Star Fleet Project is the debut EP by Brian May, released in 1983. Credited as "Brian May + Friends", it is May's first recording outside of Queen. Besides May, the group consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, bassist Phil Chen (formerly played sessions for Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart), keyboardist Fred Mandel (formerly played sessions for Queen) and drummer Alan Gratzer (REO Speedwagon). Queen's drummer Roger Taylor also provided backing vocals for the Title Track. The project was just done for fun and not intended for public release, which explains why the mixing was minimal. But eventually May was asked to bring it out anyway and so it did.
The title and the robot on the cover refer to an obscure Japanese science fiction series, Star Fleet, which was far more popular in the United Kingdom than in its homeland Japan.
While difficult to find, Star Fleet Project remains famous as the only recording to feature May and Eddie Van Halen together, and for the instrumental homage "Bluesbreakers (for E.C.)"... which the honoree, Eric Clapton, absolutely hated.
- "Star Fleet" (8:04)
- "Let Me Out" (7:13)
- "Blues Breaker (For E.C.)'' (12:48)
Send a trope list out across the sky! TROPE FLEEEEEEEET!
- Alliterative Title: "Blues Breaker".
- Blues Rock: Both "Let It Out" and "Blues Breaker" qualify.
- 12-Bar Blues: "Blues Breaker"
- Calling Your Attacks: Sort of. On "Let Me Out", May calls a solo."Help me out, Eddie!" *shredding ensues*
- Cover Version: "Star Fleet"
- Epic Rocking: All three tracks break the seven minute mark.
- Floating Head Syndrome: The music video for "Star Fleet" has May's disembodied head singing the lyrics at various points.
- Guitar Breakdown: The last solo of "Let Me Out" breaks the top string of Van Halen's guitar, forcing him to finish the song with the other five strings.
- Homage: "Star Fleet" in itself brings homage to the Japanese sci-fi series Star Fleet, which also features one of the robots on the EP cover. The "Star Fleet" video begins with a title crawl styled after the Star Wars films. The final track is meant as one to Eric Clapton, though "Slowhand" was far from thrilled.
- Instrumentals: "Blues Breaker". The single cut of "Star Fleet" also featured "Son Of Star Fleet", an instrumental version of the same track.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Take an extremely forgettable science fiction series and add two of the greatest guitarists in rock...
- Opening Scroll: The music video of "Star Fleet" opens with one.
- Played for Laughs: The EP was just recorded for fun and originally not intended to be released to the public.
- Solo Side Project: Both Van Halen and Brian May recorded this album while they were still part of their respective groups Van Halen and Queen.
- Title Track: "Star Fleet".