Made in Heaven

Made in Heaven

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by Queen
     
 

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During the 1980s, Queen ceased to be a big record seller in the U.S., but maintained its superstar status at home. In the '90s, following the death of Freddie Mercury, there was a brief resurgence of interest in America triggered by the inclusion of "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the movie Wayne's World. But in 1995, when the surviving membersSee more details below

Overview

During the 1980s, Queen ceased to be a big record seller in the U.S., but maintained its superstar status at home. In the '90s, following the death of Freddie Mercury, there was a brief resurgence of interest in America triggered by the inclusion of "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the movie Wayne's World. But in 1995, when the surviving members got around to releasing the final recordings done with Mercury in the form of Made in Heaven, the status quo had returned. The album topped the charts in Western Europe, with its single, "Heaven for Everyone," reaching the Top Ten, while in the U.S. it was on and off the charts within weeks. Musically, Made in Heaven harked back to Queen's 1970s heyday with its strong melodies and hard rock guitar playing, topped by Mercury's bravura singing and some of the massed choir effects familiar from "Bohemian Rhapsody." Even if one did not know that these songs were sung in the shadow of death, that subject would be obvious. The lyrics were imbued with life-and-death issues, from the titles -- "Let Me Live," "My Life Has Been Saved," and "Too Much Love Will Kill You" -- to lines like "It's hopeless -- so hopeless to even try" ("It's a Beautiful Day"), "Waiting for possibilities/Don't see too many around" ("Made in Heaven"), and "I long for peace before I die" ("Mother Love"). The odd thing about this was that Mercury's over-the-top singing had always contained a hint of camp humor, and it continued to here, even when the sentiments clearly were as heartfelt as they were theatrically overstated. Maybe Mercury was determined to go out the same way he had come in, as a diva. If so, he succeeded.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/1995
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616201720
catalogNumber:
162017
Rank:
34043

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Queen   Primary Artist
Freddie Mercury   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Brian May   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Roger Taylor   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Katherine Anne Porter   Background Vocals
Gary Martin   Background Vocals
John Deacon   Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Miriam Stockley   Background Vocals
Justin Shirley-Smith   Background Vocals
White-Leigh Legal   Background Vocals
Catherine Porter   Background Vocals
Catherine Stockly   Background Vocals
Rebecca Leigh-White   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Freddie Mercury   Composer
Queen   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Sleeve Design
Brian May   Composer
Roger Taylor   Composer
Frank Musker   Composer
Darryl Richards   Producer,Engineer
Justin Shirley-Smith   Producer,Engineer
Elizabeth Lamers   Composer
David Richards   Producer,Engineer
Kevin Metcalfe   Mastering
Richard Gray   Artwork,Cover Photo,Sleeve Design
Josh MacRae   Producer,Engineer
Irena Sedlecka   Sculpture

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