Music Collection – Q & R

I’m going through my music collection to list many of the artists and tracks I like, so you can see the variety of things I enjoy, and now I’m up to the letters Q & R. As before, I’m adding the tracks I mention to my Youtube playlist of favourite music, which you can shuffle to your heart’s content. There’s over 2,600 tracks on it now! 🙂

My favourite band of all time is Queen. Freddie Mercury was a musical genius, taken from us far too soon. But all 4 members of the band are amazing at what they do. They all worked so well together, and they all wrote songs that were big hits for the group. I wasn’t able to see them live, sadly, being born too late. But I did see a Queen tribute act in concert when I was young, which is what got me into them in the first place. And in the years since then, I’ve accumulated all their albums and DVDs.

I also have a lot of their solo work as well – as I’ve written in previous posts, my favourite material is that produced by Freddie Mercury, closely followed by the albums made by Brian May (including his work with the wonderful Kerry Ellis). I also like Roger Taylor’s solo work – not as much as the other two, admittedly, but there’s still some good tracks in there (a few of which I’ll list below as well). I didn’t get around to seeing the We Will Rock You musical, but I have the soundtrack to that as well.

DVDs by Queen, featuring their music videos, live shows and documentaries.

My favourite songs from each album (though it’s often very hard to narrow down) are:

  • Queen – Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, Son And Daughter
  • Queen II – Father To Son, White Queen (As It Began), Seven Seas Of Rhye
  • Sheer Heart Attack – Killer Queen, Now I’m Here, Stone Cold Crazy
  • A Night At The Opera – You’re My Best Friend, ’39, The Prophets Song, Love Of My Life, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • A Day At The Races – Tie Your Mother Down, Long Away, Somebody To Love, Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy, Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)
  • News Of The World – We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Spread Your Wings, Who Needs You?
  • Jazz – Fat Bottomed Girls, Bicycle Race, Let Me Entertain You, Don’t Stop Me Now
  • The Game – Play The Game, Dragon Attack, Another One Bites The Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Save Me
  • Flash Gordon – Flash, Battle Theme, The Hero
  • Hot Space – Staying Power, Back Chat, Las Palabras De Amor (The Words of Love), Under Pressure (with David Bowie)
  • The Works – Radio Ga Ga, It’s A Hard Life, I Want To Break Free, Hammer To Fall, Let Me In Your Heart Again. That last one is a track that was intended for The Works album, but was only released recently on the Queen Forever compilation.
  • A Kind Of Magic – One Vision, A Kind Of Magic, Friends Will Be Friends, Who Wants To Live Forever?
  • The Miracle – The Miracle, I Want It All, The Invisible Man, Breakthru, Scandal
  • Innuendo – Innuendo, I’m Going Slightly Mad, Headlong, These Are The Days Of Our Lives, The Show Must Go On
  • Made In Heaven – It’s A Beautiful Day, Made In Heaven, Let Me Live, I Was Born To Love You, Heaven For Everyone, Too Much Love Will Kill You, You Don’t Fool Me, plus the single No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young), which was released 6 years later after Princess Diana’s death.
  • The Cosmos Rocks (Queen + Paul Rodgers) – Cosmos Rockin’, Still Burnin’, Small, C-lebrity, Say It’s Not True, and a great rocking cover of Del Shannon’s Runaway. I also have MP3s and DVDs of a couple of live concerts by Queen and Paul, which are great.
  • Roger Taylor Solo Tracks – Apart from his work with The Cross, I have his other solo material as well, with tracks like Let’s Get Crazy, Man On Fire, Happiness, Pressure On and London Town – C’mon Down.
  • Other Queen Collaborations – Somebody To Love (with George Michael at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert) and The Show Must Go On (with Elton John in Paris). Both tracks were released on Greatest Hits 3. there some other great performances at the tribute concert as well, such as Robert Plant doing Crazy Little Thing Called Love. And I’ve also enjoyed a few remixes others have done online, particularly by PiotreQ and David R Fuller, who are both worth checking out.

Screengrab of albums in my iTunes collection by Queen, including studio albums, live albums, cover albums and remix albums.

