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Posted: 22 Apr 05, 19:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I am attempting to obtain all of Roger's solo material (including the Cross material) and I was wondering if someone could list all of his solo albums for me so I know what to look for. Thanks in advance.

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Posted: 22 Apr 05, 19:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

RT:

Fun In Space
Strange Frontier
Happiness?
Electric Fire

Cross:

Shove It
Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know
Blue Rock


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Posted: 22 Apr 05, 19:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I appreciate it very much...

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Posted: 22 Apr 05, 23:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Does Roger do lead vocals on The Cross tracks?

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Posted: 22 Apr 05, 23:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yep,

Roger does lead vocals on all stuff labeled Roger Taylor, or the Cross...

Here lately, I have really been into the song "Stand up for love" on The Cross album..

Roger has a killer raspy vocal on that tune.


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Posted: 23 Apr 05, 07:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=orange>Mr Brittas</bold> wrote:

Does Roger only have 4 solo albums? I thought he had about 8.


Is there any particular reason why you thought there were so many albums, or did you just inlcude the ones by Cross into your estimate? :/

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Posted: 23 Apr 05, 08:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

According to Mad:Bad linear notes they all did backing vocals.


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Posted: 23 Apr 05, 13:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have a question about the Shove It album. Which cover is the US version. I ave the one that is blue with the picture of the band on it. I also heard there was one version where it lloks like Mickey Mouse is flipping you off. Which version is which?

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Posted: 23 Apr 05, 14:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

rmtfictionqueen wrote:

I also heard there was one version where it lloks like Mickey Mouse is flipping you off.


That sounds like the single of the same name...

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Posted: 23 Apr 05, 14:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

the_hero wrote:

Clayton Moss does lead vocals on Better things and a lot of backing vocals


Someone else also has the leads vocals on Heartland, which is one of my favourite Cross tracks.

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Posted: 23 Apr 05, 16:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thank you Thomas for clarifying that up for me :)

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Posted: 23 Apr 05, 17:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sorry for asking but just how many does Brian have as i only have 2 of his solo albums.


No problems...
As far as I know, Brian has released these albums:

Back To The Light
Live At The Brixton Academy
Another World
Furia (Soundtrack)

And a few EPs like the Starfleet Project. I haven't really paid that much attention to his solo career. :P

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Posted: 24 Apr 05, 10:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Is it true what I heard that the Shove It album was performed entirely by Roger (with some keyboards from Spike)? It certainly sounds like it in terms of the simplicity of the guitar work compared to the other two albums.

BTW is it Clayton or Peter who sings the "golden bullet in your genetic gun" bit on whatsitcalled on Blue Rock?

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Posted: 24 Apr 05, 10:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

ThomasQuinn wrote:

Last Cyborg wrote:

Is it true what I heard that the Shove It album was performed entirely by Roger (with some keyboards from Spike)? It certainly sounds like it in terms of the simplicity of the guitar work compared to the other two albums.


No, 'Strange Frontier' was performed entirely by Roger.


Was it? I never knew that...
I did know that Fun In Space was by Roger (and David Richards on approx 50% of keyboards).

The As It Began book tells how Roger worked on his third solo album in 1987, and "he wanted the new musicians (ie. The Cross) to change slightly one or two of the mixes and play on some of the tracks".
Perhaps somebody could shed some light on just how much they actually did. :/

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Posted: 24 Apr 05, 12:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Everything on The Cross albums is performed by Roger with the exception of a few songs / parts of songs:

Better Things - Mad Bad and Dangerous To Know - this is all Clayton Moss

Heartland - Life Changes (unreleased single) b-side - Peter Noone sings the verses, Clayton Moss sings the first few words in the bridge and Roger sings the choruses / ending

Put It All Down To Love - Blue Rock - Peter Noone sings the bridge

Life Changes - Blue Rock - Spike Edney / Peter Noone sing the middle eight (which is the best part of the song!!)

I think that should be everything covered there...

There are some live songs that are performed differently - i.e. live versions of Heaven For Everyone on the Shove It tour - Peter Noone sung the middle bits (Take a seat etc) and Manipulator was sung by Clayton Moss (with the exception of the Montreux festival version which was sung by Roger)


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Posted: 24 Apr 05, 13:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

jcrawford79 wrote:

I am attempting to obtain all of Roger's solo material (including the Cross material) and I was wondering if someone could list all of his solo albums for me so I know what to look for. Thanks in advance.


good luck!i managed to get his stuff but i believe MBADTK and Blue Rock are no longer being printed therefore are quite hard to get hold of. got mine from ebay. they are definately worth it!

how do you guys think Roger's solo work compares to Brian's?
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Posted: 24 Apr 05, 14:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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good luck!i managed to get his stuff but i believe MBADTK and Blue Rock are no longer being printed therefore are quite hard to get hold of. got mine from ebay. they are definately worth it!

how do you guys think Roger's solo work compares to Brian's?
xxx


Brian's solo stuff is pretty crap really... Roger solo/The Cross are way better than anything Brian has ever done... I just don't like Brian's voice much...


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Posted: 24 Apr 05, 15:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=orange>Mr Brittas</bold> wrote:

Tero wrote:

<font color=orange>Mr Brittas</bold> wrote:

Does Roger only have 4 solo albums? I thought he had about 8.


Is there any particular reason why you thought there were so many albums, or did you just inlcude the ones by Cross into your estimate? :/


No particular reason. Just i had heard of so many things to do with his albums so i thought there may have been more. Sorry for asking but just how many does Brian have as i only have 2 of his solo albums.


Brian's solo albums are:

Star Fleet Project (mini-album)
Back To The Light
Resurrection (which includes Star Fleet Project as well)
Live At Brixton Academy
Furia (soundtrack)
Another World

He has also written the soundtrack to the Amazing Spiderman (I think it's also been released on CD) and there's also a Japanese album called The Red Special mini-album or smth like that (I don't have it).



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Posted: 24 Apr 05, 16:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Why would a member of The Cross compose a song then sit and watch Roger do all the work? Shove It was done by Roger as his 3rd solo album but decided he wanted to tour it (as he couldn't tour with Queen) so he formed the Cross. The second to albums are as follows:

Mad:Bad:And Dangerous To Know

Roger Taylor: lead vocals, guitar and backing vocals
Spike Edney: keyboards, mandolin and backing vocals
Peter Noone: bass and backing vocals
Clayton Moss: lead guitar, lead vocals on Better Things and backing vocals
Josh Macrae: drums, percussion and backing vocals

Blue Rock

Roger Taylor - lead vocals
Clayton Moss - guitars
Peter Noone - bass
Spike Edney - keyboards
Josh Macrae - drums

Taken from the albums linear notes.


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Posted: 24 Apr 05, 16:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Kerfuffle-Actually, I managed to find MBADTK and Blue Rock for reasonable prices both on Ebay. I was very surprised. And I agree that Brian May's solo work is not up to par.......