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Flash Gordon (Soundtrack) Soundtrack

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The exciting soundtrack for Dino DeLaurentis' Sci-Fi epic!

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: December 5, 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • ASIN: B000000OBF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Stuntweasel on January 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's important to evaluate this album for what it IS and not what you would have it be. It is NOT a collection of Queen tracks that were dropped into a movie and then thrown together in album format and called a "soundtrack." It IS, in the truest sense, a film score, of and inspired by Flash Gordon. It works simbiotically with the film which dictates its structure. That makes it superior to something like the Highlander soundtrack, where Queen songs are sporadically tossed in for effect in a fractured fashion. Not to put down the Kind of Magic album (AKA Highlander soundrack), which is quite good in that standard rock, album-oriented way. The Flash Gordon album functions more as a single work - one 50-minute track, as it were. Anyone who goes in examining track by track like a standard-issue rock album will come away scratching thier head. This music fits the film like a glove and some of the synth work is very reminiscent of Vangelis's "Blade Runner" music, which this predates by a couple years. I also enjoy the movie dialog which is sprinkled throughout. That has the potential to be very annoying if done improperly or excessively, but they chose their spots well here ("For God's sake, strap yourselves down! ").
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hodges on February 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As a pre-teen fan of Queen in the late 70's with vigilant parents, acquiring their music was difficult. While Queen's lyric text is largely harmless, their generally adult-themed and possibly homoerotic subtext (i.e. "Don't Try Suicide", "Killer Queen") was not deemed appropriate for my nine year old ears. I yearned to own "The Game," but in the end my parents and I compromised on the largely instrumental "Flash Gordon" soundtrack. Strangely, this fit quite well into youthful musical conception. I had been exposed to musical storytelling by way of Rick Wakeman's "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" as well as becoming healthily obsessed with the "Star Wars" soundtrack. "Flash Gordon" seemed to fit neatly somewhere between these two. Ultimately, it was cool to be nine in 1980 and own a Queen album, despite the fact that my friends thought it was totally lame.

Nostalgia aside, the average listener would definitely consider "Flash Gordon" a "fan-only" release by todays standards (although genuinely I like it more than "The Works"). As a soundtrack to a movie from the late 70s/early 80s camp fantasy movement (think "Krull" and "Conan"), "Flash Gordon" features an effectual if basic use of leitmotif. Queen gets a respectable amount of instrumental mileage from a small reservoir of melodic material, but more importantly they create an ambience that immediately references the movie. Outside of its instrumental aspect, the album also features the party-stoppin' vocal track "Flash" and the end credit anthem "Hero". These are both fun listens, but they do not represent the best of Queen's radio-friendly repertoire.

However, Queen was a band with a highly complex and multifaceted identity.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Fredd Gorham on December 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Oh my.
To say this Queen album was full of good cheezy fun is quite the understatement. In essance, this album typifies the big budget movies of the late 70's/early 80's quite well with it's hugely dramatic and sprawling guitar riffs akin to that of some kind of electrified opera. It's as if their hit BOHEIMIAN RHAPSODY had spawned an entire album, or more to the point, it's as if it was THIS album that actually produced it, because most of the music on this album is just that kind of kitschy, grand drama that we loved as kids of the time period.
We loved that about Queen... ready to do opera at a moment's notice, if only someone would give the fat lady a Fender electric guitar.
This soundtrack is of the type i love most... the muscial score trimmed with bits of dialogue from the film itsself. It's like listening to a condensed version of the film, with all the good stuff left in. In fact, when I was a young lad, I had actually recorded parts of the movie on my old boombox for listening later, and was VERY surprised to find that in comparison, both my recording and the actual soundtrack were damn near IDENTICAL. Perhaps the album contains the most interesting bits of the film after all?
I have to admit, to fully enjoy this Queen offering, you really do have to like the movie. If you don't, you will simply be bored to tears.
The best tracks for me are "In The Space Capsule" with a driving drum beat, "In The Death Cell" with it's dream like simplicity and any of the tracks dealing with the battle scenes at the end of the film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Henry R. Kujawa on November 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In the grand tradition of Nelson Riddle's BATMAN TV score, SMOKEY & THE BANDIT, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and AIRPLANE! comes Queen's FLASH GORDON score, an overblown, pompous, mind-boggling piece of magnificence interspersed with off-kilter dialogue from a film that, with just a BIT of tinkering, could have taken itself a LOT more seriously. While at least 10 times better than the 1979 update of BUCK ROGERS, the 1980 FLASH GORDON nevertheless hardly compares to the source material, or the 1935 & 1940 serials it spawned (don't even MENTION the '38 botch-job...). There are, however, at least 3 incredibly impressive things about the film: it was made (from idea to release) in UNDER a YEAR (Dino got the idea when his company distributed the '79 Filmation cartoon feature-film); it has a STELLAR cast including Melody Anderson, Topol, Max Von Sydow, Timothy Dalton, Peter Wynegarde, Brian Blessed & Ornella Muti (hubba hubba!), all of whom can be heard on the soundtrack; and a QUEEN score that just won't quit. Among my faves: "Flash's Theme" (but WHY didn't they include the really loony single version as a bonus?), "Battle Theme" (I used to tune in on HBO over and over just to see & hear this bit) and "The Hero". (Incredibly, the 1st time I heard the finale was when I bought the LP; some halfwit theatre manager CUT the film off just before it in a rush to get the crowd for the next show in!!).
The only other thing missing, and many Queen fans may be unaware of it, are the portions of the soundtrack actually composed by someone else-- namely, HOWARD BLAKE.
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