Not all collaborations are good though. Queen & Five doing We Will Rock You, and the Wyclef Jean remix of Another One Bites The Dust, ruined two classic songs. And, while he’s not that bad, I’m not particularly struck on Adam Lambert either, from what I’ve seen of his performances with Brian and Roger. He’s ok, but there’s definitely something missing. He just doesn’t grab my attention in the way that Freddie Mercury, Paul Rodgers or George Michael did. Not that anybody could ever come close to Freddie anyway, but some have clearly been better at following in his footsteps than others, inevitably. It is great that Brian and Roger are keeping Queen going in some way though – if it brings in more and more fans who check out their original work with Freddie, that’s a good thing.

As for the letter R, The Rolling Stones are another big favourite of mine. Still going strong today despite their age, they really have stood the test of time. And, like Queen, they’ve produced a lot of wonderful, classic, timeless tracks. I’ve got all of their albums and a lot of their DVDs – including their newest release, Totally Stripped, which I’ve been watching recently and is really good. It has an extensive documentary, with studio recordings, interviews and other behind the scenes footage from the tour, along with 3 full length concerts that are all very intimate and enjoyable. Highly recommended if you’re a Stones fan.

DVDs of live concerts by The Rolling Stones, including the From The Vault collection, the Four Flicks, Biggest Bang and Totally Stripped boxsets, and many others.

Favourite songs of mine by The Rolling Stones include:

  • Not Fade Away
  • Little By Little
  • Time Is On My Side
  • It’s All Over Now
  • Susie Q
  • Little Red Rooster
  • The Last Time
  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
  • Get Off Of My Cloud
  • Under My Thumb
  • 19th Nervous Breakdown
  • Paint It Black
  • Let’s Spend The Night Together
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Sympathy For The Devil
  • Street Fighting Man
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  • Gimme Shelter
  • Midnight Rambler
  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  • Honky Tonk Women
  • Brown Sugar
  • Wild Horses
  • Bitch
  • Tumbling Dice
  • Angie
  • It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)
  • Hand Of Fate
  • Miss You
  • Beast Of Burden
  • Start Me Up
  • Harlem Shuffle
  • Mixed Emotions
  • You Got Me Rocking
  • Rough Justice
  • Rain Fall Down
  • Streets Of Love
  • Oh No, Not You Again
  • Don’t Stop
  • Doom And Gloom

Screengrab of albums in my iTunes collection by The Rolling Stones, including studio and live albums.

Apart from those two huge bands, other songs I like from my collection are:

  • Quiet Riot – Cum On Feel The Noize
  • Quincy Jones – Take Five
  • Racey – Lay Your Love On Me and Some Girls
  • Radiohead – Creep
  • Rainbow – All Night Long, I Surrender and Since You’ve Been Gone
  • Ralph McTell – Streets Of London
  • Ram Jam – Black Betty
  • Randy & The Rainbows – Denise. Many people know it better from the Blondie cover version, but the original track is really good too.
  • Randy VanWarmer – Just When I Needed You Most
  • Ray Davies – His solo renditions of a couple of Kinks tracks – Lola (at the Queen’s Party At The Palace in 2002) and Waterloo Sunset (for the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, with the London Symphony Orchestra & Urban Voices Collective)
  • Ray Smith – Right Behind You Baby
  • Re-Flex – The Politics Of Dancing
  • The Real Thing – Can You Feel The Force?, Can’t Get By Without You and You To Me Are Everything
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Higher Ground
  • Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe, another cheesy but catchy one from my childhood.
  • R.E.M. – The One I Love
  • REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling, Keep On Loving You, Take It On The Run
  • The Republic Tigers – Buildings And Mountains, another song from TV show Chuck.
  • Republica – Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • The Response Collective – Tropical State Remix, used during the Carbug sequence in Red Dwarf: Back To Earth.
  • Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  • Rick James – Ghetto Life, featured on the soundtrack to GTA: Vice City.
  • Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
  • Ricky Martin – Livin’ La Vida Loca
  • Ricky Nelson – It’s Late and Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)
  • Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy and Deeply Dippy
  • The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody and You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
  • Rik Mayall – Noble England
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Flight Of The Bumblebee
  • Rita Coolidge – Words and (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher
  • Ritchie Valens – Come On Let’s Go and La Bamba
  • Roachford – Cuddly Toy
  • Robbie Nevil – C’est La Vie
  • Robbie Williams – Let Me Entertain You, Angels, Feel and Millennium
  • Robert Hazard – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, which became a massive hit for Cyndi Lauper. Her version is far better, but the original is interesting to listen to as well.
  • Robert John – Sad Eyes
  • Robert Miles – Children
  • Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love, Bad Case Of Lovin’ You (Doctor Doctor), She Makes My Day, Simply Irresistible and Some Guys Have All The Luck
  • Robert Tepper – No Easy Way Out
  • Robson & Jerome – I Believe, Saturday Night At The Movies and Unchained Melody
  • Rochelle – My Magic Man
  • Rock Steady Crew – Hey You (The Rock Steady Crew)
  • Rockers Revenge & Donnie Calvin – Walking On Sunshine
  • Rod Stewart – Maggie May, You Wear It Well, Hot Legs, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?, Sailing, Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright), Handbags & Gladrags and Reason To Believe
  • Roger Miller – King Of The Road and England Swings
  • The Ronettes – Be My Baby
  • Ronnie Hilton – Magic Moments
  • Rory Gallagher – Hands Off
  • Rose Royce – Car Wash
  • Ross Noble – There Goes Noble (the music is by Damian Coldwell)
  • Rossini – William Tell Overture
  • Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
  • Roxy Music – More Than This, Love Is The Drug, Virginia Plain, Do The Strand, Jealous Guy
  • Roy Orbison – Oh, Pretty Woman, Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream?), Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel), I Drove All Night and Crying (as with the Don McLean version, it reminds me of the Only Fools And Horses episode Stage Fright, but it’s also a lovely song in its own right)
  • Rozalla – Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)
  • The Rubettes – Sugar Baby Love
  • Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
  • Run DMC & Aerosmith – Walk This Way
  • The Runaways – Cherry Bomb
  • Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Piña Colada Song)
  • Rush – Spirit Of Radio and Tom Sawyer
  • Russ Conway – Lesson One and Toy Balloons
  • Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita

