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Queen (YT Video Heavy)

Postby soxtalon » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:51 am

I actually started this on another site but thought I'd bring it here. This is the Queen thread where I will bring a new post every day. Each post will be informative and be either a song, or a tour or other special listing. In this post I will make an index.


PRE-QUEEN WORK:
This post includes all the Pre-Queen work of the four band members:
The Reaction (Roger), 1984 (Brian), Left Handed Marriage (Brian), Art (John), The Opposition (John), Wreckage (Freddie), Sour Milk Sea (Freddie). Ibex (Freddie), The Famous Jug Band (Roger), and of course Smile (Brian & Roger) and Larry Lurex (Freddie with help from Brian & Roger), which led directly to Queen.


PRE-QUEEN LIVE Part 1
PRE-QUEEN LIVE Part 2

QUEEN (1973)
1. Keep Yourself Alive
2. Doing All Right
3. Greak King Rat
4. My Fairy King
5. Liar
6. The Night Comes Down
7. Modern Times Rock N Roll
8. Son & Daughter
9. Jesus
10. Seven Seas Of Rhye...

BONUS:
11. Mad The Swine
12. Polar Bear
13. Hangman

1973 (Queen Tour)

QUEEN II (1974)
1. Procession
2. Father To Son
3. White Queen (As It Began)
4. Some Day One Day
5. The Loser In The End
6. Ogre Battle
7. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke
8. The March Of The Black Queen
9. Funny How Love Is
10. Seven Seas Of Rhye

SHEER HEART ATTACK (1974)

1. Brighton Rock
2. Killer Queen
3. Tenement Funster
4. Flick Of The Wrist
5. Lily Of The Valley
6. Now I'm Here
7. In The Lap Of The Gods
8. Stone Cold Crazy
9. Dear Friends
10. Misfire
11. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
12. She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos)
13. In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited

LIVE 1974

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1975)

1. Death On Two Legs
2. Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon
3. I'm In Love With My Car
4. You're My Best Friend
5. '39
6. Sweet Lady
7. Seaside Rendezvous
8. The Prophet's Song
9.Love Of My Life
10. Good Company
11. Bohemian Rhapsody
12. God Save The Queen

1975 MISCELLANEOUS STUDIO (Dangerous - Eugene Wallace w/Roger Taylor & Survival - Fox w/Roger Taylor)

1975 LIVE
Hammersmith 1975/Boston 1976

A DAY AT THE RACES (1976)

1. Tie Your Mother Down
2. You Take My Breath Away
3. Long Away
4. The Millionaire Waltz
5. You and I
6. Somebody To Love
7. White Man
8. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
9. Drowse
10. Teo Toriatte (Let Us Cling Together)

LIVE 1976

Roger Taylor - I Wanna Testify (single)

News Of The World (1977)

1. We Will Rock You
2. We Are The Champions
3. Sheer Heart Attack
4. All Dead All Dead
5. Spread Your WIngs
6. Fight From The Inside
7. Get Down Make Love
8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk
9. Who Needs You
10. It's Late
11. My Melancholy Blues

BONUS
12. Feelings, Feelings (Demo)
13. Silver Salmon (Demo)

1977 COLLABORATIONS PART I: Diggin' My Potatoes (Brian with Lonnie Donegan & Elton John)/I'm Just A Rolling Stone (Brian with Lonnie Donegan & Elton John)
1977 COLLABORATIONS PART II: Circles (Brian with Quartz & Ozzy Osbourne)
1977 LIVE PART I: A DAY AT THE RACES WORLD TOUR
1977 LIVE PART II: A DAY AT THE RACES EUROPEAN TOUR
1977 LIVE PART III: MISCELLANEOUS NON-TOUR & NEWS OF THE WORLD 1977 TOUR

JAZZ (1978)

1. Mustapha
2. Fat Bottomed Girls
3. Jealousy
4. Bicycle Race
5. If You Can't Beat Them
6. Let Me Entertain You
7. Dead On Time
8. In Only Seven Days
9. Dreamers' Ball
10. Fun It
11. Leaving Home Ain't Easy
12. Don't Stop Me Now
13. More Of That Jazz

1978 LIVE
LIVE KILLERS & 1979 TOUR
CRAZY TOUR

THE GAME (1980)

1.Play The Game
2. Dragon Attack
3. Another One Bites The Dust
4. Need Your Loving Tonight
5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
6. Rock It (Prime Jive)
7. Don't Try Suicide
8. Sail Away Sweet Sister
9. Coming Soon
10. Save Me

BONUS:
11. A Human Body (B-Side)
12. Sandbox (Demo)

FLASH GORDON SOUNDTRACK (1980)

1. Flash's Theme
2. In The Space Capsule (The Love Theme)
3. Ming's Theme (In The Court Of Ming The Merciless)
4. The Ring (Hypnotic Seduction of Dale)
5. Football Fight
6. In The Death Cell (Love Theme Reprise)
7. Execution of Flash
8. The Kiss (Aura Resurrects Flash)
9. Arboria (Planet of the Tree Men)
10. Escape From The Swamp
11. Flash To The Rescue
12. Vultan's Theme (Attack of the Hawkmen)
13. Battle Theme
14. The Wedding March
15. Marriage of Dale and Ming (and Flash Approaching)
16. Crash Dive On Mingo City
17. Flash's Theme Reprise (Victory Celebrations)
18. The Hero

MISCELLANEOUS 1980 - How Come You're So Dumb/Rich Kid's Blues - Hillary Hillary w/Roger Taylor)

LIVE 1980 - The Game World Tour and European Tour

ROGER TAYLOR - FUN IN SPACE (1981)

1. No Violins
2. Laugh Or Cry
3. Future Management
4. Let's Get Crazy
5. My Country I & II
6. Good Times Are Now
7. Magic Is Loose
8. Interlude In Constantinople
9. Airheads
10. Fun In Space

Greatest Hits I

MISCELLANEOUS 1981 - Mel Smith's Greatest Hits/Richard and Joey (Mel Smith w/Roger Taylor), Crash/You Are You Are/Moral (Gary Numan w/Roger Taylor)

1981 LIVE: JAPAN 1981, SOUTH AMERICA BITES THE DUST, GLUTTONS FOR PUNISHMENT, WE WILL ROCK YOU, & MISCELLANEOUS

HOT SPACE (1982)

1. Staying Power
2. Dancer
3. Back Chat
4. Body Language
5. Action This Day
6. Put Out The Fire
7. Life Is Real
8. Calling All Girls
9. Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love)
10. Cool Cat
11. Under Pressure

BONUS
12. Soul Brother (B-Side)
13. Feels Like (Demo)

1982 COLLABORATIONS: Emotions In Motion (Billy Squier with Freddie Mercury/Roger Taylor)/Play The Game Tonight/Right Away/Diamonds And Pearls (all 3 - Kansas with Roger Taylor)

1982 LIVE - THE HOTSPACE TOUR

Brian May + Friends - The Star Fleet Project (1983)

1. Star Fleet
2. Let Me Out
3. Bluesbreaker

1983 COLLABORATIONS: Stay With Me Tonight/Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right (Jeffrey Osborne w/Brian May), Pickin' Up Sounds (Man Friday & Jive Junior w/John Deacon)

1983 LIVE

THE WORKS (1984)

1. Radio Ga Ga
2. Tear It Up
3. It's A Hard Life
4. Man On The Prowl
5. Machines (or Back To Humans)
6. I Want To Break Free
7. Keep Passing The Open Windows
8. Hammer To Fall
9. Is This The World We Created...?

BONUS
10. I Go Crazy (B-Side)

ROGER TAYLOR - STRANGE FRONTIER (1984)

1. Strange Frontier
2. Beautiful Dreams
3. Man On Fire
4. Racing In The Street
5. Masters Of War
6. Killing Time
7. Abandonfire
8. Young Love
9. It's An Illusion
10. I Cry For You (Love, Hope, And Confusion)

BONUS

11. Two Sharp Pencils (B-Side)
12. I Wanna Take You Higher (Demo)
13. Keep On Running (Demo)

Freddie Mercury - Love Kills (1984)

Thank God It's Christmas (1984 Non-Album Single)

15 Of The Best

1984 Collaborations (Billy Squier - (Another) 1984 (w/Brian)

1984 Works Tour

FREDDIE MERCURY - MR. BAD GUY (1985)

1. Let's Turn It On
2. Made In Heaven
3. I Was Born To Love You
4. Foolin' Around
5. Your Kind Of Lover
6. Mr. Bad Guy
7. Man Made Paradise
8. There Must Be More To Life Than This
9. Living On My Own
10. My Love Is Dangerous
11. Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow

BONUS:
12. Stop All The Fighting (B-Side)
13. She Blows Hot And Cold (B-Side)
14. Gazelle (Demo)
15. Money Can't Buy Happiness (Demo)
16. Love Makin' Love (Demo)
17. God Is Heavy (Demo)
18. New York (Demo)
19. State Of Shock (Demo w/Michael Jackson)


1985 MISCELLANEOUS: Too Young (Roger & John w/Elton John), Love Don't Live Here Anymore (Roger w/Jimmy Nail), Bursting At The Seams (Roger w/Camy Todorow), Loving You (Roger w/Feargal Sharkey), Fools Rush In (Roger w/Debbie Byrne), Under A Raging Moon (Roger w/Roger Daltrey & Friends)

QUEEN LIVE 1985

Freddie Mercury - Time (Time Soundtrack)
Freddie Mercury - In My Defence (Time Soundtrack)
John Deacon & The Immortals - No Turning Back (Biggles Soundtrack)

A KIND OF MAGIC (1986)

1. One Vision
2. A Kind Of Magic
3. One Year Of Love
4. Pain Is So Close To Pleasure
5. Friends Will Be Friends
6. Who Wants To Live Forever
7. Gimme The Prize (Kurgan's Theme)
8. Don't Lose Your Head
9. Princes Of The Universe

BONUS:
10. Blurred Vision (B-Side)
11. A Dozen Red Roses For My Darling (B-Side)
12. Forever (B-Side)
13. Theme From New York, New York (Non-Album Film Track)
14. Battle Scene (Demo)
15. Butterfly (Demo)
16. Back To Storm (Demo)
17. Friends In Pain (Rumored Demo)

Live Magic

1986 COLLABORATIONS PART I: Angeline (Roger & John w/Elton John), Sometime Love & When The World Goes Down (Roger with Magnum), Como Un Susurro (Brian with Ramoncin), and Roulette (John with Minako Honda)

1986 COLLABORATIONS PART II: Love Is The Hero & Lady With A Tenor Sax (Freddie w/Billy Squier), Hold On (Freddie w/Jo Dare)

1986 LIVE - The Magic Tour

Freddie Mercury - The Great Pretender (UK Single)

BONUS:
1. You Are The Only One (Demo)

2. Holding On (Demo)
3. It's So You (Demo)
4. I Can't Dance/Keep Smiling (Demo)
5. Yellow Breezes (Demo)
6. Have A Nice Day (Fan Club Message Song)
7. The Garden Lodge Improvisations

1987 MISCELLANEOUS - A Time For Heroes - Meat Loaf (w/Brian), Golden Days & Crazy Nights - Minako Honda (w/Brian), Bad News & Life With Brian & Cashing In On Christmas - Bad News (w/Brian)

1987 LIVE

ANITA DOBSON - TALKING OF LOVE (w/BRIAN MAY)

1. Talking Of Love
2. The Last Time I Made Love
3. You Can't Stay The Night

4. I Dream Of Christmas
5. Funny Old Life Ain't It

6. Let Me In (Your Heart Again)
7. To Know Him Is To Love Him
8. Don't Fall In Love With Anybody Else


BONUS
9. Sweet Talkin' (B-Side)
10. Silly Christmas (B-Side)


THE CROSS - SHOVE IT

1. Shove It
2. Cowboys And Indians
3. Contact
4. Heaven For Everyone
5. Stand Up For Love
6. Love On A Tightrope (Like An Animal)
7. Love Lies Bleeding (She Was A Wicked Wily Waitress)
8. Rough Justice
9. Feel The Force

BONUS
10. Manipulator (Non-Album Single)
11. Celebration (Demo)
12. I Can Take You Higher (Demo)
13. I Can't Get You Out Of My Head

FREDDIE MERCURY & MONTSERRAT CABALLE - BARCELONA (1988)

1. Barcelona
2. La Japonaise
3. The Fallen Priest
4. Ensueno
5. The Golden Boy
6. Guide Me Home
7. How Can I Go On
8. Overture Piccante

BONUS:
9. Exercises In Free Love (B-Side)
10. When This Old Body Wants To Sing (Outtake)

1988 MISCELLANEOUS (Brian and Roger's Olympic Themes)

1988 - THE CROSS - SHOVE IT TOUR
1988 - MISCELLANEOUS LIVE

THE MIRACLE (1989)

1. Party
2. Khashoggi's Ship
3. The Miracle
4. I Want It All
5. The Invisible Man
6. Breakthru
7. Rain Must Fall
8. Scandal
9. My Baby Does Me
10. Was It All Worth It

BONUS:
11. Hang On In There (CD-BONUS TRACK)
12. Chinese Torture (CD-BONUS TRACK)
13. My Life Has Been Saved (B-Side)
14. Hijack My Heart (B-Side)
15. Stealin' (B-Side)
16. A New Life Is Born (Demo)
17. I Guess We're Falling Out (Demo)
18. Dog With A Bone (Demo)
19. Face It Alone (Demo)

ANITA DOBSON - In One Of My Weaker Moments (Single)

ROCK AID ARMENIA - Smoke On The Water (Single)

1989 Brian Collaborations Part 1 (Blow the House Down with Living In A Box and Love Train with Holly Johnson)
1989 Brian Collaborations Part 2 (Self! with Fuzzbox, Lady With Leisure, Boppers Boogie Woogie, and Go Bopper Go with Gareth Marks & When Death Calls with Black Sabbath)
1989 Brian Collaborations Part 3 (Yes We Can with Artists United For Nature

1989 LIVE

THE CROSS - MAD, BAD, AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW (1990)

1. Top Of The World, Ma
2. Liar
3. Closer To You
4. Breakdown
5. Penetration Guru
6. Power To Love
7. Sister Blue
8. Foxy Lady
9. Better Things
10. Passion For Trash
11. Old Men (Lay Down)
12. Final Destination

BONUS:
13. In Charge Of My Heart (B-Side)
14. I Can't Get You Out Of My Head (Demo)

MISCELLANEOUS 1990 - Sailing (Brian w/Rock Against Repatriation) and Macbeth (Brian score)
1990 Live

INNUENDO (1991)

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
8. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
9. Delilah
10. The Hitman
11. Bijou
12. The Show Must Go On

BONUS
13. Lost Opportunity (B-Side)
14. My Secret Fantasy (Demo)
15. Robbery (Demo)
16. Self Made Man (Demo)
17. Affairs (Demo)
18. Grand Dame (Demo)

THE CROSS - BLUE ROCK (1991)

1. Bad Attitude
2. New Dark Ages
3. Dirty Mind
4. Baby It's Alright
5. Ain't Put Nothin' Down
6. The Also Rans
7. Millionaire
8. Put It All Down To Love
9. Hand Of Fools (Out Of Control)
10. Life Changes

BONUS:
11. Heartland (B-Side)

Greatest Hits II

The Cross - The Official Bootleg

1991 COLLABORATIONS (Hale & Pace - The Stonk (w/Brian and Roger), D-Rok - Get Outta My Way & Red Planet Blues (w/Brian))
1991 INNUENDO RADIO TOUR
1991 LIVE

