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Barcelona

Barcelona (Album Version) 5:38
Written by Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran
Appears on:
Barcelona, Track 1

Barcelona (Single Version) 4:27
Written by Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran
Appears on:
UK Barcelona 7" vinyl, UK Barcelona 12" vinyl, UK Barcelona 12" picture disc, UK Barcelona CD single, UK Barcelona 7" vinyl (1992), UK Barcelona CD single (1992), Queen Greatest Hits 3, The Solo Collection, Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles
Written as an homage to Montserrat Caballé's hometown of Barcelona, this epic track was an official song of the 1992 Olympics. This was actually the first version to be released, months before the album was even finished. The album has a long, grandiose and epic opening to the song not heard here. The rest of the song is the same. This version is more to the point, making it radio friendly. The single went to #8 in 1987 and went even higher to #2 when re-released in 1992. Casual fans will have this on Greatest Hits III and if it doesn't move you to seek out the Barcelona album, nothing will.

Barcelona (Extended Version) 7:07
Written by Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran
Appears on:
UK Barcelona 12" vinyl, UK Barcelona 12" picture disc, UK Barcelona CD single, UK Barcelona CD single (1992), The Solo Collection
The epic intro is here, along with some lush instrumental interludes. On reflection, it is likely that the intro heard here was made for the Extended Version and then retained for the album. Either way, it works well on both. This is definitely worth having.

Barcelona (TV Edit) 1:30
Written by Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran
Appears on:
UK Barcelona 7" vinyl (1992), UK Barcelona CD single (1992)
Released in 1992, this was probably cut together for Olympic TV ads (the 1992 Summer Games took place there). Not as choppy as you would think, but not the best representation of the song.

Barcelona (Instrumental Version) 4:26
Written by Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
Here's a full instrumental mix of the Single Version which lets you hear just how majestic the backing track for this song is. On a side note, the Instrumentals disc from The Solo Collection boxed set has almost the entire Barcelona album in instrumental form, excluding only "Overture Piccante" and "Ensueno" (see that entry).

Idea (Barcelona) (Extract from Garden Lodge Tape) 1:12
Written by Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
On March 29, 1987, Montserrat Caballé performs "Exercises In Free Love," accompanied by Mike Moran, as an encore at a recital at Covant Garden, London, England, with Freddie Mercury in the audience. Mercury, Caballé and Moran meet at Freddie's home after the recital (Garden Lodge, London) and sing together for a reported six hours. One hour is recorded by Peter Freestone, including the early versions of "The Fallen Priest" and "Barcelona". It is here that Caballé inquires about how many songs they could do as an album, as well as requesting a song about her home of Barcelona. This is also the point where Freddie's solo album ideas shift toward Barcelona as the prime focus. Freddie and Montserrat play around with the melody of what would become the song "Barcelona". The two sound like they they're having fun.

Idea (Barcelona) (2nd Extract from Garden Lodge Tape) 1:04
Written by Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
Freddie and Montserrat coming up with a few more melody ideas. It's amusing to hear Freddie say of Montserrat: "She's inexhaustible!" after she holds a really long note.

Barcelona (Early Version: Freddie's Demo Vocal) 4:21
Written by Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
This is an early working version of Barcelona that was recorded with Mike Moran at Townhouse Studios, London on April 28, 1987. Freddie sings both parts of the duet, with early lyrics.

Barcelona (Freddie's Vocal Slave) 4:31
Written by Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
Freddie recorded his vocal slave on the same day as the Early Version listed above. This is a Freddie singing to his guide track so well it nearly phases at some points. This will grab your attention almost at once.

Barcelona (Later Version: Freddie's Vocal Only) 4:26
Written by Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
Recorded May 3, 1987 at Townhouse Studios. This is Freddie's finished vocal, without Montserrat, and the backing track brought way down. You can hear some lyrics which get drowned out in the final mix.

La Japonaise

La Japonaise (Album Version) 4:49
Written by Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran
Appears on:
Barcelona, Track 2

La Japonaise (Instrumental Version) 4:46
Written by Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
This is the full backing track and makes for good listening. Without the vocals, the music carries through nicely.

La Japonaise (Early Version: Freddie's Vocal only) 4:41
Written by Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
Recorded on September 1, 1987. This early version has no lyrics yet, but Freddie "dee dee dee dee dees" his away along. Most of the backing track is done, though.

La Japonaise (A Capella) 4:17
Written by Freddie Mercury/Mike Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
Recorded on November 9, 1987, these are Freddie and Montserrat's vocals only. If you listen closely you can hear the backing track leaking out of one or both of their headsets and getting picked up by the vocal microphones. I'm not sure anyone was clamoring for this, especially when there were a few things left off The Solo Collection which fans were looking for, but here it is.

The Fallen Priest

The Fallen Priest (Album Version) 5:45
Written by Mercury/Moran/Rice
Appears on:
Barcelona, Track 3

The Fallen Priest (7" Edit) 2:57
Written by Mercury/Moran/Rice
Appears on:
UK The Golden Boy 7" vinyl, UK The Golden Boy 7" promo vinyl, Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles
Honestly, who would have thought cutting out more than half of the song could leave us with something that still works? Not as intense as the album version, but this does get right to the meat and potatoes. There's a lot missing, but until you play the two back to back, you won't notice just how much was removed. This is a tight little edit and taken on its own merits, it is not too bad.

The Fallen Priest (Instrumental Version) 5:50
Written by Mercury/Moran/Rice
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
This instrumental retains all the strength of the original, losing nothing without Freddie and Montserrat's vocals. The backing vocals remain and add a bit of atmosphere (as if this song needed any more).

The Duet (The Fallen Priest) (Extract from Garden Lodge Tape) 3:04
Written by Mercury/Moran/Rice
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
Recorded at Freddie's house on March 29, 1987. Freddie and Mike Moran had already started tinkering with "Rachmaninov's Revenge" as we hear them presenting the idea to Montserrat, who jumps right in.

Rachmaninov's Revenge (The Fallen Priest) (Early Version) 4:46
Written by Mercury/Moran/Rice
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
Recorded on January 26, 1987, "Rachmaninov's Revenge" was the working title for what became "The Fallen Priest". This recording predates "The Duet" from the Garden Lodge Tape, between them you can hear the song taking shape.

Rachmaninov's Revenge (The Fallen Priest) (Later Version: Freddie's Demo Vocal) 5:51
Written by Mercury/Moran/Rice
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
On February 19, 1987, Freddie records another version of Rachmaninov's Revenge with Mike Moran at Towhouse Studios. This was recorded after the Garden Lodge home recordings; the song is taking shape. All that's left are the lyrics, which are still very loose and improvised. Tim Rice woudl not become involved with the project for several more months, at which point the familiar lyrics would take shape.

Ensueño

Ensueño (Album Version) 4:20
Written by Mercury/Moran/Caballé
Appears on:
Barcelona, Track 4

Ensueño (Montserrat's Live Takes) 5:36
Written by Mercury/Moran/Caballé
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
Recorded on March 14, 1987 at Townhouse Studios, London. The music of this song was pretty much written entirely before the Barcelona project began, in the form of Freddie's song "Exercises In Free Love." Montserrat recorded her own version of "Exercises" and then set about writing proper lyrics with Freddie and Mike Moran. This recording has her rehearsing the song and occasionally messing up.

Ensueño (Instrumental Version) 4:00
Written by Mercury/Moran/Caballé
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
For reasons unknown, this isn't actually the "Ensueno" instrumental, but is the solo piano track from Freddie's "Exercises In Free Love." How can you tell? Well, listen to the three tracks very carefully ("Exercises In Free Love," "Ensueno (Instrumental)" and "Ensueno (Album Version)") and right from the first note, you'll hear differences. Notice too, that "Ensueno" on Barcelona runs about twenty seconds longer than "Exercises In Free Love." Still, It is a strong piano piece and is not that much different from "Ensueno."

The Golden Boy

The Golden Boy (Album Version) 6:04
Written by Mercury/Moran/Rice
Appears on:
Barcelona, Track 5

The Golden Boy (7" Edit) 5:15
Written by Mercury/Moran/Rice
Appears on:
UK The Golden Boy 7" vinyl, I Know Them So Well - The Best Of Tim Rice CD, Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles
The Golden Boy was released on 7" vinyl as the second single to the Barcelona album. The 7" edit removes the whole opening verses, jumping right into the "And then he sang to her..." I guess someone thought the song took too long to get going. The result leaves the narrative a little lacking because we don't know who the characters in the story are. Where as Barcelona (the album and single) were a success, this single stalled at #86 in the UK.

The Golden Boy (Radio Edit) 3:30
Written by Mercury/Moran/Rice
Appears on:
UK The Golden Boy 7" promo vinyl
This is a major edit of the album version. This version starts with the choir singing "and then he said to her..." The track proceeds as normal from that point until it ends early at the chorus singing "take conrol..."

The Golden Boy (Instrumental Version) 6:04
Written by Mercury/Moran/Rice
Appears on:
UK The Golden Boy 12" vinyl, UK The Golden Boy CD single, The Solo Collection
The full backing track, which isn't too bad, but lacks the punch of the album version. Hear and there, Freddie's lead vocal can be heard in the background, possibly from one of the gospel singer's headsets.

