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Flash Gordon [Original recording remastered, Import]

Queen Audio CD
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24 bit digitally remastered 'Abbey Road Technology Series'

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Queen Goes Soundtrack! Aug. 23 2006
Format:Audio CD
I haven't seen the Flash Gordon -movie. That's why I wasn't sure at all about this album before purchasing it, actually I kept myself from buying this for quite some time.

So now I have the Flash Gordon Soundtrack. Would I have it any other way? No, even though this isn't my favourite (Queen)-album. I still genuinely like this!

I completely agree on that you really should view this as a one piece of work and listen to this from beginning to end. As a background music this is very entertaining and has bits and pieces to pay attention to.

And the two "proper" songs are fun - you've heard at least Flash. I find it, initially to my surprise, very much to my liking. The other one, Hero, purely rocks. :o)

I enjoy hearing Brian May's version of the good old Wedding March.

If I sat down and started to really listen to this album, I might find the dialogue-bits a tad annoying (mainly because I haven't seen the movie). But while I have something else to do, no problem.

I recommend this to Flash Gordon -fans, I'm sure you'll enjoy this. Even more so if you are a Queen-fan, too.

And to you fellow-Queen-fans out there perfecting your collection, you just might like this! :o)
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE ROCK OPERA LIVES! June 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
this may or may not be of any relavance but i am a sci fi fan. tacky sci fi at times. V : The Series, Battlestar Galactica and maybe i will even toss in my copy of The Ice Pirates if i wanna go all out. but this album is INCREDIBLE. The Cords are very rousing and add to the dramatics of this movie. thinking of this movie without queen's harmonious guitars is a wasted effort. queen made this movie a greater success and the final track as the credits roll is pure queen tour de force. the music and freddie mercury's lyrics about heroism make you want to go out and save the universe yourself. your hair will stand on end and yo will truly feel "king of the impossible"! however i did have to deduct one star for an unprecidented level of tackiness but that is the movie i speak of. any sci fi or rock and roll fan would love this album and being that i am both? i love it doubly so.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting... July 4 2004
By Alan
Format:Audio CD
This isn't really the type of album I would put on to listen to attentively -- it's more like something I'd put on while I work or do something else. The album follows the movie and most of the tracks contain dialog from it. If you're a huge Queen fan, get it, but if you're a new fan or a casual fan, I'd skip this one, at least until you've gotten some of their other albums.
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1.0 out of 5 stars so irritating April 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
Everytime I hear this cd -- still played in cheap eateries across the US, I want to throw the cd as far as I can -- in attempt that "somehow" -- the wind will take it further away from the planet than it is humanly possible.
It brings the movie back to you -- such horrible images of some blond dude in spandex!
Vomitus Maximus!
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4.0 out of 5 stars FLASH, OOOO-ooooo... Jan. 18 2000
By Stuntweasel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's important to evaluate this album for what it IS and not what you would have it be. It is NOT a collection of Queen tracks that were dropped into a movie and then thrown together in album format and called a "soundtrack." It IS, in the truest sense, a film score, of and inspired by Flash Gordon. It works simbiotically with the film which dictates its structure. That makes it superior to something like the Highlander soundtrack, where Queen songs are sporadically tossed in for effect in a fractured fashion. Not to put down the Kind of Magic album (AKA Highlander soundrack), which is quite good in that standard rock, album-oriented way. The Flash Gordon album functions more as a single work - one 50-minute track, as it were. Anyone who goes in examining track by track like a standard-issue rock album will come away scratching thier head. This music fits the film like a glove and some of the synth work is very reminiscent of Vangelis's "Blade Runner" music, which this predates by a couple years. I also enjoy the movie dialog which is sprinkled throughout. That has the potential to be very annoying if done improperly or excessively, but they chose their spots well here ("For God's sake, strap yourselves down! ").
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An important but misunderstood facet of Queen's personality Feb. 12 2006
By Jeff Hodges - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As a pre-teen fan of Queen in the late 70's with vigilant parents, acquiring their music was difficult. While Queen's lyric text is largely harmless, their generally adult-themed and possibly homoerotic subtext (i.e. "Don't Try Suicide", "Killer Queen") was not deemed appropriate for my nine year old ears. I yearned to own "The Game," but in the end my parents and I compromised on the largely instrumental "Flash Gordon" soundtrack. Strangely, this fit quite well into youthful musical conception. I had been exposed to musical storytelling by way of Rick Wakeman's "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" as well as becoming healthily obsessed with the "Star Wars" soundtrack. "Flash Gordon" seemed to fit neatly somewhere between these two. Ultimately, it was cool to be nine in 1980 and own a Queen album, despite the fact that my friends thought it was totally lame.

