Electric Fire


Back Sleeve


Vinyl

Background Information

The 2013 remaster of Electric Fire from "The Lot" boxset has some differences compared to the original 1998 CD/LP version. The original 1998 release faded the songs' endings very quickly, and in some cases segueing to the next track. The 2013 remaster had longer, full endings to each song, making them more complete. Also of note, an "acetate" CD-R promo exists with an expanded tracklist and some unique mixes. CD-R track lengths may not represent the actual length of the music due to silence at the beginning and endings of some songs. Many of the full outros from The Lot also appear on the promo CD-R.

Pressure On

Pressure On (Album Version) 4:56
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Electric Fire, Track 1

Pressure On (The Lot Alternative Album Mix) 5:00
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot 1st Pressing
You may not notice at first, but during the first chorus, Roger's vocals aren't double-tracked, so we only hear one layer of his singing instead of the original two, which we hear on the other choruses.

Pressure On (CD-R Promo Version) 4:57
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Electric Fire CD-R promo
Pressure On from the Electric Fire promo CD-R is unique due to a 4 second edit. When compared to the 1998 album version, approximately 4 seconds of the song are edited out at around 4:00.

Pressure On (Single Version) 3:25
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
UK Pressure On 7" vinyl, UK Pressure On CD single, UK Pressure On CD single (Independent Manchester United Supporter's Association Edition)
Like most Roger single edits, this is another good one. The intro is largely cut and much of the instrumental sections are now gone... and you can hardly tell. Quite well done. Still, stick to the album version.

Pressure On (The Lot Single Version) 3:25
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot
Roger Taylor's career-spanning box set The Lot has a minor remaster error on the single version of Pressure On. The drone at the beginning of the song is cut slightly, making the intro a little more jarring.


A Nation Of Haircuts

A Nation Of Haircuts (Album Version) 3:32
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Electric Fire, Track 2

A Nation Of Haircuts (Club Cut) 3:43
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
UK Surrender 7" vinyl, UK Surrender CD single 1, The Lot, Japan Electric Fire CD, Electric Fire CD-R promo
Remixed by Joshua J. Macrae, this is probably one of the best Queen related club remixes. It features the typical fast tempo club beat and some neat sound effects. Thankfully, some of the guitars have stayed in as well. Not as good as the album version but at least it's not as bad as the You Don't Fool Me mixes.

Believe In Yourself

Believe In Yourself (Album Version) 5:00
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Electric Fire, Track 3

Believe In Yourself (The Lot Album Version) 5:08
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot , Electric Fire CD-R promo
Once again, we're given a longer ending to an album track in The Lot. Rather than the original fade out, the synth strings are allowed to play out their final note, adding 8 seconds to the run time.

Surrender

Surrender (Album Version) 3:36
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Electric Fire, Track 4
The original 1998 album version of Surrender ended with the beginning to the next track People On Streets, creating a segue between the two songs.

Surrender (The Lot Album Version) 3:39
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot
This version is nearly impossible to spot, but it is there. The last breath at the end of the song is allowed to complete, where-as the original album had a quicker fade-out and segue into People On Streets

Surrender (CD-R Promo Version) 3:46
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Electric Fire CD-R promo
The version of Surrender that appears on the Electric Fire promo CD-R is vastly different to the version that eventually ended up on the final album. The most obvious difference is that Roger Taylor does not sing lead vocals; instead, Jonathan Perkins handles lead duties. Treana Morris' vocal parts are the same that appear on the album version. Roger's vocals are limited to the choruses.

Surrender (Radio Mix) 3:39
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
UK Surrender 7" vinyl, UK Surrender CD single 1, The Lot
The Radio Mix is a reworking of the album version, produced by Chris Thomas and mixed by Joshua J. Macrae and Chris Thomas. This is not an edit, as it is longer than the original. The Radio Mix has a really different yet familiar sound compared to the album version. Thankfully, Treana Morris' vocals have remained in place too.

Surrender (Live At The Cyberbarn) 4:11
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
UK Surrender CD single 2
Recorded live at Cyberbarn. A good live version of the song. The backing instruments are somewhat subdued and sparce. Roger's lead vocal carries the song (including Treana's parts).

Surrender (Live At The Cyberbarn - The Lot Version) 4:10
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot
The 2013 remaster of this great live performance is featured on the Roger Taylor boxset, The Lot. This version is slightly different than the one that appeared on the CD single. About a second is shaved off the beginning crowd fade-in of the track.

People On Streets

People On Streets (Album Version) 4:11
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Electric Fire, Track 5
The original 1998 album version of People On Streets had a segue from the previous song, Surrender. A very brief part of the intro is at the end of Surrender.

