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Thunderbolt & Lightning

1. Bohemian Rhapsody   

2. We Are The Champions    

3. Love Of My Life  

4. Under Pressure  (Featuring Kevin Max) 

5. Don’t Stop Me Now   

6. You Take My Breath Away   

7. Somebody To Love   

8.  We Are The Champions  - Reprise 

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12 comments

  • Kathy

    Kathy Syracuse

    Okay, anything you sing by Queen is great, and from some of your comments; I'd say that "Love of My Life" and "You Take My Breath Away" are givens...but what about the others...My wish list for this EP might include "March Of The Black Queen", "Tie Your Mother Down", "My Melancholy Blues", "Let Me Entertain You", and maybe even "Bring Back That Leroy Brown". A bit cheeky, fun, and a really good shove out of your comfort zone as well. Whatever you've chosen, I 've no doubt it will be fantastic.

    Okay, anything you sing by Queen is great, and from some of your comments; I'd say that "Love of My Life" and "You Take My Breath Away" are givens...but what about the others...My wish list for this EP might include "March Of The Black Queen", "Tie Your Mother Down", "My Melancholy Blues", "Let Me Entertain You", and maybe even "Bring Back That Leroy Brown". A bit cheeky, fun, and a really good shove out of your comfort zone as well. Whatever you've chosen, I 've no doubt it will be fantastic.

  • Benoit Girard

    Benoit Girard Repentigny, QC

    Salut Marc Je adore les arrangements musicaux des chansons de Queen tu les amènes a un autre niveau sans en perdre l essence.je suis un fan inconditionnel de Queen j si si vues plusieurs fois a Montréal j' étais la au show Queen on Montréal et je peux te dire que ce nouveau disque fera partie de ma collection. Continue ....ont a vue a Québec avec Qex et ultimate célébration et ont sera la pour tes ptochaine visite

    Salut Marc

    Je adore les arrangements musicaux des chansons de Queen tu les amènes a un autre niveau sans en perdre l essence.je suis un fan inconditionnel de Queen j si si vues plusieurs fois a Montréal j' étais la au show Queen on Montréal et je peux te dire que ce nouveau disque fera partie de ma collection.
    Continue ....ont a vue a Québec avec Qex et ultimate célébration et ont sera la pour tes ptochaine visite

  • Alejandro

    Alejandro Israel

    Awesome work!! From the vocals to the arrangements. You are a very talented artist and certainly, the only one who can do this kind of album. . I am waiting now for the next!!!! Thanks!

    Awesome work!! From the vocals to the arrangements. You are a very talented artist and certainly, the only one who can do this kind of album. . I am waiting now for the next!!!! Thanks!

  • Vasiliy

    Vasiliy Russia, Moscow

    I am not sure about your revision of Bohemian Rhapsody, I prefer the one from youtube you've posted recently. However, this album is still great, I've been waiting for it for a long time now! Ordered already. :) Good luck and thanks!

    I am not sure about your revision of Bohemian Rhapsody, I prefer the one from youtube you've posted recently. However, this album is still great, I've been waiting for it for a long time now! Ordered already. smile Good luck and thanks!

  • Niall Mac

    Niall Mac Ireland

    Just ordered the album. Can't wait to hear it... keep up the fabulous work Marc ..

    Just ordered the album. Can't wait to hear it... keep up the fabulous work Marc ..

