Brian May, Back to the Light, Reissue now on Pre-Order

Brian May, Back to the Light, Reissue now on Pre-Order

Brian May, ‘Back To The Light’ Rerelease available to Pre-Order Now

If you love the 1992 Brian May album Back to the Light, you have more options to love it with this Remastered Reissue  

Back to the Light reissue will be Released August 6 on the following formats ;  CD, Vinyl, Picture Disc Vinyl, Cassette, Digital Download & Streaming Formats

The Back to the Light re-issue is available to Pre-order Now: https://BrianMay.lnk.to/BackToTheLight

Brian may opsted on his Instagram feed a very non-cryptic teaser about the new album re-issue, saying “Anybody fancy a season of BM re-releases with lots of juicy extras? …. We’re working on a plan!”

It has been almost 30 years since Back to the Light was released. It remains one of my favourite albums and in my view it has sttod the test of time. It was a great success for Brian as it reached number 6 in the charts on it’s initial release. One of the songs from the album even made an appearance at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert when Brian played Too Much Love will Kill You.

Back to the Light has some fantastic songs and some have even made their way into the Queen Set List, for example Last Horizon. Some fantastic performances from the late great Cozy Powell on percussion is also a feature of the album. Brian even won an Ivor Novello award for ‘Too Much Love Will Kill You’ winning the award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. If you were around in the early 90’s you probably even remember the Ford motor company using a version of  ‘Driven by You’ or their adverts.

It is a very poignant album as Brian wrote it between 1998 and 1992 during which time he lost his dad, Freddie and also separated from his first wife.

What’s new on this Reissue? 

The reissue of the Back to the Light album will be available as a Collector’s Edition box set featuring an exclusive white-vinyl LP,  a 32-page book, a 12” art print, two CDs, a download card and an enamel badge set and presented in a beautiful lift-lid box. A 1,000 only limited-edition of the same box-set is available exclusively on Queen Online Store with a Brian May signed 12” art print.

Back to the Light will also be released on vinly, CD, as a Deluxe 2 x CD set, on retro Cassette and the long awaited digital and streaming formats. There is a bonus called Out of the Light available in the box set, and on the 2 CD and digital formats. A limited-edition 1 x LP Picture Disc will also be available exclusively on Queen Online Store.  … At the time of writing this some of these had sold out within the hour !

Brian has actually rewritten the album’s sleeve notes to include lovely a tribute to the late, great Cozy Powell. So lots of nice touches to show this is more than just a re-release.

 

Back to the Light reissue, Track Listings

BACK TO THE LIGHT

1. The Dark (May)

2. Back To The Light (May)

3. Love Token (May)

4. Resurrection (Words: May. Music: May, Powell, Page)

5. Too Much Love Will Kill You (May, Musker, Lamers)

6. Driven By You (May)

7. Nothin’ But Blue (Words: May. Music: May, Powell)

8. I’m Scared (May)

9. Last Horizon (May)

10. Let Your Heart Rule Your Head (May)

11. Just One Life (May)

12. Rollin’ Over (May)

 

OUT OF THE LIGHT

1. Nothin’ But Blue – Guitar Version (May, Powell, Makin, Nicholls)

2. Too Much Love Will Kill You – Guitar Version (May, Musker, Lamers)

3. Just One Life – Guitar Version (May)

4. Driven By You Two (May)

5. Driven By You – Ford Ad Version (May)

6. Tie Your Mother Down (Featuring Slash) (May) Live on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 5th April 1993

7. Too Much Love Will Kill You (May) Live at the Palace Theatre, Los Angeles, 6th April 1993

8. ’39 / Let Your Heart Rule Your Head (May) Live at the Brixton Academy, 15th June 1993

9.  Last Horizon (May) Live at the Brixton Academy, 15th June 1993

10. We Will Rock You (May) Live at the Brixton Academy 15 June 1993

11. Driven By You – Cozy and Neil Version ’93 (May)

So, What do you think?   Will you be buying the Back to the Light reissue? Personally I am very tempted to get the 2 CD set, my only issue is that I don’t use my CD player and the streaming / download might be the option I will go for. If you have comments or a favourite track from this album please leave a comment below.

