Star Fleet Project (album di Brian May & Friends del 1983)

Mentre la storia dei Queen si può considerare universalmente nota in tutte le sue sfaccettature, meno lo è la storia delle carriere soliste dei singoli membri, fatte di luci e qualche ombra. Il primo in ordine di tempo a tentare l’avventura solista fu Roger Taylor nel 1977 con un singolo intitolato I wanna testify, seguito nel 1981 dall’album FUN IN SPACE. Nel 1983, complice la pausa alle attività della band successiva al controverso riscontro di HOT SPACE, anche Brian May tentò un’escursione solista con il mini-LP STARFLEET PROJECT, con un cast di eccezione comprendente Eddie Van Halen alla chitarra, Alan Gratzer dei REO Speedwagon alla batteria ed i session men Phil Chen al basso e Fred Mandel alle tastiere, quest’ultimo già collaboratore e musicista addizionale da palco dei Queen nei tour del periodo ’80-’82.

L’album è composto da 3 sole tracce, di cui l’unica rilasciata come singolo è il brano di apertura Star Fleet, che è sicuramente anche quello più radiofonico, dove ai cori è ospite anche il compagno di band Roger Taylor. Gli altri due brani sono Let me out, lungo 7 minuti, e la jam session strumentale Blues Breaker di ben 12 minuti. L’opera non ha sicuramente velleità di classifica ma è gradevole ascoltare le battaglie a colpi di assoli tra May e Van Halen, specie nella traccia finale. Brian May, per una volta sgravato dai compromessi pop melodici presenti nei Queen, tira fuori la sua vena hard rock più autentica, assecondata perfettamente dai compagni musicali scelti per l’occasione.

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