I agree, things are slow. We discussed the heck out of The Cosmos Rocks, The Single's Boxes, etc.
Publicly, Brian and Roger aren't terribly controversial. Neither of them are destroying hotel rooms, insulting heads of state or buying private islands and building fortress getaways on them.
Here's my best attempt at an interesting Serious topic about Queen's music...I posted a similar thread years ago it was ignored in favour of the Queen is/isn't Roger+Brian topic.
The Miracle album...
Here's my analysis of the album and its related non-album tracks. I'm basing this on listening to the following:
a) The original album
b) Non-album B-sides + Hang On In There
c) The bootlegs "Miracle Demos Medley" leaked years ago, supposedly played at a convention
d) The Karaoke Mixes (from the Japanese 'Greatest Karaoke Hits')
e) The eYe PC game audio trac
f) various other leaked demos (Stealin', Hijack My Heart, Too Much Love Will Kill You, etc.)
g) Extended Versions
It seems this period was very fruitful, given how much non-album stuff is related to this work.
First, looking some songs off the original album:
Not much to say about this, other than I'm guessing there's a master recording which isn't cut off before the end of "Over" with "Khashoggi's Ship."
2) Khashoggi's Ship
The eYe instrumental excerpt starts with a drum lead in which doesn't appear on the album version, because the song jumps right in on top of "Party". I assume this two is on the master tape, used to mix the eYe.
3) The Miracle
Am I the only one who hears the "Jam" at the end sounding different from the rest of the song. It comes in ok, but the cross-fade into the "That time will come" finale sounds awkward. Listen the drum beats overlap for a few seconds and you'll hear what I mean. I think that "Jam" comes from either another take of the song, or was just a jam the band did and liked and decided to use at the end (like using "A New Life Is Born" to start "Breakthru."
4) I Want It All
I find it fascinating that there were two album master mixes of this song: the standard one and the one that appears on the Hollywood Records 1991 re-issue, with the truncated first chorus. I wonder how many other alternate masters are in the vault for other songs.
5) The Invisible Man
Not much to say here either, other than that the extra middle-verse that has cropped up on bootlegs. I've only ever heard that snippet by itself, so a version with the full song + that extra bit would be sweet.
We all know this was the marriage of the "A New Life Is Born" demo and "Breakthru." This, and other tracks I'll look at gives me more reason to suspect the earlier "Miracle" + "Jam" stitching-of together.
7) Rain Must Fall
Nothing to analysis here, unless an alternate take surfaces.
Again, nothing to analyse here. I like the decision to move that opening vocal bit to the middle on the 12" Version. This album was really the last great exploration of Extended Versions and 12" Mixes for Queen.
9) My Baby Does Me
The vocal on the album sounds so close in places to the vocal on the demo "My Baby Loves Me" that I occassionally wonder if the demo vocal was retained in places on the album version.
10) Was It All Worth It
Does anyone else think the twinkly synths sound very close to the twinkly synths on "Hang On In There"? Which leads me too...
Bonus Tracks/Non-album Tracks
A) Hang On In There
This track seems to have grown directly out of the so-called "Fiddly-Jam" that appears on The Miracle Demos Medley bootleg. I can even identify the exact passage used in "Hang On In There." My theory (I got a lot of them!) is that as the song was being created around that passage, the twinkly synths were employed from "Was It All Worth It" (not the same melody, but the same tone and, well, twinkly-ness). I've always thought of "Worth It" and "Hang On" as very musically/thematically connected, and I like that the one follows the other on the CD.
B) Chinese Torture
Anyone else frustrated that the version on The Miracle Demos Medley just sort of stops partway through this track? It's a bootleg, so we can't complain, huh?
Sounds like they cut down and re-editted the long 12-minute demo into the version that became the B-side. You can hear exactly all the parts that appear in the B-side.
D) Hijack My Heart
The dominant maracas in the bootleg demo drive me insane, to the point where I can barely listen to it. I like the piano at the end.
E) My Life Has Been Saved
Not much to say, except it's neat to hear two different backing tracks: the B-side version and the MIH version. It sound like they used the same piano sound from the MIH version of "Too Much Love Will Kill You" for the MIH "My Life..."
Which brings us too...
Other Miracle-related songs:
I) Too Much Love Will Kill You
The Bell Boy demos sound very much like the leaked Miracle session snippet and the eventual MIH version. It would seem MIH version is probably pretty close to how it would have sounded on the The Miracle.
II) A New Life Is Born
The version on the the Demos Medley is pretty much unfinished after the part used on "Breakthru". I wonder where Freddie planned to go with it before they decided to use it for the other song.
III) I Guess We're Falling Out
I don't think the demo actually starts with the backtrack of "My Baby Love Me," It sound like well-done, clever editing to me. The back radically changes on the word "Back"
Okay...let's open this up for discussion, if it's deemed interesting enough!