July 30, 1984: Queen’s Roger Taylor releases “Strange Frontier”

“Strange Frontier” was the second single, after “Man On Fire”, to be released from Queen drummer Roger Taylor‘s second album Strange Frontier. Released in the UK, USA, Canada and the Netherlands on 30 July 1984, with “I Cry For You” on the b-side, it reached #98 in the UK Singles Chart.

Taylor provided vocals, drums, keyboards, bass guitar, and guitars on the track, with David Richards playing additional keyboards.

July 19, 1993: The No More Brothers remix Freddie Mercury’s “Living On My Own”

“Living on My Own” is a song by Freddie Mercury, originally included in his first solo album Mr. Bad Guy. It was released as a single (backed with “My Love Is Dangerous”) in September 1985 in the United Kingdom where it peaked at number 50. The July 1985 release in the United States had “She Blows Hot & Cold” as its B-side.

In 1993, two years after Mercury’s death, the No More Brothers Mix of the song was released and reached number 1 in the UK and France, becoming Mercury’s first solo number 1 hit; in the rest of the world including Europe, Asia and IberoAmerica this version also reached the top in the charts, meanwhile in the United States and Canada the 1993 version was not officially released. It remained at the top for two weeks on the British charts.

1993 edition
7″/Cassette
A. Living on My Own (Radio mix)
B. Living on My Own (1992 album remix)

[Wikipedia]

July 16, 1984: Queen release “It’ A Hard Life”

“It’s a Hard Life” is a song by the British rock band Queen, written by lead singer Freddie Mercury. It was featured on their 1984 album The Works, and it was the third single from that album. It reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart and was their third consecutive Top 10 single from the album. It also reached number 2 in Ireland and number 20 in the Netherlands.

Personnel
Freddie Mercury – lead and backing vocals, piano
Brian May – electric guitar, backing vocals
Roger Taylor – drums, backing vocals
John Deacon – bass guitar

[Wikipedia]

July 13, 1973: Queen releases their debut album

Queen is the self-titled debut studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 13 July 1973 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. It was recorded at Trident Studios and De Lane Lea Music Centre, London, with production by Roy Thomas Baker (as Roy Baker), John Anthony and Queen. The album was influenced by the hard rock, progressive rock and heavy metal of the time and covers subjects such as folklore (“My Fairy King”) and religion (“Jesus”). Lead singer Freddie Mercury composed five of the ten tracks, guitarist Brian May composed four songs, (including “Doing All Right”, which was co-written by Smile band-mate Tim Staffell), and drummer Roger Taylor composed and sang “Modern Times Rock and Roll”. The final song on the album is a short instrumental version of “Seven Seas of Rhye”.

Track listing
The band included on the album sleeve the comment “And nobody played synthesiser”, a purist principle of May’s, as some listeners had mistaken their elaborate multi-tracking and effects processed by guitar and vocal sounds as synthesisers. Bass guitarist John Deacon was credited as “Deacon John”, but after its release, he asked to be referred to by his real name.

Side one
1. “Keep Yourself Alive” Brian May 3:46
2. “Doing All Right” May, Tim Staffell 4:10
3. “Great King Rat” Freddie Mercury 5:41
4. “My Fairy King” Mercury 4:07
Side two
5. “Liar” Mercury 6:26
6. “The Night Comes Down” May 4:24
7. “Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll” Roger Taylor 1:48
8. “Son and Daughter” May 3:19
9. “Jesus” Mercury 3:45
10. “Seven Seas of Rhye” (Instrumental; listed as “Seven Seas of Rhye…”) Mercury 1:10

Personnel
Freddie Mercury – lead and backing vocals, piano, Hammond organ on “Liar”
Brian May – electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals, vocal bridge on “Keep Yourself Alive”, piano on “Doing All Right”
Roger Taylor – drums, percussion, backing vocals, screams on “My Fairy King”, lead vocals on “Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll”, vocal bridge on “Keep Yourself Alive”
John Deacon (credited as “Deacon John”) – bass guitar