 

Queen + Adam Lambert release Live Around the World Album

Queen + Adam Lambert release Live Around the World Album

Queen Live around the World release set for October 2nd
So far Queen  + Adam Lambert for performed 218 live shows with a total worldwide audience of 3,659,232 people.
If you weren’t one of these people, or indeed if you were and you want to relive that time again then there is some good news with Queen + Adam Lambert releasing their first Live album on October 2nd 2020.

The album is entitled Queen + Adam Lambert ‘Live Around the World’ and is set for a worldwide release on October 2nd. The Live around the World release will be available on CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray & Vinyl formats

Queen + Adam Lambert - 'Live Around the World' Album - October 2nd

It doesn’t seem like 11 years since Brian and Roger appeared as guests on the finale of the eighth season of American Idol. It was on that show that Adam Lambert was a contestant and it was there that Brian and Roger got a sneak peak of what might be. Since then they have performed over 200 shows to over 3 and a half million people around the world including recent concerts in the southern hemisphere with audiences of over 60,000.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 that number should be higher as 27 concerts had to be abandoned due to the ongoing virus pandemic. Had those concerts gone ahead the audience numbers would surely have topped the 4 million mark by now. Those shows have now been rescheduled for 2021 – all going well. This new live album release is a way of easing the pain, in some way, on those who would have seen the shows.

The recent live watch party on YouTube saw Queen’s 12.5m subscribers watch show highlights and there were over 500,000 views in the 48 hours the show was availabe to stream. The content and the popularity was a surprise to the band also, as they hadn’t see much of this footage due to being always on the road. Roger stated that he wasn’t aware how good the band sounded.

The new live album can be pre-ordered at https://qal.lnk.to/LiveAroundTheWorld

The new album set list

The set list on the new Queen album spans many concerts – unlike some live albums, such as Wembley ’86, this is from various sources. These include Rock in Rio, Lisbon, the Isle of Wight Festival, Summer Sonic, the Japanese tour, selected UK and North America tour dates, and all 22 minutes of the the Fire Fight Australia benefit show in Australia (which if you didn’t know was the same set list as Queen’s original history-making 1985 Live Aid set in full: namely Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions).

 

 Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around the World

CD / VINYL TRACKLIST

Tear It Up (May) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Now I’m Here (May) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Another One Bites The Dust (Deacon) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Fat Bottomed Girls ft. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (May) American Airlines Center, Dallas, USA, 2019

Don’t Stop Me Now (Mercury) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

I Want To Break Free (Deacon) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

Somebody To Love (Mercury) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

Love Kills – The Ballad (Mercury/Moroder) iHeart Radio Theater, Los Angeles, USA, 2014

I Was Born To Love You (Mercury) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Under Pressure (Queen/Bowie) Global Citizen Festival, New York, USA, 2019

Who Wants To Live Forever (May) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

The Show Must Go On (Queen) The O2, London, UK, 04/07/2018

Love Of My Life (Mercury) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Bohemian Rhapsody (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Radio Ga Ga (Taylor) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Ay-Ohs (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Hammer To Fall (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Will Rock You (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Are The Champions (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

 

Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around the World

DVD / BLU-RAY TRACKLIST

Tear It Up (May) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Now I’m Here (May) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Another One Bites The Dust (Deacon) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Fat Bottomed Girls ft. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (May) American Airlines Center, Dallas, USA, 2019

Don’t Stop Me Now (Mercury) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

I Want To Break Free (Deacon) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

Somebody To Love (Mercury) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

Love Kills – The Ballad (Mercury/Moroder) iHeart Radio Theater, Los Angeles, USA, 2014

I Was Born To Love You (Mercury) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Drum Battle (Taylor) Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia, 2014

Under Pressure (Queen/Bowie) Global Citizen Festival, New York, USA, 2019

Who Wants To Live Forever (May) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

The Guitar Solo (Last Horizon) (May) The O2, London, UK, 2018

The Show Must Go On (Queen) The O2, London, UK, 04/07/2018

Love Of My Life (Mercury) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Bohemian Rhapsody (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Radio Ga Ga (Taylor) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Ay-Ohs (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Hammer To Fall (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Will Rock You (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Are The Champions (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Queen Forever Album, New Queen Album released November 10th

Queen Forever Album, New Queen Album released November 10th

Queen Forever Album – Queen Album released November 10th 2014

The Long Awaited new Album from Queen titled “Queen Forever” will be released on 10th November 2014.

