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A Kind of Magic [Import]

Queen Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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1. One Vision
2. A Kind Of Magic
3. One Year Of Love
4. Pain Is So Close To Pleasure
5. Friends Will Be Friends
6. Who Wants To Live Forever
7. Gimme The Prize
8. Don't Lose Your Head
9. Princes Of The Universe
10. A Kind Of 'A Kind Of Magic'
11. Friends Will Be Friends Will Be Friends...
12. Forever

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Import pressing includes additional tracks over the US pressing. EMI.

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3.0 out of 5 stars THE LOWLIEST OF ALL QUEEN ALBUMS. Oct. 27 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have been a devout Queen fan since 1980, and I greatly enjoy their music, along with many of their solo efforts. With the exception of "One Vision", which I consider to be their best song of the '80s not found on The Game, this album is discontinuous and lacks real charm. Overall it left me cold. The "rocker" cuts weren't all that gripping, and the soft songs were somewhat trite. The Miracle was a step back in the right direction, and Innuendo was, in richness and song writing quality, a true to their haydays from '73 through '80--Mercury's swan song.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's not that bad, but not that good March 5 2010
Format:Audio CD
First of all, Queen was an awesome band during the 70's. They were writing immortal masterpieces like «A Night At The Opera», «Sheer Heart Attack», «News Of The World», etc.

During the 80's they really got into pop and most of their songs of that period sound old nowadays. They probably had a big impact during that time but when people think of Queen, they think about their 70's masterpieces.

The problem about this album is that even if the songs are not badly written, they are extremely cheesy and Queen were trying too hard to get inspired by what was influential that period. In addition to that, the songs were still having the same problems as the songs that appear in «The Works», they get you easily bored. One Vision, for example, is a really mediocre rock song inspired by the cheesy rock of the 80's.

The good point about A Kind Of Magic is that they got a little bit better. «Hot Space» was bad, «The Works» was boring. They are also good moments in the album. The song «Who Wants To Live Forever» for example is really impressive vocally. There are also good moments even if the most boring songs of the album.

After that, The Miracle, got a little bit better than A Kind Of Magic but Innuendo is their best since «The Game».

Would I recommend «A Kind Of Magic»? I don't think so, but would I tell you to never check what it is about? I don't think so. The good parts are worth to be heard at least once, but the album is forgetable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Musicians review of this album... May 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
Queen has always been praised for it's diverse and individualized songwriting talents and putting them together to make a 'cohesive' product. "A Kind Of Magic" is the one Queen album where that 'magic' didn't quite work out as well as it could have.
My opinion on "Magic" is that I enjoy the tracks individually... But each of them sound so completely different (drastically in style/mixing-production) that it makes the 'album' itself hard to swallow. Though each song is unique and great on their own, they unfortunately do not flow well together throughout.
As a musician, I believe the reason is due to the use of 2 different producers which made for unconsistent mixing and recording techniques. With all of Queens albums, the way the tracks were recorded was what made their diversity flourish.
Here the songs are well written and catchy... with great hooks, great vocal parts, and great instrumental work. In a way, this album would have been more effective if it were divided into two EP's.. one for the soundtrack music, and another for the album-only tracks.
So I gave this album 3 stars. I enjoy the songs themselves but I really have to be in a specific mood to listen to the whole album.
Try it out and see what you think.. No matter what, you'll like the songs! ;o)
All the best, The AndyMan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Indeed... Nov. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
I could care less about Queen's popularity in the USA in the '80's. Popularity often has little to do with actual talent, as evidenced by the recent and seemingly undying wave of crappy boy-bands and bubblegum pop divas. If Queen were ever interested in popularity it was probably on an esoteric level, because no matter what they always churned out some brilliant and amazing music. "A Kind of Magic" is perhaps their best album of the '80's, mainly because of its connection with "Highlander," one of the best films of the decade. Only a band of such musical grandeur and classical pomposity like Queen could produce such amazing music for such a film.
"One Vision" as well its extended version (vision) were featured on the "Iron Eagle" soundtrack, and its claim to fame is that it was written before Live Aid, though recorded after it. A good epic song with amazing interplay of guitars and synths, as well as Freddie's little joke at the end.
"A Kind of Magic," the title track, and taken from a line in "Highlander" definitely fits the bill as one of Queen's best pop-rock songs. Brian May never ceases to amaze with his interweaving guitar lines. Roger Taylor's lyrics tie in perfectly with the film, and John Deacon's basslines, while simple, are infectious. A song so good, it's the only one featured in the sequel.
"One Year of Love" is a simple little love song, with Freddie giving one of his best vocal performances. The saxophone solo complements nicely.
"Pain is So Close to Pleasure" is an okay song, though not one of my favorites. I'll give points to Freddie for an amazing falsetto vocal, but the song contains little else to keep my interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A kind of magic
Brilliant album. It's a combination of a soundtrack and a everyday normal album (not's that this a normal album). Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2010 by Ben Nicholson
3.0 out of 5 stars Who Wants It?
This album starts with a two good tracks "One Vision" which is quite a rocking track! "A Kind of Magic" is pop music. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Reijo Piippula
4.0 out of 5 stars Queen on the upswing
After 1977's "News Of The World", there wasn't a Queen album that I really, thoroughly enjoyed. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Valliant Effort!
Once again, Queen has given us an album that doesn't sound like the last one. That's one thing I've always enjoyed about them, all the way through Innuendo (Made In Heaven wasn't... Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by J. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars it's magic
Just because this ablum isn't as strong as their early albums doesn't mean it's not great. The first three tracks are perfect, one vision, A kind of magic, and one year of love are... Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by mike hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite Queen album.
Currently I own two Queen albums, this one and Classic Queen. While "Its A Kind of Magic" doesn't include the three songs that my age group thinks of when they hear the... Read more
Published on July 19 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Queen Album I Own On CD And It's So Good I...
The only Queen album I own on CD and it's so good i bought 2 copies of it! One for home and the other for my truck. Read more
Published on July 13 2003 by hmshood
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only one of the best albums I own but.....
is one of the best soundtracks in the world.Queen's A Kind Of Magic serves as the soundtrack/score to the 1986 sci-fi classic film Highlander.Of course I grew up watching the T.V. Read more
Published on April 20 2003 by S. Schofield
5.0 out of 5 stars Princes of the Universe
Queen's album A Kind of Magic serves as the score for the sci-fi classic film Highlander and includes such familiar tracks as "Princes of the Universe" (later the theme... Read more
Published on April 15 2003 by John Nolley II
4.0 out of 5 stars Princes (and Queen) Of The Universe
This album polarises Queen fans; it's either loved to death and reviled with a passion. I happen to fall into the former camp. Read more
Published on April 7 2003 by Brent Evans
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