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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]

000 for AIDS charities. the lead singer continued to contribute.[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. Mercury made his final public appearance when he joined the rest of Queen to collect the BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. The concert is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as "The largest rock star benefit concert".[141] as it was televised to over 1. Greatest Hits II.[135] Initial proceeds from the single – approximately £1. freeing them of internal conflict and differences. death. with which the band and management were delighted. Despite his deteriorating health. Annie Lennox.[122] [123] Innuendo was released in early 1991 with an eponymous number 1 UK hit[124] and three other charting singles. 1991. completely lacerated that vocal". David Bowie. rather than specific members of the group. that May had concerns as to whether he was physically capable of singing it.[125] Mercury was increasingly ill and could barely walk when the band recorded "The Show Must Go On" in 1990. George Michael. Guns N' Roses.Queen 8 Mercury: illness. and is certified three times platinum in the US. with "These Are the Days of Our Lives" as the double A-side.[14] [137] Wayne's World footage was used to make a new music video for "Bohemian Rhapsody". he died of bronchial pneumonia. followed in October of the same year. and 1992). which is the eighth best-selling album of all time in the UK. 1976. and "The Show Must Go On".[139] On 20 April 1992.[126] The band's second greatest hits compilation.[134] The single went to number one in the UK. and tribute (1988–1992) "There was all that time when we knew Freddie was on the way out.[136] Queen's popularity was stimulated in the United States when "Bohemian Rhapsody" was featured in the 1992 comedy film Wayne's World.[131] His funeral service on 27 November in Kensal Green. including Def Leppard.000 – were donated to the Terrence Higgins Trust. which was brought on as a complication of AIDS. insisting he was merely "exhausted" and too busy to provide interviews. Extreme.000. the band credited all songs to Queen.2 billion viewers worldwide.[136] . "he went in and killed it. In 1990. "I'm Going Slightly Mad". "Headlong". and held in accordance with the Zoroastrian religious faith of his family. starting with The Miracle in 1989 and continuing with Innuendo in 1991. Elton John. For the last two albums made while Mercury was still alive.[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). Robert Plant. 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.[121] The band decided to continue making albums.[137] and won the band an MTV Award at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. rumours began to spread that Mercury was suffering from AIDS.[130] Within 24 hours of the statement. The music video for "These Are the Days of Our Lives" contain Mercury's final scenes in front of the camera. in a prepared statement made on his deathbed.[132] [133] "Bohemian Rhapsody" was re-released as a single shortly after Mercury's death. West London was private.[140] Performers.[127] [128] [129] On 23 November 1991.[138] The compilation album Classic Queen also reached number four on the Billboard 200.000-strong crowd.000. The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert was held at London's Wembley Stadium to a 72.[94] and raised over £20. Mercury flatly denied this. and Metallica performed various Queen songs along with the three remaining Queen members. Mercury confirmed that he had AIDS. and has sold 16 million copies worldwide.

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

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

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. a competition was run by Queen online to guess the track listing as a promotion for the album. The album was released on 16 November and peaked at number 3 in the official UK Chart.[170] On 15 November 2009. on the change of record label. after the split of Queen + Paul Rodgers. 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. 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. and all ideas are carefully considered.[169] On 30 October 2009.[181] At the 2011 Broadcast Music. On 14 March 2011. the Queen online website announced a new Greatest Hits compilation named Absolute Greatest. though. and every day.. in the USA. Queen's catalogue will have the same distributor worldwide. May and Taylor announced that they were quitting their record label.Queen 11 Departure from EMI. Then they can have him. and of course we look forward to continuing to work with EMI Music Publishing who take care of our songwriting affairs. is currently distributed by Universal (for a time in the late 1980s. It is a time of exciting transition in Rock music and in 'The Business'. after almost 40 years. as their US home. doors seem to open. Queen was on EMI-owned Capitol Records in the US).[179] In May 2011. and it remains to be decided whether we will take up this particular challenge.[170] He was quoted as saying. double disc with feature book.[177] [178] The final five are scheduled for release in the UK on 5 September. the many successes and the fond memories.[184] In October 2011.[172] During an interview for Hardtalk on the BBC on 22 September. Queen received the Global Icon Award. with the world outside. [172] On 7 May 2010.[173] On 20 August 2010. and a vinyl record. we do not have plans to tour in 2010.[174] [175] For the first time since the late 1980s. "The greatest debate.[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. At the moment. Every day.[176] The second five albums of Queen's back catalogue were released worldwide on 27 June.[182] [183] At the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards on 6 November.[185] Brian May confirmed that he and Taylor are working their way through the band's old material to . Farrell stated: "I have to keep Chris away from Queen.. Queen's manager Jim Beach put out a Newsletter stating that the band had signed a new contract with Universal Music. a subsidiary of Universal."[180] In the same month. As I write. Music is never far away from us.[167] In mid-2009. is always about when we will next play together as Queen. 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). EMI. double disc (with commentary). Queen's Manager.we would like to thank the EMI team for all their hard work over the years.. in spite of the many rumours that are out there. 40th Anniversary (2009–present) On 20 May 2009. Paul Rodgers stated he may tour with Queen again in the near future. 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. It's good that the pulse still beats". who want him and they're not gonna get him unless we're not doing anything.. there is an important one-off performance on offer. May confirmed that the band's new deal was with Island Records. "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions". is that Roger and I have a much closer mutual understanding these days—privately and professionally . which Katy Perry presented to Brian May. Prior to its release. 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. May and Taylor performed "Bohemian Rhapsody" live on the British TV show The X Factor alongside the finalists. with the exception of the US and Canada (27 September). The good news.[184] Queen closed the awards ceremony. perhaps more than ever before. Hollywood Records. Incorporated (BMI) Awards held in London on 4 October. we interact. computers and live work"  —Jim Beach. As Brian has already said Queen's next moves will involve 'studio work. Queen received the BMI Icon Award in recognition for their airplay success in the US. it was announced that Queen will be recording a new album featuring lost demos of Mercury on vocals. which marked the band's 40th anniversary. performing "The Show Must Go On".

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

and in 2004 the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[246] [247] In 2009.322 weeks (twenty-six years) on the UK Album Charts.295 more copies than its nearest competitor. The Beatles' Sgt.[82] Their Greatest Hits II album is the eighth best seller. they were also voted the greatest British band in history by BBC Radio 2 listeners.[126] and May the 39th greatest guitarist. eighteen number one singles. with profits going to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.225 websites dedicated to Queen bootlegs.[245] Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. over 604. Queen moved into third place on the list of acts with the most aggregate time spent on the British record charts.[255] Queen were named 13th on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock list.404 copies.[127] [241] The band has released a total of eighteen number one albums.407.Queen 13 Legacy In 2002. more time than any other musical act.[250] Queen are one of the most bootlegged bands ever.[257] .[237] Acclaimed for their stadium rock. with sales upwards of 5.[81] [83] Also in 2005. with sales upwards of 3.[196] [242] [243] [244] including 32.587 copies.[248] [249] and the latter was voted the world's favourite song in a global music poll.746.[239] As of 2005.[251] Rolling Stone ranked Queen at number 52 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". the Greatest Hits album was the all-time best-selling album in UK Chart history. making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. the highest number for any band. such as Iran.[252] Bootleg recordings have contributed to the band's popularity in certain countries where Western music is censored.[251] A 2001 survey discovered the existence of 12.[240] In 2006.[26] [196] [238] In 2007. Queen have sold over 150 million albums.[256] and in 2010 were ranked 17th on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list. Queen albums have spent a total of 1. with some estimates in excess of 300 million albums worldwide. in 2005 an industry poll ranked Queen's performance at Live Aid in 1985 as the best live act in history. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. according to Nick Weymouth.5 million in the United States alone as of 2004. "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 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. with the release of their live album with Paul Rodgers.[254] while ranking Mercury the 18th greatest singer. who manages the band's official website. the band is also the only group in which every member has composed more than one chart-topping single. and all four members of Queen were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. many of these have been made officially available to download for a nominal fee from Queen's website. and ten number one DVDs worldwide. according to the Guinness Book of World Records.[253] In a project called Queen: The Top 100 Bootlegs.

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

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

which is being co-produced by Robert De Niro's TriBeCa Productions. performing "We Are the Champions" with finalists Adam Lambert and Kris Allen. and The Rolling Stones for the seventh). "We Are the Champions" (both sung by Homer). the choir performed "Another One Bites the Dust" in the episode Funk.[287] Fox television show The Simpsons has made storylines which have featured Queen songs such as "We Will Rock You". The film.[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.[293] TIME commented with approval on his singing ability and visual similarity to Mercury.[289] On 11 April 2006. and the first season of Malcolm in the Middle.[294] The motion picture is being written by Peter Morgan. "The Show Must Go On". vocals (1970–present) • Roger Taylor – drums. The performance was included on the show's Volume One soundtrack CD.[290] one of which made the group's time with contestant Ace Young look negative. season 5 of The Sopranos (Tony's ringtone). "Who Wants to Live Forever". "Bohemian Rhapsody" served as the season premiere. who had been nominated for Oscars for his screenplays The Queen and Frost/Nixon. "Fat Bottomed Girls". guitar (1970–1991) • John Deacon – bass guitar (1971–1997) .[171] Brian May announced in a BBC interview that Sacha Baron Cohen had been chosen to play Mercury in a film.[291] In June 2010. Brian May later criticised the show for editing specific scenes. the eighth and final season of That '70s Show consisted of episodes named after Queen songs. percussion. Filming is due to begin sometime in 2011. will focus on Queen's formative years and the period leading up to the celebrated performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert.[292] On 15 November 2009. Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared on the singing contest television show X Factor in the UK. and is available as a single via digital download. keyboards. The Who for the sixth.[288] "We Are the Champions" has also featured in South Park episode "Stanley's Cup". Songs which appeared on the show included "Bohemian Rhapsody". Taylor and May again appeared on the American Idol Season 8 finale in May 2009. and "You're My Best Friend". vocals (1970–present) Former members • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals. despite it being the opposite. 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. Each contestant was required to sing a Queen song during that week of the competition.Queen Back. Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared on the American singing contest television show American Idol. and "Innuendo".[167] In the autumn of 2009.[295] 16 Band members Current members • Brian May – guitars. piano.

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"We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" are inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[3] 2004 . No. 3rd Best Album (Sheer Heart Attack). No.[2] 2003 . Ohio.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. 5th World Group.The band was the first inducted into the VH1 Rock Honors.com/home) • Queen band logo (http://www. 1 Single ("Bohemian Rhapsody"). 2nd Group.[4] 2004 . 7th Best Stage Band.us/queen-logo) as explained on Famous Logos • Queen (http://www. 17th Best World Group • Disc: Top Live Band. to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.The band was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.dmoz. rather than individual. 4th World Musician • Sound: Best Band.The band was inducted into the RockWalk of Fame (at Guitar Center on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard)[6] 2006 .The band became the first band.The band was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 3rd World Stage Band.[7] 2009 .The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Top Single ("Killer Queen"). 1st British Single ("Bohemian Rhapsody"). 4th British Songwriter. Mercury: 5th British Singer."Bohemian Rhapsody" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 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. 5th World Songwriter.queenonline. 6th World Singer. 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.[5] Awards • 1974 • Sounds: 3rd Best New British Band. May: 4th British Musician. May: 3rd Top Guitarist. 9th International Group • NME: 8th Best British Group.[1] 2002 . 2nd Album ("A Night at the Opera") • Record Mirror / Disc: 1st Best British Group. Accolades Inductions • • • • • • • • 2001 . 2nd Best Single ("Killer Queen"). Top British Group.Queen 26 External links • Official website (http://www. 1st World Group.[5] 2004 . 4th Most Promising Group In The World. Best Album (A Night at the Opera). 6 Album ("A Night at the Opera").famouslogos. Mercury: 7th World Singer. Best Single ("Bohemian Rhapsody")[10] . Top International Group.

Canada: Best Group. Top Disco Crossover (All awarded for "Another One Bites the Dust") • Dick Clark Awards USA: Best Band • Circus Magazine USA: 2nd Best Group.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. Best International Album (The Game) • Record World USA: Top Male Group.3 Single ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love"). 2nd Best Guitarist. 3rd Best Guitarist. 3rd Best Keyboard Player. 3rd Best Bassist. No. Best Vocalist. Top Producer. Top Single. Montreux: International Music Media Conference: Best Long Form Video worldwide (The Magic Years) • Festerio. 1st Live Show. Top Guitarist. No. Best Video award for "Radio Ga Ga" • 1986 • Daily Mirror Reader's Poll: Top British Group. Mercury: 2nd Male Vocalist. 3rd Best Songwriter. 1 Album (The Game). 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. Music category for "Live In Budapest" 27 • 1988 • Golden Rose Festival. Top Singer. Top Album (Jazz). Antwerp: Best Special Effects Award ("The Invisible Man") • 1990 . Japan: Best Group. Top Bass Player • 1980 • Juno Awards. Top Male Vocalist. No. Japan: Top Group. 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. 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. Top Drummer. 1 Single ("Another One Bites the Dust"). Best Bass Player. 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.

New York City: Best Achievement in Music Video ("Innuendo") • 1992 • The BRIT Awards: Mercury received a posthumous Outstanding Contribution To Music Award. I'm Going Slightly Mad won 3rd Prize for Creative Excellence in the Art Culture and Performing Arts category • Monitor Awards (International Teleproduction Society). of 1993 • Monitor Awards. 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). .S. Chicago: Innuendo won 1st Prize.043 Songs Of All Time listener-generated countdown.[12] • Ivor Novello Award: Best Single ("These Are the Days of Our Lives").). 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. 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. (Greatest Flix II).3 FM WAXQ names Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" number 13 in their 2008 Top 1. Chicago: Gold Camera Awards (The Freddie Mercury Tribute). 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. Authors & Publishers: Mercury posthumously awarded for "Bohemian Rhapsody" as the Most Played Record in the U. ("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.Awards and nominations • The BRIT Awards: Outstanding Contribution to Music[9] • 1991 • American Film & Video Festival. • 2011 • At the MTV Europe Music Awards Queen received the Global Icon award. Best Single Award ("These Are the Days of Our Lives".

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

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

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

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

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. Mercury received formal piano training up to the age of nine. the two off-Queen albums and several of the singles debuted in the top 10 of the UK Album Charts. Many critics were uncertain what to make of the album. Elton John and Supertramp) for his first solo project.[42] Mercury's two full albums outside the band were Mr. while living in London. occasionally. Caballé sang it live at the opening of the Olympics with Mercury's part played on a screen. Germany. David Bowie.Freddie Mercury 34 Instrumentalist As a young boy in India. "Bohemian Rhapsody". Mercury played the piano in many of Queen's most popular songs. he enlisted Fred Mandel (a Canadian musician who also worked for Pink Floyd.[48] . "We Are the Champions". The former is a pop-oriented album that emphasises disco and dance music. the album is heavily synthesiser-driven in a way that is not characteristic of previous Queen albums. From 1980 onward. The song. he also made frequent use of synthesisers in the studio. 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.[42] In 1993.1 position on the UK Singles Charts. Bad Guy debuted in the top ten of the UK Album Charts.[43] The song also garnered Mercury a posthumous Ivor Novello Award. 1984. combines elements of popular music and opera. Songs like "Ogre Battle" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" were composed on the guitar.[40] Although he wrote many lines for the guitar.[46] and the album's title track debuted at the No.[41] Solo career In addition to his work with Queen. other keyboard instruments such as the harpsichord. whom he had long admired. 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. and from 1985 onward collaborated with Mike Moran (in the studio) and Spike Edney (in concert). debuted at the number 10 position in the UK charts. Most notably. Bad Guy as "outstanding from start to finish" and expressed his view that Mercury "did a commendable job of stretching into uncharted territory". a single from the album. Mercury possessed only rudimentary skills on the instrument. and again prior to the start of the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final in Barcelona. Barcelona.[44] In particular. including "Killer Queen". the latter featured Mercury playing acoustic guitar both on stage and in the studio. "Barcelona" was recorded and performed with the opera singer Montserrat Caballé. The Beatles. Bad Guy (1985) and Barcelona (1988). Allmusic critic Eduardo Rivadavia describes Mr.[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). "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy". He used concert grand pianos and. produced by Giorgio Moroder. Much of the music he liked was guitar-oriented: his favourite artists at the time were The Who. one referred to it as "the most bizarre CD of the year". Freddie Mercury playing guitar during a live concert with Queen in Frankfurt.[45] The album was a commercial success. recorded with Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé. Jimi Hendrix. a remix of "Living on My Own". Although his solo work was not as commercially successful as most Queen albums. Later on. Mr. Mercury put out two solo albums and several singles.8 position in the UK charts and was a hit in Spain. and Led Zeppelin. leaving most of the keyboard work exclusively to them. "Somebody To Love" and "Don't Stop Me Now". reached the No. he learned guitar.

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

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

[79] Due to his worsening condition.[83] [84] Mercury was cremated at Kensal Green Cemetery. I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. 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".[73] Around that time. to discuss a public statement. one front page article published on 29 April 1991.Freddie Mercury 37 Illness and death According to his partner Jim Hutton. However. 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.[81] The news of his death had reached newspaper and television crews by the early hours of 25 November. He further left £500.[79] Near the end of his life. even after Mercury's death.000 to Jim Hutton. fuelled by Mercury's increasingly gaunt appearance. Mercury's funeral service was conducted by a Zoroastrian priest.[85] In his will. and the remainder to his parents and sister. Mercury decided to quicken his death by refusing to take his medication. Mercury retired to his home in Kensington. Queen's absence from touring. Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS shortly after Easter of 1987. my doctors.[74] Towards the end of his life. My privacy has always been very special to me and I am famous for my lack of interviews. £100. with the whereabouts of his ashes believed to be known only to Mary Austin. the music video for "These Are the Days of Our Lives" features a painfully thin Mercury.[76] Brian May confirmed in a 1993 interview that Mercury had informed the band of his illness much earlier.[62] The official cause of death was bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS. and reports from former lovers to various tabloid journals . and in the last few weeks of his life made regular visits to his home to look after him.[78] After the conclusion of his work with Queen in June 1991. and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease. The front cover of The Sun the day after whom he felt he could trust.[77] Filmed in May 1991.000 to his personal assistant Peter Freestone. Please understand this policy will continue. West London. An intensely private man. and £500. including his home and recording royalties. Mercury was starting to lose his sight. and his deterioration was so overpowering he couldn't get out of bed.[82] On 27 November. had been a particular comfort in his final years. which are his final scenes in front of the camera. at his home in Kensington. 23 November. Mercury died on the evening of 24 November 1991 at the age of 45.[75] However.000 to his driver Terry Giddings.[26] Despite the denials. The next day. he was routinely stalked by photographers. His former partner.[86] Mary Austin . Mercury claimed in an interview to have tested negative for HIV. A little over 24 hours after issuing that statement.000 to his chef Joe Fanelli.[79] On 22 November 1991. Mercury left the vast majority of his wealth. Mercury's service was for 35 of his close friends and family. which showed Mercury appearing very haggard in what was now a rare public appearance. £500. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me. Mary Austin. Mercury called Queen's manager Jim Beach over to his Kensington home. Mercury and his inner circle of colleagues and friends. continually denied the stories.by 1990 the rumours about Mercury's health were rife. the British press pursued the rampant rumours over the next few years. 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. to Mary Austin. while the daily tabloid newspaper The Sun featured a series of articles claiming that he was seriously ill. with Elton John and the remaining members of Queen among those in attendance.

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

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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]

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

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

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

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

he uses banks of Vox AC30 amplifiers keeping some amps with only guitar and others with all effects such as delay. Delay 1. May has a custom switch unit made by Cornish and subsequently modified by Fryer that allows him to choose which amps are active. One Day" (1974) "She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettoes)" (1974) "'39" (1975) "Good Company" (1975) "Long Away" (1976) "All Dead. he uses the two guitars made by Greg Fryer—the luthier who restored the Old Lady in 1998—as backup. They are almost identical to the original. 57 May's lead vocals in Queen • • • • • • • • • • • "Keep Yourself Alive" – Vocal bridge with Taylor. 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. "Scandal" and "The Show Must Go On". He also customises his amps by removing the circuitry for the Brilliant and Vib-trem channels (leaving only the circuitry for the Normal). He has a rack of 14 AC30s. and he runs the amp at full volume on the Normal channel. He used a Yamaha plastic piano in "Teo Torriatte". with a gain addition of 6–7 dB. Keep Yourself Alive.Brian May May has some and used as a backup. and this alters the tone slightly. He uses a BOSS pedal from the '70s. He used the Dallas Rangemaster for the first Queen albums. rest sung by Mercury (1973) "Some Day.). Delay 2. "Las Palabras de Amor" – Lead harmony vocals on chorus (1982) "I Go Crazy" – Lead Bridge Vocals (1984) "Who Wants to Live Forever" – First verse. We Are the Champions. and two delay machines to play his trademark solo in Brighton Rock. and a toy mini koto in "The Prophet's Song". Live. Effects guru Pete Cornish built for him the TB-83 (32 dB of gain) that was used for all the remaining Queen albums. flanger and chorus. which are grouped as Normal. On his pedal board. except for the Fryer logo on the headstock (May's original one has a sixpence). the top-boost version with Blue Alnico speakers. Chorus. 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. Next in the chain. May used Yamaha DX7 synths for the opening sequence of "One Vision" and the backgrounds of "Who Wants to Live Forever" (also on stage). He mostly used Freddie Mercury's 1972 Steinway piano and reportedly now owns the instrument in question. May was keen on using some toys as instruments as well. etc. Rodgers). 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) . which actually gives less boost than the TB-83. In the studio. along with the AC30.lead on falsetto lines. went a long way in helping to create many of his signature guitar tones. up to A Day at the Races.[39] His choice is the model AC30TBX. a "genuine George Formby Ukulele-Banjo" in "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" and in "Good Company". 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" . he uses a Foxx Foot Phaser (We Will Rock You. the Chorus Ensemble CE-1. At the moment. He switched in 2000 to the Fryer's booster. He always used a treble booster built by John Deacon which.

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

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

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"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. Of the four members of the band. 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). synthesizers. Following The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992. He occasionally provided backing vocals during live shows. programming and drums. "Back Chat". He also played electric and acoustic guitars on several albums as well as keyboards. being only 19 years old when he was recruited by the other members of the band. pop Musician. "I Want to Break Free". "Another One Bites the Dust". He contributed to the final Queen song. 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 . Leicestershire England Rock. 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. best known as the bassist for the rock band Queen.John Deacon 63 John Deacon John Deacon Deacon on stage in Dublin. as well as a number of album tracks. he was the last to join and also the youngest. including "You're My Best Friend". 1979 Background information Birth name Born John Richard Deacon 19 August 1951 Oadby. and the band's biggest selling single in the United States. "Spread Your Wings".

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

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

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

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

. Freddie can never be replaced – and certainly not by him". • 1986: "Angeline" by Elton John – bass guitar on this song from the LP Leather Jackets. which was never released. • 1984: "It's An Illusion" by Roger Taylor – bass guitar on this track from the album Strange Frontier. 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". 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. • 1986: "This Is Your Time" by Errol Brown – co-wrote and bass guitar on this track. he was listed in the Thanks Notes on the CD. • 1983: "Picking Up Sounds" by Man Friday and Jive Junior – co-wrote. although his bandmate May wrote and produced two songs for this album. • 1985: "Too Young" by Elton John – bass guitar on this song from the LP Ice On Fire.) 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. 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. 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. "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. • 1987: "I Dream Of Christmas" by Anita Dobson – bass guitar on this track from the album Talkin' Of Love. or join in the collaboration with Paul Rodgers.John Deacon songs ever written but I think they've ruined it . the first in 1989 as a non-album single B-side. • 1988: "Roulette" by Minako Honda – co-wrote this song (in fact "No Turning Back" remake with other lyrics) from the album Cancel. Nothing was ever released. • 1984: "I Cry For You" by Roger Taylor – bass guitar on the remixed version of this song. On the Queen + Paul Rodgers collaboration album The Cosmos Rocks which featured new material from the trio.[8] He chose not to be present at Queen's induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. • 1985: Strawberry Switchblade – produced self-titled first album. . John did not participate in the Minako Honda recording.. on the single Strange Frontier.

