How Many People Have Died This Year

Hi folks. It is near the end of 2016, the year of the Grim Reaper. Yes, this year will go down as the year the Grim Reaper made headlines by killing off many celebrities who have entertained us throughout our lives. Can you possibly count how many people have died this year? I mean, counting all the big-name celebrities who are no longer with us. Just recently within the past hour or so I learned that Debbie Reynolds, the mother of Carrie Fisher, the voice of Princess Leia has just died, shortly after her daughter has joined the parade of dead people.
Obviously, death is a natural part of life but let’s be honest here, this year was a real downer, if you are a fan of nearly all kinds of music: from country to metal, from jazz pop to dance Pop. Let us not forget the actors who have passed on leaving their mark on such things as the Harry Potter movies, the TV show Growing Pains and The Brady Bunch. We are being robbed of our favourite entertainers and unfortunately, that is the way the cooky crumbles for this year.
Let’s not forget how young most of the people who have passed on. Most of them haven’t even reached the age of 70 and David Bowie, who was the first one to fall this year was only 69, along with Alan Thicke. Singer George Michael was only 53, when he died Christmas Day. Even the two recent passing of legendary North American broadcasters (Bob Coburn and scruff Connors) were only 68 and 64 respectively. I’ve talked with both men on their respective radio shows at least once and in the case of Bob Coburn and his radio show called Rockline, I managed to call in and talk to The Cult. Actually, I had a chance to ask Singer Ian Asberry and guitarist Billy Duffy about writing songs on the road. I should also mention that this was when the album Electric was out and I was 14 years old and, my voice hadn’t changed yet.
In the case of scruff Connors, I had heard him on at least three radio stations in my lifetime and his lifetime, for that matter. I called in when he was working at Mojo Radio and his guest was David Phillips of Environment Canada. I never got to meet either of those people but they both left an impression on me, which was positive and I’m very grateful that they were in my life, if even only from a distance via the radio.
Even The Simpsons wasn’t spared from the year of death. A couple of guest starres and a writer had been taken from us, way too soon. I’m just glad that none of the voice actors have bought the farm yet and I hope they are with us for a long time.
If we could stop all these deaths from happening I would be the first one to try and do it.  I’ve never had to touch a dead body and I don’t want to either. I’ve heard about what it is like and it sounds really awful, that someone you knew and loved who was breathing is now lifeless and their skin is all dry, with all the moisture taken out of their body. The death that surprised me the most  was Frank Sinatra Junior. From where I sit, he sounded to me like a very nice man, compared to his father and people had said he was one of the good ones. how many good guys do you know who have passed on? My guess is many, especially in the entertainment business. somehow I believe that George Carline was also a good guy, despite that his comedy in his more recent years was very dark. oh yeah, let us not forget that the album I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die came out this year, as George Carlin’s second posthumous release. His first was his 2008 album It’s Bad For Yah. All though it could also be his final album, recorded while he was alive. Anyway, I digress.
Will 2017 be another year of entertainers buying the farm at a high rate? I don’t know but I have to say possibly yes. We are going to see more and more of our celebrity heroes dying off and there will be more and more people from the current generation, paying tribute and talking about how they grew up with the celebrity Who had just died. Also, some talkshows Will focus on how people died and they already are, in some cases. For example: after Alan Thicke, George Michael and Carrie fisher had died, a talk radio station in Toronto, focussed on how they died and that their deaths were caused by either heart attack, heart failure or aortic dissection, which I had never even heard of until Alan Thicke passed away.
I wonder who will buy the farm this year. There are many big names reaching past 70 years old and some are even hitting 80 this year. Bill Cosby will be 80 years old on July 12 and Tommy Chong will be 79 this year, although he sounds years younger than that. We even have many people who are just turning 90 this year or older and could they be on the way to see the Grim Reaper? Even vera Lynn is still alive and she was one of the big singers during World War II And she is well into her 90s.
Anyway, let’s hope this year is done with, without anybody passing away today, tomorrow or New Year’s Eve.

