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The online resource for Queen song versions, B-sides, remixes, and unreleased tracks.


Ice On Fire
Elton John - Ice On Fire
Picking Up Sounds
Man Friday & Jive Junior - Picking Up Sounds
Bushfire
Steve Gregory - Bushfire

Anita Dobson + John Deacon

I Dream Of Christmas 5:05
Written by Brian May
Appears on:
UK Talking Of Love, UK I Dream Of Christmas 12" vinyl
In 1984, both Roger Taylor and Brian May wrote Christmas songs for a potential Queen single release. Roger wrote Thank God It's Christmas and Brian wrote I Dream Of Christmas. Roger's track was the one chosen by the band to complete. Brian's track saw the light of day through Anita Dobson. Brian May wrote, produced, played guitar, and sang backing vocals. John Deacon appears playing bass guitar.

I Dream Of Christmas (Single Edit) 3:56
Written by Brian May
Appears on:
UK I Dream Of Christmas 7" vinyl
The Single Edit of I Dream Of Christmas loses a full minute off of its run-time. The first 30 seconds are removed and an additional 30 seconds of instrumentation are taken from the middle of the track. The ending is also faded early. Brian May wrote, produced, played guitar, and sang backing vocals. John Deacon appears playing bass guitar.

Silly Christmas 5:55
Written by Brian May & Anita Dobson
Appears on:
UK I Dream Of Christmas 7" vinyl
Silly Christmas appears exclusively as a B-side on the I Dream Of Christmas 7" vinyl release. Silly Christmas is similar to I Dream Of Christmas, except Anita sings the song as a child and there are some lyrical changes. Party sound effects are throughout the song and the chorus is sung by a group. Brian May wrote, produced, played guitar, and sang backing vocals. John Deacon appears playing bass guitar.

Bad News + John Deacon
Bohemian Rhapsody (a.k.a. Bohemian Rhapsody - Take 2) 3:38
Written by Freddie Mercury
Appears on:
UK 1987 Bad News LP, UK 1987 Bad News CD, US 1989 Bad News CD, UK 2004 Bad News CD, UK 1993 The Cash In Compilation CD, UK 1987 Bohemian Rhapsody 7" vinyl
Produced by Brian May, Bohemian Rhapsody is the thrid full song from the Bad News LP. This version of Bohemian Rhapsody is obviously a humorous take-off of the Queen classic. It has been rumored that John Deacon plays bass and sings backing vocals. However, there has been no proof to support that claim.

Brian May And Cozy Powell + John Deacon

Nothin' But Blue (Album Version) 3:31
Written by May/Powell
Appears on:
Back To The Light, Track 7
From Brian May's 1992 album, Back To The Light. John Deacon plays bass guitar.

Nothin' But Blue (Guitar Version) a.k.a. Somewhere In Time 3:53
Written by May/Powell
Appears on:
Back To The Light 7" vinyl, UK Back To The Light CD single 2, Back To The Light 3-Track promo CD, The Drums Are Back album by Cozy Powell
A proper instrumental version of the album track with no vocals. This version is longer than the album version by 20 seconds; featuring some additional guitar work from Brian. There's a lot of great guitar work here from Brian that might be otherwise missed on the standard version with vocals. John Deacon provides bass guitar.

Elton John + John Deacon

Too Young 5:10
Written by Bernie Taupin/Elton John
Appears on:
Ice On Fire
An excellent track from Elton John's 1985 album, Ice On Fire, which is an often overlooked album. Roger Taylor provides drums, while fellow Queen member John Deacon plays bass guitar. The song has a slow tempo and is classic Elton John. Highly recommended.

Angeline 3:24
Written by Bernie Taupin/Elton John
Appears on:
Leather Jackets
Both Roger Taylor and John Deacon appeared on this track, which appears on Elton's 1986 album, Leather Jackets. Leather Jackets is widely considered to be a weaker album than his previous 80's releases. This track is nothing special in particular, especially compared to the rest of Elton's catalogue. Angeline is basically a light-hearted throwback 60's style dance rocker.

Errol Brown + John Deacon

This Is Your Time
Written by Deacon/Brown
Appears on:
Unreleased
John co-wrote and played bass on this unreleased 1986 recording from the Hot Chocolate lead singer Errol Brown.

Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe + John Deacon

How Can I Go On (Album Version) 3:59
Written by Mercury/Moran
Appears on:
Barcelona, Track 7
From Freddie Mercury's 1987 solo album, Barcelona. John plays bass guitar.

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
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) 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.

Ian And Belinda + John Deacon

Who Wants To Live Forever 3:52
Written by Brian May
Appears on:
UK Who Wants To Live Forever 7" vinyl, Queen Greatest Video Hits II (Hidden Easter Egg Video)
Who Wants To Live Forever was re-reocrded and released again in 1989 as a charity single for the British Bone Marrow Donor Appeal. Auditions were held for children to sing the lead vocals; Ian Meeson and Belinda Gillett were chosen. Brian May produces, plays guitar, and keyboards. Roger Taylor plays percussion, John Deacon is on bass, and Michael Kamen arranges. The track was recorded in June 1989 at Abbey Road Studios.

