Fun in Space [Bonus Tracks]

Fun in Space [Bonus Tracks]

by Roger TaylorRoger Taylor

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Overview

Queen drummer Roger Taylor's first solo album is a fairly strong set of up-tempo rockers and well-written ballads featuring Taylor's rough voice and effective croon. Much of the material is reminiscent of Taylor's work for Queen -- more guitar-based and less bombastic than the work of his cohorts in that band. That's not to say Taylor doesn't get over-dramatic. On "Future Management" and "Magic Is Loose," Taylor's vocals are quite over the top. However, "No Violins" and "Let's Get Crazy" balance things out with some fairly straightforward rock numbers that show the influence of 1950s rock & roll. Surprisingly, Taylor, who rarely wrote a ballad with Queen, shows himself quite adept at writing slower pieces on the lovely "Laugh or Cry." The interesting sci-fi ballad "Fun Is Space" is a striking and beautiful mix of classic rock and futuristic keyboard backdrops. The true highlight of the album though is the marvelous "My Country Parts 1 & 2." A powerful anthem of disillusionment with politics and war, the middle of the song picks up in intensity with some fine drumming from Taylor. Not all the material here is as strong or as memorable, but the album is a fine addition to the collection of any fan of classic rock or Queen. [The 2015 Omnivore reissue of Fun in Space features three bonus tracks, including Taylor's 1977 debut solo single "I Wanna Testify" backed by "Turn on the TV," and the U.K. single version of "My Country."]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2015
Label: Omnivore Recordings
UPC: 0816651014743
catalogNumber: 101474
Rank: 23469

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roger Taylor   Primary Artist,Vocals
David Richards   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Johnnie Taylor   Composer
Roger Taylor   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Reissue Producer,Instrumentation
George Clinton   Composer
Cheryl Pawelski   Reissue Producer
Jill Furmanovsky   Illustrations
Ian Wright   Illustrations
Hipgnosis   Sleeve Design
David Richards   Engineer
Paul Maxon   Illustrations
Colin Elgie   Illustrations
George Hardie   Illustrations
Jeff Cummins   Illustrations
Colin Chambers   Illustrations
Mike Stone   Engineer
Greg Brooks   Liner Notes
Jim Laurier   Illustrations

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