 3 was released simultaneously as the third five reissues of the Queen studio albums (The Works. Island Records Various Queen chronology Deep Cuts. Volume 3 (1984–1995) Compilation album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Length Label Producer 5 September 2011 1984–1995 Rock 57:01 Universal Music. "Khashoggi's Ship" has a drum intro (instead of the abrupt beginning in The Miracle) and "It's a Beautiful Day (Reprise)" starts with 15 seconds of silence and ends with "Yeah" (which is a separate track in Made in Heaven). Volume 2 (1977–1982) (2011) Deep Cuts. Volume 3 (1984–1995) Deep Cuts.Deep Cuts. Volume 3 (1984–1995) (2011) Deep Cuts. Volume 3 (1984–1995) is a compilation of Queen featuring some of their lesser-known tracks between 1984 and 1995. The Miracle. Track listing . Innuendo and Made in Heaven) from which the songs are sampled. Volume 3 (19841995) 282 Deep Cuts. 2011 as part of Queen's 40th Anniversary. In this release. A Kind of Magic. The album was released on September 5.

Title 1. "Is This The World We Created. May 13. Volume 3 (19841995) 283 No.. "I Was Born to Love You" 6. May. "A Winter's Tale" 7.. "Bijou" 9. "Machines (Or 'Back to Humans')" 3. "Tear It Up" 5. "The Hitman" 14. Deacon) Queen (Mercury) Mercury. "Was It All Worth It" 10. Roger Taylor Queen (Mercury) May Mercury Queen (Mercury) Queen (Taylor) Queen (Mercury. "It's A Beautiful Day (Reprise)" 15. "Ride the Wild Wind" 8. May .?" Mercury.Deep Cuts. "Mother Love" Queen (Mercury. May) Queen (Mercury) John Deacon Queen (Mercury) Length 5:27 5:07 3:40 3:24 4:50 3:52 4:43 3:37 5:45 4:27 2:52 2:12 4:56 3:21 4:48 12. "Made in Heaven" 2. "Don't Try So Hard" 4. "One Year of Love" 11. "Khashoggi's Ship" Writer(s) Freddie Mercury Brian May.

It was available in vinyl and cassette formats. all but a handful of songs were written by the individual members (and occasional duo-songwriting credits): "Stone Cold Crazy". While spending only 20+ minutes onstage before the whole world.284 Box sets The Complete Works The Complete Works Box set by Queen Released Genre 1985 (UK) Hard rock Progressive rock Glam rock Pop rock Heavy metal 559:35 EMI (UK) Queen chronology Length Label Greatest Hits (1981) The Complete Works (1985) Queen at the Beeb (1989) The Complete Works is a boxed set issued by the rock band Queen in 1985. to go into the studio and record a song together. Queen found themselves in a creative period. Until this point. some felt that Queen had stolen the show. In the wake of this unexpected turn. . "Under Pressure" (with David Bowie) and "Soul Brother". History Following the 1985 Live Aid concert. It contained all of the band's original studio albums. Mercury called on the other band members. live album and non-album tracks to that point. The result of this enthusiastic session was "One Vision" and its remixed B-side "Blurred Vision" being released as a single worldwide.

"Hot Space" (1982) 13. the box featured two books. 7. Parlophone Records released what was then the definitive Queen boxed set: all of Queen's 11 original studio albums. "Queen" (1973) 2. "Jazz" (1978) 8. 3. "Sheer Heart Attack" (1974) 4. showing a list of equipment they carried with them. and the few versions and edits released as singles worldwide. lyrics and pictures. "The Works" (1984) 14. "News of the World" (1977) 7. A Kind of Magic (1986). 285 Album listing 1. "Flash Gordon" (1980) 12. "The Game" (1980) 11. "A Day at the Races" (1976) 6. would be their 1981 "Greatest Hits" album. and an extra disc titled "Complete Vision". Each album was digitally remastered and resleeved in white with an embossed Crest and gold Roman numerals. 2" 10. 1" (1979) 9. and a world tour itinerary up to that time. The Miracle (1989). Queen released four studio albums after The Complete Works. the first with all the albums' artwork. Missing from the box (if "missing" is the right word to use). 2. and in addition. "Complete Vision" (additional LP) Complete Vision Bonus LP that came with the "Complete Works" boxed set in 1985 and tidied up the non-album A-sides and B-sides at the time. the other had a color world map showing where Queen played and charted. This was a 14 LP box. "A Night at the Opera" (1975) 5. their live album "Live Killers". both 33rpm and 45rpm versions of the album exist. 4. The band signed only 600 copies (on the "Complete Vision" sleeve). See What a Fool I've Been A Human Body Soul Brother I Go Crazy Thank God It's Christmas One Vision (Single Version) Blurred Vision . Innuendo (1991) and Made in Heaven (1995). 6. this one was quite comprehensive. which contained all the non-album A-sides and B-sides to that point. 5. which have now become collectors' items. "Live Killers Vol. "Queen II" (1974) 3. As far as boxed sets go. "Live Killers Vol. Oddly.The Complete Works On December 2. Complete Vision track listing 1.

Reinhold Mack Box Of Tricks is a compilation box set by Queen which was sold in England in 1992 for £50. 32 pages A Queen T-Shirt . Contents • • • • • • • The 12" Collection PAL video tape of Queen .Live at the Rainbow Album and single covers poster A sew-on cloth Queen patch A metal Queen pin A soft cover photo book.Box of Tricks 286 Box of Tricks The 12" Collection Box set by Queen Released Recorded Genre Label Producer 1992 Various locations. David Richards. 1975-1990 Rock Parlophone Queen.

It contains all of their albums. Greatest Hits II and Queen at the Beeb). Box contents • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Queen Queen II Sheer Heart Attack A Night at the Opera A Day at the Races News of the World Jazz Live Killers The Game Flash Gordon Hot Space The Works A Kind of Magic Live Magic The Miracle Innuendo Live at Wembley '86 Made in Heaven . in litho-printed disc form. from 1973 to 1995 (excluding Greatest Hits.Ultimate Queen 287 Ultimate Queen Ultimate Queen Box set by Queen Released Genre 1995 (UK) Hard rock Progressive rock Glam rock Pop rock Heavy metal 16:54:20 EMI (UK) Queen Queen chronology Length Label Producer Made in Heaven (1995) Ultimate Queen (1995) Queen Rocks (1997) Ultimate Queen is a boxed collection by the English rock band Queen.

Jazz and The Game) all have modified packaging with alternative covers. (News of the World. 1998 1973 . A lyric booklet is also included. The box set marks the 25th anniversary of the group's existence dated to the release of their first album. Sheer Heart Attack.1980 Rock Hollywood Queen chronology Queen Rocks (1997) The Crown Jewels (1998) Greatest Hits III (1999) The Crown Jewels is a box set by Queen which comprises their first eight studio albums. Queen. A Night at the Opera.The Crown Jewels 288 The Crown Jewels The Crown Jewels Box set by Queen Released Recorded Genre Label November 24. Queen II. All the albums have been remastered. A Day at the Races. . News of the World. in sleeves replicating the original vinyl packaging. Jazz and The Game. The last three albums in the set.

See the guideline for more information. Greatest Hits. A booklet with song facts and images is also included with the three CD set. The Platinum Collection is a box set by British rock band Queen which comprises their three greatest hits albums. The album peaked at #2 in the UK charts.1999 Rock. The album's US release was delayed until September 2002 and featured the 2001 Japanese release remastered versions of Greatest Hits Volumes 1 and 2 on the US and Canadian versions of The Platinum Collection. hard rock. Greatest Hits II and Greatest Hits III. Heavy metal. pop rock 208:12 Parlophone Queen chronology Greatest Hits III (1999) 'The Platinum Collection Queen on Fire . progressive rock. The album was originally released on 13 November 2000 on the Parlophone label. being blocked off the top spot by Moby's album 18.The Platinum Collection 289 The Platinum Collection The Platinum Collection Box set by Queen Released Recorded Genre Length Label 13 November 2000 1973 .Live at the Bowl (2004) Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Rating [1] This table needs to be expanded using prose. .

"Don't Stop Me Now" 8. "Flash" 15. "Breakthru" 9. "I'm Going Slightly Mad" 13. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" 10. "Bicycle Race" 6. "You're My Best Friend" 7. "Hammer to Fall" 15. "Now I'm Here" Writer(s) Original album Length 5:55 3:36 2:57 3:15 3:01 2:52 3:29 3:48 2:42 4:56 4:10 2:54 3:33 2:48 2:47 2:01 2:59 Freddie Mercury A Night at the Opera John Deacon Mercury Brian May Mercury Deacon Mercury May Mercury Mercury May The Game Sheer Heart Attack Jazz Jazz A Night at the Opera Jazz The Game The Game A Day at the Races Sheer Heart Attack A Day at the Races The Game Flash Gordon Queen II News of the World News of the World 12. "Radio Ga Ga" 4. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" Mercury 13. David Bowie Hot Space 3. "A Kind of Magic" Writer(s) Roger Taylor Original album Length A Kind of Magic 4:22 3:56 5:43 4:01 4:18 6:27 4:09 4:09 4:57 4:33 4:54 4:07 3:58 3:40 4:07 4:23 2. "The Show Must Go On" Taylor Queen Deacon Queen Mercury Queen May Queen Queen Queen Queen May Mercury. "Who Wants to Live Forever" 10. "We Are the Champions" Mercury May Mercury May Mercury Disc two: Greatest Hits II (1991) No. "Somebody to Love" 11. "It's a Hard Life" 8. "I Want It All" 5. "Innuendo" 7. "Seven Seas of Rhye" 16. "The Invisible Man" 14. "I Want to Break Free" 6. "Friends Will Be Friends" 16. "Fat Bottomed Girls" 5. "We Will Rock You" 17. "Bohemian Rhapsody" 2. "Under Pressure" (with David Bowie) Queen. "Another One Bites the Dust" 3. "Killer Queen" 4. Title 1. "The Miracle" 12. "Play the Game" 14. Title 1. "Headlong" 11. Deacon Queen The Works The Miracle The Works Innuendo The Works The Miracle A Kind of Magic Innuendo The Miracle Innuendo The Miracle The Works A Kind of Magic Innuendo .The Platinum Collection 290 Track listing Disc one: Greatest Hits (1981 UK version) No. "Save Me" 9.

Bad Guy Made in Heaven The Freddie Mercury Album A Kind of Magic Small Soldiers 5:07 5:22 4:37 4:29 4:09 3:37 4:45 3:26 13. "Too Much Love Will Kill You" Writer(s) Queen Original album Length 4:35 Queen. "Thank God It's Christmas" Mercury Deacon 3:31 4:20 May Queen Taylor. "Another One Bites the Dust" (with additional vocals from Wyclef Jean) 15. Elizabeth Lamers Mercury Queen Taylor May May Mercury Queen Buck Ram Barcelona Made in Heaven 4:08 4:25 4:18 5. "Somebody to Love" (live at Wembley Stadium with George Michael) 6. "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)" 16. Mike Moran May. "Barcelona" (performed by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé) 4. "These Are the Days of Our Lives" 17. "Las Palabras de Amor" 9. "The Show Must Go On" (live at Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris with Elton John) 2. "Princes of the Universe" 14. "One Vision" Queen A Kind of Magic 4:02 Disc three: Greatest Hits III (1999) No. May Queen Rocks Innuendo 1984 Christmas single 4:11 4:22 4:19 Charts Chart (2001) Peak position 54 5 German Albums Chart [2] [3] Netherlands Top 100 Albums . "The Great Pretender" (The Platters cover) Five Live (EP) Made in Heaven Made in Heaven Hot Space Back to the Light Mr.The Platinum Collection 291 17. Bowie Mercury. "Living on My Own" (performed by Freddie Mercury) 11. "Driven by You" (performed by Brian May) 10. "You Don't Fool Me" 7. "Let Me Live" 12. "Under Pressure" (with David Bowie. "Heaven for Everyone" 8. Frank Musker. Title 1. rah mix) 3.

The Platinum Collection 292 Chart (2002) Peak position 10 3 2 48 [4] Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums Italian Top 20 Albums UK Albums Chart US Billboard 200 [6] [5] [7] Chart (2003) Peak position 21 23 10 2 29 [8] Australian Top 50 Albums [9] Austrian Top 75 Albums Danish Top 40 Albums [10] [11] Norwegian Top 40 Albums [12] Portuguese Top 30 Albums Chart (2005) Peak position [13] [14] 13 41 French Compilations Swiss Top 100 Albums Chart (2006) Peak position 21 [15] Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums Chart (2007) Peak position [16] [17] 20 62 Finnish Top 50 Albums Spanish Top 100 Albums Chart (2008) Peak position 10 4 [18] New Zealand Top 40 Albums [19] Swedish Top 60 Albums .

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The Singles Collection Volume 1 295 The Singles Collection Volume 1 The Singles Collection. released in 2008. . Volume 1 is a limited edition CD series compilation box set by the English rock band Queen. Volume 1 (2007) The Singles Collection Volume 1 (2008) The Singles Collection Volume 2 (2009) The Singles Collection. 2008 1971-1978 Rock Parlophone/EMI John Anthony Roy Thomas Baker Queen Robin Geoffrey Cable Mike Stone Queen chronology The A-Z of Queen. The box set contains remastered versions of the first 13 worldwide top-40 charting singles released by Queen. Volume 1 Compilation album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Label Producer December 1. including b-sides.

"Killer Queen" 2. "White Man" Disc 8 1. "In Only Seven Days" . "Lily of the Valley" Disc 5 1. "Don't Stop Me Now" 2. "You and I" Disc 9 1. "Now I'm Here" 2. "Bohemian Rhapsody" 2. "We Are the Champions" 2. "Son and Daughter" Disc 2 1. 3. 2. "Sheer Heart Attack" Disc 12 1. "Tie Your Mother Down" 2.. 4. "See What A Fool I've Been" Disc 3 1. "Bicycle Race" 2. "We Will Rock You" Disc 11 1.)" "Tenement Funster" "White Queen (As It Began)" Disc 10 1. "Keep Yourself Alive" 2. "Seven Seas of Rhye" 2. "I'm in Love with My Car" Disc 6 1. "Flick of the Wrist" Disc 4 1.. "'39" Disc 7 1. "Somebody to Love" 2. "Fat Bottomed Girls" Disc 13 1. "Spread Your Wings" 2. "You're My Best Friend" 2.The Singles Collection Volume 1 296 Track listing Disc 1 1. "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy" "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated To.

queensinglesbox.The Singles Collection Volume 1 297 External links • Album Website [1] References [1] http:/ / www. com .

2009 1979-1984 Rock Parlophone/EMI Queen Mack Arif Mardin David Bowie Queen chronology The Singles Collection Volume 1 (2008) The Singles Collection Volume 2 (2009) Queen: Absolute Greatest (2009) The Singles Collection. namely A Human Body (previously only available as a 7" vinyl b-side) and Back Chat (which was remixed for single release. Volume 2 Compilation album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Label Producer June 15. The box set contains remastered versions of the next thirteen top-40 charting singles released by Queen that appear subsequent to those in the first volume. The live tracks are taken from Queen's Live Killers album. Volume 2 is a limited edition CD series compilation box set by the English rock band Queen. and has only ever been available on the original 7"). . released in 2009. The collection is notable for containing tracks that have never before been officially released on CD.The Singles Collection Volume 2 298 The Singles Collection Volume 2 The Singles Collection.

"Staying Power" Disc 12 1. "Play the Game" 2. "Love of My Life" (Live) 2. "Save Me" 2. "Soul Brother" Disc 8 1. "Let Me Entertain You" (Live) Disc 4 1. "Flash Theme" 2. "A Human Body" Disc 5 1. "I Want to Break Free" 2. "Back Chat" (single remix) 2.The Singles Collection Volume 2 299 Track listing Disc 1 1. "Life Is Real" Disc 9 1. "Football Fight" Disc 7 1. "Machines (or Back To Humans)" . "Put Out the Fire" Disc 11 1. "Radio Ga Ga" 2. "Las Palabras de Amor" 2. "Now I'm Here" (Live) Disc 2 1. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" 2. "Calling All Girls" 2. "Dragon Attack" Disc 6 1. "Under Pressure" (with David Bowie) 2. "We Will Rock You" (Live) Disc 3 1. "I Go Crazy" Disc 13 1. "Another One Bites the Dust" 2. "Body Language" 2. "Cool Cat" Disc 10 1.