Brian May - Back To The Light (1992)
1. The Dark
2. Back To The Light
3. Love Token
4. Resurrection
5. Too Much Love Will Kill You
6. Driven By You
7. Nothin' But Blue
8. I'm Scared
9. Last Horizon
10. Let Your Heart Rule Your Head
11. Just One Life
12. Rollin' Over

BONUS
13. Sleepy Blues
14. BelL-Boy Demos

Classic Queen (1992)
Greatest Hits (US) (1992)
12" Collection (1992)
Live At Wembley '86 (1992)
The Cross - Live in Germany (1992)
MISCELLANEOUS 1992 Part I: (Steve Hackett - Don't Fall Away With Me (w/Brian), Phenomena - A Whole Lot of Love & What About Love (w/Brian)
MISCELLANEOUS 1993 Part II: (Shaky - Radio (w/Roger), Judie Tzuke - I Can Read Books (w/Brian), Tony Martin - If There's A Heaven (w/Brian), Extreme - Love Of My Life (w/Brian)
1992 LIVE Part I (Brian May - Back To The Light 1992 Tour, Miscellaneous)
A Concert For Life: A Tribute To Freddie Mercury
The Cross - Fan Club Gigs
1993 Collaborations (Steve Hackett - Cassandra (w/Brian)/Paul Rodgers - I'm Ready (w/Brian)
1992 LIVE Part I (Brian May - Back To The Light 1992 Tour, Miscellaneous)
A Concert For Life: A Tribute To Freddie Mercury
The Cross - Fan Club Gigs

1993 Collaborations (Steve Hackett - Cassandra (w/Brian)/Paul Rodgers - I'm Ready (w/Brian)

1993 Live - Brian May - Back To The Light Tour 1993
1993 Miscellaneous Live - Brian May/The Cross/Queen*

ROGER TAYLOR - HAPPINESS? (1994)

1. Nazis 1994
2. Happiness
3. Revelations
4. Touch The Sky
5. Foreign Sand
6. 'you had to be there'
7. The Key
8. Everybody Hurts Sometimes
9. Loneliness
10. Dear Mr. Murdoch
11. Old Friends

BONUS:
12. Final Destination (B-Side)

BRIAN MAY BAND - LIVE AT BRIXTON (1994)

1994 Miscellaneous Studio - Os Paralamas Do Successo - El Vampiro Vajo El Sol (Brian on guitar), Z - My Beef Mailbox (Brian on guitar), Soundgarden - New Damage (Brian on guitar), Steve Gregory - Bushfire (John on bass)

ROGER TAYLOR - 1994 HAPPINESS? TOUR
1994 MISCELLANEOUS LIVE

BRIAN MAY - MCSPY-D & FRIENDS - THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1995)

MADE IN HEAVEN (1995)

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
8. Too Much Love Will Kill You
9. You Don't Fool Me
10. A Winter's Tale
11. It's A Beautiful Day (Reprise)
12. Yeah
13. track 13

1995 MISCELLANEOUS (Heartsong - Gordon Giltrap (w/Brian), Make My Dreams Come True - S.O.L. a/k/a Stefan Zauner (w/Brian), Nobody Knew - Carmine Appice (w/Brian)

ROGER TAYLOR - HAPPINESS TOUR 1995 & 1995 MISCELLANEOUS LIVE

BRIAN MAY - THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO

1996 - MISCELLANEOUS (Raining In My Heart - Status Quo (w/Brian), Reaching Out - Rock Therapy (w/Brian)
1996 LIVE
1997 - THE SAS BAND - That's The Way God Planned It
No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)
1997 LIVE

BRIAN MAY - ANOTHER WORLD (1998)

1. Space
2. The Business
3. China Belle
4. Why Don't We Try Again
5. On My Way Up
6. Cyborg
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:57 am

This will probably be the longest post...after this I will take it much more slowly...one song or so per post (with some exceptions)

Pre-Queen

Roger Taylor was in several bands as a youngster including The Reaction, The New Reaction, Cousin Jacks, the Falcons, and the Bubblingover Boys. Recordings have surfaced from the Reaction sessions with the young boys covering rock and roll tracks.

THE REACTION - 1966 DEMOS

NOTE I Got You (I Feel Good) and In The Midnight Hour are the best as Roger sings lead vocals as well as drums. The rest feature a VERY old time singer - not my cup of tea...BUT it's some good old fashioned rock and roll and shows a very young Roger having some chops! Roger is 17 at the time of these demos! ALL are covers.

I Got You (I Feel Good) (JAMES BROWN COVER)
- Roger on vocals/drums

In The Midnight Hour (WILSON PICKETT COVER)
- Roger on vocals/drums

Buono Sera (LOUIS PRIMA COVER)
- Roger on drums

I'll Go Crazy (JAMES BROWN COVER)[/u]
- Roger on drums/backing vocals

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTTGRTxbLC0]Just A Little Bit (THE UNDERTAKERS COVER)

- Roger on drums

What's On Your Mind (SHELBY SMITH COVER)
- Roger on drums

Brian May was also in several bands such as 1984 and worked with others such as Left Handed Marriage. A demo done by 1984 has surfaced as well as a few recordings of Brian with LHM.

1984 DEMOS - 1967
NOTE - All feature 20 year old Brian on guitar.

Hold On I'm Coming (SAM & DAVE COVER)[/u]

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ODNhIteI6c]Knock On Wood (EDDIE FLOYD COVER)


NSU (CREAM COVER)

HOW CAN IT BE (THE BIRDS COVER)

STEP ON ME TAKE 1 & TAKE 2 (ORIGINAL - BECAME A SMILE TRACK)

PURPLE HAZE (JIMI HENDRIX COVER)

OUR LOVE IS DRIFTING (PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND COVER)

REMEMBER (JIMI HENDRIX COVER)

SWEET WINE (CREAM COVER)

NOTE - 1984 also did demos of: Get Out Of My Life Woman (a Lee Dorsey cover), (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (a Rolling Stones cover), My Girl (a Temptations cover), Wonderful Land, Apache. FBI, The Rise And Fall of Flingel Blunt (the last 4 are Shadows covers), Bachelor Boy (a Cliff Richard track), Windy and Warm & Ram Bunk Shush (Ventures covers), Bo Diddley (a Buddy Holly version of the Bo Diddley track), Ain't That Peculiar (a Marvin Gaye cover), and Crying In The Rain (an Everly Brothers cover). None of these demos have leaked.

LEFT HANDED MARRIAGE DEMOS - 1967
NOTE - Brian recorded with his friends as a favor - these three tracks were originals by Bill Richards. They were officially released later on as bonus tracks of a Left Handed Marriage compilation. Brian only featured on these demos as he was never really part of the band, just helping to thicken the sound.

I NEED TIME
- Featuring Brian on guitar/backing vocals. He also received a writing credit on this one with Richards.

SHE WAS ONCE MY FRIEND
- Featuring Brian on guitar/backing vocals

APPOINTMENT

Left Handed Marriage also had demos for Give Me Time (Richards?),
Sugar Lump Girl (Richards?), Yours Sincerely (Richards?), and other demos of She Was Once My Friend (Richards) and I Need Time (Richards/May).

John Deacon was in a few bands as well notably, The Opposition, The New Opposition, Art, and a one gig effort with some friends in a band they called...Deacon. No recordings have surfaced fom John's Pre-Queen efforts. The acetate that was recorded though was of three songs: Vehicle (an Ides of March cover), Sunny (a Bobby Herb cover), and Transit 3 (an original song - instrumental and named after the band's van).

Freddie Mercury was in a high school band called the Hectics and tried a few others such as Wreckage, Ibex, and Sour Milk Sea. A few bits and pieces have leaked from Wreckage and there is an almost complete concert from Ibex in 1969 which unfortunately cuts off the encore. What makes it double unfortunate is that Brian May and Roger Taylor were there and jumped on stage during said encore - making it the first time an organic version of Queen played together.

The only demos/recordings to leak from Freddie bands besides the Ibex concert to be discussed later were from one Freddie written song.

GREEN (1969 HOME REHEARSAL)

GREEN (ALTERNATE VERSIONS)

Wreckage did also record a version of Eric Clapton's version of Robert Johnson's Crossroads. They may have also recorded originals entitled, Blag-A-Blues, Boobie (which MAY have been a cover of Jeff Beck's song but it is unknown), Cancer On My Mind and F.E.W.A. (or Feelings Ended, Worn Away). They performed these live in concert certainly.

The last piece of the Pre-Queen cog is the band Smile. Formed from the ashes of 1984, Brian May and bassist/vocalist Tim Staffell wanted to form a new band. After advertising for a Ginger Baker type drummer, Roger auditioned and joined the band. The band had 2 recording sessions and recorded a few tracks. Those sessions have leaked.

The tracks included:
Earth
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJkBIGJpa2o[/youtube]

Written by: Tim Staffell
Produced by: John Anthony
Musicians:
Tim Staffell - vocals, bass guitar
Brian May - guitars, vocals
Roger Taylor - drums, vocals
unknown (Chris Smith?) - keyboards

I might be at a table
And suddenly I'll catch
A fleeting vision of her crystal seas
Or I might be standing in a crowded dockyard faraway
Underneath the sun I've never seen

'Cos I have seen many worlds
For what it's worth
But I'll never see again the planet earth, my earth

I might be chasing waves of light
Out towards the rim
Where stars are sparse
And the cold of space seeps in
Or I might be in a bar room
Drinking methylated gin
And thinking of the places I have been

Yes, I have seen many worlds
For what it's worth
But I'll never see again the planet earth, my earth

I have seen many worlds
For what it's worth
But I'll never see again the planet earth, my earth

Cast adrift amongst the stars
I float from sun to sun
Dreaming of the world that gave me birth
All the places I have been
Remind me there is none
To match the cool green rolling hills of earth

'Cos I have seen many worlds
For what it's worth
But I'll never see again the planet earth, my earth


- I love this track - there are versions I'll discuss later including one where Brian and Tim revisit it years later with Brian helping out on lead vocals.

Step On Me
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfUJg_2X7t4[/youtube]

Written by: Brian May and Tim Staffell
Produced by: John Anthony
Musicians:
Tim Staffell - vocals, bass guitar
Brian May - guitars, vocals, piano
Roger Taylor - drums, vocals

Know what I said when I saw you crying
Hang on that's for me
I was weak in the head, I believed your lying
You're just a bad memory
My life was going to be better, oooh
My why could I never ever see she'd step on me

Well I talked to your friend just the other day
I was lonely, couldn't raise a smile
And she hid a smile and she ain't like you
Been asleep for more than just a little while
My life was going to be better, oooh
My why could I never ever see she'd step on me
Step on me, step on me, step on me

Now it's so good I won't waste my time
On a two year old picture of you
Oh now that you're gone everything's fine
But you'll probably think that we're through
My life was going to be better, oooh
My why could I never ever see she'd step on me
Step on me, step on me, step on me

Now it's so good I won't waste my time
On a two year old picture of you
Now that you're gone everything's fine
But you'll probably think that we're through
My life was going to be better, oooh
My why could I never ever see she'd step on me
Never ever see she'd step on me


- I also have the 1984 demo - PM me if you want to hear that - but I also think that's floating around on YT.

April Lady
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9vhCQgGSfU[/youtube]
Written by: Stanley Lucas
Produced by: Fritz Freyer
Musicians:
Brian May - vocals, guitars
Tim Staffell - bass guitar, vocals
Roger Taylor - drums, vocals

She won our hearts, the arts she loved
Was painting pictures for free
When she was done she hung them up
For all the children to see

Goodbye, April lady
It's been good to have you around
Goodbye, April lady
You've done a lot for the folks in this town

The children learned to read
She strung their beads
It's sorry she was the one
As you can see isn't she good
She don't leave nothing undone

Goodbye, April lady
It's been good to have you around
Goodbye, April lady
You've done a lot for the folks in this town

She taught them all to love
She was their cream
And we don't want her to go
But we know too well
She fell in love
And there's no stopping her so

Goodbye, April lady
It's been good to have you around
Goodbye, April lady
You've done a lot for the folks in this town

Goodbye, April lady
Goodbye, April lady
Goodbye


- A record company request to record this song they didn't write. What's awesome about it though is Brian and Roger share lead vocals :D A great track.


Doin' All Right

SEE QUEEN

Polar Bear

SEE QUEEN

Blag

Written by: Roger Taylor
Produced by: Fritz Freyer
Musicians:
Tim Staffell - vocals, bass guitar
Brian May - guitars, vocals
Roger Taylor - drums, vocals

Do, do, do
Do, do, do
Do, do, do
Do, do, do
Do, do, do
Do, do, do

Do, do, do
Do, do, do
Do, do, do
Do, do, do
Do, do, do
Do, do, do

Take away my sunshine
You take away my rain
I can see it in your eye

There must be an answer somewhere (there must be a way)
You can find a way
I can see it in your eye

Do, do, do
Do, do, do
Do, do, do
Do, do, do
Do, do, do
Do, do, do


- Less a song and more a jam session. Still some great drum work and the VERY first step towards Brian's iconic Brighton Rock guitar solo.

They also recorded a few unreleased items such as: See What A Fool I've Been (Later recorded by Queen)/If I Were A Carpenter/Silver Salmon (demoed by Queen later on).

Note: In 1992 at The Cross (Roger Taylor sideband) Christmas gig, Smile reunited for a few tracks.

During Smile's time their biggest fan was Tim's roomate. A roomate named Freddie who was never shy about what he would do if he were lead singer, etc. When Tim Staffell left after Smile's lack of success, Freddie stepped in and Queen began their rise. They went through a few bassists during the first year or so such as Mike Grose, Doug Bogie, and Barry Mitchell. Reportedly there is a gig at least partially recorded with Barry on bass but it has not leaked to the general public as of yet.

After a short time, John joined and Queen was solidified.

Now during the recording of Queen the boys were busy...especially Roger.

Roger's girlfriend at the time, Jill Johnson was in a band called The Famous Jug Band who were recording an album. Roger snuck on two tracks

DEEP MINOR RHYTHM
-Features Roger on percussion/backing vocals

WOULD YOU BELIEVE
-Features Roger on backing vocals.

There may be another track involving Roger and Jill but it is not on YT.

Furthermore Roger also guested with percussion/backing vocalsfor Al Stewart on:
ROAD TO MOSCOW

While in the studio, Freddie was approached by Robin Geoffrey Cable who was trying to recreate Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. He brought Brian and Roger in to help him on their cover of the Ronnettes/Beach Boys track:

I CAN HEAR MUSIC
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsUTCiZDyYQ[/youtube]

This is the way I always dreamed it would be
The way that it is,oh,when you are holding me
I never had a love of my own
Maybe that's why when we're all alone

I can hear music
I can hear music
Sounds of the city baby seem to disappear
Oh well I can hear music
Sweet sweet music
When ever you touch me baby
Whenever you're near

Loving you it keeps me satisfied
And I can't explain,oh no,the way I'm feeling inside
You look at me we kiss and then
I close my eyes and here it comes again

I can hear music
I can hear music
Sounds of the city baby seem to disappear
Oh well I can hear music
Sweet sweet music
When ever you touch me baby
Whenever you're near

I can hear music
Sweet sweet music
When ever you touch me baby
Whenever you're near

I can hear music
Sweet sweet music
When ever you touch me baby
Whenever you're near


Freddie then recorded a B-Side without Brian and Roger, a cover of Carole King/Dusty Springfields'

GOIN' BACK
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js53hUsgmRo[/youtube]

I think I'm going back
To the things I learnt so well in my youth
I think I'm returning to
Those days when I was young enough to know the truth

Now there are no games
To only pass the time
No more colouring books
No Christmas bells to chime
But thinking young and growing older is no sin
And I can't play the game of life to win

I can recall a time
When I wasn't ashamed to reach out to a friend
And now I think I've got
A lot more than just my toys to lend

Now there's more to do
Than watch my sailboat glide
And every day can be
My magic carpet ride
And I can play hide and seek with my fears
And live my days instead of counting my years

Then everyone debates
The true reality
I'd rather see the world
The way it used to be
A little bit of freedom's all we lack
So catch me if you can
I'm going back

- Used again at the end in a clip during Mother Love from the Made In Heaven album. Very innocent track from a still innocent Freddie...

