Brian May Reveals The Origin Of Star Fleet Project
via Brian May Official / Youtube
In the first episode of a new video series about the Star Fleet Project package, Queen guitarist Brian May reveals the origins of his 1983 EP ahead of its reissue next month.
The preview reads:
“It’s 1983 and Queen are taking a break.
“Brian is in LA, at a loose end, feeling creatively inspired – so he picks up the phone and makes a call. Find out who he called and what happened next…”
Originally released the 3-track mini-album under the group name Brian May + Friends which includes Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alan Gratzer, bassist Phil Chen, and keyboardist Fred Mandel.
The Star Fleet Project was recorded over two days at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA. The title track was inspired by May’s idea of reimagining the signature tune from the Japanese kid’s science fiction series of the same name which he watches regularly with his four-year-old son Jimmy every Saturday morning.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the EP, May will release a reissue box dubbed Star Fleet Sessions. The expanded box set edition will include 2023 remixes of the original three songs and a new single version of the title track alongside interviews and live recordings from the era – plus 23 tracks of previously-unreleased material.
Brian May + Friends: Star Fleet Sessions contains 2 CDs, 1 vinyl LP, and a vinyl single, as well as other collector’s items. It will be launched as a Deluxe Edition box set, worldwide on July 14th.
Watch the first episode of the Star Fleet Project video series below.