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Flash Gordon

Documented Timeline:

  • 1980:
    • February - May: Whilst recording The Game, Queen also start off some basic ideas for the Flash Gordon OST.
    • June: Most of the album is recorded at various studios in London.
    • September: Orchestral sessions take place at Anvil Studio.
    • October: Brian ties loose ends and comes up with a new song for the closing credits, which is recorded at Utopia in London.
    • Monday 24th November: The lead single, 'Flash' / 'Football Fight', is released in Britain.
    • Friday 5th December: Film premieres in America.
    • Monday 8th December: The album is released in Britain.
  • 1981:
    • Thursday 1st January: 'Flash', the single, is certified Silver in Britain for having sold 250,000 copies in that territory.
    • Wednesday 21st January: The album is simultaneously certified Silver and Gold in the UK for having sold 60,000 and 100,000 copies in that territory.

Documented Recording Venues:

  • Anvil Studio in Denham, Uxbridge, Hillingdon, Greater London UB9 5HQ, England.
  • Musicland Studios in the Arabella House Basement, Munich, Bavaria 81925, West Germany.
  • The Music Centre on Engineers Way, Wembley, Brent, Greater London HA9, England.
  • The Town House on 150 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, Royal Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Greater London W12 8EN, England.
  • Utopia Studio on 7 Chalcot Road, Primrose Hill, Camden Town, Greater London NW1 8LH, England.

Documented Personnel:

  • Performers:
    • The band:
      • John Deacon: Electric bass, electric guitar, analogue  synthesiser.
      • Brian May: Lead and backing vocals, electric guitars, acoustic piano, analogue synthesiser.
      • Frederick Mercury: Lead and backing vocals, analogue synthesiser, acoustic piano (demo sessions).
      • Roger Taylor: Backing vocals, acoustic drums, analogue synthesiser, timpani.
    • National Philharmonic Orchestra:
      • Howard Blake: Conductor.
      • Sydney Sax: Leader.
  • Studio Crew:
    • Alan Douglas: Chief engineer.
    • Reinhold Mack: Deputy producer, mixing engineer.
    • John Richards: Orchestral engineer.
    • Eric Tomlinson: Orchestral engineer.
  • Technical Crew:
    • Peter Hince: Equipment supervision.
    • Christopher Taylor: Equipment supervision.
    • Brian Zellis: Equipment supervision.

Documented Instruments:

  • Electric Basses:
    • Fender Precision: John had three of them, he could've used any, including different ones for different tracks.
    • Kramer DMZ: Spare.
    • Music Man Stingray: Possibly a spare.
  • Electric Guitars:
    • BHM Bespoke: Brian's main.
    • Birch Bespoke: Brian's spare.
    • Fender StratocasterFender Telecaster: John's.
    • Unknown: Used for the solo at the end of 'The Hero'.
  • Keyboards:
    • Oberheim OB-X Analogue Synthesiser.
    • Yamaha C-7 7' 5" Acoustic Piano: 'Football Fight' and 'The Kiss' demos.
    • Unknown Acoustic Piano: 'Flash's Theme' and its reprises.
  • Percussion:
    • Ludwig Bespoke Drums: Roger's main.
    • Ludwig Ringer Timpani.
    • Trixon Drums: Spare, possibly used for some demos.