[1] The set marks the first time that Blurred Vision and the single mix of Pain Is So Close To Pleasure have been made available on CD. the third of four sets. 2010 1984-1989 Rock Parlophone/EMI Queen Mack David Richards Queen chronology Queen: Absolute Greatest (2009) The Singles Collection Volume 3 (2010) The Singles Collection Volume 4 (2010) The Singles Collection. . The box set contains remastered versions of the next thirteen top-40 charting singles released by Queen that appear subsequent to those in Queen: The Singles Collection Volume 2. Volume 3 Compilation album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Label Producer May 31.The Singles Collection Volume 2 300 External links • Album Website [1] The Singles Collection Volume 3 The Singles Collection. Volume 3 is a limited edition CD series compilation box set by the English rock band Queen.

"Princes Of The Universe" Disc 7 1. "Scandal" 2. "Man On The Prowl" 3.. "Hammer To Fall" (Single Version) 2. "I Want It All" (Single Version) 2. "One Year Of Love" 2. "The Invisible Man" 2. "Forever" Disc 9 1. "Tear It Up" Disc 3 1. "A Kind Of Magic" 2.?" Disc 2 1. "Blurred Vision" Disc 5 1. "One Vision" (Single Version) 2. "Gimme The Prize" Disc 10 1.. "Stealin'" Disc 12 1. "Hang On In There" Disc 11 1.The Singles Collection Volume 3 301 Track listing Disc 1 1. "Don't Lose Your Head" Disc 8 1. "A Dozen Red Roses For My Darling" Disc 6 1. "Who Wants To Live Forever" (Single Version) 2. "It's A Hard Life" 2. "My Life Has Been Saved" . "Friends Will Be Friends" 2. "Thank God It's Christmas" 2. "Breakthru" 2. "Keep Passing The Open Windows" Disc 4 1. "Hijack My Heart" Disc 13 1. "Pain Is So Close To Pleasure" (Single Remix) 2. "Is This The World We Created.

Volume 4 Compilation album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Label Producer October 18. It contains the material released from the years 1989 . the fourth and last set in the collection. the latter of which was not released by EMI/Parlophone. Volume 1 (1973-1976) (2011) The Singles Collection.The Singles Collection Volume 3 302 References [1] http:/ / www. and covers the albums The Miracle. Made In Heaven. The box set contains remastered versions of the next thirteen top-40 charting singles released by Queen that appear subsequent to those in The Singles Collection Volume 3.1999. Queen Rocks and Greatest Hits III. This was the band's final release on EMI/Parlophone before their back catalogue was re-issued on Universal's Island label in 2011. com/ news/ 1651 The Singles Collection Volume 4 The Singles Collection. . 2010 1989-1999 Rock Parlophone/EMI Queen David Richards Queen chronology The Singles Collection Volume 3 (2010) The Singles Collection Volume 4 (2010) Deep Cuts. Innuendo. queenonline. Volume 4 is a limited edition CD series compilation box set by the English rock band Queen.[1] excluding the Five Live EP and the Small Soldiers Remix of "Another One Bites The Dust".

"I Was Born to Love You" Disc 10 1. "Under Pressure" (Mike Spencer Remix) . "Let Me Live" 2. "It's A Beautiful Day" (Single Version) Disc 8 1. "The Miracle" 2. "Under Pressure" (Rah Mix) (Radio Edit) 2. "Rock In Rio Blues" (UK Single Version) Disc 9 1. "The Hitman" Disc 4 1. "Headlong" (Single Version) 2. "Bijou" Disc 3 1. "Heaven for Everyone" (Single Version) 2. "We Will Rock You" (Live At Wembley '86) 3. "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)" 2. "Innuendo" 2. "I'm Going Slightly Mad" 2. "Too Much Love Will Kill You" 2. "You Don't Fool Me" (Album Version) Disc 12 1. "A Winter's Tale" 2.The Singles Collection Volume 4 303 Track listing Disc 1 1. "We Will Rock You (The Rick Rubin 'Ruined' Remix)" 3. "Bohemian Rhapsody" 2. "These Are the Days of Our Lives" Disc 7 1. "Stone Cold Crazy" (Live At The Rainbow '74) Disc 2 1. "Queen Talks" Disc 6 1. "We Are the Champions" (Live At Wembley '86) Disc 11 1. "Gimme The Prize (Instrumental Remix for 'The eYe')" Disc 13 1. "The Show Must Go On" 2. "You Don't Fool Me" (Edit) 2. "All God's People" Disc 5 1.

"Under Pressure" (Live At Knebworth) 304 References [1] http:/ / www. queenonline.The Singles Collection Volume 4 3. com/ news/ 1817/ .

Elektra Writer(s) Brian May Producer John Anthony. it failed to chart on either side of the Atlantic. Written by guitarist Brian May. In 2008.305 Singles "Keep Yourself Alive" "Keep Yourself Alive" Single by Queen from the album Queen B-side Released Format "Son and Daughter" 6 July 1973 7" Recorded 1972 at Trident and De Lane Lea Studios in London Genre Length Label Rock 3:45 EMI.[1] . it is the opening track on the band's debut album Queen (1973). Queen Queen singles chronology "Keep Yourself Alive" (1973) "Liar" (1974) "Keep Yourself Alive" is a song by English rock group Queen. "Keep Yourself Alive" was largely ignored upon its release. Rolling Stone rated the song thirty-first on its list of "The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time". Roy Thomas Baker. It was released as Queen's first single along with "Son and Daughter" as the B-side.

Mercury would often sing the line "all you people keep yourself alive" (which is sung only two times in the studio version) in place of the more-repeated line "it'll take you all your time and a money honey you'll survive". get it boy. "Keep Yourself Alive" was conceived on acoustic guitars during Queen's practice sessions at Imperial College and the garden at Ferry Road in 1970. It includes Freddie Mercury doing all of the harmony vocals in the chorus (multi-tracking himself) and Brian May singing the "two steps nearer to my grave" line instead of Mercury (who did it live and in earlier versions). "Keep Yourself Alive" was part of the band's live set until the early 1980s. On the 1980 and 1981 tours. but their sense was completely changed when Freddie Mercury sang them. Subsequently they did several attempts to "recapture the magic" when they went on to do the "real" version at Trident Studios. Brian May. get it. and the Long-Lost Retake remained officially unreleased until the 1991 Hollywood Records US-only remastered version of the band's debut album. In a radio special about their 1977 album News of the World." which was not in the original version. All of the song elements were already present."Keep Yourself Alive" 306 Writing and recording According to Mark Hodkinson. However. layered vocals and extensively overdubbed guitar parts. keep yourself alive. including call-and-response vocals by Freddie Mercury (verses) and during the break. the printed transcription on EMI Music Publishing's Off the Record' sheet music lists at least seven electric guitar parts. and it's the one released as single. "Seven Seas of Rhye". the band would play an improvisational jam before the start of the song then after the drum solo. writer of "Keep Yourself Alive". and "Liar"). a slightly shortened version of the original UK single version was eventually released in the US. The band would not play it again until 1984 on The Works tour as part of a medley of old songs (with "Somebody to Love". was originally intended for an American single release and features what could now be considered a more 'traditional' Queen sound. p 17). This demo version remains Brian May's favourite take of the song. it would morph into Taylor's tympani drum solo followed by May's echo-plexed guitar solo spot before either segueing into the "Brighton Rock" finale or a drum and guitar climax or segued into a Flash Gordon medley (which consisted of "Battle Theme"/"Flash's Theme"/"The Hero"). May said he had penned the lyrics thinking of them as ironic and tongue-in-cheek. Live performances The newly-formed Queen quickly added "Keep Yourself Alive" to their live set. This recording does not use acoustic guitar. the so-called "Long-Lost Retake". It was produced by Louie Austin and includes the intro played on Brian May's Hairfred acoustic guitar. the group consisted of guitarist Brian May. "Killer Queen". The first version of "Keep Yourself Alive" was recorded in summer 1971 at De Lane Lea Studios. and again later on the 2011 2-disc remaster of A Night At The Opera. singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor. A third version of the song also exists. one of which uses a prominent phasing effect. It can also be noted that this recording includes the line "Come on and get it. recorded in 1975. 21 May 1976. where Roger Taylor sang a line and Mercury answered it. with tight. performing live with his Red Special guitar in 1978 . In live performances. Indeed. author of Queen: The Early Years. the number included a drum solo by Roger Taylor and one line sung/spoken by him. Mercury commented that the song "was a very good way of telling people what Queen was about in those days" (RAM.[2] At the time Queen had not yet found a permanent bassist. The one mixed by Mike Stone was the only one moderately accepted.

the newspaper predicted that "[i]f this debut sound from Queen is anything to go by. and quipped that if Queen "look half as good as they sound. an entire album's worth of riffs crammed into a single song. . with rhythm and texture from over-the-top effects. "Keep Yourself Alive" (Brian May) – 3:47 2. Rolling Stone rated the song thirty-first on its list of "The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time". vaguely Hendrix-y lead riff".[6] The reviewer for Melody Maker felt that Queen "[made] an impressive debut with a heavily phased guitar intro and energetic vocal attack".[3] However.[5] The single received mixed reviews from the British music press. they should make very interesting listening in the future. it failed to chart in the either the UK or the US. Elektra Records released the single in the United States. Gordon Fletcher hailed "Keep Yourself Alive" as "a truly awesome move for the jugular". they were denied each time.[8] The South Yorkshire Times rated the single as "good"."[9] In his album review of Queen for Rolling Stone magazine. "God Save The Queen" (trad. ."[1] Track listing 7" (1973 UK release) 1. New Musical Express praised the "cleanly recorded" song. and unlikely to become a hit. rampaging opener 'Keep Yourself Alive. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic wrote that while Queen "too often . .' one of their very best songs". a week before Queen hit the stores. on 9 October 1973. "Son and Daughter" (May) – 3:21 7" (1975 US reissue) 1. A few months later. "Keep Yourself Alive" received little radio airplay and was largely ignored on both sides of the Atlantic. The review praised "Keep Yourself Alive"'s drum solo. "Keep Yourself Alive" (May) – 3:47 2.[11] In 2008."Keep Yourself Alive" 307 Release and reception EMI released "Keep Yourself Alive" as a single in the United Kingdom on 6 July 1973. "[t]here is an exception to that rule — the wild. arr. by May) – 1:11 .[7] On the other hand. he thought the song to be unoriginal. as well as its "attractively stilted. The magazine dubbed "Keep Yourself Alive" as "Brian May's statement of purpose: a phalanx of overdubbed guitars crying out in unison. they could be huge". Disc magazine's critic believed the single "should do well". . plays like a succession of ideas instead of succinct songs". . as well as the "[g]ood singer".[4] According to Queen biographer Mark Hodkinson.. "Lily Of The Valley" (Freddie Mercury) – 1:43 3.[10] Retrospectively. reportedly because the record "took too long to happen". "Keep Yourself Alive" remains the only Queen single not to have charted in the UK. although "[o]n five separate occasions EMI's pluggers attempted to secure it space on [Britain's Radio 1] play list". "Keep Yourself Alive" is cited as the highlight of Queen's otherwise inconsistent debut album. however.

122. 21 July 1973. South Yorkshire Times. Omnibus Press (2004).youtube. " Queen review (http:/ / www. Disc. 12 June 2008. allmusic. [10] Fletcher. Queen: The Early Years. "Keep Yourself Alive" song review (http:/ / www."Keep Yourself Alive" 308 References • Hodkinson. Allmusic. QueenOnline. New Musical Express. Melody Maker. 27 July 1973. [8] "Queen: 'Keep Yourself Alive' (EMI 2036)". 14 July 1973. [7] "Queen: 'Keep Yourself Alive' (EMI)". rollingstone. com/ history/ 13/ )".com/watch?v=JofwEB9g1zg) at YouTube • "Keep Yourself Alive" (http://www. 21 July 1973. Retrieved on 3 October 2009. Mark. 'Keep Yourself Alive' (http:/ / www. Allmusic. Notes [1] " The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time: 31. [3] " QOL History—Queen (http:/ / www. Retrieved on 2 August 2009. p. 6 December 1973.php?title=Keep_Yourself_Alive) at Queenpedia . 158 [6] "Queen: 'Keep Yourself Alive' (EMI)". [2] Hodkinson. rollingstone. [5] Hodkinson. com/ song/ t2372330). External links • Official music video (http://www. Retrieved on 29 June 2009. Retrieved on 29 June 2009. Eduardo. Rolling Stone. com/ artists/ queen/ albums/ album/ 199416/ review/ 5942941/ queen)". com/ album/ r687293)". [11] Erlewine. allmusic. queenonline. 3rd edition. Retrieved on 2 August 2009.queenpedia. " Queen review (http:/ / www.com/index. com/ news/ coverstory/ 20947527/ page/ 15)". Stephen Thomas. [9] "'Keep Yourself Alive'/'Son and Daughter'—Queen (EMI)". [4] Rivadavia. Gordon. p. Rolling Stone. ISBN 1844490122.

The song featured on the band's 1973 debut album Queen. this song was regarded as one of their most impressive live performances. often going over eight minutes long." the beginning of the "Liar" guitar riff is played by Brian May. Roy Thomas Baker. it was one of the few songs where bass player John Deacon sang backing vocals at all. In the earlier years of Queen. This was done during the part where the band sings "all day long. right before "Tear It Up. this song contains a bass solo performed by . During live performances. However." He mimics the promotional video for the song. At the Magic Tour. originally titled "Lover". Written by singer Freddie Mercury in 1970. with the exception of The Works Tour (though the song was cut down to three minutes or less)."Liar" 309 "Liar" "Liar" Single by Queen from the album Queen B-side Released Format "Doing All Right" 14 February 1974 7" Recorded 1971 – 1972 at Trident and De Lane Lea Studios Genre Length Rock 6:26 (album version) 3:01 (single edit) Elektra Label Writer(s) Freddie Mercury Producer John Anthony. over time the song eventually fell off the setlist. Also. An edited version of "Liar" was released as a single—backed with "Doing All Right"—in the United States by Elektra Records in February 1974. where he stands behind Freddie and sings into his microphone. Queen Queen singles chronology "Keep Yourself Alive" (1973) "Liar" (1974) "Seven Seas of Rhye" (1974) "Liar" is a song by British rock group Queen.

allmusic.php?title=Liar_(Queen_song)) at Queenpedia • "Liar" song review (http://www. to feature a Hammond organ. "Liar" (Freddie Mercury) 2.queenpedia.LIAR (SONG)" (http:/ / australian-charts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Liar& cat=s). the others being "Now I'm Here" and "Under Pressure" (their collaboration with David Bowie). com/ showitem. "Doing All Right" (Brian May. to which Freddie Mercury concluded the discussion. . External links • "Liar" (http://www. australian-charts. this song brought up the issue of song writing credits within the band. stating that the lyricist has basically written the song. As confirmed by the transcription on EMI Music Publishing's Off The Record sheet music for the song.com/index. Tim Staffell) – 4:09 7" single (Elektra E-45884)[1] 1. Interestingly."Liar" John Deacon. 310 Track listing 7" single (Royal Sound TKR 157) 1. "Liar" (single edit) (Freddie Mercury) – 3:01 2. this is one of three Queen tracks. Retrieved 2010-03-13.com/song/t3181257) at Allmusic . "Liar" Notes [1] "QUEEN .com. Brian May queried which band members would be credited for developing the music for each song.

