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  • 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 (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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I always liked the music Brian May brought to Queen, as well as the vocals he added to the music.
Dave Brinkley
The lyrics to "Back to the light" and "Love Token" (both EXCELLENT world class, Queen class songs) were painful to read.
Tamara Pitman
If you are also a fan of Brian May's guitar's playing, then I would definitely recommend that you buy this album.
Mr. Nc Shackley

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1998
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I. MUNOZ on 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By W. Langan on 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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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Michael Allred on 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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