A Kind Of Magic

October 17, 1994 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 17, 1994
  • Release Date: October 17, 1994
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Copyright: (C) 1991 Hollywood Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 50:08
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  • ASIN: B0013AZLA0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,643 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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One of the best albums.
Ben Nicholson
A very good album with a fistful very good songs.
Florian Girwert
Trust me you will want the covers.
Louise Binion

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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Ilker Yucel on November 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I could care less about Queen's popularity in the USA in the '80's. Popularity often has little to do with actual talent, as evidenced by the recent and seemingly undying wave of crappy boy-bands and bubblegum pop divas. If Queen were ever interested in popularity it was probably on an esoteric level, because no matter what they always churned out some brilliant and amazing music. "A Kind of Magic" is perhaps their best album of the '80's, mainly because of its connection with "Highlander," one of the best films of the decade. Only a band of such musical grandeur and classical pomposity like Queen could produce such amazing music for such a film.
"One Vision" as well its extended version (vision) were featured on the "Iron Eagle" soundtrack, and its claim to fame is that it was written before Live Aid, though recorded after it. A good epic song with amazing interplay of guitars and synths, as well as Freddie's little joke at the end.
"A Kind of Magic," the title track, and taken from a line in "Highlander" definitely fits the bill as one of Queen's best pop-rock songs. Brian May never ceases to amaze with his interweaving guitar lines. Roger Taylor's lyrics tie in perfectly with the film, and John Deacon's basslines, while simple, are infectious. A song so good, it's the only one featured in the sequel.
"One Year of Love" is a simple little love song, with Freddie giving one of his best vocal performances. The saxophone solo complements nicely.
"Pain is So Close to Pleasure" is an okay song, though not one of my favorites. I'll give points to Freddie for an amazing falsetto vocal, but the song contains little else to keep my interest.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Morrison Lewis on September 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In the early 80s, Queen were contacted to do a song for a new movie, "Highlander." Intrigued by the movie, they agreed to do more than just one. Queen performs every non-orchestra track that appears in the soundtrack to Highlander. However, no actual soundtrack was released (Despite the claims of the movie's credits).
Enter Queen, "A Kind of Magic." While these are not the same versions, they are indeed the same songs. From the theme to Highlander (Princes of the Universe) to the Title Track, played during the closing credits, most of the songs from Highlander appear here. One Vision, featured in the Film "Iron Eagle" appears here also, along with a bonus extended version of it.
Missing from the Highlander set are Hammer to Fall, which appears on "the Works." and "New York, New York," which cannot be verified to exist, short of the clip in the movie. Enough about Highlander, on to the songs themselves.
The highlights are clear: A Kind of Magic contains entire guitar lessons and chapters of music theory in BRian's solo. Princes of the Universe contains Queen's Trademark power rock harmonies and excellent guitar. Who Wants to Live Forever shows off the sheer Beauty of Freddie's Voice. Gimme The Prize (The Kurgan's Theme) is awesome hard rock. Don't Lose Your Head is a more synth pop oriented song, but shows what the rest of the 80s musicians should have done with them (Aside from maybe the cars). Forever, an instrumental piano based version of Brian's touching ballad, delivers depths in the fashion of true masters of symphonic music.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M.M. on January 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am absolutely mad for two things: Queen and the "Highlander" movie. Put the two togehter, and you have one great concept. This album was born out of the songwriting sessions for the "Highlander" film, although you can't exactly say that the album is a soundtrack album. The music definitely stands on its own. I know that in the 1980's Queen was not that popular, but the fact that this album was overlooked is next to unforgivable. The beautiful "Who Wants to Live Forever" is one of the best songs ever written. The wonderful ballads combined with greats such as "Princes of the Universe" and the title track add up to one of the most essential 80's Queen albums. I only wish I could have seen these songs performed live.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Queen is one of the best bands ever, and this is one of their best albums, and probably one of the top five of the mid-eighties. Many of these songs are included in the film "Highlander." This album has something for everyone. "One Vision" is a world anthem, "Princes of the Universe" and "Kurgan's Theme" will get you pumped, "Who Wants To Live Forever" is beyond beautiful, "One Year Of Love" is perfect for the likes of Trisha Yearwood, "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure" and "A Kind of Magic" are classic 80's songs, "Friends Will Be Friends" is something that I'd expect to be played at a place where friendship is the theme, "Forever" is a beautiful instrumental version of "Who Wants to Live Forever," and should be played at the funeral of every diehard Queen fan. I would reccomend this album to any fan of Queen, Highlander, 80's music, or just anyone wanting to hear some kick-ass stuff.
A message to the dude from Farming Hills: My advice to you is to go back and give this album another listen, I'm sure you'll change your tune. And if you think that Hot Space is better than Innuendo, you better think again, Innuendo is their best album, and I highly reccomend it to you, and everyone reading this.
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