As for theme music and songs, I also enjoy the following from my collection, which are on my theme music playlist:

  • Ramin Djawadi & Ferry Corsten – The theme to Prison Break.  I gave it a go on Netflix last year and loved it, so I’m delighted to hear it’s coming back.
  • Randy Newman – Composed the music for the Toy Story films, including the songs You’ve Got A Friend In Me, Strange Things, Woody’s Roundup and We Belong Together.
  • Ray Parker Jr. – The classic Ghostbusters theme.
  • The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You, the theme to sitcom Friends. I’m not a fan of the programme, I didn’t find it funny. But I do like the song.
  • Rhythm Heritage – Theme From S.W.A.T, an American crime show that I’ve never seen.
  • Richard Attree – The theme tune to kids TV show The Demon Headmaster, which I enjoyed watching when I was younger.
  • Richard O’Brien – Created all the wonderful songs for the Rocky Horror Show, including the classic Time Warp of course. I would love to see a live performance of the show one day, it would be a lot of fun.
  • Rita Coolidge – All Time High, the theme from the James Bond film Octopussy.
  • Roger Bolton – Composed the classic theme tune for the BBC TV show 999, which did re-enactments of dramatic emergencies.
  • Ron Goodwin – Composed many great themes, such as The Trap (used for the film of that name, but much better known as the BBC’s theme for The London Marathon), The Schickel Shamble (used for the wonderful comedy show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue on Radio 4) and 633 Squadron (used for the film of the same name).
  • Ron Grainer – Another composer of classic themes, his best known being the iconic Doctor Who theme (which was arranged into the version we know by Delia Derbyshire), but also the themes to Man In A Suitcase (better known to younger viewers as the theme to TFI Friday) and Old Ned (used for sitcom Steptoe & Son).
  • Ronnie Barker – The legendary comedian sang the theme tune to Going Straight, the sequel to classic sitcom Porridge.
  • Ronnie Hazelhurst – Composed classic theme tunes for lots of classic comedy shows, including Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (the opening notes are the show’s title in morse code), Are You Being Served?, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Last Of The Summer Wine, The Two Ronnies, Yes Minister and the original theme tune to Only Fools And Horses (dropped in favour of the opening song we’re all familiar with).

And finally, I mentioned Rik Mayall in my list above, who is very sadly missed. He was an extremely funny, clever and unique guy. Here’s the speech he gave at the University Of Exeter, which is bth entertaining and inspiring.

Author: Glen

Love London, love a laugh, love life. Visually impaired blogger & Youtuber with aniridia & nystagmus, posting about my experiences & adventures.

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