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Albums: Queen

It's interesting, that John Deacon was featured as Deacon John ('Deacon John on bass' on the sleeve). Brian explains:"We used to call him that way, so we putted it on cover. John agreed, but he had reclamations later and wanted to be called as John Deacon."
Brian's guitar magic playing exuded feeling of using sythesizers to get that sound - so they printed 'No synthesizers' note on the sleeve.

Queen about the record:
"Queen sold really well over a longish period and coincided with our breaking ground concert wise. So we really had matured as a group and had our audience before the press caught on to us. I think that actually gave us a better start because we were better prepared."
"The album took ages and ages - two years in total, in the preparation, making and then trying to get the thing released"

"There were lots of things on the first album I don't like, for example the drum sound. There are parts of it which may sound contrived but it is very varied and it has lots of energy."

Brian (about My Fairy King)
"This was the first time we'd really seen Freddie working at his full capacity. He's virtually a self-taught pianist, and he was making vast strides at the time, although we didn't have a piano on stage at that point because it would have been impossible to fix up. So in the studio was the first chance Freddie had to do his piano things and we actually got that sound of the piano and the guitar working for the first time which was very exciting. 'My Fairy King' was the first of these sort of epics where there were lots voice overdubs and harmonies. Freddie got into this, and that led to 'The March of The Black Queen' on the second album and then Bohemian Rhapsody' later on."

John (about My Fairy King)
"'My Fairy King' was a number Freddie wrote which we only wrote when we were in the studio and it was built up in the studio. Whereas, you know as I said, there’s other numbers where essentially live songs, basically just the track and then just a few backing vocals and guitar solos over the top and that was it."

Keep Yourself Alive / Son And Doughter
Record Mirror: Challenging, good situated single.
NME: If this guys look as half good, as they play, that's great.
Daily Mirror: You will be madden with the new rock band Queen in devilish rythm.
Melody Maker: Without originality.
Sounds: Without zip.

Other versions:
Keep Yourself Alive
US Edit
In the USA this song was edited down to 3:29 (origina is at 3:47). First three minutes are identical, only the last vocals are missing.
Long-lost Re-take
On the American CD remaster of the "Queen" album is longer vesion (4:04) with small changes in vocals, specially at the end.
De Lane Lea Demo, 1971
3:37 long vesion, intro played with acoustic guitar.
Bob Harris Version
Also known as 'Old Grey Whistle Test' vesion from 'Old Grey Whistle Test ' LP, seems unchanged.
BBC Radio Session Take, 1973
Almost identical to normal version. Recorded at BBC stuidos with the other songs ('Liar', 'Son And Daughter', 'See What Fool I've Been').

Doing All Right
"At The Beeb" Version
On the 'At The Beeb' (or 'At The BBC') album. With some changes, especially Roger sings last verse.

US Edit
Song is cutted down to 3 minutes (from 6:28), song suffered a lot.
Hollywood Remix 1991
By John Luong and Gary Hellman. Bonus track with some extra percussion, but without big changes.
BBC Radio Session Take, 1973
Identical to album take.
De Lane Lea Demo, 1971
Different 7:45 take with some guitar solos, which ended on 'Great King Rat' and Brighton Rock motives. Freddie's vocals are different.

Son And Daughter
BBC Radio Session Take, 1973
A 6 minutes long version with early take of Brighton Rock solo.

De Lane Lea Demo, 1971
Longer and heavier sound, features some instrumental pieces.
Acetate Version
Two versions exists - one is identical to De Lane Lea demo, the second one is probably similar to the album take.

Great King Rat
De Lane Lea Demo, 1971
Heavier with not established guitar solos.
BBC Radio Take, 1974
Different guitar solo, during this recording session were recorded other songs ('Ogre Battle', 'White Queen' (with piano) and 'Modern Times Rock'n'Roll').

The Night Comes Down
De Lane Lea Demo, 1971
The same as album take. Group wasn't happy with Roy Thomas Baker production, so this 'demo' ended on known album.

Mad The Swine
Remix By David Richards
This remix appears on the standard "Headlong" CD single and 12" (and on the promo 12"). It seems that 'original' version of this ong is to be never released. This remix only adapted the 20 years old sound quality. Identical to the bonus track on Hollywood Records release.

Silver Salmon
Today it is sure that this song written by Tim Staffel (Smile)really exists. It has various versions (names are just for separation).
First version
Recorded in 1971 with a little speech from Freddie at the beginning of the song. (3:04)
Second version
Recorded in 1971 (2:58)
Third version
With Feelings intro, more similar to Feeling Feelings than to Silver Salmon (2:08)

Polar Bear
Queen Version
Recorded in 1970, originally a 1969 Smile song. This song IS finished, and it has very high Freddie vocals. Features Barry Michells on bass, one of Queen's first bass players.

Stupid Cupid / Bama Lama Bama Loo
It's rather studio-test than proper record, it seems to be the first thing they've ever recorded.

Soundcheck - Oxford 1973
A 9 minutes warming before show with pieces of 'Ogre Battle, 'Father To Son', 'Keep Yourself Alive', 'Son And Doughter' and 'Bama Lama Bama Loo'. Between this songs are some extract of the band discussing aboutlevels, etc.

My opinion:
The first Queen album is full of experiments, but also contains a lot of good songs (like Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Doing All Right...). I didn't like this album until the other day, because I've realised that most of the songs are very superior and original. Queen was in image-forming.

Thanx to Niek for some information on other versions.