Thursday, September 29, 2016

Queen to release On Air The Complete BBC Radio Sessions

Queen will release “Queen On Air: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions” on November 4.

Available as a 2-CD, 3-LP and Collector’s Edition 6-CD set complete with added live concert broadcasts and radio interviews, the package presents all six BBC Sessions by the group recorded between February 1973 and October 1977.

The twenty-four recordings these sessions produced include alternate versions of the band’s debut single, 1973’s “Keep Yourself Alive”, unique takes of classic album tracks and even a radically reworked version of one of their best known anthems that has never previously appeared on any Queen studio release.

Queen’s very first session for the BBC dates from February 1973, five months before the release of the band’s self-titled debut album and single.

The band’s sixth and final session, in October 1977, saw Queen record some radically different versions of four songs from the “News Of The World” album on the same day as its UK release: “Spread Your Wings,” “It’s Late,” “My Melancholy Blues,” and two renditions of “We Will Rock You” – the ‘regular’ version and the ‘fast’ version – the only known studio recording of this live favourite.

The 6-CD Deluxe Edition includes "Queen Live On Air" – a single disc featuring highlights of three live concert broadcasts: Queen live at the Golders Green Hippodrome in September 1973, their first concert to be transmitted on radio anywhere in the world; Queen performing in Brazil at Sao Paulo’s gigantic Morumbi stadium to a record-setting audience of 131,000 originally aired live on radio and TV in March 1981 on the Badeirantes network during the band’s infamous South America Bites The Dust tour; and, Queen’s final live concert radio broadcast, aired less than four weeks before their last show with Freddie Mercury, from Mannheim Germany in June 1986 during the Magic Tour.

The Deluxe Edition of “Queen On Air” also comes with a booklet of rare photographs and sleeve notes compiled by band archivist Greg Brooks, featuring memories from the band and BBC producers Jeff Griffin and Bernie Andrews, plus comments from legendary Radio 1 DJs John Peel and Bob Harris from the time of the original broadcasts.

“Queen On Air: The Complete BBC Sessions” (Deluxe Edition)

Release date: November 4

Disc One

“My Fairy King”
“Keep Yourself Alive”
“Doing All Right”
“See What A Fool I’ve Been”
“Keep Yourself Alive”
“Son and Daughter”
“Ogre Battle”
“Modern Times Rock’n’Roll”
“Great King Rat”
“Son and Daughter”

Disc Two

“Modern Times Rock’n’Roll”
“White Queen (As It Began)”
“Now I’m Here”
“Stone Cold Crazy”
“Flick of the Wrist”
“Tenement Funster”
“We Will Rock You”
“We Will Rock You” (Fast)
“Spread Your Wings”
“It’s Late”
“My Melancholy Blues”

Disc Three

Golders Green Hippodrome, London – September 13, 1973

“Procession” (Intro Tape)
“Father to Son”
“Son and Daughter”
Guitar Solo
“Son and Daughter” (Reprise)
“Ogre Battle”
“Jailhouse Rock”

Estádio Do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil – March 20, 1981

“We Will Rock You” (Fast)
“Let Me Entertain You”
“I’m in Love with My Car”
“Alright Alright”
“Dragon Attack”
“Now I’m Here”
“Love of My Life”

Maimmarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – June 21, 1986

“A Kind Of Magic”
Vocal Improvisation
“Under Pressure”
“Is This the World We Created”
“(You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care”
“Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
“God Save the Queen”

Disc Four: Interviews

Freddie Mercury With Kenny Everett (November 1976)
Queen with Tom Browne (Christmas 1977)
Roger Taylor with Richard Skinner (June 1979)
Roger Taylor with Tommy Vance (December 1980)
Roy Thomas Baker The Record Producers

Disc Five: Interviews

John Deacon, South American tour (March 1981)
Brian May Rock On with John Tobler (June 1982)
Brian May Saturday Live with Richard Skinner and Andy Foster (March 1984)
Freddie Mercury Newsbeat (August 1984)
Brian May Newsbeat (September 1984)
Freddie Mercury Saturday Live (September 1984)
Freddie Mercury with Simon Bates (April 1985)
Brian May The Way It Is with David ‘Kid’ Jensen (July 1986)

Disc Six: Interviews

Roger Taylor My Top Ten with Andy Peebles (May 1986)
Queen for an Hour with Mike Read (May 1989)
Brian May Freddie and Too Much Love Will Kill You with Simon Bates (August 1982)
Brian May Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert with Johnnie Walker (October 1992)

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