"Keep Yourself Alive"."Seven Seas of Rye" 311 "Seven Seas of Rye" "Seven Seas of Rhye" Single by Queen from the album Queen II B-side Released Format Recorded Genre Length See What A Fool I've Been 23 February 1974 7" August 1973 at Trident Studios Rock • • Label Writer(s) Producer 2:47 (Queen II) 1:15 (Queen .instrumental) EMI (UK). only a less-developed instrumental version was featured on the former. Elektra (US) Freddie Mercury Roy Thomas Baker. Written by Queen lead vocalist Freddie Mercury. the earliest-released song to appear on their Greatest Hits album.[4] . Queen Queen singles chronology "Liar" (1974) "Seven Seas of Rhye" (1974) "Killer Queen" / "Flick of the Wrist" (1974) "Seven Seas of Rhye" is a song by British rock group Queen. it is the final track on both the group's debut album Queen (1973) and its follow-up Queen II (1974).[2] It features a distinctive arpeggiated piano introduction. on the album Made In Heaven.[2] The completed version served as the band's second single. and Queen at Wembley 1986. After the band performed it on Top of the Pops it became their first hit.[1] However. is included. and is recorded in 1985's Queen: Live in Rio. with the exception of some versions where their first single. peaking at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart.[3] The song became a live favourite throughout Queen's existence. The piano runs are sampled in "It's a Beautiful Day (reprise)".

Felsani.allmusic. instruments blending into several people singing "I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside". uk/ songs/ queenii. co. Primi. . Queen. Tutti i testi con traduzione a fronte edited (http:/ / books. co. com/ song/ t1181344) Allmusic.com/index.Seven Seas Of Rhye (http:/ / www. ultimatequeen. which opens their next album. M. Freddie Mercury described the subject of the song as a "figment of his imagination. accompanied by a stylophone played by producer Roy Thomas Baker. Retrieved 5 July 2011 Queen II . co. htm#seven) Retrieved 5 July 2011 Roberts. google.robins/queen_thevideos/ videos_queen2.btinternet. uk/ misc/ wewillrockyouplot. Saita.com/~darren.[2] Its inclusion here on the final track of Queen II is briefly mirrored in the first few seconds of "Brighton Rock".htm) ."Seven Seas of Rye" The version on Queen II ends with a cross fade. htm) Ultimate Queen. London: Guinness World Records Limited M. Sheer Heart Attack.Plot & Photo Gallery (http:/ / www.[5] 312 References [1] [2] [3] [4] Seven Seas of Rhye (http:/ / www. allmusic. David (2006). M. uk/ books?id=80i-yJVN2TwC& pg=PA61).php?title=Seven_Seas_Of_Rhye_(single)) . the Seven Seas of Rhye is a place where the Bohemians are taken after they are brainstormed by Khashoggi. Retrieved 5 July 2011 External links • Queenpedia (http://queenpedia. ultimatequeen.detailed worldwide release information • "Seven Seas of Rhye" Song Review (http://www. In a 1977 radio interview. [5] We Will Rock You . British Hit Singles & Albums. detailed description" (http://www.com/song/t1181344) at Allmusic • "Queen II videos." In the Queen musical We Will Rock You.

The song."Killer Queen" 313 "Killer Queen" "Killer Queen" Single by Queen from the album Sheer Heart Attack A-side Released Format Recorded Genre Length Label Writer(s) Producer "Flick of the Wrist" 21 October 1974 Vinyl (7") 1974 Rock 2:59 EMI (UK).[5] Mercury commented that he wrote the lyrics first before adding the musical arrangements. "Killer Queen" was Queen's breakthrough hit. Elektra (US) Freddie Mercury Roy Thomas Baker.[4] with the song "Flick of the Wrist". a phrase attributed Marie Antoinette: Let them eat cake. she said. The recording features elaborate four-part harmonies (particularly in the choruses. including use of the "bell effect". and also providing backing parts in the verses).[1] When released as a single. In 1986. Written by pianist and lead singer Freddie Mercury. reaching number two in the UK and number 12 in the United States. it featured on their 1974 album Sheer Heart Attack. the US and Canada (where it reached number 15 in the RPM 100 national singles chart). in the first line. Greatest Hits. and also an elaborate multitracked guitar solo by Brian May. it was featured as the B-side to "Who Wants to Live Forever".[2] [3] It was released as a double A-side in the UK. Just like . mentions the phrase "Let them eat cake". Queen Queen singles chronology "Seven Seas of Rhye" (1974) "Killer Queen" / "Flick of the Wrist" (1974) "Now I'm Here" (1975) "Killer Queen" (Sample) is a song by British rock band Queen. and also appears on the band's compilation album.

314 Recording sessions Besides using a grand piano as usual..[11] and in 1978. I had strong feelings about one of the harmony bits in the chorus. the song was played as the introduction to a medley. I was always very happy with this song.[12] In 1979.. to give the track a vaudeville sound. (. where each part has its own voice. we were able to finish off 'Killer Queen. but it never gets cluttered. It's one of those bowler hat. At one point there are two bass guitars.. Live performances The song was played from 1974–78 live in a medley. the band played most of the song.[9] In 1977. 'I can't even get out of bed to participate in this. the opening bars of "I'm in Love With My Car" were played.[6] Queen on the record Freddie Mercury:[7] “ “ People are used to hard rock. this one was partly recorded outside England. It was the song that best summed up our kind of music.[15] . I still enjoy listening to it because there's a lot to listen to.) It's about a high class call girl. What can I say? It's vintage Queen.[8] and in 1975–76. because I thought. preceded "Bicycle Race".' They left some space for me and I did the solo. one of which does a descending run. And of course I like the solo. thank God. feeling very sick. After Queen's first American tour I had hepatitis. I was lying in my room in Rockfield [a residential recording studio in Wales]. Contrary to songs for the first two Queen albums. And when I came out again. at Rockfield Studios in Wales. and after the guitar solo ended. Mercury overdubbed the song with an upright (credited as "jangle piano"). So I remember just lying there.."Killer Queen" Marie Antoinette. ” ” Brian May: 'Killer Queen' was the turning point. yet with this single you almost expect Noel Coward to sing it. Quebec. Canada in November 1981. the song was played after "Bohemian Rhapsody". There's always space for all the little ideas to come through. I'm trying to say that classy people can be whores as well. hearing Freddie play this really great song and feeling sad. though I'd prefer people to put their interpretation upon it – to read into it what they like. so we had another go at that too. the song was played following "In the Lap of the Gods". black suspender belt numbers – not that Coward would wear that. energy music from Queen. during The Works Tour. and then I had very bad stomach problems and I had to be operated on. The first time I heard Freddie playing that song. That's what the song is about. The whole record was made in a very craftsman-like manner. Queen Rock Montreal.' No one could figure out what was wrong with me. But then I did go into the hospital and I got fixed up. Maybe the group will have to go on without me. followed by "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy".[8] [9] [10] [11] In 1974.[13] The song was played at the Montreal Forum. and is recorded in the live album. and a big hit. and we desperately needed it as a mark of something successful happening for us.[14] In 1984 and 1985. it was reintroduced in a medley following a truncated version of "Somebody to Love". with that three-part section.

London: Guinness World Records Limited Top Singles . and Falsetto References [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] Queen: Greatest Hits (http:/ / www. triangle. 01-e. co. queenconcerts. piano. google. php?title=Freddie_Mercury_-_11-02-1974_-_NME) Queen live on tour: Sheer Heart Attack: Setlist (http:/ / www. David (2006). html) Queen Concerts. triangle (on stage only) Roger Taylor: drums. Retrieved 4 September 2011 Mark Hodkinson Queen: The Early Years (http:/ / books. queenconcerts. queenconcerts. backing vocals (on stage only). allmusic. 2011 [12] Queen live on tour: Jazz (http:/ / www."Killer Queen" 315 Personnel • • • • Freddie Mercury: lead vocal. backing vocals. com/ live/ queen/ adatrna. Retrieved 31 August 2011 [14] Queen Rock Montreal (http:/ / www. 2011 [11] Queen live on tour: News Of The World: Setlist (http:/ / www. Retrieved July 2. queenarchives. uk/ discography/ queensinglesuk2. chimes. backing vocals Brian May: electric guitar. Retrieved 31 August 2011 [9] Queen live on tour: A Night At The Opera: Setlist (http:/ / www. html) Queen Concerts. queenconcerts. Retrieved 31 August 2011 [15] Queen live on tour: The Works 1984 (http:/ / www. Retrieved 31 August 2011 . htm#whowantstoliveforever) Ultimate Queen. html) Queen Concerts. html) Queen Concerts. ultimatequeen. collectionscanada. com/ live/ queen/ sha. No. Retrieved July 2.Volume 23. 2 November 1974 (Queen Archives) (http:/ / www. html) Queen Concerts. jangle piano. com/ album/ r413002) Allmusic. 3969a& type=1& interval=24& PHPSESSID=9cp51krv5nv1bedge0rfmb88d3) Library and Archives Canada Who Wants To Live Forever (http:/ / www. Billboard Books Roberts. Retrieved 31 August 2011 NME. May 31 1975 (http:/ / www. queenconcerts. html) Queen Concerts. com/ books?id=3ZMQXF9O8x0C& pg=PT241& dq=killer+ queen+ recorded+ at+ rockfield+ studios#v=onepage& q& f=false) Omnibus Press 2004. backing vocals John Deacon: bass guitar. queenconcerts. Retrieved July 2. Retrieved 30 August 2011 [13] Queen Rock Montreal Killer Queen (http:/ / www. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. com/ live/ queen/ jazz. 14. British Hit Singles & Albums. allmusic. 2011 [10] Queen live on tour: Day At The Races (world): Setlist (http:/ / www. com/ live/ queen/ works1984. php?brws_s=1& file_num=nlc008388. co. Retrieved 31 August 2011 Whitburn. gc. com/ index. uk/ songs/ rockmontreal. com/ live/ queen/ anato. Joel (2006). com/ live/ queen/ notwna. com/ album/ r1239496) Allmusic. htm#killer) Ultimate Queen. ca/ rpm/ 028020-119. ultimatequeen.

"Lily Of The Valley". non-segued master recordings of "Tenement Funster. "Flick Of The Wrist. The song includes Freddie Mercury singing octave vocals." This last lyric appears at the beginning of the next CD track."Flick of the Wrist" 316 "Flick of the Wrist" "Killer Queen/Flick Of The Wrist" Single by Queen from the album Sheer Heart Attack A-side Released Format Recorded Genre Length Label Writer(s) Producer "Killer Queen" 21 October 1974 Vinyl record (7") 1974 Rock 3:17 EMI (UK). Because of this structure." in this way. the Netherlands. starts with the crescendo ending of "Tenement Funster" and ends abruptly before the last line of the song ". Album version As it appears on the album. released as a Double A-side with "Killer Queen" in the UK. Background Freddie Mercury never went on record as to whether the unpleasant character in the song is based on anyone in particular. "Flick Of The Wrist" is the middle song of a three-track series of songs which seamlessly overlap. the Dutch AA-side version of "Flick Of The Wrist" (see below) and the 1975 US-only re-issue of "Keep Yourself Alive" ("Lily Of The Valley"). When Brian May returned to work having recovered from his hepatitis. such the Japanese 3-inch CD single re-issue of Queen's first EP ("Tenement Funster"). the record company had to select points to separate each track on CD re-issues of the album. he had not heard the song before he recorded his guitar and backing vocals." "Flick Of The Wrist" and "Lily Of the Valley" were used for some singles' flip-sides. segueing from one to the other: "Tenement Funster" to "Flick Of The Wrist" to "Lily Of The Valley".. Elektra (US) Freddie Mercury Roy Thomas Baker. . though then-current manager Norman Sheffield may be one inspiration.baby. It was written by frontman Freddie Mercury for the album Sheer Heart Attack. Queen Queen singles chronology "Seven Seas of Rhye" (1974) "Killer Queen"/ "Flick Of The Wrist" (1974) "Now I'm Here" (1975) "Flick of the Wrist" is a song by English rock band Queen. Canada. the US and most other territories. The original. Each song was recorded separately and later mixed together to form the unbroken stretch of music. you've been had..

This performance features parts of the original album backing track with new vocals by Freddie Mercury and a new guitar solo by Brian May." It ends with a fade-out before the song is properly over. The Dutch AA-side version features the complete song without the seguing." "Flick Of The Wrist" and "Lily Of The Valley") for their album Black Clouds & Silver Linings and it appears on the Special Edition. One of the songs recorded was "Flick Of The Wrist". with the first 18 seconds of the song absent." where the latter's opening piano is heard. This version also features on the 1991 Japanese 3-inch CD single of "Killer Queen"/"Flick Of The Wrist." BBC Version On October 16. html). Cover versions Dream Theater covered the entire three-song arc ("Tenement Funster. References [1] "Queen Vault: Sheer Heart Attack page" (http:/ / www. com/ sheerheartattack. overlapping sections from "Tenement Funster" and "Lily Of The Valley". queenvault. . 1974."Flick of the Wrist" 317 Single versions All the single versions and edits are from the original album recording.[1] The UK AA-side version features almost the same complete version as the Dutch version. England.[1] The UK's 1987 3-inch CD single re-issue starts with the crescendo segue which ends "Tenement Funster. ." The US AA-side version (the same as issued in Canada) has a much more pronounced edit at the beginning. but with a few notes edited at the beginning. Queen recorded a BBC session at Maida Vale 4 Studios in London. It ends with a fade-out over the segue into "Lily Of The Valley. you've been had. missing the last line "Baby.

[2] It is one of few songs that was not revived for the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour in 2005. Elektra Brian May Roy Thomas Baker and Queen Queen singles chronology "Killer Queen"/ "Flick of the Wrist" (1974) "Now I'm Here" (1975) "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975) "Now I'm Here" is a song by the English rock band Queen. The song is noted for its hard riff and vocal harmonies. Sheer Heart Attack. the song hit #11 on the charts when released as a single in 1975. The sixth song on their third album. and the 1997 compilation album Queen Rocks.[3] In March 2005. it was written by lead guitarist Brian May while he was in hospital with hepatitis. performed at virtually every concert from late 1974 through 1986.[1] The song was a live favourite. In the UK. Q magazine placed "Now I'm Here" at number 33 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. It was featured on the 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits.[4] ."Now I'm Here" 318 "Now I'm Here" "Now I'm Here" Single by Queen from the album Sheer Heart Attack B-side Released Format Recorded Genre Length Label Writer(s) Producer "Lily of the Valley (Single Edit)" 17 January 1975 Vinyl record (7") 1974 Rock 4:12 EMI.

1 (http:/ / www. Brian May: Lead and rhythm guitar. co. Hammond organ and piano. London: Guinness World Records Limited Queen on tour (http:/ / www. 2011 Queen Rocks. 2011 Review • Melody Maker. Retrieved July 10."Now I'm Here" 319 Personnel • • • • John Deacon: Bass guitar. rocklistmusic. asp?articolo=36) . Live recordings • Live Killers (1979) • Concerts for the People of Kampuchea (1979) (recorded at their Christmas concert in Hammersmith Odeon. Freddie Mercury: Vocals. com/ live/ queen. html) Queen Concerts. backing vocals. htm#Guitar) Q Magazine. Vol. Roger Meddows-Taylor: Drums. queenconcerts. Retrieved July 10. uk/ qlistspage3. London) • Queen Rock Montreal (1981) • Queen on Fire . Retrieved July 10.Live at the Bowl (1982) • Live at Wembley '86 / Live at Wembley Stadium (1986) • The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (1992) (played by Def Leppard and Brian May) • Live at the Brixton Academy (Brian May album) (1993) References [1] [2] [3] [4] Roberts.com/dblog/articolo. allmusic. com/ album/ rocks-vol-1-r325812/ review) Allmusic.queencuttings. 25 January 1975 (QueenCuttings) (http://www. David (2006). 2011 Tracks 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks Ever! (http:/ / www. British Hit Singles & Albums. backing vocals.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" 320 "Bohemian Rhapsody" "Bohemian Rhapsody" Original cover of the UK single release. Single by Queen from the album A Night at the Opera B-side Released Format Recorded "I'm in Love with My Car" 10 October 1975 7" vinyl 1975: Rockfield Studio 1 Roundhouse SARM (East) Scorpio Sound Rock 5:55 EMI. Queen Queen singles chronology Genre Length Label Writer(s) Producer "Lily of the Valley" (1975) "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975) "You're My Best Friend" (1976) . Parlophone. Hollywood Freddie Mercury Roy Thomas Baker. Elektra.

