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The Unusual Anthology
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Album by Queen
Released 2018
Length 12:41:04
Format MP3
Producer(s) Golden Salmon



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This is version 2.0 of the original “Unusual Collection”. It became quite massive in the end! My original plan was to create a 40-track collection of unusual tracks, but then I saw that I could do so much more with what’s available from Queen and solo acts and I started creating individual thematic volumes, neatly categorizing these recordings. I didn’t want this to become yet another random collection, but rather an innovative compilation with interesting material, presented in a creative way.

Creating this anthology has been a real treat for me, since the compilation process allowed me to fill the gaps in my archives as I didn’t own some of the tracks included here, or in their best sound quality – sometimes requiring some restoration from me. That said, it involved a lot of work, time and even money. I’ll always appreciate any fan share that involves any amount of effort to create and present new material, or old material in a new way, because now I know the dedication it requires to do a decent job.

For this definitive version I’m providing actual IDtag information, which was missing from the original 5 volumes. It also features the latest standalone “Volume +”, on top of revised file names, source upgrades of previously available recordings and more importantly, a number of additions to go beyond 200 tracks and 12 hours of music!

Also, since it can be inconvenient for some fans to deal with over 4 GB of data, I’m still splitting the Anthology in 6 separate volumes, as well as providing a 192 kbit VBR MP3 version for those who don’t care about lossless formats.

Track listingEdit

The Unusual PerformancesEdit

  1. Queen - Procession (early recording, 1973-09-13 London)
  2. Queen - Father To Son (early recording, different lyrics, 1973-09-13 London)
  3. Queen - See What A Fool I've Been (early recording, different lyrics, 1973-09-13 London)
  4. Queen - Ogre Battle (early recording, different lyrics, 1973-09-13 London)
  5. Queen - Hangman (unreleased song, 1975-05-01 Tokyo)
  6. Queen - You Take My Breath Away (early performance, 1976-09-18 Hyde Park, London)
  7. Queen - Under Pressure (soundcheck, 1981-10-17 Puebla)
  8. Queen - I Go Crazy (guitar solo, 1982-05-12 Vienna)
  9. Queen - Foolin' Around (impromptu, 1984-09-14 Milan)
  10. Queen - Living On My Own (impromptu, 1984-09-21 Brussels)
  11. Queen - Let Me Out (guitar solo, 1985-01-19 Rio de Janeiro)
  12. Queen - Chinese Torture (guitar solo, 1986-08-09 Knebworth Park)
  13. The Cross - Feel The Force (early version, different lyrics, 1987-11-06 Meltdown, Thames TV) *^
  14. The Cross - Tear It Up or Bad Attitude (different lyrics, 1990-12-07 London) *
  15. Brian May - Last Horizon (first performance with early backing track, 1991-08-17 live at Richard Digance show) (48 kHz) *^
  16. Brian May - Business (first performance, 1993-06-16 London) *
  17. Brian May - Tie Your Mother Down (story and acoustic version for VH1, 1998-06-16 London) (48 kHz) *
  18. Queen - We Will Rock You (unique version, 2003-06-12 Songwriters Hall of Fame) *^
  19. Queen - Say It's Not True (first performance, 2003-11-29 Cape Town) ^
  20. Queen - Invincible Hope - 46664 The Call (only performances) - The Show Must Go On (2003-11-29 Cape Town) ^
  21. NUS! Brian May & Roger Taylor - I Was Born To Love You (acoustic duet, 2005-10-27 Saitama) (48 kHz)
  22. TRA!! Queen - Rock It (Prime Jive) (Freddie Mercury lead vocals, 1981-02-16 Tokyo) *