The new CD Collection brings new Freddie Mercury Tracks to light including one featuring Queen and Michael Jackson.

New Queen Tracks

Three previously unreleased Queen tracks featuring late lead singer Freddie Mercury are on “Queen Forever” the new Queen album due for release on November 10th.

The tracks on “Queen Forever” includes a long anticipated, and long rumoured track from Queen & Michael Jackson. The track titled “There Must Be More to Life Than This”, was at one point released on Freddie’s solo album.  Also the previously unfinished Mercury/Queen track “Let Me In Your Heart Again” was originally part of Queen’s “The Works” album recording sessions. Finally a stripped-down ballad version of Mercury’s first solo hit, Love Kills is also included on “Queen Forever”.

The Queen Forever Album is available as a 20 track single CD and as an extended 36 track, two-CD set, and celebrates the extraordinary musical path of one of the world’s greatest rock bands.

Queen Forever Album – Track Listing

Single CD:

Let Me In Your Heart Again

Love Kills – The Ballad

There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)

It’s A Hard Life

You’re My Best Friend

Love Of My Life

Drowse

Long Away

Lily Of The Valley

Don’t Try So Hard

Bijou

These Are The Days Of Our Lives

Las Palabras De Amor

Who Wants To Live Forever

A Winter’s Tale

Play The Game

Save Me

Somebody To Love

Too Much Love Will Kill You

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

 

2-CD SET

CD1

Let Me In Your Heart Again

Love Kills – The Ballad

There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)

Play The Game

Dear Friends

You’re My Best Friend

Love Of My Life

Drowse

You Take My Breath Away

Spread Your Wings

Long Away

Lily Of The Valley

Don’t Try So Hard

Bijou

These Are The Days Of Our Lives

Nevermore

Las Palabras De Amor

Who Wants To Live Forever

CD2

I Was Born To Love You

Somebody To Love

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Friends Will Be Friends

Jealousy

One Year of Love

A Winters Tale

‘39

Mother Love

It’s A Hard Life

Save Me

Made in Heaven

Too Much Love Will Kill You

Sail Away Sweet Sister

The Miracle

Is This The World We Created

In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited

Forever

New version of Barcelona is released on 3rd Sep 2012

New version of Barcelona is released on 3rd Sep 2012

The new version of Barcelona with OrchestraFreddie Mercury and Monserrat Caballe - Barcelona

On the Same day as Freddie for a Day 2012, the Barcelona – Newly Orchestrated Special Edition from Island Records will be released. 3rd September 2012, Freddie for a Day (Day) sees the release of a special 25th Anniversary edition of Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé’s classic ‘Barcelona’ album. The New version of Barcelona does sound a bit different due to the fact that an actual orchestra is used rather than synths. 

25 years after the original release of the lead single, Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s most self-defining and personal work, his ‘Barcelona’ album recorded in collaboration with Spanish operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé, is to have a special re-release in an entirely newly orchestrated re-working.

The new version of Barcelona is being called a special anniversary version of the album titled ‘Barcelona – The Special Edition’ is released September 3, coming 25 years after the original release (I’m feeling old now!!) and is released around what would have been Freddies 66th birthday (or as he would have told you, his 59th, as he would not have like to admit he was over 60!).

I have actually heard this New Version of Barcelona and it still has to grow on me. I somehow prefer the one I grew up listening to. If you have heard it please let us know in the comments below.