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

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

Roger and Debbie had their first child. At the age of 15 Taylor became a member of The Reaction. to protect his children's interest in the future. Mercury.Roger Taylor 71 Biography Born in East Anglia. Smile reunited 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".[7] Smile Taylor met Brian May and Tim Staffell in 1968 after seeing an advert on a noticeboard at Imperial College for a drummer. who was born in March 1991. He ended up having two more children with Debbie: Tiger Lily (1994). raising their two children. Staffell as lead vocalist and bassist. and later Taylor on drums. The band only lasted for two years before Staffell departed to join Humpy Bong. They lived together from 1980–1987. . Before Freddie Mercury's death. They decided to get married for reasons relating to his estate. Taylor was seeing another girl. he went to London to study dentistry. then known as Freddie Bulsara. and Lola Daisy May (2000). Debbie Leng (also seen in the "Breakthru" video). By the time News of the World came out. usually contributing one or two tracks per record. who was at the helm of Queen's free concert at Hyde Park. in which he played the ukulele. After the band split up in 1970. Bulsara convinced the remaining two members to continue. Rufus Tiger.[8] Queen In 1969. She was working for Richard Branson at the time. In late 2002. Cornwall with mother Winifred. In 1967. At the time. father Michael and younger sister Clare. 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. Taylor was a prominent songwriter for the band. they decided to break up. a very busy semi-pro rock band formed mainly of boys from Truro School. Taylor remarried on 3 October 2010. Smile included May as lead guitarist. Roger Taylor moved to Truro. before going on to release their debut album in 1973. • "April Lady" (Lucas) a song presented to the band by Mercury Records during their second studio session. 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. he moved in with her a month after his marriage of convenience to Dominique. When he was seven years old he and some friends formed his first band. his girlfriend of six years. and he eventually joined the band. the Bubblingover Boys. Felix Luther and Rory Eleanor. Taylor was working with Freddie Mercury at the Kensington Market (they were living in an apartment around the same time). to Sarina Potgieter. 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. Taylor met his future girlfriend Dominique Beyrand. "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. was an avid fan of Smile.

from G4 to A5). 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. rest sung by Mercury) "Father to Son" .". His vocal range spans three-and-a-half octaves (A2-E6). rest sung by Mercury) • "Tenement Funster" – Sheer Heart Attack (1974) • "In the Lap of the Gods" . such as the scream-part "for me. Taylor's lead and partial vocal credits include: • • • • • "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll" – Queen (1973) "Keep Yourself Alive" – Queen (Vocal bridge sung with May. His voice was very recognisable. written by Mercury). 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..Roger Taylor • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • "Tenement Funster" (Sheer Heart Attack) "Stone Cold Crazy" (Co-written with Deacon. sometimes going above a A5.. or a synthesiser effect (most notably his screams on "In the Lap of the Gods". for both its high range (he would often reach a E5 in full voice during live performances) and raspiness.A Day at the Races (1976) . that blasts the song off to the heavier section) • "Drowse" .Sheer Heart Attack .A Night at the Opera (High-falsetto vocals. "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". His extremely high falsetto. was characteristic of Queen's vocal harmonies.(Falsetto screams) • "I'm In Love With My Car" – A Night At The Opera (1975) • "Bohemian Rhapsody" . and was often thought to be a woman's voice.Queen II (1974) (This contains his highest range ever recorded.

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

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

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

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

So fast on it that he did more with one bass drum than most people could do with three. And he had technique to burn and fantastic power and tremendous feel for rock`n`roll". the drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. was also a major influence of his. and just one bass drum. 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 . Taylor also stated that Mitch Mitchell.they sounded enormous. if they could manage them. And also the greatest sound out of his drums . "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.[15] In a 2009 interview. Taylor said. Speaking of Bonham.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.

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 .

14"x6.10"x8". 12"x10" & 14"x12" Floor Toms . 12"x 10" & 14"x12" Floor Toms .5" Roto-Toms .12" & 14" Remo Cymbals (all Zildjian) Hi-Hats .24" x 8" Snare 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. In the recent Queen + Paul Rodgers 2008 The Cosmos Rocks tour he opted for a DW kit.16"x 16" & 18"x16" Bass Drum .16"x16" & 18"x16" Bass Drum .26"x 18" Snare Drum . DW Natural satin Maple Kit Main kit on tour Toms .24"x18" Sub-Bass 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. or a combination of the two in the 2005 Return of the Champions Tour.12" & 14" Remo .14"x 8" (Ludwig Classic Maple) Roto-Toms . Taylor exclusively used Ludwig or Sleishman drums kits.15" Avedis New Beat Crash: 17" K Dark Crash. Taylor's pedal of choice was the Ludwig Speed King) DW Black Mirra with 24 carat gold hardware Front of stage kit Toms .10"x8".

Rockhall. Queencollector. Bechstein Debauchery. Archived from the original (http:/ / sebastian. [14] May. Retrieved on 2010-11-05. stm).[18] References [1] Rolling Stone – Issue 149 – 12 June 1973 [2] Taylor Hawkins: Rhythm 2002 (http:/ / www. 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. [8] Tim Staffell Biography (http:/ / www. timesonline. Brian (15 August 2006). [13] "Queen News March 2006" (http:/ / brianmay. [10] "QueenOnline – News" (http:/ / www.com.595") 80 Stamps In 1999 Taylor appeared in the background of a Royal Mail stamp featuring Mercury as part of a "Great Britons" issue. ece). org/ web/ 20071217074920/ http:/ / sebastian. bbc. Retrieved 2011-10-29. htm). [3] "The Invisible Man" (http:/ / web. BBC News. USA Convention Story and Queen and Paul Rodgers Heading Towards a Studio Assignation (http:/ / brianmay. . com/ Articles/ Solo10/ roger. [18] Duran Duran's Roger Taylor Exclusive Interview: Modern Drummer Magazine (http:/ / www. moderndrummer. Gigwise (2009-11-17). [4] "These Are the Days of Our Lives" (http:/ / web. com/ news/ 1517/ ). htm). uk/ tol/ news/ uk/ article636773. [6] (http:/ / www/ business. queenconcerts. fooarchive. htm) on 17 December 2007. BBC News. Retrieved on 2010-11-05. Retrieved on 2010-11-05. gigwise. rockhall.com. rogermeadows. [11] Queen: inducted in 2001 | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (http:/ / www. IMDB.com. com/ news/ 53482/ Queen-And-Foo-Fighters-Drummers-To-Team-Up-For-2010-Tour).com. aspx?Q=11) [9] The Top 20 Roger Taylor Solo Rarities. com/ queen/ queennews/ queennewsmar06c. Retrieved on 2010-11-05. 10 July 2005.[16] [17] In 2002. imdb. Retrieved 2011-10-29. . com/ inductee/ queen). com/ brian/ brianssb/ brianssbaug06a. Finlo (2008-10-14). com/ s-im. queenzone. co. bbc. brianmay. [12] Queen And Foo Fighters Drummers To Team Up For 2010 Tour (http:/ / www. [15] Biography for Roger Taylor (I) (http:/ / www.com [16] Rohrer. com/ hpb/ taylortaylor. com/ s-tatdool. 17 November 2009.Roger Taylor Vic Firth Drumsticks X5B American Classic Extreme 5B (length : 16 1/2" | Diameter : 0. co.uk. co. Moderndrummer. . . htm). Retrieved 28 January 2008. [5] "Zeppelin voted 'ideal supergroup'" (http:/ / news. . Archived from the original (http:/ / sebastian. 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. "The politics of stamps" (http:/ / news. the drummer for Duran Duran. queencollector. com/ name/ nm0003547/ bio). queenconcerts. Retrieved on 2010-11-05. archive. com/ web_exclusive?mdid=900001187). com/ Lovers. Rogermeadows. Retrieved 28 January 2008. html).co.com (http:/ / www. Retrieved on 26 July 2009. timesonline. Bechstein Debauchery. . Retrieved 1 December 2009. queenconcerts. co. uk/ 2/ hi/ uk_news/ magazine/ 7669252. queenconcerts. html). Timesonline. queenonline. uk/ 1/ hi/ entertainment/ music/ 4669597. com/ s-im. 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. stm). . org/ web/ 20071217144950/ http:/ / sebastian. Retrieved 28 January 2008. archive. htm) on 17 December 2007. [17] Alex Spence. . Fooarchive. html#06).com. htm). "Royal Mail unveils Beatles album cover stamps (''Times'' Online)" (http:/ / www. com/ s-tatdool. com/ queenzone/ article_show.

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6 million copies sold by 2009. Queen signed a record contract with EMI. and Elektra in the United States.[2] The band's 1981 Greatest Hits album is the biggest selling album in UK history with 5. Their discography consists of fifteen studio albums (one of which is a soundtrack album). In 1991. 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). they once again terminated their U. bassist John Deacon. The band would remain with EMI for the rest of their career. ten compilation albums. 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 1983. Queen signed a production deal with Trident Studios. Founded in 1970. Despite not being an immediate success. though.7 million copies sold by 2009. . The 2011 remasters will be released on Universal's Island label as the band's contract with EMI has now ended. guitarist Brian May. and drummer Roger Taylor.1991). 48 singles and a number of other appearances. Queen gained popularity in Britain with their second self-titled album in 1974. In 1990. record contract and signed with Hollywood Records. Queen's entire catalogue was remastered and released on compact disc in the United States. The band's 1991 compilation Greatest Hits II is also one of the UK's top ten biggest sellers of all time.[4] Later in 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. "Bohemian Rhapsody". five live albums.[3] In 1972.S. with 3. 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.[1] Their 1975 single. which consisted of vocalist Freddie Mercury (d. Queen released their self-titled debut album in 1973. they terminated their contract with Elektra and signed with Capitol Records.

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 .

The French chart positions here for the compilation albums are their peak positions on the French Compilation Albums Chart. but the remastered version in 2011 qualified for an entry on the Top 200 Albums Chart when it peaked at #56 in March 2011. Volume 2 (1977–1982) • • Released: 27 June 2011 Label: Island Records 175 — — — — — — — — — — 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 . Volume 1 (1973-1976) • • Released: 14 March 2011 Label: Island Records 92 — — — — — — — — — — Deep Cuts. Notes • A  "Greatest Hits" charted originally at #5 on the Compilation Albums Chart.[9] • B  "Greatest Hits II" charted originally at #1 on the Compilation Albums Chart. 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. but instead on a separate chart for compilation albums only.Queen discography 87 2007 The A-Z of Queen. but the remastered version in 2011 qualified for an entry on the Top 200 Albums Chart when it peaked at #57 in March 2011.[9] Before 2011 compilation albums were not listed on the Top 200 Albums Chart in France. Volume 3 (1984–1995) • • Released: 5 September 2011 Label: Island Records 155 — — — — — — — — — — "—" denotes albums that failed to chart or were not released.

but instead on a separate chart for compilation albums only. 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. 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.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.

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 .

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 — — — — — — — — — .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. 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.

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De Lane Lea and Trident studios. 2. It was recorded at Trident Studios and De Lane Lea Music Centre. Roy Thomas Baker. Lead singer Freddie Mercury composed five of the ten tracks. released in July 1973. 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"). 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. "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. London. hard rock. John Anthony and Queen. June-November 1972.

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

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

Title 1. 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). "Keep Yourself Alive (De Lane Lea Demo. December 1971)" 3. "Liar (De Lane Lea Demo. "Great King Rat (De Lane Lea Demo.Queen 99 1991 Hollywood Records bonus tracks No. "Son And Daughter (Live at Hammersmith Odeon '75)" 8. "Liar (1991 Bonus Remix by John Luongo and Gary Hellman)" Mercury 2011 Universal Records reissue bonus disc No. December 1971)" 2. Song information "Keep Yourself Alive" Brian May wrote "Keep Yourself Alive" after the band had been formed. This as part of a new record deal between Queen and Universal Music. News of the World. "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. Taylor and May sing the vocal bridge of the song. 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). December 1971)" 5. "Jesus (De Lane Lea Demo. all Queen albums are to be remastered and reissued in 2011. According to what May said in a radio special about their 1977 album. record company Universal Music announced a remastered and expanded reissue of the album set for release in May 2011. "Liar (Live at The Rainbow '74)" 9. "Mad the Swine (Previously Unreleased)" 12. which meant Queen's association with EMI would come to an end after almost 40 years. "Keep Yourself Alive (Rehearsal at St John’s Wood Studios '73)" Length 2011 re-issue On 8 November 2010. but their sense was completely changed when Freddie Mercury sang them. December 1971)" 6. December 1971)" 4. 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. as confirmed by former bass player Barry Mitchell (on an unofficial Q&A session held on an online forum). "The Night Comes Down (De Lane Lea Demo. but before John Deacon joined.[9] . According to Universal Music. "Keep Yourself Alive (Long Lost Re-Take)" Writer(s) Length Mercury May 3:24 4:04 6:28 13. he had penned the lyrics thinking of them as ironic and tongue-in-cheek. Title 11. Title 7.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

screams on "In the Lap of the Gods" • John Deacon: bass guitar. but we are very interested in studio techniques and wanted to use what was available.. They've certainly been under a misconception about us. this was the album that finally saw Queen find their true voice". May fell ill with hepatitis (he had been infected with an unclean needle during a vaccination before the Australian tour). When he was fit. We've been called a supermarket hype. percussion. Queen comments on the record “ The album is very varied. 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. electric guitar. this time with a duodenal . backing vocals. But if you see us up on a stage. backing vocals. Of course there has been some criticism. piano. banjo. jangle piano • Brian May: guitars. ukulele. put themselves above the artists.. piano. We are basically a rock band. —Freddie Mercury ” [36] Personnel • Freddie Mercury: lead vocals. but then he fell ill again.Sheer Heart Attack to their very limit with multi-layered vocals and guitars and Freddie’s vaudevillian streak finally emerged. acoustic guitar. rhythm guitar. all guitars on "Misfire". but he continued to work from hospital. I feel that up and coming journalists. lead vocals on "She Makes Me". by the large. and they've been pretty unfair to us.[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. that's what we're all about. But to be frank I'm not that keen on the British music press. we took it to extreme I suppose. Hammond organ on "Now i'm here" • Roger Taylor: drums. We learnt a lot about technique while we were making the first two albums. the work continued in studio. lead vocals on "Tenement Funster".

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[2] It was originally released by EMI in the United Kingdom. where it topped the charts for four non-consecutive weeks. . the most expensive album ever recorded. Hollywood (US) Roy Thomas Baker.[1] A commercial success. where it peaked at #4.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. Co-produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen. at the time of its release. 2. A Night at the Opera has been voted by the public and cited by music publications as one of Queen's finest works. "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. and Elektra Records in the United States. 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. A Night at the Opera was. which the band watched one night at the studio complex when recording. The album takes its name from the Marx Brothers film A Night at the Opera. released in November 1975. Parlophone (Europe) Elektra.

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

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

Eventually. and is one of his most covered songs (there have been versions by many acts like Extreme featuring May. as the original tape player was stopped. produced by way of May's Red Special guitar and Deacy Amp. As he grows older. It was especially well received during concerts in South America. The vocal. Love of My Life "Love of My Life" was written for Mercury's girlfriend at the time. and it includes a vocal canon sung first by Mercury. As detailed by May in a documentary about the album. who provides all vocals and plays a "Genuine Aloha" ukelele. bass and drum parts. 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. after their marriage. Bohemian Rhapsody "Bohemian Rhapsody" was written by Mercury with the first guitar solo composed by May. is also Queen's longest song (not counting the untitled instrumental track on Made in Heaven). he begins his own Limited company (which is also a pun. told by a man who in young age was advised by his father to "take care of those you call your own. It is a heavy and dark number with a strong progressive rock influence. which he has no one left to share with. Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar (which he'd bought in Japan) and his Red Special. The song is a narrative tale. Taylor and May.A Night at the Opera 125 The Prophet's Song "The Prophet's Song" was composed by May (working title "People of the Earth").[10] The recording is remarkable for featuring an elaborate recreation of a Dixieland-style jazz band. All piano. since throughout the rest of the song "company" is used in the sense of companions). who gradually disappear. "Love of My Life" was such a concert favourite that Mercury frequently stopped singing and allowed the audience to take over. At over eight minutes in length. The dream May had was about The Great Flood. and keep good company". Mercury played piano (including a classical solo) and did all of the vocals with startling multi-tracking precision. Scorpions and Elaine Paige). the singer follows his father's advice. 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. keeping his friends and marrying a girl named Sally. working long nights and neglecting his family. were thought up by Mercury on a daily basis and written down "in blocks" (using note names instead of sheets) on a phonebook. However. May played harp (doing it chord by chord and pasting the takes to form the entire part). he begins to lose interest in his friends. which spotlighted A Night at the Opera. Mary Austin. as well as the vocal arrangements. puffing his pipe and pondering the lessons of his life. The song finishes with the speaker as an elderly man. and is the source of some of the lyrics. On the show In the Studio with Redbeard. then by Mercury. and lyrics have references from the Bible and the Noah's Ark account. and later instrumental canon was produced by early tape delay devices. the man's efforts are rewarded. In his younger years. The other members recorded their respective instruments with no concept of how their tracks would be utilised in the final mix. Even more dedicated to his business. Good Company "Good Company" was written and sung by May. 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. he hardly notices as his wife leaves him. 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 . he becomes increasingly skilled at and dedicated to his occupation. He spent several days putting it together. and the band released the song as a single there. continuing the tradition.

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

Queen certainly would have disbanded. as part of a complete re-release of all Queen albums. On 30 April 2002 the album was again re-released on DVD-Audio with a 5. Re-releases The album was first re-released in the US on Hollywood Records on 3 September 1991 with two bonus remixes. 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. Track listing . This release is accompanied by a DVD-Video disc with the same track listing featuring the original videos. It was on this commentary (and on In the Studio with Redbeard.1-channel mix in Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound.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. "Bohemian Rhapsody". 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. which devoted an episode to A Night at the Opera) that May stated that had the album not been a success.[38] It also includes the original 1975 video of Bohemian Rhapsody.

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

ukelele.A Night at the Opera 129 2011 iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus videos No. woodwind vocalizations on "Seaside Rendezvous" • Brian May – guitars. harp on "Love of My Life" • Roger Taylor – drums. toy koto on "The prophet's Song". Title 7. brass vocalizations on "Seaside Rendezvous". backing vocals. "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. backing vocals • John Deacon – vocals. "Seaside Rendezvous (30th Anniversary 2005)" 9. piano. bass. 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 . lead vocals on "'39" and "Good Company". Bechstein Debauchery. double-bass. percussion. "Bohemian Rhapsody (No Flames Original Version)" 8. backing vocals. lead vocals on "I'm in Love with My Car".

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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. Parlophone (Europe) Elektra.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. Recorded at Sarm East. Canada. Sarm East. . A Day at the Races was engineered by Mike Stone. The Manor and Wessex Studios in England. 2. 3. A Day at the Races was the band's first completely self-produced album. 4. New Zealand only) A Day at the Races is the fifth album by British rock group Queen. Wessex Rock 44:24 EMI. "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. and the first not to feature producer Roy Thomas Baker. 5. 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. released in December 1976.

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

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

Somebody to Love "Somebody to Love" is the hit single of the album. 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). although implementing different melody. Written by Freddie Mercury. He used a Burns Double Six 12-string electric guitar for the rhythm parts instead of his Red Special. Its riff was used for the album intro.S.[18] Staying true to Queen's guitar-driven style. The Millionaire Waltz "The Millionaire Waltz" was written by Mercury about John Reid (Queen and Elton John's manager at the time). but he did not get along well with the thin neck of the instrument. It features a noteworthy example of John Deacon's 'lead bass' playing. the singer questions both the lack of love experienced in his life and the role and existence of God. create a song about faith. "Long Away. 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.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. the major hit from Queen's previous album. especially combined with the gospel influence. similarly to "Father To Son" and "Procession" some years before. The lyrics. especially that of Aretha Franklin. the song was inspired by gospel music. 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. 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." Long Away "Long Away" was composed and sung by May. singles chart. which gradually evolves into the repeated phrase "you take my (breath away)" and reintegrates into the next track. 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'. and Taylor multi-tracked their voices to create a 100-voice gospel choir. It features him on acoustic guitar and Mercury playing Elton John-esque piano parts. this time based on a gospel choir arrangement.[14] It's another multi-key and multi-metre song like "Bohemian Rhapsody. and Mercury. The song is one of Queen's heaviest works. desperation and soul-searching. You and I "You And I" is John Deacon's song on the album. . This song was never played live. thematically and musically. May. It went to number 2 on the UK charts and number 13 on the U. He'd wanted to use a Rickenbacker because he admired John Lennon.[18] Mercury recorded a wide range of notes." using abrupt arrangement changes and including Brian May doing multi-tracked guitar choirs.[17] Like "Bohemian Rhapsody". is inspired and arranged similarly to Brian May's multilayered Millionaire Waltz middle solo. this song has a complex layering of vocal tracks. it was also filled with intricate harmony parts and a solo by May.[19] [20] White Man "White Man" was written by May about the suffering of Native Americans at the hands of European immigrants. and he performed it by himself at Hyde Park before recording it. All of the vocals and piano were done by him.

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

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

British Hit Singles & Albums. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=A+ Day+ At+ The+ Races& cat=a [28] http:/ / norwegiancharts. at/ showitem. html) Queen Concerts. asp?artist=Queen& title=A+ Day+ At+ The+ Races& cat=a& country=de [27] http:/ / charts. queenconcerts. allmusic. com/ showitem. Joel (2006). nl/ showitem. David (2006). Retrieved 31 August 2011 [22] Queen live on tour: News Of The World: Setlist (http:/ / www. com/ live/ queen/ notwna. 01-e. nz/ showitem. Hollywood (USA) Producer Queen. Retrieved 31 August. Billboard Books [20] Roberts. de/ album. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=A+ Day+ At+ The+ Races& cat=a [26] http:/ / www. 2011 [23] http:/ / austriancharts. Mike Stone Queen chronology A Day at the Races (1976) News of the World (1977) Jazz (1978) Alternative cover . London Genre Length Label Rock 39:30 EMI. org. gc. php?release=38290 [31] http:/ / www. chartstats. Parlophone (UK). collectionscanada.A Day at the Races [19] Whitburn. com/ live/ queen/ adatreu. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=A+ Day+ At+ The+ Races& cat=a [24] http:/ / www. charts. London: Guinness World Records Limited [21] Queen live on tour: A Day At The Races: Setlist (http:/ / www. html) Queen Concerts. queenconcerts. com/ release. php?PHPSESSID=53gtrvbfj0gk7r9b4sd40dtvu0& q1=Queen+ Day+ At+ Races& q2=Top+ Albums%2FCDs& interval=30 [25] http:/ / dutchcharts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=A+ Day+ At+ The+ Races& cat=a [30] http:/ / www. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. Basing Street and Wessex Studios. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=A+ Day+ At+ The+ Races& cat=a [29] http:/ / swedishcharts. Elektra. ca/ rpm/ 028020-110. com/ showitem. com/ artist/ queen-p5205/ charts-awards/ billboard-albums 138 News of the World News of the World Studio album by Queen Released 28 October 1977 Recorded July – September 1977.

