Albums: Star Fleet
In 1983 Brian recorded with friends (Eddie Van Halen, Phil Chen, Fred Mandel and Alan Gratzer) minialbum, which was the result of some jam sessions instigated by Brian. It happened in Los Angeles (when he wanted to fly to LA, he had to buy extra ticked for his guitar placed on seat beside him, it was the only way to keep the guitar out of airport servants' bad handling with baggage), where he wanted to spent holidays and work on solo project.
The major inspiration came from a Japanese TV sci-fi series for children. Cover pictures contain robot from the serial. First song is a rock version of the series' main theme.
Roger helped with backing vocals.
Album was recorded in Record Plant studios. Brian recorded it to the desk with no idea about later release. He got final agreement from all co-players to edit it and prepare for incoming release.
Brian about the record:
"Star Fleet was totally unpremeditated - we did it on the spur of the moment. It was very hard for me, but somehow I had a lot of courage that day, and everything worked."
"STOP! What you have just picked up is not your normal kind of album. Not an album which has been "thoughfully pieced together by a coordinated band as a balanced and polished listening experience". Not a Queen album. Not a solo Brian May album. It is a record of a unique event.
On the 21st and 22nd of April 1983, five musicians from different backgrounds, who had previously known each other only as friends, played together for the first time. Purely for fun. In listening to this record, I hope you will share in the excitement we felt.
STAR FLEET is the theme tune for a superb TV sci-fi series broadcast in England for kids of all ages; Japanese visuals and British soundtrack including music by Paul Bliss. The heroes pilot space vehicles which can assemble into a giant robot for land battles. The laiens fly fantastic insect-like craft which spawn smaller fighting machines, all intent on possesion of the secret of F Zero One... Having been introduced to all this by my small boy, I became equally obsessed by it, and formed the idea of making a hard rock version of the title theme.
A few months later, i found myself in LA doing very little. I suddenly realised that four musicians, with whom I'd long wanted to play, were at the end of a local telephone call. To my great surprise they all liked the ideas I had, so I took my courage in both hands, booked a studio, and in we went. None of us had done this kind of thing before - no record company, no plans for release, no back-up organisations - just us. Just for fun.
In STAR FLEET, recorded on the first day, you can hear a kind of nervous exhilaration. The new situation produced a strange and different kind of energy.
In LET ME OUT - an old song of mine which found new life - and in BLUES BREAKER, ehich of course is purely spontaneous, you can hear a much more relaxed set of people, just laying back and enjoying the fresh inspiration of each other's playing.
I could have put these tapes in a bottom draw and kept them as a private record of one of the best experiences of my life. But the few people I've played them for have urged be to "publish", and it will make me very happy if others can enjoy this stuff the way I have.
I've attempted to hone STAR FLEET into something like a "proper record" - my thanks to ROGER for helping me with the chorus vocals. But I haven;t messed one scrap with the tracking done on the day. The rest is simply mixed 'naked'.
In BLUES BREAKER you can heqar us smiling as we search for answering phrases. In the last solo of LET ME OUT, Edward tortures his top string to it's audible death and winds up quite naturally on the remaining five. I'll leave the rest to imagination. It's not too hard to figure out who did what."
Kerrang!: Bluesbreaker on the second side is true jam session. It has something epic, as if every one of the players touched deep into collective music lexicon, and promptly replied to his previous speaker. It could have been disaster, but it's really smart interlude of Brian May and the others, who wanted to come in. Just hope that Queen will take him back.
Edited single for promoting the album has specially reworked intro from Brian.
For US release was 4:12 timing too long, so this version has guitar solo cutted out and the time of 3:07.
Video version has some extra effects (accompanying the video clip), which were added to the single edit.
Son Of Star Fleet
B-side of the Star Fleet single 7". Fully instrumental which has been tagged together from single mix.
Hmmm, truly jewel for guitarists. Whole album has the jamming feel, nothing overripe, and that's the point. Star Fleet sounds interesting, with heavy drums and guitar. Let Me Out is great blue song with superb piano and guitar (guitar is matter of course on this album) and at least Bluesbreaker, 12 minutes of pure instrumental blues, which never makes You boring!