Biography > Queen Biography for 1972

Last updated: March 04, 2009
In January John organised a gig for Queen at Bedford College. Some friends of his at Bedford told him that it would be good. That night Queen played to just six people...

Queen were still an unsigned band - and were beginning to get a little frustrated with their lack of progress. A glimmer of hope materialised with Chrysalis Records. They showed a great deal of interest and even went as far as offering the band a deal. After much contemplation though the bad decided that the terms were not good enough, and turned the offer down.

A constant stream of established production personnel pass through the studio's everyday, checking out the new facilities and listening to the recording quality. Amongst these are two staff engineers from Wardour Street's Trident Studio's, Roy Thomas Baker and John Anthony. John is impressed with the Band and remembers Brian and Roger from Smile - he produced their single "Earth". Roy and John both return to Trident convinced they have discovered a hotbed of talent. They persuade their employers, Barry and Norman Sheffield to investigate the band further.

After Barry Sheffield watches the antics of Freddie Mercury and his colourful friends at the Forest Hill Hospital Dance, he is convinced that John and Roy are not exaggerating. It is decided that Queen should be signed to Trident as soon as possible. As soon as possible turns out to be quite a loose term, and the band are finally signed later in the year after a showcase gig at the Pheasanty in the Kings Road.

The Trident deal was made up of three separate agreement - the publishing rights, recording deal and management deal. Queen were really pushing their luck as Trident may have not thought it was worth the trouble. However, in the end Trident realised that Queen were worth keeping and complied with their wishes. Queen were so particular about the contract because of Brian and Roger's experience with Mercury when they were in Smile. They had been badly burnt and dismayed by the Record industry. The Trident contract was written to protect them from that happening again.

Upon the signing, Trident furnish Queen with a new PA system and new instruments. Brian though still keeps his 'home made' guitar. The Sheffield brothers also realise that Queen will need a full time manager to look after there day to day affairs. They approached Jack Nelson, who had given Norman advice in the past. He agreed to come to England to help with Queen.

Jack proceeded to take Queen's tapes to all of his personal contacts. They all thought he was mad. They just couldn't see what was so great about Queen. Jack also took it to EMI - who were interested. Trident though wanted to sell EMI Queen plus another two acts. EMI only wanted Queen and negotiations came to a sudden halt.

Even though no company had been found to press and distribute a Queen album, the Sheffield's ushered Queen into their 24-track studio to record their first album. However were only given down time, that is time when no-one else were using it, which proved to be quite a haphazard way of recording. In the end the original demo of "A Night Comes Down" was used instead of the one recorded at trident because the quality was so bad.

In another studio in the Trident complex Robin Cable was playing around with an old Beach Boys song "I Can Hear Music". Robin had heard Freddie sing and asked him if he would like to sing on this song. Freddie said yes as it was a lot more fun than waiting around for someone to finish using a studio. After the initial recording, Robin felt that the song needed something extra - and Roger was enlisted to add some percussion. Brian also ended up playing a solo - as the original solo break was played by a terrible sounding Moog synthesiser. Freddie also sang on another song "Goin' Back" - an old Dusty Springfield classic.

In September Trident agreed that they should be paying Queen - even if no product was available. The band were given tw