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

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

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

were expanded upon during live renditions of the song. presenting the band an opportunity to show off the full potential of their stage lights and effects. 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. On a close inspection. Deacon played fretless bass on stage during this song but used a regular fretted bass on . The Game and Hot Space tours. Make Love". 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. There are no backing vocals or guitars.[6] Get Down. written by Mercury. the song was reduced to the first verse/chorus only as a way to lead into Brian May's guitar solo. appearing on their "Sin" single and later on the 2010 re-issue of Pretty Hate Machine. Make Love "Get Down. and tightly tuned Remo Roto-Toms on the Jazz tour. written by May. ([5]). though confirming the first take of the backing track was used. is among the most sexual-oriented songs in the Queen catalogue. Despite the title. Live. as opposed to the lead guitars. which he would often do live. It makes use of the tapping technique before Eddie Van Halen of rock group Van Halen made the technique widely-known. May also plays maracas and Mercury plays a cowbell. On the Hot Space tour. the latter borrowed from Deacon himself. In addition to the drums. together with Mercury's moans and groans. written and sung by May. Guitarist Slash has cited the guitar riff to this song as one of his favourite riffs of all time. These sound effects. plays Spanish guitar. who. was the author's idea of treating a song as a three-act theatrical play. Taylor also plays rhythm and bass guitar. It is also the only song in the band's discography recorded almost entirely by one member (Brian May contributed additional guitar). delivered in a "rags-to-riches" fashion. was inspired by ZZ Top. The song was introduced into the band's live show immediately after its release. It's Late "It's Late". Lyrically. and remained a staple of their "medley" until the end of the Hot Space tour of 1982. 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. Sleeping on the Sidewalk "Sleeping On The Sidewalk".[8] Who Needs You "Who Needs You" was written by Deacon. but on May's Red Special and an Electroharmonix Frequency Analyzer pedal. The distinctive 'psychedelic' sound effects heard in the song were not produced on a synthesizer. the track is more related to jazz. It was recorded (minus the vocals) in one take. this song featured Roger Taylor's use of Latin-influenced percussion with timbales on the News of the World tour. Crazy tour. along with May. May sings with an American accent and measures the aforementioned trumpet player's success by "bucks" (as opposed to pounds).News of the World 142 Fight from the Inside "Fight from the Inside" was written and sung by Roger Taylor. and Brian May can also be heard laughing at the end of the song. The song was later covered by Nine Inch Nails. My Melancholy Blues "My Melancholy Blues" was composed by Mercury. John Deacon can be heard playing the wrong notes in some bass parts. It is also one of the few Queen songs that does not feature Mercury. it deals with an aspiring trumpet player's career.

it was released as a Double A-side with "We Will Rock You" where it reached #4. and it would ruin my ideas". fix it.[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. The caption read: "Please.[9] The painting inspired the band to contact Freas. 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] . October 1953 Singles • "We Are the Champions" released 7 October 1977 in the UK as the first single where it reached #2. Canada. Written by John Deacon and released in the UK on 10 February 1978. but eventually liked their music. failing to chart everywhere else. • "It's Late" is the last single from the album and was only released as a single in the United States. 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.. 143 Cover The album's cover was a painting by American sci-fi artist Frank Kelly Freas.. by replacing the single dead man with the four "dead" band members (Taylor and Deacon falling to the ground). • "Spread Your Wings" followed as the second single from the album.News of the World the record. Only reached #74 in the US. 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. it reached #34.[10] Freas said he was a classical music fan and did not know Queen. and only listened to the band after doing the cover "because I thought I might just hate them. Daddy?" to illustrate the story "The Gulf Between" by Tom Godwin. Japan and New Zealand in 1978. 2000). In the US. who agreed to alter the painting for their album cover.

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

Originally published by The Valley News. ISBN 9781905287338. ISBN 0760337195. Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock. rinet. shtml [6] Sutcliffe.com) (http:/ / www. Mack. htm [21] http:/ / austriancharts. ru/ music/ queen.News of the World 145 References [1] "Queen: Less Flamboyance. ca/ rpm/ 028020-110. php?title=Queen_-_11-11-1977_-_News_of_the_World_-_The_Valley_News). uk/ creem_lists. More of the Beatles" (http:/ / queenarchives. [3] Purvis. uk/ music/ reviews/ 98dp) [18] George Starostin Review (http:/ / starling. com/ artist/ queen-p5205/ charts-awards/ billboard-albums . queenonline. Currently mirrored by Queen Archives. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=News+ Of+ The+ World& cat=a [24] http:/ / www. Georg (2007). [4] Purvis 2007. [11] Valley News review (archived at queenarchives. 1977-11-11. queenwords. rocklistmusic. com/ history/ 70/ ). queenarchives. London: Voyageur Press. rollingstone. allmusic. gc. Currently mirrored by Queen Archives. [20] http:/ / www. nl/ showitem. html). p. Queen Online. at/ showitem. chartstats. 43. htm#World) [19] "News of the World" (http:/ / queenarchives. php?release=38510 [29] http:/ / www. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=News+ Of+ The+ World& cat=a [26] http:/ / norwegiancharts. queenonline. php?PHPSESSID=53gtrvbfj0gk7r9b4sd40dtvu0& q1=Queen+ News+ World& q2=Top+ Albums%2FCDs& interval=50 [23] http:/ / dutchcharts. Peter. com/ brian/ brianssb/ brianssb. queenarchives. brianmay. allmusic. ." [15] Robert Christgau Review (http:/ / www. [7] "News of the World" (http:/ / www. com/ index. com/ index. . 2008)" (http:/ / www. [8] "Brian May's Soapbox (January 28th. Retrieved 2009-01-25. p. php?title=Queen_-_11-11-1977_-_News_of_the_World_-_The_Valley_News) [12] Washington Post review (archived at queenarchives. com/ index. robertchristgau. Hince. Phil. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=News+ Of+ The+ World& cat=a [22] http:/ / www. p. [2] A Night at the Opera DVD commentary. The Virginian-Pilot [10] "News of the World: Album Details" (http:/ / www. Reinhold (2009). Richmond: Reynolds & Hearn. September 1993. com/ artists/ queen/ albums/ album/ 261146/ review/ 6067503/ news_of_the_world) [17] BBC Review (http:/ / www. Retrieved 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2007-12-06. php?title=Queen_-_12-28-1977_-_News_of_the_World_-_Washington_Post) [13] Allmusic Review (http:/ / www. co. com/ index. com/ en/ the-band/ discography/ news-world/ #albumDetails). . charts. bbc.119: "The album contained such anthemic fare as 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are The Champions'.com) (http:/ / www. . 108 [5] http:/ / www. php?id=3505& name=Queen) [16] Rolling Stone Review (http:/ / www. asp?artist=Queen& title=News+ Of+ The+ World& cat=a& country=de [25] http:/ / charts. com/ showitem. Retrieved 2007-12-06. de/ album. Queen Online. com/ showitem. com/ 2010/ 05/ symphony-gets-ready-rock-we-remember-local-artist). we remember a local artist (http:/ / hamptonroads. php?title=Queen_-_12-28-1977_-_News_of_the_World_-_Washington_Post). [9] As the Symphony gets ready to rock. com/ lyrics/ songs/ sng06_06. co. com/ get_artist. com/ album/ r15973) [14] Q. org. nz/ showitem. 01-e. collectionscanada. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=News+ Of+ The+ World& cat=a [28] http:/ / www. 1978-12-28. com/ release. Originally published by Washington Post. . Queen: Complete Works. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=News+ Of+ The+ World& cat=a [27] http:/ / swedishcharts.

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

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

. "Bicycle Race (Promo Video performance. with Allmusic.Jazz 148 2011 Bonus EP No. In recent years. 1982)" 3. "Don't Stop Me Now (With long-lost guitars)" 4. 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. "Bicycle Race (Instrumental)" 3. 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. reviews have tended to be more favourable. "Fat Bottomed Girls (Single version)" 2. See the guideline for more information. "Dreamer's Ball (Early acoustic take. "Fat Bottomed Girls (Live at Milton Keynes Bowl. November 1981)" 5. "Let Me Entertain You (Live in Japan. Q and George Starostin giving positive reviews. "Let Me Entertain You (Live in Montreal. Title 1. 1978)" 2. Title 1. with scathing reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone and Creem.

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

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

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

. com/ index. de/ album. fr/ Album_Q. queenarchives. chartstats.. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Jazz& cat=a [15] http:/ / www. allmusic. rollingstone.. php [11] http:/ / www. 01-e. charts. php?id=3505& name=Queen [6] http:/ / www. "Queen: Jazz" (http:/ / www. infodisc. php?release=38796 [16] http:/ / www. ca/ rpm/ 028020-110.S. robertchristgau. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Jazz& cat=a [10] http:/ / www. rollingstone. at/ showitem. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Jazz& cat=a [13] http:/ / norwegiancharts. allmusic. com/ showitem. com/ get_artist. February 1994. p.119: "Jazz has aged surprisingly well.. Rolling Stone. collectionscanada. Billboard 200 References [1] Marsh.' both with Mercury in grandstanding form. gc." [5] http:/ / www. php?title=Queen_-_03-XX-1979_-_Jazz_-_Creem) [4] Q.. . php?PHPSESSID=53gtrvbfj0gk7r9b4sd40dtvu0& q1=Queen+ Jazz& q2=Top+ Albums%2FCDs& interval=30 [9] http:/ / dutchcharts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Jazz& cat=a [8] http:/ / www. Retrieved 10 October 2011. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Jazz& cat=a [14] http:/ / swedishcharts. com/ release.[With] a pair of genuinely great songs in the shape of 'Don't Stop Me Now' and 'Jealousy. asp?artist=Queen& title=Jazz& cat=a& country=de [12] http:/ / charts. com/ music/ albumreviews/ jazz-19790208).Jazz [16] 152 6 U. nz/ showitem. org. [2] Jazz (Queen album) (http:/ / www. com/ music/ albumreviews/ jazz-19790208 [7] http:/ / austriancharts. com/ showitem. com/ album/ r15974) at Allmusic [3] Creem review (archived at queenarchives) (http:/ / www. nl/ showitem. Dave (1979-02-08). com/ artist/ queen-p5205/ charts-awards/ billboard-albums .

3. 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. tying News of the World's US sales tally. Musicland Studios. Germany Genre Length Label Rock 35:39 EMI (Europe) Parlophone (Europe) Elektra Records (US) Hollywood Records (US) Producer Queen. 4. 5. February–May 1980. Mack Queen chronology Jazz (1978) The Game (1980) Flash Gordon (1980) Singles from The Game 1.The Game 153 The Game The Game Studio album by Queen Released 30 June 1980 Recorded June–July 1979. Notable songs on the . The album received very favourable reviews. Munich. 2. "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.

Title 1. and "Save Me" were recorded from June to July 1979.[1] (an Oberheim OB-X). At approximately 35 minutes 39 seconds. Title 6.[2] 154 Track listing Side one No.1 surround sound and DTS 5. and future Queen albums. This alternate photo was also used on cover of the DTS DVD-Audio edition of the album released in 2003.[2] The remaining songs were recorded between February and May 1980. including over 4.1. with their subsequent soundtrack for the film Flash Gordon being shorter by 39 seconds. "Sail Away Sweet Sister". Re-issued on May 2003 on DVD-Audio with Dolby 5. The Game is the 2nd shortest of Queen's studio albums. because the final master tapes were not found when mixing the album to 5. The original photo (with Taylor having folded arms and May not having a hand resting upon his exposed hip) is shown in the article.1 mix of "Coming Soon" features an alternate backing track. "Sail Away Sweet Sister" May 9. "Coming Soon" 10. "Dragon Attack" 3.5 million in the United States. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". "Coming Soon". "Don't Try Suicide" Writer(s) Roger Taylor Mercury Length 4:33 3:52 3:33 2:51 3:50 8. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Mercury Side two No. "Play the Game" 2.1.The Game album include the bass-driven "Another One Bites the Dust" and the rockabilly "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". "Another One Bites the Dust" 4. It is estimated to have sold 12 million copies worldwide. 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. The Game was the first Queen album to use a synthesiser. both of which reached #1 in the US. The 5. The album features a more pop/rock sound than its predecessor. Jazz. The album's style would be augmented on Queen's next release Hot Space. "Save Me" Taylor May . "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. "Rock It (Prime Jive)" 7.

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

synthesiser • Roger Taylor: drums. bridge vocals on "Sail Away Sweet Sister". backing vocals. intro vocals on "Rock It (Prime Jive)". rhythm guitar. percussion.The Game But in facts. lead vocals on "Rock It (Prime Jive)". piano. —Brian May[11] 156 Personnel • Freddie Mercury: lead and backing vocals. lead vocals on "Sail Away Sweet Sister". synthesiser • Brian May: electric. Billboard R&B Albums Chart West German Albums Chart [22] . that was just an experiment. you can. 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. piano. piano.S. What you gain is the freshness. tape effects Additional synthesisers by Mack. but that's really not going to be the same forever. synthesiser • John Deacon: bass guitar. electric and acoustic guitars. because often a lot of the backing tracks is first time though. rhythm guitar on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". There was less guitar on that album.S. acoustic and twelve-string guitars. It really helped a lot. Billboard 200 U. backing vocals. electronic drums.

' which featured the group's first use of the synthesizer." [2] http:/ / www. php?title=Queen_-_08-21-1980_-_The_Game_-_Washington_Post) [6] The Game (http:/ / www. allmusic. queenarchives.. htm [9] "The 100 Greatest... ca/ rpm/ 028020-110. Retrieved 19 November 2010. [11] On the Record 1982 (http:/ / www.. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians: Centennial Edition (5th ed. co. 01-e. com/ album/ the-miracle-r15983/ review). php?PHPSESSID=53gtrvbfj0gk7r9b4sd40dtvu0& q1=Queen+ The+ Game& q2=Top+ Albums%2FCDs& interval=50 [14] http:/ / dutchcharts. nl/ showitem. queenarchives. allmusic. com/ Queen-The-Game/ release/ 369059 [3] Record Mirror review (archived at queenarchives. Out. uk/ creem_lists. ISBN 0028655257. bravenet. php?usernum=3172289350& frmid=0& msgid=897399). com/ index. Nicolas Slonimsky (1965). php?title=Brian_May_-_XX-XX-1982_-_On_the_Record) [12] http:/ / austriancharts. Retrieved 19 November 2010. com/ index. htm#Game) [8] http:/ / www. Schirmer Books. rinet.net [10] The Miracle (http:/ / www. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Game& cat=a . Theodore. discogs. com/ forum/ static/ show. Gayest Albums" (http:/ / pub37. rollingstone. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Game& cat=a [13] http:/ / www. Billboard Year-end References [1] Baker. 'Play the Game.com) (http:/ / www. com/ artists/ queen/ albums/ album/ 261147/ review/ 6068313/ the_game) [5] Washington Post review (archived at queenarchives) (http:/ / www. Allmusic. gc.S. com/ index. "The album yielded . Allmusic. 2008. rocklistmusic. at/ showitem. Archived at acclaimedmusic. ru/ music/ queen. collectionscanada. queenarchives. [7] George Starostin review (http:/ / starling. com/ album/ r15977). php?title=Queen_-_06-21-1980_-_The_Game_-_Record_Mirror) [4] Rolling Stone review (http:/ / www.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.).

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New Zealand only) • • "Staying Power" Released: July. 1982 (Japan only) "Back Chat" Released: 9 August 1982 . Canada. Montreux.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. Australia. 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. Munich. Hollywood (US) Queen. Germany Rock 43:29 EMI/Parlophone (Europe) Elektra. Arif Mardin. Switzerland Musicland Studios.

and continued to do so on Hot Space. It was also played on Queen's The Works Tour. before the controversy over Queen's new sound (disco-influenced rock music).[6] Queen's decision to record a dance-oriented album germinated with the massive U. released in May 1982. the band released "Staying Power" as a single in July 1982. the UK success of the song too).[5] The album's second single "Body Language" did peak at #11 on the U.S.[9] Most of the album was recorded in Munich during the most turbulent period in the band's history.[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). with both being very critical of the influence Mercury's manager Paul Prenter had on the singer. It failed to chart in either countries. 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"). Q magazine listed Hot Space as one of the top fifteen albums where great rock acts lost the plot. Queen employed many elements of disco. success of "Another One Bites the Dust" (and to a lesser extent.[2] [5] Disliking the new sound. In Japan. albeit less frequently than on the Hot Space Tour. Mr Mardin's contributions were recorded in New York. . as John Deacon played guitar in addition to Brian May. funk-rock. 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. charts. the bass sound for this arrangement was played on a keyboard).[8] In July 2004.S. Queen began using Oberheim OB-X synthesizers on their songs ("Play the Game" and "Save Me" are examples). albeit much faster and heavier. was released in 1981 and became the band's second #1 hit in the UK. most of Hot Space is a mixture of funk. and Taylor and May lamented the new sound. "Under Pressure". Queen's collaboration with David Bowie. The song was also issued as a single in the US. in November 1982. A departure from their trademark seventies sound.[5] This made the album less popular with fans who preferred the traditional rock style they had come to associate with the band. Mercury's personal manager between the early 1980s and 1984. dance.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. had on the singer. May and Taylor were very critical of the influence that Paul Prenter.[11] Beginning with The Game album. being partially influenced by the success of their 1980 hit "Another One Bites the Dust".[10] Estimated sales of the album currently stand at five million copies. Album styles and genres Before 1979.[12] "Staying Power" would be performed on the band's accompanying "Hot Space Tour". pop music. R&B and dance music on Hot Space. Marking a notable shift in direction from their earlier work.[7] The song was a separate project and recorded ahead of the album.

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

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

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

Billboard 200 U.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.S.S. 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 .

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

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4. 3. Munich.The Works 167 The Works The Works Studio album by Queen Released 27 February 1984 Recorded August 1983 – January 1984 at The Record Plant. Los Angeles. 2. "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 . California and Musicland Studios. Capitol. 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. Germany Genre Length Label Rock 37:11 EMI/Parlophone.

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

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

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

Mercury wrote most of the lyrics and May wrote the chords and made small lyrical contributions. and was the third song the band performed at Live Aid in 1985.. Vocoder on "Machines (Back to Humans)" and "Radio Ga Ga"..?" was written in Munich after Mercury and May watched the news of poverty in Africa. and performed at Live Aid. keyboards. lead vocals on bridge of "I Go Crazy". programming • Brian May: electric guitar. The song. The song ends with Taylor and Mercury alternating vocals on the word "crazy".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. engineering • Mike Beiriger: additional engineering • Stefan Wissnet: additional engineering . The song harks back to the Queen of old."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. Synths are played by Mandel and most of vocal harmonies were recorded by May himself. The phrase is mentioned on a number of occasions throughout the film and was. it ended up as a B-side. based on a novel by John Irving... keyboards. electronic drums. Hammer to Fall "Hammer to Fall" is May's other rock song in the album. I Go Crazy "I Go Crazy" is another Brian May rocker from the Works time period. particularly in the bridge (save for "oh no" which is Taylor). who changed it in order to suit the album mood better. The song was recorded with an Ovation but live May used Taylor's Gibson Chet Atkins CE nylon-stringed guitar. which ended up as the B-side to Roger Taylor's "Radio Ga Ga".[8] Is This the World We Created. Piano. according to the opening credits. keyboards. Nonetheless. contains footage of a performance of the song in Brussels. programming • Mack: Fairlight CMI programming on "Machines". The song features Freddie Mercury on lead vocals. 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. a Freddie Mercury composition. backing vocals. Mercury played piano and synths and wrote the lyrics after reading the quote in the book. making its first digital appearance on the 1991 The Works CD release. twelve-string acoustic guitar.? "Is This the World We Created. backing vocals. with May singing lead on the bridge in the middle. who sings the chorus.[6] "Hammer to Fall" was a concert favourite. programming • John Deacon: bass guitar. rhythm and acoustic guitars. piano. with a song being built around a hard angular and muscular riff. also co-produced by the band's manager Jim Beach. doing a call and response with May. The song's music video directed by David Mallet. Live versions were considerably faster and he sang it in his solo tours as well. Originally. programming With • Fred Mandel: Synth Brass on "I Want To Break free".[7] The song also features in the setlist of the band's Magic Tour in 1986. programming • Roger Taylor: drums. Personnel • Freddie Mercury: lead and backing vocals. keyboards. Lead vocals are mostly sung by Mercury.

?" 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)" . "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.. the group began issuing singles in the United Kingdom under their own catalogue numbers. Starting with this album. all the songs (and one non-album track.The Works • Ed Delena: additional engineering • Bill Smith: sleeve design • George Hurrell: photography 172 Singles For the first and only time in their career....?" — 12QUEEN 3 QUEEN 4 "It's a Hard Life" "Is This the World We Created.

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

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

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

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

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

and the orchestra was arranged and conducted by Michael Kamen. 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. Don't Lose Your Head "Don't Lose Your Head" was composed by Taylor and features Joan Armatrading in a vocal cameo. This would be one of the last times Mercury would sing a Queen song completely in falsetto. as it adds to the sub-plot of the movie (in the film. 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". with lyrics written by Mercury (which was confirmed by May on his website). such as "Play the Game" and "We Are the Champions".A Kind of Magic 180 Pain Is So Close to Pleasure "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure" began as a riff idea by May. and Taylor played some drum-machine parts and contributed backing vocals. spoken by actors Clancy Brown (The Kurgan) and Christopher Lambert (Connor MacLeod) respectively.[13] The music video uses clips and scenery from the movie. 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. which has May singing first). 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. 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. Then Deacon and Mercury turned that into a song. as well as a cameo by Christopher Lambert. with Deacon playing rhythm guitar. 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". Deacon did not participate. It is another song not featured in Highlander. The song has a Motown style and was released as a single in 1986. in spite of Deacon miming those parts in the video. Mercury sings the first verse as well. New York". demonstrating Queen returning to their hard rock and heavy metal roots. The song takes its name from a line spoken in Highlander. 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. May also commented (to a Japanese magazine in 1986) that both Mercury and Deacon hated the song. . unlike the album version. reaching #26 on the Dutch charts. It serves as somewhat of a 'love theme' of Highlander. The song is played in the opening credits of Highlander. Synths are done on a Yamaha DX-7 by May. Percussion was taken over by the orchestra as well as bass (double bass in this case). It is quite a complex and heavy work. This song is featured in Highlander. The song then segues into a cover of "Theme from New York. though it is only a small clip. and in some ways is a musical similitude with older Queen material. The title also appears as a line in "One Year of Love". and is played for a short time when Kurgan kidnaps Brenda. Friends Will Be Friends "Friends Will Be Friends" was written by Mercury and Deacon.

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 . • Pain Is So Close to Pleasure. released on 9 June 1986. While not a hit. backing vocals. the first after their much-lauded appearance at the Live Aid concert. released in the UK on 4 November 1985. 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). It was also used as the theme music for the Highlander television show which followed the movie in 1992-1998. • Friends Will Be Friends. reached #24 in the UK. synthesisers. released on 15 September 1986.A Kind of Magic 181 Singles • Queen recorded One Vision. synthesisers. programming John Deacon – bass guitar. It did well on the charts. was never released as a single in the UK. Personnel Queen • • • • Freddie Mercury – lead and backing vocals. directed the song's accompanying video. backing vocals. lead vocals on "Who Wants to Live Forever" synthesisers. Russell Mulcahy. piano. programming Brian May – electric guitars. and is cut with scenes from the film. programming Roger Taylor – drums. reached #14 in the UK and made the top 40 throughout Europe.[14] It was released as a single in the Netherlands on 28 February 2000. released in the US and parts of Europe only. • Who Wants to Live Forever. synthesisers. along with 40 choirboys and two thousand candles. The music video featured Christopher Lambert and the band on part of the film set. electric guitars. • Princes of the Universe. The song also appears on Greatest Hits III. it is a cult favourite due to the 1986 film Highlander in the USA. The song appeared in the film Iron Eagle. released in France and Spain only. While charting well everywhere else. reaching seventh in the UK and making top ten throughout Europe. director of Highlander. electronic drums. The National Philharmonic Orchestra featured in the song's video. • A Kind of Magic. • One Year of Love. released in the UK on 17 March 1986. reached #3 on its home chart.