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Three Christmas Favourites For 2016

Hi folks. This post is my pre-Christmas post in this blog, about 3 of my favourite Christmas songs. The one thing they have in common is that they are not traditional Christmas carols and are original songs written by the artists. Something else they have in common is that they are not necessarily well known by the mainstream and only to the audience of the band and or radio format they are played on.
The first song on my list is Thank God It’s Christmas by Queen, which is written by guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. This song was released in December 1984 at the end of The Works’s album cycle and it has appeared on a couple of Queen albums since. The most recent appearance is on the 2011 Deluxe version of The Works. I had performed it in 1992, with my best friend Bob Reid at our school and it went over well.
Fairytale of New York by The Pogues is my second choice as one of my favourites. I had actually heard it for the first time, during Christmas 1995 and it didn’t really catch on with me, until some time in the last 7 years or so when I had heard it on more radio stations and recently read about the song on Wikipedia. It’s the second least known of my choices but I like it because of the dialog in the song and the fact that the woman refers to the man as “you scumbag you Magette, you cheap lousy faggot” probably referring to the man’s drunkenness.
My third choice and the least known for sure, of all three songs is x-M@$ by Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour. It was release in 2010 as a Christmas single, with any money from sails going to charity. In the song, The protagonist is a man who hates Christmas and all that goes with it and would rather be drunk or stoned on this Yuletide holiday. There are even a few four letter words in the song and a clean version was also produced for radio and for people who would be offended.
To those who would expect a more traditional song from Corey, I say that it isn’t surprising that he wrote a song for those who hate Christmas and also, Corey plays music that is subversive and is not for the Grandma’s and Grandpa’s of the world. It’s for the younger croud of 50 and under who would get that the song is not a serious hatred of Christmas tune, from the singer. I’ve heard that Corey actually likes Christmas and I believe him. I’ve met him and despite him throwing people out of Slipknot shows and throwing water on people, who are texting during the concert, I have nothing bad to say about him. He was great to me and we had Tim Hortons coffee together and he had it black and I had a double-double.
I have other songs which I could have chosen but I will leave them for future Christmas posts. If you want to hear any of the three I have listed here, you can find all three on Youtube and I will leave that to you to look for them. Have a great Christmas and a happy and healthy 2017.

