CHARITY concerts tend to be haphazard events. And while no one seems to mind in a live situation, the glitches and errors become painfully apparent on any subsequent record release. So the good news about Five Live - a mini-album for the Mercury Phoenix Trust for AIDS - is that not only is it intended to raise funds for a worthy cause but it is also a well-executed collection of songs. Five Live brings together George Michael, the remaining members of Queen, and modern torch-singer Lisa Stansfield - three acts with a reputation for being able to do on stage what other pop stars can only manage in the studio. But while all have put in fine performances, this CD is clearly Michael's baby - if for no other reason than that three of the six songs are culled from his 1991 Cover To Cover tour. The man can sing. Who better, then, to attempt to replace the vocal punch that Freddie Mercury brought to Queen? On Five Live' s opening track Somebody to Love, for instance, Michael counterpoints Queen's typically precise arrangement with a rhythm and blues take on the somewhat operatic melody. Also of note is Brian May's acrobatic guitar work and strong supporting harmonies by May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor. Somebody to Love was recorded at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992, and Five Live' s only other real collaboration - the Michael-Stansfield duet on These Are the Days of Our Lives - is also taken from this concert. Both songs sound like Queen injected with a touch of soul. But the strongest track comes from Michael on his own - a medley of Seal's Killer and the old Temptations hit, Papa Was a Rollin' Stone. Deftly-arranged and emotively-sung, this combination of two seemingly dissimilar songs comes closest to the feel of a studio quality production. Rounding out Five Live is the mournful Calling You - the theme song from the film Bagdad Cafe - and the original version of Dear Friends from Queen's 1974 album Sheer Heart Attack.