The Unusual VersionsEdit

  1. Queen - Jesus (demo sourced from Trident Studios acetate) ^
  2. Queen - Son And Daughter (Australian censored shitless single version) ^
  3. Queen - Brighton Rock (raw multitrack mix with extra bits) *^
  4. Queen - Killer Queen (raw multitrack mix with extra bits) *^
  5. Queen - Stone Cold Crazy (Trent Reznor remix, promo version with uncut ending) *^
  6. Queen - Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon (withdrawn preliminary mix, missing line) ^
  7. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (raw multitrack mix with extra bits) *^
  8. Queen - God Save The Queen (single version, full volume intro) ^
  9. Queen - Tie Your Mother Down (Trent Reznor remix) ^
  10. Queen - We Are The Champions (different guitars, 1977-11-03 Top of the Pops) ^
  11. Queen - Get Down, Make Love (raw multitrack mix with extra bits) *^
  12. Queen - Another One Bites The Dust (extended version, DJ promo?) *
  13. Queen - Flash's Theme (TED OST, no dialogues)
  14. Queen + David Bowie - Under Pressure (Mike Spencer mix)
  15. Queen - Hammer To Fall (Malouf remix)
  16. Freddie Mercury - Foolin' Around (Teachers version) ^
  17. Freddie Mercury - She Blows Hot And Cold (unedited version)
  18. Queen - A Kind Of Magic (Hot Tracks extended edit) *^
  19. Queen - One Year Of Love (extended version)
  20. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Exercises In Free Love (MC lead vocals, with studio banter) *
  21. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - The Golden Boy (horn remix)
  22. Queen - I Can't Live With You (Malouf remix) ^
  23. Freddie Mercury - Love Kills (Symphony mix)
  24. Brian May - Too Much Love Will Kill You (piano version - Hollywood Records master error) ^
  25. Queen - Let Me In Your Heart Again (William Orbit extended mix) (48 kHz) ^
  26. Queen - There Must Be More To Life Than This (Gold mix - Chris Thomas version?) *^
  27. NUS! Queen - All Dead, All Dead (hybrid Freddie - Brian lead vocals version) (48 kHz) ^
  28. TRA!! Brian May - Otro Lugar (Another World - Spanish version) ^

The Unusual SharesEdit

  1. Queen - Keep Yourself Alive (Trident Studios early version)
  2. Queen - In The lap of the Gods - Part 2 (from Trident Studios reel to reel tape)
  3. Queen - Love Of My Life (piano take) ^
  4. Queen - People Of The Earth (The Prophet's Song - early version) ^
  5. Queen - Tie Your Mother Down (alternate take excerpt, Wessex Sound Studios) ^
  6. Queen - You Take My Breath Away (alternate take excerpt, Wessex Sound Studios) ^
  7. Queen - Teo Torriate (alternate take excerpt, Wessex Sound Studios) ^
  8. Queen - Sheer Heart Attack (alternate version, Wessex Sound Studios)
  9. Queen - Las Palabras De Amor (rejected version, Musicland tape)
  10. Queen - Cool Cat (take 2) ^
  11. Queen - Keep Passing The Open Windows (early demo) ^
  12. Queen - Keep Passing The Open Windows (later demo) ^
  13. Freddie Mercury - New York (home demo)
  14. Queen - One Year Of Love (Townhouse Studios alternative version)
  15. Queen - Princes Of The Universe (Townhouse Studios alternative version)
  16. Queen - You Are The Only One (A Kind Of Magic sessions)
  17. Queen - Back To Storm (unreleased demo) ^
  18. Queen - Back To Storm (little instrumental boogie unreleased demo) ^
  19. Freddie Mercury - Barcelona (1987 early version) *
  20. Queen - Dog With A Bone (complete version) ^
  21. Queen - Face It Alone (full unreleased demo)
  22. Queen - Innuendo (1989 session) (48 kHz) *
  23. Queen - I'm Going Slightly Mad (Totally Bonkers version - fan club message) ^
  24. Queen - Headlong (demo, high quality)
  25. Queen - Don't Try So Hard (early version) (48 kHz) *
  26. Queen - All God's People (preview mix)
  27. Queen - Affairs (unreleased demo)
  28. Queen - Grand Dame (unreleased demo)
  29. Brian May & Cozy Powell - Marie's The Name (Of His Latest Flame) (unreleased cover) *
  30. Roger Taylor - Surrender (original acetate version) ^
  31. Roger Taylor - Is It Me? (original version) ^
  32. Roger Taylor - I Am The Drummer (In A Rock And Roll Band) (early version) *
  33. NUS! Queen - White Christmas (live cover, 22-12-1977 Los Angeles)
  34. TRA!! Queen - Let's Make Love (1986 demo snippet) *^