The Day The Music Was Murdered

Hi folks. Today is a sad day for me, when it comes to some of my favourite bands and I will explain why, as you read the rest of this post.
Today marks the anniversaries of two murders in rock and heavy metal music and they have both affected me in varying degrees. On December 8, 1980 John Lennon, probably the most famous of the Beatles was shot and killed by mark david chapman, outside of his apartment in New York City. This took place after both him and Yoko Ono had finished a recording session for a song, which would appear on a Yoko Ono album years later. It’s all there on Wikipedia if you would like more information about the events that day. However I will say that John conducted his last interview that day, a few hours before mark david chapman murdered John. You will notice I didn’t capitalize his name because like the other murderer in this post, they don’t deserve to have their names written out properly, as they have killed two important iconic musicians who were and are loved by millions around the world.
Also on December 8th 2004, guitarist Dimebag daryl Lance Abbott was also murdered by a piece of nothing named nathan gail. The difference being that this murder took place in full view of everybody, who was at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus Ohio. This merger took place while Daryl was on stage with his band Damageplan and his brother Vincent Paul Abbott on drums, as they both were on their respective instruments and Pantera. The other big difference with the story is that in this case the murderer was killed, after he had shot, killed and or wounded various members of the road crew or fans. Then, a policeman came in and fired one shot and killed nathan gail, thus saving the lives of many people including Vinny Paul.
Now I will talk about where I was when I heard about both murders. In the case of John Lennon, I heard about it when I was at school when one of the staff mentioned it to me. He said something like “he was shot and he fell down” and I immediately thought that he was killed. I didn’t know yet that you could be shot and survive! I and many other fans of The Beatles were very saddened to hear of this and years later, it finally clicked and how important a figure John Lennon was to not just music but other things like politics. We’ve been robbed of a man who was a very good wordsmith and brought genres like musique concrete almost to the mainstream. If he was alive today I think he would be quite impressed with all the music out there, including the grunge, industrial, Brit pop and even ban such as Radiohead. Of course, he would always go back to his childhood music such as: Gene Vincent, Elvis Presley, buddy holly and the other people he listen to before getting full-time into music. Also, I learned to write songs through a radio program about him called The Lost Lennon Tapes. Most of the demo recordings ended up on the Beatles Anthology albums and elsewhere and that gave me more of the drive to want to try to be a musician.
In the case of Dimebag Darrell, I had actually seen him back in June 2001, when Pantera and a number of other bands played at what was then known as Copps Coliseum, now known as First Ontario Center in Hamilton Ontario Canada. One thing I can talk about is that some asshole threw a beer on me during the first song of one of the opening bands sets. In case you’re wondering, I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt plus my shoes and socks at the time and yes, I did kind of smell like a brewery for a while. However, it was a great show and of course, the last time Pantera would set foot in Canada before both the September 11 attacks and their break up.
 When the album New Found Power from Damageplan was released in 2004, I bought it on CD the day it came out and I loved it instantly. A highlight for me is the guitar solo on the song Moment Of Truth, which should have been released as a single. Then December 8th happened and I had actually heard about it the next morning at home on the radio. At first nobody said if any one was killed but I learned soon after hearing about it that it was Daryl, who had been murdered. It also happened that I was doing my grocery shopping that day and as you can imagine, it was difficult to concentrate after hearing such tragic news.
As for how heavy music has changed since then, not much has changed except the increase in guitar solos from newer bands like: Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold and Five Finger Death Punch. Even bands like Mud Vayne decided to start putting guitar solos on their albums to augment the sound.
As a guitar player, I was and still am impressed with all the things he is done on Pantera albums and on New Found Power. I’m also quite happy that Brian May of Queen spoke up about the death of Daryl and I have a sneaking suspicion that Daryl was influence partly by Brian and his playing as well. However, he has never said that in interviews that I know of. If Daryl was alive today, I think that he would still be making music and still have the chops. Both of these guys were taken from us too early and if I could go back in time, I would make sure that they were both out of the way, of any danger to their lives.
As for the killers, I am glad that mark david chapman hasn’t been allowed to be paroled and I hope it stays that way. He can say sorry for what he did all he wants but it won’t change the fact that he did what he did to John Lennon. As for nathan gail, he got what he deserved and I’m happy. As for the families, I am glad that everyone is doing what they are doing and I am on their side, with all the annual events and such. I the case of the Lennon estate, keep fighting to keep mark david chapman behind bars and when he dies I will be happy. Shouldn’t he be on death row? After all, he did kill somebody and he knew what he was doing.
Anyway, I will be listening to an album with John Lennons last interview, which is available on iTunes and as for Daryl, I will probably be listening to New Found Power today as well.

Blog turns 3

Hi folks. I, meaning this blog turns 3 years old today. It will be another year before it goes to nursery school and then kindergarten and then to school for the first time. I know I’m just being silly but if it was an actual person I was raising that would be the ideal schedule. Right?
It’s been a rather crazy year so far, in not just my life but in the world i general. We’ve had more frequent terrorist attacks, police shootings, Donald Trump Will now be the president of the United States, The Simpsons has reached their 600th episode and counting, The new iPhone models have no earphone jack and we’ve also had a bunch of deaths this year in the entertainment industry. I would try and list the mall but there are way too many to mention here and counting. For me, one of the most significant deaths this year was George Martin who obviously produced bands such as The Beatles and before that, he produced comedy albums including those by Peter Sellers. If he hadn’t and produced The Beatles, would we have such comedy groups as Monty Python and mangy others like them? Even Cheach & Chong owe a lot to George, for his use of the studio, as an instrument to put the listener inside the music or sketch. Think of all the panning left and right and voices on either side or in the centre. You can trace all of that back to The Beatles, during the period from 1967 to 1969.
This is not only the third anniversary of the blog but it is also the 25th anniversary of the death of Queen singer Freddie Mercury. He is probably the only singer in rock, whom I can imagine crossing into other non-rock styles of music gracefully. There are other great voices in heavy metal but Freddie beats them all with his versatility.
Okay, so what is next for me and the blog? As long as I can create I will be continuing to stay the course and post things for you here. Also, for those of you who follow this blog and not my Simpsons Sunday blog, I started that in May, because I felt it was time to have my own blog with Simpsons related posts in it. I guess you could say it could be to attract attention to the staff on the show and that is partly right. I have made sure that most of the people I follow on Twitter know about it. Al Jean has always supported me from when he first got on Twitter in May 2014. Here is the link to it. https://simsonssunday.wordpress.com/
Anyway, thanks to everyone who has commented on posts here and I will continue to write for you, when something comes up which I feel needs to be said.

