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Posted: 06 Jan 05, 16:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi all! First off, I have just been delivered a copy of said album, and I think it's great! Okay, Now, The songs "Abandonfire" and "I Cry For You" are credited to Taylor/Richards. My question (maybe a stupid one...) is, Who is 'Richards'? Is it David Richards (who co-produced the album), Or someone else? Thanks for any answers you lot might have!


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Posted: 06 Jan 05, 16:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It is indeed David Richards, famed producer/engineer of that album and many of Queen's albums as well.

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Posted: 06 Jan 05, 16:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah, it's David Richards... According to the booklet, David did approx. 50% of all keyboards on this record.


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Posted: 06 Jan 05, 16:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have a 1996 remaster of the album from Holland, and in the booklet it gives no details as to who played what and where. It really ticked me off. ;) I figured it was David Richards, But I just needed to be sure. Thanks to you both!


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Posted: 06 Jan 05, 16:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Actually David played 50% of keyboards in Fun In Space. Strange Frontier has no credits. We do know John was in a couple of tracks thanks to a Roger interview in Japan. Not neccesarily playing, he could have been mixing or something. Roger also mentioned Rick Parfitt (whom he said was the best rhythm guitarist) played.


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Posted: 06 Jan 05, 17:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Of course, Sebastian is right... I thought of the wrong album... AGAIN!


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Posted: 06 Jan 05, 17:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie sung some BVs for "Killing Time"

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Posted: 06 Jan 05, 17:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Serry Funster wrote:

Freddie sung some BVs for "Killing Time"
Now THAT I knew! :D


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Posted: 06 Jan 05, 17:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Serry Funster wrote:

Freddie sung some BVs for "Killing Time"
Now THAT I knew! :D


And he probably co-wrote that one!

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Posted: 06 Jan 05, 17:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dan "The Host" Corson wrote:

Hi all! First off, I have just been delivered a copy of said album, and I think it's great! Okay, Now, The songs "Abandonfire" and "I Cry For You" are credited to Taylor/Richards. My question (maybe a stupid one...) is, Who is 'Richards'? Is it David Richards (who co-produced the album), Or someone else? Thanks for any answers you lot might have!


David also wrote "Horns Of Dooms" from Freddie's Box Set.

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Posted: 06 Jan 05, 17:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don`t think Fred co-wrote Killing Time. Maybe he put the interlude, but the song per se is Roger`s from here to Messier 31.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 06 Jan 05, 18:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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I don`t think Fred co-wrote Killing Time. Maybe he put the interlude, but the song per se is Roger`s from here to Messier 31.


Maybe. I meant that he probably put some of his own ideas on it.

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Posted: 06 Jan 05, 21:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For sure, John played bass on one Strange Frontier track. His bass playing is unmistakable.



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Posted: 07 Jan 05, 00:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sir GH<br><font size=1>ah yeah</font> wrote:

For sure, John played bass on one Strange Frontier track. His bass playing is unmistakable.


Yes, but most of the bass-parts in the album are either synths, or so simple that Roger could have handled them himself. Not all of them of course... someday I should make a deeper insight of that for my website


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Posted: 07 Jan 05, 07:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

john played bass on it's an illusion where rick parfitt played guitar


in my copy it has written STANGE frontier:yours?

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Posted: 07 Jan 05, 09:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

follow up question...

Why did Capitol Records rearrange the tracklisting?

Don't know if it's the Pavlovian effect, but I preferred the vinyl.


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Posted: 07 Jan 05, 12:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi all,

Sebastian wrote:

I don`t think Fred co-wrote Killing Time. Maybe he put the interlude, but the song per se is Roger`s from here to Messier 31.

The 'interlude' is taken directly from 'In The Lap Of The Gods' from 1974's 'Sheer Heart Attack' LP, and said song was written by Freddie, hence the co-writing credit on 'Killing Time'.

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Posted: 08 Jan 05, 05:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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in my copy it has written STANGE frontier:yours?
Mine does too! How funny!


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