Tag Archives: Brian May

On October 6, 2020.

On October 6, 2020, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen died aged 65. He was a musician (guitar), songwriter, producer, and inventor, known for his work with Michael Jackson, Brian May, Sammy Hagar, and LL Cool J, but best known as a founding member, songwriter, and guitarist of band Van Halen. He was voted number one in the “Guitar World” magazine reader’s poll for “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

In July 1984.

In July 1984, “Capitol” label released “Signs of Life”, the fourth Billy Squier studio album. It was recorded April – June 1984 and was produced by Billy Squier and Jim Steinman.

Personnel:

  • Billy Squier- lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, synthesizers
  • Jeff Golub- guitars, slide guitar
  • Alan St. Jon – keyboards, synthesizers
  • Doug Lubahn- bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Bobby Chouinard – drums
  • Larry Fast– synthesizers
  • Jimmy Maelen– percussion
  • Eric Troyer, Rory Dodd- additional vocals
  • Brian May- guitar solo
  • Alfa Anderson – additional vocals
  • John Jansen: production assistant
  • Tony Platt: engineer
  • Gary Rindfuss: assistant engineer
  • B. Moore: mixing
  • Anjali Dutt: tape operator
  • George Marino: mastering
  • Bill Smith: cover art design, illustration
  • John Van Hamersveld: rear cover collage, inner sleeve design

Track listing:

All tracks by Billy Squier.

  1. All Night Long
  2. Rock Me Tonite
  3. Eye on You
  4. Take a Look Behind Ya
  5. Reach for the Sky
  6. (Another) 1984
  7. Fall for Love
  8. Can’t Get Next to You
  9. Hand-Me Downs
  10. Sweet Release

On June 1, 1998.

On June 1, 1998, “Parlaphone” label released “Another World”, the second Brian May studio album. It was recorded 1996 – 1998, at May’s home studio and “Allerton Hill Studio”, and was produced by Brian May. Drummer Cozy Powell died in a car accident before the album was completed.

Personnel:

  • Brian May- vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass guitar, programming, arrangements
  • Neil Murray- bass guitar
  • Ken Taylor – bass guitar
  • Jamie Moses– guitar
  • Jeff Beck- guitar
  • Spike Edney- keyboards
  • Cozy Powell– drums, percussion
  • Steve Ferrone– drums
  • Taylor Hawkins- drums
  • London Metropolitan Orchestra– strings
  • Michael Kamen – conductor
  • Cathy Porter- backing vocals
  • Shelley Preston- backing vocals
  • Nikki Love – backing vocals
  • Becci Glover – backing vocals
  • Ian Hunter- guest raconteur
  • Justin Shirley-Smith – engineering, co-production
  • Richard Gray – design, photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Brian May, except where noted.

  1. Space
  2. Business
  3. China Belle
  4. Why Don’t We Try Again
  5. On My Way Up
  6. Cyborg
  7. The Guv’nor
  8. Wilderness
  9. Slow Down – Larry Williams
  10. One Rainy Wish – Jimi Hendrix
  11. All the Way from Memphis – Ian Hunter
  12. Another World
  • The song “Another World” ends at 4:05, then after a minute of silence, starting at 5:05, a hidden trackplays, consisting of the piano part of “Business”.

 

On April 20, 2012.

On April 20, 2012, Herbert Maurice William ‘Bert’ Weedon died aged 91. He was musician (guitar), whose style of playing was popular and influential during the 50s and 60s. Weedon was the first British guitarist to have a hit record in the “UK Singles Chart”, in 1959. His “Play in a Day” guitar guide influenced some of the biggest names in rock and roll such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Dave Davies, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page. For his “services to music”, in 2001, Weedon was awarded an OBE.

On October 22, 2002.

On October 22, 2002, “Roswell” and “RCA” labels released “One by One”, the fourth Foo Fighters studio album. It was recorded April – May 2002, at “Studio 606” in Alexandria, Virginia, and was produced by Adam Kasper, Nick Raskulinecz, Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett.

Personnel:

  • Dave Grohl– lead and backing vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, piano
  • Nate Mendel– bass
  • Taylor Hawkins– lead vocal, drums, percussion
  • Chris Shiflett– lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar
  • Brian May– guitar
  • Krist Novoselic– backing vocals
  • Gregg Bissonette– drums
  • Nick Raskulinecz – engineer
  • Jim Scott– mixing
  • J. Lara – mastering
  • Bob Ludwig– mastering, mixing
  • Bob Michaels – mastering
  • Melinda Pepler – production coordinator
  • J. Lara – digital editing
  • Eddie Escalante – authoring
  • Kehni Davis – quality control
  • Rupesh Pattni – graphic design
  • Anton Corbijn– photography
  • Joshua White – photography, illustrations
  • Raymond Pettibon– artwork, illustrations
  • Hiro Arishima – liner notes

Track listing:

All tracks by Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Chris Shiflett, except where noted.

