Contact Us

Queen ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ Portuguese Single Sells For $1,540

eBay

An original Portuguese Queen ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ vinyl single sold for big money during an Ebay auction on Oct. 31. This mega-rare 45 with picture sleeve was rated in excellent condition and after 11 bids, closed out at the hefty price of $1540.00.

This 1973 single, not to be mistaken for the re-pressed Record Store Day release, was recorded at Trident and DeLane Lea Studios in London for the bands debut album ‘Queen.’ This copy, according to the seller, came from a DJ’s collection and the stats on the label read: EMI/VALENTIM DE CARVALHO 8E 006 – 94 681 MF.

Both sides of this 7″ were penned by guitarist Brian May with the A-side being ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ and the B-side featuring ‘Son And Daughter.’ The front cover features a photograph of the band while the back cover sleeve is a generic white background with credits. According to Mark Hodkinson, author of ‘Queen: The Early Years,’ the A-side was originally conceived on acoustic guitars during a practice session at Imperial College in 1970 before bassist John Deacon joined the band.

The very first version of this song (the demo) was recorded in 1971 remains May’s favorite and includes the intro played on May’s acoustic guitar. This single recording does not use the acoustic guitar, but instead has at least seven electric guitar parts. Though ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ is an impressive song, especially for a debut, the single was largely ignored on both sides of the Atlantic, making this version all the more collectible.

More from 107.9 The River

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://theriver1079.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 107.9 The River quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 107.9 The River quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!