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Barcelona
     

Barcelona

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by Freddie Mercury
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/1992
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616136626
catalogNumber:
161366
Rank:
21685

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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

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Barcelona 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.