  • Kathy

    Kathy Syracuse, NY

    THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTNING – MARC MARTEL Okay, first off, I have to say, that despite the fact these songs were plucked from different Queen albums and phases, this almost of sounds like soundtrack to a movie. There is this cohesive thread that runs through it, giving the listener the feeling, they’re at the theatre. I admit, I’m a bit bummed that he stayed with the safe-mainstream tracks, but most of these were the “public persona” of Queen, and that’s what sold Top 40 radio. I was always drawn in by the earlier, or more eclectic songs, and I would have liked to have seen at least one, but he’s got plenty of time for that on Volume II. (Right, Marc??) Overall; this is quite a beautiful set, and I appreciate the fact that while Marc put his own spin on these songs; he did it in a way that would be totally believable for Freddie. As I listened; I just wrote what immediately came to mind, so there you have it. 1- Bohemian Rhapsody – “Freddie Meets the Phantom of the Opera in Oz. There is something whimsical and cinematic, and symphonic about it! Yes, the rock part is gone, but I could see him (Freddie) doing it this way in another circumstance. At the beginning, perhaps it was my imagination, but I could have sworn there was some traces of “We Will Rock You” somewhere in the background, and at the end, I swear the snow was beginning to fall. Loved it. 2- “We Are The Champions” – I’m never going to love this song. Period. I do, however, love the fact he removed that waltzy-schmaltzy quality out of it, and gave it a different feel. Better than the original. (Yes, I know, people will hate me for that. Get over it.) 3- “Love of My Life” – Cinematic, right down to the black and white celluloid images it conjures up right before your eyes. Just a beautifully, heartbreaking song, and I love the Renaissance-like quality to it. You can almost picture crossed lovers, dancing at some 17th century ball, taking quick looks over the shoulders of their masked dance partners, trying to catch the eye of their one true love, who, of course, is dancing with someone else. Loved it! 4- “Under Pressure (aka Presha)” – Very stripped down, yet true to the original. You almost get the feeling you’re just standing in the studio watching a take. Nice job from Kevin Max on the vocal as well. 5- “Don’t Stop Me Now” – While I love the take he did on this song; I’m bummed that it took up a valuable piece of real estate on this EP after appearing on the “My Way” EP. Still, always a fun, uplifting piece of music. (One of the tracks on my “Songs You Can’t Drive 55 To” cd.) 6- “You Take My Breath Away” – This song has always been emotional for me. As beautiful as it is, there is an underlying sadness to it that cannot be denied. Even at 17; I always thought this was like an answer to “Love of My Life”. Loved it, but it will always bring tears. Stunningly beautiful. The jewel in this crown. 7- “Somebody To Love” – Okay, this is going to sound bizarre, but when he first starts singing; all I could think of was, “American Pie”. There was something about the way the vocal began, that sounded like the beginning of a story. It was still the STL we know, yet, again, stripped down. Although there was a bit of the original gospel feel, I think the “George Michael” vibe of pop-soul took over. Loved it. 8- “We Are The Champions” – Reprise. While I appreciate another effort to save this song, I really wished he would have put “Melancholy Blues” here. After all, this version is right down that alley with the “after hours in the bar with Bogey” feel to it. A for effort. It’s obvious that Marc Martel possesses an amazing talent, an otherworldly voice, and a wonderful sense of musicality. When it comes to Queen music; I’m probably one of the worst critics ever, but he has managed to do the impossible. He has not only revitalized the memory of Freddie, and Queen’s music, he does so with creativity, grace, and a vitality that pays tribute to the legacy, while maintaining his own sense of artistry. I can see Freddie sitting up there in the universe somewhere, with a champagne glass in his hand saying, with a chuckle; “He’s pretty f**cking good isn’t he”? You won’t get any argument from me.

    THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTNING – MARC MARTEL
    Okay, first off, I have to say, that despite the fact these songs were plucked from different Queen albums and phases, this almost of sounds like soundtrack to a movie. There is this cohesive thread that runs through it, giving the listener the feeling, they’re at the theatre. I admit, I’m a bit bummed that he stayed with the safe-mainstream tracks, but most of these were the “public persona” of Queen, and that’s what sold Top 40 radio. I was always drawn in by the earlier, or more eclectic songs, and I would have liked to have seen at least one, but he’s got plenty of time for that on Volume II. (Right, Marc??)
    Overall; this is quite a beautiful set, and I appreciate the fact that while Marc put his own spin on these songs; he did it in a way that would be totally believable for Freddie. As I listened; I just wrote what immediately came to mind, so there you have it.

    1- Bohemian Rhapsody – “Freddie Meets the Phantom of the Opera in Oz. There is something whimsical and cinematic, and symphonic about it! Yes, the rock part is gone, but I could see him (Freddie) doing it this way in another circumstance. At the beginning, perhaps it was my imagination, but I could have sworn there was some traces of “We Will Rock You” somewhere in the background, and at the end, I swear the snow was beginning to fall. Loved it.

    2- “We Are The Champions” – I’m never going to love this song. Period. I do, however, love the fact he removed that waltzy-schmaltzy quality out of it, and gave it a different feel. Better than the original. (Yes, I know, people will hate me for that. Get over it.)

