Added on 25-May-2003
21st May Dutch multi-tatented artist Valensia released in Japan his own
Queen tribute album.Before listening I read the booklet and on the fist page Valensia explains
that after making a close to
the original version of Borap he started to make other close replica's of Queen songs, but instead of
keeping them all close to the original or altering them completely into
Valensian versions, he reshaped
them with the idea in mind what the song would have sounded like if it was
written earlier or later or
other descisions would have been made during the making of the original
The first 3 songs of the album sound frightening close to the real thing
1 - Sheer Heart Attack, 2 - Man From Manhattan , 3 - Bohemian Rhapsody
And then to imagine that this album was made solely by 1 man: Valensia only
supported by his brother
David on drum!!! Vocal Harmonies, paino, bass-guitar, electric guitar etc
etc, ALL done by Valensia!
4th track is Polar Bear, I think this song is even better that the original!
There's more melody and ofcourse
the lead vocals are better, in the early days Tim Staffel was not such a
good singer... :-)
Valensia can sing high, as high as Freddie, but also as high as Roger Taylor
which you can hear very clearly in Borap!
5 - I'm In Love With My Car , quite different from the original, very
interesting to hear. Keep an open mind with
these altered songs, they were made not to scr** up Queen music but to show
the music from a different angle.
6 - We Will Rock You , also altered a bit, the rithm is different and the
most altered bit of this track
7 - Liar , not the whole song as the original, but quite good done and
fairly close to the original in terms of lyrics and music.
8 - Dear Friends , a nice done version, no alterations in this one
9 - All The Young Dudes , a bit altered, but nice version. Though I wonder
why this one was included.
10 - Killer Queen , quite different, changing tempo's from slow to fast, but
the basic is the same and the harmonic choires are beautifull.
11 - Love of my Life , bit altered but not much, the arcoustic guitar part
has also chords giving the song a bit more happy mood.
12 My Fairy King , amazing version! Done very well! Different ending, very
A Queen tribute album does not always have to contain excact copies of the
original songs. Queen fans are very critical when it
comes to cover albums. But if you have an open mind than you will love this
Valensia is a very multi-talented artist and he has done a fabulous job!
From 1 to 10, 10 being best, this cover album
deserves a 9. Recommended!
(ps. the album is only for sale in Japan at the moment)