4. The single was accompanied by a promotional video. Rolling Stone ranked it as number 166 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". instead consisting of three main parts: a ballad segment ending with a guitar solo.. Judith Peraino said that . "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to. however. Roy Thomas Baker." Guitarist Brian May says the band thought that Mercury's blueprint for the song was "intriguing and original. and a hard rock section. 5. it returned to the chart at number two in 1992 following its appearance in the film Wayne's World which revived its American popularity. 7. The song has no chorus. "Bohemian Rhapsody" remains one of Queen's most popular songs. eventually becoming the UK's third best selling single of all time. including Canada. 2.[1] It reached number one again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury's death. considered ground-breaking. and worthy of work. "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a song by the British rock band Queen. an operatic passage. in west London."[7] Commenting on bohemianism. then stopped and said. related how Mercury once played the opening ballad section on the piano for him: "He played the beginning on the piano. but this song "was all in Freddie's mind" before they started. Kensington. New Zealand. [4] History and recording Freddie Mercury wrote most of "Bohemian Rhapsody" at his home in Holland Road.[3] Although critical reaction was initially mixed. Ireland and The Netherlands. 'And this is where the opera section comes in!' Then we went out to eat dinner."Bohemian Rhapsody" 321 "The Show Must Go On" (1991) "Bohemian Rhapsody"/"These Are the Days of Our Lives" (1991) "Heaven for Everyone" (1995) A Night at the Opera track listing 12 tracks Side one 1. Australia. 4. 3.[5] Music scholar Sheila Whiteley suggests that "the title draws strongly on contemporary rock ideology. In the United States the song originally peaked at number nine in 1976. the individualism of the bohemian artists' world. 6. with rhapsody affirming the romantic ideals of art rock. "Bohemian Rhapsody" became a commercial success.[2] It topped the charts in several other markets as well. particularly in the United States. 5. When it was released as a single."[6] Much of Queen's material was written in the studio according to May.. It was written by Freddie Mercury for the band's 1975 album A Night at the Opera.[5] The song's producer.)" "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" "I'm in Love with My Car" "You're My Best Friend" "'39" "Sweet Lady" "Seaside Rendezvous" Side two • "The Prophet's Song" "Love of My Life" "Good Company" "Bohemian Rhapsody" "God Save the Queen" 2. 3. staying at the top of the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks and selling more than a million copies by the end of January 1976.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" "Mercury intended. the plot confusing.[10] According to some band members. contained lyrics that ended up in the completed version produced years later in 1975. "Mama. SARM (East). tone and The waveform view of "Bohemian Rhapsody" illustrating the vast differences between the sections of the song. Intro (0:00–0:49) The song begins with a close four-part harmony a cappella introduction in B♭—entirely multi track recordings of Mercury although the video has all four members lip-synching this part. This format.[12] It was the most expensive single ever made and remains one of the most elaborate recordings in popular music history. and Taylor reportedly sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day. easy go". . An embryonic version of this style had already been utilized by the band in "My Fairy King" and "The March of the Black Queen". Mercury mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout.. Mercury first started developing "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the late 1960s.[5] The entire piece took three weeks to record."[8] According to Chris Smith (a friend of Mercury's and a keyboard player in Smile for a brief period).. opera. held together by a drum click to keep all layers synchronized. it was necessary for the three to overdub themselves many times and "bounce" these down to successive sub-mixes. with abrupt changes in style.[10] The various sections of tape containing the desired submixes had to be spliced (cut with razor blades and assembled in the correct sequence using adhesive tape). it was recorded in various different sections. after a 3-week rehearsal in Herefordshire... and Mercury's voice alternates with the other vocal parts. just killed a man. guitar solo. specifically. as they had been recording so intensely. was unusual to rock music. Due to the elaborate nature of the song. The lyrics question whether life is "real" or "just fantasy" before concluding that there can be "no escape from reality. known simply as "The Cowboy Song". Mercury used to play parts of songs he was writing at the piano. In the end.. During the making of the track. Mercury." After 15 seconds. ballad. Scorpion. and Wessex) were used. and one of his pieces. the emotions are excessive. May recalled placing a tape in front of the light and being able to see through it. which he played in the promotional video and the UK tour.[11] May. something outside the norm of rock songs. The narrator introduces himself as "just a poor boy" but declares that he "needs no sympathy" because he is "easy come. an additional four studios (Roundhouse. eighth-generation tapes were used. chromatic side-slipping on "easy come. and it does follow a certain operatic logic: choruses of multi-tracked voices alternate with aria-like solos. hard rock and outro. tempo. [this song] to be a 'mock opera'. easy go" highlights the dream-like atmosphere.[5] Mercury used a Bechstein "concert grand" piano. and in some sections featured 180 separate overdubs. the grand piano enters.[10] 322 Composition and analysis The song consists of six sections: introduction."[9] Recording began at Rockfield Studio 1 near Monmouth on 24 August 1975.[11] Since the studios of the time only offered 24-track analogue tape. The end of this section is marked by the bass entrance and the familiar cross-handed piano vamp in B♭.

the narrator shows how tired and beaten down he is by his actions (as May enters on guitar and mimics the upper range of the piano at 1:50). The choir effect was created by having May. Mercury. on "Let me go". The narrator explains his regret over "making you cry" and urging mama to "carry on as if nothing really matters" to him. While the underlying pulse of the song is maintained. is "affirmative of the nurturant and life-giving force of the feminine and the need for absolution."[13] The song's introduction is recalled with the chromatic side-slipping on "I'm just a poor boy." The band wanted to create "a wall of sound. resulting in 180 separate overdubs. Taylor singing the top section carries his note on further after the rest of the "choir" have stopped singing. The narrator bids the world goodbye announcing he has got to go and prepares to "face the truth" admitting "I don't want to die / I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all. the band builds in intensity. marking the start of the "Opera" section. nobody loves me. The intensity continues to build. ushering in the second verse. Freddie had a powerful voice through the middle. the entire band cuts out abruptly at 3:03 except for quiet." The guitarist said that his better material stems from this way of working: in which he thought of the tune before playing it: "the fingers tend to be predictable unless being led by the brain. while the hero presents himself as meek though wily. I didn't just want to play the melody. Guitar solo (2:36–3:03) As Mercury sings the rising line "I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all"."Bohemian Rhapsody" 323 Ballad (0:49–2:36) The piano begins the familiar vamp in B♭ along with the entrance of Deacon's bass guitar." with "a gun against his head" and in doing so. by playing the strings of his guitar on the other side of the bridge. Whiteley comments. This "confessional" section. Mercury's vocals enter. and the narrator makes the second of several invocations to his "mama" in the new key. May stated that he wanted to compose "a little tune that would be a counterpart to the main melody. the voices of May. underpinning the mood of desperation."[5] The band used the bell effect for lyrics "Magnifico" and "Let me go". Mercury and himself combined created a wide vocal range: "Brian could get down quite low. Over the course of the section. has thrown his life away. another defends. from only Mercury's voice accompanied by a piano. but once the bass line completes its descent establishing the new key. Galileo Galilei. as rival factions fight over the narrator's soul. After it plays twice. A brief. reusing the original theme. one chorus prosecutes. These overdubs were then combined into successive submixes."[7] The chromatic bass line brings about a modulation to E♭. to a multi-voice choir supported by drums.. which eventually goes through a modulation featuring a quick series of bass descents bringing the new tonality to A Major.[7] It is at this point (1:19) that Taylor's drums enter (this features the 1-1-2 rhythm of "We Will Rock You" in ballad form). rather than recording multiple tracks. the dynamics vary greatly from bar to bar. Producer Baker recalls that May's solo was done on only one track. marking the onset of this section.. staccato A major quaver (eighth-note) chords on the piano. and I was good at the high stuff. depicting the narrator's descent into hell. descending variation of the piano vamp phrase connects to a two repeat of the vamp in B♭ once again. the fandango. the vocals evolve from a softly sung harmony to an impassioned solo performance by Mercury. Lyrical references in this passage include Scaramouche. piano and timpani. The narrator explains to his mother that he has "just killed a man." The section ." This is where the guitar solo enters. Also. Peraino calls the sequence both a "comic courtroom trial and a rite of passage . Figaro and Bismillah. May imitates a bell tree during the line "sends shivers down my spine". bass. leading up to a guitar solo played and composed by May that serves as the bridge from ballad to opera. and Taylor sing their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day. which contains the bulk of the elaborate vocal multi-tracking. According to Roger Taylor. As the ballad proceeds into its second verse."[5] Opera (3:03–4:07) A rapid series of rhythmic and harmonic changes introduces a pseudo-operatic midsection. that starts down and goes all the way up.

"[15] The final line. "cradled by light piano arpeggios suggesting both resignation (minor tonalities) and a new sense of freedom in the wide vocal span. Outro (4:56–5:55) After May plays ascending octaves of notes from the B♭ mixolydian mode (composed of the notes from the E♭ scale). Mercury refused to explain his composition other than saying it was about relationships.[6] In a BBC Three documentary about the making of "Bohemian Rhapsody". affectionately nicknamed the "Deacy Amp". the song finally concludes in the key of E♭ major. Three ascending guitar runs follow. the song then returns to the tempo and form of the introduction. accusing him/her of betrayal and abuse and insisting "can't do this to me. The last lyric. "Bohemian Rhapsody" didn't just come out of thin air... when the band released a Greatest Hits cassette in Iran. "Any way the wind blows".[6] 324 Hard rock/Heavy metal (4:07–4:56) The operatic section leads into an aggressive hard rock/heavy metal musical interlude with a guitar riff written by Mercury. a double-tracked Mercury sings angry lyrics addressed to an unspecified "you"."[14] After the line "nothing really matters" is repeated multiple times."[16] May. Roger Taylor tops the final chord with a falsetto B♭ in the fifth octave (B♭5). Context The New York Times commented that "the song's most distinct feature is the fatalistic lyrics". which meant having to do transfers. the "opera" section took about three weeks to finish. Using the 24-track technology available at the time. I would add another piece of tape to the reel. At 4:15. ooh yeah.[6] Brian May supports suggestions that the song contained veiled references to Mercury's personal traumas. baby" – which could be interpreted as a flashback to certain events that led to the earlier ballad section ("just killed a man"). bringing it back to C minor again in time for the final "nothing really matters" section." A double-tracked twin guitar melody is played through an amplifier designed by John Deacon. though. He never explained the lyrics." This resistance is achieved through the "bohemian stance toward identity. ooh yeah."[5] “It's one of those songs which has such a fantasy feel about it. I think people should just listen to it. initially in E♭ Major. as the song builds up to the finale with a ritardando. I did a bit of research although it was tongue-in-cheek and mock opera. and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them. before quickly modulating to C minor. only to soon go through an abrupt short series of modulations. the band is still protective of the song's secret. According to music scholar Judith Peraino. is followed by the quiet sound of a large tam-tam that finally expels the tension built up throughout the song.[6] Producer Roy Thomas Baker said "Every time Freddie came up with another 'Galileo'. a leaflet in Persian was included with translation and explanations (refers to a book published in Iran called "The March of the Black Queen" by Sarah Sefati and . sung quietly. "Any way the wind blows" is followed by the striking of a gong which marks the ending of the song. this final section adds "a level of complex resistance to the song's already charming subversion of macho rock and roll. but I think he put a lot of himself into that song. Why not?” —Freddie Mercury [17] However. on a block B♭ major chord. A guitar accompanies the chorus "ooh. which involves a necessarily changeable self-definition ("Any way the wind blows"). think about it.."[10] Baker recalls that they kept wearing out the tape." appears again. says the band had agreed that the core of a lyric was a private issue for the composer. Mercury's line "Nothing really matters. He recalls "Freddie was a very complex person: flippant and funny on the surface. Mercury then plays a similar B♭ run on the piano.. but he concealed insecurities and problems in squaring up his life with his childhood. Roger Taylor maintains that the true meaning of the song is "fairly self-explanatory with just a bit of nonsense in the middle."Bohemian Rhapsody" concludes with a full choral treatment of the lyric "Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me!".

Some believe the lyrics describe a suicidal murderer hunted by demons or depict events just preceding an execution. Kenny Everett quoted Mercury as claiming the lyrics were simply "random rhyming nonsense". critics.1s of the year. She suggests that the song provides an insight into Mercury's emotional state at the time.[22] . In the United States. with "I'm in Love with My Car" as the B-side. reaching number one in the RPM national singles chart on 1 May 1976. as in Mother Mary) and wanting to break away ('Mamma Mia let me go'). According to producer Roy Thomas Baker.' he said. only to be told by record stores that it had not yet been released. it was too long and would never be a hit. Paul Drew. On the night before his execution. the single was a success (although on a smaller scale from that of the UK release). both journalistic and academic."[10] Their plan worked – Everett teased his listeners by playing only parts of the song. staying at number one for five weeks. Others believe the lyrics were only written to fit with the music.[5] Its comparatively long chart run of 24 weeks. and with the help of angels. various executives suggested to them that.[16] Still others interpreted them as Mercury's way of dealing with personal issues. the song also went to the high reaches of the charts. "Bismillah".higher than some No.[6] Music scholar Sheila Whiteley observes that Mercury reached a turning point in his personal life in the year he wrote "Bohemian Rhapsody".. Audience demand intensified when Everett played the full song on his show 14 times in two days.[6] Hordes of fans attempted to buy the single the following Monday. Drew managed to get a copy of the tape and started to play it in the States. while a re-release in 1992 (timed to tie in with the song's appearance in the hit film Wayne's World) hit number two. In the explanation. regains his soul from Shaitan. The second was upon its re-release (as a double A-side single with "These Are the Days of Our Lives") in 1991 following Mercury's death. 'I won't play it. The original single. the single fared better. In an interview with Sound on Sound. he and the band bypassed this corporate decision by playing the song for Capital Radio DJ Kenny Everett: "we had a reel-to-reel copy but we told him he could only have it if he promised not to play it.. Baker reflects that "it was a strange situation where radio on both sides of the Atlantic was breaking a record that the record companies said would never get airplay!"[10] Eventually the unedited single was released. "living with Mary ('Mamma'. which included the whole biography of the band and complete lyrics with Persian translation (2000)). Queen states that "Bohemian Rhapsody" is about a young man who has accidentally killed someone and.[18] Despite this. sold his soul to the devil.[20] The single was also certified gold for sales of over one million copies in the US. [21] With the Canadian record-buying public. in which a young man confesses to an impulsive murder and has an epiphany before he is executed. The song became the 1975 UK Christmas number one."[14] 325 Release When the band wanted to release the single in 1975. who ran the RKO stations in the States.[7] He had been living with Mary Austin for seven years but had just embarked on his first gay love affair. released in early 1976. and have no meaning. In a retrospective interview. at 5 minutes and 55 seconds. Anthony DeCurtis from Rolling Stone magazine explains the song's relatively poor performance in the US charts by saying that it's "the quintessential example of the kind of thing that doesn't exactly go over well in America". Across the ocean.[14] "Bohemian Rhapsody" was the first song ever to get to number one twice with the same version. did result in it being listed at number eighteen of the biggest hit singles of 1976 . winking. Elektra. have speculated over the meaning behind the song's lyrics.[19] and is also the only single to have been UK Christmas number one twice with the same version. heard the track on Everett's show in London. The latter explanation points to Albert Camus's novel The Stranger. like Faust. as probable inspiration. he calls for God in Arabic.[10] The same weekend. however. holding the top position for nine weeks. which forced the hand of Queen's USA label. reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100."Bohemian Rhapsody" Farhad Arkani.

