Liner Notes


All tracks performed exclusively by Queen
All songs written by: Freddie Mercury - Brian May - John Deacon - Roger Taylor

Management: Jim Beach

Album engineered by David Richards
Assistant engineers: Andrew Bradfield, John Brough, Angelique Cooper,
Claude Frider, Andy Mason, Justin Shirley-Smith

Album recorded at Olympic Studios and the Townhouse Studios, London, England
and Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland.
Computer programming: Brian Zellis
Studio equipment co-ordination: Martin P. Groves and Brian Zellis

Computer keyboards: Passport Master Tracks Software
Tannoy speakers by Tannoy Ltd.

Album sleeve design: Richard Gray - based on an idea by Queen
Quantel graphic paintbox operator: Richard Baker
Original photography: Simon Fowler
Make-up: Paul Kennington

World publicity: Roxy Meade, Lipsey Meade PR.

Special thanks to:
Gerry Stickells, Julie Nash, Claude Nobs, Misa Watanabe, Gilbert Marouani,
Peter Freestone, Joe Fannelli, Terry Giddings, Jacky Gunn, Nicola Froude,
Anita Dobson, David Mallet, Jacqui Byford, Melanie Martin, Vicky Soder,
Andre Gauchat, Peter Chant, Bryan Lask, Mike Silverstone, Coutts & Co,
Robert Lee, Penny Robinson, Marjie Winter, Gwen, Sara, Elena.

1991 Hollywood Records Remaster
Digitally remastered by Eddy Schreyer at Future Disc Systems, Hollywood.

2001 Remaster
Remastered by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios 2001.

2011 Remaster
This 2011 version has been meticulously re-created using the finest modern analogue
and digital technology from the original first-generation master mixes.
Executive Producers: Brian May and Roger Taylor.
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME.
Audio Supervised by Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson.
Additional audio restoration by Kris Fredriksson.
Additional audio supervision by Joshua J Macrae.
Special thanks: Greg Brooks, Gary Taylor.

Bonus EP
Executive Producers: Brian May and Roger Taylor.
Bonus EP mastered by Adam Ayan, except tracks 3 and 5 mastered by Bob Ludwig, at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME.
Audio restoration by Kris Fredriksson.
Audio supervised by Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson.
All bonus tracks produced by Queen and David Richards. Engineered by David Richards.
Special Thanks: Greg Brooks, Gary Taylor, Declan O'Regan and all at FX Copyroom.
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Recording Studios

Olympic Sound Studios
London, England

The Olympic Sound Studios was built in 1906 and served as a theatre and later a cinema. The building was used in the 1950s as a television studio until it was purchased by Olympic Sound Studios for commercial recording.

The studio was used by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and many other famous acts of the 70s. Queen recorded portions of A Night At The Opera and The Miracle there.

The studio was closed by Virgin in 2009. It has since been converted into a cinema.

Olympic Studios exterior

Brian May with fans, 1988

Freddie Mercury with fans, 1988

The Town House Studios
West London, England

The Town House was built in 1978 by Richard Branson as part of his Virgin Studios Group. The studio was known for it's drum sound, which can be heard on the Phil Collins hit In The Air Tonight. The building also housed a mastering department called The Town House Cutting Room.

A few Queen releases were partially recorded there including A Kind Of Magic, The Miracle, and Flash Gordon. A few solo releases were also recorded there including parts of Barcelona, Shove It, and Back To The Light.

After several ownership changes, the studios closed in May 2008.

The Town House exterior

The Town House exterior

The Cutting Room

Mountain Studios
Mountreux, Switzerland

In 1975, Mountain Studios was built in the then new Montreux Casino by Tom Hidley. Queen first recorded there in 1978 for their album "Jazz". Queen were impressed with the fascilities and bought the studio for their own use the following year. David Richards, who joined the studio in 1977, went on to produce and engineer many of Queen's albums and their solo efforts.

Parts of Jazz, Hot Space, A Kind Of Magic, The Miracle, Innuendo, and Made In Heaven were all recorded at the studio. Solo efforts including Back To The Light, Barcelona, Fun In Space, Strange Frontier, Shove It, and Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know were all in part recorded there as well.

David Richards took full ownership of the studio in the mid 1990s and moved it to nearby Attalens, Switzerland. Richards owned the studio up until his death in 2013.

The Mountain Studios Control Room

Freddie Mercury in the control room

Roger Taylor recording in the studio