Tag Archives: Freddie Mercury

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 July 13, 1973.


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”.


  • 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.


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.


  • 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.


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”.


  • 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.


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 21, 1982.


On May 21, 1982, “EMI” label released “Hot Space”, the tenth Queen studio album. It was recorded June 1981 – March 1982, at “Mountain Studios” in Montreux, and “Musicland Studios” in Munich, and was produced by Queen, Arif Mardin,  Reinhold Mack and David Bowie.


  • Freddie Mercury– lead and backing vocals,  piano,  synthesisers,  synth bass, Hammond organ
  • Brian May– lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, lead, lead harmony and backing vocals, synth bass
  • Roger Taylor– lead and backing vocals, drums, electronic drums, programming, keyboards, rhythm guitar
  • John Deacon– bass guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboards, lead and rhythm guitars, drums, programming
  • David Bowie– duet vocals, percussion, keyboards
  • Arif Mardin– “hot and spacey” horn arrangement
  • Reinhold Mack– keyboard programming

Track listing:

  1. Staying Power – Freddie Mercury
  2. Dancer – Brian May
  3. Black Chat – Jean Deacon
  4. Body Language – Freddie Mercury
  5. Action This Day – Roger Taylor
  6. Put Out the Fire – Brian May
  7. Life Is Real (Song for Lennon) – Freddie Mercury
  8. Calling All Girls – Roger Taylor
  9. Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love) – Brian May
  10. Cool Cat – John Deacon, Freddie Mercury
  11. Under Pressure – David Bowie, John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury


On April 29, 1985.


On April 29, 1985, “Columbia” label released “Mr. Bad Guy”, the first Freddie Mercury solo album. It was recorded 1983 – January 1985 at “Musicland Studios” in Munich, and was produced by Mack and Freddie Mercury.


  • Freddie Mercury– vocals, piano, synthesiser
  • Fred Mandel– additional piano, synthesiser, guitar
  • Paul Vincent – lead guitar
  • Curt Cress– drums
  • Stephan Wissnet – bass guitar
  • Jo Burt– fretless bass on
  • Rainer Pietsch – arrangements
  • Mackand Stephan Wissnet – Fairlight CMI, drum programming
  • Mack, assisted by Stephan Wissnet – engineering
  • The Artful Dodger – artwork
  • Sawa – photographs

Track listing:

All tracks by Freddie Mercury.

  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. 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