Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen

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All Music Guide - J. Scott McClintock
Queen are one of those serendipitous bands: the right guys, in the right frame of mind, at the right place, at the right time. Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor could make fey sound manly and inject complex melodic lines into straight-ahead megaton rockers -- this is known. Queen are a near impossible act to follow, but tribute after tribute proves that people are still willing to give it a shot. Hollywood Records offers up Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen and takes as good a stab as any at trying to capture some of Queen's magic. Pagan god of American Idol, Constantine Maroulis' "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a Xerox copy of the original helped in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Scott McClintock
Queen are one of those serendipitous bands: the right guys, in the right frame of mind, at the right place, at the right time. Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor could make fey sound manly and inject complex melodic lines into straight-ahead megaton rockers -- this is known. Queen are a near impossible act to follow, but tribute after tribute proves that people are still willing to give it a shot. Hollywood Records offers up Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen and takes as good a stab as any at trying to capture some of Queen's magic. Pagan god of American Idol, Constantine Maroulis' "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a Xerox copy of the original helped in great part by the cast of the British Queen musical We Will Rock You. He sounds great, no doubt about that, injecting quite a bit of human feeling into the performance of a song that he obviously holds in the highest regard. Well, good for him. This CD surely will sell a few copies based on his presence alone, and that's precisely why he's on here with Joss Stone and Sum 41 in the first place. Jason Mraz takes a break from taking over the world to turn in...what?!...the least obvious cover? Surprise, surprise. This Dave Matthews apprentice must have a couple of Queen albums besides The Greatest Hits in his hemp-fiber backpack. His take on A Day at the Races' bouncy "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" might be the best song this self-designed geek ever recorded. Denied the crammed wordplay and "lookit me! I'm really singing high!" nonsense of his Mr. A-Z release, Mr. Mraz focuses for a moment on someone other than himself and channels Mercury albeit by way of some Colorado coffeehouse quite admirably. L.A. rockers Eleven turn down the speed and turn in a girthy version of "Stone Cold Crazy," taking the tune out of the mosh pit and into the back of Monster Magnet's tour bus. Rooney takes an ambitious stab at "Death on Two Legs" and proves that they can play it note for note. They just can't sing it who can, anyway?. Los Lobos eat up some studio time with "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" and the Flaming Lips decide this whole thing is just too much trouble by giving up and recording another version of "Bohemian Rhapsody," a limp and route take on the tune that makes Constantine's version sound even more reverent than it already does. But none of this is the "real deal." It can't be, not without Freddie, and this brings to mind a quip, related by Led Zeppelin's most revered knob-twiddler, Glyn Johns, where a band he was recording kept begging him for that "Bonham" drum sound. "I'll tell you what," he said. "Here's the phone. Call him up and have him come down here to play the drums, because that's the only way you're going to bloody get it." There can be only one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616252227
  • Catalog Number: 162522
  • Sales rank: 90,545

