star fleet project


Star Fleet Project by Brian May and Eddie Van Halen

Since it was never released, it may be one of the most famous bootlegs in history. Brian May manages to pull Eddie out of his pop rock world and into a more progressive style (even if that means a ton of 80′s keyboards). 

Anyway, it’s supposed to sound pretty futuristic (for the 80′s) so there are a lot of EVH whammy bar dives, pinch harmonics, and the like. 


111 guys who have ruined my life (in alphabetical order) - Brian May (65/111)


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Reinhold Mack

Reinhold Mack (a.k.a. Mack) is a German record producer and sound engineer, mostly known for his collaborations with rock bands Electric Light Orchestra and Queen.[1] Most of this work took place at Giorgio Moroder’s Musicland Studios in Munich, which became famous after Marc Bolan & T.Rex (with producer Tony Visconti) first discovered it for recordings in 1973.[2] In 1981 the Queen album The Game brought Mack and the band a Grammy Award nomination for Producer of the Year (Non-Classical).

Mack’s third son, John Frederick Mack, was named by Freddie Mercury and was a godson of both Mercury and Queen bass guitarist John Deacon.

Mack is referenced in the lyrics of the Queen song “Dragon Attack” on their 1980 album The Game, which he produced with the band: “gonna use my stack/it’s gotta be Mack”

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Star Fleet Project by Brian May and Friends

And then there was the time Brian May and Eddie Van Halen teamed up to record a few songs which quickly disappeared, only to resurface through the magic of the internet. Yes, you’ll have to survive the poor (or is it lack of) production, but there’s plenty of interesting guitar work on her to keep you interested for half an hour. And make you wonder what Eddie would have done is a more progressive band. 

OnTheTurntable: Brian May & Friends. Jam session with EddieVanHalen, Phil Chen, Alan Gratzer and Fred Mandel.

There are only three songs on it – two on side one and one on side two – but they’re long, and the album runs almost 30 minutes. Eddie Van Halen and Brian May, dueling guitars for half an hour. 

I saw it in a record store when it came out in ‘83 and that was the only copy I ever saw anywhere! It was obscure when it was brand new. I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t blaring full blast from every speaker on planet Earth. 

I tracked it down on YouTube a couple of years ago and was glad to find it held up. It’s nice to see the old record spinning under the needle, tho.