The Golden Boy (Early Version: Freddie's Demo Vocal) 3:54
Written by Mercury/Moran/Rice
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
This early version was recorded at Townhouse Studios on May 2, 1987. The real treat of this demo is that the gospel part is not done in the gospel choir-style. Freddie sings it straight and backs it with some synth-strings.

The Golden Boy (2nd Early Version: Extract) 2:56
Written by Mercury/Moran/Rice
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
Recorded on November 9, 1987 at Townhouse Studios. This time the second movement ("and then he sang to her...") and the gospel part are done in a completely different style. This song seems to have gone through the most changes in its evolution. Interesting listening.

The Golden Boy (A Capella featuring Gospel Choir) 5:12
Written by Mercury/Moran/Rice
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
On December 1, 1987 recording on The Golden Boy was completed, which included the Gospel Choir section. This is what it claims to be (with a little bleed from Montserrat's headset). This was mixed for The Solo Collection boxed set and isn't really necessary. It's not bad, just kind of pointless when you think of what was left off the boxed set.

Guide Me Home

Guide Me Home (Album Version) 2:41
Written by Mercury/Moran
Appears on:
Barcelona, Track 6

Guide Me Home (Instrumental Version) 2:38
Written by Mercury/Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
A wonderful instrumental with one drawback: it is mixed the same way as on the Barcelona album, meaning it segues into "How Can I Go On (Instrumental)". As a result, it cuts off abruptly at the end.

Guide Me Home/How Can I Go On (Alternative Versions) 6:54
Written by Mercury/Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
Recorded on March 2, 1987 at Townhouse Studios. These songs were written with the intention of being paired up on the album, so these too demos are mixed that way. The vocals are strong, even if the lyrics are incomplete. Freddie tries to sing Montserrat's parts in falsetto ad-lib.

Guide Me Home (2000 Single Version) 2:42
Written by Mercury/Moran
Appears on:
Dutch/Italy Guide Me Home CD single, Germany Guide Me Home - Lancia promo CD
In 2000, to promote The Solo Collection boxed set, Parlophone released this CD single in Holland and Italy. This is the full stand-alone version, ending properly instead of segueing into "How Can I Go On." It is nice to have a clean copy of the song. This single version was also released in Germany to promote a Lancia car.

How Can I Go On

How Can I Go On (Album Version) 3:59
Written by Mercury/Moran
Appears on:
Barcelona, Track 7

How Can I Go On (Single Version) 4:02
Written by Mercury/Moran
Appears on:
UK How Can I Go On 7" vinyl, UK How Can I Go On 7" picture disc, UK How Can I Go On 7" vinyl (1992), UK How Can I Go On CD single (1992), The Solo Collection, Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles
This full stand-alone version starts with the bridge from "Guide Me Home," but doesn't have the vocal ad-libs over it, giving this a clean little overture. This is a great song (featuring John Deacon on bass) and here is a version perfect for compilations.

How Can I Go On (Instrumental Version) 3:58
Written by Mercury/Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
Like the Single Version, this track starts with the bridge from "Guide Me Home" (though you can hear the last few piano notes underneath it). On the Instrumentals disc from the boxed set it was meant to recreate the album's flow from the previous track ("Guide Me Home"), but stands up by itself because it sounds complete.

How Can I Go On (Out-Take: Extract) 1:31
Written by Mercury/Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
Recorded on June 24, 1987 at Mountain Studios. Freddie started playing before the engineer was ready, so this demo starts a little ways into the song. This is Freddie singing (with Mike Moran on piano) with incomplete lyrics. It ends with some studio chatter and Freddie discovering the miscue at the beginning.

How Can I Go On (Alternative Piano Version) 3:45
Written by Mercury/Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
Recorded on April 9, 1987 at Townhouse Studios, this demo backing track goes way off into uncharted territory. There are no vocals, so you're left to wonder how the lyrics would have fit on this. This is certainly a highlight of the Solo Collection.

Overture Piccante

Overture Piccante (Album Version) 6:40
Written by Mercury/Moran
Appears on:
Barcelona, Track 8

When This Old Tired Body Wants To Sing

When This Old Tired Body Wants To Sing (Late Night Jam) 2:52
Written by Mercury/Moran
Appears on:
The Solo Collection
This is an impromptu jam recorded on June 22, 1987 at Mountain Studios, Montreux. A fragment of this appeared in the middle of "Overture Piccante," the part with the rip-roaring piano that didn't seem to be from any other Barcelona track. Well, it's from this, recorded by Freddie and Mike Moran late one night during the Barcelona sessions. I guess Freddie was a little drunk, making this a fun listen.