There is much more information on this album release at queenonline.com – for more information on Barcelona Special Orchestrated Edition plus videos and Track information click here

 

‘Barcelona – The Special Edition’ is finally the album it should have been. The world will undoubtedly rediscover and fall in love with it all over again. The only downside is that the visionary behind this masterpiece is sadly not around to hear it too.

All songs were written and composed by Freddie Mercury and Mike Moran except lyrics on ‘Ensueño’ by Montserrat Caballé and lyrics on ‘The Fallen Priest’ and ‘The Golden Boy’ by Tim Rice.

Five More Queen Re-Issues Out This Week

The re-issues of five more Queen albums , namely ‘News Of The World’, ‘Jazz’, ‘The Game’, ‘Flash Gordon’ and ‘Hot Space’ have been released worldwide. The newly re-issued albums come with a Bonus EP made up of rare Queen tracks, Queen re-mixes and live Queen material.

One of the highlights – the News of the World Re-issue

The News of the World re-issue is one of the highlights of the Queen re-issues. This NOTW re-issue includes the original album (of course), plus two further CDs of recently sourced cuts and outtakes plus a numebr of really nice rarities from the Queen archives. One of these CDs is an alternative re-imagined version of the whole News of the World album, this is called the Raw Sessions. You can also hear a new and different version of “All Dead, All Dead“ but this time featuring the vocal stylings of one Freddie Mercury on vocals.

The News of the World re-issue set also includes a pure analogue re-cut of the original vinyl LP. This was created from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes. You can also enjoy a wonderful 60-page book and new 1 hour documentary, “Queen: The American Dream”, filmed during Queen’s 1977 USA News of the World tour and has unprecedented and unseen footage. This is very exciting as News of the World is a wonderful album with great tracks from the start.

Further Queen content is also available on iTunes and Spotify where you can find three videos per album plus image galleries containing several unseen shots of Queen along with the album and single sleeves from around the world.

Check out iTunes, Spotify and Queen Online for more details of these releases and also the other Queen Albums.

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Queen Anniversary Single Now Available For Download

A new Queen Anniversary Single with two classic tracks, namely ‘Keep Yourself Alive (the Long Lost Retake) and ‘Stone Cold Crazy’ from the Sheer Heart Attack album has been released to coincide with the exhibition ‘Stormtroopers in Stilettos’. The exhibition is currently running at Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in London up until March 12th. (keep an eye on this site for more info early next week)

The new Queen Anniversary Single will be available as part of “National Record Store Day” which takes place on 16th April and is limited to just 2000 numbered copies on heavyweight vinyl.

Queen’s new single ‘Stormtroopers in Stilettos’ is available NOW through all major download outlets and on iTunes.

International Release Dates for the re-issiues of the First Five Queen Albums

ARGENTINA – Tuesday 15th March
AUSTRIA – Friday 18th March
AUSTRALIA – Saturday 19th March
BELGUIM – Friday 18th March
BRAZIL – Tuesday 15th March
CZECH REPUBLIC – Monday 14th March
FRANCE – Monday 14th March
GERMANY – Friday 18th March
HONG KONG – Monday 14th March
IRELAND – Friday 18th March
ITALY – Friday 18th March
JAPAN – Thursday 17th March
KOREA – Tuesday 15th & Thursday 17th
MEXICO – Tuesday 15th March
NETHERLANDS – Friday 18th March
NEW ZEALAND – Monday 14th March
SERBIA – Monday 14th March
SOUTH AFRICA – Friday 18th March
SPAIN – Tuesday 15th March
SWEDEN – Wednesday 16th March
SWITZERLAND – Friday 18th March
TAIWAN – Friday 18th March
UK – Monday 14th March
USA – May (exact date is yet To Be Confirmed – check QueenOnLine for details)

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New Release – Stormtroopers in Stilettos 7” & Download Single

To coincide with the Stormtroopers in Stilettos exhibition in London a 7” & Download Single have been released. Queen have released their two-track single “Stormtroopers in Stilettos” as a download from Sunday 27th February 2010. It is the same week their exhibition of the same name opens in London

The Single will feature 2 great tracks recorded in the early 70s, namely “Keep Yourself Alive … the Long Lost Retake” and “Stone Cold Crazy” from the album Sheer Heart Attack but most likely it will be remastered.

