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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 November 6, 1995.


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”.


  • 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 October 23, 1986.


On October 23, 1986, “A&M” label released “Blah-Blah-Blah”, the seventh Iggy Pop studio album. It was recorded in 1986, at “Mountain Studios” in Montreux, Switzerland, and was produced by David Bowie and David Richards. The album was Iggy Pop and David Bowie last collaboration, and became the most commercially successful Iggy Pop’s album to date.


  • Iggy Pop– vocals
  • Kevin Armstrong– guitar, backing vocals
  • Erdal Kızılçay– synthesizer, bass, drums, string arrangements, backing vocals
  • Steve Jones– guitar solo
  • David Bowie- backing vocals.

Track listing:

All tracks by Iggy Pop and David Bowie except where noted.

  1. Real Wild Child (Wild One) – Johnny O’Keefe, Johnny Greenan, Dave Owens
  2. Baby, It Can’t Fall
  3. Shades
  4. Fire Girl – Iggy Pop, Steve Jones
  5. Isolation
  6. Cry for Love – Iggy Pop, Steve Jones
  7. Blah-Blah-Blah
  8. Hideaway
  9. Winners & Losers – Iggy Pop, Steve Jones

On May 22, 1989.


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.


  • 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

On May 18, 1979.


On May 18, 1979, “RCA” label released “Lodger”, the thirteenth David Bowie studio album. It was recorded September 1978 – March 1979, at “Mountain Studios” in “Montreux”, “Record Plant Studios” in New York, and was produced by Tony Visconti and David Bowie.


  • David Bowie– vocals, backing vocals, piano, guitar, synthesizer, Chamberlin, producer
  • Tony Visconti– backing vocals, guitar, mandolin, bass guitar, recording engineer, mixing engineer
  • Brian Eno– synthesizers, ambient drone, prepared piano, cricket menace, guitar treatments, horse trumpet, eroica horn, piano, backing vocals
  • Adrian Belew– guitar, mandolin
  • Carlos Alomar– guitar, drums
  • Dennis Davis– percussion, drums, bass guitar
  • George Murray– bass guitar
  • Sean Mayes– piano
  • Simon House– violin, mandolin
  • Roger Powell– synthesizer
  • Stan Harrison– saxophone
  • David Richards– recording engineer
  • Rod O’Brien – mixing engineer

Track listing:

All lyrics by David Bowie; all music by David Bowie and Brian Eno, except where noted.

  1. Fantastic Voyage
  2. African Night Flight
  3. Move on – David Bowie
  4. Yassassin – David Bowie
  5. Red Sails
  6. DJ – David Bowie, Brian Eno, Carlos Alomar
  7. Look Back in Anger
  8. Boys Keep Swinging
  9. Repetition – David Bowie
  10. Red Money – David Bowie, Carlos Alomar

On April 27, 1987.


On April 27, 1987, “EMI” label released “Never Let Me Down”, the seventeenth David Bowie studio album. It was recorded 1986 – 1987, and was produced by David Bowie and David Richards.


  • David Bowie – vocals, guitar, keyboards, tambourine, background vocals
  • Carlos Alomar– guitar, guitar synthesizer, tambourine, background vocals
  • Erdal Kızılçay– keyboards, drums, bass, trumpet, background vocals, violins
  • Peter Frampton– lead guitar
  • Philippe Saisse– piano, keyboards
  • Carmine Rojas– bass
  • Earl Gardner– flugelhorn
  • Errol “Crusher” Bennett – percussion
  • Stan Harrison– alto saxophone
  • Laurie Frink – trumpet
  • Steve Elson– baritone saxophone
  • Lenny Pickett– tenor saxophone
  • Robin Clark, Lani Groves, Diva Gray, Gordon Grodie – background vocals
  • Sid McGinnis– lead guitar
  • Mickey Rourke– mid-song rap

Track listing:

All tracks by David Bowie, except where noted.

  1. Day-In Day-Out
  2. Time Will Crawl
  3. Beat of Your Drum
  4. Never Let Me Down – lyrics by David Bowie, music by David Bowie and Carlos Alomar
  5. Zeroes
  6. Glass Spider
  7. Shining Star (Makin’ My Love)
  8. New York’s in Love
  9. 87 and Cry
  10. Too Dizzy – Iggy Pop, Ivan Kral

On February 4, 1991.


On February 4, 1991,”Parlaphone” released “Innuendo”, the fourteenth Queen studio album. It was recorded March 1989 – November 1990,  at “Metropolis Studios” in London and “Mountain Studios” in Montreux, and was produced by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and David Richards. “Innuendo” was the final studio album to be released in Freddie Mercury’s lifetime and is the last to be composed entirely of new material. “Innuendo” was voted the 94th greatest album of all time in a national 2006 “BBC” poll.


  • Freddie Mercury– lead and backing vocals, piano, keyboards
  • Brian May– backing vocals, electric, slide and classical guitars, keyboards, piano
  • Roger Taylor– backing vocals, drums, lead vocals, percussion, keyboards
  • John Deacon– bass guitar
  • Steve Howe– classical guitar
  • Michael Moran– piano and keyboards
  • David Richards – keyboards
  • Richard Gray –sleeve design
  • Grandville(1803–47) – illustrations
  • Angela Lumley – additional illustrations
  • Simon Fowler –photography

All tracks by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, except where noted.

  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 – Mike Moran, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon
  8. These Are the Days of Our Lives
  9. Delilah
  10. The Hitman
  11. Bijou
  12. The Show Must Go On