  1. All My Life
  2. Low
  3. Have It All
  4. Times Like These
  5. Disenchanted Lullaby
  6. Tired of You
  7. Halo
  8. Lonely As You
  9. Overdrive
  10. Burn Away
  11. Come Back

On April 22, 2003.

On April 22, 2003, “Favored Nations” label released “Birdland”, the sixth Yardbirds studio album. Band’s first album in over 35 years was recorded 2002 – 2003, and was produced by Ken Allardyce.

Personnel:

  • Jim McCarty– vocals, drums, percussion
  • Chris Dreja– rhythm guitar
  • Alan Glen– harmonica, percussion
  • John Idan– lead vocals, bass guitar
  • Gypie Mayo– lead guitar
  • Jeff Baxter– guitar
  • Jeff Beck– guitar
  • Steve Lukather– guitar
  • Brian May– guitar
  • Joe Satriani– guitar
  • Slash– guitar
  • Steve Vai– guitar

Track listing:

  1. I’m Not Talking – Mose Allison
  2. Crying Out for Love – Jim McCarty
  3. The Nazz Are Blue – Chris Dreja, Jeff Beck, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith
  4. For Your Love – Graham Gouldman
  5. Please Don’t Tell Me ‘Bout the News – Jim McCarty
  6. Train Kept A-Rollin’ – Howie Kay, Lois Mann, Tiny Bradshaw
  7. Saboteur – Jim McCarty
  8. Shapes of Things – Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith
  9. My Blind Life – Chris Dreja
  10. Over Under Sideways Down – Chris Dreja, Jeff Beck, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith
  11. You’re a Better Man Than I – Brian Hugg, Mike Hugg
  12. Mystery of Being – Jim McCarty
  13. Dream Within a Dream – Jim McCarty
  14. Happenings Ten Years Time Ago – Jeff Beck, Jim McCarty, Jimmy Page, Keith Relf
  15. An Original Man (A Song for Keith) – Chris Dreja, Gypie Mayo, Jim McCarty, John Idan

 

On December 20, 2013.

On December 20, 2013, David Richards died aged 57. He was musician (keyboards), engineer and record producer, who engineered and co-produced albums for many artists, including David Bowie, Queen, Roger Taylor, Chris Rea, Jimmy Nail, Feargal Sharkey, Iggy Pop, Magnum, Virginia Wolf, The Cross, Freddie Mercury, Montserrat Caballé, Yes, Brian May and Duran Duran.

 

On October 17, 2000.

On October 17, 2000, “Divine” and “Priority” labels released “Iommi”, the debut Tony Iommi solo album. It was recorded 1996 – 2000, at “A&M Studios”, “Chipping Norton”, “Long View Farm”, “Sunset Marquis Hotel” and “Olympic Studios”, and was produced by Bob Marlette.

Personnel:

  • Tony Iommi– lead and rhythm guitar
  • Bob Marlette– keyboard, programming, engineering, mixing
  • Martin “Ace” Kent – rhythm guita
  • Brian May– lead guitar
  • Billy Corgan– rhythm guitar
  • Henry Rollins– vocals
  • Skin – vocals
  • Dave Grohl– vocals, drums
  • Laurence Cottle– bass
  • Terry Phillips – bass
  • Jimmy Copley– drums
  • John Tempesta– drums
  • Philip Anselmo– vocals
  • Laurence Cottle – bass
  • Matt Cameron– drums
  • Serj Tankian– vocals
  • Jimmy Copley – drums
  • Billy Corgan– vocals, bass
  • Kenny Aronoff– drums
  • Ian Astbury– vocals
  • Peter Steele– vocals, bass
  • Ozzy Osbourne– vocals
  • Bill Ward– drums
  • Billy Idol– vocals
  • Ben Shepherd– bass
  • Ralph Baker – executive production
  • Art Shoji – art direction
  • Maggie Magarian – art direction, design
  • William Hames, Ross Halfin, Mike Clement, Gene Kirkland – photography
  • JMO Design – logo

Track listing:

