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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 16:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Could anyone give me and info about this song, what album was it on?, when was it recorded? why is it the most overlooked christmas song ever!?

thanks for all replys!

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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 16:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love that song and while it didn't get any airplay here in the USA in my area (Maryland/DC)when it originally came out, the last about 5-6 years though, it now gets TONS of radio play on hard rock and classic rock stations. Yeah!!

Last year I heard it on 98 Rock, WARW 94.7 Classic Rock, WYSP Philadelphia Classic Rock, also 94.7 when my radio fades into that station.

Queen and Thank God It's Christmas have finally become a tradition that is loved, recognized, and part of the holidays!


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 16:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

rare song writing colabaration between roger and brian stayed on charts for a couple weeks


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 17:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Not much play due to the fact it was only released as a single.

The reason it's not played much in the US is because it wasn't popularly released here until Greatest Hits III... as the single wasn't released here. I'm sure import singles were around though.


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 17:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Arlene R. Weiss wrote:

I love that song and while it didn't get any airplay here in the USA in my area (Maryland/DC)when it originally came out, the last about 5-6 years though, it now gets TONS of radio play on hard rock and classic rock stations. Yeah!!

Last year I heard it on 98 Rock, WARW 94.7 Classic Rock, WYSP Philadelphia Classic Rock, also 94.7 when my radio fades into that station.

Queen and Thank God It's Christmas have finally become a tradition that is loved, recognized, and part of the holidays!


It was released in 1992 on 'The Queen Collection' ... two albums and one CD single with 'Queen Talks' and 'Thank-God It's Christmas' (Hollywood Records version, which had an extra drum beat)... in order to get the Queen talks CD single, you'd have to buy this set. It didn't chart (Probably because the box was so long and awkward, no where to put it on a shelf)... so it was still rare. Then came in 1999, Queen Greatest Hits III... and it was on there, and since then a few places play the song. Especially the Boston classic rock station (whichever one, I forget).


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 18:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

...Microwave Oven... wrote:

It WAS released on CD in the US prior to 1999.

It was included as a bonus disc when hollywood records released the Queen Box Set... which was "Greatest Hits" and "Classic Queen" released together in a special box.

The bonus disc included an hourlong interview made during The Miracle sessions... AND this song.

Go ahead, ask Barry.


Is this box set still available?

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

Tyfoon wrote:

Could anyone give me and info about this song, what album was it on?, when was it recorded? why is it the most overlooked christmas song ever!?

thanks for all replys!


Overlooked because there's no video and Europe single release only. In the US, if it's not a single, it's not popular as singles are what people buy and see on MTV. They view MTV "ooo that songs nice!" then they go buy the single. The way to promote a single is through music videos.

It was recorded in 1984


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 18:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Capitol released a 12" vinyl in the States in '84.

Try queencollector.com or queenpicturehall.com or.......


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 19:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

goodco wrote:

Capitol released a 12" vinyl in the States in '84.

Try queencollector.com or queenpicturehall.com or.......


Neither one of those sites list it.


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Posted: 22 Dec 05, 19:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think the 12" goodco is referring to is a promo 12" single. I couldn't find any info of it on QueenPictureHall or QueenCollector... but I found a link on Andy's Queen page...
http://www.pcpki.com/cgi-bin/discography.cgi?qs:THANK+GOD+ITS+CHRISTMAS
.. and it says "Not released in the USA or Japan".. so I'm guessing the 12" that IS listed, is a promo single... which means it wasn't released to the public. Just radio stations. So you couldn't buy it.

What was the lack of releasing different singles of 'Thank God It's Christmas' in the US for??? I swear it could of been a hit.

If anyone has any info on it, I'd love to know more and if there was an official release. Thanks.


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Posted: 23 Dec 05, 06:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

from queencollector.com


Thank God It's Christmas / Man on the Prowl / Keep Passing the Open Windows

7" UK - EMI QUEEN5 26th November 1984 peak: #21, 6 wks on chart
7" Germany - EMI 1A 016-2004347
7" Holland - EMI 1A 016-2004347
12" USA - Capitol V-8622 Man On The Prowl (ext) / Keep Passing The Open Windows (ext)
12" UK - EMI 12QUEEN5
12" Brazil - EMI 31C 006 200434
12" Holland - EMI 1A K060-20 04406
12" Israel - EMI D12-1986 (one sided Peace In Middle East Mix, pirated issue) (Released 1993)

We've got the USA 12", along with the UK and the 'fun' one from Israel. It exists.


