Saturday, August 23, 2008

Queen
An Olympic-sized Surprise!
Freddie Mercury: The Vaults
Demos + Rare Stuff 1974 – 1991


From our friends over at T.U.B.E., this is definitely for the Queen completist, and certainly for those who are ignoring the disaster in the cosmos which is Paul Rodgers, Brian May and Roger Taylor MASQUERADING as any form of Queen...here's a five-disc compilation of great out-takes, bad studio sessions, acapella versions, and just about any other scrap of Queen which was smuggled out. Caveat emptor! so don't be lookin' for polished studio versions!

CD1 (1971-1974)(mirror):
1. Silver Salmon (unreleased demo - version #1 - as said on the tape)
2. Silver Salmon (unreleased demo - version #2 - as said on the tape)
3. Silver Salmon (unreleased demo - version #3 - unknown source)
4. Silver Salmon (unreleased demo - version #4 - remastered)
5. Polar Bear (Queen studio demo version - unknown source)
6. Keep Yourself Alive (acetate - Short Re-take - vinyl source)
7. Keep Yourself Alive (acetate - Short Re-take - remastered by Stark)
8. Keep Yourself Alive (Long-Lost Re-take - source: CD - trivial?)
9. Funny How Love Is (take 5 - source: convention tape - remastered by Bobek)
10. The March Of The Black Queen (take 3 - source: convention tape - remastered by Everly)
11. The March Of The Black Queen (take 4 - source: convention tape - remastered by Everly)
12. The March Of The Black Queen (take 5 - source: convention tape)
13. Great King Rat (take 5 - source: convention tape)
14. Killer Queen (HQ snippet) (demo version - unknown source)
15. Doing Alright (instrumental mix - vocals removed - fake, but very nicely made)
16. Liar (1991 HR off. release - source: CD - trivial?)
17. Mad The Swine (1991 HR off. release - source: CD - trivial?)
18. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover - recorded live - source: tape - trivial?)
19. Bama Lama Bama Loo (73 Studio rehearsal - unknown source)
20. Hangman (recorded live in Birmingham - source: tape - trivial?)

CD2 (1975-1982) (mirror):
1. Somebody To Love (alternative chorus intro - snippet - source: convention tape)
2. Love Of My Life (acapella version - source: 5.1 DTS disc)
3. Good Company (alternative version - source: "A Night At The Opera" DTS promo)
4. Bohemian Rhapsody (french vinyl edit - source: vinyl)
5. Feelings (1977 unreleased demo - source: convention tape)
6. The Hero (Rare Flash Gordon End Credits Version - source: Flash Gordon DTS)
7. Imagine (John Lennon feat. Freddie Mercury - the crossover mix)
8. Play The Game (alternative acapella 'scratch' version - source unknown)
9. Sail Away Sweet Sister (demo version - source: convention tape)
10. Sandbox (demo version - source: convention tape)
11. Callin' All Girls (acapella version - source unknown)
12. Save Me (the complete synth version - so-called 'complete demo' - Brian's midi source)
13. Action This Day (demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
14. Staying Power (demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
15. Back Chat (demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
16. Las Palabras De Amor (demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
17. Cool cat (take 2 - with David Bowie on vocals - source unknown)
18. Under Pressure (improvisation - session out-take - unknown source)
19. Feel Like (demo version - pre Under-pressure - source: leaked studio tape)

CD3 (1984-1986) (mirror):
1. The Machines (demo version - intro improvistation - unknown source)
2. The Machines (instrumental version - unknown source)
3. Keep Passing The Open Windows (Freddie's home tape demo - source: leaked private tape)
4. keep Passing The Open Windows (early studio take - source: leaked studio tape)
5. I Want To Break Free (instrumental version - source: probably Greatest Karaoke Hits)
6. Hammer To Fall (instrumental version - source: probably Greatest Karaoke Hits)
7. It's A Hard Life (early take - alternate intro - source: convention tape)
8. It's A Hard Life (nicely made instrumental with backing vocals - fanmix)
9. Radio Ga-Ga (instrumental version - source: probably Greatest Karaoke Hits)
10. Is This The World We Created (piano + guitar alt mix - fake, but nicely made)
11. Thank God It's Christmas (never released 'Peace In The Middle East Mix')
12. A Kind Of Magic (Highlander Alternative Version - source: Highlander French DVD)
13. New York (extract from Highlander - source: Highlander French DVD)
14. Princes Of The Universe (Highlander Alternative Version - source: Highlander French DVD)
15. Princes Of The Universe (Reprise - source: Highlander French DVD)
16. We Are The Champions (1985 experiment for the Highlander movie - John & Roger - source: leaked tape) (snippet)
17. Who Wants To Live Forever (Mini-disc Skip Demo 1)
18. Who Wants To Live Forever (Mini-disc Skip Demo 2)
19. Who Wants To Live Forever (Highlander Alternative Version - source: Highlander movie)

