Why is the version of "Let Me Live" supposedly banned?
Was the Trent Reznor remix of "Stone Cold Crazy" ever officially released? (in my opinion much better than the remix on the Hollywood Records release)
Sorry to dig up this old thread, but I have a question regarding this "Royal Rarities" compilation (if indeed it is a well-known one?): are all the tracks on here actually real, i.e. are there any fakes? I see it for sale on queencollector.com so I was wondering
Ok well here's the thing. Thus far I've never really downloaded any of these so-called demos (or as I suspect many would be, fake demos); 99% of the Queen-related stuff I've got is live-performance. Anyway, but now I have stumbled upon this collection of "Royal Rarities" as it is called (I'll happily provide links to three RAR files uploaded on Rapidshare if anybody wants them, though I suspect most people around here would have all this junk lol!)
Anyway, but being new to the world of these "demos" I have absolutely no idea which of these are legit and which are fake. Here are three links to images of the tracklist (of these "Royal Rarities" discs). I would really appreciate it if someone could point out to me which are fake...for example, the very first track I listened to (disc 1, WWRY "Alan Freeman Session") I have no idea what it's meant to be, though I immediately recoginsed it as the WWRY from the BBC session (it's even got that little reading in it) with audience noise overlayed. Eugh what a waste!
Thanks for your help. link link link
While I'm certainly no expert, I don't think that any of these are fakes. Most of the demos are shared on Queenzone and I have never (as best I can remember) seen anyone question their validity.
By the way, there is a volume 2 which is, I think, an additional 2 CDs of material. I bought them off Ebay before I was familiar with Queenzone (shame, as I could've got them for free because the generous QZ uploaders have shared all the demos found on these at some point in time).
Whoops, ok thanks for pointing this out to me. Well, even if they are valid, some of them seem pretty pointless to me. Like the Alan Freeman sessions I mentioned...without a doubt they must be Queen's BBC sessions with audience noised added on, where's the point in that? The Instrumental versions all sound good, (i.e. not very cheap O.O.P.S-style tracks), as do the extended versions, since there are actually additional vocals on them that don't appear in the original.
Anyway, there is this site link, that is actually selling all these sort of demos and boots at a fixed price for a disc...what's up with this site, is it legit? I don't imagine they could be. And on top of that them trying to sell perfectly easy-to-acquire boots seems seriously dodge to me. Anyway...
Alan Freeman was a BBC DJ, and you will sometimes see the BBC Sessions marked as "John Peel" sessions - another DJ from the period.
It's still reasonably accurate, just not as specific.
Queencollector is an overpriced source of material, and not official in the slightest
The Trent Reznor mix was on a Hollywood promo single, along with We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. Around the same sort of time, there were other exclusive remixes issued on Hollywood promo singles, like Brian Malouf's mix of 'Hammer To Fall' and it's edit, and a version of We Are The champions with George Bush Snr on it.