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Posted: 23 Dec 05, 08:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

By Brian May:
"This is years ago, of course. Roger and I agreed we would both submit ideas, and work together on working up the idea we chose. Roger wrote the beginnings of "Thank God It's Christmas", and I wrote the beginnings of "I Dream of Christmas". We met down at Roger's place and demo'd both tracks together, as I remember. How the choice between the two tracks was made I don't clearly remember, but I think it was a whole group thing. We decided to finish TGIC for the Queen Christmas single, and "IDOC" was put to one side, and I immediately worked it into the version which we released as my Lady Anita's Christmas record. This record charted briefly but is now a rarity (it features Anita singing, along with a school choir of young kids, and quite a lot of Guitar soloing by me!)

For the eventual Queen song, Roger had the verse form already: "Oh - my love - we live in troubled days ....". I contributed the chorus, with a key-change leading into it, using a lyric line which occurred casually in the verse, so this now became the title, "Thank God It's Christmas". Of course when Freddie took up the singing it jumped into another gear ... his lovely high register soaring above the background in these choruses, then returning to a very gentle breathy texture for the verses. The background was based on a synth pad which Roger had found (he would have to tell you what it was made with), to which I added a guitar texture very un-typical of me ... very clean and bright ... the amp turned way down and the strings hit hard like bells. This makes that Bright Frosty sound which I actually like a lot, contrasting with the warm and dark synth chords. Of course as usual John's subtle firm bass lines are a big part of the style of the eventual outcome. The drums are programmed, the way Roger originally demo'd them, an unusual choice for a Queen track but it works in this case. My favourite part is the end, where there's a small building (subdominant) link into the playout. Freddie is improvising, and it all becomes totally joyful ... trekking off into the distance across the snowy fields..... noses red, scarves wrapped around chins, snowballs being thrown .... Christmas packages of good food being delivered to hungry villagers' doors ... mulled wine being swigged to keep the blood flowing to those cold extremities...."

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Serry... wrote:

By Brian May:
"This is years ago, of course. Roger and I agreed we would both submit ideas, and work together on working up the idea we chose. Roger wrote the beginnings of "Thank God It's Christmas", and I wrote the beginnings of "I Dream of Christmas". We met down at Roger's place and demo'd both tracks together, as I remember. How the choice between the two tracks was made I don't clearly remember, but I think it was a whole group thing. We decided to finish TGIC for the Queen Christmas single, and "IDOC" was put to one side, and I immediately worked it into the version which we released as my Lady Anita's Christmas record. This record charted briefly but is now a rarity (it features Anita singing, along with a school choir of young kids, and quite a lot of Guitar soloing by me!)

For the eventual Queen song, Roger had the verse form already: "Oh - my love - we live in troubled days ....". I contributed the chorus, with a key-change leading into it, using a lyric line which occurred casually in the verse, so this now became the title, "Thank God It's Christmas". Of course when Freddie took up the singing it jumped into another gear ... his lovely high register soaring above the background in these choruses, then returning to a very gentle breathy texture for the verses. The background was based on a synth pad which Roger had found (he would have to tell you what it was made with), to which I added a guitar texture very un-typical of me ... very clean and bright ... the amp turned way down and the strings hit hard like bells. This makes that Bright Frosty sound which I actually like a lot, contrasting with the warm and dark synth chords. Of course as usual John's subtle firm bass lines are a big part of the style of the eventual outcome. The drums are programmed, the way Roger originally demo'd them, an unusual choice for a Queen track but it works in this case. My favourite part is the end, where there's a small building (subdominant) link into the playout. Freddie is improvising, and it all becomes totally joyful ... trekking off into the distance across the snowy fields..... noses red, scarves wrapped around chins, snowballs being thrown .... Christmas packages of good food being delivered to hungry villagers' doors ... mulled wine being swigged to keep the blood flowing to those cold extremities...."


Sergey, Thanks! And a Merry Queen Christmas to you and to all!


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