Next time: Queen's first album - 1973 and the first track...Keep Yourself Alive :)
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:19 pm

This first post will give an overview of Queen member's PRE-Queen activity. Then tomorrow I will focus on a few important gigs from that era.

1957

01/07/57 - The Bubbling Over Boys (FEATURING ROGER TAYLOR)
Bosvigo School - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

1963

01/06/63 - Beat Unlimited (FEATURING ROGER TAYLOR)
? - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

1964

10/28/64 – 1984 (FEATURING BRIAN MAY)
St. Mary's Church Hall - Twickenham, UK
Setlist: ?

11/06/64 - 1984
Richmond Girls School, Richmond, UK
Setlist: ?

1965

01/01/65 - 1984
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

03/15/65 - Johnny Quayle and the Reaction (FEATURING ROGER TAYLOR)
City Hall - Truro, UK
Setlist: Shadows, Rolling Stones, and pre-Soul covers - James Brown, etc.

04/15/65 - Johnny Quayle and the Reaction
City Hall - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

06/??/65 - Johnny Quayle and the Reaction
Princess Pavilion - Falmouth, UK
Setlist: ?

06/??/65 - Johnny Quayle and the Reaction
The Garden - Penzance, UK
Setlist: ?

06/??/65 - Johnny Quayle and the Reaction
Village Hall - St. Just, UK
Setlist: ?

06/??/65 - Johnny Quayle and the Reaction
Blue Lagoon - Newquay, UK
Setlist: ?

09/25/65 - The Opposition (FEATURING JOHN DEACON)
Clive Castledine's House - Leicester, UK
Setlist: ?

10/01/65 - The Opposition
Gartree School - Leicester, UK
Setlist: ?

11/17/65 - The Reaction (FEATURING ROGER TAYLOR)
Methodist Hall - St. Agnes, UK
Setlist: ?

12/1/65 - The Reaction
Truro School - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

12/4/65 - The Opposition
Co-operative Hall - Enderby, UK
Setlist: ?

12/17/65 - The Opposition
Gartree School - Leicester, UK
Setlist: ?

12/27/65 - The Reaction
School's Christmas Dance - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

12/31/65 - The Opposition - N/A
Market Harborough Youth Club - Leicester, UK
Setlist: ?

1966

01/08/66 - The Reaction
Princess Pavilion - Falmouth, UK
Setlist: ?

01/15/66 - The Opposition
Co-Operative Hall - Enderby, UK
Setlist: ?

01/15/66 - 1984
Thames Rowing Club - Putney, UK
Setlist:
I'm A Loser (Beatles cover)/Help (Beatles cover)/Jack of Diamonds (Lonnie Donegan cover)/I Wish You Would/I Feel Fine (Beatles cover)/Little Egypt/Lucille (Little Richard/Everly Brothers cover)/Monkey Business/Mojo Working/Walking The Dog (Dennisons cover)/Heart Full of Soul (Yardbirds cover)

01/29/66 – 1984
Thames Rowing Club - Putney, UK
Setlist:
Bright Lights Big City/Chains (Beatles cover)/Walking the Dog (Dennisons cover)/Lucille (Little Richard/Everly Brothers cover)/Little Rendezvous/Jack of Diamonds (Lonnie Donegan cover)/Mojo Working/Little Egypt/I'm a Man/Bye Bye Bird
***NOTE – ACCORDING TO SOURCES QUEEN (OR AT LEAST BRIAN) HAS A SOUNDBOARD COPY OF THESE LAST TWO 1984 SETS***

02/05/66 - The Opposition
Village Institute - Countersthorpe, UK
Setlist: ?

02/05/66 – 1984
Rowing Club - Shepperton, UK
Setlist:
Dancing In The Street (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas cover)/Eight Days A Week (Beatles cover)/I'm Taking Her Home (Others cover)/My Generation (The Who cover)

11/02/66 - The Opposition
Youth Club - Narborough, UK
Setlist: ?

03/??/66 – 1984
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

03/05/66 - The Opposition
Constitutional Hall - Wigston, UK
Setlist: ?

03/07/66 - The Reaction
City Hall - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

03/11/66 - The Opposition
Village Hall - Evington, UK
Setlist: ?

03/12/66 - The Reaction
Princess Pavilion - Falmouth, UK
Setlist: ?

03/17/66 - The Reaction
Ballroom - Redruth, UK
Setlist: ?

04/30/66 - The Opposition
Co-operative Hall - Enderby, UK
Setlist: ?

05/21/66 - The New Opposition
Village Hall - Countersthorpe , UK
Setlist: ?

Summer of '66 (Unknown Date) – 1984
R& B Club - Putney,UK
Setlist: ?

Summer of '66 (Unknown Date) – 1984
Boat Club - Molesey, UK
Setlist:

Happy Hendrix Polka

06/14/66 - The New Opposition
Co-operative Hall - Enderby, UK
Setlist: ?

07/01 (or 02)/66 – 1984
Boat Club - Henley on Thames, UK
Setlist: ?

07/09/66 - 1984 – NA
All Saints Church Hall - London, UK
Setlist: ?

07/17/66 - The Reaction
City Hall - Truro, UK
Setlist: ? (possible - Game of Love/Hey Mama (Keep Your Big Mouth Shut)/Tell Me Whatcha Gonna Do About It/Slow Down/Respect/I Feel Good/It's Gonna Work Out Fine/Land of 1000 Dances
****RUMORS STATE THAT A FULL RECORDING OF THIS EXISTS – THERE HAVE BEEN SOME BOOTLEG APPEARANCES OF A FEW TRACKS***

August '66 - The New Opposition (FEATURING JOHN DEACON)
Co-operative Hal - Enderby, UK
Setlist: ?

08/15/66 - The Reaction
Dartmouth - Devon, UK
Setlist: ?

08/16/66 - The Reaction
Town Hall - Torquay, UK
Setlist: ?

Autumn 1966 – 1984
White Hart - Southhall, UK
Setlist: ?

October '66 - The New Opposition
Casino Ballroom - Leicester, UK
Setlist: ?

11/06/66 - The New Opposition
Monsell Youth Club - Eyres, UK
Setlist: ?

11/11/66 - The New Opposition
Monsell Youth Club - Eyres, UK
Setlist: ?

12 /31/66 - The New Opposition
Market Harbour Youth Club - Leicester, UK
Setlist: ?

1967

January '67 - The Opposition
USAF Base - Molesworth, UK
Setlist: ?

01/07/67 - The Reaction
Ballroom Redruth - Flamingo, UK
Setlist: ?

01/13/67 - The New Opposition
Tennis Club - Leicester, UK
Setlist: ?

01/24/67 - The Reaction
Penmare Hotel - Hayle, UK
Setlist: ?

01/28/67 - The Reaction
Guildhall - St. Ives, UK
Setlist: ?

02/12/67 - The Opposition
Boys Club - New Parks, UK
Setlist: ?

02/25/67 - The Opposition
Antiquity Club - Churchgate, UK
Setlist: ?

03/03/67 - The Reaction
Flamingo Ballroom - Redruth, UK
Setlist: ?

03/04/67 - The Reaction
Princess Pavilion - Falmouth, UK
Setlist: ?

03/10/67 - The Opposition
Roundhills Youth Centre, Thurmaston - Leicester, UK
Setlist: ?

03/10/67 - The Reaction
Penmare Hotel - Hayle, UK
Setlist: ?

03/11/67 - The Reaction
Blue Lagoon - Newquay, UK
Setlist: ?

03/18/67 - The Opposition
Boys Club - New Parks, UK
Setlist: ?

03/31/67 - The Opposition
Kirby Lane Community Centre - Melton Mowbray, UK
Setlist: ?

03/31/67 - The Reaction
Penmare - Hayle, UK
Setlist: ?

04/21/67 - The Reaction
Country Grammar School - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

04/23/67 - The Opposition
Beaumont Keys, UK
Setlist: ?

04/29/67 - The Reaction
Hayle Penmare Hotel - Cornwall, UK
Setlist: ?

04/30/67 - The Opposition
Boys Club - New Parks, UK
Setlist: ?

05/04/67 - The Reaction
Skating Rink - Camborne, UK
Setlist: ?

05/06/67 - The Reaction
The Blue Lagoon - Newquay, UK
Setlist: ?

05/13/67 – 1984
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist:
Cool Jerk/Respect/My Girl/Shake/Stepping Stone/Keep Me Hanging On/Whatcha Going To Do About It/Substitute/How Can It Be/Dancing In The Street/Dream/Sha La La La Lee
****SUPPOSEDLY QUEEN HAS A RECORDING OF THIS GIG AS WELL ***

05/27/67 - The Reaction
Skating Rink - Camborne, UK
Setlist: ?

07/01/67 - The Opposition
Royal Oak - Wigston, UK
Setlist: ?

07/29/67 - The Reaction
Beach - Perranporth, UK
Setlist: ?

07/31/67 - The Reaction
St. Just Village Hall - Cornwall, UK
Setlist: ?

Summer 1967 - The Reaction
City Hall - Truro, UK
Setlist:

Game Of Love/Hey Mama (Keep Your Big Mouth Shut)/Tell Me, What You Gonna Do 'Bout It?/Slow Down/Respect/I Got You (I Feel Good)/It's Gonna Work Out Fine/Land Of 1,000 Dances

08/04/67 - The Reaction
Hayle Rugby Club - Cornwall, UK
Setlist: ?

September '67 – 1984
Top Rank Club - Croydon, UK
Setlist:

Ain't That Peculiar/Crying In The Rain

September '67 – 1984
School of Medicine - London, UK
Setlist: ?

11/04/67 - The Opposition
Club - Evington, UK
Setlist: ?

11/10/67 - The Opposition
Boys Club - Witterworth, UK
Setlist: ?

11/10/67 - The Reaction
Pennance Hotel - Hayle, UK
Setlist: ?

11/11/67 - The Opposition
Zodiac 67 Club - Leicester, UK
Setlist: ?

12/21/67 - The Opposition/The Reaction
Raven Youth Club - Thurny Lodge, UK
Setlist: ?

12/23/67 – 1984
Olympia Theatre - London, UK
Setlist: So Sad/Stone Free/She's Gone/Knock On Wood

1968

01/06/68 - The Opposition
Dog & Gun - Thurlaston, UK
Setlist: ?

01/12/68 - The Opposition
Casino Ballroom - Leicester, UK
Setlist: ?

01/27/68 - The Opposition
Country Arms - Blaby, UK
Setlist: ?

02/09/68 - The Opposition
Royal Oak - Wigston, UK
Setlist: ?

02/16/68 - The Opposition
Youth Club - Lutterworth, UK
Setlist: ?

02/17/68 - The Opposition
Dog & Gun - Thurlaston, UK
Setlist: ?

02/23/68 - The Opposition
Roundhills Youth Center - Thumaston, UK
Setlist: ?

02/24/68 - The Opposition
Youth Club Hall - Kibworth, UK
Setlist: ?

03/01/68 - The Oppostion
Royal Oak - Wigston, UK
Setlist: ?

Spring '68 - The Art (FEATURING JOHN DEACON)
Kettering, UK
Setlist: ?

Spring '68 - The Art
St. Neots, UK
Setlist: ?

03/02/68 - The Opposition
Country Arms - Blaby, UK
Setlist: ?

03/16/68 - The Art
Gartree School - Oadby, UK
Setlist: ?

03/29/68 - The Art
Youth Club - Lutterworth, UK
Setlist: ?

04/28/68 - The Art
Village Hall - Billesden, UK
Setlist: ?

05/11/68 - The Art
Village Hall - Kibworth, UK
Setlist: ?

Summer '68 - The Art
Melton Mowbray, UK
Setlist: ?

Summer '68 – Smile (FEATURING BRIAN MAY & ROGER TAYLOR)
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

Summer '68 – Smile
Flamingo Ballroom - Redruth, UK
Setlist: ?

Summer '68 – Smile
PJ's Club - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

07/04/68 - The Reaction
local beach - Perranporth, UK
Setlist: ?

07/13/68 - The Reaction
Princes Pavilion - Falmouth, UK
Setlist: ?

10/26/68 – Smile
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist:
Toccata and Fugue In D Minor/Can't Be Sad

12/17/68 - The Art
Gartree School - Leicester, UK
Setlist: ?

1969

01/11/69 - The Art
West End Ballroom - Coalville, UK
Setlist: ?

01/18/69 - The Art
Rugby Club - Hinckley, UK
Setlist: ?

01/25/69 - The Art
Community Centre - Muxloe, UK
Setlst: ?

01/31/69 – Smile
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

02/01/69 - The Art
Village Hall - Kibworth, UK
Setlist: ?

02/08/69 - The Art
Village Hall - Bedford, UK
Setlist: ?

02/15/69 - The Art
Rugby Club - Tyers, UK
Setlist: ?

02/27/69 – Smile
Royal Albert Hall - London, UK
Setlist: If I Were a Carpenter/Earth/Mony Mony/See What A Fool
I've Been

02/28/69 – Smile
Athletic Club - Richmond, UK
Setlist: ?

03/15/69 – Smile
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

03/28/69 – Smile
PJ's Club - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

03/29/69 – Smile
PJ's Club - Truro, UK
Setlist; ?

04/18/69 - Smile
PJ's Club - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

04/19/69 – Smile
Revolution Club - London, UK
Setlist: ?

05/23/69 – Ibex (FEATURING FREDDIE MERCURY)
Honiton Hall - Penketh, UK
Setlist: ?

05/31/69 – Smile
Whisky A Go Go - London, UK
Setlist: ?

07/01/69 - Ibex
Wade Deacon Grammer School For Girls - Widness, UK
Setlist: ?

07/19/69 - Smile
PJ's Club - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

August '69 - The Art
Youth Club - Great Glen, UK
Setlist: ?

August '69 – Ibex
Technical College - St. Helens, UK
Setlist: ?

08/23/69 - Ibex
The Bolton's Octagon Theatre - Bolton, UK
Setlist: Jailhouse Rock

08/24/69 – Ibex
Open Air Festival, Queen's Park - Bolton, UK
Setlist: ?

09/09/69 - Ibex
The Sink - Liverpool, UK
Setlist:
I'm So Glad/Communication Breakdown/Rain/We're Going Wrong/Rock Me Baby/Stone Free/Jailhouse Rock/Crossroads/Vagabond Outcast/We're Going Home

09/13/69 – Smile
PJ's Club - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

09/14/69 – Smile
PJ's Club - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

09/19/69 – Ibex
College of Technology - St. Helen's, UK
Setlist: ?

10/18/69 – Smile
College Union - Watford, UK
Setlist: ?