Metallica Is Back

Hi folks. Today is the release of another long awaited album by one of my favourite and one of heavy metals biggest bands. In this case it is Metallica and their new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. I will talk about what has happened since they finished work on the 2008 album Death Magnetic to today and will get into the album track by track.
As for what happened between Death Magnetic and today? Well let’s see… Metallica released Death Magnetic on September 12th 2008, they went on tour and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 and recorded and released an album with Lou Reed called Lulu in 2011. This album was really a chance for the band to not so much sit back but play while rolling around in the chaos of the music. They also served as a backing band, for Lou Reed and promoted the album with him. I thought it was funny to hear the Lou Reed and Metallica juxtaposition at first because when I heard the first single from the album The View, I was literally laughing throughout the track. It just sounded so silly to hear Lou Reed and his offbeat Cingular vocalizations, with Metallica backing him, with their disciplined musicianship. But I also realize this is something where the band can have fun and not worry about perfectionism. Not all of James Hetfield’s vocals were perfect but that’s the whole point. This album was art and it was Lou Reed as the artist and Metallica as a backing band. It’s good that they had the chance to work with such an icon as Lou Reed, before he died in 2013.
Also in 2013 another movie called Metallica Through The Never, along with another live album serving as the soundtrack was released. In 2012, another live DVD called Quebec Magnetic came out, just in time for Christmas that year.
Metallica issued an EP of songs which didn’t make Death Magnetic, called Beyond Magnetic in 2011 digitally and 2012 as a physical release. In 2013 they finally played on all 7 continents by playing on a boat in Antarctica. I remember listening to the concert on YouTube and thinking to myself that it must have been very cold for the band, while playing their instruments.
In 2014 they played with Chinese pianist Lang Lang and recorded a song for a Deep Purple tribute album in 2012. Oh, I can’t forget their contributions to tribute albums for Iron Maiden (Maiden Heaven) and Ronnie James Dio (Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life) as well as a single called Lords Of Summer, which was released in 2014. Most importantly for the band, they now have their own independent record label called Blackened Recordings which allows them the freedom of complete artistic control. As for distribution, there is major label distribution, otherwise Metallica has the final say on what goes out and when it will be let loose.
Also, most importantly for the fans who have gone digital, Metallica has all their albums on iTunes. I actually have them all but not in separate sets of songs but in one huge collection, except for a few live albums and one single, it’s all in “The Metallica Collection”, which consisted of all the studio albums from Kill ‘Em All to Death Magnetic. Also, S&M, Beyond Magnetic, Garage Inc, the single I Disappear and the Some Kind Of Monster EP were included. I can’t find it on iTunes anymore but I’m just glad I have as much as I could find, from Metallica’s discography on iTunes.
Most of the songs I have mentioned above I will be discussing later on because they are a part of the deluxe version of Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. Originally The third disc of the deluxe version of this album was going to consist of a bunch of riffs but thankfully, that was changed. Not that the riffs would have been a bad thing to hear but, it’s nice to collect non-album material and put them somewhere for the fans to have in their physical or digital collection of Metallica music, along with some more recent live material to show how the band sounds these days in a live setting.
About the new album… to start off with, it was produced, recorded and mixed by Greg Fidelman, who worked with the band on their last album Death Magnetic as an engineer. He also worked with Slipknot on their latest album .5: The Gray Chapter as a producer and also worked with the band on their 2004 album Vol. 3 The Subliminal Verses. He served, as the engineer and mixer, with Rick Rubin serving as producer for both Death Magnetic and Vol. 3 respectively. Hardwired is a continuation from the sound of Death Magnetic but there are other elements from Metallica’s past, which are also heard in the music at times. As I said, I will get more into detail on that when discussing each track on both the standard and deluxe versions of the album.
 The title track and first single Hardwired… To Self-Destruct was released to both radio and iTunes on August 18th and I think I heard it 4 or 5 times on the radio that day. Then on September 26th Moth Into Flame was issued as the second single and the second track on iTunes then the track Atlas, Rise! Was issued on October 31st, both as the third single and as the third track released on iTunes. All 3 songs as well as the rest of the album will have music videos made for them and they will all be on YouTube.
Okay… it’s time to start talking about the new album in earnest and we will go through it track by track. I will talk about the music and leave the lyrics for the band to discuss if they feel it is necessary. As mentioned earlier, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct leads off the album as both the first single and as the lead-off track. It starts off the album as any Metallica album should, with a thrasher. It is also short, which is a surprise at 3 minutes and 11 seconds and thus, gets to the point quicker.
Atlas, Rise! Is a song which harkens back to the track Through The Never, in a way. It is in a different key but is the same tempo and has much the same intensity.
Now That We’re Dead is a song which is interesting because it reminds me of Cure from Load. In both songs you hear Lars inserting fills along with playing the beat. As a drummer I like that and think that would be a great jamming song live. As for the guitar riff, it sounds also like Cure or something else on Load or Reload, which isn’t a bad thing at all. It sounds like a more traditional metal song than a chugging riff. The melody certainly is singable but it isn’t one which is instantly memorable. It is one of those which has to grow on you. By the way, isn’t James’s lead vocal so good that it sounds like autotune? At first listen it may sound like it but I don’t think so because you can hear some vibrato from James when he sings. So, Metallica hasn’t ever used auto tune as yet.