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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then click SEARCH 184 The Miracle The Miracle Studio album by Queen Released Recorded 22 May 1989 January 1988 – February 1989 at Olympic Studios and Townhouse Studios. germancharts.com.Jahreshitparade 1984" (http:/ / austriancharts. Retrieved 1 September 2011 [28] Steffen Hung. "Queen . [36] "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Queen. asp?artist=Queen& title=A+ Kind+ Of+ Magic& cat=a& country=de).Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1986" (http:/ / hitparade. . Retrieved 2011-08-31.com. Retrieved 1 September 2011 [27] Queen (http:/ / www. fr/ CDCertif_O. ch/ year. ifpi.A Kind of Magic" (http:/ / swedishcharts. Enter Queen in the field Interpret. SNEP. asp). . co. [35] "German album certifications – Queen – A Kind of Magic" (http:/ / www. [37] "British album certifications – Queen – A Kind of Magic" (http:/ / www. [34] "Les Albums Or" (http:/ / www. Recording Industry Association of America. infodisc. If necessary. [31] "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts" (http:/ / chartheaven.A Kind of Magic" (http:/ / norwegiancharts. billboard. Select Title in the field Search by. com/ showitem. aspx). php?release=42961) Chart Stats. Retrieved 2010-08-01. forumer. . Retrieved 2011-10-17. click Advanced. Enter A Kind of Magic in the field Search. html& type=8) (in French). IFPI Austria.st . London. Montreux. at/ ?section=goldplatin) (in German). com/ fr/ pag-259165-CERTIFICATIONS. . Click Go [38] "American album certifications – Queen – A Kind of Magic" (http:/ / www. "Queen . asp?interpret=Queen& titel=A+ Kind+ Of+ Magic& cat=a). com/ goldandplatinumdata. chartstats. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-10-03. Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. infodisc. . bpi. ch/ showitem. html). charts. Click Suchen [33] "French album certifications – Queen – A Kind of Magic" (http:/ / www. com/ search_certifications. de/ gold_platin_datenbank/ ?action=suche& strTitel=A+ Kind+ of+ Magic& strInterpret=Queen& strTtArt=alben& strAwards=checked) (in German). Select album in the field By Format. php?debut=2200). Retrieved 1 September 2011 [24] Steffen Hung. "Queen . Retrieved 1 September 2011 [26] A Kind Of Magic (http:/ / www. com/ artist/ queen/ chart-history/ 5473#/ artist/ queen/ chart-history/ 5473?f=305& g=Albums) Billboard. com/ showitem. norwegiancharts. then click Format. [30] "Hitparade. . . swisscharts. swedishcharts. and Mountain Studios. Hung Medien. Enter A Kind of Magic in the field Titel. at/ 1986_album. uk/ certifiedawards/ search.com. Bundesverband Musikindustrie. php?artist="A+ Kind+ of+ Magic"). Retrieved 1 September 2011 [29] "Austriancharts. [32] "Austrian album certifications – Queen – A Kind of Magic" (http:/ / www. asp?search=Queen+ A+ Kind+ of+ Magic). . riaa.A Kind of Magic" (http:/ / www. Retrieved 1 September 2011 [25] Queen . British Phonographic Industry.A Kind Of Magic (http:/ / hitparade.fr. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=A+ Kind+ Of+ Magic& cat=a). asp?key=1986). disqueenfrance. 9. com/ a/ complete-uk-yearend-album-charts_post21. then select Album.A Kind of Magic [23] Steffen Hung.ch . Hung Medien. de/ album. Select album in the field Format. England. . asp?interpret=Queen& titel=A+ Kind+ Of+ Magic& cat=a) HitParade. 'A Kind of Magic')" (http:/ / www. Switzerland Rock Genre . musikindustrie. com/ release. .

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

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

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

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

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

and when he does. The Miracle is a showcase for Freddie Mercury and his love of sweeping.). May's role on The Miracle is. Along with The Game. and that gift comes in handy on The Miracle. One of his strengths is his ability to take even the schlockiest material and make it his own.The Miracle Rolling Stone stated "The band hasn't been so bogged down by synthesizers and pinging drum machines since Hot Space.S." Allmusic stated "The Miracle packs quite a sonic punch. Only on a few tracks ("Khashoggi's Ship" and "Was It All Worth It") does May really let it rip. At least The Miracle offers little snippets of Queen's former majesty. even re-establishing the band stateside (going Top 30 and attaining gold status). the album was another global smash. quasi-operatic vocals. Billboard 200 . Mercury – especially on the title track – has never sounded better. for the most part. Brian May is still in fighting trim. typically brilliant solo here and there. The Miracle is Queen's strongest album of the '80s. too – when you can hear him. Split 50/50 between pop and heavy rock. etc. As a result. And indeed. limited to a quick. recalling the rich sounds of their past classics (1976's A Day at the Races. the album lacks the sense of dynamics that marked most of Queen's early work. it's like the old Queen peeping out for just a moment and then turning tail." 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.

It peaked at #25 in the UK. its video was filmed on a private steam train known as "The Miracle Express".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. • "Scandal" was the fourth single from The Miracle. The song became Queen's first American rock radio hit since Under Pressure by peaking at #3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Singles chart. the video featured scores of computer-duplicated band members moving in unison. • "Breakthru". This well-known anthem has been heard as a rallying song for African youth.130 [27] [29] Finland (IFPI Finland) France (SNEP) [28] 163. • "The Invisible Man". The song peaked at #7 in the UK. Also appearing in the video was Debbie Leng.000 Germany (BVMI) [30] [31] 500000^ 100000^ 50000x 480.000 [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. . The song was also released as a single in the US. released in the UK on 2 May 1989. This song was later covered by the late Scatman John. It is a protest song about the way the tabloids dealt with May's relationship with actress Anita Dobson. it hit #3 in British charts but made it to #1 hit in numerous other European countries. the second single. all in 1989: • "I Want It All" was the lead single from the album. hit #12 in the UK and was a hit throughout Europe. but only reached #50 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. who was at the time Roger Taylor's girlfriend. released in the UK on 7 August 1989. was released in the UK on 19 June 1989. The song became an anti-apartheid anthem among youth in South Africa and also has been used to protest other causes.

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

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

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.Innuendo 194 Innuendo Innuendo Studio album by Queen Released 5 February 1991 Recorded March 1989 – November 1990 at Metropolis Studios. Germany (six weeks). Released in February 1991. 2. and Mountain Studios. Montreux. Switzerland (eight weeks) and Italy (three weeks). 4. 3. 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. The album was released in the United States one day . It reached #1 on the United Kingdom album charts (two weeks) as well as in the Netherlands (four 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.

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

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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."

keyboards. piano. lead vocals on "Let Me Live" Brian May – guitars. backing vocals. keyboards John Deacon – bass guitar. 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. keyboards. percussion. guitars.Made in Heaven 214 Personnel • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals. backing vocals. keyboards Roger Taylor – drums. engineering and mixing supervision Justin Shirley-Smith – co-production and engineering Joshua J. Macrae – co-production and engineering Mack – recording of additional material in the 80s Kevin Metcalfe – mastering Richard Gray – artwork. 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] .

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^ 50.300 Germany (BVMI) [48] 1250000^ 336.668 [45] [47] Canada (Music Canada) Finland (IFPI Finland) France (SNEP) [46] [45] 686.Made in Heaven [33] 215 58 U.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 .S.

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Parlophone (Europe) Elektra. 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. "Flash" Released: 24 November 1980 .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.

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

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

queenonline. Second Set of Re-issues: Out This Week! (http:/ / www. "Flash (Vanguard Mix)" (Promo Video. "Flash" (Alternative promo) 3. de/ album. Queen. html?print http:/ / www. timpani.. Brian (22 April 2003). 2003) May May Personnel • John Deacon: bass guitar. . "Flash / The Hero" (Live at Morumbi Stadium. asp?interpret=Soundtrack+ %2F+ Queen& titel=Flash+ Gordon& cat=a . backing vocals. Lady Mercy. keyboards • Roger Taylor: drums.S." guitar orchestration on "The Wedding March"[6] • Freddie Mercury: lead vocals. com/ album/ r687298 http:/ / www. com/ dblog/ articolo. asp?interpret=Soundtrack+ %2F+ Queen& titel=Flash+ Gordon& cat=a [10] http:/ / www.Flash Gordon 221 2011 iTunes Bonus Videos No. queencuttings. com/ ew/ article/ 0. at/ showitem." co-lead vocals on "Flash's Theme. Billboard 200 Notes [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] http:/ / www. ew. gc. piano. queenonline. ca/ rpm/ 028020-110. Retrieved 25 May 2011. Title Writer(s) Length 3:28 3:17 3:17 1. synthesizer • Brian May: lead guitar. "Jena. php?PHPSESSID=53gtrvbfj0gk7r9b4sd40dtvu0& q1=Queen+ Flash+ Gordon& q2=Top+ Albums%2FCDs& interval=30 [9] http:/ / dutchcharts. com/ brian/ letters/ lettersapr03.275614. com/ showitem. 5 April 2011. html). Letters. asp?interpret=Soundtrack+ %2F+ Queen& titel=Flash+ Gordon& cat=a http:/ / www. Playing piano on early albums. Mr Pavarotti" (http:/ / www. piano on "Flash's Theme" and "The Hero. allmusic. "Flash and The Hero (Flash Gordon) (plus organ on the WEDDING)" http:/ / austriancharts. . collectionscanada. 1981) May 2. rhythm guitar.00. Retrieved 7 July 2011 May. com/ en/ news-archive/ second-set-re-issues-uk-pre-order-links/ ) Queen. Retrieved 26 July 2007. asp?artist=Soundtrack+ %2F+ Queen& title=Flash+ Gordon& cat=a& country=de [11] http:/ / norwegiancharts. backing vocals. synthesizer • Additional orchestral arrangements by Howard Blake Chart performance Chart (1980/1981) Peak position 1 10 7 2 25 29 10 23 Austrian Albums Chart [7] [8] Canadian Albums Chart Dutch Albums Chart [9] German Albums Chart [10] [11] Norwegian Albums Chart Swedish Albums Chart UK Albums Chart [13] [14] [12] U. nl/ showitem. synthesizer. 01-e. com/ en/ news-archive/ press-release-second-five-albums-re-issued-13th-june/ ). brianmay. synthesizer. asp?articolo=76 "Press Release: Second Five Albums Re-Issued on 27th June" (http:/ / www. charts.

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

It was later remastered and restored in better quality by Peter Mew in 2001. and is certified double platinum in the US. Track listing Side one 1. Elektra Records re-released a shorter. 8. Europe and Canada. Live Killers hit number 3 on the UK Album Chart.[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. Switzerland. 1979. 7. "We Will Rock You" [fast version] (Brian May) – 3:18 "Let Me Entertain You" (Freddie Mercury) – 3:15 "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated To..[5] It was recorded live during the European leg of Queen's Jazz world tour between January and March 1979. Despite May and Taylor's unhappiness with the album.. 2.[6] [7] In the territories outside of the United States. Mountain Studios in Montreux.[5] The album was self-produced by the band and was their first album to be mixed at their own studios.)" (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. edited version of the album in 1985 titled "Queen Live".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. 6. 5. and number 16 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. 4. 3. It was released on June 22. Make Love" (Mercury) – 4:31 "You're My Best Friend" (John Deacon) – 2:08 . The 1994 issue that was released as part of the Digital Master Series by EMI was not improved as the quality was bad.

"Sheer Heart Attack" (Taylor) – 3:35 4.000 380. arr..000 80.000 Platinum (2x) 2. "Tie Your Mother Down" (May) – 3:40 3.500.000 450. "Bohemian Rhapsody" [intro: "Mustapha"] (Mercury) – 6:02 2. 2. 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. 3. "Brighton Rock" (May) – 12:13 Side four 1. "God Save the Queen" (Trad.000 7 4 14 100.000 50.000 250. 4. "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. released August. "Spread Your Wings" (Deacon) – 5:17 3. "We Will Rock You" (May) – 2:48 5.000 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 . "We Are the Champions" (Mercury) – 3:27 6. "Don't Stop Me Now" (Mercury) – 4:28 2. 1979 Charts Country Charts Sales Sales 40. 5.Live Killers 225 Side two 1.

htm#Killers http:/ / www.Live Killers 226 Switzerland Canada 34 2 Gold 10. com/ goldandplatinumdata.ca: "Live Killers" Analysis (http://www. 1986 (See release history) Recorded 11–12 July 1986 Wembley Stadium. riaa. 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 11.000 References [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] http:/ / www. London: Guinness World Records Limited External links • Queenlive.queenlive. Retrieved July 11. co.000 150. 2011 RIAA – Gold and Platinum (http:/ / www. London. British Hit Singles & Albums. UK 27 July 1986 Népstadion. htm) Ultimate Queen. uk/ songs/ killers. ru/ music/ queen. com/ artists/ queen/ albums/ album/ 195404/ review/ 5942451/ live_killers Live Killers (http:/ / www. 2011 [7] Roberts. Hungary 9 August 1986 Knebworth Park.htm) – an analysis of the edits and overdubs on the album Live Magic Live Magic Live album by Queen Released December 1. com/ album/ r15976/ review http:/ / www.ca/livekillers. Budapest. queencuttings. Stevenage. rollingstone. allmusic. rinet. UK Genre Length Rock 47:10 (LP) 49:22 (CD) . ultimatequeen. com/ dblog/ articolo. asp?articolo=66 http:/ / starling. David (2006).

5:50) . due to the heavy editing of many songs. "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 . 6.5:29) "Under Pressure" (Queen. 3.. For example. the opera section was removed from "Bohemian Rhapsody".Live Magic 227 Label EMI. 4.[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). See the guideline for more information. 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. it was not released in the United States until August 1996. Hollywood Records (US) Producer Queen. 5. the second verse was removed from "Tie Your Mother Down". In July 2004. However. Live Magic is a live compilation album by British rock band Queen. and both "Is This the World We Created. Track listing Side one 1. It received strong criticism by fans. It was recorded at various 1986 live shows during the European Magic Tour and released on December 1. Bowie) – 3:49 "Another One Bites the Dust" (Deacon) – 5:16 | (CD Version . Q magazine listed Live Magic as one of the top five disappointing live albums from usually great acts.. 1986.?" and "We Are the Champions" were reduced to one verse and chorus. 2.

000 500. 8. 7. 2.000 100. 5.?" (Mercury/May) – 1:30 "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Mercury) – 4:42 "Hammer to Fall" (May) – 4:22 | (CD Version . arr.000 .000 100.000 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 – 100.000 100.000 Platinum 100. "I Want to Break Free" (Deacon) – 2:40 "Is This the World We Created..000.000 100. 1986 United States August 1996 Chart positions and sales Country Charts Sales Sales 1. 6.000 300.5:20) "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..Live Magic 228 Side two 1. May) – 1:19 Release history Country Worldwide Release Date December 1. 3. 4. 9.

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

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

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

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

"We Will Rock You" (May) – 2:46 13. "Is This the World We Created.00pm with tickets costing £14. May) – 2:59 3.?" (Mercury. London)" "Another One Bites the Dust (Live July 11. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Mercury) – 6:27 10. 2. "Love of My Life" (Mercury) – 4:47 2. 1986 at Wembley Stadium. Spencer Davis. London)" "Tavaszi szél vízet áraszt (Live July 27. 3.Live at Wembly '86 13. "Tutti Frutti" (Little Richard) – 3:23[4] 6. 3. Hungary)" The Original Concert The concert started at 4. 1986 at Wembley Stadium. 1986 at Népstadion. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Mercury) – 5:50 8. 2. "Radio Ga Ga" (Taylor) – 5:57 12. "Hammer to Fall" (May) – 5:36 9. "Big Spender" (Dorothy Fields. Deacon) – 2:08 14. "Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)" (Gene Pitney) – 1:24 5. INXS The Alarm Status Quo Queen Release history Country Worldwide Release Date May 26. Budapest.. 4 bands performed in the following order: 1. London)" "Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Live July 11. Muff Winwood) – 0:55 7. 4. Cy Coleman) – 1:07 11. "A Kind of Magic (Live July 11. 1986 at Wembley Stadium.. "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care" (Jerry Leiber. "We Are the Champions" (Mercury) – 4:05 15. "Gimme Some Lovin'" (Steve Winwood. "Now I'm Here" (May) – 6:19 233 Disc two 1. 1992 United States June 2. May) – 1:27 Bonus tracks on 2003 Hollywood Records remaster 1.50. "Friends Will Be Friends" (Mercury. Mike Stoller) – 1:34 4. 1992 Chart positions and sales . 4. "God Save the Queen" (arr.

Gold & Platinum (http:/ / www. bpi. percussion.000 Platinum 15 16 13 [5] Platinum Gold Gold [6] 600. keyboards. com/ goldandplatinum. mx/ certificaciones.bass guitars.keyboards. piano. com/ album/ r132489 http:/ / www. uk/ stats).000 500.lead vocals. allmusic.000 15. amprofon.000 Platinum (5x) 500.drums. queenonline.guitars.000 80.000 Gold 4 1 [5] Platinum [7] 300.Live at Wembly '86 234 Country Charts Sales Sales 100. this song missed the reprise.000 35. Queenonline. backing vocals with • Spike Edney .com. However.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 . videovista. php?artista=Queen& titulo=& disquera=& certificacion=todas& anio=todos& categoria=todas& Submitted=Buscar& item=menuCert& contenido=buscar). com. Live at Wembley '86 (http:/ / www. backing vocals Roger Taylor . piano.000 Platinum Gold [8] 250.000 700. On the original 1992 release. Live at Wembley '86 (http:/ / www. backing vocals John Deacon . riaa.000 300. BPI Certified Awards (http:/ / www. php). . com/ q_history/ history.000 50.000 100.000 100. backing vocals Notes and references [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] http:/ / www. on the 2003 re-release on Hollywood Records the reprise was included. php?history=6& section=19).000 150. net/ reviews/ august03/ queen. RIAA. co. guitar Brian May . html It is listed incorrectly as "In the Lap of the Gods". guitar.

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

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. 2004 in the US. May played a snippet of the intro to "Las Palabras de Amor" calling it "a little fiddle around". 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). On "Fat Bottomed Girls". A roadie had to help him get his guitar working again. 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)". neither the album nor the DVD charted. 1982 during the Hot Space Tour. Also. It was recorded live at the National Bowl. In the US. England.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. like every Queen album. The next did not occur until the Queen + Paul Rodgers Return of the Champions Tour in 2005. A DVD was also released with the concert and bonus material. on June 5. In 2005. drummer Roger Taylor did an impromptu 30-second drum solo before "Under Pressure" whilst May got his guitar fixed. and radio broadcasts of the Milton Keynes show) but the error was repaired for release on the CD and DVD. During May's guitar solo. Milton Keynes. the album was also released as an LP. Notes During the show. guitarist Brian May had problems with his homemade Red Special guitar. Channel 4. During both the fast version of "We Will Rock You" and "Dragon Attack". In the UK the CD made #20 and DVD #1 in the album and DVD chart respectively. Buckinghamshire. such as band interviews and tour highlights. MTV. . 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. Before "Love of My Life". 2004 in Europe and on November 9.

2. "Save Me" (May) – 4:00 13. "We Are the Champions" (Mercury) – 3:28 12. "Somebody to Love" (Mercury) – 7:53 8. 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. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Deacon) – 3:49 9. "Sheer Heart Attack" (Taylor) – 3:25 10. 6. "We Will Rock You" (May) – 2:08 11. 5. "Tie Your Mother Down" (May) – 4:09 8. "Back Chat" (Deacon) – 5:00 Disc 2 1. "Now I'm Here" (Reprise) (May) – 0:49 11. "Fat Bottomed Girls" (May) – 5:25 5. "Get Down. "Love of My Life" (Mercury) – 4:22 12. "God Save the Queen" (Trad. "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. "Now I'm Here" (May) – 6:18 9. arr. Make Love" or "Fat Bottomed Girls" due to censorship laws. "We Will Rock You (Fast)" and "Now I'm Here". 4. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Mercury) – 4:15 6. Apparently this allowed Mercury to more freely scale and walk along the raised wings on either side of the stage. "Guitar Solo " (May) – 6:22 3. The Hong Kong & China version of the CD release does not contain either "Get Down. "Under Pressure" (Queen/Bowie) – 3:47 4. May) – 1:24 .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). "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Mercury) – 5:38 7. Make Love" (Mercury) – 3:39 2. 237 Track listing Disc 1 1. 3. "Dragon Attack" (May) – 4:16 10.

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 . Tokyo. We Are the Champions 4. 3. rhythm guitar on "Staying Power". Japan on November 3. God Save the Queen • Songs from concert at Seibu Lions Stadium. Another One Bites the Dust 2. 5. Flash / The Hero Now I'm Here Impromptu Put Out the Fire Dragon Attack Now I'm Here (Reprise) 7. 1982 1. percussion.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. 2. 6. We Will Rock You 3. 1982 1. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 8. Austria on May 12. 4. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) • Photo gallery (Calling All Girls) Personnel • • • • • • • • • • • • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals. piano. vocals. piano on "Save Me" Roger Taylor – drums. acoustic guitar on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Brian May – guitars. Vienna. vocals John Deacon – bass guitar.

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 .

. Hung Medien. be/ fr/ showitem. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (ASP). Retrieved 31 July 2011. Hung Medien. [11] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / swisscharts. Swiss Charts. Hung Medien. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (in French) (ASP). [8] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / italiancharts. musicline. be/ nl/ showitem. ultratop. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). [5] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / www. Retrieved 31 July 2011. Ultratop. Ultratop. Retrieved 31 July 2011. com/ album/ queen-on-fire-live-at-the-bowl-r714768/ review [3] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / austriancharts. [4] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / www. [10] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / portuguesecharts. nl/ showitem. . [9] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / dutchcharts. Hung Medien. . Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2011. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (in French) (ASP). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (ASP). com/ showitem. ultratop. Retrieved 31 July 2011. . . co. . asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (in German) (ASP). de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ artist/ Queen/ ?type=longplay) (in German). bbc. .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. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). at/ showitem. Music Line. Les Charts. Hung Medien. . Italian Charts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Queen+ On+ Fire+ -+ Live+ At+ The+ Bowl& cat=a) (ASP). allmusic. Retrieved 31 July 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2011. Dutch Charts. .Queen on Fire Live at the Bowl 240 Region Austria (IFPI Austria) Germany (BVMI) Certification Sales/shipments [20] Gold Platinum 15. uk/ music/ release/ 6wn8 [2] http:/ / www. Hung Medien. Media Control Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2011. com/ showitem. [7] "Chartverfolgung / Queen / Longplay" (http:/ / www. [6] "Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl (Album)" (http:/ / lescharts. Austrian Charts. . Portuguese Charts. Retrieved 31 July 2011.

Select DVD in the field By Format. bpi. Click Suchen [21] "German album certifications – Queen – Queen on Fire . [14] "ariaNET: The ARIA Report! (Issue 769)" (http:/ / pandora. IFPI Austria. au/ pages/ ARIACharts-Accreditations-2006DVD. co. Select DVD in the field Format. . Austrian Charts. de/ gold_platin_datenbank/ ?action=suche& strTitel=Queen+ on+ Fire+ -+ Live+ at+ the+ Bowl& strInterpret=Queen& strTtArt=alben& strAwards=checked) (in German). [30] "British video certifications – Queen – Live at the Bowl" (http:/ / www.Live at the Bowl" (http:/ / www.Live at the Bowl" (http:/ / www. Retrieved 3 July 2011. ultratop. [25] "Austrian video certifications – Queen – Queen on Fire" (http:/ / www. [22] "British album certifications – Queen – On Fire .Live at the Bowl" (http:/ / www. Click Suchen [26] "French video certifications – Queen – Queen on Fire – Live at the Bowl" (http:/ / www. asp?cat=d& year=2004& date=20041114) (in German) (ASP). Ultratop. musikindustrie. 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[29] "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Queen. Retrieved 31 July 2011. Select album in the field Format. aria. com. Hung Medien. Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. com/ search_certifications. Retrieved 31 July 2011. [24] "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 DVDs" (http:/ / www. vg. [17] "Sverigetopplistan" (http:/ / www. hu/ ?menu=slagerlistak& menu2=archivum& lista=dvd& ev=2005& het=17& submit_=Keresés) (in Hungarian). swisscharts. Pandora Archive. Select Title in the field Search by. asp?cat=d& year=2005& date=20050507) (in French) (ASP). capif. . Enter Queen in the field Interpret. co. . ifpi.Live at the Bowl" (http:/ / www. [20] "Austrian album certifications – Queen – On Fire . . Click Go [31] "American video certifications – Queen – On Fire: Live at the Bowl" (http:/ / www. p. com/ archive-chart/ _/ 3/ 2004-11-06/ ). 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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 . 50:35 (CD 2) Parlophone (UK) Hollywood Records (US) Justin Shirley-Smith Kris Fredriksson Joshua J.Live at the Bowl (2004) Queen Rock Montreal (2007) Queen: We Will Rock You: The Movie (2010) .

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

May) – 1:27 * previously unreleased 244 Personnel • Freddie Mercury – lead vocals. synthesizer on "Intro" • John Deacon – bass guitar. percussion. acoustic guitar on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" • Brian May – guitars. vocals. lead vocal on "I'm In Love With My Car" and "Another One Bites The Dust"(chorus). piano. vocals.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 . piano on "Save Me" and "Flash".Queen Rock Montreal 13. "We Will Rock You" (May) – 2:09 14. "God Save the Queen" (tape) (arr. Macrae . synthesizer on "Flash" • Roger Taylor – drums. vocals • Joshua J. "We Are the Champions" (Mercury) – 3:27 15.

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

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. various Queen chronology Greatest Hits (1981) Greatest Hits II (1991) Alternative covers .

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

peaking at no.S. ("One Year of Love") or anywhere ("Stone Cold Crazy"). In 2004.[8] Though well received. Hollywood Records. . who were keen on a massive promotion of the band's back catalog. Queen sought to issue a second Greatest Hits collection worldwide. In Argentina and Brazil. Classic Queen (1992). "Keep Yourself Alive". the U. later that year. In the UK and the U. and each territory's tracks were dependent on what singles were released there and what tracks charted. In 1991.S.S. and a few album tracks were used as filler. "We Are the Champions" and "Killer Queen"). the standard was raised again by only including top 20 hits. In some cases. it features most of the '70s tracks absent from Classic Queen (including "Another One Bites the Dust" [1980]. (almost a month later). where solid numbers could be collected. Also.Greatest Hits 248 History There was no universal track listing or cover art for the Greatest Hits album. ended up with its original edit of Queen's first single release. neither was released as a single in any country. "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"). see the relevant articles. was able to add "Under Pressure" (Queen's duet with David Bowie) to its Hits collection. On this album Mercury has ten songs. Roger Taylor had not released any singles with the group at that time. which had been re-released in the U. Some examples of these were "Sweet Lady" and "Love of My Life". because of the delay in release dates between the UK (out first) and the U. CD version is the same as the British. as it was released during that interim. including the second and third Greatest Hits albums. The problem was that Elektra still held the US rights to that first 1981 collection (despite being Hollywood's US licencée).S. Hollywood Records released Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You Edition which was the UK Greatest Hits with three bonus tracks.4. despite the band's popularity. where Classic Queen was on royal blue).S. Hollywood Records decided to not release Greatest Hits II to the U. "We Will Rock You". For other compilations.. the LP edition included the same list of UK Greatest Hits minus "Seven Seas of Rhye". the band had just changed record labels in the US. Brian May has five and John Deacon has two. from Capitol to Hollywood Records. not enough songs were issued as singles to fill a compilation album.[7] This compilation was made up of tracks such as "Bohemian Rhapsody".S. this collection would eventually pose the problem of overlapping track lists in the future. and including "Love of My Life" (Live Killers version). Track listing This section includes the track listings for the original Greatest Hits and closely related albums only. this time with a standard track listing. Commonly referred to as the Red Greatest Hits. but instead created their own collection.[8] Some tracks were not even singles in the U. in 1975 (original release was 1973) after the success of "Bohemian Rhapsody".S. re-released a companion collection Greatest Hits with similar artwork (on a red background. The U. market. to promote the Las Vegas production of the musical We Will Rock You. However. but appear on some regions' 1981 Hits release.

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

"Another One Bites the Dust" 4. "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 . "Bohemian Rhapsody" 2. "Now I'm Here" 11. "Play the Game" 15. "We Will Rock You" 2. "Under Pressure" 9. "Killer Queen" 4.S. "You're My Best Friend" 9. from A Day At The Races. "We Will Rock You" 17. Title 1. "Fat Bottomed Girls (LP version)" 7.A. "Seven Seas of Rhye" 13. "Bicycle Race" 8. "Don't Stop Me Now" 7. "Save Me" 8. "Teo Torriatte" (single version. "Somebody to Love" 6. Title 1. "Play the Game" 12. edition Has a red cover with the Queen crest design. No. "Somebody to Love" 11.K. "Save Me" 15. "We Are the Champions" 3.Greatest Hits 250 1981 Japan edition No. "Now I'm Here" 12. "Body Language" (from Hot Space. Flash" 16. 1982) 14. "Flash's Theme A. "Fat Bottomed Girls" 5. "You're My Best Friend" 14. "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. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" 6. 1976) May 13. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" 10. "Killer Queen" 5. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" 10. "Another One Bites the Dust" 3.

Available in iTunes.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.Live at the Bowl. Belgium and Spain had Spread Your Wings as an extra track. Australia had Tie Your Mother Down and Keep Yourself Alive but not Don't Stop Me Now. No. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy or 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 . "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" (From A Day at the Races. Germany. 2004) 20. 1984) Deacon Total length: 2:55 4:22 58:43 2004 U. Australia. Bulgaria had Death On Two Legs and Sweet Lady as extra tracks. Title 18. Title Writer(s) Length 5:07 63:00 18.Greatest Hits 251 16. Brazil. 1976) May Total length: In addition to the variations above. Mexico and Venezuela had Love Of My Life (live) instead of Seven Seas Of Rhye. Canada. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" 17. edition (Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You) Same track listing as UK 1981 edition.S. "I'm in Love with My Car" (From A Night at the Opera. 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. Save Me. Now I'm Here. "Under Pressure" (from Queen on Fire . followed by three additional tracks. No. "I Want to Break Free" (from The Works. Israel and Netherlands had Under Pressure as an extra track. 1975) 19. "Tie Your Mother Down" (from Queen on Fire .

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 .

uk/ 1/ hi/ entertainment/ 6151050. . bbc. . co. com/ music/ artist/ queen/ albums. bbc. html) Daily Mail Retrieved January 23. Retrieved 30 May 2011 [8] Queen Album: Classic Queen (http:/ / www. jhtml?albumId=72769) MTV. stm) BBC News Retrieved January 17. 2011 [5] In Pictures: 50 years of pop (http:/ / news. stm) BBC Retrieved January 23. 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. allmusic. bpi. Austrian Charts. co. British Phonographic Industry.8.Gold and Platinum (http:/ / www. 2011 [7] Billboard 25 Jul 1992 (http:/ / books. Retrieved 2011-01-17. co. dailymail. 2011 [9] "Queen – Greatest Hits (Album)" (http:/ / austriancharts. Hung Medien. Billboard. uk/ tvshowbiz/ article-354650/ Queen-longest-reigning-chart-act. [4] Queen becomes longest reigning chart act (http:/ / www. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (in German) (ASP). 2011 [3] "BPI Highest Retail Sales" (http:/ / www. uk/ hi/ english/ static/ in_depth/ entertainment/ 2002/ jubilee/ popup/ 5. uk/ assets/ files/ top 40 albums. riaa. Retrieved 25 July 2011. at/ showitem.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. com/ booksid=hxAEAAAAMBAJ& pg=PA8& dq=queen+ waynes+ world#v=onepage& q& f=false) p. google.678. com/ goldandplatinumdata. . co. com/ album/ r413002) at Allmusic [2] Queen head all-time sales chart (http:/ / news. 2011 [6] RIAA . mtv. Retrieved May 30. pdf).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.

de/ gold_platin_datenbank/ ?action=suche& strTitel=Greatest+ Hits+ I& strInterpret=Queen& strTtArt=alben& strAwards=checked) (in German). 'Greatest Hits')" (http:/ / www. nz/ showitem. Enter Greatest Hits in the field Search. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (ASP). aspx?st=Greatest+ Hits& sa=Queen& smt=0). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 July 2011. . . billboard. ultratop. uk/ certifiedawards/ search. Norwegian Charts. . [15] "Queen – Greatest Hits (Album)" (http:/ / australian-charts. [30] "Canadian album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits" (http:/ / www. . then select Album. Select Title in the field Search by. MAHASZ. Hung Medien. Click Suchen [29] "Brazilian album certifications – Queen – Queen Greatest Hits" (http:/ / abpd. com/ showitem. [32] "Guld. 1904& type=2& interval=50& PHPSESSID=m89iq841abagb37ld9c0fdc1f3) (PHP/PDF). Hung Medien. [24] "Queen – Greatest Hits (Album)" (http:/ / lescharts. php?artist="Greatest+ Hits"). . uk/ assets/ files/ top). New Zealand Charts. . 17 October 1992. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (in French) (ASP). . com/ showitem. org. ifpi. org. . Spanish Charts. Retrieved 25 July 2011. hu/ ?menu=slagerlistak& menu2=archivum& lista=top40& ev=1992& het=23& submit_=Keresés) (in Hungarian). . be/ fr/ showitem. then click Format. musiccanada. swisscharts. gc. Retrieved 25 July 2011. de/ album. asp?search=Queen+ Greatest+ Hits). Hung Medien. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (ASP). Dutch Charts. [17] "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé" (http:/ / www. Retrieved 25 July 2011. If necessary. [21] "Greatest Hits (Hollywood) – Queen" (http:/ / www. [20] "Queen – Greatest Hits (Album)" (http:/ / swisscharts. aria. click Advanced. [12] "Queen – Greatest Hits (Album)" (http:/ / charts. capif. . asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (ASP). Ultratop.Greatest Hits [10] "Album – Queen. charts. at/ ?section=goldplatin) (in German). Enter Queen in the field Interpret. ifpi. Hung Medien. theofficialcharts. . ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved August 31. Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. Select album in the field Format. collectionscanada. se/ wp/ wp-content/ uploads/ guld-platina-1987-1998. br/ certificados_interna. Recording Industry Association of America. Hung Medien. . co. British Phonographic Industry. Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. IFPI Sweden. . Enter Greatest Hits I in the field Titel. htm). [23] "Queen – Greatest Hits (Album)" (http:/ / www. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (ASP). bpi. 2011. com. Greatest Hits" (http:/ / www. [34] "British album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits" (http:/ / www. aupagesARIACharts-Accreditations-2007Albums. Hung Medien. 01-e. fr/ Albums_ChartRun. Hung Medien. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (ASP). Swiss Charts. InfoDisc. aspx). com/ all-the-number-one-albums-list/ _/ 1981/ ). [18] "Archivum: Top 40 Album" (http:/ / mahasz. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits& cat=a) (ASP). [13] "All the Number One Albums: 1981" (http:/ / www. [19] "Queen – Greatest Hits (Album)" (http:/ / swedishcharts. Australian Charts. asp?sArtista=Queen& tmidia=1) (in Portuguese). The Official Charts Company. org. com/ showitem. Retrieved 25 July 2011. [11] "Queen – Greatest Hits (Album)" (http:/ / dutchcharts. 40 albums. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011. infodisc. Retrieved 25 July 2011. . co. . . Music Canada. . . com/ search_certifications. Retrieved 25 July 2011. .och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (http:/ / www. [22] "Queen – Greatest Hits (Album)" (http:/ / spanishcharts. Mexican Charts. Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Les Charts. nl/ showitem. [33] "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Queen. Hung Medien. 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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. released in 1991.[2] It reached #1 on the UK Album Chart.[3] [4] The compilation contains most of Queen's European hits from 1981 to 1991. 2011. A companion video release entitled Greatest Flix II was released at the same time.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. and has sold 16 million copies worldwide. but is currently out of print. Most of the videos are now available on the DVD Greatest Video Hits 2 with the exception of the videos from the 1991 . Hollywood Records released the newly-remastered 2011 version of Greatest Hits II in the USA & Japan. It was later made available in the United States in two box sets: Greatest Hits I & II and The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I. and is the eighth best-selling album in UK Chart history with sales of 3. On April 19.7 million copies as of 2009.

1984) 8. "I Want It All" (single version. "Hammer to Fall" (single version. from Hot Space. "The Show Must Go On" (early faded. "Who Wants to Live Forever" (edit. 1989) 14. 1989) 12. No. "It's a Hard Life" (from The Works. Title Writer(s) Length 4:49 80:46 18. "One Vision" (single version. from The Miracle. 1986) 2. "The Invisible Man" (from The Miracle. "Breakthru" (from The Miracle. 1984) 4. from Innuendo. 1984) 6. 1991) 11. "Friends Will Be Friends" (from A Kind Of Magic. Deacon Queen Queen 2011 Japan Reissue Edition From the bonus track for japan. from A Kind Of Magic.Greatest Hits II Innuendo album. "The Miracle" (early faded. 1986) Brian May 10. "Innuendo" (from Innuendo. 1991) 17. 1989) Writer(s) Roger Taylor Queen. from A Kind Of Magic. Title 1. 1986) Queen (May) Queen (Mercury) Queen (Mercury) Queen (Taylor) May Mercury. "Under Pressure" (edit. "Radio Ga Ga" (from The Works. "I Was Born to Love You" (From Made in Heaven. 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. 256 Track listing No. 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] . Available in iTunes. from Innuendo. from The Works. 1982) 3. "A Kind of Magic" (from A Kind Of Magic. 1984) 15. "Headlong" (Single Version. from The Works. "I'm Going Slightly Mad" (Original Innuendo LP edit) 13. "I Want to Break Free" (single mix. from The Miracle. 1991) 7. 1989) 5. 1986) 16.

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* 143.000 [20] Austria (IFPI Austria) Brazil (ABPD) [19] Finland (IFPI Finland) France (SNEP) [21] 1000000* 2250000^ 100000^ 250000x 3.746.404 [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 ^ .

br/ certificados_interna. Vol. Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (ASP). Media Control Charts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (in German) (ASP). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. . infodisc. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (ASP). [12] "Chartverfolgung / Queen / Longplay" (http:/ / www. com/ album/ greatest-hits-vol-2-r299806). com/ showitem. swisscharts. pdf) (in Swedish) (PDF). fr/ Certif_Album. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011. Australian Charts. InfoDisc. 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011 [5] "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (http:/ / australian-charts. se/ wp/ wp-content/ uploads/ guld-platina-1987-1998. Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. pdf) (PDF). Greatest Hits. com/ all-the-number-one-albums-list/ _/ 1991/ ). Hung Medien. 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). musikindustrie. allmusic. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011. Hung Medien. . [17] "Argentinian album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits Vol II" (http:/ / www. Hung Medien. Music Line. fi/ tilastot/ artistit/ Queen) (in Finnish). Select Title in the field Search by. uk/ music/ reviews/ 5hpn) BBC. Hung Medien. Find "QUEEN" under the drop-down menu to see statistics.Greatest Hits II 258 References [1] http:/ / www. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (ASP). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). [20] "Finnish album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits 2" (http:/ / www. . Retrieved 23 July 2011. . infodisc. Retrieved 23 July 2011. org. . . Norwegian Charts. The Official Charts Company. de/ gold_platin_datenbank/ ?action=suche& strTitel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& strInterpret=Queen& strTtArt=alben& strAwards=checked) (in German). co. . musicline. nz/ showitem. Swiss Charts. uk/ assets/ files/ top 40 albums. Enter Queen in the field Interpret. [25] "British album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits (Vol II)" (http:/ / www. Retrieved 23 July 2011. [13] "Archivum: Top 40 Album" (http:/ / mahasz. [11] "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé" (http:/ / www. . British Phonographic Industry. aspx). Swedish Charts. co. Click Go [26] "Top 40 Best Selling Albums 28 July 1956 – 14 June 2009" (http:/ / www. Retrieved 23 July 2011. New Zealand Charts. Retrieved 23 July 2011. com/ album/ r299806 [2] Queen. bpi. MAHASZ. Select album in the field Format. co. . ifpi. ifpi. [8] "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (http:/ / swisscharts. . Retrieved 23 July 2011. IFPI Sweden. . nl/ showitem. Select album in the field By Format. [6] "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (http:/ / dutchcharts. [3] BPI . Austrian Charts. 2" (http:/ / www. Select QUEEN and click OK [22] "German album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits II" (http:/ / www. 'Greatest Hits II')" (http:/ / www. [23] "Guld. com/ search_certifications. php) (in French) (PHP). theofficialcharts. [14] "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (http:/ / norwegiancharts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2011. . asp?sArtista=Queen& tmidia=1) (in Portuguese).och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (http:/ / www. Dutch Charts. . co. . asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (ASP). capif. [18] "Austrian album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits II" (http:/ / www. at/ showitem. ar/ Default. 2011. bbc. pdf). . ifpi. . IFPI Austria. Spanish Charts. 2 (http:/ / www. . at/ ?section=goldplatin) (in German). asp?search=Queen+ Greatest+ Hits+ II). All Music. de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ artist/ Queen/ ?type=longplay) (in German). . Retrieved 23 July 2011. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (ASP). . InfoDisc. com/ showitem. Enter Greatest Hits II in the field Titel. com/ showitem. . uk/ certifiedawards/ search. Enter Greatest Hits (Vol II) in the field Search. bpi. Click Suchen [19] "Brazilian album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits II" (http:/ / abpd. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=Greatest+ Hits+ II& cat=a) (ASP). [15] "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (http:/ / swedishcharts. Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. Retrieved 13 June 2011 [4] Queen Greatest Hits I and II Review (http:/ / www. [24] "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Queen. [21] "French album certifications – Queen – Greatest Hits Vol. [10] "Queen – Greatest Hits II (Album)" (http:/ / austriancharts. allmusic. org. Retrieved August 31. fr/ Albums_ChartRun. bpi. php) (in French). com/ showitem. 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It overlapped both the 1981 Greatest Hits and the 1991 Greatest Hits II. containing two different tracks from the 1981 release but designed specifically to complement Classic Queen. Accumulated sales (Greatest Hits II and Classic Queen for the U. and Canada combined) are in .S. and contained a few tracks not found in either of the previous releases.S.Classic Queen 259 Classic Queen Classic Queen Greatest hits album by Queen Released March 10. 1992 Recorded 1972-1990 Genre Length Label Rock 75:10 Hollywood Records EMI Parlophone Producer Roy Thomas Baker. it did not fit in with the previous Queen compilations. David Bowie. 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. 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 five times platinum in Canada. David Richards.[3] [4] Although critically acclaimed as an excellent compilation. Hollywood Records re-released Greatest Hits in the U.[2] The album reached number four on the Billboard 200. only. to remedy this situation.S. and is certified three times platinum in the U.

May. May. Taylor May Deacon. "I'm Going Slightly Mad" (from Innuendo. and "We Are the Champions". May. May. cria. 1991) 13. Mercury. 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. "A Kind of Magic" (from A Kind Of Magic. Title 1. Taylor Deacon Taylor Deacon. such as "Another One Bites the Dust".Gold and Platinum (http:/ / www. allmusic. "Hammer to Fall" (from The Works. "I Want It All" (from The Miracle. 1991) 9. 1986) 14.[5] 260 Track listing No. riaa. Mercury. John Deacon. 2011 [3] RIAA . "These Are the Days of Our Lives" (from Innuendo.Classic Queen excess of 19 million worldwide. Taylor (The songs "Under Pressure". 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. Brian May. Mercury. 1982) 4.) Charts Country United States Canada Chart 4 — Certication 3× platinum 5× platinum Sales [3] 3 000 000+ [4] 500 000+ References [1] http:/ / www. "Who Wants to Live Forever" (from A Kind Of Magic. Taylor Deacon. Mercury. 1989) 12. "Stone Cold Crazy" (from Sheer Heart Attack. google. php|title=Canadian) Retrieved 17 June 2011 . 1974) 6. 1991) Total length: Deacon. May. 1984) 5. "Headlong" (from Innuendo. May. Mercury. Taylor Deacon. 1984) 8. ca/ cert_db_search. "We Will Rock You". Many of Queen's biggest hits. "One Vision" (from A Kind Of Magic. 1975) 3. Mercury. Mercury. 1986) May 17. Taylor Deacon. Billboard. are missing from this compilation. "The Miracle" (from The Miracle. com/ goldandplatinumdata. "Radio Ga Ga" (from The Works. May. 1989) 10. "Keep Yourself Alive" (from Queen. 1986) 2. 1976) 11. "One Year of Love" (from A Kind Of Magic. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (from A Night At The Opera. Taylor May Deacon. 1991) Writer(s) Roger Taylor Freddie Mercury David Bowie. "The Show Must Go On" (from Innuendo. 1973) 15. com/ books?id=hxAEAAAAMBAJ& pg=PA8& dq=queen+ waynes+ world#v=onepage& q& f=false) p. Taylor May Deacon. 1986) 7. Peter Straker. "Under Pressure" (from Hot Space. "Tie Your Mother Down" (from A Day At The Races. Retrieved May 30.8. Mercury. Mercury. com/ album/ r58558 [2] Billboard 25 Jul 1992 (http:/ / books. "The Miracle" and "One Vision" have been edited or remixed for this compilation.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" was never released on a 12-inch single and the sleeve notes state that it is included due to its length. . 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. com/ music/ artist/ queen/ albums.Classic Queen [5] Queen Album: Classic Queen (http:/ / www. It features various 12-inch single format recordings and remixes. mtv. Retrieved May 30. 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. "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.

Taylor/May . "The Invisible Man" (12" Version) .7:19 5.6:25 9. "Queen .4:34 References 1.6:04 8.Mercury/Deacon .The 12" Collection (1992)" [1]. 1997 1973 – 1997 Rock 70:21 Parlophone / Hollywood Queen chronology . "Radio Ga-Ga" (Extended Version) .5:05 6.5:44 11. "It's a Hard Life" (12" Extended) .com/cdcatalogue/.The 12" Collection 262 Track listing 1.6:01 10. http://paulmcgarry. html Queen Rocks Queen Rocks Compilation album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Length Label November 3. "Hammer to Fall" (The Headbanger's Mix) .6:53 3. "Man on the Prowl" (Extended Version) . com/ cdcatalogue/ details/ 3351. "A Kind of Magic" (Extended Version) .Mercury .Queen .Mercury . "The Show Must Go On" . "I Want to Break Free" (Extended Mix) . "Breakthru" (Extended Version) . References [1] http:/ / paulmcgarry. "Machines (Or 'Back to Humans')" (12" Instrumental) . "Bohemian Rhapsody" .5:23 7.Taylor .Deacon .Taylor .Queen .Mercury .5:08 4. "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure" (12" Version) .Queen .5:30 12.5:58 2.May .

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

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

3. 1998 2.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. 1999 "Princes of the Universe" Released: 2000 (Holland only) . "Another One Bites The Dust (Small Soldiers Remix)" Released: November. "Under Pressure (Rah Mix)" Released: December.

See the guideline for more information.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. Theatre National de Chaillot. It is a compilation of latter-day songs. "Let Me Live" 12. Despite being a greatest hits compilation. Bad Guy From Made in Heaven Performed by Freddie Mercury non-album single 5:07 6. "You Don't Fool Me" 7. the band members' solo hits and the band's collaborations with other artists (hence the album's credit to "Queen+"). April 1992)" • • • • Performed by George Michael + Queen Live at Wembley Stadium 1992. "Somebody to Love (Live. "The Great Pretender" Queen Buck Ram • • • 4:45 3:26 . Elton John)" Writer(s) Queen Note(s) • • • 2. "The Show Must Go On (Live. as the 1993 No More Brothers Radio Mix is listed on the compilation's sleeve notes From The Freddie Mercury Album Originally from Mr. 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. The Freddie Mercury Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness. 1997 feat. Title 1. 1999. "Driven by You" Queen Roger Taylor May May • • • • • • • 5:22 4:37 4:29 4:09 10. 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). "Too Much Love Will Kill You (Album Version)" 4:18 5. Elizabeth Lamers 4:25 4. "Barcelona (Single Version)" Freddie Mercury. Frank Musker. Greatest Hits III is a compilation album by English rock band Queen. Wembley. It was released on November 8. "Under Pressure (Rah Mix)" Queen. "Heaven for Everyone (Single Version)" 8. Track listing No. "Living on My Own (Julian Raymond Album Mix)" Mercury 3:37 • • 11. Mike Moran Brian May. 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. Paris. "Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love)" 9.

"Thank God It's Christmas" May Queen May. "Another One Bites The Dust (Small Soldiers Remix)" 15. Pras & Free Originally from The Game From Queen Rocks From Innuendo 1984 non-album single release 3:31 4:20 13. "These Are the Days of Our Lives" 17. "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)" 16. "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 .Greatest Hits III 267 Mercury John Deacon • • • • • • From A Kind of Magic Featuring Wyclef Jean.

Retrieved 24 July 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2011 [3] Greatest Hits III (http:/ / www. New Zealand Charts. fr/ Albums_ChartRun. . asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (ASP). infodisc. com/ archive-chart/ _/ 3/ 1999-11-20/ ). . . at/ showitem. Media Control Charts. [12] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / norwegiancharts. Hung Medien. Swedish Charts. . . . hu/ ?menu=slagerlistak& menu2=archivum& lista=top40& ev=1999& het=52& submit_=Keresés) (in Hungarian). Retrieved 24 July 2011. The Official Charts Company. [13] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / swedishcharts. Retrieved 24 July 2011. [6] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / finnishcharts. [14] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / swisscharts. Hung Medien. com/ index. [10] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / dutchcharts. . theofficialcharts. asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (ASP). asp?artist=Queen+ & title=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a& country=de) (in German) (ASP). . MAHASZ. Hung Medien. org. asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (ASP). asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (ASP). Finnish Charts. Norwegian Charts. Retrieved 24 July 2011. [11] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / charts. Retrieved 24 July 2011. asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). Retrieved 12 August 2011 [2] Greatest Hits III (http:/ / www. queenarchives.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 . Hung Medien. Ultratop. asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (in German) (ASP). [9] "Archivum: Top 40 Album" (http:/ / mahasz. Retrieved 24 July 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011. InfoDisc. php?title=Queen_-_11-05-1999_-_Greatest_Hits_III_-_Chester_Chronicle) Chester Chronicle. nz/ showitem. Retrieved 13 August 2011 [4] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / austriancharts. Retrieved 24 July 2011. Austrian Charts. Retrieved 24 July 2011. com/ index. . Retrieved 24 July 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011. allmusic. [15] "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 20th November 1999" (http:/ / www. php) (in French) (PHP). Swiss Charts. Hung Medien. queenarchives. . com/ album/ r443580) Allmusic. [5] "Queen+ – Greatest Hits III (Album)" (http:/ / www. Dutch Charts. Hung Medien. de/ album.Greatest Hits III (http:/ / www. Find "QUEEN" under the drop-down menu to see statistics. [7] "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé" (http:/ / www. com/ showitem. ultratop. Hung Medien. Hung Medien. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (ASP). . be/ nl/ showitem. charts. . . com/ showitem. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Queen+ & titel=Greatest+ Hits+ III& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). [8] "Album – Queen+. Greatest Hits III" (http:/ / www. nl/ showitem. php?title=Queen_-_01-XX-2000_-_Greatest_Hits_III_-_Classic_Rock) Classic Rock Magazine.

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

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

3. 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) . 8.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. 2. 7. 6. Volume 1 272 DVD track listing 1.The AZ of Queen. 4. "A Kind of Magic" (from Greatest Video Hits 2) "Another One Bites the Dust" (from Queen on Fire . 5. 9.

"Somebody to Love" 18. "We Will Rock You" 2. 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. "You're My Best Friend" 11. "We Are the Champions" 3.Absolute Greatest 273 Professional ratings Review scores Source Allmusic Classic Rock Q [3] Rating [1] [2] This table needs to be expanded using prose. "Radio Ga Ga" 4. "Don't Stop Me Now" 12. a 52 page hardback book with the 2 CDs. "Another One Bites the Dust" 5. "A Kind of Magic" 8. including the single CD edition. "Seven Seas of Rhye" 16. Each track has been remastered from the original tapes. "Who Wants to Live Forever" ('Greatest Hits II' Edit) May 15. "I Want It All" (Single Version) 6. "Heaven for Everyone" (Single Version) 17. a 2 CD special edition featuring audio commentaries by Brian May and Roger Taylor. "Under Pressure" 9. "These Are the Days of Our Lives" Writer(s) Brian May Freddie Mercury Roger Taylor John Deacon Queen Mercury Taylor Queen. "I Want to Break Free" (Single Version) 19. Title 1. 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). "One Vision" (Single Version) 10. Absolute Greatest is a compilation album by the British rock band Queen. Queen Online. See the guideline for more information. "Killer Queen" 13.[4] A promotion running on the band's official website. and an LP edition box set. "The Show Must Go On" Mercury Taylor Mercury Deacon Queen . 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. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" 7. digital download. The prize winner was then chosen in a random selection.

"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. "Love of My Life" 15. "My Melancholy Blues" 6. keyboard. "In the Lap of the Gods" (revisited) Mercury 17. "Bohemian Rhapsody" Mercury 5:56 Bonus streaming live performances Title 1. "Let Me Entertain You" 9. keyboard Brian May – guitar. keyboard. guitar. "We Will Rock You" Mercury May Personnel • • • • John Deacon – bass. backing vocals. guitar.electronic drums. "We Will Rock You" (fast) 8. "You Take My Breath Away" 4. "I'm in Love With My Car" 10. "Tie Your Mother Down" 14. piano. "Dreamer's Ball" 7. "Now I'm Here" 11. "White Queen" 2. "Killer Queen" 3. piano.Absolute Greatest 274 20. keyboard Roger Taylor – drums. "Save Me" 12. "We Are the Champions" 18. percussion. "Somebody to Love" 13. 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" . "The Millionaire Waltz" 5. backing vocals. lead vocals on "I Want It All" and "Who Wants to Live Forever" Freddie Mercury – lead vocals.

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] .

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

Queen II. Flick of the Wrist and Lily of the Valley all segue into each other just like on the original Sheer Heart Attack album. 2011 as part of Queen's 40th Anniversary. Island Records Various Queen chronology The Singles Collection Volume 4 (2010) Deep Cuts. 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 songs picked were all personal favourite songs that weren't hits selected by Brian May. The three songs Tenement Funster. Volume 1 (1973–1976) Deep Cuts. Volume 2 (1977–1982) (2011) Deep Cuts. . and Taylor Hawkins (the drummer for the Foo Fighters).Deep Cuts. Roger Taylor. Unlike other compilations released by Queen. Deep Cuts contains songs which are largely not as well known as Queen's hits. Sheer Heart Attack. Volume 1 (1973–1976) (2011) Deep Cuts. A Day at the Races) were re-released. Deep Cuts Volume 1 was released at the same time Queen's first five albums (Queen. A Night at the Opera. Volume 1 (1973–1976) is a compilation of Queen tracks between 1973 and 1976. Volume 1 (19731976) 278 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. The album was released on March 14.

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

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

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

Track listing . Volume 3 (1984–1995) (2011) 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. Volume 3 (19841995) 282 Deep Cuts. A Kind of Magic. 2011 as part of Queen's 40th Anniversary. The album was released on September 5. Deep Cuts Volume 3 was released simultaneously as the third five reissues of the Queen studio albums (The Works. "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). In this release. The Miracle. Volume 2 (1977–1982) (2011) Deep Cuts. Volume 3 (1984–1995) is a compilation of Queen featuring some of their lesser-known tracks between 1984 and 1995.Deep Cuts. Volume 3 (1984–1995) Deep Cuts. Innuendo and Made in Heaven) from which the songs are sampled. Island Records Various Queen chronology Deep Cuts.

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

"Under Pressure" (with David Bowie) and "Soul Brother". all but a handful of songs were written by the individual members (and occasional duo-songwriting credits): "Stone Cold Crazy". to go into the studio and record a song together. History Following the 1985 Live Aid concert. It was available in vinyl and cassette formats. It contained all of the band's original studio albums. Until this point. live album and non-album tracks to that point. In the wake of this unexpected turn.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. While spending only 20+ minutes onstage before the whole world. The result of this enthusiastic session was "One Vision" and its remixed B-side "Blurred Vision" being released as a single worldwide. Mercury called on the other band members. some felt that Queen had stolen the show. . Queen found themselves in a creative period.

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

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

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 . Greatest Hits II and Queen at the Beeb). It contains all of their albums. 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. in litho-printed disc form.

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

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

"Don't Stop Me Now" 8. "Flash" 15. "Bicycle Race" 6. "Play the Game" 14. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" 10. "I Want to Break Free" 6. "Fat Bottomed Girls" 5. "Hammer to Fall" 15. "Radio Ga Ga" 4. "Seven Seas of Rhye" 16. "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. "Somebody to Love" 11. David Bowie Hot Space 3. "Who Wants to Live Forever" 10. Title 1. "It's a Hard Life" 8. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" Mercury 13. "We Will Rock You" 17. "You're My Best Friend" 7.The Platinum Collection 290 Track listing Disc one: Greatest Hits (1981 UK version) No. "The Miracle" 12. "Under Pressure" (with David Bowie) Queen. "Headlong" 11. Title 1. "Breakthru" 9. "The Show Must Go On" Taylor Queen Deacon Queen Mercury Queen May Queen Queen Queen Queen May Mercury. "Killer Queen" 4. "I Want It All" 5. "Friends Will Be Friends" 16. "Bohemian Rhapsody" 2. "I'm Going Slightly Mad" 13. "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 Invisible Man" 14. "Save Me" 9. 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 . "Innuendo" 7. "Another One Bites the Dust" 3. "We Are the Champions" Mercury May Mercury May Mercury Disc two: Greatest Hits II (1991) No.

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

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 .

. Retrieved 22 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2011. Hung Medien.+ II+ & + III& cat=a) (ASP). com/ album/ r553148) at Allmusic [2] "Chartverfolgung / Queen / Longplay" (http:/ / www. Media Control Charts. . asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Platinum+ Collection+ -+ Greatest+ Hits+ I. Retrieved 22 July 2011. . de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ artist/ Queen/ ?type=longplay) (in German). . . com/ showitem. [11] "Queen – The Platinum Collection – Greatest Hits I. allmusic. Dutch Charts. Austrian Charts. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Platinum+ Collection+ -+ Greatest+ Hits+ I. United States: Rovi Corporation. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Platinum+ Collection+ -+ Greatest+ Hits+ I. com/ showitem. II & III (Album)" (http:/ / austriancharts. Retrieved 22 July 2011. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Platinum+ Collection+ -+ Greatest+ Hits+ I. Retrieved 22 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2011. The Official Charts Company. com/ showitem. Retrieved 22 July 2011. Hung Medien.+ II+ & + III& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). allmusic. Australian Charts. II & III (Album)" (http:/ / danishcharts. at/ showitem. com/ showitem. II & III (Album)" (http:/ / italiancharts.+ II+ & + III& cat=a) (ASP). II & III (Album)" (http:/ / www. musicline. Retrieved 22 July 2011. . [4] "Queen – The Platinum Collection – Greatest Hits I. Music Line. Hung Medien. Hung Medien. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Platinum+ Collection+ -+ Greatest+ Hits+ I. Retrieved 22 July 2011. Hung Medien. com/ artist/ p5205/ charts-awards/ billboard-albums). [6] "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 25th May 2002" (http:/ / www.+ II+ & + III& cat=a) (in German) (ASP). Danish Charts. nl/ showitem. Hung Medien. Italian Charts. Allmusic. ultratop. II & III (Album)" (http:/ / norwegiancharts.+ II+ & + III& cat=a) (ASP).The Platinum Collection 293 Certifications Region Australia (ARIA) Belgium (BEA) [20] Certification Sales/shipments Platinum Platinum [22] Gold 2× Gold Platinum Platinum Gold [27] Gold 3× Platinum Platinum 70000^ 50000* 25000^ 200000* 15000^ 50000* 50000* 25000x 900000^ 333333^ [21] Denmark (IFPI Denmark) France (SNEP) [23] New Zealand (RIANZ) [24] [25] Norway (IFPI Norway) Poland (ZPAV) [26] Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) United Kingdom (BPI) United States (RIAA) [28] [29] Summaries Europe (IFPI) * [30] 3× Platinum 3000000* sales figures based on certification alone shipments figures based on certification alone x unspecified figures based on certification alone ^ References [1] The Platinum Collection (Queen album) (http:/ / www.+ II+ & + III& cat=a) (ASP). Ultratop. II & III (Album)" (http:/ / australian-charts. com/ archive-chart/ _/ 3/ 2002-05-25/ ). be/ nl/ showitem. Norwegian Charts. [5] "Queen – The Platinum Collection – Greatest Hits I.+ II+ & + III& cat=a) (in Dutch) (ASP). . . asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Platinum+ Collection+ -+ Greatest+ Hits+ I. [8] "Queen – The Platinum Collection – Greatest Hits I. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=The+ Platinum+ Collection+ -+ Greatest+ Hits+ I. [9] "Queen – The Platinum Collection – Greatest Hits I. Retrieved 22 July 2011. Hung Medien. [3] "Queen – The Platinum Collection – Greatest Hits I. . theofficialcharts. . II & III (Album)" (http:/ / dutchcharts. [7] "Queen: Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums" (http:/ / www. . [10] "Queen – The Platinum Collection – Greatest Hits I.

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Volume 1 Compilation album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Label Producer December 1.The Singles Collection Volume 1 295 The Singles Collection Volume 1 The Singles Collection. including b-sides. released in 2008. Volume 1 is a limited edition CD series compilation box set by the English rock band Queen. The box set contains remastered versions of the first 13 worldwide top-40 charting singles released by 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.

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

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

The collection is notable for containing tracks that have never before been officially released on CD. Volume 2 is a limited edition CD series compilation box set by the English rock band Queen. 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. Volume 2 Compilation album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Label Producer June 15. . namely A Human Body (previously only available as a 7" vinyl b-side) and Back Chat (which was remixed for single release. and has only ever been available on the original 7"). released in 2009.The Singles Collection Volume 2 298 The Singles Collection Volume 2 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 the first volume. The live tracks are taken from Queen's Live Killers album.

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

the third of four sets.[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. Volume 3 Compilation album by Queen Released Recorded Genre Label Producer May 31. 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.The Singles Collection Volume 2 300 External links • Album Website [1] The Singles Collection Volume 3 The Singles Collection. 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. Volume 3 is a limited edition CD series compilation box set by the English rock band Queen. .

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

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

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

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

Queen Queen singles chronology "Keep Yourself Alive" (1973) "Liar" (1974) "Keep Yourself Alive" is a song by English rock group Queen. it is the opening track on the band's debut album Queen (1973).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. Elektra Writer(s) Brian May Producer John Anthony. Written by guitarist Brian May. Roy Thomas Baker. In 2008. It was released as Queen's first single along with "Son and Daughter" as the B-side. "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".[1] . it failed to chart on either side of the Atlantic.

recorded in 1975. where Roger Taylor sang a line and Mercury answered it. get it boy. This demo version remains Brian May's favourite take of the song." which was not in the original version. the number included a drum solo by Roger Taylor and one line sung/spoken by him. but their sense was completely changed when Freddie Mercury sang them. writer of "Keep Yourself Alive"."Keep Yourself Alive" 306 Writing and recording According to Mark Hodkinson. All of the song elements were already present. In live performances. was originally intended for an American single release and features what could now be considered a more 'traditional' Queen sound. and "Liar"). This recording does not use acoustic guitar. get it. Brian May. with tight. keep yourself alive. Indeed. It can also be noted that this recording includes the line "Come on and get it. Live performances The newly-formed Queen quickly added "Keep Yourself Alive" to their live set. the group consisted of guitarist Brian May. layered vocals and extensively overdubbed guitar parts. and again later on the 2011 2-disc remaster of A Night At The Opera. The one mixed by Mike Stone was the only one moderately accepted. "Keep Yourself Alive" was conceived on acoustic guitars during Queen's practice sessions at Imperial College and the garden at Ferry Road in 1970. Subsequently they did several attempts to "recapture the magic" when they went on to do the "real" version at Trident Studios. and the Long-Lost Retake remained officially unreleased until the 1991 Hollywood Records US-only remastered version of the band's debut album. singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor. 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". and it's the one released as single. 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. "Keep Yourself Alive" was part of the band's live set until the early 1980s. The first version of "Keep Yourself Alive" was recorded in summer 1971 at De Lane Lea Studios. "Killer Queen". the so-called "Long-Lost Retake". In a radio special about their 1977 album News of the World. including call-and-response vocals by Freddie Mercury (verses) and during the break. one of which uses a prominent phasing effect. performing live with his Red Special guitar in 1978 . the printed transcription on EMI Music Publishing's Off the Record' sheet music lists at least seven electric guitar parts. 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). May said he had penned the lyrics thinking of them as ironic and tongue-in-cheek. 21 May 1976. A third version of the song also exists. a slightly shortened version of the original UK single version was eventually released in the US. the band would play an improvisational jam before the start of the song then after the drum solo. However. On the 1980 and 1981 tours. p 17). "Seven Seas of Rhye". author of Queen: The Early Years. 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"). It was produced by Louie Austin and includes the intro played on Brian May's Hairfred acoustic guitar. 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".

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

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

Written by singer Freddie Mercury in 1970. right before "Tear It Up. This was done during the part where the band sings "all day long. where he stands behind Freddie and sings into his microphone. often going over eight minutes long. At the Magic Tour. Roy Thomas Baker. this song contains a bass solo performed by . 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. over time the song eventually fell off the setlist."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. However." the beginning of the "Liar" guitar riff is played by Brian May. with the exception of The Works Tour (though the song was cut down to three minutes or less). it was one of the few songs where bass player John Deacon sang backing vocals at all. Queen Queen singles chronology "Keep Yourself Alive" (1973) "Liar" (1974) "Seven Seas of Rhye" (1974) "Liar" is a song by British rock group Queen. In the earlier years of Queen. this song was regarded as one of their most impressive live performances. The song featured on the band's 1973 debut album Queen. originally titled "Lover"." He mimics the promotional video for the song. During live performances. Also.

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

is included. with the exception of some versions where their first single. Elektra (US) Freddie Mercury Roy Thomas Baker.[4] . it is the final track on both the group's debut album Queen (1973) and its follow-up Queen II (1974). the earliest-released song to appear on their Greatest Hits album. on the album Made In Heaven.[1] However. After the band performed it on Top of the Pops it became their first hit. only a less-developed instrumental version was featured on the former. The piano runs are sampled in "It's a Beautiful Day (reprise)"."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 . peaking at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart. Written by Queen lead vocalist Freddie Mercury.[3] The song became a live favourite throughout Queen's existence. 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.[2] It features a distinctive arpeggiated piano introduction. "Keep Yourself Alive". and is recorded in 1985's Queen: Live in Rio.[2] The completed version served as the band's second single.instrumental) EMI (UK). and Queen at Wembley 1986.

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

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

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

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

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

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

the song hit #11 on the charts when released as a single in 1975.[1] The song was a live favourite. Q magazine placed "Now I'm Here" at number 33 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. 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.[2] It is one of few songs that was not revived for the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour in 2005. performed at virtually every concert from late 1974 through 1986. it was written by lead guitarist Brian May while he was in hospital with hepatitis. and the 1997 compilation album Queen Rocks. The song is noted for its hard riff and vocal harmonies.[4] .[3] In March 2005. It was featured on the 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits. In the UK. Sheer Heart Attack."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. The sixth song on their third album.

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

Elektra. Parlophone. Hollywood Freddie Mercury Roy Thomas Baker. 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."Bohemian Rhapsody" 320 "Bohemian Rhapsody" "Bohemian Rhapsody" Original cover of the UK single release. Queen Queen singles chronology Genre Length Label Writer(s) Producer "Lily of the Valley" (1975) "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975) "You're My Best Friend" (1976) .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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 .

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

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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) .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).youtube."Bohemian Rhapsody" 333 External links • Official music video (https://www.

a collection of cover songs. drums. This is Deacon's second recorded song and the first one released on single (some six months after the album-release). with one bar in 6/4 during the chorus. in terms of phrases and measures."You're My Best Friend" 334 A Night at the Opera track listing 12 tracks Side one 1. and later released as a single. including a huge chandelier hung from the ceiling. Straight No Chaser. 3. 2. Another similarity between the two songs is the lack of (real) modulation.[3] The video was filmed in April 1976. bass (melodic approach). The form is cyclic and very similar to that of "Spread Your Wings" (1977). Veronica.and 4-part vocal and guitar harmonies (no rhythm guitar). he plays a Wurlitzer electric piano in addition to bass guitar. with a meter of 4/4 (12/8). "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to. .[4] The Supernaturals covered the song in 1998 as the B-side to their single "Everest".)" "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. The song was used in promos for FX's Wilfred.[5] The album A Night at the Opera features songs of numerous styles including this three-minute ballad rock/pop song. 5. 4. Deacon is seen playing a grand piano. 6. 3. 5. while Deacon played the bass guitar. directed by Bruce Gowers. we find numerous repetitions or variants. and electric piano. and it would be played by Freddie Mercury. shows the band in a huge ballroom surrounded by over one thousand candles.[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. Composition The song was composed by John Deacon. 7.) Also. a US a capella group. It was originally included on the A Night at the Opera album in 1975. even though he plays a regular electric on the recording. also covered the song for their 2010 album With a Twist. "You're My Best Friend" is a song by British rock band Queen. the band used a grand piano rather than an electric. During live performances.[2] The characteristic "bark" of the Wurlitzer's bass notes plays a prominent role in the song. History Deacon wrote the song for his wife. written by their bassist John Deacon.. The arrangement features 3. The song also appeared on the Live Killers (1979) live album and on the compilation album Greatest Hits (1981). 4. Very unusually for the genre there is no section appearing more than twice. On the other hand. and a key of C-major. to whom he remains married to this day. In this song.. The music video. (a-minor).

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

performed by George Michael with Queen. Mercury. . and also appears on the band's compilation album.[2] [3] Written by Mercury at the piano. especially that of Aretha Franklin. and a live performance of the song is recorded in the album Queen Rock Montreal. 1992. 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 track featured on their 1976 album A Day at the Races. Written by lead vocalist and pianist Freddie Mercury.[4] Queen played "Somebody to Love" live between 1977 to 1985. Brian May. and Roger Taylor multi-tracked their voices to create a 100-voice gospel choir. Greatest Hits. film.[1] When released as a single. "Somebody to Love" is a soul-searching piece that questions God's role in a life without love. A song inspired by gospel music. the song has appeared on television. the song reached number two in the UK and number 13 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. during The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.[5] The song was played live on April 20."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.[6] Since its release.

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

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

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

of Pink Floyd's albums. written by guitarist Brian May. and the VH1 Rock Honors in 2006. 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. including performances at Queen's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2001. After its release in 1976. for example. the song is preceded by a one-minute instrumental intro featuring a Shepard tone melody. it was played by Queen on every subsequent tour. May and Taylor have played this song live with the Foo Fighters. which is actually a reprise of the ending of "Teo Torriatte": this was intended to create a "circle" in the album. It is the opening track and the second single from their 1976 album A Day at the Races. typical. On the album.[1] At the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert."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). the song was co-performed by Queen and guests Joe Elliot and Slash. .[2] On several occasions in the recent years.

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

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

and it was released as a single exclusively in Japan. a plastic piano. and a harmonium. Andre Matos (former Angra singer) covered the song on the Japanese Edition of his 2010 effort Mentalize. "Teo Torriatte" was covered by Japanese singer Kokia on her 2008 Christmas album Christmas Gift. 2010. Songs for Japan (compiled in response to the aftermath of the . The song is notable for having two choruses sung entirely in Japanese.[1] (The B-side was "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy". 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 (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. It is the only point in the album in which Freddie Mercury does not play piano.) This song features a 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. It is also one of 38 songs included on the benefit album. It is the closing track on the album. all of which are played by Brian May. reaching #49 on the charts.

htm) . released on March 25. • "Teo Torriatte" was later referenced by Queen in a line ("we'll sing to you in Japanese") from the song "Let Me Entertain You". co. 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." or "Te wo toriatte. 344 References to the song • Yasumi Matsuno is a fan of Queen. featured on their 1978 album Jazz."Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" earthquake and tsunami in Tōhoku). my love." 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. Let us never lose the lessons we have learned. ultimatequeen. "手をとりあって" would be romanized as. uk/ Songs/ adayat." Notes [1] A Day at the Races album info (http:/ / www. and named Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together as a tribute to this song. "Te o Toriatte. Under more modern convention. 2011. Oh my love. In the quiet of the night Let our candles always burn.

It is similar in feel to the song '39 from A Night at the Opera."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. although without the folk influence. 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. describing that "for every star in heaven / there's a sad soul here today". but he didn't get along well with the Rickenbacker's thin neck. Canada. Roger Taylor sings the highest parts of the song. Freddie Mercury only did the backing vocals. It is one of the few songs where May uses a guitar other than his Red Special. 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). and an overall sense of melancholic nostalgia lies over the song. it is the third track on the first side of the 1976 album A Day at the Races. The song has a sad tone. Brian May wrote the song and sings the lead vocals. .

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

bass and guitar drop out. The song starts with a piano and vocal introduction by Mercury. with the bass and drums adding on. written by Freddie Mercury. another verse is sung. Following the Brian May guitar solo. followed by another chorus. then continues. . from the British rock group Queen's 1976 album A Day at the Races. and is the eighth track. and then the chorus ends the track. the drums. The second verse is sung."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"). which then leads into the bridge. At this point. 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. sung by Freddie Mercury and Mike Stone. at the start of the chorus.

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

"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". and number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.[1] One of their most famous and popular songs. it remains among rock's most recognisable anthems. 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. . "We Are the Champions" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[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.[2] including as official theme song for 1994 FIFA World Cup. The song has been covered by many artists. recorded and performed by British rock band Queen for their 1977 album News of the World.[6] In 2011. and has been often used or referenced in popular culture (see below). a team of scientific researchers concluded that the song was the catchiest song in the history of pop music. CD single 1977 Rock 2:59 EMI (UK) Elektra (US) Freddie Mercury Queen.[2] The song was a worldwide success.[3] [4] In 2009. reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart.

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

000.000+ [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 2."We Are the Champions" 351 Country France Certification Gold [12] [14] [15] Date 1978 30 September 1998 25 April 1978 Sales certified 500.000+ 165.000 125.000 Physical sales 624.

• 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". This song. in the season 8 finale of American Idol. Donald Duck and Goofy on Disney's album Mickey Sports Songs. which they later performed on Solid Gold. Kanye West.[19] • 2001: Robbie Williams on vocals with Queen (May/Taylor) for the soundtrack of the 2001 film A Knight's Tale. Young Chris. in 2003 (#38 in France and #53 in Switzerland). along with "We Will Rock You".[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.[25] The Bad Plus (jazz cover in Blunt Object: Live in Tokyo. Jay Johnstone. was part of a two song medley sung by Mickey Mouse.[23] • 2006: Jonathan Coulton. did a parody of the song. a contestant of French TV show Nouvelle Star. who remixed the song for Hollywood Records. . 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). Cam'ron and Twista sampled the for their song.[26] The song was also sampled or parodied by producer Rick Rubin. 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. After the 1981 World Series. Adam Lambert and Kris Allen. Jerry Reuss.B. in 1997. Beanie Sigel. German parody rock band J.B. "Champions".O. called "Wir sind die Champignons" (We are the champignons). Lily Allen covered it as an A-side to "22" in 2009 which went to number 1. the syndicated music television program. and the entire tour crew at their final concert for the When You Look Me in the Eyes tour.[20] • 2001: Florent Pagny as duet with David Hallyday on his album 2. The Jonas Brothers. and Rick Monday of the world champion Los Angeles Dodgers released a cover version of "We Are the Champions".[24] • 2010: Mayday Parade on the album Punk Goes Classic Rock."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. 2005) Japanese singer-songwriter Angela Aki in her 2006 concert.[18] • 1997: German band J.[22] • 2004: William Hung for his album Hung for the Holidays. Steve Yeager. as the last two tracks of his Thing a Week project. • 2005: Gavin DeGraw the 2005 album Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen. Live performances • • • • • • • Green Day at Live 8 in 2005.[27] The song was sampled by Dame Dash. along with "We Will Rock You".O.[21] • 2003: Jean-Sébastien Lavoie. on 20 May 2009.

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

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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. In 2009.[1] Rolling Stone ranked it #330 of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" in 2004. "We Will Rock You" was inducted into the .[2] and the RIAA placed it at #146 on its list of Songs of the Century."We Will Rock You" 355 Writer(s) Producer Brian May Queen. Cassette single 1999 Pop 3:08 Sony BMG Brian May Richard Stannard. 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.

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

"Keep on Movin'" (The Five-A-Side Mix) – 3:32 3. "We Will Rock You" (Radio Edit) – 3:08 2. "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. "We Will Rock You" (Video) – 3:08 UK CD2 1.[21] [22] . • 1996: Nigerian-Canadian singer Carol Jiani covered the song for her album Superstar.[19] • 1996: American recording artist Linda Ronstadt performed a soft lullaby version for her album Dedicated to the One I Love. "We Will Rock You" (Radio Edit) – 3:08 2. "Keep on Movin'" (The Five-A-Side Mix) – 3:32 3.[18] and later in a 1993 live album Maniacs in Japan. "Invincible Megamix" (Without "We Will Rock You") – 3:43 3.[16] • 1992: American glam metal band Warrant covered the song for the film Gladiator."We Will Rock You" 357 Tracklisting UK CD1 1. "Invincible Megamix" (Video) – 4:19 UK Cassette single 1.[17] • 1992: Brazilian band Viper covered the fast version of the song in their third album Evolution. "Invincible Megamix" (Including "We Will Rock You") – 4:19 European CD single 1.[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. "Invincible Megamix" (Including "We Will Rock You") – 4:19 3. "We Will Rock You" (Radio Edit) – 3:08 2. "We Will Rock You" (Radio Edit) – 3:08 2.

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

The "Ruined Remix" also contains contributions by Flea and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers." off his debut album 8 Milez North. dobros and slide guitar to make it sound unique. 2003: Kid Rock samples the song on "Hillbilly Stomp" from his self titled album. The song uses banjos.[38] [39] Sampling 1990s • 1992: Ice Cube sampled the "stomp-clap" on his album "The Predator" for the song "When Will They Shoot?". 2009: Japanese Rock band Garnet Crow sampled the "stomp-clap" in their song "Doing All Right.[36] 359 Remixes • 1991: Rick Rubin did some remixes of "We Will Rock You". released by Hollywood Records. both of them from the album Cocked and Loaded. • 2003: Japanese techno artist Killingscum remixed 5ive's cover of the song in the track Morning Knifreak. • 2009: French electronic duo Daft Punk mixed this song along with their own song "Robot Rock" for the game DJ Hero to create "We Will (Robot) Rock You". 2006: American Industrial Metal band Revolting Cocks used the sampled "stomp-clap" for the song "Revolting Cock au Lait" and its shorter version "RevColution Medley". 2007: Japanese J-Rock band LM.[37] • 2011: Geddy (a. • 2004: He also sampled it on his song "Puke" from Encore. • Norman Cook performed a Fatboy Slim remix on "We Will Rock You". • 1999: The "stomp-clap" is sampled as Juvenile is introduced on the track "You Dig" from The Hot Boys album Guerrilla Warfare. 2008: Detroit rapper Pick Up used this song as a sample for the track. • 2011: American rock band My Chemical Romance performed the song with Queen guitarist Brian May at the Reading Festival. "Like Me Or Not.k."We Will Rock You" • 2008: Stone Temple Pilots who recently reunited have played the song at many of their shows. features the "stomp-clap" beat. 2000s • 2002: Detroit-based rapper Eminem sampled the "stomp-clap" on his album The Eminem Show for the song "Till I Collapse". • 2009: American guitarist Joe Perry from band Aerosmith and singer Katy Perry covered the song at the MTV's Video Music Awards 2009. 2007: Bon Jovi used the song as intro of their song "Summertime" in all the Lost Highway Tour.a Armageddon) former member from hip hop group Terror Squad mashed up "I Want It All" and "We Will Rock You" for the soundtrack to action-drama film Sucker Punch.9" from their album "Glitter Loud Box".[35] • 2009: Irish duo John & Edward performed Five's version of "We Will Rock You" on week four of the sixth series of The X Factor • 2009/2010: Polish singers Dorota Rabczewska and Maryla Rodowicz both covered the song during New Year's Eve in Łódź (TVP2). • 2008: New Kids on the Block interpolated this song with "Hangin' Tough" in live performances on their tour in support of their comeback album." • • • • • • • 2010s . • 2010: The song "Cinderella Man" from Recovery.C used the "stomp-clap" for the intro "NO. 2005: Edson & Hudson sampled the "stomp-clap" on their hit "Galera Coração".

• The song is featured in the music video games Donkey Konga. • The WNY Americorp service corp use the "stomp stomp clap" pause beat to create their "Americorp Theme. although that might be just so everyone can play. in the episode "Happy Birthday Babies Part 2". Then. we will rock you. on the UK TV show Gladiators. • A family in a Wal-Mart commercial sing the song. from Gaga's album Born This Way. ..[40] • 2011: American pop singer Katy Perry uses the "stomp-stomp-clap" beat in her song E. • In the Drake & Josh episode "The Storm". one of several Queen references in the series. • The song has also been featured in several movies. she tells the men to clap when the girls pause.. • Diego Sanchez used this as his entrance song at UFC 95 and The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale.. which also features the band's guitarist Brian May. • The song was used in the commercial of TEAM Unity for the 2007 Philippine Senatorial Elections. • The beat of the song was used in an election ad by NDP candidate Jack Layton which attacked Stephen Harper for allowing alleged abuses by big business. she breathes to the stomp/clap rhythm. as the only parts otherwise would be Mercury's lyrics and Brian May's solo." The lyrics were re-written by David Barry and Khahari Daniels. After the "stomp stomp clap" is derived.[41] 360 Parodies and references to song • 1987: Henry Rollins did a parody of "We Will Rock You" titled "I Have Come to Kill You"." • 2003: Blondie's song "Good Boys" uses the line "You got me on your face/A big disgrace. • Manny Pacquiao used this as his entrance song in the match against Oscar De La Hoya." • 2004: Scum of the Earth did a cover version on their debut album Blah. the stomp-stomp-clap part is listed as notes on Lego Rock Band.Love Songs for the New Millennium. It is also featured in the video game DJ Hero as part of a mashup with Daft Punk's "Robot Rock. when Becky is breathing to ease her contractions. all of the people in Drake and Josh's house start singing the song after the crank-able television breaks. However. For some reason. • The song was used often as a crowd chant.Blah. near the end of the episode. Helen tells all the girls to pat twice repeatedly." • The song is featured in commercial promotions for the 2010 Disney XD Original Series Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil.. • 2010: Southern Gospel Group Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Sampled the song in their version of The Cathedrals song Boundless Love • 2011: Lady Gaga sampled the "stomp-clap" in her song "You and I". Pro Evolution Soccer 2 and Lego Rock Band. • 1991: Full House. • 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."We Will Rock You" • 2010: Rapper Charles Hamilton sampled the beat and chorus for the song "Gameday" from his mixtape "Well This Isn't Awkward". and Danny jokingly sings "We will.Blah. an episode of Drake & Josh..[43] • The song is prominently (and anachronistically) featured in the film A Knight's Tale as a crowd chant..T. • 2007: In "The Storm". • Sol Badguy from the video game series Guilty Gear wears a headband that reads "Rock You". the song title was changed to "Pornstar Champion" with modified lyrics. Helen starts singing the first verse of the song while Drake does the second verse and Craig & Eric do the third.[42] Appearances in other media • The song is featured in a pre-opening credit sketch at the beginning of a Cheers episode from 1990 called 'Severe Crane Damage'.

COM (http:/ / members. RollingStone. php?storyId=128935865). the crowd at the Ducks game chants a variant which goes "We will quack you". brianmay. Retrieved 2009-06-16. wok you. It`s My World employs the "stomp-stomp-clap" beat replacing the stomp with a hyperbeat and clap with either a backbeat or a stomp at it's chorus. 2011 [23] http:/ / www. [10] "Queen's Brian May Rocks Out To Physics. co. 361 References [1] News of the World – Queen (http:/ / www. [22] We Will Rock You / Nostros Te Conmoveremos (http:/ / www. [17] We Will Rock You by Warrant (http:/ / www. the lyrics was changed to 'we will we will call you back'. com/ lists/ r/ ronstadt. • The song is used in 2011 Super Bowl commercial for Kung Fu Panda 2. [16] Kirlian Camera Official Discography – WWW.xoom. . [20] Linda Ronstadt Albums (http:/ / www. . com/ greatest-rock-songs. Bri's Soapbox. com/ #/ Various-Artists/ Queen:-Los-Grandes-Del-Rock-En-Espanol/ We-Will-Rock-You-Nostros-Te-Conmoveremos) Retrieved July 11." as Po wields a large wok on each hand against multiple assailants. Retrieved 4 August 2010. [19] Carol Jiani : Superstar | Disco CDs & MP3s (http:/ / www. Retrieved 28 July 2011 [15] Charts KCPK 2003 (http:/ / lescharts. • The "stomp stomp clap" beat appeared in commercial of Regular Show on Cartoon Network. • A cover version is featured in the video game Madden NFL 11. grammy. jomusic. Retrieved on 2011-08-19. Youmix. com/ es/ la-banda/ discografia/ cosmos-rocks/ ) Queen Online. Retrieved on 2011-08-19. 2011 [4] Queen enter Grammy Hall of Fame (http:/ / news. broadcast Christmas Eve and Boxing Day 1977 [9] May. 2011 [8] Interview with Tom Browne for BBC Radio One. . com/ news/ story/ 6596175/ we_will_rock_you). Members. • In the former Sentosa attraction. [3] Grammy Hall of Fame Award (http:/ / www. "STAMPING ON PIANO'S?" (http:/ / www. com/ album/ news-of-the-world-r15973) Allmusic Retrieved January 22.com. com/ artist/ el general/ ). bbc. irishcharts. mysticmadness. Furthermore. Magical Sentosa. htm#todesengel). asp?id=2118941) Retrieved July 11. xoom. com/ brian/ brianssb/ brianssbsep07. com/ song/ we-are-the-champions-t2415717) All Music Retrieved January 21. Ross created a "customized" message for an answer machine that is basing on the song. com/ showitem. coversproject. com/ cds-more/ 7546_0_3_0_C/ ). Retrieved on 2011-08-19. [18] We Will Rock You – Viper (http:/ / youmix. allmusic. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 2011 [7] Greatest Rock Songs (http:/ / www. Chris Masters and Yoshi Tatsu performed a brief humorous version of the chorus with Masters' pectorial muscles moving up and down to the beat in a parody of American Idol. html) Retrieved July 11. In the commercial. • In the "Elementary School Musical" episode of South Park. uk/ 1/ hi/ 7758704. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=We+ Will+ Rock+ You& cat=s).com. 2011 [5] We Are the Champions: Song Review (http:/ / www. rollingstone.com. the footage of a battle is cut to the beat of the song such as each opening stomp accompanies a blow by the characters.co. • At WrestleMania XXVII. The Covers Project. Retrieved on 2011-08-19. Discomusic.net. org/ recording-academy/ awards/ hall-of-fame#w) Grammy. ie/ search/ placement) [14] Charts Queen 2003 (http:/ / lescharts.it. NPR. A song from it`s soundtrack. fmqb. com/ article. org/ templates/ transcript/ transcript. uk/ track/ 767814). we will. Fresh Air. com/ showitem.uk (2010-06-30). 2011 [2] "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" (http:/ / www. • In the Disney film The Mighty Ducks. stm) BBC News Retrieved April 21. discomusic. joMusic. co. the lyrics displayed on screen have the pun of "We will. Softshoe-slim. Gotta Be Domino's") for a series of commercials between 1994 and 1996. Brian (22 September 2007). asp?interpret=KCPK& titel=We+ Will+ Rock+ You+ (Remix)& cat=s). allmusic. Photography" (http:/ / www. youtube. Retrieved on 2011-08-19. • Domino's Pizza used a modified version (changing the lyrics to "Gotta Be. [11] The Cosmos Rocks (http:/ / queenonline.KIRLIANCAMERA.org Retrieved April 21. Retrieved July 11."We Will Rock You" • In Friends episode "The One Where Ross Moves In". npr. html#22). Retrieved on 2011-08-19. asp?interpret=Five+ + + Queen& titel=We+ Will+ Rock+ You& cat=s) [13] The Irish Charts (http:/ / www. net/ artist-Warrant/ track-We+ Will+ Rock+ You). com/ watch?v=4eYCkzqueBI . 3 August 2010. during a school basketball game the audience sings the song. 2011 [6] "We Will Rock You" Still Most Popular Sporting Event Anthem (http:/ / www. html). 2011 [12] Charts Five+Queen 2000 (http:/ / lescharts. kazaa. softshoe-slim. it/ kirlian/ gfx. [21] El General Cover Songs (http:/ / www.

mirror. 2011 [28] Stan Walker's Official Site (http:/ / stanwalker. au/ music/ home. [43] Video (https:/ / www.com. uk/ celebs/ news/ 2011/ 04/ 18/ lady-gaga-to-collaborate-with-queen-guitarist-brian-may-115875-23068887/ )."We Will Rock You" [24] DJ Hurricane – Don't Sleep CD Album (http:/ / www. de/ music/ Daft+ punk+ vs. com/ search/ xx/ music/ pid/ 1019050/ a/ Don't+ Sleep. Retrieved on 2011-08-19. Rawdrive. [38] Wisniewski. [26] Dance Dance Revolution Extreme (http:/ / www. Retrieved on 2011-08-19. co. facebook. [40] Rainbird. u2gigs. Retrieved on 2011-08-19. Ashley (18 April 2011). com/ videos/ shows/ vma-09/ 435992/ katy-perry-performs-we-will-rock-you-to-intro-russell-brand. Mxdwn. [33] We Will Rock You (Live) | Robbie Williams Song – Yahoo! Music (http:/ / new. yahoo. music. 2011.The Vice President of Soul (http:/ / www. + Queen/ _/ Robot+ Rock+ vs.yahoo. [25] WWRY Singles (http:/ / www. br/ livrariadafolha/ 855848-ha-18-anos-nirvana-realizava-show-historico-em-sao-paulo. "Lady Gaga to collaborate with Queen guitarist Brian May" (http:/ / www. 2011 [36] My Chemical Romance joined by Queen's Brian May at Reading Festival (http:/ / www. U2gigs. Retrieved 27 August 2011 [37] Daft punk vs. . Retrieved on 2011-08-19. Cduniverse. rawdrive. Retrieved March 9. htm#1992freddietribute). com/ hmvweb/ displayProductDetails. com/ robbie-williams/ tracks/ we-will-rock-you-live--217792952). video. Musik hören & Statistiken bei Last. amazon.com. Stanwalker. Dan. com/ blogs/ whats-a-boy-to-do/ 2010/ 05/ avenue-q-responds-to-muppets-bohemian-rhapsody. Retrieved 7 August 2011. Queen – Robot Rock vs. ultimatequeen. [34] Celine Dion: Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert (http:/ / hmv.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-19. [30] Video's van Rock & metal: Axl Rose (Freddie Mercury cover) -We Will Rock You(Live Wembley) (http:/ / www. chicagonow. com/ ZOO_TV_Tour. co. com/ watch/ 288736/ 2024315) Yahoo! Retrieved January 22. Nirvana realizava show histórico em São Paulo" (http:/ / www1. [31] U2 ZOO TV Tour – U2 on tour (http:/ / www. do). Retrieved on 2011-08-19. com. Darryl (August 22. Retrieved on 2011-08-19. com/ dp/ B0002RQ37U/ ) @ amazon. lastfm. do?sku=281346) HMV. shtml) (in Portuguese). JAM! Music. [32] "Há 18 anos. Lastfm. com/ news/ my-chemical-romance/ 58869) NME. mtv. 2010). com. com/ Monthly/ WWRY/ wwry. htm). Retrieved on 2011-08-19. "Album Review: Teenage Dream" (http:/ / jam. html).fm (http:/ / www. jhtml) MTV Retrieved January 22. Ultimatequeen. com/ video/ video.com.de. We Will Rock You – Video. 2011-01-16. mxdwn. . folha. Armageddon Aka Geddy **mp3** « Raw Drive.co.com (2011-03-02).com. uol. Retrieved on 2011-08-19. Folha de S.com [27] Britney Spears Beyonce Pink-We will rock you (http:/ / au. yahoo. (2011-03-14) Queen’s “I Want It All/We Will Rock You” Mash-up featured on Sucker Punch Soundtrack | mxdwn. [39] Sucker Punch Soundtrack: Queen “I Want It All”/”We Will Rock You” Mash-Up ft. ca/ Music/ Artists/ P/ Perry_Katy/ AlbumReviews/ 2010/ 08/ 22/ 15105106. Queencollector.com (2001-04-03). . + We+ Will+ Rock+ You). Daily Mirror. [41] Sterdan.au. html).com. nme. New. htm).music. php?v=106063326072298). [29] Queen Concertography 1992–2011 (http:/ / www. Paulo. queencollector.com News (http:/ / www. com/ watch?v=iR6ICOyOnEY) on YouTube 362 . Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 20 August 2011 [35] Katy Perry Performs "We Will Rock You" to Intro Russell Brand (http:/ / www. html). Retrieved on 2011-08-19. com/ 2011/ 03/ 14/ news/ queens-i-want-it-allwe-will-rock-you-mash-up-featured-on-sucker-punch-soundtrack/ ). youtube. uk/ live/ queen4. Chicagonow. QMI Agency.uk. com/ 2011/ 03/ 02/ sucker-punch-soundtrack-queen-i-want-it-allwe-will-rock-you-mash-up-ft-armageddon-aka-geddy-mp3/ ). Facebook. Retrieved on 2011-08-19. [42] Avenue Q responds to Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody | What's a Boy To Do (http:/ / www. cduniverse. canoe.