10/26/69 - Wreckage (FEATURING FREDDIE MERCURY)
Ealing College of Art - London, UK
Setlist: A few possibilities:
Green/Without You/Blag-a-Blues/Cancer On My Mind
Green/Lover/Vagabond Outcast/Fewa/One More Train/Cancer On My Mind/Without You/Boogie/Universal Theme/Blag-a-Blues
Cancer On My Mind/Vagaband Outcast/FEWA/Without You/One More Train/Lover/JailhouseRock/Crossroads/1983/Rain/We're Going Wrong/Communication Breakdown/Boogie/Universal Theme/Blag-a-Blues/Green/Rock Me Baby/Let Me Love You
****NOTE – THERE ARE A FEW DIFFERENT SETLIST SOURCES****

10/31/69 – Wreckage
Ealing College of Art - London, UK
Setlist:
Cancer On My Mind/Vagabond Outcast/FEWA/Without You/One More Train/Lover/Jailhouse Rock/Crossroads/1983/Rain/We're Going Wrong/Communication Breakdown/Boogie/Universal Theme/Blag-a-Blues/Green/Rock Me Baby/Let Me Love You

11/01/69 – Smile
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

November '69 – Wreckage
Hall - Fulham, UK
Setlist: ?

November '69 – Wreckage
Ealing College of Art - London, UK
Setlist: ?

November '69 – Wreckage
College of St. Martin & St. John – UK
Setlist: ?

11/05/69 – Wreckage
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

11/12/69 – Wreckage
Rugby Club - Richmond, UK
Setlist: ?

11/14/69 – Wreckage
Liverpool – UK
Setlist: ?

11/24/69 – Wreckage
Wide Deacon Grammar School For Girls - Widness, UK
Setlist: ?

11/26/69 – Wreckage
Rugby Club - Twickenham, UK
Setlist: ?

12/06/69 – Smile
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

12/13/69 – Smile
The Marquee Club - London, UK
Setlist: ?

1970

01/31/70 – Smile
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

Spring '70 - Sour Milk Sea (FEATURING FREDDIE MERCURY)
Randolph Hotel - Oxford, UK
Setlist: ?

03/20/70 - Sour Milk Sea
Highield Parish - Oxford, UK
Setlist: ?

03/28/70 - Sour Milk Sea
The Temple at Lower Wardour Street - London, UK
Setlist: ?

04/24/70 – Smile
Eel Pie Island - Twickenham, UK
Setlist: ?

05/09/70- Smile
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

06/27/70 - Queen (Smile)
City Hall - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

07/18/70 – Queen
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

07/25/70 – Queen
PJ's Club - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

08/23/70 – Queen
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

09/04/70 – Queen
Swiss Cottage Private School - London, UK
Setlist: ?

10/16/70 – Queen
College of Estates Management - London, UK
Setlist: ?

10/30/70 – Queen
College of Technology - St. Helens, UK
Setlist: ?

10/31/70 – Queen
Cavern Club - Liverpool, UK
Setlist: ?

11/14/70 – Queen
Balls Park College - Hertford, UK
Setlist: ?

11/21/70 – Deacon (FEATURING JOHN DEACON)
Chelsea College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

12/05/70 – Queen
Shoreditch College - Egham, UK
Setlist: ?

12/18/70 – Queen
College of Technology - St. Helens, UK
Setlist: ?

12/19/70 – Queen
Congregational Church Hall - St. Helens, UK
Setlist: ?

1971

01/08/71 – Queen
The Marquee Club - London, UK
Setlist: ?

01/09/71 – Queen
Technical College - Ewell, UK
Setlist: Jailhouse Rock/Stupid Cupid/Be Bop A Lula/Big
Spender/Bama Lama Bama Loo
***FORMER MANAGER KEN TESTI RECORDED THIS CONCERT MAKING THIS THE EARLIEST KNOWN QUEEN RECORDING, BUT
NOTHING HAS LEAKED THUS FAR INTO THE OPEN MARKET***

02/19/71 – Queen
Hornsey Town Hall - London, UK
Setlist: ?

02/20/71 – Queen
Kingston Polytechnic - London, UK
Setlist: ?

07/02/71 – Queen
College - Surrey, UK
Setlist: ?

07/11/71 – Queen
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

07/17/71 – Queen
The Garden - Penzance, UK
Setlist: ?

07/19/71 – Queen
Rugby Club - Hayle, UK
Setlist: ?

07/24/71 – Queen
Young Farmers Club - Wadebridge –UK
Setlist: ?

07/29/71 – Queen
The Garden - Penzance, UK
Setlist: ?

07/31/71 – Queen
City Hall - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

08/02/71 – Queen
Rugby Club - Hayle, UK
Setlist: ?

08/09/71 – Queen
Driftwood Spurs - St. Agnes, UK
Setlist: ?

08/12/71 – Queen
Tregye Hotel - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

08/14/71 – Queen
NCOs' Mess, RAF Culdrose - Culdrose, UK
Setlist: ?

08/17/71 – Queen
City Hall - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

08/21/71 – Queen
Tregye Country Club, Carnon Downs Festival - Truro, UK
Setlist: ?

10/06/71 – Queen
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

12/09/71 – Queen
Swimming Baths - Epsom, UK
Setlist: ?

12/31/71 – Queen
Rugby Club - Twickenham, UK
Setlist: ?

1972

01/28/72 – Queen
College - Bedford, UK
Setlist: ?

03/10/72 – Queen
King's College Medical School - London, UK
Setlist:
Son & Daughter/Great King Rat/Jesus/The Night Comes Down/Liar/Keep Yourself Alive/See What A Fool I've Been/Stone Cold Crazy/Hangman/Jailhouse Rock/Bama Lama Bama Loo

03/24/72 – Queen
Forest Hill Hospital - London, UK
Setlist: ?

06/11/72 - Queen – NA
Pheasantry Club - London, UK
Setlist: ?

12/20/72 – Queen
The Marquee Club - London, UK
Setlist:

Great King Rat/Son & Daughter/Jesus/Doing All Right/Ogre Battle/Keep Yourself Alive/Liar/Jailhouse Rock/Bama Lama Bama Loo
****QUEEN DOES HAVE A RECORDING OF THIS ALTHOUGH NO
BOOTLEG HAS LEAKED***

The gigs I will go into starting (and maybe finishing - depending on how much it is...) tomorrow will be:

5/13/67 - A famous 1984 gig
2/27/69 - A famous Smile gig
9/9/69 - IBEX - The earliest leaked (nearly) full concert we have.
06/27/70 - Queen (Smile) & 07/18/70 – Queen the first gigs under the Queen banner
12/20/72 - Marquee - a famous Queen gig.
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:32 pm

May 13th, 1967 - 1984 - Imperial College

1. Cool Jerk
2. Respect
3. My Girl
4. Shake
5. Stepping Stone
6. Keep Me Hanging On
7. Whatcha Going To Do About It
8. Substitute
9. How Can It Be
10. Dancing In The Street
11. Dream
12. Sha La La La Lee


Brian secured the gig through his college contacts and the crux was that it was a gig in support of Brian's hero, Jimi Hendrix. Brian had been so obsessed that his 1984 mates had been calling him Brimi!

The famous story has Brian finally meeting his hero after their set. They bumped into the legendary guitarist who famously said..."Where's the stage, man?"

(Unannounced bonus :P )

December 23rd, 1967 - 1984 - Olympia Theatre, London, UK - CHRISTMAS ON EARTH CONTINUED

1. So Sad (Everly Brothers)
2. Stone Free
3. She's Gone (Buddy Knox)
4. Knock On Wood (Eddie Floyd)


A quick set. The show started on December 22nd, but 1984 didn't play until 5am on the 23rd! The band played on the same set of their idols but unfortunately because of everything being so late they returned to their dressing room having their personal items stolen and their van towed! Yet they still remembered this gig fondly.

http://www.queenconcerts.com/inc/posters/1967-12-23.jpg

February 27, 1969 - Smile - Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

1. If I Were A Carpenter
2. Earth
3. Mony Mony
4. See What A Fool I've Been


Smile's first festival gig of sorts, supporting Bonzo Dog Band, Spooky Tooth, Joe Cocker and Free! (marking the first time Brian, Roger, and Paul Rodgers were on the same stage - of course it was at different times :P)

http://www.queenconcerts.com/inc/flyers/1969-02-27a.jpg
http://www.queenconcerts.com/inc/flyers/1969-02-27b.jpg

An actual ticket:
http://www.queenconcerts.com/inc/tickets/1969-02-27.jpg

September 9th, 1969 - IBEX - The Sink, Liverpool, UK

1. I'm So Glad (Skip James) - Cream
2. Communication Breakdown (Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones & John Bonham) - Led Zeppelin
3. Rain (John Lennon & Paul McCartney) - The Beatles
4. We're Going Wrong (Jack Bruce) - Cream
5. Rock Me Baby (Riley. BB. King & Joe Josea) - Truth
6. Stone Free (Jimi Hendrix) - Jimi Hendrix
7. Jailhouse Rock (Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller) - Elvis Presley
8. Crossroads (Cross Road Blues) (Robert Johnson) - Cream
9. Vagabond Outcast (Freddie Bulsara)
10. We're Going Home (I'm Going Home) (Alvin Lee) - Ten Years After


The whole leaked 30 minute concert - Audio Only.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ3t7l_H6qw[/youtube]

Important because it is the earliest (mostly) complete concert recording of the band as really only snippets appear from a Reaction gig and nothing else...No Smile recordings exist unfortunately (except some silent grainy video). What is worse though is that the recorder of this gig, Ibex roadie Geoff Higgins, ran out of tape after 30 minutes missing the encore...when Brian and Roger came out on stage marking the first appearance together of Freddie, Brian, and Roger.

June 27th, 1970 - Queen (as Smile) - City Hall, Truro, UK
July 19th, 1970 - Queen - Imperial College, London, UK
The setlist is unknown unfortunately - although Freddie was later quoted as saying that Stone Cold Crazy was the first song performed on stage by the band so I would assume this was played first. There are reports that it was the only original played as the band hadn't been together long enough to write anymore originals but Roger later claimed that Son And Daughter was also played. Beyond that there were probably covers of Smile songs (Doin' Alright and See What A Fool I've Been likely as they were songs the band later recorded.), Led Zeppelin songs (Communication Breakdown being likely as Freddie had performed it with his bands.).

This was a charity event organized by the British Red Cross. Booked by Roger's mother for Smile, the band was still advertised as Smile as can be seen:

http://queenlive.ca/queen/ads/70-04_Truro_ad_2.jpg
http://queenlive.ca/queen/ads/70-06-27_Truro_ad_1.jpg
-NOTE if you look at the bottom of the first one you notice that Smile is replacing Sour Milk Sea...one of Freddie's bands :P

Manager Ken Testi states that they were called Queen at the gig though. John Deacon is NOT in this performance yet and so the bassist is a guy named Mike Grose who had used to play with Roger in The Reaction. Mike would be bassist for 3 gigs until he decided to go back to his studies and to his home near his parents.

The next gig was the first to be billed definitively as Queen:
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http://queenlive.ca/queen/live%20pics/70-07-18_London_01.jpg
http://queenlive.ca/queen/live%20pics/70-07-18_London_02.jpg
http://queenlive.ca/queen/live%20pics/70-07-18_London_03.jpg

The first pictures at a Queen show - Freddie and Mike Grose.

IN BETWEEN NOTES:
August 23rd's gig at Imperial College was the first gig with Barry Mitchell who was bassist for about 11 gigs. He left due to musical differences and the idea that he didn't think the band was getting anywhere.

January 9th, 1971, the band played on the same set as Genesis who was looking for a drummer (before Phil Collins filled the spot)...and supposedly Peter Gabriel made overtures to Roger to be that drummer! Roger of course declined. This was Barry's last gig.

February 19th, 1971 - the band played with Doug X (Bogie) on bass. There was speculation for the longest time that he was dismissed after 2 gigs for jumping around very violently onstage and upstaging Freddie but this was later debunked by Doug himself stating he was just filling in to fulfill commitments and when asked later to choose between the band and his studies - he chose his studies.

In between the boys auditioned a bassist by the name of John Deacon along with a rhythm guitarist. The rhythm guitarist didn't get the gig. John did.

July 2nd, 1971 is John's first gig with the band and thus solidified the Queen lineup.

December 20th, 1972 - Queen - The Marquee Club - London, UK

01. Great King Rat
02. Son & Daughter
03. Jesus
04. Doing All Right
05. Ogre Battle
06. Keep Yourself Alive
07. Liar
08. Jailhouse Rock
09. Bama Lama Bama Lou


This was the first powerhouse gig the band have and supposedly a full recording is in the archives.

http://queenlive.ca/queen/live%20pics/72-12-20_London_09.jpg
The above pic was used as the basis for the cover of the first album.

Image
This pic was used in the Made In Heaven insert where the band chose their favorite pics of themselves with Freddie.

http://queenlive.ca/queen/live%20pics/72-12-20_London_05.jpg
http://queenlive.ca/queen/live%20pics/72-12-20_London_04.jpg
http://queenlive.ca/queen/live%20pics/72-12-20_London_08.jpg

Next up we get to look into 1973, the debut album and the Queen tour! The first major tour by the band!
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:47 pm

I will go track by track to give you as much information as you could ever possibly want and probably a lot you don't :P But I want to start with a little background of the whole album first:

QUEEN

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A little background:

-Once formed the band was in a catch-22. The band couldn't find a studio to record at without a record deal, and they couldn't get a record deal without recording some demos. A solution presented itself when Brian May's friend offered him a deal. They needed a really loud band to test their new equipment and in exchange they could use the recordings as their demos. So they quickly agreed and recorded demos of five tracks that would eventually be on their debut album. The demos did attract the interest of a management team who wanted Queen to record an album while they shopped the band for a record deal. It was not the best of situations as the band basically could only record when other high profile bands did not have time slotted. So whenever David Bowie or Paul McCartney were not recording or decided not to come in, Queen would get a call and hurry in. Often times they would get a call at 2:30 or 3:30 in the morning to tell them they had a few hours.

-They finished the album in 1972 but it would be over a year before it was released which worried the band since by the time it was released they felt already that they were much better than the album had to offer but overall they were generally pleased...although Roger would later say he is not a fan of the drum sound on the album.

-It would go to #83 in the US and to #24 in the UK (eventually as it re-entered the charts as the band got bigger. It was certified gold in the UK (100,000 copies) and in the US (500,000 copies). It has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

-Rejected titles: Deary Me and Top Fax, Pix, and Info

-John Deacon was called Deacon John on the album because Freddie found it more interesting!

-Roger Taylor used his full name - Roger Meddows Taylor.

-The band included the comment 'No synthesisers' on the album sleeve, as some listeners had mistaken their elaborate multi-tracking and effects processed by guitar and vocal sounds as synthesisers. This would continue until 1980's The Game

Tracks on the album:

1. Keep Yourself Alive (May)
2. Doing All Right (May/Staffell)
3. Great King Rat (Mercury)
4. My Fairy King (Mercury)
5. Liar (Mercury)
6. The Night Comes Down (May)
7. Modern Times Rock N Roll (Taylor)
8. Son & Daughter (May)
9. Jesus (Mercury)
10. Seven Seas Of Rhye... (Mercury)

Additional Released Tracks:
Mad The Swine (Mercury)

Officially Unreleased Bootleg Tracks:
Polar Bear (May or possibly Staffell)

Unreleased, Unleaked Tracks Performed Live:
Hangman (Mercury)
Rock N' Roll Medley (including Jailhouse Rock among others...)

