When Brian May went into the studio with Eddie Van Halen and Alan Gratzer (drummer for REO Speedwagon) to record the songs on Starfleet Project, he had no intention of releasing the songs from the sessions. Because of his son, he had become a fan of a Japanese sci-fi show on the BBC, and had been wanting to record a hard rock version of the program’s theme song. Fate be as it may, Eddie, and Alan happened to be in the same town as Brian one day – and they all had some down time away from their repective bands. So they hooked up with a couple well respected session musicians and booked a nearby recording studio.
Of course, they all wanted to get a feel for playing together, so they warmed up by doing a couple improvised jams together. One was on top of a song Brian had recently penned and the other was a totally improvised, nearly thirteen minute instrumental blues jam. All three songs come across with such a loose feel, that it’s easy to picture them smiling at each other as they find their muse within each other.
I’m just thankful that after hearing the songs, Brian’s family was able to convince him to release the songs from the sessions as a Mini LP.
Vinyl Jungle Trivia: Brian May has a PHD in astrophysics and co-authored a book on the origins of the universe.