STOP! What you have just picked up is
not your normal kind
of album. Not an album which has been "thoughtfully
pieced together by a coordinated band as a balanced and
polished listening experience." Not a Queen album. Not a
solo Brian May album. It is a record of a unique event.
On the 21st and 22nd of April 1983, five musicians from diff-
erent backgrounds, who had previously known each other only as
friends, played together for the first time. Purely for fun. In listening
this record, I hope you will share in the excitement we felt.
STAR FLEET is the theme tune for a superb t.v. sci-fi series
broadcast in England for kids of all ages; Japanese visuals and British
soundtrack including music by Paul Bliss. The heroes pilot space
vehicles which can assemble into a giant robot for land battles. The
aliens fly fantastic insect-like craft which spawn smaller fighting
machines; all intent on possession of the secret of F Zero One...
been introduced to all this by my small boy, I became equally obsessed
by it, and formed the idea of making a hard rock version of the title
A few months later I found myself in Los Angeles doing very little.
I suddenly realized that four musicians, with whom I'd long wanted
play, were at the ned of a local telephone call. To my great surprise,
all liked the ideas I had, so I took my courage in both hands, booked
studio, and in we went. None of us had done this kind of thing before
no record company, no plans for release, no back-up organizations
us. Just for fun.
In STAR FLEET, recorded on the first day, you can hear a kind
of nervous exhilaration. The new situation produced a strange and
different kind of energy.
In LET ME OUT - an old song of mine which found new life -
and in BLUES BREAKER, which of course is purely spontaneous, you
can hear a much more relaxed set of people, just laying back and
enjoying the fresh inspiration of each other's playing...
I could have put away these tapes in a bottom drawer and kept
them as a private record of one of the best experiences of my life.
the few people I've played them for have urged me to "publish;'
and it will
make me very happy if others can enjoy this stuff the way I have.
I've attempted to hone STAR FLEET into something like a
"proper record" - my thanks to ROGER for helping me with
vocals. But I haven't messed one scrap with the tracking done on the
day. The rest is simply mixed 'naked'.
In BLUES BREAKER you can hear us smiling as we search for
answering phrases. In the last solo of LET ME OUT, Edward tortures
top string to its audible death and winds up quite naturally on the
remaining five. The rest I'll leave to imagination. It's not too hard
out who did what!
Thank You!! Enjoy!!!
PRODUCED BY BRIAN MAY
Mixed by: Mack
Engineered by: Mike Beiriger
Additional Engineering by: Nick Froome
Vocals & Guitars: BRIAN MAY
GUITAR: EDWARD VAN HALEN (Edward Van Halen appears courtesy of Warner
Bros. Records Inc.)
Drums: ALAN GRATZER (Alan Gratzer appears courtesy of Epic Records)
Bass: PHIL CHEN
Keyboards: FRED MANDEL
Recorded at the Record Plant, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Mixed at SARM East and SARM West, London, England
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M, Los Angeles, California.
Sleeve assembled by Brian and Capitol Records Art Department from
material kindly supplied by Central TV, Phil Chen and Mr. Zellis
Special Thanks to Brian Zellis for equipment supervision
Thanks also to Terry Flounders, Kevin Morrison, Ed Delena,
Jim Scott, Beemer Basich, Bob Kraushaar, Lizard & Motor, Paul
Bliss, Central TV, John Barrick, Noel Monk, Jim Beach,
Paul Prenter, Julie, Sara and our friends at the EMI and Capitol Organizations.
And a very special thanks to Jimmy May for giving me this whole idea.