This was one of the most ambicious components of my late website, so it's time to try to resurrect it here. Queen [I]
December 1971: The five released demos + some unreleased things. Self-produced.
(ca.) April 1972 to (ca.) June 1973: Sessions for the first album, except TNCD. Produced by John Anthony & Roy Baker.
---- Queen II
4th to 6th August 1973: 16 takes of SSOR + 4 takes of FTS. Produced and engineered by Roy, with Nick Bradford as assistant.
Some point later on: Other songs produced by Roy, engineered by Mike and possibly featuring Neil Kernon as assistant.
Some point later on: Roy working with Gasolin' in Copenhagen, leaving Queen with Robin Cable.
Mix-down stage: Presumably with Roy.
January 1974: Brian finishes up the opening track.
------- Sheer Heart Attack
7th (possibly) to 28th July 1974: Preliminary recordings in Wales. They tracked Flick of the Wrist (including backing vocals), Happy Little Fuck (including vocals), You're Young and You're Crazy (no vocals), Banana Blues (no vocals), Lap of the Gods Part 2 and Stone Cold Crazy. Four of those songs most likely required Brian for the backing track, so he probably wasn't too ill at that point.
August 1974: A week of May-less recordings at Wessex Sound. Those may have included backing tracks for Killer Queen, Lily of the Valley, Lap of the Gods and Leroy Brown. A lot of time was spent on percussion overdubs - in fact, this was the band's album with the most percussion overdubs ever.
One week later: Overdubs at AIR Studio 4 (the control room, IIRC). Brian was there.
One week later: A second session at Wessex, this time with Brian. They probably recorded Dear Friends and She Makes Me at this point as well as having some bits redone with him (e.g. some, not all, of the harmonies on Killer Queen).
Final stage (September): Now I'm Here + mixing at Trident. The album was then sent to the Mastering Lab in Los Angeles.
-------- A Night at the Opera:
27th October 1974: God Save the Queen.
June 1975: KYA retake at SARM. The tape would still be owned by Trident and the mixed would be labelled on 2nd July.
Early-to-Mid August: Rehearsals at the Ridge Farm.
18th August: By this point, at least three songs had been started off: You're My Best Friend, Fred's Piano Thing and Wreck of the Old '39.
22nd August: Preliminary mix of Fred's Piano Thing at the Roundhouse in London.
Late August or early September: Members of the press attend some backing vocal overdub sessions for the lead single at Scoprio Sound Studio in London. Some photos survive. At this point, all backing tracks for the album have been finished but certain overdubs haven't been done yet (e.g. the harp and the tap dancing sound).
September: Both sides of the lead single are finished and mixed. Work continues at various studios simultaneously.
October - November: The album is finished and mixed.
----------- A Day at the Races:
June: Rehearsals at the Ridge Farm again. The initial plan is to go to countryside Portugal and record the album there using The Manor Mobile, but they scrap that and decide to stay in England. 'Races' would be the third (of five) albums to be completely recorded in England.
Manor tapes dated July list six songs: Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy (same length as the album), Millionaire Waltz (ditto), You Take My Breath Away (N/A - by the way, that also debunks the myth that they hadn't recorded it by the time they played it at Hyde Park), Simple Man (slightly shorter - they possibly overdubbed the outro later), Drowse (slightly shorter as well - they possibly looped the intro for the outro later) and Somebody to Love (a minute and a half shorter - they probably added one or two sections later).
Roger was quoted on Music Life ('82 IIRC) that they'd started Teo Torriatte at The Manor as well... I don't know if it was a mistake on his part or if there were sessions later on (both strong possibilities).
London sessions were at SARM, Wessex and Advision. Those include overdubs for the seven aforementioned songs, plus the whole of You and I, Tie Your Mother Down, Long Away and the famous intro/outro. The STL video was at Wessex.
----------- News of the World:
July: Sessions begin at Basing Street in Notting Hill. The first song they record is It's Late, possibly followed by both of John's compositions and All Dead, All Dead. Feelings, Feelings is also probably from these sessions, as are some backing tracks for other things.
August: Sessions finish at Wessex in Highbury. They include most of the overdubs. Mixing takes place at Sarm in Aldgate.
Sessions began in Montreux in July 1978 and lasted at least until Freddie's birthday (5th September). The Tour de France passed by Montreux on Brian's birthday (19th July), so they possibly recorded Bicycle Race in late July or early August, which means that's a Swiss song, not French.
Sessions finished in France in October, but they could've started at any point between early September and ... one or two weeks before the whole thing was put to bed. Apparently, DSMN is part of those later sessions.
--------- The Game:
If and I mean *IF* the accounts on CLTCL are true (it being recorded on the very first day of the sessions and Ratty having to take Freddie to Munich on the day of a Heathrow strike), then sessions began on 22nd June 1979 and lasted a couple of weeks which spawned CLTCL, Save Me, SASS and Coming Soon. Venue was Munich of course.
Then there was another two-week or three-week run between February and March during which they tracked the rest of the album and put down some ideas for Flash Gordon as well. There's nothing official on A Human Body. Beautiful Day apparently comes from April. Album mastered in NYC, possibly during the spring.
----------- Flash Gordon:
Early sessions (produced by Mack and the whole band, not just Brian) in Munich in February/March 1980. The album was NOT begun in 1979 despite numerous sources claiming that.
They'd apparently finished recording it by June, and they did so in London, using Advision, Town House and Music Centre. Orchestra bits recorded in July at Anvil in Denham. The band re-did some bits in October (and that's the part Brian produced) at Utopia.
-------- Hot Space:
Sessions began in June 1981 at Musicland and the first batch ended in July. What was done at that point? No idea. Possibly bits of Cool Cat?
August was basically a holiday for them, John staying in London and the other three going to America (Maylor to LA, Fred to NYC). It may have been during these days that Fred wrote Life Is Real.
Late August to early September: Sessions at Mountain in Montreux. Songs begun there were Las Palabras de Amor, Calling All Girls, Put Out the Fire and Under Pressure. Note that, at that point, they weren't using drum machines yet.
11th September (yes, really) 1981: Freddie, Mack and Bowie finish the song in NYC.
21st September to 5th December: No recordings. Band travelling around Venezuela (touring), America (holidays, business meetings, etc), Mexico (touring), Canada (touring) and England (homecoming).
6th to 21st December: Sessions in Munich. This was possibly the first time they used drum machines. Songs they may have begun in those days include Back Chat, Staying Power, Dancer, Action This Day, Life Is Real and Body Language.
18th to 22nd January: Sessions in Munich by John and Roger only.
23rd Janury to late February: Sessions by the four of them, plus mixing.
John hated Hot Space. Fred's favourite singer was not Paul Rodgers. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Wales is not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.