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Kind of Magic [Deluxe Edition]
     

Kind of Magic [Deluxe Edition]

by Queen
 

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By the release of 1986's A Kind of Magic, Queen's stature as a prominent rock band in the U.S. had slipped considerably, while in all other parts of the world (especially Europe), they remained superstar hitmakers. A Kind of Magic was their biggest album yet in England, where it reached number one, remained on the charts for 63

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By the release of 1986's A Kind of Magic, Queen's stature as a prominent rock band in the U.S. had slipped considerably, while in all other parts of the world (especially Europe), they remained superstar hitmakers. A Kind of Magic was their biggest album yet in England, where it reached number one, remained on the charts for 63 weeks, and spawned several hit singles -- the epic title track, the tuneful pop
ocker "Friends Will Be Friends," and one of their most haunting ballads, "Who Wants to Live Forever" (also included was the Live Aid-inspired hit anthem "One Vision," which was originally released as a single in 1985). Most of the songs were written for the movie Highlander -- "Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme)," "Princes of the Universe," the aforementioned "Who Wants to Live Forever," etc. -- but instead of issuing just a movie soundtrack, the band added a few non-movie tracks and made an official Queen release out of it. It may not have been as cohesive as some of their other albums, but A Kind of Magic was their best work in some time. Queen would embark on a sold-out tour of outdoor stadiums in Europe upon the album's release, which would sadly turn out to be their final tour. [The 2011 expansion of A Kind of Magic contains a bonus disc with the seven tracks: the Highlander version of "A Kind of Magic," single versions of "One Vision" and "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure," a piano version of "Forever," Roger Taylor's demo of "A Kind of Vision," a live version of "One Vision" from their 1986 Wembley Stadium concert, and Freddie Mercury and John Deacon's "Friends Will Be Friends Will Be Friends...."]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
Label:
Island Uk
UPC:
0602527799742
catalogNumber:
2779974

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Queen   Primary Artist
Joan Armatrading   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Freddie Mercury   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Brian May   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Roger Taylor   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
National Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
John Deacon   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
Spike Edney   Keyboards
Steve Gregory   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Freddie Mercury   Composer
Queen   Composer,Producer
Michael Kamen   Orchestral Arrangements
Brian May   Composer,Executive Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Roger Taylor   Composer,Executive Producer
Jim Beach   Management
John Deacon   Composer
Mack   Producer,Engineer
Lynton Naiff   String Arrangements
Chris Taylor   Recording Equipment
Eric Tomlinson   Engineer
David Richards   Producer,Engineer
Chuck Gamage   Original Illustration
Richard Gray   Sleeve Design
Roger Chiasson   Cover Illustration,Original Illustration
Brian Zellis   Recording Equipment
Gregg Brooks   Sleeve Notes
Jenny Robinson   Colorist
Gary Taylor   Sleeve Notes
Mike Smith   Original Illustration
Steve Riddel   Engineer

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