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A Kind Of Magic

Queen

  • Released on 03/06/1986 by EMI
  • Main artist: Queen
  • Genre: Rock
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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/rocker "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.
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1
One Vision (Remastered 2011)
00:05:10

John Richard Deacon, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mack, Unknown, Other - Queen, Producer, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Taylor, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian May, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Deacon, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Fredriksson, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhold Mack, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd. / Raincloud Productions Ltd.

2
A Kind Of Magic (Remastered 2011)
00:04:23

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Queen, Producer, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Taylor, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian May, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Deacon, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Richards, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kris Fredriksson, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Roger Meddows-Taylor, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd

3
One Year Of Love (Remastered 2011)
00:04:27

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Queen, Producer, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Taylor, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Deacon, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joshua J. MacRae, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Gregory, Saxophone, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Fredriksson, Producer, Engineer, Mix Engineer, Sound Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Lynton Naiff, String Arranger, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Reinhold Mack, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd

4
Pain Is So Close To Pleasure (Remastered 2011)
00:04:21

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mack, Unknown, Other - Queen, Producer, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Taylor, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian May, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Deacon, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kris Fredriksson, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhold Mack, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd

5
Friends Will Be Friends (Remastered 2011)
00:04:06

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mack, Unknown, Other - Queen, Producer, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Taylor, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian May, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Deacon, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kris Fredriksson, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhold Mack, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd

6
Who Wants To Live Forever (Remastered 2011)
00:05:15

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Queen, Producer, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Taylor, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Kamen, Co-Arranger, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Brian May, String Arranger, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Unknown, Background Vocalist, Other, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Deacon, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Richards, Producer, Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Unknown, Orchestra/Member, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Fredriksson, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd

7
Gimme The Prize (Remastered 2011)
00:04:33

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Queen, Producer, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Taylor, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Brian May, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Deacon, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Richards, Producer, Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Clancy Brown, Spoken Word, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Fredriksson, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christopher Lambert, Spoken Word, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd

8
Don't Lose Your Head (Remastered 2011)
00:04:37

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Queen, Producer, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Taylor, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joan Armatrading, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Brian May, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Deacon, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Richards, Producer, Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Kris Fredriksson, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd

9
Princes Of The Universe (Remastered 2011)
00:03:33

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mack, Unknown, Other - Queen, Producer, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Taylor, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian May, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Deacon, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joshua J. MacRae, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kris Fredriksson, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhold Mack, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd. / Raincloud Productions Ltd.

DISC 2

1
A Kind Of Magic (Highlander Version)
00:04:21

Mike Stone, Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Unknown, Other - Adam Ayan, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Queen, Producer, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Taylor, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian May, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Deacon, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joshua J. MacRae, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kris Fredriksson, Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Joshua J Macrae, Unknown, Other - Roger Meddows-Taylor, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd

2
One Vision (Single Version)
00:03:59

John Richard Deacon, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Mack, Unknown, Other - Queen, Producer, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Taylor, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian May, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Deacon, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Fredriksson, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhold Mack, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd. / Raincloud Productions Ltd.

3
Pain Is So Close To Pleasure (Single Remix)
00:03:57

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mack, Unknown, Other - Queen, Producer, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Taylor, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian May, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Deacon, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kris Fredriksson, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhold Mack, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd

4
Forever (Piano Version)
00:03:20

Mike Stone, Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Unknown, Other - Adam Ayan, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Queen, Producer, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Taylor, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian May, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Deacon, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joshua J. MacRae, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kris Fredriksson, Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Joshua J Macrae, Unknown, Other

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd

5
A Kind Of Magic (Demo / August 1985)
00:03:23

Mike Stone, Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Unknown, Other - Adam Ayan, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Queen, Producer, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Taylor, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian May, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Deacon, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joshua J. MacRae, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kris Fredriksson, Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Joshua J Macrae, Unknown, Other - Roger Meddows-Taylor, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd

6
One Vision (Live At Wembley Stadium / Friday July 11th 1986)
00:05:12

John Richard Deacon, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mack, Unknown, Other - Queen, Producer, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Taylor, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian May, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Deacon, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Fredriksson, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhold Mack, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd. / Raincloud Productions Ltd.

7
Friends Will Be Friends Will Be Friends (Remastered 2011)
00:05:58

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mack, Unknown, Other - Queen, Producer, Unknown, Other, MainArtist - Freddie Mercury, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Taylor, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian May, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Deacon, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kris Fredriksson, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Reinhold Mack, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd

Album Description

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/rocker "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.
© Greg Prato /TiVo

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