On November 24th, 1991 Freddie Mercury left his mortal remains to enter straight into legend, leaving a huge sense of emptiness inside his fans’ hearts all over the World. But, as for the Phoenix that often represented him throughout his flamboyant artistic carreer, from his death’s tragedy a new creative blossom has flowered and enlightened a whole new generation of musicians. Four between the most notorious italian underground bands – all of which unified by the same creative spirit – have decided to team up and join forces on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary from Mercury’s passing to pay homage to an unbelievable artist in the way he would have liked most: through the Music.
Innershine, The Lotus, P-TSD and ZAP, four between the most notorious italian underground bands – all of which unified by the same creative spirit – have decided to team up and join forces on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary from Mercury’s passing to pay homage to an unbelievable artist in the way he would have liked most: through the Music.
Thanks to Erwin Agterhuis, I got a copy of this CD, and I have been quite happily been listening to it for the past week.
It has 5 of my favourite tracks on it and all have been done in their own style while paying respect to the original.
Barcelona is sung with the dutch Opera Singer Linda Kinsbergen, great vocals by both and at one point in the male vocals I was almost sure it sounded like Freddie – its that good.
Somebody to Love, one of my all time favourites, again is really well sung (not sure who it is but I suspect it is Queen Tributes very own Timothy Drake). There is a nice freeness to the way this is sung, often you hear people trying to do a Freddie but in this case without trying too hard he has achieved a good strong vocal in a song which is quite high especially on the longer notes around 1:30 into the song (around bar 50 for those who have the sheet music).
Too Much Love will Kill you is something I wasn’t expecting, combining the Brian May version with an opera vocal from Italian opera singer Carlo Scibelli who hails from New York. Although there is a Brian May and Pavarotti version I liked this version as the opera bits are so well placed I ended up listening to this track a few times, just so I could hear the sections which had been replaced by the Opera lines.
The Show Must Go On, a powerful song in its own right, and as anyone who has ever attempted to do this in Karaoke will know … it is NOT an easy song to sing. Personally I would have placed this at the end of the track listing as I think it is a great way to end any CD or Queen performance – but that’s just me. QueenTribute’s Timothy Drake is on vocals again here and his voice is perfectly suited to the song. Powerful and well sung. What I will note is that no key changes were made in these tracks – all the original keys. Just look at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert and see how many top performers had to bring the keys down as they just could not “do a Freddie”. For me Barcelona and this track are probably the best on the CD, not doing any disrespect to the other tracks but the inherent power of these songs is hard to ignore.
Love of My Life is the final track on the CD, and this is Queen Tributes own arrangement of the song. The previous 4 tracks make great use of the official Queen multitracks, but Love of My Life is expertly played on guitar and is the concert version which Freddie and Brian would have performed live (and not the Night at the Opera piano version). Anyone who has ever been to a Queen concert will certainly enjoy this track!
The CD is really well done and you can download the CD or Tracks from the CD on-line at
This 2-disc tribute to Queen is exactly that – a Tribute. Some of the covers create perfect replicas of Queen classics, others re-work some of the songs such as Shoshkes’ (of The Cucumbers) countrified version of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. The album includes a diverse collection of musicians from Richie Ranno (from Starz), and Derwood Andrews (from Generation X), to Dennis Dunaway (from the original Alice Cooper group) and Cheetah Chrome (from The Dead Boys).
The CD name is based on the Marx brother’s movies in the same way that Queen released “A Night at the Opera” and
“A Day at the Races”.
All four of Queen’s songwriters are represented on “Horsefeathers and Animal Crackers”. Freddie Mercury’s “Death on Two Legs ” and “Mustapha”, Brian May’s “Sail Away Sweet Sister”, John Deacon’s “You’re My Best Friend” and Roger Taylor’s “I’m in Love with my Car” are just some of the highlights. Both discs start off with belters, We Will Rock You and Death on Two Legs get you right in the mood.
My Top 10 songs on “Horse Feathers and Animal
Crackers” are as follows;
Riotgods version of “Death On two Legs” is
amazing – almost too Queen like to be a cover !
Now I’m Here by True Love is just a perfect cover …
even sounds like Brian on the guitar!
Mustapha by My Brave Hawkmen is an homage to the original
– Love it !
We Will Rock You (fast version – Track 1 on Disk 1) and
it is done really well by Richie Ranno’s All Stars !
Modern Times Rock ‘N’ Roll by Blue Fox is a
trip back to the early days of Queen – Loud, Fast and
Sail Away Sweet Sister by Rob Tanico
Stone Cold Crazy by Doug Wahlberg Band
Sleeping on the Sidewalk by Worro Pilkinson
She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettoes) by Rick Tedesco
Horse Feathers And Animal Crackers, a Tribute to Queen which is a mother load of Queen hits and misses from artists as diverse as Cheetah Chrome from The Dead Boys, Riotgod, Dennis Dunaway from Alice Cooper’s band, The Tuff Darts, and Deena Shoshkes.
The CD name might be based off of the Marx brother’s movies of the same names, but besides that it’s all Jersey. This disc features one of Main Man’s most ambitious groupings to date and when you heap that on top of the fact that this is a double record, you have a veritable trove of musical oddities to dig through!
More Details Coming Soon to queen.shanemcdonald.org…
Carlos Bonell and David Young have just launched a new site for the Queen Guitar Rhapsodies album – Visit queenguitarrhapsodies.com
The site features a detailed account of the making of the album, from the initial contact with Queen’s management to recording in Venezuela by executive producer and We Will Rock You guitarist David Young. The site features videos and samples from the album.
The CD can be purchased for £9.99 with free worldwide postage from the site. Its a great album and have a look at the review available on this site and don’t forget to check out their new site.