Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen

Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen

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Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2005
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0720616252227
catalogNumber: 162522


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

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   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   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
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,overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Beau Dozier   Producer,Audio Production
Michael Woodrum   Engineer
Jason Mraz   Producer
Tom Biller   Engineer
Dan Korneff   Engineer
Kevin Forsey   Producer
Take It Easy Buddies   Producer
Charlie D'Atri   Liner Notes
Mark Johnson   Engineer

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Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very nice collection of artists. Especially like Constantine Maroulis!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!