"Seven Seas Of Rhye". without the need for the artist to appear in person. The video was sent to the BBC as soon as it was completed and aired for the first time on Top of the Pops in November 1975. where the band were rehearsing for their tour. familiar in the UK as the opening of all Rank film productions. after which they perform once again on stage during the hard rock segment.[11] The director said that the band was involved in the discussion of the video and the end result. Rolling Stone magazine placed this song in the 163rd spot on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[6] In 2004. The most obvious difference is the flames superimposed over the introduction as well as several alternate camera angles.[16] He also said that the band knew they would be set to appear at Dundee's Caird Hall on tour and unable to appear on the programme anyway. acclaim and legacy Although the song has become one of the most revered in popular music history. In the opera section of the video. "Keep Yourself Alive"."Bohemian Rhapsody" 326 Promotional video Though some artists had made video clips to accompany songs (including Queen themselves. was the band's favourite image of themselves. In the closing seconds of the video Roger Taylor is depicted stripped to the waist.[25] The song is also listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. and has been covered and parodied by many artists. the British Phonographic Industry named "Bohemian Rhapsody" as the best British single of the period 1952–77. the scene reverts back to the "Queen II" standing positions. According to May. The video was directed by Bruce Gowers. as they were known at the time). "Killer Queen" and "Liar" already had "pop promos". the video was produced so that the band could avoid miming on Top of the Pops. and was recorded by cameraman Barry Dodd and assistant director/floor manager Jim McCutcheon.[16] Nevertheless the song has won numerous awards.[26] . They hired one of their trucks and got it to Elstree Studios. and it was named by the Guinness Book of Records in 2002 as the top British single of all time. rather than editing. All of the special effects were achieved during the recording. only two years after its release. some initial critical reaction was poor. Critical reaction. since they would have looked off miming to such a complex song.[24] It is a regular entry in greatest-songs polls. In 1977. but there was only one leader. at a cost of £4. giving visual feedback. who had directed a video of the band's 1974 performance at the Rainbow Theatre in London. an edit of the video was created. The video was recorded in just four hours on 10 November 1975. Melody Maker said that Queen "contrived to approximate the demented fury of the Balham Amateur Operatic Society performing The Pirates of Penzance". The lights fade up. and the shots cross-fade into close-ups of Freddie. A promo video also allowed the artist to have their music broadcast and accompanied by their own choice of visuals. The visual effect of Mercury's face cascading away (during the echoed line "go") was accomplished by pointing the camera at a monitor.[5] The video has been hailed as launching the MTV age. such as the BBC's Top of the Pops.[5] After a few weeks at number one. inspired by a photograph of actress Marlene Dietrich. striking the tam tam in the manner of the trademark of the Rank Organisation's Gongman. who supplied sports coverage for ITV. a glare analogous to audio feedback. rather than dancers such as Pan's People.[23] These videos could then be shown on television shows. The photo.[5] The newspaper's critic Allan Jones heard only a "superficially impressive pastiche" of operatic styles. and "was a co-operative to that extent.[5] The band was signed to a company called Trillian. The composition of the shot is the same as Mick Rock's cover photograph for their second album Queen II. for example. The honeycomb illusion was created using a shaped lens."[5] The video opens with a shot of the four band members in near darkness as they sing the a cappella part.500.[5] The video then fades into them playing their instruments. The video was edited within five hours because it was due to be broadcast the same week in which it was taped. it was only after the success of "Bohemian Rhapsody" that it became regular practice for record companies to produce promotional videos for artists' single releases.

series of documentaries dedicated to specific songs.[28] In 1999."Bohemian Rhapsody" The song also came in tenth in a BBC World Service poll to find the world's favourite song. and "Bohemian Rhapsody" has been ranked number one in all but two years (2005 and 2010 when it was number two). "Thank you for using our song. the programme charted the history of the song. The film's director. first featured in the "One Vision" video. sent a reply simply saying. and took Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen back to one of the studios in which it was recorded. Penelope Spheeris. Myers was horrified that the record company had mixed clips from Wayne's World with Queen's original video.[34] In connection with this. the soundtrack album of the film was a major hit. "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the second most played song on British radio. However.[30] As of 2004. and that he apologised to them. by 1992. This re-release (with "The Show Must Go On" as a double-A side) hit #2 in the US in 1992. In 2004."[24] Helped by the song. was hesitant to use the song. who said it should be more like him telling Queen. when the film was released. along with some live footage of the band. fearing that this would upset the band." He asked the record company to tell Queen that the video was not his idea. "killed a man" by accident. though.[8] .[32] 327 Wayne's World The song enjoyed renewed popularity in 1992 as part of the soundtrack to the film Wayne's World. reaching number one on eight occasions. Gracyk suggests that beginning the tape in the middle of the song after "the lyrics which provide the song's narrative . in clubs and on jukeboxes collectively. 16 years after the original 1976 US release peaked at #9.[33] According to music scholar Theodore Gracyk. intercutting excerpts from the film with footage from the original Queen video. a new video was released.. after Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale". who were fans of less flamboyant hard rock and heavy metal." This shocked Myers. the annual "Top 2000" poll commenced to find the best songs ever made. as it did not entirely fit with the lead characters. forces the film's audience to respond to its presence in the scene without the 'commentary' of the lyrics. BBC Three featured the song as part of their The Story of. Brian May was overcome with emotion and said that "Freddie would be tickled. discussed its credentials. for BBC Radio 1's 40th birthday. "they've just whizzed on a Picasso. The band. First broadcast in December 2004.. and sold his soul to the devil but regained his soul by invoking the name of God in Arabic (Bismillah) on the night of his execution.[36] When remaining members Brian May and Roger Taylor took the stage to accept the award..[29] In 2004 the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.. "Thank you for even letting me touch the hem of your garments!"[35] The Wayne's World video version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" won Queen its only MTV Video Music Award for "Best Video from a Film"." In the final scene of said video. the explanatory leaflet accompanying the cassette tape described the song saying that the hero. more than any other artist.[27] In 2000 it came second to "Imagine" by John Lennon in a Channel 4 television poll of The 100 Best Number 1s. In 2004. It has been in the top 5 of the Dutch annual "Top 100 Aller Tijden" ("All-Time Top 100 [Singles]") since 1977. Mike Myers insisted that the song fit the scene. even "classic rock" stations had stopped playing the six-minute song. when the "Greatest Hits" of Queen was released in Iran. He said. it was revealed that "Bohemian Rhapsody" was the most played song since Radio 1's launch.[31] On 30 September 2007 on the Radio 1 Chart Show. a pose of the band from the video from the original "Bohemian Rhapsody" clip morphs into an identically posed 1985 photo.

Axl Rose singing the hard rock section. it could not be performed on stage. Commenting upon this staging."Bohemian Rhapsody" 328 Live performances The a cappella opening was too complex to perform live. and the operatic section would be played from tape. Often. who took over lead vocals. and occasionally at other times. Because of extensive multi-tracking. John and Rose sang the closing ballad part together in a duet. Roger Taylor and Brian May in concert in Hanover in 1979. and the final line ("Any way the wind blows") was delivered with one last shot of Mercury smiling at the audience. the band would leave the stage. and Mercury would sit at the piano.[37] Footage from the Live at Wembley '86 was used for the 2005/6 tour. When the song "Mustapha" became a live favourite. the preceding song would end. say a quick word and start playing the ballad section. Behind the drum kit is the tam-tam used at the end of "Bohemian Rhapsody". As with the Queen tours. It also kept us live and 'present'. the band went backstage for the operatic section. During the Hot Space Tour. which was easier to reproduce live as it was only one voice. although conscious and proud of our past. with "Killer Queen" and "March of the Black Queen" taking the place of the operatic and hard rock sections. while the taped Mercury took a bow for the crowd. Mercury would often sub in that song's a cappella opening. allowing the audience to sing the final "Nothing really matters to me". Rodgers would then repeat the line."[6] From left to right: John Deacon. Mercury would do a piano improvisation (generally the introduction to "Death on Two Legs") that ended with the first notes of the song. the band adopted their lasting way of playing the song live. The band did not have enough of a break between the Sheer Heart Attack and A Night at the Opera tours to find a way to make it work live. When the hard rock section began. the operatic middle section proved a problem for the band. as we logically should be. The opening and closing ballads were played as part of a medley. Initially following the song's release. The opening ballad would be played on stage. which was accompanied by a video tribute to Freddie Mercury. the lights came back up to the full band on stage. This style was also used for the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. "Bohemian Rhapsody" was performed by Queen + Paul Rodgers throughout their tours. and the 1981 Montreal performance used for the Rock the Cosmos Tour. including Rodgers. . the lights would go down. Brian May says that they "had to rise to the challenge of getting Freddie in there in a way which gave him his rightful place. Rodgers duetted with the recording of Mercury for the "outro" section. A blast of pyrotechnics after Roger Taylor's high note on the final "for me" would announce the band's return for the hard rock section and closing ballad. but without demeaning Paul in any way. Queen played the song in this form all through the Magic Tour of 1986. Starting with the A Day at the Races Tour in 1977. so they split the song into three sections that were played throughout the night. so Mercury tried various ways of introducing the song. and after Brian May's guitar solo. accompanied by a video of Mercury. with Elton John singing the opening ballad and then after the taped operatic section.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" 329 Chart performance Weekly charts Chart (1975) Peak position [38] 1 UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) Chart (1976) Peak position [39] [40] 1 1 1 9 Canada (RPM 100) Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100) New Zealand (RIANZ) US Billboard Hot 100 [41] [42] Chart (1992) Peak position [42] 2 US Billboard Hot 100 Year-end charts Chart (1975) UK Singles Position 22 Chart (1976) UK Singles US Billboard Hot 100 [43] Position 35 18 Chart (1991) UK Singles [44] Position 2 Chart (1992) UK Singles US Billboard Hot 100 [45] Position 15 39 .

they'll never play it. We tried a few ideas. 109. 24.we were thinking of The Prophets Song at one point . piano. you'll only hear the first few bars and then they'll fade it out. 252. 232. p."Bohemian Rhapsody" 330 Decade-end charts Chart (1970–79) Position UK Singles [46] 7 Chart (1990–99) Position UK Singles 23 Queen comments on the record “ I'm going to shatter some illusions. backing vocals John Deacon: bass guitar Roger Taylor: drums. but then it grew. EMI were shocked . rollingstone. p. [8] Peraino 2005. so we had to leave it all in. p. p. it was just one of those pieces I wrote for the album: just writing my batch of songs.but then 'Bohemian Rhapsody' seemed the one. 192. you just got away with it in Britain. p. —Freddie Mercury ” [47] “ When we finished the album. 231. We knew it was very risky. [2] Corn 2005. p. [4] http:/ / www. perhaps editing it down at all. you always lost some part of the song. [12] Classic Albums 2006. If it was going to be released. [14] Whiteley 2006. 230. People were all going. the AM tastes are even more (hesitates) stricter. We had numerous rows. 2011) [10] Cunningham 1995. but we had so much confidence in that song . [7] Whiteley 2006. but we listened to it over and over again and there was no way we could edit it. com/ music/ lists/ the-500-greatest-songs-of-all-time-20110407/ queen-bohemian-rhapsody-19691231 [5] BBC 2004b. There were a few contenders . There was a time when the others wanted to chop it around a bit. p.Oh. that was the track on it that we thought we were gonna release as a single in England first. accompaniment vocals Brian May: lead and rhythm guitar. We started deciding on a single about halfway through. 194. [3] Heatley 2008. I felt. timpani. the Night at the Opera album. [13] Peraino 2005. gong Notes [1] Hodkinson 2004. [9] According to an interview with Chris Smith for the documentary Queen: Days of our Lives (BBC. —John Deacon ” [48] Personnel • • • • Freddie Mercury: lead vocal. In its early stages I almost rejected it. p. 253. you know. . You're joking. cause we know even over here. it would be in its entirety. And luckily it took off anyway. Anyway we did have thoughts about even in England. but I refused. p. [15] Peraino 2005.I did anyway. underneath it all.A six-minute single? You must be joking! The same in America . that if it was successful it would earn a lot of respect. [11] Hodkinson 2004. but if you edited it. And when we released it in England we didn't necessarily think it'd be released in America. [6] Chiu 2005.

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"Bohemian Rhapsody" 333 External links • Official music video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9rUzIMcZQ&ob=av3e) on YouTube "You're My Best Friend" "You're My Best Friend" Single by Queen from the album A Night at the Opera B-side Released Format Recorded Genre Length Label Writer(s) Producer '39 18 May 1976 7" 1975 Pop rock 2:52 EMI (UK). Elektra (US) John Deacon Roy Thomas Baker and Queen Queen singles chronology [1] "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975) "You're My Best Friend" (1976) "Somebody to Love" (1976) .

Deacon is seen playing a grand piano. (a-minor). we find numerous repetitions or variants.[2] The characteristic "bark" of the Wurlitzer's bass notes plays a prominent role in the song. with a meter of 4/4 (12/8). even though he plays a regular electric on the recording. 4. including a huge chandelier hung from the ceiling. in terms of phrases and measures.[4] The Supernaturals covered the song in 1998 as the B-side to their single "Everest".) Also.[5] The album A Night at the Opera features songs of numerous styles including this three-minute ballad rock/pop song. Another similarity between the two songs is the lack of (real) modulation.. On the other hand. The song was used in promos for FX's Wilfred. This is Deacon's second recorded song and the first one released on single (some six months after the album-release). written by their bassist John Deacon. The music video. 4. Straight No Chaser.. 3."You're My Best Friend" 334 A Night at the Opera track listing 12 tracks Side one 1. "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to. Composition The song was composed by John Deacon. History Deacon wrote the song for his wife. 3. During live performances. 5. shows the band in a huge ballroom surrounded by over one thousand candles. a collection of cover songs. 6. The song also appeared on the Live Killers (1979) live album and on the compilation album Greatest Hits (1981). and later released as a single. a US a capella group.and 4-part vocal and guitar harmonies (no rhythm guitar). It was originally included on the A Night at the Opera album in 1975. bass (melodic approach). to whom he remains married to this day. and a key of C-major. with one bar in 6/4 during the chorus. also covered the song for their 2010 album With a Twist. In this song. and electric piano. drums. Very unusually for the genre there is no section appearing more than twice. while Deacon played the bass guitar.[3] The video was filmed in April 1976. The form is cyclic and very similar to that of "Spread Your Wings" (1977). . 2. The arrangement features 3.[3] (May later mentioned that the video was shot in the middle of a very unpleasant heatwave and the ballroom in which they were filming did not have air conditioning.)" "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" "I'm in Love with My Car" "You're My Best Friend" "'39" "Sweet Lady" "Seaside Rendezvous" Side two • "The Prophet's Song" "Love of My Life" "Good Company" "Bohemian Rhapsody" "God Save the Queen" 2. he plays a Wurlitzer electric piano in addition to bass guitar. "You're My Best Friend" is a song by British rock band Queen. Veronica. 7. the band used a grand piano rather than an electric. 5. and it would be played by Freddie Mercury. directed by Bruce Gowers.

backing vocals Freddie Mercury – lead and backing vocals Roger Taylor – drums. com/ detail. com/ index. php?id=1507). backing vocals Notes [1] Prato. Retrieved 11 November 2011 [4] You're My Best Friend (http:/ / www. bass guitar Brian May – guitar. Why play those things when you’ve got a lovely superb grand piano? No. Greg. Freddie didn't like the electric piano. ultimatequeen. . slided notes). Retrieved 15 April 2010. often on the instrument that you wrote the song on. "allmusic" (http:/ / www. regarding Deacon's control of the piano for the recording: “ “ • • • • Well. .[5] 335 Queen about the song The band answered Tom Browne on 24 December 1977 in a live BBC Radio One interview. ” [6] —John Deacon I refused to play the damn thing (the Wurlitzer). html) Queen Songs. allmusic. queenpedia. You know.com. rubato-ized rhythms. queenpedia. Retrieved 11 November 2011 [6] "You're My Best Friend" (http:/ / www. Retrieved 2010-03-10. so I took it home and I started to learn on the electric piano and basically that’s the song that came out you know when I was learning to play piano. It was written on that instrument and it sounds best on that. basically what he [John] is trying to say is it was the desired effect. info/ the-book/ songwriting-analyses/ no-synth-era/ a-night-at-the-opera/ youre-my-best-friend. com/ song/ t5425556). uk/ videos/ queenpromo. htm#youre) Ultimate Queen. php?title=You're_My_Best_Friend)."You're My Best Friend" Mercury's lead vocal features lot of "special effects" (voice. I think. [2] "You're My Best Friend by Queen" (http:/ / www. ” [2] —Freddie Mercury Personnel John Deacon – Wurlitzer electric piano. co. Retrieved 11 November 2011 [5] Queen Songs: You're My Best Friend (http:/ / www. ornaments. songfacts. . It's tiny and horrible and I don't like them. htm) Ultimate Queen. queensongs.com. [3] Promo Videos: You're My Best Friend (http:/ / www. songfacts. . ultimatequeen. Allmusic. uk/ songs/ anightat. Retrieved 2010-03-10. co.