[Wikipedia]

Despite being released in 1973, the album did not reach its peak until 7 February 1976 when it reached No 24.  In the same chart, the band had A Night At The Opera at No 4, Sheer Heart Attack at No 15, and Queen II at No 34 [www.officialcharts.com].  The following week it dropped to No 40 but returned to No 24 the following week.  By that time A Night At The Opera had slipped to 6, and Sheer Heart Attack to 20 while Queen II rose to No 23 [www.officialcharts.com].

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July 6, 1973: Queen release “Keep Yourself Alive”

“Keep Yourself Alive” is a song by British rock band Queen. Written by guitarist Brian May, it is the opening track on the band’s eponymous debut album Queen (1973). It was released as Queen’s first single along with “Son and Daughter” as the B-side. “Keep Yourself Alive” was largely ignored upon its release and failed to chart on either side of the Atlantic. It was also re-released as the non-album B-side of Lily of the Valley in 1974.

Personnel
Freddie Mercury – lead and backing vocals
Brian May – electric guitar, lead vocals on middle eight, backing vocals
Roger Taylor – drums, tambourine, cowbell, lead vocals on middle eight, backing vocals
John Deacon – bass guitar

Track listing
7″ (1973 UK release)
“Keep Yourself Alive” (May) – 3:47
“Son and Daughter” (May) – 3:21

[Wikipedia]

June 30, 1980: Queen release ‘The Game’

Queen_The_GameThe Game is the eighth studio album by the British rock band Queen, released by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. The Game features a different sound than its predecessor, Jazz (1978). The Game was the first Queen album to use a synthesiser (an Oberheim OB-X).

The Game became the only Queen album to reach No. 1 in the US, and became their best-selling studio album in the US, with four million copies sold to date, tying News of the World‘s US sales tally. It is estimated to have sold 4 million copies worldwide. The album received very favourable reviews. Notable songs on the album include the bass-driven “Another One Bites the Dust” and the rockabilly “Crazy Little Thing Called Love“, both of which reached No. 1 in the US. [Wikipedia]

Listen to the album on Spotify.

June 29, 1979: Queen release “Love Of My Life (Live)”

Queen-Love_of_my_live“Love of My Life” is a ballad by the British rock band Queen originally from their 1975 album A Night at the Opera. The song was written by Freddie Mercury about Mary Austin, with whom he had a long term relationship in the early 1970s.

The acoustic version of the song featured on the band’s 1979 album Live Killers was recorded at their concert at Festhalle Frankfurt on 2 February of that year. A shortened version was released as a single in the UK and other territories, which did not include the spoken intros and outros from the album. The liner notes for the DVD release “Greatest Video Hits 1” state that although the live audio is from Frankfurt, the accompanying music video that was edited to the track consisted of footage from a 1979 Tokyo concert. In fact, the footage was filmed before one of three Tokyo concerts the band played between 23–25 April. Some bits of footage from two concerts in Paris from earlier in the year are woven in. After performing the song in South America in 1981, it was this version that reached number 1 in the singles chart in Argentina and Brazil, and stayed in the charts in Argentina for an entire year.

Watch the video on the Queen Official YouTube Channel.

June 29, 1979: Freddie Mercury says “I Can Hear Music”

Released under the name Larry Lurex, this version of the Beach Boys’ 1969 hit “I Can Hear Music” features Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and Brian May. The track was originally going to be released under the name ‘Larry Lurex & The Voles From Venus’.

The original single version is available on the 7″ single, the ‘Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs’ CD, and in both the 3CD and 10CD/2DVD ‘Solo’ boxed sets, while an edit appears on the ‘Messenger Of The Gods’ album and boxed set.

Recorded at Trident Studios, London, in the summer of 1972, it was produced by Robin Cable.

Listen to the song on Spotify.