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Kind of Magic
     

A Kind of Magic

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
Label:
Island Uk
UPC:
0602527799711
catalogNumber:
2779971
Rank:
131762

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Queen   Primary Artist
Joan Armatrading   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Freddie Mercury   Keyboards,Vocals
Brian May   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Roger Taylor   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
National Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
John Deacon   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
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
Lynton Naiff   String Arrangements
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
Jenny Robinson   Colorist
Mike Smith   Original Illustration
Chris Taylor   Recording Equipment

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