[4] Queen played "Somebody to Love" live between 1977 to 1985. film.[1] When released as a single. Written by lead vocalist and pianist Freddie Mercury. the song reached number two in the UK and number 13 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Elektra Freddie Mercury Queen Queen singles chronology "You're My Best Friend" (1976) "Somebody to Love" (1976) "Tie Your Mother Down" (1977) "Somebody to Love" is a song by British rock band Queen. the song has appeared on television. "Somebody to Love" is a soul-searching piece that questions God's role in a life without love.[6] Since its release. Mercury. especially that of Aretha Franklin. 1992. and a live performance of the song is recorded in the album Queen Rock Montreal. the track featured on their 1976 album A Day at the Races. during The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.[5] The song was played live on April 20. A song inspired by gospel music. Brian May. performed by George Michael with Queen. and also appears on the band's compilation album.[2] [3] Written by Mercury at the piano. . and Roger Taylor multi-tracked their voices to create a 100-voice gospel choir."Somebody to Love" 336 "Somebody to Love" "Somebody to Love" Single by Queen from the album A Day at the Races B-side Released Format Recorded Genre Length Label Writer(s) Producer "White Man" 12 November 1976 7" 1976 Rock 4:56 EMI. Greatest Hits.

" [10] The song was included on their first Greatest Hits. the singer questions both the lack of love experienced in his life. it was also played consistently. it was played about every show.[1] Live performances This was also one of few tracks where John Deacon sang backing vocals when performed live. Final Live in Japan 1985. It was also played for South America Bites The Dust. gospel-type feel.[7] The band have spoken of sections of the song which were recorded but never made it onto the final mix of the song. but John (Deacon) didn't sing on the records. ranging from F2 in the harmonies on the line "Can anybody find me?". This version is also available on Greatest Hits III. you had to have all four around the microphone. the head of Queen's road crew. but would generally hit the sustained A♭4 notes throughout the song.[11] From 1977 to 1978. it was also filled with intricate harmonies and a notable guitar solo by Brian May. His voice was clearly heard on bootlegs from the band's performance at Earls Court in June 1977 and at the Houston Summit in December 1977. Brian May and Roger Taylor multitracked their voices to create the impression of a 100-voice gospel choir."Somebody to Love" and has been covered by a number of artists.[2] [3] The song possesses a great variety of notes. on which band members Freddie Mercury. Freddie's very much into that. it was only played early in the tour. the song was performed by George Michael.[15] A Live version from the 1984/85 tour was recorded and filmed on the concert film.[19] The song was later rereleased in 1993 as the lead track of an EP called Five Live which went to #1 in the UK. desperation and soul-searching.[13] In The Game Tour. It was the first single from the album A Day at the Races. all sung by Mercury.S." ” [8] —Roger Taylor A promotional video was made combining a staged recording session at Sarm East Studios (where the A Day at the Races album was recorded) and film footage of the band's record breaking performance at Hyde Park that September.[5] [14] Later in The Works Tour. especially combined with the gospel influence.[16] When performed live. I think it's the loosest track we've ever done. Mercury sings his original take on this line when live. and it went to number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U. "Somebody to Love" has a complex melody and deep layering of vocal tracks. but the other band members felt that it worked better than his. some of which have been leaked online. 337 Song Like "Bohemian Rhapsody". recalled to Mojo magazine: "Aesthetically. released in 1981. By his own admission he didn't have the voice. We tried to keep the track in a loose. create a song about faith. He did sing on-stage but the crew always knew to keep the fader very low. and the role and existence of God.[17] [18] It was even given serious consideration as to having George Michael take over as full-time lead singer of Queen. and G#2 to a C5 in full voice up to an A♭5 in falsetto in the lead vocals.[1] . Michael's performances of "Somebody to Love" hailed as "one of best performances of the tribute concert".[4] The lyrics.[4] [9] Peter Hince. The A♭4 at the peak of the building line "can anybody find me" on the studio version was not part of Mercury's original melody. “ "'Somebody To Love' is Aretha Franklin-influenced. Mercury would often alter the melodies of the song.[1] Staying true to Queen's guitar-driven style. a shortened version was played as a medley preceding "Killer Queen". released in 1999. the major hit from Queen's previous album A Night at the Opera (1975). Live at the Bowl and Queen Rock Montreal.[11] [12] For the Jazz and Live Killer tours. At the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert held at Wembley Stadium. this time based on a gospel choir arrangement.

the song was sung as the finale of the concert at Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff. Retrieved 1 September 2011 [10] Somebody To Love Songfacts (http:/ / www.. the late Queen soloist) would love it. Billboard Books Roberts. .[21] • Ben Mills sang this on 2 December during Barry Manilow and contestant's choice week of The X Factor 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-05 [8] "Somebody To Love" (http:/ / www.com covered the song for an advert November 2010.[6] • G4 sang this on 27 November during The X Factor 2004. bbc. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits."[24] • UK-based car insurance price comparison site Confused. Kerry Ellis and John Owen-Jones. • Todrick Hall performed this song on the ninth season of American Idol during the top 16.com. uk/ music/ sevenages/ events/ stadium-rock/ queen-play-hyde-park/ ) BBC. [9] Queen play Hyde Park (http:/ / www. com/ song/ somebody-to-love-t2415720) Allmusic. co. com/ watch?v=BWIaoj4dGq8). Joel (2006).. php?title=Somebody_To_Love). songfacts. Notable singers included Bonnie Tyler.guitar. youtube. backing vocals. • In the film Late Last Night. • Mia Martini. • In 2010. piano. • The cast of Glee covered it in the episode "The Rhodes Not Taken" (2009). queenpedia. made a cover of this song in Spanish called "Un Hombre Para Mí" in her 1992 album Metamorfósis. • Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley often performs the song live at his solo concerts.[23] which received critical acclaim. London: Guinness World Records Limited A Day At The Races (http:/ / queenonline. 2011 . who placed third in season five of American Idol. html) Queen Concerts.lead vocals. com/ live/ queen/ notwna. got quite a lump in the throat. . Retrieved 2010-03-13. David (2006)."Somebody to Love" 338 Personnel • • • • Freddie Mercury . Retrieved 1 September 2011 The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: Somebody to Love (http:/ / www. a group of 60 students from The Hebrew University have performed a Lip dub version of the song. It's very well done. The vocals were sung by west end star Louise Dearman. • Anne Hathaway sang this song in her role as Ella in the movie Ella Enchanted. uk/ videos/ fmtributedvd. com/ detail. com/ index. the singers at BBC's Children in Need Wales. php?id=6669) [11] Queen live on tour: News Of The World: Setlist (http:/ / www. htm#somebody) Retrieved June 25. com/ en/ the-band/ discography/ day-races/ ) Queen Online. with great heart and joy. • Rhydian Roberts sang it on 1 December during Best of British week of The X Factor 2007. gospel choir John Deacon . 2011 [7] Freddie Mercury's highest notes (http:/ / www. co. com/ album/ r1239496) Allmusic. queenpedia. allmusic. Steven Weber's character sings the song during a drug-infused dreamy scene. Retrieved 6 July 2011 Whitburn.[25] References [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] Queen: Somebody to Love (http:/ / www. ultimatequeen. gospel choir Brian May . made a cover of this song in Italian called "Un uomo per me" in 1977. an Italian singer. YouTube.[22] • Joe McElderry sang this on 14 November during Queen week of The X Factor 2009. sang this song on Week 8 of live performances • Brittany Murphy sang this song in the movie Happy Feet as her emperor penguin character Gloria.[20] • Elliott Yamin. • Ednita Nazario. British Hit Singles & Albums. Only Men Aloud. allmusic. Retrieved July 2.drums. • In 2009. backing vocals. queenconcerts. and I'm sure Freddie (-Mercury.bass guitar Roger Taylor . the Puerto Rican diva singer. writing: "I . gospel choir Notable covers • George Michael performed the song with Queen's remaining members at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in April 1992. Retrieved 1 September 2011 Queen Rock Montreal (http:/ / www. especially after Queen guitarist Brian May published his positive opinion.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem campus. 2011 [13] Queen live on tour: Jazz (http:/ / www. html) Queen Concerts. html) Queen Concerts. Retrieved on 2011-04-21. queenconcerts. html) BrianMay. allmusic. albumlinernotes. Retrieved 2011-02-11. brianmay. html) Queen Concerts. queenconcerts. com/ live/ queen/ jazz. com/ live/ queen/ adatrna.GLEE . html). Jerusalem. brianmay. ultimatequeen. . co. com/ queen/ queennews/ queennewsnov10. Tvtropes.Confused. php/ Main/ Queen). queenconcerts. Retrieved 1 September 2011 [22] 'GLEE: The Music. com/ watch?v=IPo-6kxgiDk) (Video). Retrieved July 2. .the Hebrew University of Jerusalem" (http:/ / www. com/ Queen_Greatest_Vol_3. com/ article/ GLEE_The_Music_Volume_1_Track_Listing_Revealed_20090831) Broadway world. [20] Ella Enchanted Original Soundtrack (http:/ / www. com/ brian/ letters/ lettersoct10. Retrieved 6 July 2011 339 External links • The Sunday Freeman (http://queenarchives. Volume 1' Track Listing Revealed (http:/ / broadwayworld."Somebody to Love" [12] Queen live on tour: Day At The Races (world): Setlist (http:/ / www. php?title=Queen_-_12-05-1976_-_Somebody_to_Love_-_The_Sunday_Freeman. Retrieved 16 July 2011 [23] "Lipdub -somebody to love .com. Retrieved 1 September 2011 [16] Final Concert Live In Japan: Somebody To Love (http:/ / www. [24] May. Retrieved 1 September 2011 [17] h2g2 – Queen's Greatest Hits 3 (http:/ / www.com (1997-01-17). Israel. youtube. Brian (2010-02). "Letters" (http:/ / www. Retrieved on 2011-04-21. queenconcerts. com/ live/ queen/ works1984. [18] Queen Greatest Vol 3 (http:/ / www. soundtrack. com/ live/ queen/ southam. net/ albums/ database/ ?id=4256) Soundtrack Net._NY) .com/index. Albumlinernotes. [19] Queen – Television Tropes & Idioms (http:/ / tvtropes. com/ album/ r685405) Allmusic. [25] Somebody to Love . html) Queen Concerts. Retrieved 1 September 2011 [14] Queen live on tour: S. America Bites The Dust (http:/ / www. uk/ videos/ finaljapan.org (2010-01-01).detailed worldwide release information . Retrieved 1 September 2011 [15] Queen live on tour: The Works 1984 (http:/ / www. uk/ dna/ h2g2/ A3818793).com Advert (http:/ / www.php?title=Somebody_To_Love_(single)) . bbc. 2010-10-10. html).com/index. Retrieved on 2011-04-21. co. htm#somebody) Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 2011-02-05. BBC (1997-01-17).review • Queenpedia (http://queenpedia. org/ pmwiki/ pmwiki. Retrieved 1 September 2011 [21] Happy Feet Soundtrack (http:/ / www.

[2] On several occasions in the recent years. May and Taylor have played this song live with the Foo Fighters. including performances at Queen's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2001. It is the opening track and the second single from their 1976 album A Day at the Races. written by guitarist Brian May. which is actually a reprise of the ending of "Teo Torriatte": this was intended to create a "circle" in the album. and the VH1 Rock Honors in 2006. of Pink Floyd's albums. On the album.[1] At the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. . the song was co-performed by Queen and guests Joe Elliot and Slash."Tie Your Mother Down" 340 "Tie Your Mother Down" "Tie Your Mother Down" Single by Queen from the album A Day at the Races B-side Released Format Recorded Genre Length "You and I" 4 March 1977 7" 1976 Rock • • Label Writer(s) Producer 3:45 (single) 4:48 (album version) EMI (UK). typical. Elektra (US) Brian May Queen Queen singles chronology "Somebody to Love" (1976) "Tie Your Mother Down" (1977) "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" (1977) "Tie Your Mother Down" is a song by the English rock group Queen. for example. After its release in 1976. the song is preceded by a one-minute instrumental intro featuring a Shepard tone melody. it was played by Queen on every subsequent tour.

Maybe he was in one of his vicious moods. Roger Taylor: Drums. "Tie Your Mother Down" would go on to become the most frequent opening number for the remainder of the band's long career. including performances at Queen's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2001. and in Foo Fighters London Hyde Park concert for the encore of the show. Freddie Mercury was asked why "tie your mother down"? He replied: "Well this one in fact is a track written by Brian (May) actually. together with some of the band's heaviest songs. Backing vocals. I think he's trying to out do me after 'Death on Two Legs' actually. Backing vocals.D." [6] Personnel • • • • John Deacon: Bass. similar to what happened between John Lennon and Paul McCartney with the line "the movement you need is on your shoulder" from The Beatles' song "Hey Jude". In a 1976 interview on Capital Radio. the song is featured on the Queen Rocks compilation album."Tie Your Mother Down" 341 History May started writing the song in Tenerife. He composed the riff on a Spanish guitar. from their January 1976 album." a line he considered a joke. VH-1's Rock Honors 2006. Brian and Roger have played this song live with the Foo Fighters. 1977 during the band's US arena headlining tour.[2] On several occasions in the recent years.[7] [8] [9] . Live performances After its release in 1976.Rex's song "Funky London Childhood". Futuristic Dragon.[4] Though it was a long-time live favorite and a US FM rock radio favorite.[3] A promotional film was made for the song. Freddie Mercury: Vocals. Backing vocals. while he was working for his Ph. The riff is also quite close in sound to the verse riff from T. as an astronomer. however. Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury encouraged him to keep the line.[1] [3] At the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. Brian May: Guitar. "Tie Your Mother Down" opens with an ultra-heavy. Therefore it was included on the band's first Greatest Hits compilation in certain markets only. and woke up early one morning and played it while singing "tie your mother down. stripped down Brian May guitar riff. I dunno why. making #31 in the UK and #49 in the US.[5] In a BBC Radio 4 tribute program to Rory Gallagher. May stated that a key inspiration for the riff of this song came from Taste's 'Morning Sun' from their On The Boards (1970) album. New York in February. based on a performance clip shot at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. the song had limited chart success. the song was co-performed by Queen and guests Joe Elliot and Slash. directed by Bruce Gowers.[2] May sang the first verse and chorus before handing over the vocal part to the Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot.

com/ news/ foo-fighters/ 23362) NME. ultimatequeen.Live at the Bowl (1982) Live at Wembley '86 / Live at Wembley Stadium (1986) Live Magic (1986) Seville Expo 92 concert (1992) The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (1992) Live at the Brixton Academy (Brian May album) (1993) Return of the Champions (2005) Super Live in Japan (2005) Skin and Bones (Foo Fighters album/DVD. on the Hyde Park DVD) (2006) Covers • W. allmusic. Retrieved 27 May 2011 .Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen • Foo Fighters . htm#1977datrnorthamerica) Ultimate Queen. thesun. songfacts.S. Retrieved 30 August 2011 [9] Queen & Foo Fighters "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions" Live at Rock Honors 2006 (http:/ / www. 2011 [3] Tie Your Mother Down (http:/ / www. html?print=yes) The Sun.Lynch Mob (1992) References [1] Queen on tour (http:/ / www. co. co. Retrieved 31 August 2011 [8] Foos play biggest ever gig (http:/ / www. co. allmusic. com/ detail. com/ album/ rocks-vol-1-r325812/ review) Allmusic. html) Queen Concerts. jhtml) VH1. nme. Guns . uk/ live/ queen2.Rips the Covers Off • Shinedown . uk/ videos/ fmtributedvd. .Skin and Bones" • Lynch Mob . 2011 [2] The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: Tie Your Mother Down (http:/ / www. Vol. 2011 [6] Tie Your Mother Down Songfacts (http:/ / www.A. php?id=1378) [7] Foo Fighters joined by Queen legends (http:/ / www.A."Tie Your Mother Down" 342 Live recordings • • • • • • • • • • • Live Killers (1979) We Will Rock You / Queen Rock Montreal (1981) Queen on Fire . 1 (http:/ / www. Retrieved 31 August 2011 [4] 1977 A Day At The Races North American Tour (http:/ / www. com/ live/ queen.P. Retrieved July 10. com/ song/ tie-your-mother-down-t2509372) Allmusic. com/ video/ misc/ 89881/ queen-foo-fighters-we-will-rock-you-we-are-the-champions-live-at-rock-honors-2006. Retrieved 31 August 2011 [5] Queen Rocks. vh1.Still Not Black Enough • L. uk/ sol/ homepage/ showbiz/ bizarre/ 52521/ Foos-play-biggest-ever-gig. htm#tieyour) Retrieved July 10. ultimatequeen. queenconcerts. Retrieved July 10.