Moth Into Flame also is another thrashy rocker which also marks the return of harmonized vocals, which wasn’t on Death Magnetic or much on St Anger either.
Dream No More is a slower song which is more reminiscent of Load or Reload because of the sonic elements more than anything else. If I had to find a song it would remind me of I would have to say The House Jack Built or Devil’s Dance. The House Jack Built because of the tempo and the feel of the song. Devil’s Dance because of how it stops just before the guitar solo and it stops at the end of each chorus. In this song it stops only before the guitar solo, with a breath from James to set it up.
All though it does have the groove of Sad But True. The main thing that stands out for me is the octave vocals that James does throughout most of the song. This has been heard in such songs as: The Memory Remains and That Was Just Your Life. I also like how they make you wait for the main riff and key of the song in the intro to it. The melody is good but isn’t hooky and has to grow on you, every time you hear it. However, I like the song over all.
Halo On Fire reminds me of Unforgiven 3 but without the intro with horns and piano. All though it could have and should have also fit nicely on Load or Reload because of the structure of the song itself. It’s good and I hope it gets a chance as a single.
I also like the key changes it goes through, from e minor to g minor to d minor near the end. That’s the musician in me talking and I will say more about the musical aspect later on.
Confusion sounds similar to Don’t Tread On Me but with a slightly fast tempo to start and end off the song. Then it gets into a 4-4 groove similar to Halo On Fire. This is another song along with Halo On Fire, which has harmonized vocals and well, that’s not a bad thing no matter what kind of Metallica fan you are.
ManUnkind starts off with a bass and guitar section and gets into a groove, similar to parts of To Live Is To Die. However this song is not an instrumental but it is in the same key as To Live Is To Die. Both songs change time signatures in the middle but go back to the main groove near the end. I think that is cool and should get a listen on radio.
Here Comes Revenge starts off sounding like it could be a continuation of Leper Messiah but goes into a groove, similar to most songs here. Maybe it could have fit nicely on either The Black Album or Load and Reload to spice things up. I like how the song changes key in the verse to g minor and goes back to the main key of e minor for the bulk of the song.
Am I Savage? is probably the most similar to a song like Poor Twisted Me, but without the blues based feel. It is heavier and has more of an early Black Sabbath feel to it.
Murder One starts off like Welcome Home (Sanitarium) in a way. However it goes into the groove right away. It also borrows from To Live Is To Die in that the same key is used and the tempo is similar. It is a great song in its own right, like everything else here.
Spit Out The Bone is a strait ahead thrasher, much like the title track. All though it is longer and has similarities to Dyers Eve and Damage, Inc. We also get to hear Rob Trujillo play a bit of a bass solo for himself. It also goes a bit Sabathy before the final guitar solo but goes back to the original gallop which is the main feature of this song. Again, another good song, recommended to me by a good friend of mine to check out.
Okay, now that we’ve gone through the standard 12 song 2 disk version, we will talk about most of the songs on disk 3. A rerecorded version of the previously released single Lords Of Summer starts off the third disk. This version has some altered lyrics in the chorus but is pretty much like the single that was released in 2014.
The Ronnie Rising Medley consisting of: A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer and Kill The King. All these songs Ronnie recorded with the band Rainbow before joining Black Sabbath in 1979. This also appears on the compilation Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life, released in 2014.
When A Blind Man Cries was first released on the compilation Re-Machined: A Tribute To Deep Purple’s Machine Head, which was released in 2012.
Remember Tomorrow was recorded for and released on an Iron Maiden tribute album called Maiden Heaven: A Tribute To Iron Maiden, which was only available in an issue of Kerrang Magazine and was released July 16th 2008. The rest are live tracks from the first 2 albums except for Helpless which is a Diamond Head cover and Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.
Over all, it is a great album which I think will please all sorts of Metallica fans because, it caters to those who like their early days from 1983 to 1988. However it also has flashes of some of their work in the ’90s such as Atlas, Rise! which I mentioned earlier and mostly everything else. So, if someone asks you which Metallica represents them the most, I say this one does to start off with.
This is also their first double album under their name, as a studio project. Others have been released as live albums or even Garage Inc. Lulu is also a 2 disk album but this is the first as a new Metallica studio double album. It really isn’t hard to think it wouldn’t happen because their last few albums have been an hour plus worth of music and this is no acxeption, clocking in at 77 minutes and 39 seconds. If it was released years earlier it would have probably been put on 1 CD, like Death Magnetic, Load, Reload and St. Anger. All those albums are over an hours worth of Metallica music. Why was it then released on 2 CD’s? My own theory is that this is the trend toward shorter albums to accommodate those who want to purchase the Vinyl version. Either way, I’d recommend any Metallica fan that they go out and purchase the album either online or at an old fashion record store, where they sell physical copies of the album. I have mine from iTunes and I purchased both the standard and deluxe versions because I wanted to have both in case there were differences in any of the songs on the standard version. This has happened a few times with either alternate versions of certain songs or alternate track listings. In some cases with iTunes the sound quality differs slightly from one version to the next. I found that out a few times so, that’s why I have both.

