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A Kind of Magic Import

4.5 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (June 19 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B00002507N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 56 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

Product Description

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

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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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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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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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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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