Rumored Recordings Not Accounted For In The Above
Ogre Battle (SEE Queen II)
See What A Fool I've Been (SEE Queen II)
Seven Seas of Rhye (Mercury) (SEE Queen II) ** yes...different track...kind of.
Stone Cold Crazy (SEE Sheer Heart Attack)
White Queen (As It Began) (SEE Queen II)


First up Keep Yourself Alive
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:25 pm

Keep Yourself Alive

Written by: Brian May

Musicians:
Freddie Mercury - lead and backing vocals
Brian May - guitars, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, tambourine, backing vocals

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JofwEB9g1zg[/youtube]

I was told a million times
Of all the troubles in my way
Might he grow a little wiser
Little better ev'ry day

But if I crossed a million rivers
And I rode a million miles
Then I'd still be where I started
Bread and butter for a smile

Well I sold a million mirrors
In a shop in Alley Way
But I never saw my face
In any window any day

Now they say your folks are telling you
Be a super star
But I tell you just be satisfied
To stay right where you are

Keep yourself alive keep yourself alive
It'll take you all your time and a money
To keep you satisfied

Well I've loved a million women
In a belladonic haze
And I ate a million dinners
Brought to me on silver trays

Give me ev'rything I need
To feed my body and my soul
And I'll grow a little bigger
Maybe that can be my goal

I was told a million times
Of all the people in my way
How I had to keep on trying
And get better ev'ry day

But if I crossed a million rivers
And I rode a million miles
Then I'd still be where I started
Same as when I started

Keep yourself alive keep yourself alive
It'll take you all your time and money
To keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
It'll take you all your time and money
Honey you'll survive

Do you think you're better ev'ry day
No I just think I'm two steps nearer to my grave

Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive mmm
All you people keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
All you people
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
Take you all your time and money
Honey you'll survive
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
All you people keep yourself alive
Take you all your time and money honey
Oh keep yourself alive


- This is the very first thing Queen recorded. Written by Brian May, it was also released as the first single from the band. It did not chart.

- The band played the track live in full until 1981. It was not played during the 1982 tour. It was resurrected as part of a medley in 1984 through 1985. It was not played in 1986 nor in any of Brian or Roger's solo shows, or QPR - although Brian did throw the main riff into his solo on occasions. It was resurrected for QAL.

- Features Freddie on lead vocals but both Brian and Roger have a lead vocal line (Roger on "Do you think you're better every day?" and Brian with the answer "No, I just think I'm two steps nearer to my grave")

QUOTES:

- "That was real tape phasing. This was in the days when you took the tape off the synch head, put it through a couple of other tape delays, and then brought it back with the play head. There is no processing whatsoever on the solo in that tune, as far as I remember. I used John Deacon’s small amplifier and the Vox AC-30 to do that little three part chorus thing behind, as well as the fingerboard pickup on the guitar. There is a bit more tape phasing on the end of that track.” – Brian May – Guitar Player – 1983

- “As far as arranging the guitar harmonies, it wasn’t that difficult – I was always able to hear in my head what was going to work. As a result, my guitar orchestrations were mostly intuitive and worked out on the spot, such as the harmonized solos on ‘Keep Yourself Alive.’ It was afterwards that I actually analyzed why a certain arrangement I came up with work” – Brian May – 1998

ALTERNATIVE RELEASED VERSIONS:

DE LANE LEA DEMO:
- Released on the 2011 Island Remaster of Queen Deluxe Version

- The actual very first recording by Queen. Finally released on the 2011 remaster of Queen. Features an acoustic intro and a MUCH better drum sound. Brian actually liked this version better than the final version:

QUOTES:

- “The first recording of it ever was in De Lane Lea when we did it ourselves and I’ve still got that recording and I think it’s very good and has something which the single never head. But THEY pressurized us very strongly to redo all the tracks and we redid ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ with Roy and it was pretty awful, actually. I thought it was terrible and I was very unhappy about it and I thought the De Lane Lea one was better and I eventually managed to persuade Roy that it was better as well. So we went back in and did it again in a way that was a bit more true to the original. But there is no way that you can ever really repeat something. I have this great belief that the magic of the moment can never be recaptured and, although we ended up with something that was technically in the playing and perhaps even in the recording a bit better than the De Lane Lea thing. I still think that the De Lane Lea one had that certain sort of magic, so I was never really happy. As it turned out no one else was ever really happy either and we kept remixing it. We thought that it’s the mix that’s wrong, we kept remixing and there must have been at least seven or eight mixes by different groups of people. Eventually we went in and did a mix with Mike Stone, our engineer, and that’s the one that we were in the end happiest with. That’s the one that we put out. But to my mind, ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ was never really satisfactory. Never had that magic that it should have had.” – Brian May – BBC Radio One – 1983.

US EDIT
NO YT VIDEO THAT I COULD FIND

- Released on vinyl in the US. Also found on the original US version of Greatest Hits

- The single edit has an early fade out.

BBC SESSION #1
- NOT essential listening.

- Released on Queen At The Beeb in 1989 in the UK and Queen At The BBC in 1995 in the US.

- Recorded at Langham One Studio in 1973 for the BBC. Very similar to the album version - slight difference in backing vocals.

LONG LOST RETAKE
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPUbiqD4L5o[/youtube]

- Released in 1991 on the Hollywood Records remastering of Queen as a bonus track. This was recorded in 1975 when the studio suggested re-releasing their first single after they got a little success. They decided not to use this version and just re-released the original.

- This is actually MY favorite studio version. The drum sound is phenomenal!

UNRELEASED VERSIONS:

BBC SESSION #2

- NOT essential listening.

- Recorded a few months later than the previous one - although it sounds as if the backing track is the same as the album and may just be a slightly new vocal - again VERY little different.

LONG LOST RETAKE EDIT
- NOT essential listening.

-An edit of the retake that appeared on the vinyl promo. Not much different, just shorter.

UNRELEASED AND UNHEARD:

- There are about 8 different takes/versions existing according to Brian May while they fussed with the sound and ultimately were discarded. Do they still exist? Who knows.

OFFICIALLY RELEASED LIVE VERSIONS

LIVE KILLERS

- Audio only. Much like the Hammersmith verison below but I was more impressed with Hammersmith.

ROCK MONTREAL VERSION

- Includes a snippet of a jam that was an unrecorded song called Sex Show


LIVE AT THE RAINBOW - MARCH 1974
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTn21RfOPUI[/youtube]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ddjYRck6P8[/youtube]

LIVE AT THE RAINBOW - NOVEMBER 1974
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcUYbaa-aXY[/youtube]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhZxWJD3V6U[/youtube]

- Interrupted by a drum solo, this is the band at their rocking best - getting the crowd involved and just having a blast!

UNRELEASED LIVE VERSIONS

LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH - DECEMBER 1975
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceGC99-6yak[/youtube]

- Freddie has fun during this performance! Really rocking out and interactive.

LIVE AT ROCK IN RIO - JANUARY 1985

- A different version as it was only a part of a medley really and much shorter...but much later in time!

ALTERNATIVE LIVE

QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS LIVE IN CHILE - 2008
- Brian would occasionally throw the riff into his guitar solo as in the beginning of this verison.

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT - LONDON - JULY 11, 2012

- Adam's take is different from Freddie here. If anywhere this is where Freddie outshines Adam Freddie's is more DANGEROUS which is more apt to rock and roll :D BUT that being said, I'm far from a moaner - Adam does a fine job here and it becomes even more theatrical in a way altering the song but it is quite good - Love the glory note ending!

PERSONAL NOTES:

- I always thought this was a great opener - the intro guitar gets you into a groove and never lets up. You get to hear great vocals from all 3 singers and it just showcases where Queen was at this early stage of their existence. I prefer the live versions due to the interplay with the audience...


Next will be Doing All Right :)
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:58 pm

Doing All Right

Written by Tim Staffell and Brian May

Musicians:
Freddie Mercury - vocals
Brian May - acoustic & electric guitars, piano, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, backing vocals

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f63VMVncH9U[/youtube]

Yesterday my life was in ruin
Now today I know what I'm doing
Got a feeling I should be doing all right
Doing all right

Where will I be this time tomorrow?
Jumped in joy or sinking in sorrow
Anyway I should be doing all right
Doing all right

Should be waiting for the sun
Looking round to find the words to say
Should be waiting for the skies to clear
There ain't time in all the world

Should be waiting for the sun
And anyway I've got to hide away

Yesterday my life was in ruin
Now today God knows what I'm doing
Anyway I should be doing all right
Doing all right

Doing all right


- This was a song originally recorded by pre-Queen band Smile. It was adapted by Queen for the first album.

- This was the first song Freddie played the piano for in concert.

- It was played live in concert til 1977.

ALTERNATIVE RELEASED VERSIONS:

BBC SESSION #1
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWNYq6XM3AE[/youtube]

- ESSENTIAL LISTENING

- Released on Queen At The Beeb in 1989 in the UK and Queen At The BBC in 1995 in the US.

- Recorded during the first BBC session, this one has ONE major difference. Roger Taylor sings the last verse making for quite a change.

- Personally this is my favorite version as I am a fan of all three band members' voices so I like that I get Freddie and Roger trading off here.

UNRELEASED VERSIONS:

SMILE VERSION
- Obviously a little rougher but Tim is a nice vocalist as well although nowhere near Freddie.
- SEE PREVIOUS POST

UNRELEASED & UNHEARD:

- There are rumored alternate takes in existence. Not much is known.


LIVE VERSIONS:

LIVE AT EARLS COURT - 1977

- One of the last times it was played - god that Freddie unitard! :p

PERSONAL NOTES:

Although my favorites per album often change, this one is always right near the top. I love the soft balladry and the tempo changes as well as the great harmonies.


Next up: Great King Rat
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:33 pm

Today we have...

Great King Rat

written by Freddie Mercury

Musicians:
Freddie Mercury - lead and backing vocals
Brian May - acoustic & electric guitars, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, tambourine, backing vocals

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTBxM5o72g0[/youtube]

Great King Rat died today
Born on the twenty first of May
Died syphilis forty four on his birthday
Every second word he swore
Yes he was the son of a whore
Always wanted by the law

Wouldn't you like to know?
Wouldn't you like to know people?
Great King Rat was a dirty old man
And a dirty old man was he
Now what did I tell you
Would you like to see?

Now hear
Where will I be tomorrow?
Will I beg will I borrow?
I don't care I don't care anyway
Come on come on the time is right
This man is evil and that is right
I told you ah yes I told you
And that's no lie oh no no no

Wouldn't you like to know?
Wouldn't you like to know?
Wouldn't you like to know?
Great King Rat was a dirty old man
And a dirty old man was he
How what did I tell you?
Would you like to see?

Show me

Wouldn't you like to know?
Wouldn't you like to know people?
Great King Rat was a dirty old man
And a dirty old man was he
Now what did I tell you
Would you like to see?

Now listen all you people
Put out the good and keep the bad
Don't believe all you read in the Bible
You sinners get in line
Saints you leave far behind
Very soon you're gonna be his disciple

Don't listen to what mama says
Not a word not a word mama says
Or else you'll find yourself being the rival
The great Lord before he died
Knelt sinners by his side
And said you're going to realise tomorrow

No I'm not gonna tell you
What you already know
Because time and time again
The old man said it all a long time ago
Come come on the time is right
This evil man will fight
I told you once before

Wouldn't you like to know?
Wouldn't you like to know?
Just like I said before
Great King Rat was a dirty old man
And a dirty old man was he
The last time I tell you
Would you like you see?


- This is the first Freddie Mercury penned track to appear on the album and it begins his 2 album long fantasy lyrics binge. Many of his songs tend to explore religion/religious figures or the fantasy world he created called Rhye.

- This is a true rocker - great tempo changes, and rocking vocals.

- The band played this at their early concerts sporadically up until 1975 but there are not many recordings - and none of them very good quality. They did resurrect it...kind of during an old school medley in 1984...but they only did a minute of it.

ALTERNATIVE RELEASED VERSIONS:

DE LANE LEA DEMO

- ESSENTIAL LISTENING

- Released on the 2011 Island remastering of Queen Deluxe Version.

- A slightly extended version. Very raw and Freddie's vocals are certainly not as polished. But a great look into one of the first recordings of the band. Again the drum sound is very different and preferable to the album version.

BBC SESSION #1

- NOT Essential listening.

- Released on Queen At The Beeb in 1989 in the UK and Queen At The BBC in 1995 in the US.

- Not much difference to be honest - some differences on the drum sound and some more effect on the guitar. Not significantly different.

PRELIMINARY MIX

- NOT essential listening.

- When Queen (the album) was remastered in both 1991 and 1994 the master used had been slightly damaged so they used a slightly different mix that was intact. I didn't even search on You Tube as it is really unnecessary. But I wanted it placed here for sake of completeness :)

UNRELEASED VERSIONS:

TAKE 1
EARLY DEMO

- NOT essential listening.

- Recorded by a fan at a Queen convention. Bad sound quality and it has Greg Brooks, Queen archivst saying "Property of Queen Productions" over it throughout as they try to discourage bootleggers...without much success! It features some very different vocal takes from Freddie as they record for the first album.

LIVE VERSIONS:

LIVE IN JAPAN - 1975

- One of the few complete versions existing.

LIVE IN AUSTRIA - 1984

- From a medley.

PERSONAL NOTES:

This is one of 3 songs that rotate through my favs from this album. I love the tempo changes, and I love the tribal rhythmic moments. Very nice stuff. It is strange to see how the band goes from this to stuff like Radio Ga Ga years later...they never sat still that's for sure. And I hope you all stick with me as I get from their creative peaks in the early 70s til we get towards songs you definitely know later on :)


Up next...the FIRST in a line of songs that led up to Bohemian Rhapsody...this would be My Fairy King
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:13 pm

Today's track....

My Fairy King

written by Freddie Mercury

Musicians:
Freddie Mercury - vocals, piano
Brian May - acoustic & electric guitars
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, screams, backing vocals

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL05Djw3HFw[/youtube]

In the land where horses born with eagle wings
And honey bees have lost their stings
There's singing forever
Lions den with fallow deer
And rivers made from wines so clear
Flow on and on forever
Dragons fly like sparrows thru' the air
And baby lambs where Samson dares
To go on on on on on on

My fairy king can see things
He rules the air and turns the tides
That are not there for you and me
Oooh yeah he guides the winds

My fairy king can do right and nothing wrong
Then came man to savage in the night
To run like thieves and to kill like knives
To take away the power from the magic hand
To bring about the ruin of the promised land

They turn the milk into sour
Like the blue in the blood of my veins
Why can't you see it
Fire burning in hell with the cry of screaming rain
Son of heaven set me free and let me go
Sea turn dry no salt from sand
Seasons fly no helping hand
Teeth don't shine like pearls for poor man's eyes

Someone someone just drained the colour from my wings
Broken my fairy circle ring
And shamed the king in all his pride
Changed the wings and wronged the tides
Mother mercury mercury
Look what they've done to me
I cannot run I cannot hide


- This is a seminal track. This is a track which really was the start of a line that led to Bohemian Rhapsody.

- The first time Freddie used a piano on a recording. Brian loved how rhythmic Freddie's playing was...as if it were part of the rhythm section.

- Also the first time the band wrote a track in the studio as most of the tracks they came in with but since they didn't have a piano in their set yet, this was a first!

