Too Much Love Will Kill You

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"Too Much Love Will Kill You"
Single by Brian May
from the album Back to the Light
B-side "I'm Scared"
Released 1992
Format CD single, 7"
Recorded 1988-1992
Genre Rock
Length 4:26
Label Parlophone (Europe),
Hollywood (US)
Writer(s) Brian May
Frank Musker
Elizabeth Lamers
Producer(s) Brian May, Justin Shirley-Smith
Brian May chronology
"Driven by You"
(1992)
"Too Much Love Will Kill You"
(1992)
"Back to the Light"
(1992)
"Too Much Love Will Kill You"
Single by Queen
from the album Made in Heaven
B-side "We Will Rock You"/"We Are the Champions"
"Spread Your Wings"
Released 26 February 1996
Format CD single, 7"
Recorded 1988-1995
Genre Rock
Length 4:20
Label Parlophone (Europe),
Hollywood (US)
Writer(s) Brian May
Frank Musker
Elizabeth Lamers
Producer(s) Queen
Queen chronology
"I Was Born to Love You"
(1996)
"Too Much Love Will Kill You"
(1996)
"Let Me Live"
(1996)

"Too Much Love Will Kill You" is a song written by Queen guitarist Brian May, Frank Musker, and Elizabeth Lamers.[1] The song was recorded by Queen around 1988 or before, and was intended to be on the band's The Miracle album in 1989, but did not make the cut. After Freddie Mercury's death in 1991, May arranged a solo version, which he performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992,[2] and subsequently included on his solo album Back to the Light that same year. Released as a single, it reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart. Because it was first played publicly at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, a common misconception is that it was written as a tribute to Freddie Mercury, although it had actually been written several years prior.

Sales and Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[3] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Queen version[edit]

In 1995, the remaining members of Queen elected to include the original recording of "Too Much Love Will Kill You", with Mercury on vocals, on the Made in Heaven album, released four years after Mercury's death.[4] Queen's version is a power ballad characteristic of the late 1980s time period in which it was recorded, with heavy use of keyboards and electric guitar. It reached #15 on the UK Singles Chart in 1996. Although it failed to duplicate the chart success of May's solo version, Queen's version of the song has since come to be regarded as the definitive version, after being awarded "Best Song Musically and Lyrically" at the 1997 Novello Awards (May said later that if there was one song that he would have wanted to win an award for, it was this one[1]), and being included on Queen's Greatest Hits III.[5]

Music Video[edit]

The video for the Brian May version of the song was directed by David Mallet features Brian singing the song to the camera, and is intercut with footage from various home movies. The video for the Queen version of the song was directed by DoRo and is a montage-style video of clips mainly from live performances and promo videos, and uses the Promo Edit version of the song.

Personnel[edit]

Original version
Queen version

Other versions[edit]

In 2003, May and Luciano Pavarotti performed a rendition of "Too Much Love Will Kill You", at the tenor's benefit concert held in Modena, Italy.[6]

Myleene Klass, Jovit Baldivino, Katie Melua, Claire Sweeney and Arnel Pineda of Journey have also performed the song.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Billboard 21 Jun 1997 Billboard. Retrieved January 16, 2011
  2. ^ The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: Too Much Love Will Kill You Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 2 July 2011
  3. ^ "British single certifications – Too Much Love Will Kill You". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Too Much Love Will Kill You in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  4. ^ Made in Heaven (Track 8) Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 2 July 2011
  5. ^ Brian May interview. BBC Radio 2. Broadcast 12 September 2005.
  6. ^ Pavarotti and Friends 2003; Press and News Retrieved January 21, 2011

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