Sunday, March 15, 2015

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Re-Introduces Us To Queen's Roger Taylor's Solo Work

Beginning last year with the release of "Best" from Queen drummer Roger Taylor, there has been a re-kindled interest in his solo career. Also released late last year was "The Lot," which collected all of Roger Taylor's solo albums in a box set. It also included two discs worth of bonus material that did not appear on the original albums. Now, beginning with Taylor's debut solo album, "Fun In Space" and sophomore release "Strange Frontier," Omnivore Recordings is re-releasing his albums on vinyl and CD along with bonus tracks.

Roger Taylor's 1981 album "Fun In Space" proved that he had a career outside of his main outfit, Queen. The album cracked the top twenty album charts in the U.K. and showcased the talents of Taylor as he handled almost every instrument on the album, as well as producing it. Recorded during breaks in touring with Queen, it displays a side of Taylor that fans enjoyed as it had a modern rock vibe with a classic pop appeal as in "Let's Go Crazy" and "Good Times Are Now." The three bonus tracks that accompany the album feature Taylor's first solo single "I Wanna Testify," as well as the upbeat "Turn On The TV" and the single version of "My Country."

Also released on the same day will be the re-release of Roger Taylor's second album "Strange Frontier" on vinyl and CD with bonus tracks. The album had a heavier rock sound and less of a manufactured one as Taylor still handled the majority of the instrumentation except for some of the keyboards. Taylor also had some help from his Queen bandmates on separate songs. On the eighties electronic rock feel of "Man On Fire," Taylor is supported by Brian May on guitar, while Freddie Mercury lends his backing vocals to the dance pop of "Killing Time." The album also contains a couple of cover songs from Bruce Springsteen ("Racing In The Streets") and Bob Dylan ("Masters Of War"). The new release gets bulked up with five bonus tracks, including extended remixes of "Strange Frontier" and "I Cry For You" and a rare B-side "Two Sharp Pencils (Get Bad)."

While Roger Taylor is enjoying success on tour with Queen + Adam Lambert, Omnivore Recordings is enjoying this re-introduction to Taylor's solo albums. To find out more, please visit

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