Nostalgia aside, the average listener would definitely consider "Flash Gordon" a "fan-only" release by todays standards (although genuinely I like it more than "The Works"). As a soundtrack to a movie from the late 70s/early 80s camp fantasy movement (think "Krull" and "Conan"), "Flash Gordon" features an effectual if basic use of leitmotif. Queen gets a respectable amount of instrumental mileage from a small reservoir of melodic material, but more importantly they create an ambience that immediately references the movie. Outside of its instrumental aspect, the album also features the party-stoppin' vocal track "Flash" and the end credit anthem "Hero". These are both fun listens, but they do not represent the best of Queen's radio-friendly repertoire.

However, Queen was a band with a highly complex and multifaceted identity. The theatrical style that they were so effectively developing on "Night at the Opera" was falling out of favor during the late 70s punk movement. As a result, their radio-friendly side was becoming increasingly streamlined with (great) songs like "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". Indulging in their symphonic and experimental side on the "Flash Gordon" soundtrack must have been a welcome release from the worries of the next big single. One cannot help but think that Mercury and crew got a good laugh at indulging in this more experimental component of their work, which would later result in songs like "Who Wants to Live Forever" and "Bijou".

I also find the presentation of "Flash Gordon's" text interesting. Outside of the aforementioned vocal tracks, the instrumental portions of this release feature quotes from the movie that (in a very general and effective fashion) sum up its loose plot. Today, I see this text as inextricably bound to the more ambient and theme-driven portions of the "Flash Gordon" soundtrack. This most assuredly led to my easy acceptance of the X-Files "Truth and the Light" recording many years later. However, without reference to the original text of the movie, the nostalgic value of this text is probably lost.