The “Stormtroopers in Stilettos” exhibition runs at Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in London for 2 weeks from Friday 25th February 2010. The Stormtroopers in Stilettos single will be available as part of the “National Record Store Day” taking place on 16th April 2011. I have footage of the “Stormtroopers in Stilettos” exhibition  elsewhere on this site, and if you want to see the “Stormtroopers in Stilettos” footage , click here.

Stormtroopers in Stilettos Single release

So look out for the single on 27th Feb!

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Queen Greatest Hits 1 & 2 reissued by Island Records

Queens Greatest Hits 1 & Greatest Hits 2 re-issued

Queen Greatest Hits 1 & 2 reissued by Island Records. Yes, you have heard it right, Island Records have re-issued Queen’s Greatest Hits I and Greatest Hits II collections. the reissue is in celebration of Queen’s 40th anniversary. Greatest Hits I remains the best selling UK album of all time and combined with Greatest Hits II , the collection presents the definitive Queen collection for any Queen fan or lover of Queen’s music. Together they have sold an over 40m copies worldwide.

Queen Greatest Hits 1 & 2 reissued

For the reissue, both albums , GHI and GHII, have been digitally remastered by Bob Ludwig. Bob has worked with greats like U2 and Coldplay. The Greatest Hits re-release comes complete with refreshed sleeve notes, some there is something new for everyone.

The Greatest Hits’ re-release is the start of a huge year for Queen and the Queen Discography – 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of their formation in 1971.

Queens Move to Island Records
Queen recently moved from EMI to Island Records, who are going to re-issue the first five albums which Queen released – “Queen”, “Queen II”, “Sheer Heart Attack”, “A Night At The Opera” and “A Day At The Races. The further re-issues will be re-mastered and re-packaged into special deluxe album formats released in March 2011.

Other Queen Anniversary Events
Other events marking the 40th anniversary of Queen include, Stormtroopers in Stilettos an exhibition, a major BBC TV Documentary, and the commencement of filming on Queen the Movie starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury.

Looks like a year to look forward to ! What do you think of the fact that the Queen Greatest Hits 1 & 2 reissued?

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The Queen Singles Collection Volume 3 IS OUT NOW!

SINGLES COLLECTION Vol.3 IS OUT NOW! The third edition in a four box set, Queen: The Singles Collection 3 continues the story of rock legends Queen through the years 1984 – 1989. With the final volume due later this year, the complete set will offer every one of Queen’s singles to have made the top 40 anywhere in the world all replicated in faithful detail to their original form. In all, over 100 tracks charting the band’s history from their first single Keep Yourself Alive in 1973 and ending in 1999. Order the Queen Singles Collection Vol.3 now through the he full track listing for Singles Collection

The Singles Collection Volume 3 has the following tracks:

Disc 1: 1. It’s A Hard Life 2. Is This The World We Created? Disc 2: 1. Hammer To Fall (Edit) 2. Tear It Up Disc 3: 1. Thank God It’s Christmas 2. Man On The Prowl 3. Keep Passing The Open Windows Disc 4: 1. One Vision (Single Version) 2. Blurred Vision Disc 5: 1. A Kind Of Magic 2. A Dozen Red Roses For My Darling Disc 6: 1. Friends Will Be Friends 2. Princes Of The Universe Disc 7: 1. Pain Is So Close To Pleasure (Remix) 2. Don’t Lose Your Head Disc 8: 1. Who Wants To Live Forever 2. Forever (Piano Version) Disc 9: 1. One Year Of Love 2. Gimme The Prize (Kurgens Theme) Disc 10: 1. I Want It All (Single Version) 2. Hang On In There Disc 11: 1. Breakthru (2010 Digital Remaster) 2. Stealin’ (2010 Digital Remaster) Disc 12: 1. The Invisible Man 2. Hijack My Heart Disc 13: 1. Scandal 2. My Life Has Been Saved

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