The Unusual MixesEdit

  1. Brighton Rock (raw instrumental)
  2. Tenement Funster (instrumental) (48 kHz)
  3. Now I'm Here (no fade out) (48 kHz)
  4. Now I'm Here (no fade out, no keyboards) (48 kHz)
  5. Now I'm Here (no fade out, no keyboards, no extras) (48 kHz)
  6. Stone Cold Crazy (instrumental) (48 kHz)
  7. Death On Two Legs (no fade in)
  8. Death On Two Legs (instrumental)
  9. I'm In Love With My Car (no motor sounds) (48 kHz)
  10. I'm In Love With My Car (instrumental) (48 kHz)
  11. Bohemian Rhapsody (raw instrumental)
  12. Bohemian Rhapsody (first outtakes mix - by C_Matt) (48 kHz)
  13. Bohemian Rhapsody (second outtakes mix - by C_Matt) (48 kHz)
  14. Keep Yourself Alive (Long Lost Retake edit, no fade out) (48 kHz)
  15. Keep Yourself Alive (Long Lost Retake edit, no fade out, instrumental) (48 kHz)
  16. Tie Your Mother Down (simple mix) (48 kHz)
  17. Long Away (instrumental) (48 kHz)
  18. We Are The Champions (no fade out) (48 kHz)
  19. Get Down, Make Love (raw mix, no synths)
  20. Get Down, Make Love (raw mix, instrumental)
  21. Get Down, Make Love (raw mix, no synths, instrumental)
  22. Don't Stop Me Now (instrumental - by CMI)
  23. Play The Game (no synths, no fade out) (48 kHz)
  24. Crazy Little Thing Called Love (no fade out) (48 kHz)
  25. Radio Ga Ga (no fade out) (48 kHz)
  26. I Want To Break Free (no fade in, no fade out) (48 kHz)
  27. I Want To Break Free (no keyboards, no fade in, no fade out) (48 kHz)
  28. One Vision (simple mix) (48 kHz)
  29. The Show Must Go On (edit, no keyboards) (48 kHz)
  30. The Show Must Go On (edit, no keyboards, instrumental) (48 kHz)
  31. Queen minus - C-Lebrity (instrumental) (48 kHz)
  32. Spread Your Wings (rear channel mix) (48 kHz)
  33. Save Me (rear channel mix) (48 kHz)
  34. The Invisible Man (rear channel mix + guitar solo) (48 kHz)
  35. Breakthru (rear channel mix) (48 kHz)
  36. Scandal (rear channel mix) (48 kHz)
  37. '39 (stripped mix - by C_Matt)
  38. Coming Soon (no rear channel mix) (48 kHz)
  39. Machines (live intro recreation - by Vicspec)
  40. Who Wants to Live Forever (Freddie intro restored mix - by C_Matt) (48 kHz)
  41. New York, New York (high quality restored version - by C_Matt) (48 kHz)
  42. I Want It All (restored full length version - 2015 merge by CMI)
  43. You Take My Breath Away (restored instrumental - by CMI)
  44. You Take My Breath Away (Defining Shorter Edit - by Defining Awesome) (24 bit)
  45. You Don't Fool Me (fixed instrumental - by CMI)
  46. Killer Queen (balanced raw multitrack mix, no clicks - by Defining Awesome) (24 bit)
  47. You Are The Only One (additional drums and bass mix - arranged by Riccardo Santagati)
  48. NUS! Made In Heaven (Queen Studio Experience multitrack mix)
  49. NUS! Mother Love (Queen Studio Experience multitrack mix)
  50. TRA!! Brian May - Last Horizon (backing track from brianmay.com) *^

