Brian May & Friends: Star Fleet Project 12″ UK original. No sleeve, just the vinyl. Free for orders of £70+ Features Eddie Van Halen. Check official video + video review of this project.


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Star Fleet Project is an EP by Queen guitarist Brian May. The project was released as the work of “Brian May + Friends”, consisting of May, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alan Gratzer (of REO Speedwagon), Phil Chen, and Fred MandelRoger Taylor, Queen’s drummer, provided backing vocals for the title song. It was originally not meant for the tapes to be released and they had minimal mixing before release.

Not a Queen album. Not a solo Brian May album. It is a record of a unique event.

On the 21st and 22nd of April 1983, five musicians from different backgrounds, who had previously known each other only as friends, played together for the first time. Purely for fun. In listening to this record, I hope you will share in the excitement we felt.

STAR FLEET is theme tune for a superb t.v. sci-fi series broadcast in England for kids of all ages; Japanese visuals and British soundtrack including music by Paul Bliss. The heroes pilot space vehicles which can assemble into a giant robot for land battles. The aliens fly fantastic insect-like craft which spawn smaller fighting machines; all intent on possession of the secret of F Zero One… Having been introduced to all this by my small boy, I became equally obsessed by it, and formed the idea of making a hard rock version of the title theme.

A few months later I found myself in Los Angeles doing very little. I suddenly realized that four musicians, with whom I’d long wanted to play, were at the end of a local telephone call. To my great surprise, they all liked the ideas I had, so I took my courage in both hands, booked a studio, and in we went. None of us had done this kind of thing before – no record company, no plans for release, no back-up organizations-just us. Just for fun.

In STAR FLEET, recorded on the first day, you can hear a kind of nervous exhilaration. The new situation produced a strange and different kind of energy.

In LET ME OUT – an old song of mine which found new life – and in BLUES BREAKER, which of course is purely spontaneous, you can hear a much more relaxed set of people, just laying back and enjoying the fresh inspiration of each other’s playing…

I could have put away these tapes in a bottom drawer and kept them as a private record of one of the best experiences of my life. But the few people I’ve played them for have urged me to “publish;” and it will make me very happy if others can enjoy this stuff the way I have.

I’ve attempted to hone STAR FLEET into something like a “proper record” – my thanks to ROGER for helping me with chorus vocals. But I haven’t messed one scrap with the tracking done on the day. The rest is simply mixed ‘naked’.

In BLUES BREAKER you can hear us smiling as we search for answering phrases. In the last solo of LET ME OUT, Edward tortures his top string to its audible death and winds up quite naturally on the remaining five. The rest I’ll leave to imagination. It’s not too hard to figure out who did what!
Thank You!! Enjoy!!!

August, 1983

Brian May + Friends   Star Fleet Project
Label: EMI   SFT 1078061, SFLT 1078061
Format: Vinyl, Mini-Album, 33   RPM, 12″
Country: UK
Released: 1983
Genre: Blues, Rock
Style: Blues Rock, Hard Rock
A1 Star Fleet 8:00
A2 Let Me Out 7:10
B Blues Breaker 12:50

From 1983 Classic ear splitting guitar.
Voice & Guitar – Brian May
Guitar – Eddie Van Halen
Roger Taylor only did backing voice on the First song.  the person who played drums was Alan Gratzer on all three songs
Bass  player is Chen from Rod Stewarts band Drummer Gratzer is from Reo Speedwagon.

Absolutely amazing. If you’re a fan of Brian May, you should own this. It’s exciting, fun, and just a blast to listen to. You can hear Brian and friends having a ball playing the tunes.

Star Fleet is the best song on this album. it’s so catchy and it sounds awesome i love the lyrics.

Queen electric guitar hero Brian May and Star Fleet Project, the legendary mini-album he recorded in 1983 with Eddie Van Halen – among other top-tier musicians.

A low-key project inspired by a puppet sci-fi show enjoyed by his children, and recorded during downtime from May and Van Halen’s respective bands, Star Fleet Project has become a cult favorite, due to its rarity and the high profile of its participants. Even cassette copies of the mini-album can go for as much as $30 online(opens in new tab).

“I’m very excited about it as I’ve opened up these tapes where I’m jamming with Eddie Van Halen and [bassist] Phil Chen,”  “It is highly emotional, again, as Ed’s not around. Neither is Phil. And I’ve been talking to Alex (Van Halen) and started thinking about how I wish I had stayed closer to Ed. I have a huge regret about that.

“He was a wonderful soul – a Peter Pan who never grew up, never wanted to grow up and never should have grown up,” the guitar legend continued. “He should still be with us. Listening to him and me, I felt completely outclassed by him in the studio. But in a very pleasant way – what joy for me to be around a guy who could do all that. Such a privilege.  EVH’s sound is larger than life. Eddie’s solo, I always thought was one of the greatest things he did… a real immortal classic of Ed Van Halen pieces.”

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