Album in a nutshell

UK/Europe issue date 11 November 2013
Japan issue date 4 December 2013
US/Canada issue date import for US 19 November 2013; Canada 10 December 2013
Unofficial issues in countries
Singles Sunny Day, Be with You, Up
Non-album songs
Issue format CD, LP (Picture Disc), LP (180g black vinyl)
Track order remarks

 

Album tracklisting:

  • “One Night Stand!” (Roger Taylor) [4:22]
  • “Fight Club” (Roger Taylor, Bob Geldof) [3:02]
  • “Be With You” [3:10]
  • “Quality Street” [4:25]
  • “I Don’t Care” [3:24]
  • “Sunny Day” (Roger Taylor) [3:38]
  • “Be My Gal (My Brightest Spark)” [2:45]
  • “I Am The Drummer (In A Rock’n’Roll Band)” [2:47]
  • “Small” [3:51]
  • “Say It’s Not True” (Roger Taylor) [4:58]
  • “The Unblinking Eye” (Roger Taylor) [4:54]
  • “Up” [3:10]
  • “Smile” (Roger Taylor) [3:01]

2013 Nightjar Productions Ltd. under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

Cover photo taken at Roger’s house in 2002 by James Cumpsty

Roger Taylor by James Cumpsty

2013 solo album by Roger Taylor.
As rumours said, the musicians included: Mike Dixon (keyboards), Neil Murray (bass), Rufus Taylor (drums), Bob Geldof (rhythm guitar in “Fight Club”), Jeff Beck (guitar on “Say It’s Not True”), Jason Falloon (guitars).
Recorded 2006-2013 at Priory Studios, Surrey.

    Musicians include (official list):

  • Roger Taylor: Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Piano, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Stylophone
  • Jeff Beck: Guitar on “Say It’s Not True”
  • Spike Edney: Keyboards on “Say It’s Not True”
  • Jason Falloon: Guitar on “Fight Club”,”I Don’t Care”,”Be My Gal”,I Am The Drummer In A Rock And Roll Band”,”Small”
  • Steve Hamilton: Saxophone on “Fight Club”, “Quality Street” & “I Don’t Care”
  • Kevin Jefferies: Bass on “Fight Club”,”Be With You”,”Sunny Day”,”Be My Gal”,”I Am The Drummer In A Rock And Roll Band”,”Small”
  • Jonathan Perkins: Organ, Backing Vocals on “Sunny Day”
  • Nicola Robins: Violin on “Sunny Day”
  • Steve Stroud: Bass on “Say It’s Not True”
  • Rufus Taylor: Drums on “Say It’s Not True” & “Up”, Piano on “Be With You”

Produced by Joshua J Macrae & Roger Taylor and engineered by Joshua J Macrae.

“One Night Stand” is a rework of 1998 sample-song of the same title. “Sunny Day” is a 2006 song “Woman You’re So Beautiful” with slightly changed chorus words. “I Am The Drummer In A Rock n’ Roll Band” is a song played first live at the Queen Fan Club Convention in 2011. “Small” is a rework of a 2008 Queen plus Paul Rodgers “Cosmos Rocks” album song. “Say It’s Not True” is a 2003 Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign song (recorded as a studio song and predicted for a single release, but abandoned and later reworked by Queen plus Paul Rodgers for a single and “Cosmos Rocks” album release). “The Unblinking Eye (Everything Is Broken)” is a 2009/2010 single and “Smile” is a Beatles-like song first played live on the Queen Fan Club Convention in 2010.

Although previously a vinyl edition of the album hadn’t been planned, a 2-LP limited edition picture disc of the album was issued on 14th April 2014 as part of the 19th April Record Store Day celebrations.

Vinyl 1

Side A

  • “One Night Stand!” (Roger Taylor) [4:22]
  • “Fight Club” (Roger Taylor, Bob Geldof) [3:02]
  • “Be With You” [3:10]
  • “Quality Street” [4:25]

Side B

  • “Small” [3:51]
  • “Say It’s Not True” (Roger Taylor) [4:58]
  • “Be My Gal (My Brightest Spark)” [2:45]
  • “Sunny Day” (Roger Taylor) [3:38]

Vinyl 2

Side A

  • “Up” [3:10]
  • “Smile” (Roger Taylor) [3:01]
  • “I Don’t Care” [3:24]
  • “Dear Mr Murdoch”

Side B

  • “I Am The Drummer (In A Rock’n’Roll Band)” [2:47]
  • “The Unblinking Eye” (Roger Taylor) [4:54]
  • “Whole House Rockin'”

The tracklisting for the vinyl edition of the album has been reordered by Roger himself. Two extra songs (“Whole House Rockin'” and “Dear Mr Murdoch”) – originally added to the version of “Fun on Earth” that came as part of “The Lot” – were included on this release.

LP albums (LPs)

  • (2014, Apr 14) UK: Universal 0602537755196 (Limited Edition 2 LP picture disc issued as part of Record Store Day celebrations; import for the US available Jun 3, 2014)
  • (2014, Oct 16) UK: Virgin EMI 0602537921683 (Standard black 180g double vinyl)

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CD albums (CDs)

  • (2013, Nov 11) UK: Virgin EMI 0602537569984 (Import for the US available Nov 19, 2013)
  • (2013, Nov 8) DE: Virgin Universal 3756998
  • (2013, Dec 4) JP: Toshiba-EMI/Universal TYCP-80033, SHM-CD
  • (2013, Dec 10) CA: Universal Music Canada 3756998
  • (2013, Dec 4) KR: Universal Music Korea DC30893
  • (2013, Dec 4) RU: Universal Russia 4605026714144

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Digital albums

  • (2013, Nov 11) iTunes
  • (2013, Nov 11) FR: Nightjar Productions Ltd. 0060253752335 (13x FLAC file album)
  • (2014, Apr 14) UK: Virgin EMI Records (15x MP3 file album, 320 kbps, reissue, available only with download code voucher for a 2LP album issue)
  • (2014, Jul 22) US: Hollywood Records (Explicit, 12 albums in MP3 files)

CD singles

  • “Sunny Day”, 1 track CD promo with white cover, (11 Nov 2013) UK: Virgin EMI
  • “Sunny Day”, 1 track CD promo with album cover, (11 Nov 2013) UK: Virgin EMI
  • “Be With You”, 1 track CDR promo, (Dec 2013) UK: Virgin EMI
  • “Up”, 1 track CDR promo, (3 Mar 2014) UK: Virgin EMI

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