Live at the Brixton Academy (Brian May album)

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Live at the Brixton Academy
Brian May - Live at the Brixton Academy.jpg
Live album by The Brian May Band
Released February 7, 1994
Recorded June 15, 1993, at the Brixton Academy, London
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 76:51
Label Parlophone
Producer Brian May, Justin Shirley-Smith
The Brian May Band chronology
Back to the Light
(1992)Back to the Light1992
Live at the Brixton Academy
Another World
(1998)Another World1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Live at the Brixton Academy is a recording of The Brian May Band's first show in London on June 15 1993. The album was released on CD, Cassette, LP and VHS in 1994, and remains the group's only release as a collective.

The album is an almost complete and unedited version of the concert. Their performance of John Lennon's "God (The Dream Is Over)" was not included on the album due to copyright issues. Keyboard player Spike Edney had to play a second solo (neither are on the CD, the first being on the video) after May had technical problems before playing "Last Horizon". Also, "Back To The Light", "Tie Your Mother Down", "Love Token", "Headlong", "Let Your Heart Rule Your Head", "Resurrection" (in particular, Cozy Powell's drum solo), "We Will Rock You" and "Hammer to Fall" are all slightly shortened on the CD, but appear in full on the 90-minute video of the same event. The spoken part after "Love Token" has been cut because it contained too many profanities, but it can be heard fully on the unofficial audience recording.

The show includes live renditions of the top ten singles "Driven By You" and "Too Much Love Will Kill You".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Brian May, except where noted

  1. "Back to the Light"
  2. "Driven by You"
  3. "Tie Your Mother Down"
  4. "Love Token"
  5. "Headlong"
  6. "Love of My Life" (Freddie Mercury)
  7. "'39" / "Let Your Heart Rule Your Head"
  8. "Too Much Love Will Kill You" (May, Frank Musker, Elizabeth Lamers)
  9. "Since You've Been Gone" (Russ Ballard)
  10. "Now I'm Here"
  11. "Guitar Extravagance"
  12. "Resurrection" (May, Cozy Powell, Jamie Page)
  13. "Last Horizon"
  14. "We Will Rock You"
  15. "Hammer to Fall"