CD4 (1988-1989)
(mirror):
1. A New Life Is Born (unreleased demo - source: leaked studio tape)
2. Hang On In There (fiddly jam - demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
3. Rain Must Fall (demo version - source: convention tape)
4. I Guess We're Fallin' Out (unreleased demo - source: leaked studio tape)
5. The Miracle (alternate take - source unknown)
6. The Invisible Man (alternate take - source unknown)
7. I Want It All (alternate take - source unknown)
8. I Want It All (alternate instrumental version - source unknown)
9. My Baby Loves Me (demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
10. Breakthrough (instrumental version - source: probably Greatest Karaoke Hits)
11. Scandal (alternate take - source unknown)
12. Stealin' (12 minutes demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
13. Stealin' (alternate version - source: leaked studio tape)
14. Hijack My Heart (demo version - drum overdub - source: leaked studio tape)
15. Too Much Love Will Kill You (alternate take - source: leaked studio tape)
16. Too Much Love Will Kill You (Brian vocals - Bell Boy demo tape)
17. Too Much Love Will Kill You (piano instrumental - source unknown)
18. Dog With A Bone (1989 convention song - source: convention sounboard recording)
19. Dog With A Bone (1989 convention song taped - complete - source: taped 1989 convention)

CD5 (1990-1991) (mirror):
1. Innuendo (explosive version - source: rare single release)
2. I'm Going Slighly Mad (Promo edit from the Innuendo Hints Tape)
3. Headlong (Promo edit from the Innuendo Hints - alternate version)
4. Headlong (alternate version - vocal, drum, bass)
5. My Secret Fantasy (unreleased demo - source: leaked studio tape)
6. Freedom Train (demo version - out-take - source: leaked studio tape)
7. Robbery (unreleased demo - source: leaked studio tape)
8. Ride The Wild Wind (alternate instrumental version - source unknown)
9. Hitman (alternate version - Brian on vocals - source: leaked studio tape)
10. Delilah (demo version - source: leaked studio tape)
11. Delilah (Promo edit from the Innuendo Hints - alternate version)
12. Self Made Man (unreleased demo - source: leaked studio tape)
13. Self Made Man (Irish Club Mix)
14. Face It Alone (out-take 1 - source: convention tape)
15. Face It Alone (out-take 2 - source: convention tape)
16. Mother Love (alternate version - nicely made fanmix)
17. You Don't Fool Me (Roger's vocal demo - out-take - source: leaked studio tape)
18. Let Me Live (banned version - source: banned single CD)

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Queenfan said...

That's absolutely cool! Really thanks!! Unfortunately Vol. 2-3-4 don't work... :( Megaupload says they don't even exist... :(

Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 1:37:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Steve said...

Can you check the megaupload links for discs 2, 3, and 4. I get"Unfortunately, the link you have clicked is not available." Discs 1 and 5 I was able to get.

Thanks so much for putting these up.

Steve

Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 1:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger B.man said...

The links have been repaired, and they have been reposted, here:

http://orangemercury.blogspot.com/2008/08/queen1974-1991-demos-rare-studio-out.html#links

and

http://theultimatebootlegexperience.blogspot.com/search/label/Queen

Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 2:25:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Queenfan said...

Cool, thanks!

Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 4:08:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's fantastic!!!
But is there any chance to grab the set in suitable quality (uncompressed, at least in FLAC-files)? It'd be more than appreciated!

Alex

Monday, August 25, 2008 at 1:16:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you post more acapella stuff from the first 4 albums, especially Sheer Heart Attack, which is not represented here? I've seen it on Y-Tube. Many thanks.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 2:42:00 AM EDT  

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