As for the musical aspect, I think it is well pu together and diverse enough for any aspiring music student to purchase and hear interesting chord changes and voicings, along with interesting key changes and modulations. If you are a musician or a music teacher and you’re reading this, you know what I’m talking about. Just take a look at my commentary on each song again and you’ll get an idea of why I find it musically interesting as well as sonically interesting. In fact I think all music teachers who are teaching high school students on a musical instrument like piano or guitar, composition or otherwise to take a serious look at the entire metallica catalog. If you listen to Faid to Faid To Black or any song with quiet passages you will hear what I mean.
As for the production, it is much better than the previous album because it is not so compressed and the snare drum is not distorted, when there are Phils. Also, I recommend using this album as test Music for stereo stores because the sound quality is that good.
For those of you who are worried that Metallica had gone off the rails, when working with Lou Reed or Lang Lang, your worries are unfounded and they have indeed delivered with a stellar album for 2016. Congratulations to: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo and everyone else involve with all aspects of this album. YOu have done good and I hope it goes strait to the No. 1 spot on the album charts. There isn’t a bad song on the whole album and I’m sure it is going to go over great live. Having your own studio allows you the time to create something as good as this and Metallica has certainly done that, thanks to having their own recording space and now their own record label. They are in complete control of their destiny and what ever goes wrong is on them and nobody else now.