Who Wants To Live Forever (Instrumental Version) 3:47
Written by Brian May
Appears on:
UK Who Wants To Live Forever 7" vinyl, UK Who Wants To Live Forever 12" vinyl
The instrumental of the new Ian And Belinda version of Who Wants To Live Forever is simply the backing track with no lead vocals. This is a nice version to have, just to hear the new arrangement of the song.

Who Wants To Live Forever (Extended Version) 4:11
Written by Brian May
Appears on:
UK Who Wants To Live Forever 12" vinyl
The Extended Version of the Ian and Belinda version of Who Wants To Live Forever features an excellent orchestral intro that unfortunately is missing from the proper version. This version appears exclusively on the 12" vinyl single.

Who Wants To Live Forever (Original Demo) 3:47
Written by Brian May
Appears on:
UK Who Wants To Live Forever 12" vinyl
The demo version of Who Wants To Live Forever is a working version of the track. Brian wanted a guide vocal work off of the new version of the song. The most readily available child vocalist was none other than his daugher, Louisa May. The backing track is the keyboard synthesizer and some percussion.

Man Friday And Jive Junior + John Deacon

Picking Up Sounds 5:00
Written by Man Friday/John Deacon/Robert Ahwai
Appears on:
UK Picking Up Sounds 7" vinyl, UK Picking Up Sounds 12" vinyl
From 1983, definitely not something you would expect to be associated with the Queen catalogue. John co-wrote, played bass, and co-produced this track. The song is actually a rap song with some background synthesizers. John's bass is very prominent and drives the song.

Picking Up Sounds (Radio Mix) 4:46
Written by Man Friday/John Deacon/Robert Ahwai
Appears on:
UK Picking Up Sounds 7" vinyl, UK Picking Up Sounds 12" vinyl
Somewhat similar to the A-side version, this could be best described as an instrumental mix. The song is slightly edited for time and starts with an airplane flyover sound effect. There are a few samples of television newscasts throughout the radio mix that are not present on the regular version. The main rapper is not present during most of the song.

Minako Honda + John Deacon

Roulette 3:05
Written by Deacon/Ahwai
Appears on:
Cancel
A 1986 track from Japanese singer Minako Honda. This track is actually a Japanese cover version of The Immortal's track, No Turning Back. John of course co-wrote and possibly played bass on the track. Also of interest, the entire album was produced by Brian May.

Roger Taylor + John Deacon

I Cry For You (Love, Hope And Confusion) (Album Version) 4:16
Written by Taylor/Richards
Appears on:
Strange Frontier, Track 10
From Roger Taylor's 1984 album Strange Frontier. The track is written by Roger Taylor and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo fame. John provides bass guitar.

I Cry For You (Love, Hope And Confusion) (Single Remix) 4:10
Written by Taylor/Richards, Remixed by John Deacon & Mack
Appears on:
UK Strange Frontier 7" vinyl, The Lot
A nice single remix by fellow Queen member John Deacon (with some added bass playing) and Mack. At first the track starts off the same, but noticably changes with some different synth sounds, heavy bass (not surprising), and without the vocal intro.

I Cry For You (Love, Hope And Confusion) (Extended Mix) 6:27
Written by Taylor/Richards, Remixed by John Deacon & Mack
Appears on:
UK Strange Frontier 12" vinyl, The Lot
Remixed by John Deacon and Queen producer Mack. The final extended version from the Strange Frontier sessions is just as good as the previous two. This features a new intro with some great stereo vocal and sound effects. Highly recommended just because the added parts add so much to the richness of the track. Many consider this to be the best version of the song.

I Cry For You (Love, Hope And Confusion) (1996 Remaster Error) 4:22
Written by Taylor/Richards, Remixed by John Deacon
Appears on:
UK Strange Frontier CD Remaster (1996)
Strange Frontier finally made its digital appearance with a 1996 CD remastered by Tony Cousins and Joshua J. Macrae. The CD sounded decent enough, but there was one remaster error on I Cry For You. The song itself is identical to the original version, but in a mastering error, after the song fades out there’s a few seconds of silence before several seconds of the beginning of “Racing In The Street” can be heard. It cuts off abruptly, and is rather quiet, so you may not even notice it.

SAS Band + John Deacon

That's The Way God Planned It 4:12
Written by Billy Preston
Appears on:
The SAS Band
From Spike Edney's All Star Band release in 1997. This Billy Preston cover features multiple musicians on vocals and instruments. Roger Taylor appears singing a verse, plays drums, and singings backing vocals. John Deacon plays bass.

Steve Gregory + John Deacon

Bushfire 4:26
Written by Steve Gregory
Appears on:
Bushfire
From Steve Gregory's 1994 album, Bushfire. John Deacon plays bass on the title track. The album and track are all instrumentals. Steve Gregory should be known to Queen fans as the saxophone player on One Year Of Love. Also of note, Robert Ahwai of The Immortals appears on the album, playing guitar, and photography for the album is done by Veronica Deacon.