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The Miracle

QueenAudio Cassette
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  • ASIN: B000026GNQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of THEIR best, One of THE best May 16, 2004
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As always, a Queen recording has something for everyone. Not so much as always, 1989's "The Miracle" begins the revelation (subtle at the time) that days are numbered and getting darker. The tours were over, Freddie's image was more gaunt, and much was done (including more facial hair than usual) to obscure the real person behind it all. Not a word was spoken about it, and otherwise, everyone acted the same as always.
Which is even more of a chilling thought. The unknown is always more provoking than the black and white. This was where Freddie's tragic (UNBELIEVABLY tragic) bout with AIDS started to really come into play. The next album, "Innuendo," would take all of this, including the depth of the music, to an even HIGHER level, though barely even thought possible. That does nothing to take away from the fact that atleast one "70's band," albeit for the worst reasons, flexed its biggest muscles in future decades.
"The Miracle" is epic. Plenty of music for all moods, from the obligatory party songs in the beginning (such as "Party"), to the confused confrontations with the idea of death ("Was it All Worth It"), and everything in between. Queen already had established themselves as a band that showcases emotion of the highest levels, and now that special talent would be put into overdrive. "Breakthru" starts with a wonderful trademark "Freddie Choir" but quickly breaks into a rushing, impatient, pressed song of just wishing that one thing would happen to make life seem worth living. Excellently written. "I Want It All" says the same message, but more blatantly. In retrospect, it's easy to see from this music, that Freddie felt short on time. That's just too depressing to dwell on.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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By this time, Freddie Mercury had already taken sick and the band stopped touring and so decided to put all their energies into a great studio album and this was the result. Very polished with a lot more production elements than you usually get from a Queen album but the result is in hindsight a very good album indeed. Very different from say "A Night At the Opera" or even "The Game" but still a very good album in any case. They seem to have completely regained their confidence lost since "Hot Space" and slowly regaining it in "The Works" and the "Highlander" soundtrack aka "Kind of Magic" albums. It sounds almost as if the band felt they had nothing to prove anymore and with the pressure off, they could relax and make an album for themselves. It almost sounds like they intended this to be their swansong with "Was it All Worth It". Many strong tracks and the album is very smooth flowing. The sound quality is quite good and the bonus tracks are a nice touch. Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Throughout most of this album (with the exception of 2 songs "Rain Must Fall" and "My Baby Does Me"), all members of Queen shine brightly. Freddie Mercury's health was deteriorating at the time but still wished Queen to go on, albiet without touring. If you notice in the videos, he's grown a beard to hide his gaunt appearance. Also, the lyrics are a lot more personal than before. All of the members got credit for each song ("We made a decision," commented Brian May, "that perhaps we should've made on previous albums"). You can skip the remixes, nothing amazing about them. However, 2 bonus songs are quite interesting. "Hang On In There" is a positive song exhorting the listener to not give up and promises "Your wish will be granted." "Chinese Torture" is a moody instrumental with a synthesized orchestra and Brian's expressive guitar. "Party" and "Khashoggi's Ship" are both reminiscent of "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions." Though 2 separate songs, it's hard to imagine one without the other. "Party" seems to say the party is over while "Khashoggi" seems to say the party is not over (this is probably in reference to the rumours that Queen was breaking up at the time). "The Miracle" is a 5 minute epic (the video for this song was entertaining, with 4 youngsters filling in for the band). It features positive lyrics ("The one thing we're all looking for is peace on earth, and an end to war. It's a miracle we need!") and a fun little jam at the end before they sing "The time will come one day, you'll see, when we can all be friends." Following that is the hard rocking "I Want It All." This is reminscent of the early 1970's Queen. "The Invisible Man" is one of those songs you'll either find catchy or grating. Each member of the band is introduced. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian May gets to play again July 23, 2001
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For a band that long prided itself on 'no synthesizers', it was sometimes painful to hear their work on albums such as The Works and A Kind of Magic. The electronic gadgetry is still here, but so is a return to highlighting the great work of guitarist Brian May on tracks such as I Want it All and Party. Invisible Man is a neat mix of the old and new Queen sound. For me, this is the band's best album of the 1980s. They'd truly return to impressive form with Innuendo in 1991.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and full of life July 11, 2003
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One of the most underrated releases in the Queen catalogue, The Miracle, released in 1989 - only two years before the death of Freddie Mercury, stands in the shadow of two of the band's most important albums - it follows Queen's most commercially successful record - A Kind Of Magic - and is followed by one of their most impressive and powerful works, Innuendo. The Miracle, though, may just be the best piece of music Queen released since 1980's The Game, and it features some of their finest rock songs of the 80s, as well as some wonderful hit singles. And unlike Innuendo - the last album released in Mercury's lifetime, which was dark, sad and angry, The Miracle is energetic, fast-paced and bursting with life. While every song on Innuendo is filled with pain and despair, The Miracle is nothing but optimistic. As the title track - "The time will come, one day you'll see / when we can all be friends" - with its lovely accompanying video, clearly states, this entire album is about life and the love of life.
Other than `The Miracle', the album boasts three other hit singles: `I Want It All' is one of Brian May's most classic rock pieces, a great head-banger in the tradition of `Tie Your Mother Down' and `We Will Rock You', with a wonderful classic-Queen style interlude. `The Invisible Man' is all Roger Taylor, a fun song with a lot of synthesizers. `Breakthru' is a great, fast, optimistic song and it's one of my favorite Queen songs from the 80s. `Rain Must Fall', in all likelihood a John Deacon composition, is also a fantastic song, and the drum sound is terrific, especially in the solo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
I have trouble finding Queen cassettes for my cassette player. This cassette is so perfect for my Sony cassette player
Published 2 months ago by Lynanne Guynn
5.0 out of 5 stars queen fan
I enjoyed the 1991 remastered album of the miracle and this one is a great one to get if you like the 2004 remastered one.
Published 2 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
4.0 out of 5 stars I grew into this album
I first became a Queen fan back in the late 90's after watching a VH1 Legends episode on this group. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chicago Female
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING ALBUM!!!!!
THE MIRACLE is one of my favourite QUEEN albums.....There's the pearls I WANT IT ALL, BREAKTHRU, INVISIBLE MAN and the title track.....WOW!!!!! Read more
Published 9 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent record...
About the purchase, excellent price, delivery time, and the conditions of the product. This CD has a different sound vs. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eduardo T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Great musical group. Very talented members. Well mixed album. Brian May is a very underated guitar player. He should be listed amoung the top ten guitarist of all time.
Published 14 months ago by Charles
4.0 out of 5 stars miracle by queen
good tracks. I will admit I have not heard it all the way thru yet but I am still working on it so I am not a great judge at this point. sorry
Published 15 months ago by cheryl metzger
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
5 stars great music from a great band, 5 stars great music from a great band, 5 stars great music from a great band
Published 17 months ago by chris counsellor
4.0 out of 5 stars brings back great memories
i bought the cassette version of this album when it was first released back in '89. i had just bought my first car for $250, a 1976 monte carlo landau with a rust hole on the... Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by robb sososikwitit
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless album.
I will say that I wasn't a fan of Queen untill I herd some of their less popular work during the 80s. Read more
Published on February 7, 2011 by Michael
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