It is also one of 38 songs included on the benefit album. 2010. The song is notable for having two choruses sung entirely in Japanese.[1] (The B-side was "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy". reaching #49 on the charts. and a harmonium. It is the closing track on the album. a plastic piano. It is the only point in the album in which Freddie Mercury does not play piano. and by Mêlée in 2010 and can be found on the Japanese version of their album The Masquerade released in Japan on August 18. Songs for Japan (compiled in response to the aftermath of the .) This song features a piano. and it was released as a single exclusively in Japan."Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" 343 "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" Single by Queen from the album A Day At The Races B-side Released Format Recorded Genre Length Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy March 25. Andre Matos (former Angra singer) covered the song on the Japanese Edition of his 2010 effort Mentalize. all of which are played by Brian May. 1977 (Japan only) 7" July to November 1976 Rock • 5:57 (album version) * 4:55 (single edit) Label Writer(s) Producer Elektra (Japan) Brian May Queen Queen singles chronology "Tie Your Mother Down" (1977) "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" (1977) "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" (Queen's First EP) (1977) "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" (手をとりあって Te o Toriatte) is a song from the 1976 Queen album A Day at the Races and is written by guitarist Brian May. "Teo Torriatte" was covered by Japanese singer Kokia on her 2008 Christmas album Christmas Gift.

Under more modern convention."Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" earthquake and tsunami in Tōhoku). "手をとりあって" would be romanized as. 344 References to the song • Yasumi Matsuno is a fan of Queen. Oh my love. In the quiet of the night Let our candles always burn." Notes [1] A Day at the Races album info (http:/ / www. released on March 25. htm) . ultimatequeen." or "Te wo toriatte. "Te o Toriatte. 2011. Let us never lose the lessons we have learned. • "Teo Torriatte" was later referenced by Queen in a line ("we'll sing to you in Japanese") from the song "Let Me Entertain You". uk/ Songs/ adayat." Live recordings • Super Live in Japan (2005) Chorus Translation The chorus part sung in Japanese goes as follows: "手を取り合って このまま行こう (Te o toriatte Kono mama ikō) 愛する人よ (Aisuru hito yo) 静かな宵に (Shizuka na yoi ni) 光を灯し (Hikari o tomoshi) 愛しき 教えを抱き (Itoshiki Oshie o idaki)" The chorus part sung in English is the rough equivalent: "Let us cling together as the years go by. co. featured on their 1978 album Jazz. and named Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together as a tribute to this song. Romanization of the title The song's title in English uses an outdated form of romanisation by applying the particle を ("wo"/"o") to the word before it. my love.

and an overall sense of melancholic nostalgia lies over the song. It is one of the few songs where May uses a guitar other than his Red Special. although without the folk influence. Canada. but he didn't get along well with the Rickenbacker's thin neck. Roger Taylor sings the highest parts of the song. Brian May wrote the song and sings the lead vocals. Freddie Mercury only did the backing vocals."Long Away" 345 "Long Away" "Long Away" Single by Queen from the album A Day at the Races B-side Released Format Recorded Genre Length Label Writer(s) Producer You and I 7 June 1977 (US. . it is the third track on the first side of the 1976 album A Day at the Races. describing that "for every star in heaven / there's a sad soul here today". It is similar in feel to the song '39 from A Night at the Opera. The song has a sad tone. New Zealand) Gramophone record (7") 1976 Rock 3:33 Elektra Brian May Queen Queen singles chronology "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" (Queen's First EP) (1977) "Long Away" (1977) "We Are the Champions" / "We Will Rock You" (1977) "Long Away" is a single by the band Queen. for the rhythm guitar parts he used an electric Burns twelve string guitar (although he used the Red Special for the second guitar solo in the middle section of the track) Originally Brian May wanted to use a Rickenbacker guitar (as he admired John Lennon).

Roger Taylor: Drums and backing vocals."Long Away" 346 Personnel • • • • Brian May: Vocals and guitars. Freddie Mercury: Backing vocals. . John Deacon: Bass guitar.

followed by another chorus. which then leads into the bridge. sung by Freddie Mercury and Mike Stone. written by Freddie Mercury. At this point. with the bass and drums adding on. bass and guitar drop out. and is the eighth track. and then the chorus ends the track. The second verse is sung. . then continues."Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" 347 "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" Single by Queen from the album A Day at the Races A-side B-side Death on Two Legs Tenement Funster White Queen (As It Began) 20 May 1977 Vinyl record (7") 1976 Rock 2:54 EMI Freddie Mercury Queen Queen singles chronology Released Format Recorded Genre Length Label Writer(s) Producer "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" (1977) "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" (Queen's First EP) (1977) "Long Away" (1977) "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" is the third single ("Queen's First EP"). the drums. It was one of several British music hall-inspired songs written by both Mercury and Brian May that appeared on other Queen albums from the 1970s. Following the Brian May guitar solo. from the British rock group Queen's 1976 album A Day at the Races. another verse is sung. at the start of the chorus. The song starts with a piano and vocal introduction by Mercury.

especially at night. 2011 External links • Queenpedia (http://queenpedia. The song was also performed live from A Day at the Races Tour until the end of the News of the World Tour. this is something I’ve come up with this time around. Mike Stone: additional vocals Tracks • • • • "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" – 2:53 "Death on Two Legs" – 3:44 "Tenement Funster" – 3:00 "White Queen (As It Began)" – 4:18 Chart position • #17 (UK) References [1] Queen live on tour: A Day At The Races: Setlist (http:/ / www. html) Queen Concerts. Retrieved 31 August.[1] [2] 348 Queen comments on the record “ • • • • • It’s called 'Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy'. and was the first two verses. Roger Taylor: drums and backing vocals. John Deacon: bass guitar. The BBC version also has drummer Roger Taylor singing Mike Stone's line. Brian May: guitar and backing vocals. Retrieved 31 August 2011 [2] Queen live on tour: News Of The World: Setlist (http:/ / www. followed by the final chorus. ” —Freddie Mercury Personnel Freddie Mercury: lead vocals and piano. com/ live/ queen/ adatreu.detailed worldwide release information . queenconcerts. and it’s in my ‘ragtime’ mood that I get a chance to do on every album and this time. queenconcerts. com/ live/ queen/ notwna.[1] [2] It was performed in a medley after "Killer Queen"."Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" The song describes how "a good old-fashioned lover boy" will romance with an unnamed love interest.com/index.php?title=Queen's_First_EP) . It was partially mimed by the band for BBC and aired on Top of the Pops. html) Queen Concerts.

CD single 1977 Rock 2:59 EMI (UK) Elektra (US) Freddie Mercury Queen.[6] In 2011. recorded and performed by British rock band Queen for their 1977 album News of the World.[2] including as official theme song for 1994 FIFA World Cup. it remains among rock's most recognisable anthems. reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart. a team of scientific researchers concluded that the song was the catchiest song in the history of pop music.[2] The song was a worldwide success. The song has been covered by many artists. and number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.[1] One of their most famous and popular songs.[3] [4] In 2009."We Are the Champions" 349 "We Are the Champions" "We Are the Champions" Single by Queen from the album News of the World B-side Released Format Recorded Genre Length Label "We Will Rock You" 7 October 1977 7". assisted by Mike Stone Queen singles chronology Writer(s) Producer "Long Away" (1977) "We Are the Champions" / "We Will Rock You" (1977) "Spread Your Wings" (1978) "We Are the Champions" is a power ballad written by Freddie Mercury. .[5] and was voted the world's favourite song in a 2005 Sony Ericsson world music poll.[7] "We Are the Champions" has become an anthem for sporting victories. "We Are the Champions" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. and has been often used or referenced in popular culture (see below).

[2] Chart performances In 1977-1978. "We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions" — 5:00 3" CD single (1988 release) 1. but building to a 'solo' played simultaneously with the last chorus. Netherlands.[3] number 4 on Billboard in the US."We Are the Champions" 350 Original Queen version Music Written by Freddie Mercury. piano. "We Will Rock You" — 2:00 2.[10] [11] In 1992. backing vocals Brian May: electric guitar. and followed the song on the album. "We Will Rock You" — 2:02 3. and the choruses featured these voiced as 4 and 5-part vocal harmonies. May overdubbed some guitar sections. at Wembley Stadium. and #10 during the 1998 FIFA World Cup. "We Are the Champions" was released as a single in many countries. and are customarily played together on radio broadcasts (in album order). "We Are the Champions" — 3:02 2. backing vocals Roger Taylor: drums. "We Are the Champions" — 2:59 2.[8] Musically.[9] The single featured "We Will Rock You" as a B-side. with one of Mercury's most notable performances taking place at the Live Aid concert. London in 1985. "We Are the Champions" — 3:00 1. It’s very unifying and positive'. "Fat Bottomed Girls" — 3:23 Certifications . and Norway.[11] Personnel • • • • Freddie Mercury: lead vocals. it was also used to close the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert with all the show's acts joining in behind the lead vocal of Liza Minnelli. 1993 and 1998. and top 15 in Germany. with Brian May stating. The two songs were often played consecutively at the close of Queen concerts. reaching number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. 11th and 13th harmonies).. Mercury employed many jazz chords (major and minor 6th. The lead vocal is very demanding and strident (highest point is a C5 both belted and in falsetto). initially subtle. 9th. #14. backing vocals Track listings 7" single (1977 release) CD single (1992 release) 1.[2] Keeping with tradition. with Roger Taylor and John Deacon providing a drums and bass guitar backing. 'We wanted to get the crowds waving and singing. totalling 45 weeks on the chart and peaking respectively at #19. backing vocals John Deacon: bass guitar.[4] the top 10 in Ireland. "We Are the Champions" was built on audience response. it is based around Mercury's piano part. 7th. Austria and Sweden. the single was re-released in France.

000+ [13] [13] Silver US Platinum Charts Chart (1977/78) Peak position 12 2 [11] 13 3 [11] 6 14 2 [4] 4 Peak position 27 14 Peak position 10 Peak position [4] 61 Austrian Singles Chart Dutch Top 40 German Singles Chart Irish Singles Chart [11] [10] Norwegian Singles Chart Swedish Singles Chart UK Singles Chart [3] [11] US Billboard Pop Singles Chart (1993/94) Dutch Mega Top 100 French Singles Chart [11] [11] Chart (1998) French Singles Chart [11] Chart (2006) US Billboard Hot Digital Songs End of year chart (1978) Austrian Singles Chart [16] Position 25 Position 72 End of year chart (1998) French Singles Chart [17] .000+ 165.000 Physical sales 624.000 125."We Are the Champions" 351 Country France Certification Gold [12] [14] [15] Date 1978 30 September 1998 25 April 1978 Sales certified 500.000 2.000.

[21] • 2003: Jean-Sébastien Lavoie. . Live performances • • • • • • • Green Day at Live 8 in 2005.[28] Hank Marvin performed an instrumental of "We Are the Champions" as a duet with Queen guitarist Brian May on Hank's 1992 album Into the Light. Jay Johnstone. German parody rock band J.[19] • 2001: Robbie Williams on vocals with Queen (May/Taylor) for the soundtrack of the 2001 film A Knight's Tale. and Rick Monday of the world champion Los Angeles Dodgers released a cover version of "We Are the Champions". on 20 May 2009."We Are the Champions" 352 Cover versions and samplings Here is a list of cover versions performed by other artists: • 1996: Musician Scatman John performed "We Are the Champions" along with other artists for the compilation Queen Dance Traxxx. This song. which they later performed on Solid Gold. Adam Lambert and Kris Allen. in 1997.[20] • 2001: Florent Pagny as duet with David Hallyday on his album 2. was part of a two song medley sung by Mickey Mouse.[18] • 1997: German band J. and the entire tour crew at their final concert for the When You Look Me in the Eyes tour. A cover version by Crazy Frog – "We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)" featuring Queen vocals was released in 2006 in time for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and was popular (reaching #1 in France and being certified gold). The Jonas Brothers.B. called "Wir sind die Champignons" (We are the champignons).[24] • 2010: Mayday Parade on the album Punk Goes Classic Rock. for "Wir sind die Champignons" (Ger: "We Are the Mushrooms"). • 2003: New York-based thrashcore band Das Oath covered the song for the album Über Alles. "Champions". a contestant of French TV show Nouvelle Star. Beanie Sigel. After the 1981 World Series. Young Chris. did a parody of the song.B. along with "We Will Rock You". along with "We Will Rock You". Lily Allen covered it as an A-side to "22" in 2009 which went to number 1. 2005) Japanese singer-songwriter Angela Aki in her 2006 concert. Steve Yeager. Kanye West.[22] • 2004: William Hung for his album Hung for the Holidays.[23] • 2006: Jonathan Coulton. • 2005: Gavin DeGraw the 2005 album Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen. • 2010: The cast of the Off-Broadway musical Avenue Q performed covers of "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" in a video spoof of the Muppets' "Bohemian Rhapsody". as the last two tracks of his Thing a Week project. Jerry Reuss.O.[27] The song was sampled by Dame Dash.[26] The song was also sampled or parodied by producer Rick Rubin. who remixed the song for Hollywood Records. Donald Duck and Goofy on Disney's album Mickey Sports Songs. in 2003 (#38 in France and #53 in Switzerland). Cam'ron and Twista sampled the for their song. the syndicated music television program.[25] The Bad Plus (jazz cover in Blunt Object: Live in Tokyo.O. in the season 8 finale of American Idol.