People On Streets (The Lot Album Version) 4:16
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot, Electric Fire CD-R promo
The original CD had a segue, where the first second of People On Streets appeared at the end of Surrender. This also resulted in the last breath of Surrender being cut short. On The Lot boxset album, the start of song is intact and the end features slightly longer street sound effects.

People On Streets (Mashed) 3:33
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
UK Pressure On 7" vinyl, UK Pressure On CD single, The Lot
Another club/dance mix by Joshua J. Macrae. Surprisingly, it is not all that much different from the album version. There is a quicker tempo backbeat and some sampled vocals added. Not bad, but again, I'd stick to the original.

People On Streets (Mashed - Japan CD Version) 3:43
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Japan Electric Fire CD
The Japanese CD release of Electric Fire featured two bonus tracks. People On Streets (Mashed) ended the album, so it features the "One Night Stand" ending instead of London Town.

The Whisperers

The Whisperers (Album Version) 6:05
Written by Taylor/Evans
Appears on:
Electric Fire, Track 6

The Whisperers (The Lot Album Version) 6:09
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot, Electric Fire CD-R promo
The Whisperers from The Lot boxset has a very slightly longer intro and outro.

The Whisperers (The Lot DVD Menu Instrumental Excerpt) 1:59
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot
The DVD that comes included in The Lot boxset features a short instrumental version excerpt from The Whisperers. This little instrumental version sets a really nice mood for the DVD; it also makes you wish for an instrumentals CD of Roger's work!

Is It Me?

Is It Me? (Album Version) 3:23
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Electric Fire, Track 7

Is It Me? (The Lot Album Version) 3:28
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot
The original album has the cymbal flourish at the end interrupted by the next track, No More Fun. Here, the cymbal lasts longer by a few extra seconds and is allowed to fully fade-out.

Is It Me Or Is It You 4:44
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Electric Fire CD-R promo
The original version of Is It Me, entitled Is It Me Or Is It You, appears on the very rare promo CD-R of Electric Fire. At 4:44 in length, it is obvious that the song is over a minute longer; featuring extra verses and chrouses not present on the album. Click here to see the full lyrics of the original version.

No More Fun

No More Fun (Album Version) 4:13
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Electric Fire, Track 8

No More Fun (The Lot Album Version) 4:22
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot
No change in the music this time, but the laughter at the end goes on for a lot longer here.

No More Fun (CD-R Promo Version) 3:52
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Electric Fire CD-R promo
No More Fun from the CD-R promo of Electric Fire is surprisingly an edit of what appeared on the final album. When compared to the 1998 CD, the section from 2:59 to 3:24 is removed. The laughing at the end of the track is exactly what appears on the 1998 CD.

No More Fun (Live At The Cyberbarn) 4:22
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
UK Surrender CD single 2
Recorded live at Cyberbarn. A very good, rocking version. It doesn't stray much from the album version, which is a good thing. The performance has lots of energy, which comes across well in the recording.

No More Fun (Live At The Cyberbarn - The Lot Version) 4:24
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot
The 2013 remaster of this great live performance is featured on the Roger Taylor boxset, The Lot. This version is slightly different than the one that appeared on the CD single. The fadeout goes a bit longer so you can hear the end of the laughing bit.

Tonight

Tonight (Album Version) 3:44
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Electric Fire, Track 9
The original 1998 CD had a segue from Tonight into the next song, Where Are You Now. The very start of Where Are You Now is at the end of Tonight, thus creating the segue.

Tonight (The Lot Album Version) 3:47
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot, Electric Fire CD-R promo
The Lot version of Tonight finishes without the segue and without the first second of Where Are You Now?, making it a longer, stand-alone version.

Tonight (Dub Sangria) 3:51
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
UK Pressure On 7" vinyl, UK Pressure On CD single, The Lot
A very interesting up-tempo remix, that is mostly instrumental. Most of the vocals are now gone, with mostly just the chorus vocals remaining. Recommended.

Tonight (Cocktail Mix) 3:50
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Journey's End 10" EP
The Cocktail Mix of Tonight appears exclusively on the 2017 Journey's End 10" vinyl EP. The mix is a fully-realized version of the song, with full vocals and instrumentation. The backing track focuses heavily on the acoustic guitar, featuring a lot of bits used in the Dub Sangria mix.

Tonight (Live At The Cyberbarn) 4:20
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
UK Surrender CD single 2
Recorded live at Cyberbarn. A quieter, more subdued live version. Roger's lead vocals have a minor echo effect added to them. Much more relaxing and peaceful than the album version. Not much has changed though, and it still feels familiar. A well done performance.