- The first track which displays Roger's range...All those high "screams" and falsetto notes are actually Roger!

- This song is behind the changing of Freddie's name from Freddie Bulsara to Freddie Mercury (Mother Mercury and all...) Freddie decided to be a messenger from the gods :D

-Inspired by Robert Browning's The Pied Piper In fact some of the lyrics like "And their dogs outran our fallow deer / And honey-bees had lost their stings / And horses were born with eagles' wings" are all direct quotes from the poem!

- Due to there not being a piano on set they never did this song live at the time and by the time they got a piano it was never really considered. There are rumors of this track having been played but nothing substantial. During the 1984-85 medley however, Freddie did play part of the piano in a snippet before moving on to another song.

ALTERNATE RELEASED VERSIONS:

BBC SESSION #1
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t3cCujT3aI[/youtube]

- ESSENTIAL LISTENING!

- Released on Queen At The Beeb in 1989 in the UK and Queen At The BBC in 1995 in the US.

- This version is similar to the album version but the vocals are a bit more confident sounding. The backing track is very similar.

UNRELEASED AND UNHEARD:
- Supposedly there is a Freddie solo piano demo in existence. Not much else is known on it.

LIVE VERSIONS:

LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA - 1984

-The first part is from a future lesson ;) The March Of The Black Queen - Starting at about 0:33 is the My Fairy King snippet.


PERSONAL NOTES:

Love it. This was the type of song that separated Queen from the hard rock pack in the 70s. Awesome vocals, great piano riffing. A very fun song!


Next up: The first real Queen closer concertwise (before We Are The Champions solidified it's place in the late 70s)...Liar
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:34 pm

Today's song...

Liar

written by Freddie Mercury

Musicians:
Freddie Mercury - vocals, organ
Brian May - acoustic & electric guitars, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, tambourine, backing vocals

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8-1slvX8Co[/youtube]

I have sinned dear Father Father I have sinned
Try and help me Father
Won't you let me in? Liar
Nobody believes me Liar
Why don't they leave me alone?
Sire I have stolen stolen many times
Raised my voice in anger
When I know I never should
Liar oh everybody deceives me
Liar why don't you leave me alone

Liar I have sailed the seas
Liar from Mars to Mercury
Liar I have drunk the wine
Liar time after time
Liar you're lying to me
Liar you're lying to me
Father please forgive me
You know you'll never leave me
Please will you direct me in the right way
Liar liar liar liar
Liar that's what they keep calling me
Liar liar liar

Listen are you gonna listen
Mama I'm gonna be your slave
All day long
Mama I'm gonna try behave
All day long
Mama I'm gonna be your slave
All day long
I'm gonna serve you till your dying day
All day long
I'm gonna keep you till your dying day
All day long
I'm gonna kneel down by your side and pray
All day long and pray
All day long and pray
All day long and pray
All day long all day long all day long
All day long all day long all day long

All day long all day long all day long
Liar liar they never ever let you win
Liar liar everything you do is sin
Liar nobody believes you
Liar they bring you down before you begin
Now let me tell you this
Now you know you could be dead before they let you


- An epic song of ROCKING quality. This was a crowd favorite during their concerts and they would often close gigs with this track in their very young concert tour before encoring with a medley of rock and roll staple covers

- Another mention of Mercury in the lyrics.

- Played live through 1977 and then sporadically thereafter. In 1986 and beyond, Brian would often throw a riff or two before songs or what not.

- The bass solo by John made an appearance in QAL during Neil Fairclough's "Spot-the-riff" solo after Dragon Attack.

- Begun as a track called "Lover" by Freddie's previous band Wreckage with guitarist Mike Bersin but obviously changed enough to drop Bersin from the writing credits.

QUOTES:

- "I had heard Wreckage play this track in a rehearsal, and particularly liked one rff, but the rest of the song was changed drastically by the four of us, using some of my own riffs, and Freddie's words. There is actually an interesting aside to this. 'Liar' was one of the first songs that we worked together on, and there was a moment when we discussed if we should all be credited in such cases. Freddie said, 'As far as I'm concerned the person who wrote the words has effectively written the song.' It may have not been the most logical solution, but it was a workable rule, which we used virtually unchanged right up to the last two albums, when we decided to share everything regardless of origin. The rule almost certainly discouraged us from co-operating on lyrics for a long time, and started a trend towards separateness in song producing in general, which was acute at the time of the Munich records." - Brian May - 1992

- "There was a classic case where everything got messed up on the first album cos we did the first Queen album on basically dark time, in Trident Studios. In other words, you know, 'Somebody's just finished boys. It's four o'clock in the morning and you've got til five.' We'd done a backing for 'Liar' and Trident said 'Oh, that's alright boys, just overdub on this tape' which they pulled out. And it was the wrong tape. We only discovered weeks later and all the way through we were thinking, 'This doesn't sound right! What's happened to this tape?' So eventually we got to redo it again after a big fuss." - Brian May - BBC Radio Two - 1998

- "The biggest factor of our music being lighter than in the early days is that Freddie has developed more interest in piano...'Liar' from the first album was written on guitar, and naturally goes into the hard rock extreme, as opposed to 'Killer Queen'. Freddie is now surrounded by Japanese furniture and a grand piano, so the songs are written there. Simple isn't it? But I doubt Roger writes songs on the drums." - John Deacon (no date given but I'd say 1974-75)

ALTERNATIVE RELEASED VERSIONS:

DE LANE LEA DEMO
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyzNouN7IaU[/youtube]

- ESSENTIAL LISTENING

- Released on the 2011 Island remastering of Queen Deluxe Version.

-Additional percussion and guitars and includes the very first hint of what would become the basis of Brian May's guitar solo...first seen in the Smile track 'Blag'.

US EDIT

- NOT essential listening.

- Released on vinyl as a single in the US.

- Their US record company decided to release 'Liar' as a single and absolutely butchered it without the band's knowledge or consent. Cut from over six minutes to three it is a butchering. The band has disowned it and it will never officially be released.

BBC Session #1

-ESSENTIAL LISTENING

- Released on Queen At The Beeb in 1989 in the UK and Queen At The BBC in 1995 in the US.

- Different vocal line, slight drum sound difference and some extra guitar bits.

1991 Hollywood Remix

- NOT essential listening.

- Released on the 1991 Hollywood Records Remastering of Queen as a bonus track.

-In 1991 Hollywood Records remastered the catalogue and hired people to remix songs as bonus tracks (and leaving out some obvious bonus material at times *shrug*. They are usually crap and very inessential listening, but this is one of the better ones with some additional percussion.

UNRELEASED VERSIONS:

BBC SESSION#2

- NOT essential listening.

-Very similar to the album cut.

UNRELEASED AND UNHEARD:

- Rumors of a "rough demo" have been bandied about - but it may be an old rumor regarding the De Lane Lea Demo.

OFFICIAL LIVE VERSIONS:

LIVE AT THE RAINBOW - MARCH 1974
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNI_x_3l0-o[/video]
LIVE AT THE RAINBOW - NOV 1974
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgMJYW8OHi4[/video]

- The singular biggest live crowd draw of the time!

UNRELEASED LIVE VERSIONS:

LIVE AT HAMMERSMITH - DECEMBER 1975
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2egPHOOPzfY[/youtube]

- A very fun live performance as Freddie often went off during the middle section. Does include rare shots of John Deacon singing backing vocals although you'd struggle trying to hear them ;)

LIVE IN JAPAN - MAY 1985

- As part of the medley - so much shorter!

LIVE IN VIENNA - JULY 1986

- Brian would play the riff in 1986 before Tear It Up as a nod to the fans.

PERSONAL NOTES:

-Queen at their rocking-est best at the time. A raucous track that got the people up and moving.

Next up: Queen goes a little mellow psychedelic with The Night Comes Down
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:20 pm

Today's song...

The Night Comes Down

Written by: Brian May

Musicians:

Freddie Mercury - vocals
Brian May - acoustic & electric guitars, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, backing vocals

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TgCzIDQmOA[/youtube]

When I was young it came to me
And I could see the sun breaking
Lucy was high and so was I dazzling
Holding the world inside
Once I believed in everyone
Everyone and anyone can see

Oh oh the night comes down
And I get afraid of losing my way
Oh oh the night comes down
Oooh and it's dark again

Once I could laugh with everyone
Once I could see the good in me
The black and the white distinctively colouring
Holding the world inside
Now all the world is grey to me
Nobody can see you gotta believe it

Oh oh the night comes down
And I get afraid of losing my way
Oh oh the night comes down
Oooh and it's dark again
And it's dark again
And it's dark again


- A very mellow tune, one of the very few acoustic based songs in Queen's catalogue. Of course it doesn't stay acoustic.

- This song, the band never were satisfied with the re-recording done in Trident Studios under producer Roy Thomas Baker so they decided to use the original De Lane Lea Demo and just mix that for the final album.

- This song may never have been performed live. There are rumors of it appearing on the setlist during the very earliest days but there are no recordings of it that have leaked thus far. It would have been interesting to see what Queen would have done for a light show on this track!

- Very subtle and angelic vocals from Freddie with a nice touch to the Beatles' 'Lucy was high and so was I'.

ALTERNATIVE RELEASED VERSIONS:

DE LANE LEA DEMO
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R1O1HLb2UM[/youtube]

- NOT essential listening.

- Honestly very little is different - this is just the raw version before it was mixed for the album.

UNRELEASED (AND UNHEARD?):

ROY BAKER THOMAS VERSION

- Not on YT. I may have a copy - I have a music file that was labeled as such but it doesn't sound very different so I'm not certain what to believe.

PERSONAL NOTES:

- This track is always a forgotten treasure. I don't think about it often and usually only listen to it when listening to the first album but when I do hear it, I smile. It's a nice tune.

Next up:

Roger's first writing credit and lead vocal! Queen does punk about 5 years before punk became vogue...in Modern Times Rock 'N' Roll
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:32 pm

Today's song...

Modern Times Rock 'N' Roll

written by Roger Taylor

Musicians:
Roger Taylor - vocals, drums
Freddie Mercury - backing vocals, piano
Brian May - guitars
John Deacon - bass guitar
John Anthony - backing vocals

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4xx4OaYYUc[/youtube]

Had to make do with a worn out rock and roll scene
The old bop is getting tired need a rest
Well you know what I mean
Fifty eight that was great
But it's over now and that's all
Something harder's coming up
Gonna really knock a hole in the wall
Gonna hit ya grab you hard
Make you feel ten feet tall

Well I hope that big new baby's gonna come along soon
You don't know it could happen any old rainy afternoon
With the temperature down
And the juke box blowing no fuse
And my musical life's feeling
Like a long Sunday School cruise
And you know there's one thing
Every single body could use
Yeah listen to me baby
Let me tell you what it's all about
Modern times rock and roll
Modern times rock and roll

Get your high heeled guitar boots and some groovy clothes
Get a hair piece on your chest
And a ring through your nose
Find a nice little man who says
He's gonna make you a real big star
Stars in your eyes ants in your pants
Think you should go far
Everybody in this bum sucking world's
Gonna know just who you are
Look out

Modern times rock and roll


- The first non-Freddie or Brian song on a Queen album AND the first lead vocal by someone other than Freddie.

- Roger's writing, especially at the beginning was never very complex - he was the most likely to do some straight forward rock and roll for rock and roll's sake. That's not a bad thing at all as it makes for a nice break in the complexity.

- In fact this song actually reminds me of punk - years before punk became vogue!

- This was played live, sporadically as closer to the set with Freddie on lead vocals through 1975.

ALTERNATIVE RELEASED VERSIONS:

BBC SESSION #3

- ESSENTIAL listening.

- Released on Queen At The Beeb in 1989 in the UK and Queen At The BBC in 1995 in the US.

- A somewhat faster pace if possible, frenetic backing track with some additional vocals and guitar.

UNRELEASED VERSIONS:

BBC SESSION #4
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4YtHDY4BhY[/youtube]

- ESSENTIAL listening.

- My personal favorite version that is unreleased at this point. It was leaked though obviously :) A much slower more deliberate pace. There is some great guitar work here and additional Freddie backing vocals at the end.

UNRELEASED AND UNHEARD:

-Rumors of a "Rough Demo" have been bandied about. Not much is known.

LIVE VERSION:

LIVE AT THE RAINBOW - MARCH 1974
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5jM70Mzxmw[/youtube]

LIVE AT THE RAINBOW - NOV 1974
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9RYzUlFKPo[/youtube]

- Not too many great recordings exist, but it's worth a listen as Freddie is on lead vocals when it was done live. Awesome guitar work from Brian as usual.

PERSONAL NOTES:

- Again not one I listen to all the time, but a highly energetic number. Great for driving! Of course it's a very short drive ;) Roger develops as he ages that's for certain but there is a definite youthful innocence here that can't be denied. Rebellious youth at it's best!


Next up, Queen goes bluesy and Brian begins to work out his eventual solo...in Son & Daughter
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:05 pm

Today's song is...


Son And Daughter

written by Brian May

Musicians:
Freddie Mercury - vocals
Brian May - guitars, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, backing vocals

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x03_yPmt2Wk[/youtube]

I want you

Tried to be a son and daughter rolled into one
You said you'd equal any man for having your fun
Now didn't you feel surprised to find
The cap just didn't fit
The world expects a man
To buckle down and to shovel shit
What'll you do for loving
When it's only just begun?
I want you to be a woman

Tried to be a teacher and a fisher of men
An equal people preacher
Will you lead us all the same?
Well I travelled all round the world and found
A brand new word for day
Watching the time mustn't linger behind
Pardon me I have to get away
What'll you think of heaven
If it's back from where you came?
I want you to be a woman
I want you to be a woman yeah


- Queen goes the more standard blues-rock vein. This is probably the closest they came to emulating Led Zeppelin, some of their heroes at the time.

- They played the song live through 1976 although by the end it was little more than a 30-45 second version that ended Brian's guitar solo. Even at the beginning though, live this served as the home for Brian May's guitar solo.

- Great lyrical tale from Brian talking to a female friend who was so hellbent on being treated equally that she began emulating some of the worst qualities of men and began losing the good qualities of womanhood. So while some have misinterpreted it it truly is about being strong in your womanhood. How many 70s rock bands wrote a good feminine-empowering track :)

- One of the main riffs used in Neil Fairclough's "Spot-the-riff" solo from QAL.

ALTERNATIVE RELEASED VERSIONS:

BBC SESSION #3

- ESSENTIAL listening.

- Released on Queen At The Beeb in 1989 in the UK and Queen At The BBC in 1995 in the US.

- Since it was recorded for radio purposes Freddie didn't sing the word, "shit". It does add a lot of extra guitar work by Brian although, I don't think it's as good as the unreleased Session #2.

AUSTRALIAN SINGLE EDIT
NO YT VIDEO

- Released on vinyl single in Australia.
- Censored and two verses were cut. I actually don't have a copy of this one. One of the few versions of songs I don't have.

UNRELEASED VERSIONS:

BBC SESSION #2
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH3W2QwDx5Y[/youtube]

- ESSENTIAL LISTENING.

- My favorite version. It does include a bit of Brian's guitar solo ala the live version. And has an occasional new Roger vocal in the background. Very strong performance.

UNRELEASED AND UNHEARD:
- Rumors of "Outtakes" are bandied about. Not much is known.