The Unusual BonusesEdit

  1. Queen - We're gonna have some fun right now (1978-12-01 Montreal)
  2. Queen - Now I'm Here (Top of the Pops 1975, excerpt from From Rags To Rhapsody) (48 kHz) ^
  3. Queen - '39 (Brian's performance from The Making Of A Night At The Opera - by C_Matt) (48 kHz)
  4. Queen - Love of My Life (Brian's performance from The Making Of A Night At The Opera - by C_Matt) (48 kHz)
  5. Queen - Good Company (Brian's performance from The Making Of A Night At The Opera - by C_Matt) (48 kHz)
  6. Queen - Coming Soon (alternate take, sourced from DVDA's MLP track) (96 kHz 24 bit)
  7. Queen - Cool Cat (restored original mix with David Bowie's backing vocals - by CMI)
  8. Queen - Take Another Piece Of My Heart (Let Me Live) (with Rod Stewart, excerpt from The Great Pretender) (48 kHz)
  9. Queen - There Must Be More To Life Than This (with Michael Jackson, different take excerpt from The Great Pretender) (48 kHz) *
  10. Queen - Invisible Queen (1989 fan club flexi promo) (48 kHz)
  11. Queen - You Don't Fool Me (Late Mix) (Roger Taylor backing vocals excerpt)
  12. Queen - You Don't Fool Me (Sexy Club Mix) (Roger Taylor backing vocals excerpt) ^
  13. Queen - 46664 - The Call (mix 2) ^
  14. Queen - Invincible Hope ^
  15. Queen - Invincible Hope (One Year On remix) ^
  16. Freddie Mercury - I Was Born To Love You (demo, corrected) ^
  17. Freddie Mercury - Man Made Paradise (early version from The Untold Story) (48 kHz) *
  18. Freddie Mercury - It's So You (alternate version from The Untold Story) (48 kHz) *
  19. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - working tape excerpts (from The Untold Story) (48 kHz) *
  20. Freddie Mercury - I am a man, I am a man, Hand of God be true (reversed excerpt from Overture Piccante)
  21. Brian May, John Deacon & Anita Dobson - I Dream Of Christmas
  22. Brian May & Anita Dobson - Let Me In (Your Heart Again)
  23. Brian May - Lost Opportunity (improvised excerpt, 1995-09-22 Zucchero's Birthday Party) (48 kHz)
  24. Brian May - Driven By You (TV Ford ad version, high quality)
  25. Brian May - Hard Business (TV series instrumental theme)
  26. Brian May - The Stretch (TV series opening theme)
  27. Brian May - Fun At The Funeral Parlour (TV series opening theme)
  28. Brian May & Tim Staffell - Earth (2003 duet)
  29. Brian May & Tim Staffell - Doin' Alright (2003 duet)
  30. Brian May on the radio - Last Horizon (first tidbit, 1991-04-17 Pirate Radio, Los Angeles)
  31. Brian May on the radio - Sleeping On The Sidewalk - Tie Your Mother Down - Last Horizon (1998-06-03 Onda Diez)
  32. Brian May on the radio - España (1998-06-03 Gomaespuma) ^
  33. Brian May on the radio - Something gentle (1998-06-03 Gomaespuma) ^
  34. Brian May on the radio - Tie Your Mother Down (1998-06-03 Gomaespuma) ^
  35. Brian May on the radio - Goodbye (1998-06-03 Gomaespuma) ^
  36. Brian May on the radio - Hammer To Fall (complete recording, 1998-06-14 Cadena 100) *
  37. Cozy Powell & Jamie Page - Ride The Night (Ride To Win - Resurrection demo) *
  38. Roger Taylor & Jeff Beck - Say It's Not True (2011-06-04 Wintershall Estate)
  39. Roger Taylor - Absolutely Anything (soundtrack song) (48 kHz)
  40. NUS! Brian May & Roger Taylor - God Save the Queen (2002-06-03 Party at the Palace, London)
  41. TRA!! Queen - One Vision (longer outtake from Greatest Video Hits 2) (48 kHz)