The lowdown: Many of the subtleties of "Flash Gordon" were lost on me in my youth. Besides the vocal tracks, I only ever remember energetically thrashing about in my nine year old room to "Football Fight". However, new and old fans of the "Flash Gordon" movie may gain a greater understanding of Queen's self realization of themselves as rock musicians with high aesthetic aspirations as the `80s came to pass.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flash!.... AH-AAAAAAAAH! Dec 21 1999
By Fredd Gorham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Oh my.
To say this Queen album was full of good cheezy fun is quite the understatement. In essance, this album typifies the big budget movies of the late 70's/early 80's quite well with it's hugely dramatic and sprawling guitar riffs akin to that of some kind of electrified opera. It's as if their hit BOHEIMIAN RHAPSODY had spawned an entire album, or more to the point, it's as if it was THIS album that actually produced it, because most of the music on this album is just that kind of kitschy, grand drama that we loved as kids of the time period.
We loved that about Queen... ready to do opera at a moment's notice, if only someone would give the fat lady a Fender electric guitar.
This soundtrack is of the type i love most... the muscial score trimmed with bits of dialogue from the film itsself. It's like listening to a condensed version of the film, with all the good stuff left in. In fact, when I was a young lad, I had actually recorded parts of the movie on my old boombox for listening later, and was VERY surprised to find that in comparison, both my recording and the actual soundtrack were damn near IDENTICAL. Perhaps the album contains the most interesting bits of the film after all?
I have to admit, to fully enjoy this Queen offering, you really do have to like the movie. If you don't, you will simply be bored to tears.
The best tracks for me are "In The Space Capsule" with a driving drum beat, "In The Death Cell" with it's dream like simplicity and any of the tracks dealing with the battle scenes at the end of the film. I admit, it's kinda hard to describe this album in terms of tracks, because any individual track doesn't seem to stand up on it's own as a song, and isn't terribly interesting to listen to out of sequence or without knowledge of the film's storyline.
Even when Freddie Mercury makes a vocal appearance on the album it feels like a last minute thing, like somehow it's being revealed that Queen was indeed the providers of music. It's not his best...even the "Boheimian Rhapsody"-ish "The Hero" is just a gentle rip-off of the far superior source material.
This album was re-released on cd in 1991 with a bonus track by Mista Lawnge, which if you ask me, is totally pointless and totally uniteresting. If we needed a bonus track for this album why didn't we include the Queen single "Flash Gordon" which did get airplay and was what got me interested in the movie in the first place? It's nowhere to be seen. Personally, I have programmed my cd player to skip the Mista Lawnge offering with minimal effort.
Basically, this album is probably for either total Queen-philes or anyone who really enjoyed the goofy movie... of which I am both. You may want to weigh this before purchasing.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent AND Fun! (What a combo) Nov. 24 2000
By Henry R. Kujawa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In the grand tradition of Nelson Riddle's BATMAN TV score, SMOKEY & THE BANDIT, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and AIRPLANE! comes Queen's FLASH GORDON score, an overblown, pompous, mind-boggling piece of magnificence interspersed with off-kilter dialogue from a film that, with just a BIT of tinkering, could have taken itself a LOT more seriously. While at least 10 times better than the 1979 update of BUCK ROGERS, the 1980 FLASH GORDON nevertheless hardly compares to the source material, or the 1935 & 1940 serials it spawned (don't even MENTION the '38 botch-job...). There are, however, at least 3 incredibly impressive things about the film: it was made (from idea to release) in UNDER a YEAR (Dino got the idea when his company distributed the '79 Filmation cartoon feature-film); it has a STELLAR cast including Melody Anderson, Topol, Max Von Sydow, Timothy Dalton, Peter Wynegarde, Brian Blessed & Ornella Muti (hubba hubba!), all of whom can be heard on the soundtrack; and a QUEEN score that just won't quit. Among my faves: "Flash's Theme" (but WHY didn't they include the really loony single version as a bonus?), "Battle Theme" (I used to tune in on HBO over and over just to see & hear this bit) and "The Hero". (Incredibly, the 1st time I heard the finale was when I bought the LP; some halfwit theatre manager CUT the film off just before it in a rush to get the crowd for the next show in!!).
The only other thing missing, and many Queen fans may be unaware of it, are the portions of the soundtrack actually composed by someone else-- namely, HOWARD BLAKE. Fortunately, after all these years, HIS part of the score (and it was considerable) has finally been issued on CD, coupled with his score for AMITYVILLE 3D-- although I believe it's a limited-edition affair, so be prepared to search! (Perhaps someday both "halves" of the soundtrack might appear together? Right now that might be like hoping to someday see a truly "accurate" adaptation of Alex Raymond's original 9-YEAR-LONG epic storyline...!!!)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FLASH!!! Aaaaaah, Aaaaaahhh!!! June 19 2002
By The Cool Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Could a soundtrack be any more cool? I love this soundtrack! The movie is cool, but the sountrack ROCKS! It has so many cool sound bites from the movie, it's like listening to the movie. They picked some really good ones, too. Flash's theme starts off great, with Ming: "Klytus, I'm bored. What plaything can you offer me today?" "An obscure body in the S-K system, your majesty. The inhabitants refer to it as the planet 'Earth'..." Then the beat kicks in, and you get the build up to the legendary "FLASH!!! AAAAH-AAAAHHH!!!" You gotta love the words to that song. "Just a man with a man's courage. Nothing but a man but he can never fail. No one but the pure in heart may find the golden grail."
And man, who can forget Vultan's Theme? That is an AWESOME song! It really pumps you up. I've listened to it over and over... And speaking of pumping you up, The Hero is one INCREDIBLE song also. Man, you gotta love it!...
The CD case also includes a few good pictures of Queen, as well as some pics from the movie....
He's for everyone of us! Stand for everyone of us! He save with a mighty hand every man every woman every child he's a mighty Flash!...
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