Brian May: Back To The Light Re-Release

Driven by you, me and millions of fans, Brian has re-released his acclaimed 1992 solo album: Back To The Light (enthusiast code BTTL), re-mastered in multiple formats including vintage physical media such as compact disc, audio cassette, vinyl LP and digital formats. There is a limited edition box set for collectors. I chose the audio cassette version to play on my vintage Sony Walkmans.

The album originally reached No. 6 in the U.K. album chart and features the singles Too Much Love Will Kill You and Driven By You, used by the Ford Motor Company in their advertising programmes. Brian played most of the instruments on the album and it features guest appearances by Cozy Powell and Deep Purple’s Don Airey, as well as John Deacon. The re-issue was supervised by Brian, along with co-producer Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson, long-time Queen art designer Richard Gray, and Bob Ludwig, who re-mastered the entire collection.

Check out the video Brian made to promote the re-released version where Brian plays alongside his younger self:

Those of you who were fortunate enough to obtain the special edition got a signed art print in a 12” box and two CDs in separate card wallets. The first CD contains the original album while the second, entitled “Out of the Light”, contains alternative versions, B-Sides and live tracks. Highlights include Tie Your Mother Down (enthusiast code TYMD) featuring Slash recorded live on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 5th April 1993. The vinyl LP is presented in 180 g heavyweight white vinyl. Also included is a 32-page booklet containing photos and album notes, along with an enamel “Gold Series” badge.