Unusual GuestsEdit

  1. Queen + Ian & Belinda - Who Wants To Live Forever (extended version 1989) ^
  2. Brian May + Gary Cherone, Joe Satriani & Steve Vai - Now I'm Here (1991-10-19 Guitar Legends, Sevilla) (48 kHz) ^
  3. Brian May + Extreme - Love Of My Life (1992)
  4. Brian May + Hank Marvin - We Are The Champions (instrumental duet 1992)
  5. Brian May + Slash - Tie Your Mother Down (1993-04-05 Jay Leno's Tonight Show)
  6. Roger Taylor + Friends - A Kind Of Magic (1994-04-29 Mick Ronson Memorial Concert)
  7. Brian May + Jennifer Rush - Who Wants To Live Forever (duet 1995)
  8. Roger Taylor + SAS Band - Radio Ga Ga (2000-02-19 London)
  9. Queen + 5ive - We Will Rock You (radio version 2000)
  10. Queen + Robbie Williams - We Are The Champions (main radio mix 2001)
  11. Queen + Foo Fighters - Tie Your Mother Down (2001-03-19 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) ^
  12. Brian May + Claire Sweeney - Too Much Love Will Kill You (2002) (48 kHz) ^
  13. Queen + Will Young & Phil Collins - We Are The Champions (2002-06-03 Party at the Palace, London) (48 kHz) ^
  14. Queen + WWRY London cast - Bohemian Rhapsody (2002-06-03 Party at the Palace, London) (48 kHz) ^
  15. Queen + Luciano Pavarotti - Too Much Love Will Kill You (duet 2003-05-27 Modena) ^
  16. Queen + John Farnham - We Will Rock You (2003)
  17. Queen + Annie Crummer - Another One Bites The Dust (2003) ^
  18. Queen + Eva María Cortés - Sólo Por Ti (No-One But You, long version 2004)
  19. Queen + Britney Spears, Beyoncé & Pink - We Will Rock You (edit 2004) ^
  20. Queen + WWRY German cast - We Will Rock You (2004-12-11 Wetten Dass) ^
  21. Queen + WWRY German cast - We Are The Champions (2004-12-11 Wetten Dass) ^
  22. Roger Taylor + Band Du Lac - These Are The Days Of Our Lives (2005-06-11 Surrey) (48 kHz) ^
  23. Roger Taylor + Band Du Lac - I Want To Break Free (2005-06-11 Surrey) (48 kHz) ^
  24. Brian May + Diana Ross - Crazy Little Thing Called Love (2006)
  25. Queen + Foo Fighters - Day-O - We Will Rock You (intro) - Tie Your Mother Down (2006-06-17 Hyde Park) (48 kHz)
  26. Brian May + Momo Cortés - Tanto Amor No Es Bueno (Too Much Love Will Kill You, 2007) ^
  27. Brian May + Catherine Porter - Somebody To Love (2009) ^
  28. Brian May + Kerry Ellis & Rufus Tiger Taylor - Save Me (2010)
  29. Brian May + Tangerine Dream - Guitar solo - We Will Rock You - Impromptu (2011-06-27 Starmus Festival)
  30. Brian May + Dappy - We Will Rock You (BBC Live Lounge 2012) ^
  31. Queen + VonLichten - We Will Rock You (2012) (48 kHz) ^
  32. Queen + Jessie J - Day-O - Brighton Rock - We Will Rock You (uncut performance - 2012-08-12 London, Olympics Closing Ceremony) (48 kHz) *
  33. Queen + Jessie J - Day-O - Brighton Rock - We Will Rock You (edited, corrected - 2012-08-12 London, Olympics Closing Ceremony) *
  34. Brian May + Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble - '39 (2014-09-26 Starmus Festival) (48 kHz) ^
  35. Queen + David Bowie & Annie Lennox - Under Pressure (1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute rehearsal) (48 kHz) *
  36. Queen + George Michael & Lisa Stansfield - These Are The Days Of Our Lives (1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute rehearsal) (48 kHz) *
  37. Queen + George Michael - Somebody To Love (1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute rehearsal) (48 kHz) *
  38. NUS! Queen + Anastacia - Amandla (2003) ^
  39. TRA!! Brian May + My Chemical Romance - We Will Rock You (2011-08-26 Reading Festival) ^

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