QUEEN are FREDDIE MERCURY (vocals, piano), BRIAN MAY (guitars, piano, vocals),
DEACON JOHN (bass guitar), ROGER MEDDOWS-TAYLOR (percussion, vocals).
Representing at last something of what Queen music has been over the last three years,
this album was produced by JOHN ANTHONY, ROY BAKER, and QUEEN
at Trident Studios, London, for Neptune productions,
and engineered by Roy Baker, Mike Stone, Ted Sharpe, Dave Henschel.
(The Night Comes Down recorded by Louie Austin at De Lane Lea Studios)
All titles published by Queen Music Ltd / EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
(Our warmest thanks to Mary Lewis, Terry Yeadon, Dave Siddell, Louie Austin,
Ken Testi, Peter Edmonds, Micky Russell, John Anthony, Ronnie Beck, Jack Nelson,
Maureen Scully, Norman and Barry Sheffield and all the Trident People.)
Queen's equipment supervised by JOHN HARRIS. Queen's photographer Douglas Puddifoot;
cover design Douglas, Freddie and Brian ... and nobody played synthesizer.
Queen management: Jim Beach.
1991 Hollywood Records Remaster
Digitally Remastered by Eddy Schreyer at Future Disc Systems, Hollywood.
1998 Digital Remaster by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios
Remastering Co-ordination by Justin Shirley-Smith
These Analogue Masters have been Digitally transfered at 24 bits Resolution
Processed using Sonic Solutions NO NOISE Technology
and Mastered to 16 bit using Prism SNS Noise Shaping
Remastered by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios 2001.
This 2011 version has been meticulously re-created using the finest modern analogue and digital technology.
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME.
Audio supervised by Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson.
Additional audio restoration by Kris Fredriksson.
Special thanks: Joshua J Macrae, Greg Brooks, Gary Taylor
Official International Queen Fan Club - www.queenworld.com
Executive Producers: Brian May and Roger Taylor
Bonus EP Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME. Audio restoration by Kris Fredriksson.
De Lane Lea Demos: Produced by Queen. Recorded and Mixed by Louis Austin.
Transfer from original acetate by Miles Showell and Crispin Murray at Metropolis.
Mad The Swine: Produced by Queen, John Anthony and Roy Thomas Baker. Mixed by David Richards.
Special Thanks: Joshua J Macrae, Greg Brooks, Gary Taylor, Paul Alexander and all at Cedar Audio.
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De Lane Lea Studios
London, England (Wembley)
The De Lane Lea Studios were started in 1947 by Major Jacques De Lane Lea. Their initial function was to dub English films into French. In 1969, a De Lane Lea studio located in Kingsway was popular with many artists including Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and Deep Purple. The Kingsway studio was also used by Smile for some of their recordings.
In 1971, the new De Lane Lea Music Center was opened in Wembley. That December, Queen were used to test the studio equipment. In exchange for their services, Queen were allowed to use the studio to record a free demo tape. The tape was recorded by Louis Austin and was sent to major labels in an attempt to get signed. One song from this session, The Night Comes Down, was used (albeit remixed) for the first album.
De Lane Lea Music Center - Wembley
Freddie Mercury in Studio 3
Freddie Mercury & Louie Austin
Trident Studios was started by the Sheffield brothers, Norman and Barry, in 1967. The studios developed a reputation for excellent sound, partly due to it's A Range consoles and it's Bechstein piano. Classics such as Hey Jude, Space Oddity, and Your Song were recorded there.
In 1972, the Sheffield brothers signed Queen to a production contract, acting as a middle-man between Queen and EMI. Queen's first three albums were recorded at this studio. The first album was recorded during downtime, which resulted in fragmented sessions at very odd hours.
Studio A Control Room
Queen with engineer Mike Stone
Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury, & Brian May