"We Are the Champions" 353 Uses in popular culture The song has been regularly played to celebrate sports victories. September 29. uk/ news/ article-2043089/ Queens-We-Are-The-Champions-voted-catchiest-pop-song-time--scientists. So You Think You Can Dance in 2007. "Every musical hit is reliant on maths. The song also features as downloadable content on the multiplatform music video games. com/ showitem. in various singles charts Lescharts. from the physics and frequencies of sound that determine pitch and harmony..Queen: Ten great hits from the sensational rock band (http:/ / www. Various politicians around the world have played this as a victory song after winning an election. com/ artist/ p5205/ charts-awards/ billboard-singles) (Retrieved 29 July 2008) [5] Grammy Hall of Fame Award (http:/ / www. The song was featured in the novel The Million Dollar Kick when Whisper makes the million-dollar goal. allmusic.ie (http:/ / www. irishcharts. Angel. dailymail. Guitar Hero 5. php?id=7550) (Retrieved 29 July 2008) [4] Billboard allmusic.. The Mighty Ducks trilogy. Chicken Little.com (http:/ / www.Queen (http:/ / www. shtml) BBC Retrieved 21 January 2011 [2] We Are the Champions: Song Review (http:/ / www. a team of scientific researchers concluded that the song was the catchiest song in the history of pop music.org Retrieved 21 April 2011 [6] Haines. Taiko no Tatsujin series. the song is always played. The Big Bang Theory. co. grammy. The song was also performed as part of the Closing Ceremony of the Delhi Commonwealth Games. maths and cognitive psychology can produce the elusive elixir of the perfect sing-along song. We’ve discovered that there’s a science behind the sing-along and a special combination of neuroscience.com (http:/ / www. three episodes of The Simpsons (in "The War of the Simpsons". A Knight's Tale. org/ recording-academy/ awards/ hall-of-fame#w) Grammy. uk/ news/ entertainment-arts-11340336) BBC News Retrieved 22 January 2011 [10] Irish Single Chart Irishcharts. ie/ search/ placement) (Retrieved 29 July 2008) [11] "We Are the Champions". and a Robot Chicken episode called "Unionizing Our Labor"). Season 5 of The Sopranos. Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have both sung the song after crossing the finish line to become world drivers champions. engineering and technology. to the hi-tech digital processors and synthesisers which can add effects to make a song more catchy. as well as the Premier League when a team wins the league. You Again and Revenge of the Nerds). Dr. and TV series (including South Park. by scientists (http:/ / www. asp?key=8012& cat=s) (Retrieved 29 July 2008) . co. films (including High Fidelity. The Daily Mail. uk/ tvshowbiz/ article-1169307/ For-time--Queen-Ten-great-hits-sensational-rock-band-todays-The-Mail-Sunday. science. D2: The Mighty Ducks. What Happens in Vegas. co. South Park episode "Stanley's Cup". Pro Evolution Soccer 2. dailymail. html). html) Mail Online Retrieved 21 January 2011 [9] Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury (http:/ / www. Daniel Mullensiefen said of the study. bbc.. uk/ 2005/ 09/ 29/ world_music_poll/ ) (Sony Ericsson world music poll) Retrieved 21 April 2011 [7] We Are The Champions voted catchiest pop song of all time. Kicking & Screaming. bbc. co. The song was covered by Katie Waissel during the first live show of the 2010 UK The X Factor. the song played as soon as Mariano Rivera got the last out. Guitar Hero World Tour. com/ song/ we-are-the-champions-t2415717) All Music Retrieved 21 January 2011 [3] UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (http:/ / lescharts. Florida. com/ songinfo. Lester (29 September 2005) 'We Are The Champions' voted world's fave song (http:/ / www. uk/ radio2/ soldonsong/ whatson/ wearethechampions."[7] References [1] BRITs 25 Song Award: We Are The Champions . co. allmusic. The song can be heard in many music video games (Guitar Hero: On Tour series. chartstats. Catchiest song ever In 2011. Malcolm in the Middle where Hal shows his skating abilities. "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken" and "She Used to Be My Girl"). 2011 [8] For the first time ever. When the New York Yankees won the 2009 World Series.. In the National Hockey League when a team wins the Stanley Cup. The Matrix: Path of Neo and Lego Rock Band). Drawn Together. theregister. The song was also used as the introductory music prior to Prince's halftime TV performance at Super Bowl XLI on 4 February 2007 in Miami. & re-issued in a RB3 Version for Rock Band 3.

Laut! (http:/ / www. Internet Movie Database. com/ 2009/ 01/ das-oath-uber-alles-discography. com/ showitem. ultimatequeen. Retrieved 11 July 2011 [24] Avenue Q responds to Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody (http:/ / www.com.com (http:/ / www. php) (Retrieved 29 July 2008) [14] French certifications Disqueenfrance. in various singles charts Lescharts. [22] "We Are the Champions" by Jean-Sébastien Lavoie. Retrieved 11 July 2011 [28] "We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)". disqueenfrance.at (http:/ / www. xml?id=259165& year=1998& type=6) (Retrieved 29 July 2008) [15] US certifications riaa. com/ goldandplatinumdata. asp?date=13) (Retrieved 29 July 2008) [18] Steffen Hung.com [25] Live 8 accounts: Berlin (http:/ / news. com/ showitem. com/ blogs/ whats-a-boy-to-do/ 2010/ 05/ avenue-q-responds-to-muppets-bohemian-rhapsody. fr/ S_Certif. allmusic.com (http:/ / www. htm) Ultimate Queen. de/ media/ 1202) Musik Sammler. asp) (Retrieved 29 July 2008) [17] 1998 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance. riaa. chartsinfrance. austriancharts. [19] J. infodisc. French and Swiss singles charts Lescharts. chicagonow. com/ fr/ monopage. htm) (Retrieved 29 July 2008) [13] Queen's certifications and sales in France See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "QUEEN" Infodisc. co.Uber Alles (http:/ / terminalnation. asp?interpret=Queen+ Dance+ Traxx& titel=Queen+ Dance+ Traxx+ 1& cat=a) germancharts.fr (http:/ / www. stm) BBC. uk/ songs/ rickrubin.de [20] "Soundtrack for "A Knight's Tale" (http:/ / www. uk/ 1/ hi/ talking_point/ 4644129.com (http:/ / lescharts. allmusic. asp?key=5934& cat=s) (Retrieved 29 July 2008) [23] Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen (http:/ / www. html) Terminal Nation. net/ certifications/ artiste-176.B.com (http:/ / lescharts. Retrieved 11 July 2011 [26] Mickey Sports Songs (http:/ / www. com/ showitem. [21] Das Oath . "Queen Dance Traxxx" (http:/ / germancharts. com/ title/ tt0183790/ soundtrack). com/ classements/ singles/ classement_annuel. co. com/ album/ mickey-sports-songs-r238951) Allmusic. disqueenfrance."We Are the Champions" [12] French certifications Chartsinfrance. asp?interpret=Crazy+ Frog& titel=We+ Are+ The+ Champions+ (Ding+ A+ Dang+ Dong)& cat=s) (Retrieved 16 December 2007) 354 "We Will Rock You" "We Will Rock You" Single by Queen from the album News of the World Released Format Genre Length Label 7 October 1977 12" Rock 2:02 Elektra (US) . php?table=SEARCH) (Retrieved 29 July 2008) [16] 1978 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts. bbc. blogspot.O . Retrieved 11 July 2011 [27] The Rick Rubin Remixes (http:/ / www. html) Chicago now. com/ album/ killer-queen-a-tribute-to-queen-r782664) Allmusic.net (http:/ / www. at/ 1978_single. imdb. musik-sammler.com (http:/ / www.

Julian Gallagher Silver (UK) Gold (Australia) Five singles chronology Released Format Recorded Genre Length Label Writer(s) Producer Certification "Don't Wanna Let You Go" (2000) "We Will Rock You" (2000) "Let's Dance" (2001) "We Will Rock You" is a song written by Brian May and recorded and performed by Queen for their 1977 album News of the World."We Will Rock You" 355 Writer(s) Producer Brian May Queen.[1] Rolling Stone ranked it #330 of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" in 2004. In 2009. Cassette single 1999 Pop 3:08 Sony BMG Brian May Richard Stannard. assisted by Mike Stone Queen singles chronology "Long Away" (1977) "We Are the Champions" / "We Will Rock You" (1977) "Spread Your Wings" (1978) "We Will Rock You" Single by Five + Queen from the album Invincible B-side Megamix Keep On Movin' (The Five-A-Side Mix) 17 July 2000 CD single.[2] and the RIAA placed it at #146 on its list of Songs of the Century. "We Will Rock You" was inducted into the .

and we were just completely knocked out and taken aback – it was quite an emotional experience really. and on the Queen on Fire . being somewhat of an anthem. Freddie Mercury had died in November 1991. which featured a faster tempo and a full guitar. parodied.[6] [7] 356 History This song and its well-known partner "We Are the Champions" were written in response to an event occurring in the 1977 British Tour. Queen also performed the song in another arrangement (known as the "fast version"). and their ninth consecutive top-ten hit. the song is generally set in a cappella form. TV shows. this version is usually followed by "We Are the Champions". and a power chorus.[10] When performed live. referenced and used by multiple recording artists.[11] Five & Queen Version "We Will Rock You" is the fifth and final single from British boyband Five's second studio album. sampled. The durations of the delays were in the ratios of prime numbers. The band would often open their live sets in the late 1970s and early 1980s with this version. The stamping effects were created by the band overdubbing the sounds of themselves stomping and clapping many times and adding delay effects to create a sound like many people were participating. another of the album's hits. used in a BBC Radio documentary. The band had played a gig at Stafford's Bingley Hall. and. as they were designed to run together. they sang "You'll Never Walk Alone" to us. clap" sounds were later reused in the Queen + Paul Rodgers song "Still Burnin'". stomp.' One version was used as the opening track on their 1977 album News of the World.[5] The songs are often paired on the radio and at sporting events. Between the two versions. as captured on their 1979 Live Killers double album. nearly a decade before this version's release."We Will Rock You" Grammy Hall of Fame. on Queen Rock Montreal (2007). The "fast" BBC studio version can also be found on The Best of King Biscuit Live Volume 4 and online at Wolfgang's Vault. The "stomp. making it Five's second number-one single. using only stamping and clapping as a rhythmic beat. and I think these chant things are in some way connected with that.[9] A tape loop is used to repeat the last phrase of the guitar solo three times as opposed to Brian May playing it three separate times on the recording. the fast version was officially released on a promo single distributed by the tabloid The Sun. and they are still played together to this day on American classic rock radio stations. remixed. . a technique now known as non-harmonic reverberation. Released on 17 July 2000. "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" were issued together as a worldwide Top Ten single. films and other media worldwide. they do not sing any vocals on the track. it was recorded for John Peel's show on BBC Radio 1. there is a brief cut of a female voice discussing Brahmanism. The song charted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart. In 1977.[5] Since its release the song has been covered. and instead of just keeping clapping.Live at the Bowl album released in 2004. where they are frequently played. In 1977. the song features the three surviving members of Queen on guitar and drums. It is part of a longer cut that starts out with the slow version.[3] [4] Other than the last 30 seconds containing a guitar solo by May.[5] The songs are also paired back to back on the album. This version consists of a stomp-stomp-clap-pause beat. In 2002. however. bass and drums backing track throughout. Invincible. says Brian May:[8] 'We did an encore and then went off. This version is on the 1992 Italian bootleg CD "Queen – We Will Rock You" (On Stage CD 12018). The "fast version" is available in a studio performance.

"Invincible Megamix" (Including "We Will Rock You") – 4:19 3. • 1996: Nigerian-Canadian singer Carol Jiani covered the song for her album Superstar. "We Will Rock You" (Radio Edit) – 3:08 2. "Invincible Megamix" (Without "We Will Rock You") – 3:43 3. "Invincible Megamix" (Including "We Will Rock You") – 4:19 European CD single 1.[16] • 1992: American glam metal band Warrant covered the song for the film Gladiator. "We Will Rock You" (Video) – 3:08 UK CD2 1. "Invincible Megamix" (Video) – 4:19 UK Cassette single 1. "We Will Rock You" (Radio Edit) – 3:08 2. "We Will Rock You" (Radio Edit) – 3:08 2.[21] [22] .[19] • 1996: American recording artist Linda Ronstadt performed a soft lullaby version for her album Dedicated to the One I Love.[20] • 1997: Panamanian reggae artist El General remade the song in Spanish as "Nosotros Te Conmoveremos" for the compilation Tributo a Queen: Los Grandes del Rock en Espanol. "We Will Rock You" (Radio Edit) – 3:08 2.[17] • 1992: Brazilian band Viper covered the fast version of the song in their third album Evolution. "Keep on Movin'" (The Five-A-Side Mix) – 3:32 3."We Will Rock You" 357 Tracklisting UK CD1 1. "We Will Rock You" (Video) – 3:08 Chart performance Band Country (year) Peak position Country Peak position Country Peak position Country Peak position Country Peak position Country Peak position Country Peak position Five & Queen (2000) Queen (2003) Australia 3 Austria [12] 2 Belgium [12] 17 Ireland [13] 6 New Zealand 29 [12] Switzerland [12] 18 The Netherlands 15 [12] France [14] 10 Switzerland [14] 49 KCPK (2003) Austria [15] 16 Belgium [15] 10 France [15] 2 Switzerland [15] 16 Cover versions 1990s • 1991: Italian band Kirlian Camera covered the song on their album Todesengel The Fall Of Life.[18] and later in a 1993 live album Maniacs in Japan. "Keep on Movin'" (The Five-A-Side Mix) – 3:32 3.

Drummer Taylor Hawkins took the microphone. changing the lyrics to "we will fuck you". • 2007: Prince's performance at the Super Bowl XLI started with a rendition of the song. Germany and Belgium. "You Learn") with a cover of the song. The remix was later released as a single and entered the local charts. • 2007: English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams performed the song live at Knebworth. • 2003: a remix by KCPK.[27] • 2005: Canadian rock band Nickelback covered the song as a bonus track. Brazil. • 2008: Japanese singer Kosaka Riyu recorded a trance music version of the song. • 2003: Anastacia performed a version with Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor at the 46664 Mandela concert. Beyoncé Knowles and P!nk used this song in an international commercial Pepsi campaign and the song was released on Pepsi Music 2004 CD. • 2003: John Farnham performed a rendition for his Greatest Hits CD. featuring samples from the original recording. for their album All the Right Reasons. The drum beat for Coming Undone was inspired by the beat from the song.[26] • 2004: American pop singers Britney Spears."We Will Rock You" • 1997: German hard rock band Pink Cream 69 recorded a cover on their album Food for Thought.[29] [30] • 1992: U2 used the song as a set list opener before they performed on stage during the Zoo tv tour. • 2008: Canadian singer Celine Dion performed a Queen medley with "We Will Rock You" and "The Show Must Go On" in her Taking Chances Tour.[32] • 1996: Alanis Morissette and her band ended the first encore of her "Can't Not" Tour (following the song. using the crowd as a human drum kit. A recording can be heard here. was released in a series of animated Evian adverts which aired in France.[24] • 2000: Actress Kimberly Williams performs an alternate version of the song for the television miniseries The 10th Kingdom.[34] . • 2008: KoRn plays "We Will Rock You" as medley with their Coming Undone at their live concerts. through a promotion with Wal-Mart. 2000s • 2002: Erreway and another actors from Rebelde Way sang it during all their tours. • 2007: Japanese singer Kumi Koda covered the song in her a-nation '07 performance.[28] 358 Live cover performances 1990s • 1992: Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose performed the song with Queen at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. According to the liner notes for One Voice: The Greatest Hits. • 2006: Jonathan Coulton covered the song along with We Are the Champions as the last two tracks of his Thing a Week project. Brian May contributed an extended guitar solo. It was released on every live album of the group.[25] • 2004: Houseboyz performed a cover version for the video game Dance Dance Revolution Extreme.[33] • 2008: Finnish band Sonata Arctica played "We Will Rock You" in concerts of their 2008 tour. sung by a chorus of children. [23] 2000s • 2000: American hip hop producer DJ Hurricane and vocalist Scott Weiland collaborated on a cover of the song for the album Don't Sleep.[31] • 1993: Nirvana performed it in São Paulo. while Morissette took to the drums. • 2009: Australian Idol winner of season 7 Stan Walker did a cover on the show and recorded a version on his debut album Introducing Stan Walker (2010).

C used the "stomp-clap" for the intro "NO. The song uses banjos. • 2011: American rock band My Chemical Romance performed the song with Queen guitarist Brian May at the Reading Festival. dobros and slide guitar to make it sound unique. 2003: Kid Rock samples the song on "Hillbilly Stomp