Review Of Queen On Air

Hi folks. This is another album review of a band and album, which is of great significants to me. In this case it is the new album by Queen called Queen On Air. This album is composed of the bands BBC appearances on the radio, from 1973 to 1977. 8 of these songs have appeared on a previous album and others have been on the 2011 deluxe versions of the first 6 albums. I am going to give you some insight as to some of the recordings first appearances and I will even give you the complete track listing, for one of the previous albums along with this one.
In 1989 Queen released a compilation album called Queen At The BBC or At The Beeb. Initially this album was released outside of North America, in late 1989 but it was finally released in North America in early 1995. I first bought my own coppy as an import in late 1991, while trying to collect all of the bands back catalogue as it was released on Hollywood Records. It had 8 songs and all of them appear on this new album, from BBC sessions in 1973. They are spread out through the first disk of On Air, as it is a double album.
When Queen At The BBC came out in 1995 in North America I expected something like what we have today and was disappointed, that we only got the original 8 songs from the 1989 compilation. However, years of waiting have payed off and we have even more goodies, than what we got on the original album or 2011 deluxe versions of the Queen albums.
Some of these songs we may have heard on the radio and I have tried to find them but couldn’t up to now. The fast version of We Will Rock You is a prime example of this. I had heard it a few times over the years on radio specialty shows focussing on Classic Rock and a live concert segment. When Queen was on tap some of the songs which appeared on A Night At The Odeon and the fast studio version of We Will Rock you were played. Since the deluxe versions came out we had been teased about more material coming out in coming years, with BBC and live recordings as bonus tracks and now, they are here.
As for the material, it spans the first 5 years of Queen as a recording act, with a record label behind them. It is also part of an ongoing project of releasing archived material and there is probably more to come I’m sure. But for now, we have this as the latest offering and here is the track listing of the original album (Queen At The BBC) and the new album (Queen On Air), for comparison.
Queen At The BBC
Track 1. My Fairy King, four minutes and six seconds

