Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen CD (2005)

Artist: Various Artists

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on 8/17/2005

It takes a handful of artists that never would have appeared together in concert or on an album, hands them each a Queen song, and allows them to go to town. The end result is a creative compilation of some Queen classics. Best on the CD is the haunting rendition of "Who Want to Live Forever," sung by Breaking Benjamin. This is probably the best track of the CD, along with Constantine's version of "Bohemian Rhapsody." Constantine stays true to the style of Queen (his voice sounds a little like Freddie Mercury's) and manages to pay great respects to the song and Queen itself. Also nicely done is Joss Stone's "Under Pressure." She gives it a bluesey, soulful tone. Overall, this CD is excellent. The only thing missing, in my opinion, is "We Will Rock You," and "Somebody to Love."

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 63980646
UPC 720616252227
UPC 14 00720616252227
Format CD
Release Date 8/9/2005
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Engineer Dave Fridmann; Stuart Sikes; Brian Reeves; Rick Beato; Alain Johannes; Chris Reynolds; Dan Korneff; Michael Woodrum; Bryan Golder; Jack Joseph Puig; Dennis Morris; Mark Johnson; Marc DeSisto; Steve MacMillan; Tom Biller; Barry Rudolph
Producer Dave Fridmann; Tony Battaglia; Beau Dozier; David Bendeth; Stuart Sikes; Brian Reeves; Rick Beato; Oliver Leiber; Kevin Forsey; Take It Easy Buddies; Eleven; Jack Joseph Puig; Jason Mraz; Jon Brion; Los Lobos; Scott Booker; Dave Fridmann; Tony Battaglia;
CatalogID 62522
Lable Name Hollywood
Released 08/02/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00720616252227
Album Notes and Credits
Tributee: Queen.
Various Artists: Aspen Miller, Tony Vincent, Lori Eure, Niki Scalera, Carly Thomas, Rosalind Brown, Maria Davidson, Jenny DiNoia, Dustin Dubreuil, Brandon Mix, Joey Calveri, Douglas Crawford, Jamison Scott (vocals); Jason Todd (guitar); John Gilutin (piano); Jed Leiber (Hammond b-3 organ); Greg Hawkes (keyboards); Natasha Shneider (Moog synthesizer); Abraham Laboriel, Sr. , Paul Peterson, Brad Stewart , Cone McCaslin, Brian Ray (bass guitar); Adam King (drums, percussion); Sergio Gonz lez (drums); David Gilmore, Deryck Whibley, Elliot Easton, Jack Irons , Abe Laboriel, Jr. , Alain Johannes, Michael Ivins, Oliver Leiber, Steven Drozd, Wayne Coyne, Bill Bell, Brent Smith , Barry Kerch, Ian Sheridan, Eric Hinojosa, Raymond Angry, Dave Brownsound.
Personnel: Deryck Whibley (vocals, piano); Gavin DeGraw (vocals, Wurlitzer organ); Josh Kelley (vocals, background vocals); Jason Mraz, Josh Homme, Joss Stone , Brent Smith , Natasha Shneider (vocals); Niki Scalera, Aspen Miller, Lori Eure (soprano); Brandon Nix, Tony Vincent, Dustin Dubreuil (tenor); Rob Sutton, Joey Calveri, Douglas Crawford, Jamison Scott (bass voice); Oliver Leiber (guitar, percussion); David Gilmore, Elliot Easton, Jason Todd, Alain Johannes, Bill Bell, Dave Brownsound, Kristen Henderson (guitar); Eric Hinojosa (piano); Raymond Angry (keyboards); Ian Sheridan (bass guitar); Sergio Gonzales, Steve Jocz, Jack Irons , Abe Laboriel, Jr. , Barry Kerch, Caesar Griffin (drums); Matt Laug (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Dave Fridmann; Tony Battaglia; David Bendeth; Stuart Sikes; Brian Reeves ; Rick Beato; Alain Johannes; Bill Bell; Dave Pensado; Bryan Golder; Jack Joseph Puig; Mark Johnson ; Jon Brion; Kevin Shirley; Tom Biller.
Liner Note Author: Charlie D'Atri.
Recording information: 11ad; Chez Mraz, San Diego, CA; Grand Master Studios; Ocean Studios; Ocean Way Studios; Ollywood Studios; Son Songs Studios; Sunset Sound Studios; Tarbox Road Studios; The Studio At The Sunset Maquis; Water Music.
Released contemporaneously with a Queen "reunion" album that found the surviving members collaborating with former Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, KILLER QUEEN features a passel of younger artists paying their respects to Freddie Mercury and company. While there's a wide variety of entrants in the build-your-own-Queen-song contest, from veteran roots-rockers Los Lobos to young neo-soul waif Joss Stone, many of these tracks stick surprisingly close to the originals. Hearing pop-punks Sum 41 and power-poppers Rooney deliver note-perfect versions of "Killer Queen" and "Death on Two Legs" respectively, one has to assume that Queen's elaborate, painstakingly created templates just seemed too perfect to disturb. Closing things out, the all-female quintet Antigone Rising adds a wry gender-bending twist to "Fat Bottomed Girls," nodding to the broad sense of camp that was always at the heart of Queen's approach.
Disc 1
1 We Are The Champions - Gavin DeGraw
2 Tie Your Mother Down - Shinedown
3 Bohemian Rhapsody - Constantine M.
4 Stone Cold Crazy - Eleven/Josh Homme
5 Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy - Jason Mraz
6 Under Pressure - Joss Stone
7 Who Wants to Live Forever - Breaking Benjamin
8 Bicycle Race - Be Your Own Pet
9 Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Josh Kelley
10 Sleeping On The Sidewalk - Los Lobos
11 Killer Queen - Sum 41
12 Death On Two Legs - Rooney
13 Play The Game - Jon Brion
14 Bohemian Rhapsody - The Flaming Lips
15 '39 - Ingram Hill
16 Fat Bottom Girls - Antigone Rising

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