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We Are The Champions
  2. 2 Tie Your Mother Down
  3. 3 Bohemian Rhapsody @@Constantine Maroulis featuring the cast of We Will Rock You
  4. 4 Stone Cold Crazy @@Eleven featuring Joshua Homme
  5. 5 Good Old Fashioined Lover Boy
  6. 6 Under Pressure
  7. 7 Who Ways To Live Forever
  8. 8 Bicycle Race
  9. 9 Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  10. 10 Sleeping On The Sidewalk
  11. 11 Killer Queen
  12. 12 Death On Two Legs
  13. 13 Play The Game
  14. 14 Bohemian Rhapsody
  15. 15 39
  16. 16 Fat Bottom Girls
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elliot Easton Guitar, Soloist
Greg Hawkes Keyboards
Bill Bell Guitar
John Gilutin Piano
Josh Homme Vocals
Jack Irons Drums
Alain Johannes Guitar
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass, Bass Guitar
Oliver Leiber Guitar, Percussion
Paul Peterson Bass, Bass Guitar
Brian Ray Bass, Bass Guitar
Natasha Shneider Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, Moog Bass
Rob Sutton Bass (Vocal)
Keith Thompson Choir Conductor
Tony Vincent Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Sergio Gonzales Drums
Matt Laug Percussion
Jed Leiber Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
David Gilmore Guitar
Michael Ivins Track Performer
Wayne Coyne Track Performer
Sergio González Drums
Steven Drozd Track Performer
Rosalind Brown Alto (Vocal)
Raymond Angry Keyboards
Jason Todd Guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Deryck Whibley Piano, Vocals
Jason Mraz Vocals
Jamin Orrall Track Performer
Gavin DeGraw Vocals, Wurlitzer
Josh Kelley Vocals, Background Vocals
Brad Stewart Bass, Bass Guitar
Barry Kerch Drums
Brent Smith Vocals
Joss Stone Vocals
Cone McCaslin Bass, Bass Guitar
Steve Jocz Drums
Eric Hinojosa Piano
Ian Sheridan Bass Guitar
Dave Brownsound Guitar
Kristen Henderson Guitar
Joey Calveri Bass (Vocal), Vocals
Douglas Crawford Bass (Vocal), Vocals
Jenny DiNoia Vocals, Alto (Vocal)
Dustin Dubreuil Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Lori Eure Vocals, Soprano (Vocal)
Caesar Griffin Drums
Aspen Miller Vocals, Soprano (Vocal)
Brandon Nix Tenor (Vocal)
Jemina Pearl Track Performer
Niki Scalera Soprano (Vocal)
Jamison Scott Bass (Vocal), Vocals
Anne Marie Stehn Bass
Nathan Vasquez Track Performer
Brandon Mix Vocals
Jason Todd Guitar
Niki Scalera Vocals
Maria Davidson Vocals
Carly Thomas Vocals
Rosalind Brown Vocals
Adam King Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer
Freddie Mercury Composer
Queen Composer
Chris Reynolds Engineer
Eleven Producer
Brian May Composer
David Bendeth Producer, Audio Production
Keith Forsey Audio Production
Roger Taylor Composer
Tony Battaglia Producer, Audio Production
Rick Beato Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jon Brion Producer
Marc DeSisto Engineer, overdub engineer, Vocal Engineer, Rhythm Engineer
Dave Fridmann Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Alain Johannes Engineer
Oliver Leiber Producer, Audio Production
Los Lobos Producer
Steve MacMillan Engineer
Dennis Morris Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig Producer, Engineer
Brian Reeves Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Barry Rudolph Engineer
Keith Thompson Choir Arrangement
Greg Ross Art Direction
Scott Booker Producer
Stuart Sikes Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Bryan Golder Engineer, Digital Editing, overdub engineer, Vocal Engineer
Beau Dozier Producer, Audio Production
John Bender Digital Editing
Michael Woodrum Engineer
Jason Mraz Producer
Tom Biller Engineer
Dan Korneff Engineer, Digital Editing
Kevin Forsey Producer
Take It Easy Buddies Producer
Charlie D'Atri Liner Notes
Mark Johnson Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    5 Stars for Constantine!

    I am SOOO happy to see Constantine on this album. He has such a awesome, incredible voice. Bought his first album out ... not quite my style. Knew he would be great at Queen and loved his A.I. version (although too short). Probably would not have bought Tribute to Queen if he wasn't on it! Great job Constantine! You go ... you were my favorite A.I. Your fans will continue to follow your work! YEAH!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    Very nice collection of artists. Especially like Constantine Maroulis!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rating before Release

    With Constantine singing Bohemian Rhapsody on this CD, I am giving it a 5 even before I hear it. I wish I could give it 10 stars!!! I LOVE CONSTANTINE!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    QUEEN/CONSTANTINE: KILLER COMBO!!

    Queen's music has inspired generations of music fans and with this talented line-up of musicians performing on this collection,this is a fitting tribute to the band's success! Constantine Maroulis' track is OUTSTANDING and HOT--just like him! A MUST-HAVE!!

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