Track 2. Keep Yourself Alive, three minutes forty-eight seconds
Track 3. Doin’ Alright, four minutes ten seconds
Track 4. Liar, six minutes a twenty-eight seconds
Track 5. Ogre Battle, three minutes fifty-seven seconds
Track 6. Great King Rat, five minutes fifty-six seconds
Track 7. Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll, two minutes
Track 8. Son and Daughter, seven minutes eight seconds.
Now for a comparison, here is the track listing for the new album Queen On Air.
Tracks 1 through 4 are exactly the same as Queen at The BBC. Track 5 is See What A Fool I’ve Been, which appeared as a bonus track on the 2011 Deluxe version of Queen II. Tracks 6 and 7 are Keep Yourself Alive and Liar, with a slightly different vocal track for both. Liar doesn’t even have hand claps at the beginning of the song. Track 8 is a version of Son And Daughter which was recorded at the same session as See What A Fool I’ve Been. Track 9 is Ogre Battle, with a guitar intro similar to how the song was performed live. Track 10 is Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll, 11 is Great King Rat and Track 12 on Disk 1 is Son And Daughter as all 3 tracks appeared on Queen At The BBC.
Disk two starts out with a version of Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll which is more or less like it was performed live, with the ending they added on.
Never more first appeared as a bonus track on the 2011 Deluxe Version of Queen II and next is White Queen (As It Began). All 3 of these songs were recorded on April 3rd 1974.
Tracks 4 though 7 are: Now I’m Here, Sstone Cold Crazy, Flick Of The Rist and Tenement Funster, which are taken from a BBC session October 16th 1974. The latter two appeared as bonus tracks on the 2011 Deluxe version of Sheer Heart Attack.
Now we get into one of the main attractions to this for me and Queen aficionados and completists. Next is a shortened version of We Will Rock You, with an explosion at the end and something about some mythical figure who imagined he had created the universe, or something like that. Next is the fast version of We Will Rock You, as a studio track. For years it has appeared on live albums such as: Live Killers, On Fire and Queen Rock Montreal but the studio version was a rare treasure, until today. I mentioned yearlier that I had heard it years ago on the radio and obviously, I tried looking for it and now I and millions of Queen fans around the world can own it for the first time.
Next is Spread Your Wings and this version first appeared on the 2011 Deluxe version of News Of The World, as a bonus track.
It’s Late is the next track but not the whole song is played. After the second chorus it goes into a psychedelic, hypnotic and tripie section such as like the one in Get Down Make Love. However the songs ends as it does on the album.
My Melancholy Blues is the last track and it also appeared first on the 2011 Deluxe version of News Of The World.
Over all, this is a great album for those of us who have been looking for rare and Long sought after material. The fast studio version of We Will Rock You was at the top of my list, after last years A Night At The Odeon came out and I have a feeling there is more to come. There are remixes which are waiting to come out and a whole bunch of live material in the can, that the band are hoping to release in the coming years.
This isn’t the only album which is related to Queen coming out this month! Sound garden are rereleasing their 1991 album Badmotorfinger in a deluxe and super deluxe version on the 18th. The song to look for is a version of a track called New Damage, which features a guitar solo from Brian May. This has also been a long almost forgotten track, except for Youtube and I am very glad I will finally get to keep it, rather than just listen to it.
As for the new Queen album, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and I give those who put it together, nothing but props for finally being able to release this rare material.

More On iOS 10

Hi folks. I have more to talk about now, in regards to iOS 10. The main reason is because I have a new iPhone, the iPhone SE. I had to upgrade to it because the other phone was beginning to be a bother. Anyway, let’s forget about that and get on with the rest of this post.
In my last post I mentioned about the music app being well organized but with some flaws in it. I tried deleting music and it didn’t do that, unless I went to the settings option for music or ?Storage & iCloud Usage” options under “General.” I deleted what I had to get rid of and it did the trick.
As for downloading new purchases I don’t know why but, it takes longer than usual to even download an album or an audiobook. I had this experience with this problem ever since iOS 10 came out and I don’t understand why this is. Although, I have set my iPod touch to automatically download music and audiobooks so, it helps somewhat if I purchase whatever it is I want to buy for the iPod touch on the iPhone. Otherwise, this could be a bug which needs to be fixed unless I’m totally wrong on this.
I noticed somewhat the same thing when I tried to download the first episode of The Simpsons Season 28 “Monty Burns Fleeing Circus” onto my iPod Touch. It wouldn’t download for a while and I had to disconnect and reconnect to the wi-Fi network I was using at the time. However, with later episodes it hasn’t been a problem so far.
Okay, as for the iPhone, I find it responds well to iOS 10 but there is one thing I’m curious about. Why can’t I download the enhanced Siri voices onto it, when I can do so on my iPod touch? Not that this is a bad thing but I’m just curious. On the other hand, unlike my previous iPhone I can download the Alex voice and I currently use him as the voice, when I am writing things such as this blog entry. I think it’s a good voice to use when both writing and proofreading things. You get a better idea of how it sounds because Alex breathes and he sounds so human it’s scary.
Overall, I find the latest update for iOS 10 quite useful and I’m looking forward to the next one, whenever it comes out. Also, my new iPhone is doing great and is a real pleasure to work with so far. As for the iPhone 7 or later, I will resist buying those for as long as I can. The reason being, no earphone jack. Need I say more?