  1. Laughing Man (In the Devil Mask) – Tony Iommi, Bob Marlette, Henry Rollins
  2. Meat – Tony Iommi, Bob Marlette, Skin
  3. Goodbye Lament – Tony Iommi, Bob Marlette, Dave Grohl
  4. Time is Mine – Tony Iommi, Bob Marlette, Philip Anselmo
  5. Patterns – Tony Iommi, Bob Marlette, Serj Tankian
  6. Black Oblivion – Tony Iommi, Billy Corgan
  7. Flame On – Tony Iommi, Bob Marlette, Ian Astbury
  8. Just Say No To Love – Tony Iommi, Bob Marlette, Peter Steele
  9. Who’s Fooling Who – Tony Iommi, Bob Marlette, Ozzy Osbourne
  10. Into the Night – Tony Iommi, Bob Marlette, Billy Idol

On November 6, 1995.

made-in-heaven

On November 6, 1995, “Parlaphone” label released “Made in Heaven”, the fifteenth Queen studio album. Until the release of “Queen Forever” in 2014, it was the final album containing original material featuring the band’s original line up. Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon worked with vocal and piano parts that Mercury recorded before his death, adding new instrumentation to the recordings. The recordings were made in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993 – 1995, at “Mountain Studios” in Allerton Hill, Cosford Mill, and “Metropolis Studios”, and were produced by Queen. The album was certified 2 x Platinum in Austria by “IFPI Austria”; Platinum in Canada by “Music Canada”; Platinum in Finland by “Musiikkituottajat”; 2 x Platinum in France by “SNEP”; 3 x Platinum in Germany by “BVMI”; Platinum in Japan by “RIAJ”; 2 x Platinum in Netherlands by “NVPI”; Platinum in Norway by “IFPI Norway”; Platinum in Poland by “ZPAV”; 2 x Platinum in Spain by “PROMUSICAE”; 3 x Platinum in Switzerland by “IFPI Switzerland”, and 4 x Platinum in UK by “BPI”.

Personnel:

  • Freddie Mercury– lead and backing vocals,  piano,  keyboards,  programming
  • Brian May– guitars, keyboards, piano, backing vocals, lead vocals
  • Roger Taylor– drums, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals
  • John Deacon– bass guitar, guitar, keyboards
  • Rebecca Leigh-White, Gary Martin, Catherine Porter, Miriam Stockley– backing vocals
  • David Richards– keyboards, co-production, engineering, mixing supervision
  • Justin Shirley-Smith – co-production, engineering
  • Josh Macrae– co-production, engineering
  • Reinhold Mack– recording of additional material in the 80’s
  • Kevin Metcalfe – mastering
  • Richard Gray – artwork, cover photographof Irena Sedlecká’s Mercury sculpture in Montreux

Track listing:

  1. It’s a Beautiful Day – Freddie Mercury, John Deacon
  2. Made in Heaven – Freddie Mercury
  3. Let Me Live – Queen
  4. Mother Love – Freddie Mercury, Brian May
  5. My Life Has Been Saved – Queen, John Deacon
  6. I Was Born to Love You – Freddie Mercury
  7. Heaven for Everyone – Roger Taylor
  8. Too Much Love Will Kill You – Brian May, Frank Musker, Elizabeth Lamers
  9. You Don’t Fool Me – Queen
  10. A Winter’s Tale – Queen, Freddie Mercury
  11. Yeah – Queen
  12. Untitled, Hidden Track – Queen, Brian May, John Taylor, David Richards

 

On September 28, 1992.

brian_may_back_to_the_light

On September 28, 1992, “Parlaphone” label released “Back to the Light” the first Brian May solo album. It was recorded 1988 – 1992, and was produced by Brian May and Justin Shirley-Smith.

Personnel:

  • Brian May – vocals, backing vocals, guitars, keyboards
  • Cozy Powell– drums
  • Geoff Dugmore– drums
  • Gary Tibbs– bass
  • Neil Murray– bass
  • John Deacon– bass
  • Suzie O’List, Gill O’Donovan – backing vocals
  • Mike Moran– piano, keyboards
  • Don Airey- keyboards

Track listing:

All tracks by Brian May, except where noted.

  1. The Dark
  2. Back to the Light
  3. Love Token
  4. Resurrection – Brian May, Cozy Powell, Jamie Page
  5. Too Much Love Will Kill You – Brian May, Frank Musker, Elizabeth Lamers
  6. Driven by You
  7. Nothin’ But Blue – Brian May, Cozy Powell
  8. I’m Scared
  9. Last Horizon
  10. Let Your Heart Rule Your Head
  11. Just One Life
  12. Rollin’ Over – Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott