Valetudinarian (Valentine vs Valensia, 2002) - Flick Of The Wrist (Queen, Sheer Heart Attack, 1974),
The Mercurian Mystery March (V, 1999) - March Of The Black Queen (Queen, Queen II, 1974)
Since All Bitter Opal Tears (Valentine vs Valensia, 2002) - Teo Torriatte (Queen, A Day At The Races, 1976)
Bombardon (Valentine vs Valensia, 2002) - Mustapha (Queen, Jazz, 1978)
Ley Park (Gaia II, 2002) - Killer Queen (Queen, Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
Buring Heather (The Blue Album, 2002) - Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles, Revolver, 1966)
And Gaia, quoting Valensia:
"How about the verse being You Take My Breath Away, the bridge ripped
off from the leader track from Duel In De Diepte, the 2nd bridge
Hotel Mono Zoo's Suddenly Last Summer & Strawberry Fields (this last
one was actually very obvious and noticed), the chorus being Killer
Queen and the end of the verse of the Millionaire Waltz combined,
Sting's Russians, Some Freiheit, Hijo de la luna, ELO and me.
That's GAIA for you there. If you want."
Liljun, sure... There are a lot of examples: The Phantom of The Opera - Bohemian Rhapsody, Dead Or Alive - Tie Your Mother Down, Free (with Valentine) - Somebody To Love, My Lucielle - Michelle (The Beatles), The Waltz Of The World - Millionaire Waltz.
And there more things that I can't remember at the moment, but, anyway, I DO like Valensia's music
Valensia of course is of great talent, but I think he is "underrated" because he has never gotten to a personal, musical identity. He sounds like Queen, he sounds like Kate Bush, sometimes he sounds like a mixture of Queen and Kate Bush. He is always near to a "Cover-Version" of such and such song, even if you could not really say what exact song it is... If he does not sound like stated before, he sounds like Duran Duran or Alanis Morissette... In Metal Majesty he sounds like "Still of The Night" and such. Don't get me wrong, still I love his stuff.
Valensia is my favorite 90's artist. He has lots of wonderful songs in many different styles. I wish he was better known. My favorite song is The Barely Acceptable Truth of Knowing II and my favorite album is Kosmos.
The Queen Tribute album contains some memorable moments, paticularly his version of Liar which became a cross between the original and Bohemian Rhapsody (there are some obvious references being made to that song). I must admit I like this version better than the original. You have to admire his guts to have a crack at Bo Rhap and get away with it, it sounds almost identical to the original. Although Mercury's voice has a bit more body, Valensia did a more than great job here.
I got to know him through Gaia being a hit in '93 and got his debut album, which sounds a bit too pollished now for my liking but is still quite good. Indeed, a few songs can be considered as throwaways but particularly Gaia and Tere are classics! I didn't quite enjoy the rest of his repertoire (with exception of the Queen Tribute) though, I'm still hoping for a huge comback album and/or a tour with Brian and Roger with him on lead vocals, rather than the expendable Paul Rogers, all things considered...
I think it a an underrated album. Gaia is of course pretty well-known, but Tere and Scaraboushka are very nice as well. I also like how songs on the album reference each other. Not all songs are great, but on the whole it's a very good album.