    3- “Love of My Life” – Cinematic, right down to the black and white celluloid images it conjures up right before your eyes. Just a beautifully, heartbreaking song, and I love the Renaissance-like quality to it. You can almost picture crossed lovers, dancing at some 17th century ball, taking quick looks over the shoulders of their masked dance partners, trying to catch the eye of their one true love, who, of course, is dancing with someone else. Loved it!

    4- “Under Pressure (aka Presha)” – Very stripped down, yet true to the original. You almost get the feeling you’re just standing in the studio watching a take. Nice job from Kevin Max on the vocal as well.

    5- “Don’t Stop Me Now” – While I love the take he did on this song; I’m bummed that it took up a valuable piece of real estate on this EP after appearing on the “My Way” EP. Still, always a fun, uplifting piece of music. (One of the tracks on my “Songs You Can’t Drive 55 To” cd.)

    6- “You Take My Breath Away” – This song has always been emotional for me. As beautiful as it is, there is an underlying sadness to it that cannot be denied. Even at 17; I always thought this was like an answer to “Love of My Life”. Loved it, but it will always bring tears. Stunningly beautiful. The jewel in this crown.

    7- “Somebody To Love” – Okay, this is going to sound bizarre, but when he first starts singing; all I could think of was, “American Pie”. There was something about the way the vocal began, that sounded like the beginning of a story. It was still the STL we know, yet, again, stripped down. Although there was a bit of the original gospel feel, I think the “George Michael” vibe of pop-soul took over. Loved it.

    8- “We Are The Champions” – Reprise. While I appreciate another effort to save this song, I really wished he would have put “Melancholy Blues” here. After all, this version is right down that alley with the “after hours in the bar with Bogey” feel to it. A for effort.

    It’s obvious that Marc Martel possesses an amazing talent, an otherworldly voice, and a wonderful sense of musicality. When it comes to Queen music; I’m probably one of the worst critics ever, but he has managed to do the impossible. He has not only revitalized the memory of Freddie, and Queen’s music, he does so with creativity, grace, and a vitality that pays tribute to the legacy, while maintaining his own sense of artistry. I can see Freddie sitting up there in the universe somewhere, with a champagne glass in his hand saying, with a chuckle; “He’s pretty f**cking good isn’t he”? You won’t get any argument from me.

  • Leszek

    Leszek Poland

    Just downloaded. I'm absolutely enchanted! I love the way these songs were arranged. You make Freddie alive which is great since I had no chance to see him live. I was born in 1977 and until 1989 we were under communist regime. Queen were not touring at that time anymore. Please come to Poland for concerts! And of course thank you for sharing your talents with us.

    Just downloaded. I'm absolutely enchanted! I love the way these songs were arranged. You make Freddie alive which is great since I had no chance to see him live. I was born in 1977 and until 1989 we were under communist regime. Queen were not touring at that time anymore. Please come to Poland for concerts! And of course thank you for sharing your talents with us.

  • Starshippeter

    Starshippeter Hungary

    You are great talented musician with extremely attractive voice. After listening many videos with you on youtube I guess would you like to sing a song from Yes as Jon Anderson?

    You are great talented musician with extremely attractive voice.
    After listening many videos with you on youtube I guess would you like to sing a song from Yes as Jon Anderson?

  • Rob Winder

    Rob Winder Portland Oregon

    Are you going to play anywhere near here ? Portland Or

    Are you going to play anywhere near here ? Portland Or

  • Liliana

    Liliana Colombia

    You should think of coming down to South America and sing with your privileged voice. With Queen and with your own songs. You would be a succes!

    You should think of coming down to South America and sing with your privileged voice. With Queen and with your own songs. You would be a succes!

  • Lochie

    Lochie Australia

    I would like if you could do another album of Queen song because I liked Thunderbolt & Lightning it is the best cover album that sounds like Queen recorded it

    I would like if you could do another album of Queen song because I liked Thunderbolt & Lightning it is the best cover album that sounds like Queen recorded it

  • Ulrich

    Ulrich Berlin /Germany

    Heard the first vocsls of Bohemian Rapsody and thought that if Queen looks for a singer you should apply .

    Heard the first vocsls of Bohemian Rapsody and thought that if Queen looks for a singer you should apply .

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