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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 22:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

So I check out Wikipedia to find out if there's anything which might indicate an answer to my age-old question, as to whether the Jeff Daniels who co-wrote "In My Defence" is the American actor. And I encounter this collection of nonsense:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_My_Defence

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In My Defence
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In my Defence is a song written by Queen (band) lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury. It was released as a solo project by Mercury, quite distinct from the songs released under the Queen rubric. Despite it sounding otherwise, most notably with respect to the guitar components of this song, Brian May did not record it. "In my Defence" is contained in "The Freddie Mercury Album".
[edit] Meaning of the Song

The song is descriptive of Mercury's trial before God, according to his Zoroastrian religious convictions, curiously, despite them not being seriously held.
Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_My_Defence"
Categories: Freddie Mercury songs | Queen (band)

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It completely fails to credit the actual writers, Dave Clark, David Soames and Jeff Daniels, and doesn't mention "Time", the musical it was written for. And then that ridiculous 'meaning' section...

*sigh* At least I learned a new word, "rubric", though I believe that was misused here also.


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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 23:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sorry, can't help you with this one.

But now that we're on the topic, does anyone know what year this song was recorded in, and who played on it?  Was it a leftover from Mr Bad Guy, or was it a bit later?



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Posted: 27 Dec 09, 23:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was recorded at Abbey Road in October 1985, about six months after 'Bad Guy' was released. There were some Munich sessions as well which didn't feature Mike, that's why synths were played by another bloke.

Piano by Mike Moran
Guitars by Paul Vincent
Drums by Graham Jarvis
Bass by Andy Pask
Synths by Peter Banks
BV's by John Christie

It's in those sessions that Fred met Mike.

Just for the record:

Time was recorded at Abbey Road in January 1986. Piano by Mike.
Great Pretender was done at The Townhouse in November 1986. Mike arranged and played keys.

Good Heavens... I think I should add solo efforts to my website. What d'you think?



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Posted: 28 Dec 09, 01:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Absolutely.  Sounds like a great project for 2010.

Thanks for the quick response!

I guess it wasn't the same Peter Banks that played guitar on Yes' first two records.. ?



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Posted: 28 Dec 09, 04:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have rewritten it. I kept there the "meaning of the song" part, even when I think it's bullshit.


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Posted: 28 Dec 09, 10:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No, it's not Yes' PB, just a namesake. Speaking of Yes, I think Steve Howe may have met Freddie in 1972 and not 1980 as I have it at the moment, as part of Rick's 'Six Wives' album was done at Trident at the same time as the 'Queen I' sessions.



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Posted: 28 Dec 09, 13:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If you're interested in more info about Time, you got to visit this site. Don't know who made it, but it's very informative and complete:
http://www.angelfire.com/fl3/Defymcbeth/Time2.html

Also informative:
http://www.queensongs.info/studio/in-my-defence.html

this is David Soames:
http://braveheartfilms.co.uk/about-us/david-soames

According to Discogs, these are the record Jeff daniels contributed to:
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Jeff+Daniels

There are a few artists with the name Jeff Daniels but none of them matches with 'In My Defence'

BTW. The cast of Time also sang In My Defence and Time. Unfortunately there are no recordings

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Posted: 28 Dec 09, 16:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jeff Daniels (who co-wrote the musical Time) is a personal friend of mine. He lived here in Houston, TX. for a few years after having married his wife who works for the Mexican consulate. They moved to New York about a year ago. He co-wrote the musical with David Soames. Dave Clark came in later and took a co-writing credit, although apparently he didn't contribute much in the writing dept. except for the song "Time" - although in all fairness he produced the musical and the album and was responsible for Freddie being involved. Jeff had some crazy stories including meeting Freddie Mercury at his apartment in Berlin (I think it was Berlin). He was later involved in a legal dispute with Clark. He is a wonderful person and is not the actor by the same name.