QUEEN Covers

The Hero
Full version. Middle section is the original orchestral section from the Flash album (my small studio couldn't quite stretch to a 60 piece orchestra!). KZ Pro RS (fitted with .008s strings) and Guyton RS (fitted with .009s strings). Vox (Arbiter) AC30 & Fryer SUPER TB (prototype). Drums programmed using BFD2 (all intruments and vocals me).

The Hero (Solos version)
This version was created for Greg Fryer to demo his Super TB. Checkout Fryer Guitars for more details.

Dead On Time
Mainly KZ Pro RS (fitted with .008s strings) and some Guyton RS (fitted with .009s strings) for the meatier/lower end tones. Vox (Arbiter) AC30 & homemade TB. 'Thunderbolt courtesy of Google'. Drums programmed using BFD2. All intruments and vocals me.

Reaching Out
Actually the original was a cover by 'Rock Therapy' featuring Paul Rodgers on vocals and Brian May on guitar. Guyton RS (fitted with .009s strings), Fryer AC30 & Touring TB. Drums programmed using BFD2. All intruments and vocals me.

Liar
KZ Pro RS (fitted with .008s strings), JMI AC30 & Rangemaster TB. Drums programmed using BFD2. All intruments and vocals me.

Father To Son
KZ Pro RS (fitted with .008s strings), JMI AC30, KAT Deacy and JMI Rangemaster & Fryer Touring TB. Drums programmed using BFD2. All intruments and vocals me.


March Of The Black Queen (new remix)

KZ Pro RS (fitted with .008s strings), JMI AC30, KAT Deacy and JMI Rangemaster TB. Drums programmed using BFD2. All intruments and vocals me.


Sheer Heart Attack

Guyton RS, Arbiter AC30 and homemade TB. Drums programmed using BFD2 (middle drum break taken from the original) All Vocals me.

The Hitman
Guyton RS, Arbiter AC30 and homemade TB. Drums programmed using BFD2. All Vocals me.

White Man
Guyton RS, 1962 JMI AC30, Foxx Phaser (modified new reissue) and homemade TB. Drums programmed using BFD2. Again, vocals me.

I Go Crazy
Guyton RS, Arbiter AC30 and homemade TB. Drums programmed using BFD2.
All vocals me.

Small
Guyton RS, Fryer AC30 and Fryer TB. Drums programmed using BFD2.
All vocals me.

The Wedding March
Guyton RS, KAT Deacy, Fryer AC30 and homemade TB. Drums programmed using BFD2.


Sleeping On The Sidewalk
Guyton RS, Fryer AC30 and homemade TB. Drums programmed using BFD2.
All vocals me.

Solos & Other Bits!

Let Me Live (Solo)
Used a Guyton RS, K.A.T. Deacy Replica (SM57), and a TB83 booster.


A Winter's Tale (solo)

Used a Guyton RS, K.A.T. Deacy Replica (SM57), and a 1993 Guild Booster.

Procession Demos
1. Using K.A.T. Deacy Replica
Used a KZ Pro RS, K.A.T. Deacy Replica (SM57), Vox JMI AC30 (MD421) and a JMI Rangemaster Booster.

2. Using Vox VBM1
Used a Guyton RS, Vox BM1 (SM57), Vox JMI AC30 (MD421) and a Fryer Touring booster.

Still Burnin' (Intro)
Recorded with my Guyton RS through a BM Fryer AC30. Used a Fryer Touring (2005) treble booster and the amp was recorded using a PB100 attenuator set to about half-way.

Through The Night
Intro solo from the Queen & Paul Rodgers track (The Cosmos Rocks), I just love Brian's tone on this track. I used the JMI AC30, Fryer 2005 Touring and my Guyton RS. I also added some chorus from the desk.

Silent Night
Happy Christmas 2009 and a peaceful New Year!

Dreamers Ball (Intro):

1 -Demo using the Orchestrator
Recorded with Guild '93 BM->Pete Cornish TB-83 Extra (set to about 2 o'clock)->Orchestrator-> Sure SM58 mic->TLA Preamp

2 -Demo using Vox VBM1
Recorded with Guild '93 BM, Vox BM1 using an Sennheiser MD421 mic into a Focusrite Preamp.


