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On April 20, 2012.

On April 20, 2012, Herbert Maurice William ‘Bert’ Weedon, died aged 91. He was guitarist whose style of playing was popular and influential during the 1950s and 1960s. “Play in a Day” record sold over two million copies and became the first hit record in the UK Singles Chart recorded by a guitarist. His “Play in a Day” guitar guide influenced many musicians, including Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton,  Brian May, Dave Davies, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend and Tony Iommi. In 2001, for his services to music, Weedon was awarded an OBE.

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On November 6, 1995.

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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.

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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

On July 13, 1973.

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On July 13, 1973, “EMI” label released the debut, self-titled Queen album. It was recorded December 1971 – November 1972, at “De Lane Lea” and “Trident Studios” in London, and was produced by John Anthony, Roy Thomas Baker and Queen. “Guitarist” magazine ranked the album at number 19 on its list of the “Most Influential Guitar Albums of all Time”; in 2008, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album song “Keep Yourself Alive” at number 31 on its list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time”. The album was certified Platinum in Poland by “ZPAV; Gold in UK by the “BPI” and Gold in the US by the “RIIA”.

Personnel:

  • Freddie Mercury- lead and backing vocals, piano, Hammond organ
  • Brian May- electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals, vocal bridge, piano
  • Roger Taylor- drums, percussion, backing vocals, lead vocals, vocal bridge
  • John Deacon – bass guitar
  • John Anthony– backing vocals
  • Roy Thomas Baker– sound engineer
  • Mike “Clay” Stone – sound engineer
  • Ted Sharpe – sound engineer

Track listing:

  1. Keep Yourself Alive – Brian May
  2. Doing All Right – Brian May, Tim Staffell
  3. Great King Rat – Freddie Mercury
  4. My Fairy King – Freddie Mercury
  5. Liar – Freddie Mercury
  6. The Night Comes Down – Brian May
  7. Modern Times Rock’n’Roll – Roger Taylor
  8. Son and Daughter – Brian May
  9. Jesus – Freddie Mercury
  10. Seven Seas of Rhye – Freddie Mercury

On June 30, 1980.

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On June 30, 1980, “EMI” label released “The Game”, the eighth Queen studio album. It was recorded June – July 1979, February – May 1980, at “Musicland Studios” in Munich, and was produced by Mack, Freddie mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor. The album was certified 4 x Platinum in the US by the “RIIA”, and became the best sold Queen album in the US.

Personnel:

  • Freddie Mercury– lead and backing vocals, piano, rhythm guitar, keyboards
  • Brian May– electric, acoustic and twelve-string guitars, lead and backing vocals , piano, keyboards
  • Roger Taylor– drums, electronic drums, lead and backing vocals, electric guitar, keyboards
  • John Deacon– bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitar, piano
  • Reinhold Mack– keyboards

Track listing:

  1. Play the Game – Freddie Mercury
  2. Dragon Attack – Brian May
  3. Another One Bites the Dust – John Deacon
  4. Need Your Love Tonight – John Deacon
  5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Freddie Mercury
  6. Rock It (Prime Jive) – Roger Taylor
  7. Don’t Try Suicide – Freddie Mercury
  8. Sail Away Sweet Sister – Brian May
  9. Coming Soon – Roger Taylor
  10. Save Me – Brian May

 

On June 2, 1986.

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On June 2, 1986, “EMI” label released “A Kind of Magic”, the twelfth Queen studio album. It was recorded September 1985 – April 1986, at “Musicland Studios” in Munich, “Mountain Studios” in Montreux and “Townhouse Studios” in London, and was produced by Queen, Mack and David Richards. The album is based on the soundtrack to the film Highlander, directed by Russell Mulcahy. In the 1994 edition of “The Guinness All Time Top 1000 Albums” the album was ranked at number 171 in its “All-time Greatest Rock and Pop Albums”.

Personnel:

  • Freddie Mercury- lead and backing vocals,  piano,  synthesisers,  sampler
  • Brian May- electric guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals, keyboards,  programming
  • Roger Taylor- drums, electronic drums, backing vocals, keyboards, programming
  • John Deacon- bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, sampler and programming
  • Spike Edney- keyboards
  • Joan Armatrading- vocals
  • Steve Gregory- alto saxophone
  • String section arrangedand conducted by Lynton Naiff
  • National Philharmonic Orchestraarranged by Michael Kamen and Brian May and conducted by Michael Kamen
  • Roger Chiasson –album cover

Track listing:

  1. One Vision – Roger Taylor
  2. A Kind of Magic – Roger Taylor
  3. One Year of Love – John Deacon
  4. Pain is So Close to Pleasure – John Deacon, Freddie Mercury
  5. Friends Will Be Friends – John Deacon, Freddie Mercury
  6. Who Wants to Live Forever – Brian May
  7. Gimme the Prize (Kurgan’s Theme) – Brian May
  8. Don’t Lose Your Head – Brian May
  9. Princes of the Universe – Freddie Mercury

 

On May 22, 1989.

Queen_The_Miracle

On May 22, 1989, “Parlaphone” label released “The Miracle”, the thirteenth Queen studio album. It was recorded January 1988 – January 1989, at “Olympic Studios” and “Townhouse Studios” in London, and “Mountain Studios” in Montreux, and was produced by Queen and David Richards. “The Miracle” was band’s last album to feature a band photo with all four original members on the front cover. The album was certified Gold in the US by the “RIIA’; Platinum in UK by “BPI”; Platinum in Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland and Ploand.

Personnel:

  • Freddie Mercury: lead and backing vocals,  piano,  keyboards,  synthesisers,  programming
  • Brian May: co-lead and backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars,  keyboards, programming
  • Roger Taylor: lead and backing vocals, drums, electronic drums, electric guitar, keyboards, programming
  • John Deacon: bass guitar, electric guitar , keyboards
  • David Richards- keyboards, sampler, programming, engineering
  • Andrew Bradfield, John Brough, Angelique Cooper, Claude Frider, Andy Mason, Justin Shirley-Smith – assistant engineers
  • Kevin Metcalf, Gordon Vickary – mastering
  • Brian Zellis – computer programming
  • Richard Gray – album sleeve design
  • Simon Fowler – original photography

Track listing:

  1. Party – John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury
  2. Khashoggi’s Ship – John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor
  3. The Miracle – Freddie Mercury, John Deacon
  4. I Want it All – Brian May
  5. The Invisible Man – Roger Taylor
  6. Breakthru – Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor
  7. Rain Must Fall – John Deacon, Freddie Mercury
  8. Scandal – Brian May
  9. My Baby Does Me – Freddie Mercury, John Deacon
  10. Was It All Worth It – Freddie Mercury