The lyrics of the song describe a troubled young man named Sammy who works at The Emerald Bar. sweeping the floor. It features Deacon on guitar and bass. A live version of the song appears in the band's 1979 album Live Killers. it was released as the A side of the single Spread Your Wings/Sheer Heart Attack in 1978. and starts with a simple piano motif in D. B minor in the bridge. The song is in 4/4 meter.[1] Written by bassist John Deacon. assisted by Mike Stone Queen singles chronology "We Are the Champions" / "We Will Rock You" (1977) "Spread Your Wings" (1978) "It's Late" (1978) "Spread Your Wings" is a rock ballad by Queen."Spread Your Wings" 363 "Spread Your Wings" "Spread Your Wings" Single by Queen from the album News of the World B-side Released Format Recorded Genre Length Label Writer(s) Producer Sheer Heart Attack 10 February 1978 7" 1977 at Sarm West and Wessex Studios Rock 4:26 EMI. Elektra (US) John Deacon Queen. It is written in D Major. coming down to D in the chorus. Freddie Mercury on piano and vocals.[2] The narrator (Mercury) of the song encourages Sammy to pursue his dreams. from their 1977 album News of the World. then modulating up to D's relative minor. Brian May on guitar and Roger Taylor on drums. telling him to "spread your wings and fly away".[2] .[1] The song peaked at number 34 in the UK.

2011 .drums.electric guitar. Cover versions This song was covered by German power metal band Blind Guardian on their 1992 album Somewhere Far Beyond.acoustic guitar. References [1] Your Wings News of the World: Spread Your Wings (Track 5) (http:/ / www. Retrieved July 11. Roger Meddows-Taylor . John Deacon . Retrieved July 11. htm#Spread) Ultimate Queen. The same recording reappeared on their 1996 album The Forgotten Tales."Spread Your Wings" 364 Personnel • • • • Freddie Mercury . 2011 [2] Spread Your Wings (http:/ / www.vocals and piano. uk/ songs/ newsof. co. com/ song/ spread-your-wings-t1528964) Allmusic. bass guitar. allmusic. ultimatequeen. Brian May .

intercut with live performances of the song. The song was later included on the Queen Rocks compilation in 1997. . The song was released as a single in the US in 1978. bluesy guitar riff. May told Guitar Player Magazine[1] that his use of the tapping technique was inspired by an unnamed bar-band guitarist from Texas. Elektra Label Writer(s) Brian May Producer Queen and Mike Stone Queen singles chronology "Spread Your Wings" (1978) "It's Late" (1978) "Bicycle Race" / "Fat Bottomed Girls" (1978) "It's Late" is a song written by Queen guitarist Brian May and performed by the band for their 1977 album News of the World. the United States. It makes use of the tapping technique one year before Eddie Van Halen's use of the tapping technique on the Van Halen album. New Zealand and Japan only) 7" Recorded 1977 Genre Length Rock 6:22 (long ver aka album ver) 4:28 (short ver promo single version) EMI. wide vocal range (E3-E6)."It's Late" 365 "It's Late" "It's Late" Single by Queen from the album News of the World B-side Released Format Sheer Heart Attack (commercial single) / It's late (long ver)/ (US promo single) 1978 (Canada. and the verses are called "acts" in the lyrics sheet. The song was May's idea of treating a song as a three-act theatrical play. The song is notable for its length and heavy. using the previously mentioned technique. and peaked at #72 on the Billboard charts. and a new video was produced using footage of Las Vegas and prostitutes. albeit in heavily edited form.

The song also plays over the credits in the Jody Hill film Observe and Report. The second part is in a room somewhere."It's Late" The song appears in the 2006 documentary film Kurt Cobain: About a Son. guitarplayer. com/ index. the guy is with some other woman.Drums . References [1] http:/ / www. and experiences that I thought other people had. Roger Taylor .guitar and backing vocals. the guy is with his woman. I think it's about all sorts of experiences that I had.bass guitar. queenpedia.vocals. ” [2] —Brian May Personnel • • • • Freddie Mercury . but I guess it was very personal. Brian May . John Deacon . that he loves. and the last part is he's back with his woman. and can't help loving. php?title=It's_Late) . it's like the first part of the story is at home.It's Late (http:/ / www. 366 Queen comments on the record “ It's another one of those story-of-your life songs. and it's written in three parts. com/ article/ queens-brian-may/ jan-08/ 32483 Brian May Guitar Player Interview [2] Queenpedia .

The song is notable for its video featuring a bicycle race with nude women at Wimbledon Stadium. It was released as a double A-side single together with the song "Fat Bottomed Girls"."Bicycle Race" 367 "Bicycle Race" "Bicycle Race" Single by Queen from the album Jazz A-side Released Format Recorded Genre Length Label Writer(s) Producer Fat Bottomed Girls October 13. . It was released on their 1978 album Jazz and written by Queen's frontman Freddie Mercury. a change of meter (from 4/4 to 6/8) in the bridge. which was edited or even banned in several countries. 1978 7" 1978 Rock 3:01 EMI. Elektra Freddie Mercury Queen and Roy Thomas Baker Queen singles chronology "It's Late" (1978) "Bicycle Race" / "Fat Bottomed Girls" (1978) "Don't Stop Me Now" (1979) "Bicycle Race" is a single by the English rock band Queen. and the multitracked vocal and guitar harmonies. The song has a very unusual chord progression with numerous modulations.

The Polish issue had the label of Tonpress[8] and either "Spread Your Wing" or nothing on the B-side. bicycle bells[18] • Brian May – guitars. however. respectively. the covers featured a backside photo of a naked woman on a racing bike. there the song also appeared in 1979. racing at Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. on the B-side of the single "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". Queen Live In Concert. It was filmed by Dennis de Vallance.[1] [4] [5] The original video uses special effects to hide the nudity. The group rented the stadium and several dozen bikes for one day for filming the scene. backing vocals.[6] Distribution The song was released as a single and also included in the following albums and box sets: Queen. The song has a very unusual chord progression with numerous modulations. Greatest Hits and The Singles Collection Volume 1. it was often played by the audience who specially brought the bells for this purpose. when the renting company became aware of the way their bikes were used.[1] [2] It starts with a chorus unaccompanied by instruments. New Zealand and Japan. Around the middle of the song there is a solo played with numerous bicycle bells. The labels were changed to Pepita in Hungary and to Elektra in the US."Bicycle Race" 368 Song and video The song was written by Mercury and was supposedly inspired by his observing a leg of Tour de France. on 7-inch vinyl records. both followed by a chorus. Australia. with "Fat Bottomed Girls" on the B-side and EMI record label. all professional models. 15 Of The Best. they requested the group to purchase all the bicycle seats. bicycle bells • John Deacon – bass guitar. Bohemian Rhapsody. a change of meter (from 4/4 to 3/4) in the bridge. In Argentina. and the multitracked vocal and guitar harmonies.[3] The video for the song became scandalously famous for featuring 65 naked women. Both 7-inch and 12-inch records were issued in the US. In nearly all countries. bicycle bells .[7] The single was mostly distributed in 1978. the titles were translated as "Carrera de Bicicletas" and "Chicas Gordas". piano. with red bikini painted over the original photo. During the live performances. The chorus is followed by two verses connected with a bridge.[10] Personnel Country Peak position 28 21 27 10 20 5 [11] [12] [13] [14] [12] 25 Nov – 2 Dec 1978 Jan 1979 11–18 Dec 1978 Held during Charted for (weeks) 9 4 12 7 8 11 9 12 Australia Austria Germany Ireland New Zealand The Netherlands Norway UK US [12] [15] 7 [12] 11 24 [11] [16] 25 Nov – 2 Dec 1978 [11] [17] • Freddie Mercury – lead and backing vocals.[1] [9] A bra was added to the US covers. Canada.

co. Retrieved 23 February 2011. com/ cgi-bin/ discography.. 16–. html). Retrieved on 2011-02-20. Queensongs. Nielsen Business Media. com/ books?id=haEfq-nKqjgC& pg=PR7-IA782). uk/ videos/ queenpromo. backing vocals. google. uk/ travel/ holidaytypeshub/ article-588680/ The-great-rock-roll-tour. 7–. com/ books?id=80i-yJVN2TwC& pg=PA16). Inc. Billboard (http:/ / books. [5] Peter Buckley (28 October 2003). pp. ISSN 0006-2510. Reinhold Mack (15 November 2009). co. bicycle bells 369 Chart performance and cover versions The song was covered by • • • • • • Blümchen (1996) in a version that samples the original track Upsilon Acrux (2002) on Queen tribute album released by Three One G records Lemon Demon (2005) on the bonus tracks to his Damn Skippy album Be Your Own Pet (2005) on a Queen Tribute album Between the Buried and Me (2006) on their covers album The Anatomy Of Mamas Gun (2011) as a bonus track on their second album The Life and Soul Gallery A bicycle race with nude women was held to promote the single and "Fat Bottomed Girls". Ultimatequeen. Felsani. pcpki. google. M. ultimatequeen. Saita (1997).uk. [4] The great rock and roll tour | Mail Online (http:/ / www.uk. cgi?qs:BICYCLE+ RACE). Retrieved on 2011-02-24. pp. Taylor & Francis. co. 97–. . Retrieved 24 February 2011. The rough guide to rock (http:/ / books. dailymail. html). pp. Tutti i testi con traduzione a fronte (http:/ / books. google. [8] Nielsen Business Media. ultimatequeen. Retrieved on 2011-02-20. (1 September 1979). MBI Publishing Company. Queen. Peter Hince. . ISBN 9788809024182. google. Rough Guides.com [10] Bicycle Race (Велогонка) — Queen (http:/ / music-facts. [3] Queen Songs – The Book: Bicycle Race (http:/ / www.Bicycle Race (http:/ / www.ru . Retrieved 23 February 2011. ru/ song/ Queen/ Bicycle_Race/ ). M. ISBN 9780760337196.info. uk/ discography/ queenalbumsnonuk. Retrieved 3 September 2011 [7] Queen Non-UK Albums Discography (http:/ / www. Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock (http:/ / books. [6] Queen Promo Videos . info/ the-book/ songwriting-analyses/ modern-era-queen/ the-works/ Bicycle-race. 122–."Bicycle Race" • Roger Taylor – drums. Inc. [2] M. htm) Ultimate Queen. Primi. [9] BICYCLE RACE as an a-side (http:/ / www. com/ books?id=adNONbUWLjgC& pg=PT122). pp. . Bicycle Race/Fat Bottomed Girls Back cover References [1] Phil Sutcliffe. com/ books?id=DyQEAAAAMBAJ& pg=PT97).co. This photo was included as a fold-out poster with the album "Jazz". . Sutcliffe counters a popular belief that Mercury was inspired by seeing the Tour through a hotel window in Nice by that the Tour did not pass through Nice that year.co. queensongs.. Retrieved 23 February 2011. ISBN 9781843531050. htm). Dailymail. pcpki. Music-facts.

Ticket-Suche (http:/ / www.at. [18] Bicycle Race (http:/ / queenpedia. News. Genrelexikon. dutchcharts. 95–. com/ release. queenpedia 370 .de.. . [14] The Irish Charts (http:/ / www. (26 June 1982). asp?interpret=Queen& titel=BICYCLE+ RACE& cat=s). Chart Stats. Genres. Retrieved on 2011-02-20. pcpki. asp?interpret=Queen& titel=BICYCLE+ RACE& cat=s). Künstler-Suche. Genresuche. nl/ showitem."Bicycle Race" [11] Queen International Singles Chart Positions (http:/ / www. google. Retrieved 23 February 2011. php?title=Bicycle_Race). Track-Suche.com. Neuerscheinungen. [16] Queen – Bicycle Race (http:/ / www. Retrieved on 2011-02-20. php?release=7798). [13] Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts. [17] Nielsen Business Media. Pcpki.nl. pp. musicline. ISSN 0006-2510. Inc. Retrieved on 2011-02-20. Billboard (http:/ / books. com/ index. com/ books?id=jyQEAAAAMBAJ& pg=PT95). chartstats. Retrieved on 2011-02-20. Retrieved on 2011-02-20. musicline. Nielsen Business Media. Inc. Musik-Suche. ie/ search/ placement) [15] Queen – Bicycle Race (http:/ / dutchcharts. de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ title/ QUEEN/ Bicycle+ Race/ single). com/ queen/ singles. Tickets. html). austriancharts. at/ showitem. irishcharts. [12] Queen – Bicycle Race (http:/ / austriancharts.

Texas in October 1978. and the song begins with its chorus.[5] The song's music video was filmed at the Dallas Convention Center.[4] It was one of the few Queen songs played in an alternative guitar tuning. the song reached number 11 in the UK Singles Chart. Greatest Hits. Elektra Brian May Queen and Roy Thomas Baker Queen singles chronology "It's Late" (1978) "Fat Bottomed Girls" / "Bicycle Race" (1978) "Don't Stop Me Now" (1979) "Fat Bottomed Girls" (sample) is a song by the English rock band Queen.[2] [3] The song is based on a detuned guitar riff that is both bluesy and metallic.[6] Queen performed "Fat Bottomed Girls" in concert between 1978 to 1982. the song has . the track featured on their 1978 album Jazz.[7] appeared on television."Fat Bottomed Girls" 371 "Fat Bottomed Girls" "Fat Bottomed Girls" Single by Queen from the album Jazz A-side Released Format Recorded Genre Length Bicycle Race 13 October 1978 7" 1978 Rock • • Label Writer(s) Producer 4:16 (Album version) 3:22 (Single edit) EMI. and has been covered by a number of artists.[1] When released as a single with "Bicycle Race". being played in drop D tuning. film. Written by guitarist Brian May. and also appears on the band's compilation album. and number 24 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. [8] [9] Since its release.

• The cover band Jeffster covered this song at the 2009 Comic Con panal for Chuck . so look out for those beauties. • A song set to the same tune "Triple D's" was featured in an episode of Rick & Steve. in a medley on the last episode of American Idol on May 25. as his character Puck. • Amos Lee occasionally covers the song as an encore while touring. The single version (which can be found on Greatest Hits) omits the extended guitar interludes between the verses as well as fading out before the ending. • Hayseed Dixie covered it in bluegrass style on their 2002 album A Hillbilly Tribute to Mountain Love. used to cover the song during Live Shows. lead[12] and backing vocals.[22] • A Japanese pop duo. The lead vocals on the verses are sung by Freddie Mercury.Live at the Bowl Return of the Champions Super Live in Japan Live in Ukraine Cover versions • Kid Rock did a southern rock version of the song on 2004's CMT Outlaws concert special.[17] • Alternative rock band.[18] • The song was covered by American Idol season five contestant Bucky Covington during Queen week. In live performances."Fat Bottomed Girls" 372 Versions Vocal arrangements are quite different between the studio version and the live version. In the studio version. • Country singer Stephen Cochran closes his live performances with a remake of Fat Bottomed Girl's. Atreyu used the intro to open their set. 2011.[10] "Fat Bottomed Girls" was released as a double A-side with the song "Bicycle Race".[13] • On the Ozzfest 2006 tour. House of Heroes. John Deacon: Bass guitar.[19] • Pop band The Feeling performed this song on their 2007 UK tour.[14] • Mark Salling. and includes the line "Get on your bikes and ride". Kirinji covers the song in folk style on their 2002 album Omnibus. the lead vocals during the chorus were sung by Freddie Mercury and harmonised with an upper voice (Roger Taylor) and a lower voice (Brian May). • The band Antigone Rising covered the song on the 2005 tribute album Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen.[20] • Kevin Fowler covered the song on his 2002 album High on the Hog. oh yeah". Freddie Mercury: lead and backing vocals. Roger Taylor: Drums and backing vocals.[21] • Eric Church uses this song now as his intro to "I Pledge Allegiance To The Hag" in his live performances.[11] completing a double cross-reference between the two songs. covered the song on the TV series Glee in the second season episode "Silly Love Songs". they'll be riding today.[15] [16] • Actor Jack Black and Idol finalist Casey Abrams sang this song. there is no higher harmony. while Brian May sings lead on the chorus. Personnel • • • • Brian May: guitar.[10] Bicycle Race contains the line "Fat bottomed girls. Live recordings • • • • Queen on Fire .

Queenpedia. com/ live/ queen/ jazz.[25] The song was released as downloadable content for Rock Band on October 20. queenconcerts. html) Queen Concerts. html) Queen Concerts.[23] The song was used as the opening theme for Morgan Spurlock's 2004 documentary Super Size Me. com/ video/ kid-rock-fat-bottom-girls-live-on-cmt-outlaws-9-7-04-fan/ ) KidRock. ultimatequeen. co."Fat Bottom Girls" Live On CMT Outlaws (http:/ / www."Fat Bottomed Girls" 373 Featured appearances The song was used in the second season of the series My Name is Earl in episode seventeen. com/ archive/ 590-599/ 598/ VansWarpedTour. [13] Kid Rock .com.Greatest Hits (http:/ / www. queenconcerts. com/ album/ r413002) Allmusic. Billboard Hot 100 [2] [3] References [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] Queen . "The Mainland" by Fr. htm#bicycle) Ultimate Queen. co. Noel Furlong. ultimatequeen. London: Guinness World Records Limited Prato. com/ live/ queen/ hotspaceus. co. uk/ songs/ jazz. queensongs. 2009. info/ the-book/ songwriting-analyses/ no-synth-era/ jazz/ fat-bottomed-girls. allmusic. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [12] Fat Bottomed Girls (http:/ / queenpedia. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. com/ index. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [11] Bicycle Race (http:/ / www. The song was released for Guitar Hero: World Tour as downloadable content on March 26. Part of the song is sung at the end of the Father Ted episode.[24] The song was mentioned in the song "Mix Tape" from the Broadway musical Avenue Q. htm) Ultimate Queen. htm#fat) Ultimate Queen. David (2006). The song was also played during surgery on episode 40 of Nip/Tuck (2005). Retrieved 4 September 2011 [7] Queen live on tour: Jazz (Setlist) (http:/ / www. Retrieved 4 September 2011 Whitburn. html) Queen Concerts. "Fat Bottomed Girls". php?title=Fat_Bottomed_Girls). Billboard Books Roberts. kidrock. Retrieved 4 September 2011 Queen Songs . British Hit Singles & Albums. 2009. html) Retrieved 4 September 2011 [6] Queen Promo Videos . queenconcerts. Joel (2006). Retrieved 4 September 2011 [9] Queen live on tour: Hot Space (world) (http:/ / www. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [10] Fat Bottomed Girls (http:/ / www. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [14] Vans Warped Tour 2005 (http:/ / www.[27] • Actors Vik Sahay and Scott Krinsky of Chuck performed this song to open a panel discussion about the show during San Diego Comic-Con 2009.Fat Bottomed Girls (http:/ / www. uk/ videos/ queenpromo.Fat Bottomed Girls (http:/ / www. Greg. htm) Review Mag. com/ live/ queen/ gamena.S. uk/ songs/ jazz. • • • • • • • • Chart performance Chart (1978) Peak position 21 11 7 7 27 10 7 24 Austrian Singles Chart British Singles Chart Dutch Singles Chart French Singles Chart German Singles Chart Irish Singles Chart Norwegian Singles Chart U. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [8] Queen live on tour: The Game (world) (http:/ / www. Allmusic. Retrieved 4 September 2011 .[26] The song was the opening salvo in a karaoke war that resulted in Sven and Faye finally going to bed in Questionable Content. review-mag.com (2009-03-25). ultimatequeen. Retrieved on 2011-02-23.

"Fat Bottomed Girls" [15] 'Glee' Salutes 'Fat Bottomed Girls. 374 . html) TV. com/ tubular/ 2011/ 02/ glee-fireworks-fly-for-fat-bottomed-girls-and-everyone-else-too/ ) Houston Chronicle.' St.guitarhero. com/ album/ a-hillbilly-tribute-to-mountain-love-r579841) Allmusic. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [19] A Hillbilly Tribute to Mountain Love (http:/ / www. tv. Valentine With 'Silly Love Songs' (http:/ / www. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [17] 'Idol': Casey Abrams sings Queen with Jack Black (http:/ / content. uk/ music/ review-23387732-lovely-feelings-save-the-day. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [16] Glee: Fireworks fly for fat bottomed girls and everyone else. Episode 11 (http:/ / www. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [18] Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen (http:/ / www. rockband. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [22] Gorgeous-voiced Amos Lee makes the women shout at the Majestic (http:/ / www. html) TV. [26] Killer Queen! British Rock Royalty Hit Rock Band with a Mighty Ten-Pack // Blog // Rock Band® (http:/ / www. too (http:/ / blog.com. Community. thisislondon. usatoday. story) Billboard. story#/ news/ glee-salutes-fat-bottomed-girls-st-valentine-1005027682. tv. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [24] Nip/Tuck Season 3. allmusic. com/ communities/ idolchatter/ post/ 2011/ 05/ idol-casey-abrams-sings-queen-with-jack-black/ 1) USA Today. com/ nip-tuck/ abby-mays/ episode/ 537370/ trivia. com/ zine/ queen-dlc). php?article=28980) The Daily Page. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [21] High on the Hog (http:/ / www. allmusic. chron. The Fray (http:/ / www. billboard. [27] New comics every Monday through Friday (http:/ / questionablecontent. do) London Evening Standard. com/ album/ high-on-the-hog-r600910) Allmusic. Retrieved on 2011-02-23. thedailypage. com/ news/ glee-salutes-fat-bottomed-girls-st-valentine-1005027682. Retrieved on 2011-02-23. com/ news_posts/ 154).com.The Birthday Party (http:/ / www. Questionable Content.com. php?comic=1072). com/ album/ killer-queen-a-tribute-to-queen-r782664) Allmusic. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [23] My Name is Earl . co. net/ view. guitarhero. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [25] Home (http:/ / community. com/ daily/ article.com (2009-10-13). allmusic. Retrieved 4 September 2011 [20] The Feeling. com/ my-name-is-earl/ the-birthday-party/ episode/ 967278/ trivia. Retrieved on 2011-02-23. Rockband.

but on live versions performed on the band's 1979 Jazz and Crazy tours. Cassette tape August – September 1978 Rock 3:29 EMI. France. A live version of the song features in the band's 1979 album Live Killers. Elektra Freddie Mercury Queen and Roy Thomas Baker Queen singles chronology Released Format Recorded Genre Length Label Writer(s) Producer "Bicycle Race" / "Fat Bottomed Girls" (1978) "Don't Stop Me Now" (1979) "Jealousy " (1979) "Don't Stop Me Now" (Sample) is a song by English rock group Queen.[3] The song also . it was recorded in August/September 1978 at Super Bear Studios in Berre-les-Alpes (Alpes-Maritimes). featured on their 1978 album Jazz. and is the twelfth track on the album. Written by vocalist Freddie Mercury."Don't Stop Me Now" 375 "Don't Stop Me Now" "Don't Stop Me Now" Single by Queen from the album Jazz B-side "In Only Seven Days" "More of That Jazz" 26 January 1979 7".[1] Musically. Brian May's only guitar playing is in his guitar solo. May would also play rhythm guitar throughout the rest of the song to give more of a rock feeling to it. The song also provides an example of Queen's trademark style of multitrack harmony vocals for the chorus lines. the song is based around Mercury's piano playing. with John Deacon and Roger Taylor providing a bass guitar and drums backing track.[2] On the studio version.

[8] • The 2004 horror/comedy Shaun of the Dead features the song near the middle of the film. this song was voted as "The Greatest Driving Song Ever" by viewers of the BBC television program Top Gear. reading Stop Me Now. this song was used by Google in their Google Doodle homage to him. • The song is featured in a Panasonic commercial in Australia during coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics. as its upbeat feel completely contradicts the protagonists' no-win scenario when it accidentally is played on jukebox. various things happen to the beat of the music. but the trophy given to Roger Taylor was mis-engraved. "You're My Best Friend" was also featured in the film during the closing credits. and through cover versions.[11] • In 2011. television programmes and films. the song featured in the opening playlist of WFMU's The Best Show with Tom Scharpling.[9] • The song also featured in the credits of a British television show on the history of the Concorde aircraft • The song was featured in a seri