3 -Demo using KAT Deacy
Recorded with KZ Pro RS, KAT Deacy using a Sure SM57 mic into a TLA Preamp.

Dreamers Ball (Solos)
Used a Guyton RS, K.A.T. Deacy Replica (SM57), and a Fryer 2005 Touring booster.

 

 

Queen Tribute Band

The next six songs were performed in the studio but with a 'live-feel'. These were recorded with the tribute band I played with, 'Scaramouche' back in 2011.

Live Killers Medley
Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Bicycle Racea and I'm In love with My Car (intro only). Used a KZ Pro RS, JMI AC30, Cornish TB83, and a vintage 1970s Foxx Phaser.

Say It's Not True
Used a Guyton RS into a Fryer Touring TB and my Mike Hill rig (Fryer , Arbiter and Dave Petersen AC30
s). I'm also guilty of the Roger Taylor vocals (1st verse and choruses)!!!

Keep Yourself Alive
Used a Guyton RS, Arbiter AC30, JMI Rangemaster booster and a vintage 1970s Foxx Phaser.

Hammer To Fall
Based on the live Wembley version. Guyton RS, Arbiter AC30. Boss CE1 and some strange out of phase switch settings!

I Want It All
Based on the 2005 live version. Guyton RS, Arbiter AC30 and PC TB83.

Under Pressure
I used my Guyton RS, CE-1 and 2005 Touring TB with 2 AC30s (TBX and an Arbiter).

Collaborations

Killer Queen
Vocals, Piano and rhythm section by Aric. I used a KZ Pro RS, old JMI AC30 and TB83. For the guitar orchestrations I used the Orchestrator with a GF 2006 touring TB pedal.

It's Late
Vocals by Aric. I used the Super for the rhythms and the KZ Pro RS for the solos. The amps were the old AC30 and the Vox VBM-1 for the Deacy tones.

We Believe
Chris Wills and I recorded this song in its entirety. Chris gave a stunning performance on vocals IMHO, very similar to Paul Rodgers.

Backing Tracks

Here are a selection of backing tracks I've created (It's Late - Aric sings, plays bass and does most of the BVs...thanks mate!). Please do send me your versions, I'd love to hear other peoples takes.....

 

 

 

 

 


Comparison Sound Files

JMI Rangemaster probably the best clone of the Dallas Rangemaster evermade. This one is based upon the OC44 Germanium transistor.

JMI RANGEMASTER

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Sound File 2
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The Pete Cornish TB83 is the booster which Brian used for the majority of the time he played with Queen. This is based upon the 'Fireplace' booster, the orginal TB83 Pete built for Brian back in the mid-seventies.

PETE CORNISH TB83

Sound File 1
Sound File 2
Sound File 3

Brian's favourite booster. The Greg Fryer Touring 2005 booster has been used by Brian over the last 10 or so years. This booster has come in various boxes including a plain silver box version (with yellow writing) and a light-weight strap-mounted version which Brian used on the last couple of tours with Q+PR.
FRYER 2005 TOURING

Sound File 1
Sound File 2
Sound File 3

 

Brian used a Boss CE-1 for much of his time with Queen. It replaced the Foxx Phaser in many songs (which Brian had used for much of the seventies). The CE-1 was incorporated into the 1982 Pete Cornish board (along with the Fox Phaser).
Boss CE-1 Chorus

Under Pressure
One Vision

In more recent times Brian switched over to mainly rack effects units. The TC G-Force effects processor has been used by Brian since 2005 where three were incorporated into the Touring rig. Brian has one permanently set to chorus

TC G-FORCE Chorus

Under Pressure
One Vision

This processor has been included purely for comparison and is not (to my knowledge) used by Brian.

Yamaha 02R Chorus

Under Pressure
One Vision

Note: Brian has also used Eventide Chorus units circa 1980/1981.
On the 'Montreal' DVD I would guess that’s the Eventide. I would have two Eventide choruses and each would be completely separately wired. My guitar signal would go three ways: one straight through to the amp and then one to each chorus box. Then the output of each chorus unit goes to a separate amp so no matter how high you turn the effect up, you don’t get any intermodulation between the three. It keeps it very clean even at the highest levels. [Guitar Player: Renaissance Man - November 2007]

 

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