Tonight (Live At The Cyberbarn - The Lot Version) 4:22
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot
The 2013 remaster of this great live performance is featured on the Roger Taylor boxset, The Lot. This version is slightly different than the one that appeared on the CD single. Roger Taylor's interaction with the crowd is more audible at the fadeout ending.

Where Are You Now?

Where Are You Now? (Album Version) 4:48
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Electric Fire, Track 10, Electric Fire CD-R promo
The original 1998 CD had a segue from Tonight into Where Are You Now. The very start of Where Are You Now is at the end of Tonight, thus creating the segue. Oddly enough, the CD-R Promo version has the same cut off intro, even though there is no segue from the previous song.

Where Are You Now? (The Lot Album Version) 4:51
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot
As a result of removing the segue between this track and Tonight, this is the complete stand-alone version of Where Are You Now.


Working Class Hero

Working Class Hero (Album Version) 4:41
Written by John Lennon
Appears on:
Electric Fire, Track 11

Working Class Hero (The Lot Album Version) 4:44
Written by John Lennon
Appears on:
The Lot
The Lot album version of Working Class Hero is slightly longer than the 1998 album version. The end of the track is slightly longer, allowing the guitar note to fully fade-out.

Working Class Hero (CD-R Promo Version) 4:43
Written by John Lennon
Appears on:
Electric Fire CD-R promo
Working Class Hero from the Electric Fire CD-R promo has a more abrupt fade-out at the end, making the song slightly shorter than both the 1998 CD and the 2013 remaster.

London Town - C'mon Down

London Town - C'mon Down (Album Version) 7:11
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Electric Fire, Track 12, Electric Fire CD-R promo
The original album version of London Town had a long pause at the end of the song. After the pause, Roger shouts "One Night Stand". One Night Stand was a password to enter on Roger Taylor's website to hear that non-album track.

London Town - C'mon Down (Japan CD Version) 7:00
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Japan Electric Fire CD
The Japanese CD release of Electric Fire featured two bonus tracks. The "One Night Stand" bit was added to the end of the second bonus track instead of London Town.

London Town - C'mon Down (The Lot Album Version) 7:02
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot
Like a lot of the other alternate versions on The Lot edition of Electric Fire, this track features a slightly longer ending, with more audible sound effects of London nightlife before it fades out. The other difference is that unlike the original CD, this version doesn't end with Roger yelling "One night stand!" Now, that wasn't part of the song anyway, it was only there as part of the One Night Stand remix contest in 1998.

London Town - C'mon Down (Single Mix) 3:23
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
UK Surrender 7" vinyl, UK Surrender CD single 1, The Lot
A major single edit of the album version. The intro is much shorter and the outro is now gone. It gets the point of the song across very well in much less time.

Keep A Knockin'

Keep A Knockin' 3:18
Written by Pennyman/Williams/Mays
Appears on:
UK Pressure On CD single (Independent Manchester United Supporter's Association Edition)
A very repetitve song. It is a fun cover with a lot of energy, but one listen is enough. Roger's voice works well for the track. The drumming, piano, and horns all sound great.

Keep A Knockin' (The Lot Version) 3:17
Written by Pennyman/Williams/Mays
Appears on:
The Lot
The original version of Keep A Knockin' that appeared on the Independent Manchester United Supporter's Associate Edition of the Pressure On CD single was not mastered well. You hear muffled background banter and the bass player grabbing on to his bass' frets. The version that appears on The Lot has been fully remastered and removes the studio banner and the bass noise.

One Night Stand

One Night Stand (1998 Version) 3:45
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Internet Exclusive Download, Electric Fire CD-R promo
This track first appeared as a Real Media file from Roger Taylor's official website promoting Electric Fire. Because the only way to hear it was to enter the code "one night stand" when prompted and to have it stream via Real Media player, this original release always sounded kind of murky and ran too slow, likely the result of poor Real Media streaming issues, all drawbacks of the technology of the day. In the years that followed, a high quality version has been leaked to the collecting community, sourced from a test pressing "acetate" CD-R and at last fans could hear the song in proper digital clarity. The song itself has some nice guitar and a heavy beat which keeps it interesting. Worth finding.

One Night Stand (1998 Version - The Lot Mix) 3:53
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
The Lot
The Roger Taylor career-spanning box set The Lot features what is called the 1998 version of One Night Stand. However, it is not the original version that appears on the CD-R acetate or as a Real Media download. The Lot Mix is about 17 seconds longer and features added instrumental bits between the vocals in the first verse.

External Ambience

"External Ambience" 0:55
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
Unreleased
"External Ambience", as it was named by Queen collector John S. Stuart, is a track of ambient sounds and electronic droning. These bits were not used on the album, nor were they officially released.