LIVE VERSIONS:

LIVE AT THE RAINBOW - MARCH 1974
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O2fpYgGya4[/youtube]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_kQQ_clTt0[/youtube]

LIVE AT THE RAINBOW - NOVEMBER 1974
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFySlC350c8[/youtube]
[YouTube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qovDEJ7r3M4[/YouTube]

- Freddie stayed away from "shit" still. Not sure why considering he swore up and down the stage later :D

- Features a wonderful version of Brian's harmonizing with himself on the guitar. Great solo!

-Great performance by the whole band.

PERSONAL NOTES:

- I want to point out John Deacon who doesn't get much love because he's SO subtle and rarely stands out. But if you listen to Queen's bass parts they are rarely simple and John makes wonderful musical choices and runs. He really is very underrated.

- This one isn't going to go on my Best of Queen mix I've been years in the making, but it is a great snapshot of where they were at the time as they began to move forward into campier, more theatrical rock.

Next up...Freddie goes back to religion with...Jesus
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:21 pm

Two for Thursday! I'm going to do two songs today especially since one is really short. This will end the story of the proper first album, Queen. Upon my return I will delve into the miscellaneous tracks recorded at the same time but didn't make the album - including, Mad The Swine (intended for the first album but remained unreleased til MUCH later), Polar Bear (a Smile track, demoed by Queen which remains unreleased), Silver Salmon (another demo from the time period), Feelings (a demo which breaks off of Silver Salmon), and Hangman The great white whale of Queen collectors - a song that was only performed live and while Queen Productions denied an existence of a studio version, one collector does have such an acetate...I don't know if I should do that all in one track since they aren't proper releases...or maybe Mad The Swine is...I'll have to decide...THEN we'll move on to Queen II!

But for today...1/2

Jesus

Written by Freddie Mercury

Musicians:
Freddie Mercury - vocals, piano
Brian May - acoustic & electric guitars, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, backing vocals

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm_uMHu-jDM[/youtube]

And then I saw Him in the crowd
A lot of people had gathered round Him
The beggars shouted the lepers called Him
The old man said nothing
He just stared about him
All going down to see the Lord Jesus
All going down to see the Lord Jesus
All going down

Then came a man before His feet he fell
Unclean said the leper and rang his bell
Felt the palm of a hand touch his head
Go now go now you're a new man instead
All going down to see the Lord Jesus
All going down to see the Lord Jesus
All going down

It all began with the three wise men
Followed a star took them to Bethlehem
And made it heard throughout the land
Born was a leader of man
All going down to see the Lord Jesus
All going down to see the Lord Jesus
All going down

It all began with the three wise men
Followed a star took them to Bethlehem
And made it heard throughout the land
Born was a leader of man
All going down to see the Lord Jesus
All going down to see the Lord Jesus
All going down


- Freddie explores Christianity here and doesn't comment on it one way or the other - merely tells a story of being a face in the crowd at the time. Still heavier lyrics than most rock bands of the time ;)

- Performed live during the earliest era but dropped from the set early on. No live recordings of the song have survived...or at least they haven't leaked if they have.

- Great choir vocals (as you probably expect by now) But also a great rhythmic march of sorts. Slightly gospel-like but nowhere near where it would go with Freddie!

- This was definitely written while Barry Mitchell was still the bassist and was apparently more acoustic at the time.

The guitar work towards the end goes hand in hand with some power drumming....

ALTERNATIVE RELEASED VERSIONS:

DE LANE LEA DEMO
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8RgAhCNDS8[/youtube]

- Released on the 2011 Island Records remastering of Queen Deluxe Version.

- I prefer the demo! It's longer and features a much heavier Brian guitar as well as an extended solo. Any time you get more Brian, you'll get my approval!

UNRELEASED AND UNHEARD:
- Rumors of a "Heavy Version" exist but I have the feeling that is the De Lane Lea Demo.


PERSONAL NOTES:

- This track is a real theatrical rock song. It almost sounds as if it should have been in Jesus Christ Superstar...if JCS had a god on guitar :P

- It showcases Freddies interest in gospel-type tunes though, something he would later explore further.

OK now for the second! 2/2

Seven Seas Of Rhye...

Written by Freddie Mercury

Musicians:
Freddie Mercury - piano
Brian May - guitars
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jArW3gOfwmA[/youtube]

INSTRUMENTAL


- I know what you're thinking. WHAT? There are lyrics...I heard Adam sing them! I've heard Queen sing them! Well yes...but you are referring the version from Queen II :P This version was an instrumental that ended Queen I.

- The gist is that Freddie had half completed the song by the time they were recording it and thought it would be a neat idea if they ended the first album with the song and opened the second album with the full version as if it really was a continuous journey! It didn't quite work out that way as Seven Seas closed Queen II also :P But the idea was cool.

- This version is a bit slower and very short and sweet like a teaser should be!

ALTERNATIVE RELEASED VERSIONS:

QUEEN II VERSION:
SEE QUEEN II

PERSONAL NOTES:

- I'll get into more of a discussion in Queen II, but I would have liked to have seen the tune open II and them go through with the idea...then I could put QUeen adn Queen II in the CD changer and go right through :P

Up next? Well when I get back I think I will start off by giving Mad The Swine a full entry. Whether the others get a full entry will depend on how I feel at the time. I may combine entries for the miscellaneous entries but some of them may deserve their own...we'll take it as it comes...but Mad The Swine definitely gets it's own...
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:41 pm

Mad The Swine

written by Freddie Mercury

Musicians:
Freddie Mercury - vocals, percussion
Brian May - acoustic & electric guitars, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, percussion, backing vocals

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UV_vzyMsh4[/youtube]


Been here before a long time ago
But this time I wear no sandals
Ages past I gave all you people
Food and water

Three feet tall so very small I'm no trouble
I bring thunder lightning sun and the rain
For all the people in the land

A message of love
I bring you from up above
All good children gather around
Come join your hands and sing along

They call me mad the swine
I guess I'm mad the swine
I've come to save you save you
Mad the swine
Mad the swine
So all you people gather around
Hold out your hands and praise the Lord

I walk upon the water just as before
I'll help the meek and the mild and believers and the blind
And all the creatures great and small
Let me take you to the river without a fall
Oh and then one day you realise
You're all the same within His eyes
All I've come to say just like before

They call me mad the swine
I'm mad the swine
I've come to save you save you
Mad the swine
Mad the swine
So all you people gather around
Hold out your hands and praise the Lord
Oooh

Oh now
So all you people gather around
Hold out your hands and praise the Lord
Don't ever fail me

Mad the swine
Mad the swine
I've come to save you save you
Oh now
Mad the swine
Mad the swine
So all you people gather around
Hold out your hands and praise the Lord
Hands and praise the Lord
Praise the Lord
I'll get down on my knees and praise the Lord


- Another of Freddie's religious explorations - perhaps this is one of the reasons it was left off. This though seems to have a few possible meanings. It may be trying to be a first hand account of being around Jesus' time surrounded by disbelievers. Another possibility is that it is Jesus' return and in today's time people just can't believe in a savior or something to that effect. It is very interesting that Freddie ISN'T Christian as he was certainly very interested in the faith at the time.

-This song was recorded in June of 1972 for inclusion on the first album and indeed it was reportedly slated to fall between 'Great King Rat' and 'My Fairy King' in the tracklisting. One of the main reason given for it being axed was Roger hating the drum sound. Supposedly though it began with the final drum roll of 'Great King Rat' which is why in this version it starts so abruptly and cuts off the 'I've" in "(I've) been here before)".

- Initially it would probably still remain in the band's vault (they are a bit stingy) but when Hollywood Records gained the Norhta American rights to the catalogue and remastered it in 1991 the band sent them the masters and on the master tape, this track was included. Hollywood decided to include it as a bonus track and the band decided that if they were going to use it, they should release it first in the UK where the remasters weren't getting released, they issued it on the B-Side of 'Headlong' a current single. If not for the mistake of sending it on, it may still be in the vaults - of course it may still have been released on the 2011 Island Remastering as well.

- Remixed by producer David Richards (who was the band's main producer for the last albums of the band's career) - although polished might be a better choice of word.

- There are no live versions or alternate versions.

PERSONAL NOTES:

- Another rare example of Queen going acoustic! More of a camp singalong type song with some nice vocals by Freddie...Despite the lyrics it has a real upbeat kind of feel to it. It would have added quite an alternative to the rest of the album which was more straight forward as a ROCK album.

- As it was cut, I'm not certain if the band ever did a final version and this demo should probably be considered un-finished and not to their usual level of perfection.

Great to be back! Next up is another demo from the time, Queen tackles the old Smile song, Polar Bear
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Re: Queen

Postby The Count » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:40 pm

You fire your musket, but I'll run you through.

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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:23 pm

I saw that once randomly! It is completely epic :P That whole series is just funny as hell :D
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:29 pm

Today we begin the venture into the tracks that have NOT been released from this session that have leaked over time. So obviously far less is KNOWN and more is conjecture. The first (of three posts to close out the Queen Sessions)...

Polar Bear

Written by: Tim Staffell and/or Brian May

Musicians:
Freddie Mercury - vocals
Brian May - guitar
John Deacon - bass guitar (It is possible although HIGHLY unlikely that this was recorded with Barry Mitchell on bass. He doesn't remember any time they ever recorded but not all memories are perfect.)
Roger Taylor - drums, percussion

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L6BULe56yI[/youtube]

-- NOTE for these lyrics, I actually added on the dialogue intro that was present during this particular demo as it's...entertaining.

Roger: We can't slow down
Freddie: Ha, ha, right, take two
Brian: I'm trying to slow it down
Roger: Well it doesn't need slowing down, it's, God, it's creeping at the moment
Freddie: Ha, ha, alright, try
(Unknown dialogue in the background, probably from Brian)
Roger: God, it was so slow, and it was getting even slower. You always try to play this like I've never
Freddie: Take two
Unknown voice: You play the fucking twelve string
Freddie: Take two, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
(Unknown dialogue in the background, probably from Brian)
Roger: Alright then, all follow you
(Some sort of 'hollering' noise in the background)
Freddie: Right, take two

In a bright shop window sits a polar bear
Makes his eyes light up but I don't see him there
Among the tinsel he gives everyone a smile
See him as you'd see a star
Love her from where you are
He's not for, not for, not for sale

Walk around the wild walks a pretty girl
Someone like you've seen or by it's hard to tell
Oooh, and when you see her light seem around the lie
And see her as you'd see a star
Love her from where you are
Not for, not for, not for sale

And when the lights light up
To warn the grasping hand
Minor contentment wears a smile
Ooohhh-wahh
Not for, not for, not for sale
Not for sale


- I have to believe Brian had some writing credit in it as the band were very much against having a co-writer outside the band for QUITE awhile (not counting Under Pressure with Bowie). BUT at the same time it is possible since they never released it. Perhaps it was just a rehearsal for a live attempt.

- Never played live.

- It is interesting to compare it to the original Smile Version.

ALTERNATE VERSIONS:

SMILE VERSION
SEE PREVIOUS POST

- Very similar to the Queen version except Tim Staffell is on bass and vocals while Brian and Roger do backing vocals on this take.

- There are a few minor lyrical changes.

PERSONAL NOTES:

- I like Tim's voice but it's obviously that Freddie, even at this young untrained state, is out of Tim's league. However I wish we had the B&R backing vocals on the Queen version as well as Brian's guitar solo.

- Otherwise a very nice track, but the album certainly isn't lesser without it.

NEXT UP will be a 2-fer. I will be going into a demo that for the longest time was the most sought after Silver Salmon and as a bonus I will also discuss Feelings which seemed to spawn out of Silver Salmon despite it also being a precursor to a demo from the News Of The World sessions.
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:55 pm

Today I'm actually throwing a curveball. In my ever evolving knowledge and placement within my own Queen Anthology, I've decided to move Silver Salmon and Feelings to later on in the sessions. They originated from this era but the leaked demos weren't recorded until 1977. I will update accordingly.

So instead I will END the Queen sessions today with a 2-fer....well more actually a 1 1/2er....

Hangman

Written by: Freddie Mercury/Brian May

Musicians:
Freddie Mercury - vocals
Brian May - guitars, vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, percussion, vocals

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lu1SB9uH0M[/youtube]


I know all about you
They call you Mr. T
You are a barber's son
You've got the rope, feel me
You use, you use rope that you believe
Oh, oh, I tell you

Have you made any more pork pies for me?
Hangman, says you make a very nice cup of tea, oh yes you do

Hangman, hangman, waiting for me
Hang that rope from the highest tree
I don't want to beg for mercy
Hangman, hang me, hangman, hang me

I know all about you
They call you, they call you Mr. C
You did a very good job
Oh, you'll go down, you'll go down, go down in history
Baby, baby, I'm telling you

Have you made any more pies for me?
Hangman, says they're very nice, they're very nice for me, oh yes they are nice

Hangman, hangman, waiting for me
Hang that rope from the highest tree
I don't want to beg for mercy
Hangman, hang me, hang me
Oooh

Hey

Hey, why do you keep calling, why do you keep calling
Why do you keep calling me, oooh, why
You'll go down, you'll go down, down and down in history
Baby, baby, I'm telling you, ooooh
You say you're afraid of dying
You say, you're just tired of living, yeah

Now you say you're tired of living
Hangman says he gonna let you go
Now you say you're afraid of dying
Hangman, he says he won't let you go
Hangman, hang me
Hangman, hang me
Hangman, hang me
Hangman
Oh, gonna see me die
Gonna watch me die
Oh, gonna die, gonna die, gonna die, gonna die
Gonna see me, see me die

You gonna come and watch me die
Hey, ooh yeah
Gonna come and watch me die on a Saturday morning
Gonna come and watch me die on a Saturday morning
Please don't let me go, no, please don't let me go
Yeah, oh yeah
(unknown lyric) on a Saturday morning
Please don't let me go, no, please don't let me go, yeah
Oh yeah, oh
You'll die tomorrow

One, two, three, four, yeah, yeah
Oh, let me die, please don't cry, don't cry
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Ohhh


- For a long time Queen Productions has denied that a studio version even existed although there are several live versions on bootlegs. The one above comes from 11/26/73 in Manchester.

- Despite the denials a very famous Queen collector has an acetate of a studio recording in his possession. It's not going to leak anytime soon and there is some tension between the collector and some parties at QP (over an issue where said collector loaned QP a copy of an Ibex concert (Freddie's pre-band) for usage on the massive Freddie box set and somehow someway, the tape was "lost".

-This was performed up through 1975 although always sporadically.

- According to another collector who asked Brian about it - Brian confirmed that he wrote the music and Freddie wrote the lyrics.

PERSONAL NOTES

- I love this hard rocking track although it does remind me a bit of Styx's Renegade. I wish I could hear a proper studio version!

--

Ok the other 1/2.

Well it has long been rumored that Queen recorded a rock and roll medley for the first album as well. This is something they closed all of their early gigs with. However it is not known whether the recording happened. More over it is not known if it did happen, which songs would take place. All of the following would be candidates with only 'Jailhouse Rock' being a sure thing as that ALWAYS happened and indeed they performed Jailhouse Rock through 1981:

Jailhouse Rock, Stupid Cupid, Be Bop A Lula, Tutti Frutti, Bama Lama Bama Loo, Big Spender.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig4hRn5bpYw[/youtube]

The above example is from the famous 1975 Hammersmith gig. This particular incarnation:

Big Spender/Jailhouse Rock/Stupid Cupid/Be Bop A Lula/Jailhouse Rock Reprise (with bits of Shake Rattle and Roll)

PERSONAL NOTES:

- I always loved when the band fooled around like this :)

Ok next up will be...the beginning of QUEEN II which is probably MY personal favorite Queen album. Theatrical, conceptual, powerful, classical, and just plain good. :)
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:57 pm

The year is now 1973! AND it is the first full scale TOUR (with ONE date into 1974)!

