Monday, October 27, 2014

CD Review: Queen Drummer Roger Taylor Releases "Best" Of His Solo Albums

Legendary Queen drummer Roger Taylor had a very successful solo career outside of his bands Queen and The Cross. He released five solo albums, all of which have charted very well in the U.K. His songwriting in Queen is sometimes overshadowed by lead singer Freddie Mercury and guitarist Brian May, but on this new "best of" compilation, we get to fully appreciate his creations on this new release from Omnivore Recordings.
The new album "Roger Taylor: best" features eighteen songs from throughout Taylor's solo career, beginning with the early eighties sound of "Future Management (You Don't Need Nobody Else)." The booklet doesn't give much insight into who performed on the songs, but on Roger's debut solo album, he performs all of the instruments himself as you can hear some of Brian May's guitar influence on "I Wanna Testify" and a touch of rockabilly on "Let's Get Crazy." His Queen comrades helped out on Taylor's second solo album "Strange Frontier" as Brian May is featured on the song "Man On Fire," which is included on the compilation. His third album "Happiness?" began with the controversial single "Nazis 1994" as Taylor's sound is still holding on to the eighties synthesizer era. One of Taylor's greatest non-Queen songs is the emotional "Foreign Sand" which he wrote and performed with Japanese musician, Yoshiki. The song "Surrender" shows more depth and experimentation with his sound as he seems renewed with writing this new music. Many of the songs' from his final two albums, 1998's "Electric Fire" and 2013's "Fun On Earth" could have been hit singles with the band Queen as they have that underlining feel of what could have been. The song "The Unblinking Eye" was released in 2009 and shows Taylor's subtle way of writing a protest song that also gives emotion to his music. The album closes with one of Roger Taylor's most touching moments on the 2013 single "Sunny Day."
To find out more about this first "best of" compilation from Queen drummer Roger Taylor, please visit

No comments: