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Back to the Light [Import]

Brian MayAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B000025TFY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 1-JAN-2009

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "GUITAR MAYHEM" August 3, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
As oppossed to having to share album space with the other member's of Queen, this is strickly a Brian May album. Although,at the same time, this album is diverse just like a Queen album. The album also features the late Cozy Powell on drums. The album features army's of guitars,tons of harmonies, and that fat sound with vibrato that only Brian has. Also the song's are well written."The Dark, Back To The Light,Love Token,Ressurection(co- written by Cozy Powell and Jimmy Page), Driven By You, And I'm Scared are the heavier track's of the album. There is also a cover of a song by "The Small Faces" called "Rollin' Over" that could wake the dead. "Too Much Love Will Kill You" is a balled featuring Brian on piano."Nothin' But Blue Blue", features an Ibanez guitar that was a gift from Joe Satriani."Let Your Heart Rule Your Head" has a "hand clap" country music feel to it. "Just One! Life" is an acoustic dedication."Last Horizon"is a beautiful intrumental where Brian let's his homemade guitar sing the melody. Brian is truly one of the best rock guitarist ever. His innovation is matched by few.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful May! October 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Those who really know Brian May's music know that he has never been into pure shredding or full-throttle metal busting. He is an accomplished rock guitarist, sure, but also a true artist, an extraordinaire musician and a bright individual. So said, though he does deliberately play his guitar all along this release, he is always as concise-but-tasteful as about what soloing concerns - excepting the explosive "Resurrection", where May overplays as he rarely does. Certainly, all the songs here are guitar-enriched enough to please guitar freaks (like I am), but they are also listenable and enjoyable, from the thunderous "Back to the light" to the delicious "Love Token", the tender "Nothing But Blue" and the driving "Rolling Over".

Of course, his signature "wall of guitars" of thick harmonies is present all along the album, as well as his hard-rocking riffs and his unique, razor-sharp, singing lead tone. But as usually, his music is more about depth and songwriting than just plain "axe banging", the same than in any good Queen album - in its own right, of course. In fact, if this album was branded like another Queen album, I bet that only very few people would complain. Even the choirs remind Queen- they are so FAT in "Resurrection"! Ok, May never was a true frontman like Mercury was. His vocals are much softer than Mercury's, but he does a superb job on them anyway - including on his version of "Too much love will kill you" here, which is superbly interpreted IMHO. The lyricism, finesse and good taste Queen always had are equally present on this release, track after track. This truly rocks for good!

Thus, if true AOR had a flagship, perhaps it would be this album.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd best Queen solo album April 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
May was arguably the best songwriter from Queen but had the softest singing voice which can be difficult if you're as fond of heavy metal as he is but thankfully for him he doesn't go for an album full of "rockers". The gem of the album is "Too Much Love Will Kill You", the definition of heartbreak. He *gets* the very idea of love in song...afterall, what single emotion can bring about as much joy and sorrow as love?Unlike his second solo album "Another World", May writes the majority of music here which were songs collected over a period of many years but somehow all work together. Multi-layered vocal harmonies and guitar licks abound which will easily remind you of any Queen album (unlike another member Roger Taylor who strayed VERY far from the "Queen sound".) Very few albums have bookends which wrap it up as nicely as Brian does with "The Dark", a lullaby of sorts which uses a line from "We Will Rock You" in a whole new way. A great buy, not just for a new Queen fan but for music lovers in general.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Everything I do, I'm driven by you" April 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album has great songs all the way through, but has me wondering: "How come Brian May's solo career wasn't more successful?" Brian May was, after all, Queen's best musician. Yes, Freddie Mercury had the best voice and was the band's showman, Roger Taylor was a great drummer had a unique talent of hitting the high notes and John Deacon was a great bass player and wrote great songs (Queen was indeed a team). However, Brian May's guitar parts defined Queen's sound and he had a gift for making different sounds off his custom-made Red Special guitar that only he could come up with. "Dark" is a lullaby prelude "We will rock you, rock you, rock you," Brian sweetly sings before his guitar takes over and literally wakes you up. "Back to the Light" is the title track and sounds a little like "Play the Game." "Love Token" is a bluesy rocker, whose happy-go-lucky melody belies a tale of marital infidelity, followed by the spiritual rocker "Resurrection," which features the late Cozy Powell on drums. The best song is perhaps the melancholy "Too Much Love Will Kill You" (which Queen would actually record and include on Made In Heaven), followed by the minour hit "Driven by You" (it was actually used in an automobile advert in the UK). "Nothing But Blue" was written around the time Brian's musical partner Freddie was very ill near the final days of his life, and features John Deacon on bass. "I'm Scared" is a tongue in cheek rocker "I'm scared of finding myself, I'm scared of losing myself..." and the list of Brian's personal horrors goes on. "Last Horizon" is a beautiful sounding instrumental. "Let Your Heart Rule Your Head" is a laid back country-style song, much in the mold of "39" from A Night at the Opera. "Just One Life" is an ode to another person Brian admired. Read more ›
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After Queen band leader and friend Freddy Mercury died of AIDS in 1991, Brian May came up with his first solo album, which resembles a lot to what he did with Queen, especially his... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ivan Howe The Great
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
A great CD from one of the greatest guitarist's ever. If your a fan of Brian May this CD is a must for all May, Queen collectors.
Published 18 months ago by Rockin and a Rollin
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian May Back to the Light
Great CD, great music, I love the intro. I always liked the music Brian May brought to Queen, as well as the vocals he added to the music. Once again, great CD. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dave Brinkley
3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable
CD sound was fine, brochure was acceptable too, being a second hand material, but CD plastic cover was broken. Due to the price I accepted that.
Published 20 months ago by Jesus Gonzalez Sanz
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Light
There can be no doubt that Brian can bring his guitars to life. His genius amazes me. Brian remains in tune with Queen because he always mentions Freddie, John and Roger. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cecilia Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars good cd
I was very impressed with Brian's music. It had a Queen feel to it, but uniquely Brian May.
Published on May 14, 2009 by pippin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Brian May is, of course, one of the greatest rock gutarists - This record took an extensive amount of time to be completed and you can notice that in every song. Read more
Published on August 20, 2008 by Miguel Angel Lopez Loredo
4.0 out of 5 stars "Everything I do, I'm driven by you"
I had originally wrote this review on April 24, 2005 and decided to include it in my current profile. Read more
Published on July 7, 2008 by take403
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Live
I have been looking for this CD for a long time. I used to have the cassette, but wore it out long ago. I saw Brian May open for Guns N Roses in 1993. Read more
Published on October 24, 2007 by Simple Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian May - An Underated Album That Most Queen Fans Would Enjoy
Brian May is best known as the guitarist for Queen. After Freddie Mercury's death May decided to try his hand at a solo career. The result was this album. Read more
Published on September 27, 2007 by Steven Sly
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