1973

04/09/73 - Queen
The Marquee Club - London, UK
Setlist: ?

07/13/73 - Queen
Queen Mary College - Basingstoke, UK
Setlist: ?

- NOTE THIS IS THE DAY QUEEN was released but the real tour for the album doesn't really start until September

07/23/73 - Queen
The Marquee Club - London, UK
Setlist:?

08/03/73 - Queen
The Mayfair - Newcastle, UK
Setlist:?

09/13/73 – Queen
Golders Green Hippodrome - London, UK
Setlist:
01. 0:20 Introduction 02. 1:22 Procession 03. 5:21 Father To Son 04. 7:21 Son And Daughter 05. 4:39 See What A Fool I've Been 06. 4:50 Ogre Battle 07. 0:28 Band introduction 08. 7:38 Liar 09. 2:07 Jailhouse Rock 10. 0:15 Stupid Cupid 11. 0:45 Be Bop A Lula 12. 0:42 Jailhouse Rock reprise 13. 1:10 Big Spender! 14. 2:09 Bama Lama Bama Loo

10/13/73 - Queen
Underground, Bad Godesberg - Bonn, Germany
Setlist: ?
--NOTE: FIRST DATE OUTSIDE THE UK--

10/14/73 - Queen
Le Blow Up - Luxembourg
Setlist: ?

10/20/73 - Queen
Paris Theatre - London, UK
Setlist: ?

10/26/73 - Queen
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist: ?

11/02/73 - Queen
Imperial College - London, UK
Setlist:

~ Son & Daughter/Keep Yourself Alive
--NOTE: These 2 gigs were the first properly advertised Queen gigs
http://queenlive.ca/queen/ads/73-11-02_London_ad.jpg

QUEEN TOUR GENERAL SETLIST:

Procession/Father To Son/Son & Daughter/Ogre Battle/Hangman/Keep Yourself Alive/Liar/Jailhouse Rock/Shake Rattle & Roll/Stupid Cupid/Be Bop A Lula/Jailhouse Rock (Reprise)/Big Spender/Bama Lama Bama Loo

TRACKS SCARCELY PLAYED DURING THE QUEEN TOUR:

Stone Cold Crazy/Great King Rat/Modern Times Rock N Roll/See What A Fool I've Been


--NOTE: THIS TOUR, QUEEN WAS THE SUPPORTING ACT FOR MOTT THE HOOPLE (of the All The Young Dudes, and All The Way From Memphis fame.

11/12/73 - Queen
Town Hall - Leeds, UK
Setlist:

~Procession/Father To Son

11/13/73 - Queen
St George's - Blacburn, UK
Setlist: ?

11/15/73 - Queen
Gaumont - Worcester,UK
Setlist: ?

11/16/73 - Queen
Universtiy - Lancaster, UK
Setlist: ?

11/17/73 – Queen
Stadium - Liverpool, UK
Setlist:
Procession/Father To Son/Son And Daughter/Guitar solo/Son And Daughter (reprise)/Ogre Battle/Hangman/Keep Yourself Alive/Liar (cut)

11/18/73 - Queen
Victoria Hall - Hanley, UK
Setlist: ?

11/19/73 - Queen
Civic - Wolverhampton, UK
Setlist: ?

11/20/73 – Queen
New Theatre - Oxford, UK
Setlist:

Procession/Father To Son/Son And Daughter/Ogre Battle/Hangman/Keep Yourself Alive/Liar/Jailhouse Rock/Shake Rattle & Roll/Stupid Cupid/Be Bop A Lula/Jailhouse Rock reprise/Bama Lama Bama Loo

11/21/73 - Queen
Guildhall - Preston, UK
Setlist: ?

11/22/73 - Queen
City Hall - Newcastle, UK
Setlist: ?

11/23/73 - Queen
Apollo Theatre - Glasgow, UK
Setlist: ?
--NOTE - DURING AN INTERVIEW LATER IN THE YEAR, JOHN CLAIMED THESE PAST TWO SHOWS WERE THE BAND'S FAVORITE GIGS OF THE TOUR

11/25/73 - Queen
Caley Cinema - Edinburgh, UK
Setlist: ?

11/26/73 – Queen
Opera House - Manchester, UK
Setlist:

Procession/Father To Son/Son And Daughter/Ogre Battle/Hangman/Keep Yourself Alive/Liar/Jailhouse Rock/Shake, Rattle & Roll/Stupid Cupid/Be Bop A Lula/Bama Lama Bama Loo

11/27/73 – Queen
Town Hall - Birmingham, UK
Setlist:

Procession/Father To Son/Son And Daughter/Ogre Battle/Hangman/Keep Yourself Alive (~Liar/Jailhouse Rock/Shake, Rattle & Roll/Stupid Cupid/Be Bop A Lula/Bama Lama Bama Loo)

Queen were an incredible heavy metal band. I saw them on their first ever tour, at Birmingham Town Hall. They just blew me away. - Rob Halford, Judas Priest


11/28/73 - Queen
Brangwyn Hall - Swansea, UK
Setlist: ?

11/29/73 – Queen
Colston Hall - Bristol, UK
Setlist:

Procession/Father To Son/Son And Daughter/Ogre Battle/Hangman/Keep Yourself Alive/Liar/Jailhouse Rock/Shake, Rattle & Roll/Stupid Cupid/ Jailhouse Rock reprise/Big Spender/Bama Lama Bama Loo

11/30/73 - Queen
Winter Gardens - Bournemouth, UK
Setlist: ?
--NOTE - ANOTHER NOTED BY THE BAND AS ONE OF THEIR FAVORITE GIGS

12/01/73 - Queen
Kursaal - Southend, UK
Setlist: ?

12/02/73 - Queen
Central - Chatham, UK
Setlist: ?
NOTE - THERE ARE RUMORS THAT THE BAND WAS BOOED OFF THE STAGE BUT A FIRST HAND REPORT FROM A FAN REFUTES THAT CLAIMING INSTEAD THAT THE BAND WAS CALLED BACK TO THE STAGE FOR AN ENCORE WHILE HEADLINERS MOTT THE HOOPLE WERE NOT!

12/6/73 - Queen
College - Cheltenham, UK
Setlist: ?

12/07/73 - Queen
Shaftesbury Hall - London or Cheltenham, UK
Setlist: ?
NOTE - THESE PAST TWO GIGS WERE NOT PART OF THE MOTT THE HOOPLE TOUR

12/08/73 - Queen
University - Liverpool, UK
Setlist: ?

12/14/73 (1st Gig) - Queen
Hammersmith Odeon - London, UK
Setlist: ?

12/14/73 (2nd Gig) - Queen
Hammersmith Odeon - London, UK
Setlist: ?
--NOTE - DAVID BOWIE ATTENDED THE LATE SHOW WHILE FREDDIE'S PARENTS CAME TO THE FIRST ONE. THIS WAS THE LAST DATE ON THE MOTT THE HOOPLE GIG. THE REMAINING GIGS WERE HEADLINING OR SUPPORTING 10CC.

12/15/73 - Queen
University - Leicester, UK
Setlist: ?

12/21/73 - Queen
County Hall - Taunton, UK
Setlist: ?

12/22/73 - Queen
Town Hall - Peterborough, UK
Setlist: ?

12/28/73 - Queen
Top Rank Club - Liverpool, UK
Setlist:?

01/27/74 - Queen
Private Farm - Sunbury, Australia (Commonly stated that it was 2/2/74)
Setlist: ?

The Queen Tour.

Set up by touring opening for Mott The Hoople, the band played their hardest and often upstaged the headlining band! They formed a unique bond with Mott though that would last throughout their careers. Mott was very helpful with helping to break Queen. In fact this tour went so well, that when Mott toured America a year later, they invited Queen to duplicate their experience, giving Queen their first taste of the States!

Queen learned so much that Brian wrote Now I'm Here about.

They would work together on and off with the band guesting on Ian Hunter's solo album, their keyboarding Morgan Fisher joining Queen as a keyboardist during the Hot Space tour, and Ian played All The Young Dudes at the Freddie Mercury Tribute!

9/13/73 - Queen - Golders Greer Hippodrome - London, UK

01. Procession
02. Father To Son
03. Son And Daughter
04. See What A Fool I've Been
05. Ogre Battle
06. Liar
07. Jailhouse Rock medley
08. Big Spender
09. Bama Lama Bama Loo


[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxjAFYpkPc8[/youtube]
The whole gig!

This is the earliest surviving audio of a Queen concert. Recorded in front of a small audience to be broadcast on the BBC, there is hope that if Queen ever releases a complete BBC sessions package that this would be involved.

Recording quality is great and DJ Alan Black offers the in between commentary. The version of Procession was a hastily set up version specifically for this concert so that is a rarity in and of itself.

This is (most likely) the first performance of Father To Son.

John Deacon is referred to as his alter ego, Deacon John.

Sources state that Keep Yourself Alive, Hangman, and Stone Cold Crazy were also played but were either lost or were never recorded. It is also said that See What A Fool I've Been was later on in the setlist after Liar.

All in all one of my favorite Queen shows as they are very young still but starting to really gel as well.

01/27/74 - Queen - Melbourne, Australia - Sunbury Music Festival

Image

The setlist is unknown but most likely close to the general Queen Tour set.

This is one of times in Queen's history when a concert was memorable for ALL the wrong reasons. It was basically set up to fail.

They were scheduled to play two gigs at the festival. Queen was virtually unknown outside the UK at this point and yet they were picked to be one of the headliners already setting a bit of a bad tone with the locals.

Queen ended up pissing off the locals more when they brought their own crew and lighting equipment, forcing the local union boys out of work for that gig.

Queen, being all about living the part and being the showmen, always used limo transportation even when they weren't stars as part of the theory - act the part of the star, people will think you are a star and you will be a star - well instead to the local macho rock crowd it made them look like stuck up Brits.

On the day of the gig both Freddie and Brian were ill although the show went on.

The local MC always seemed to stir up anti-foreigner sentiment and introduced the band as follows:

"Well, we've got another load of limey bastards tonight. They're probably going to be useless, but let's give them something to think about!"


He then mooned the band and the audience and called the band stuck up Pommies all before the band got on.

During the show, the lights and sound crapped the bed a bunch due to sabotage from pissed off union boys...and despite all that according to most first hand reports the band won over the crowd.

Unfortunately the MC couldn't have that...There were calls for an encore but the MC manipulated the band out of it. After calls, the MC stated (and I paraphrase): "Do we want more of Queen?" *CHEERS* "Do we? We don't want those Pommies back! We want an Aussie band!" With local band, Madder Lake due up next who were very popular there at the time, the MC turned the encore of Queen into the crowd chanting for Madder Lake.

All in all it was a harrowing experience. Freddie vowed that when they returned to Australia they would be the number one band in the world. And he was just about right!

Next we break into Queen II
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:19 pm

QUEEN II

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A little background.

- The band had their record deal. While Queen wasn't a rousing success they were at least given real studio time. And boy did they use it. They decided that now was the time and they were going to throw everything including the kitchen sink into the mix.

- They were already armed with some heavy material after having time between the last recording and now..so they went to work.

- Concept albums were a fad of the time and while Queen II isn't a concept album as such, they did decide on a running theme. They divided the album into the White Side and the Black Side. The White Side was all of the Brian May works (and the one Roger Taylor composition) while the Black Side was Freddie's works and indeed worked as a medley of sorts flowing from one song to the next with no real break.

- A real theatrical piece of work, to me this established the band as more than just another rock band of the time. It builds upon the eccentricities offered up in Queen and helped to forge a unique identity.

- It is rumored that they approached David Bowie to produce but at the time he was unavailable. I'm not certain on the validity of this considering the relationship they had with Roy Thomas Baker but I figured I'd put it out there.

- The album was the first real success by the band. It got to #49 in the US but hit #5 in the UK - strengthened by the single, Seven Seas Of Rhye. It was certified platinum in Poland (20,000 copies) and gold in the UK (100,000 copies). There was no sales info from the US but estimates say it has sold over 2.5 million units worldwide.

- Rejected title: Over The Top. They settled on Queen II because they had nothing else in mind that fit. Roger has been quoted as hating the title due to it's lack of imagination.

-No Synths again.

Tracks on the album

1. Procession (May)
2. Father To Son (May)
3. White Queen (As It Began) (May)
4. Some Day, One Day (May)
5. The Loser In The End (Taylor)
6. Ogre Battle (Mercury)
7. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke (Mercury)
8. Nevermore (Mercury)
9. The March Of The Black Queen (Mercury)
10. Funny How Love Is (Mercury)
11. Seven Seas Of Rhye (Mercury)

Additional Released Tracks
See What A Fool I've Been (May)

Rumored Recordings Not Accounted For In The Above
Surrender To The City
Deep Ridge

- BOTH are considered to be fraudulent tracks made up by fans. Surrender To The City is actually from a lyric in The March Of The Black Queen

First up - the short instrumental opener...Procession
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:22 pm

First on the docket is a short one :)

Procession

Written by: Brian May

Musicians:
Brian May - guitars
Roger Taylor - bass drum

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4rNKPKPxUw[/youtube]

INSTRUMENTAL


- The band never "played" this live - but they often used it as a taped intro. From even before Queen II was released pretty much through 1977, it was the opener.

- It goes right into the next song, Father To Son and indeed has some elements of that song in the textures.

- As told by the musicians list - this is the first track that not all four members played on - for obvious reasons. It's just a guitar and drum!


QUOTES:

- “That’s this Deakey amp. It’s a little one-watt amp that John Deacon built and brought into the studio one day. I had done ‘Procession’ with AC30s and it sounded just a little bit too smooth. I wanted it to sound more violin-like and orchestral. So I double-tracked some of the layers using that little amp. Incredible, I’ve used it ever since on anything where there’s a real orchestral-type sound. And depending where you put the microphone in front of the amp, you can really tune the sound. It’s very directional. It’s a germanium transistor amp, which is transformer coupled – unlike things these days; that really isn’t done any more with silicon transistors. There’s this guy Dave Peters, who is one of the designers of the AC30 and a real expert on valve electronics and the early days of transistors. I’m working with him trying to reproduce the Deakey amp. Maybe we’ll put it on the market. I have to talk to John about it, as it happens. Because John made the thing. And he’s very kindly allowed me to use it ever since. It’s pretty magical.” – Brian May - 1998

UNRELEASED VERSIONS

"LIVE" PRE-QUEEN II INTRO
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR2jkaOMt7I[/youtube]

- The band recorded this as an intro to their concerts before re-recording it for Queen II Is there much difference? Not really. This was taken from the earliest Queen live recording in circulation - September 13th, 1973.

PERSONAL NOTES:

- A great way to begin the album. An overture of sorts featuring Brian making his guitar sound like a string orchestra. Just a guitar and drums and yet it sounds massive.

Next up is the track Procession leads into - one of my favs from the album, the powerful rocker, Father To Son.
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Re: Queen

Postby Lord Tuvitor » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:56 pm

This thread; with its many youtubes and graphics has made my poor, poor Google Chrome browser cry tears of blood.
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:22 am

Yes mine as well - I may go back and edit to links only for the most non essential types...
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Re: Queen

Postby soxtalon » Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:39 pm

Ok! Edited down to hopefully make it easier on your browsers...at least a bit!
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