Barcelona

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All Music Guide - Geoff Orens
With Barcelona, Queen singer Freddie Mercury realized his long-lived dream of performing with an opera singer; in this case, Montserrat Caballe. While it's certainly a treat for any fan of Mercury's to hear this album, it's a difficult record to recommend. Most fans of opera will probably find it far too simplistic and pop-based, while many rock fans are sure to find the record too classical. The first half of the album, however, is deserving of a spin for any open-minded listener. Consisting of semi-operatic melodies with grand production, songs like "Barcelona" and the Eastern-sounding "La Japonaise" are startling in their beauty; the two singers from opposite ends of the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Geoff Orens
With Barcelona, Queen singer Freddie Mercury realized his long-lived dream of performing with an opera singer; in this case, Montserrat Caballe. While it's certainly a treat for any fan of Mercury's to hear this album, it's a difficult record to recommend. Most fans of opera will probably find it far too simplistic and pop-based, while many rock fans are sure to find the record too classical. The first half of the album, however, is deserving of a spin for any open-minded listener. Consisting of semi-operatic melodies with grand production, songs like "Barcelona" and the Eastern-sounding "La Japonaise" are startling in their beauty; the two singers from opposite ends of the music spectrum working surprisingly well off each other. The most classically operatic pieces of the project, "Ensueno" and "The Fallen Priest," are alternately gorgeous and powerfully dramatic. Unfortunately, the second half of the album is less successful as it reverses the formula of the first half. While Mercury can do well in semi-operatic settings, Caballe sounds awkward on the more pop-oriented tracks "Guide Me Home" and "How Can I Go On." "The Golden Boy," largely a gospel track with a full choir, is well-written and performed by Mercury, but Caballe's voice is simply not suited for the genre and the operatic opening sounds jarring against the gospel midsection. Nonetheless, despite its weaknesses, the record contains some beautiful and passionate music that is unlike anything most fans of rock and pop are likely to have heard before. For that alone it should be commended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/14/1992
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616136626
  • Catalog Number: 161366
  • Sales rank: 10,156

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Barcelona - Montserrat Caballé (5:38)
  2. 2 La Japonaise - Montserrat Caballé (4:49)
  3. 3 The Fallen Priest - Montserrat Caballé (5:45)
  4. 4 Ensueño - Montserrat Caballé (4:20)
  5. 5 The Golden Boy - Montserrat Caballé (6:04)
  6. 6 Guide Me Home - Montserrat Caballé (2:41)
  7. 7 How Can I Go On? - Montserrat Caballé (3:59)
  8. 8 Overture Piccante - Montserrat Caballé (6:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Freddie Mercury Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Laurie Lewis Violin
Lance Ellington Background Vocals
Madeline Bell Background Vocals
Peter Straker Background Vocals
Debbie Bishop Background Vocals
Montserrat Caballé Vocals, Track Performer
Barry Castle Horn
John Deacon Bass Guitar
Deborah Ann Johnston Cello
Homi Kanga Violin
Mike Moran Keyboards
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Miriam Stockley Background Vocals
Mark Williamson Background Vocals
Carol Woods Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Freddie Mercury Arranger, Producer
Mike Moran Arranger, Producer
David Richards Producer
Kevin Metcalfe Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best albums I own.

    First off, I have to say that I really love Freddie Mercury's work. Most rockers are all about charisma and do not have great voices---while still maintaining a magical stage presence, Freddie's voice is absolutely brilliant, 4-octave range and all. Montserrat has a lovely, classical soprano voice, but you can find great sopranos anywhere. Freddie's voice is unique---there is only one person in the world like Freddie, and that's him. The rock voice and the classical voice blends beautifully. The songs (written by Freddie Mercury, of course) are all absolutely gorgeous. "Ensueno" shows that Freddie can really tone down his rock voice and produce a sound less rough. "Barcelona" is sweet, silvery and gorgeous. "Guide Me Home" is just too beautiful to put into words. GET THIS ALBUM. You won't regret it.

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