Last year, Brian May finally had the chance to remaster his 1992 debut album Back to the Light after years of fans finding it difficult to get ahold of. A UK Top 10 hit once again, the Queen guitarist is now looking forward to re-releasing his second solo album Another World later this year. The 1998 album was dedicated to his mother and was recorded in his home studio after finishing work on the final Queen album, 1995’s Made In Heaven, which featured Freddie Mercury’s posthumous vocals.
Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk about the upcoming re-release of his Another World album, Brian said: “Yes! Excited about that, it’s great. We’re all ready to go. For me it feels good to get those solo albums out there because at the moment you can’t get them on Spotify or iTunes or anything. You can’t stream them and you haven’t been able to for years and years and so this puts me back in the mainstream. All that solo work that I did, which I regard as quite precious, it’s a big part of my life. So yeah I’m really excited that it’s going to be out there; the second solo album.”
And just like making some new music videos for Back to the Light, such as The Time Traveller below, the 74-year-old promises some more for Another World.
Brian said: “I’m making a couple of new videos which is exciting and we have an art book to accompany it as well, which we did last time and my friend Sarah Rugg is editing. It’s art from my fans and friends and followers on Instagram, who do this incredible stuff called Bri-art. It’s just unbelievable the talent that’s out there and the dedication.”
At first, the Queen legend struggled with the idea of this but eventually came around to it.
He said: “I think, to be honest, for a little while I was feeling shy about it because it’s a little odd promoting yourself in that way. I’m fine about promoting Queen but I hadn’t been promoting me as a person for quite a while. I think I’ve got over it now because I regard it as promoting my work as opposed to me as a bloke.”
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Brian added: “But it’s wonderful to have that confidence from the people who I communicate with. My Instagram presence is very much two-way now. I interact a lot with these artists and stereographers and musicians. It’s really changed my life for the better I think.”
Another World will be re-released as a remastered album later on in 2022.