On June 2, 1986.

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On June 2, 1986, “EMI” label released “A Kind of Magic”, the twelfth Queen studio album. It was recorded September 1985 – April 1986, at “Musicland Studios” in Munich, “Mountain Studios” in Montreux and “Townhouse Studios” in London, and was produced by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor,  Mack and David Richards. The album is based on the soundtrack of the movie “Highlander”, directed by Russell Mulcahy. In the 1994 edition of “The Guinness All Time Top 1000 Albums” the album was ranked at number 171 in its “All-time Greatest Rock and Pop Albums”.

Personnel:

  • Freddie Mercury- lead and backing vocals,  piano, synthesizers,  sampler
  • Brian May- lead and backing vocals, electric guitars, keyboards,  programming
  • Roger Taylor- drums, electronic drums, keyboards, backing vocals, programming
  • John Deacon- bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, sampler, programming
  • Spike Edney- keyboards
  • Joan Armatrading- vocals
  • Steve Gregory- alto saxophone
  • String section arranged and conducted by Lynton Naiff
  • National Philharmonic Orchestra arranged by Michael Kamen and Brian May and conducted by Michael Kamen
  • Roger Chiasson –album cover

Track listing:

  1. One Vision – Roger Taylor
  2. A Kind of Magic – Roger Taylor
  3. One Year of Love – John Deacon
  4. Pain is So Close to Pleasure – John Deacon, Freddie Mercury
  5. Friends Will Be Friends – John Deacon, Freddie Mercury
  6. Who Wants to Live Forever – Brian May
  7. Gimme the Prize (Kurgan’s Theme) – Brian May
  8. Don’t Lose Your Head – Brian May
  9. Princes of the Universe – Freddie Mercury

 

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