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Flash Gordon [Soundtrack]

Queen Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000024ZSC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flash's Theme (1994 Digital Remaster)
2. In The Space Capsule (The Love Theme) (1994 Digital Remaster)
3. Ming's Theme (In The Court Of Ming The Merciless) (1994 Digital Remaster)
4. The Ring (Hypnotic Seduction Of Dale) (1994 Digital Remaster)
5. Football Fight (1994 Digital Remaster)
6. In The Death Cell (Love Theme Reprise) (1994 Digital Remaster)
7. Execution Of Flash (1994 Digital Remaster)
8. The Kiss (Aura Resurrects Flash) (1994 Digital Remaster)
9. Arboria (Planet Of The Tree Men) (1994 Digital Remaster)
10. Escape From The Swamp (1994 Digital Remaster)
11. Flash To The Rescue (1994 Digital Remaster)
12. Vultan's Theme (Attack Of The Hawk Men) (1994 Digital Remaster)
13. Battle Theme (1994 Digital Remaster)
14. The Wedding March (1994 Digital Remaster)
15. Marriage Of Dale And Ming (And Flash Approaching) (1994 Digital Remaster)
16. Crash Dive On Mingo City (1994 Digital Remaster)
17. Flash's Theme Reprise (Victory Celebrations) (1994 Digital Remaster)
18. The Hero (1994 Digital Remaster)

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Dialogue on a soundtrack album is normally a huge mistake. You smirk maybe the first few times, then grow rapidly frustrated having to programme out the offending tracks (if possible). Then there are those rare few where it would be impossible to imagine one without the other (Pulp Fiction for example). Thankfully Flash Gordon belongs in the latter camp ("camp" being entirely appropriate in this context). The idea of using Queen for this sci-fi hokum was both daring and inspired. On the other side of the universe-friendly title chant of "Flash!" is a remarkably varied score. There are five principal themes ("Flash", "Love", "Ming", "Vultan" and "Battle"), yet there are plenty more. In fact, there are yet more in the film that didn't make it to the album--this is a straight digital master of the 1980 LP. Clap your hands to the Football game in Ming's Court, attempt the high notes in "The Kiss", find a keyboard that can emulate "Ming's Theme" today or just enjoy screaming "DIVE !" with Brian Blessed. Incredibly the band were only once called upon in a similar capacity again for Highlander.--Paul Tonks

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QUEEN Flash Gordon (1994 issue Italian 18-track soundtrack CD album picture sleeve/lyric booklet)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just another soundtrack album 27 Mar 2002
By M. D. Rathbone VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Definately one "for the fans" - either Queen fans or those who loved the film... or both!
Many plus points on this album that make it more than just a soundtrack - "The Hero" is as good a rocking Queen song as you're ever likely to hear, "Football Fight" is a catchy instrumental and you get a version of "Flash" without the dialogue that appeared in the single version. If you're a fan of Freddie's vocal talents then "The Ring" is also a must as he pushes himself to the limit exploring a full range, complete with layered harmonies. Oh and Brian does a wonderful guitar rendition of "The wedding march" - great stuff!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars star wars for space cadets 22 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
a very underated film score and still one of the better ones.
Queen were perfect for this movie with their ability to write catchy rock anthems.
Brian May took the helm in this project and the title track (Flash) is one of his and the two hard rock tracks (The Battle Theme and The Hero) are pure Queen.
The rest of the band did contribute and Freddies "Football Fight" is an amazingly catchy instrumental as is "Vultans Theme"
Don't expect any Bohemian Rhapsodys or We Will Rock You's when you buy this but expect a film score and you will be very pleasently surprised
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sorely underrated and unfairly bashed 18 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
Flash Gordon (1980.) Queen's ninth album.
Following the release of Queen's first album of the eighties, The Game, the group recorded something totally different - something that, unlike that album, would be forgotten by legions of fans - The soundtrack to the 1980 film Flash Gordon. Honestly, who better would there have been to record a synth-heavy rock soundtrack to the film version of the classic comic series? Read on for my review of this album.
As I stated above, this is, by far, Queen's most underrated album. This may be due in part to the fact that some fans overlook it because it's a film soundtrack and not a regular Queen album. The people who overlook this one really are fools. For the album, the band creates a synth-heavy rock work that is unlike anything else they had ever recorded before or would ever record in their future. Although the album is divided into several tracks, it is really easiest to think of the release as a single work - all of the songs fade right into one another. Over the music is dialogue and sound effects from the film, so in addition to getting a bad ass synth-heavy rock and roll score, you, in a sense, get an abbreviated version of the movie. Admittingly, I wish the band had released a music-only soundtrack, but that is NOT reason enough to bash this release the way some critics have been. In the end, it's one of the band's most overlooked releases, and a damn good one, too.
This album, like other Queen releases, got remastered and reissued, and the record company put on a remix bonus track. Like other remix bonus tracks, this one is nothing special. Also, this album seems to be MUCH harder to find than the band's other albums, probably due in no small part to it never getting the proper credit. It needs better distribution.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Queen will love this 9 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Why didn't Queen ever do any other soundtracks apart from the Highlander one when they appear to be so good at them?. The musical style complements the film perfectly, and even though Flash Gordon is a getting on a bit as a movie, it's still a great film and the music is too.
There are some brilliant tracks on this cd, I love the "Flash" theme, and "The Hero" just kicks some, turn it up real loud!
Must check this out if your a fan of the movie, but especially if you like Queen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good soundtrack 17 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
Possibly one for die hard fans only- although it does have some catchy themes on it. Not one for the casual listener though.

having said that it is worth buying for the closing track itself "Hero" - possibly one of Queens best rock songs - it opens with a drum sequence and crashes into an awesome chunky guitar riff, topped off with a spine tinglingly emotional vocal performance from Freddie.

The riff is so good - even Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails nicked it for his song Wish of the Broken Album.

Listen its the same tune just the guitars are more distorted.
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