QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS – “Fire and Water” (The Cosmos Rocks Amazon.com bonus track, 2008)
When I reviewed the full album, The Cosmos Rocks, I was frustratingly missing one song: “Fire and Water”, their Free cover only available by download on Amazon.com. The reason I was missing it, is that Amazon.com tracks can only be downloaded by people living in the United States. I don’t know if they can tell by your IP address, or by where your credit card is registered, but only Americans can download this track. I’d tried to acquire it via the dark recesses of the internet, but no such luck.
Aaron, being the good chap that he is, offered to ask his brother in law in the United States if he could help. Unfortunately, this song being an Amazon exclusive, of course you have to buy the whole album to get the one track. Anyway, Aaron’s bro in law was a good soul too, and did me that favour, sending me the track.
Am I a sucker for buying the whole album again for one song? Let’s not get into that. I’ve paid more for less in the past. It was a quest long completed and that’s what matters to me.
“Fire and Water” is of course a cover of Paul’s classic Free song, written by Rodgers and Andy Fraser. Unfortunately, Amazon didn’t advertise that this was a live cover. I had assumed that, like the iTunes bonus track “Runaway” (a Del Shannon cover) that this was a studio version. It is not.
This being a download, there are of course no liner notes, no way to tell where this song was recorded or when. I’m working on the assumption that it was probably recorded at the same concert as the live iTunes bonus track, “The Show Must Go On”, which was the Super Live in Japan concert.
Anyway, I have it now. And of course it’s great. “Fire and Water” is a classic song, and I believe that Brian May does the guitar work total justice. It’s a chance for him to deep dig and groove with Roger Taylor. Paul Rodgers is perpetually young, although the song’s key has been lowered to accommodate an older voice. I don’t think this detracts from the song, which is a pretty authentic rendering of a true rock classic.
I don’t have much else to say, I’m glad to finally have the track, completing my Cosmos Rocks album. Right? Right?
No! Turns out there’s a very hard to get Japanese 2 CD edition of the The Cosmos Rocks, with a 15 track live disc of Super Live In Japan featuring “The Show Much Go On” and…yes…”Fire and Water”.
Now, none of this information was easily available before, which is what led me to this problem. So for what must surely be an internet first, I give you the most comprehensive overview of The Cosmos Rocks available. There’s all the tracks, and there’s the best ways to find them.
Ahh well. A collector and his money are soon parted.
4/5 stars for the song
0/5 stars for Amazon.com