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The Miracle [12" VINYL] [Single]

Queen Vinyl
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English rock band Queen were one of the most popular bands in the world, and have sold an estimated 300 million records internationally. Known for their theatrical style, and the flamboyant showmanship of lead singer Freddie Mercury, the band built a reputation through the 1970s with million-selling albums and emphatic live performances.

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  • Vinyl (1 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B003TGW6PY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Party (2010 Digital Remaster)
2. Khashoggi's Ship (2010 Digital Remaster)
3. The Miracle (2010 Digital Remaster)
4. I Want It All (2010 Digital Remaster)
5. The Invisible Man (2010 Digital Remaster)
6. Breakthru (2010 Digital Remaster)
7. Rain Must Fall (2010 Digital Remaster)
8. Scandal (2010 Digital Remaster)
9. My Baby Does Me (2010 Digital Remaster)
10. Was It All Worth It (2010 Digital Remaster)

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The Miracle is a 1989 album by Queen. It was the band's twelfth studio album, recorded as the band recovered from guitarist Brian May's marital problems and vocalist Freddie Mercury's HIV diagnosis (which was, though known to the band, not publicised at the time). Recording started in January 1988 and lasted 12 months. The album was originally going to be called "The Invisible Man", but three weeks before the release, according to Roger Taylor, they decided to change the name to The Miracle. The striking cover art utilised then cutting-edge image-manipulation technology to combine photographs of the familiar faces of the four band members into one morphed Gestalt image, in line with their decision to dispense with individual credits and simply present their music as the product of Queen; the back cover went a step further with a seamless regiment of the bands' eyes. The album reached #1 in the UK, in Austria, Germany, in the Netherlands and Switzerland, and 24 on the American Billboard 200 chart. The Miracle was the band's penultimate album before the death of Mercury in November 1991. Allmusic would name it as Queen's best album of the 1980s, along with The Game.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs, great album!! 6 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
With no touring worries and time to concentrate on recording in the studio, Queen produced a masterpiece of an album with 'The
Miracle'. The best thing about this album is the rip-roaring guitar that can be heard right the way through it. The first couple of tracks, Party and Khashoggi's Ship are fun rock songs with the band thinking back to the wild and infamous parties they held in the past! The miracle is a fantastic song with Freddie singing about how wonderful life is and how much you should appreciate it, obviously with hindsight you now can see that he wanted to enjoy the limited time he had left. Another song that can be linked to how freddie was feeling at this time was 'was it all worth it' in which he sings about all the pressures and excesses of being in queen and questioning whether it was all worth it or not, he eventually sings 'YES, it was a worthwhile experience!'
Other songs that i like on this album are the invisible man, breakthru (both containing great bass riffs from John Deacon)and i want it all, a great rock song written by Brian. This album is a must for Queen fans, it is what Queen are all about.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By M. D. Rathbone VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Freddie was already quite ill during the making of this album and the title was a nod to the fact that the band probably never expected to finish it, so much like "Innuendo" or "Made in Heaven" there are some fillers on it which reflect the best of the output available to them. That said, there were some better 'b' sides from the singles(e.g. "Hijack My Heart") which were mysteriously discarded from the album so you wonder how much material the band did have to juggle with at that point.
The singles clearly stand out, but special mention of "Was it all Worth it" is required as it is effectively Queen's autobiography.
Inferior to it's "Magic" predecessor and in many ways a better balance of tracks can be found on its successor (Innuendo) but still very representative of Queen's later output and worth a listen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I remember buying this album on vinyl when it first came out and was so excited when I played it for the first time. 20 years later and with all my vinyl gone I finally decided to buy this album on CD. I hadn't heard it for years but my interest in Queen has grown again recently. I'd always been a massive Queen fan but had been too busy with University, getting married and having children to sit back and give them a good listen these last few years.
I'm now revisiting the Queen albums again. This has all the hits from their final 80's album - breakthru, the miracle, invisible man, scandal and the wonderfully heavy I want it all. However, its the non-hits that I really love on this album. I especially love Rain must fall and think that Was it all worth it could have been another hit.
Well worth buying as it still sounds fresh today even though it's over 20 years old!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love or hate, it's a good CD 14 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Queen were very much a band that you either love, or hate. There's little room for indifference. For the fans, this album begins magnificently, with a blistering pair of tracks to open the account. The CD then rocks away into the four singles that one will find on Greatest Hits II, the rock of I want it all, the hope of "The Miracle", the comedy of "The Invisible Man" and the power of "Breakthru". The next few tracks do not dissapoint, though they are quite laughable in their way. "Rain Must Fall" is really a cheesy song...., and the 80's dance feel of "Scandal" is just that. Scandalous. Having said that, this song remains as one of the great Mercury vocal lines, and it stands alone as a good song on that strength. The soulful "My Baby Does Me" follows on, though good, the song could be seen as a simple time filler, before the superb "Was it all worth it?" at the end of which, Freddie sums up the entire Queen rollercoaster with the comment "It was a worthwhile experience" which sums this album up very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another awesome CD by a truly awesome band 2 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The miracle is, I feel, one of the greatest Queen albums they ever produced. The main reason I think this is because of the incredible variation between the songs and the fact that they are all different but great in their own ways. Songs such as I want it all and Breakthrough are timeless classics which will always be remembered, but I particularly rate some of the tracks such as The Miracle and Scandal, which although admittedly they did'nt fare that well in the charts, they are very enjoyable to listen to and again, you don't get bored of them, even after hearing them many times. Overall, it is a great CD and one which is unfairly underrated by some.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's Queen 10 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
One of Queens better albums for me. Certainly one of the best of their later career. It should appeal to casual and hardcore fans alike, as it caters for both, for instance the mainstream classics such as I want it all and the Invisible Man, and fan favourites such as Was it all worth it. It also contains something of a hidden gem in the Stompy 80's pop rock of Scandal. Why this song is not on either greatest hits 2 or 3 is a mystery. The Miracle contains a couple of iffy, but harmless tracks, but is generally full of excellent pop rock. I recommend it to fans certainly.
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Published 12 days ago by ib
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything was ok, the item itself, the timing of delivery, the packaging, etc.
Published 26 days ago by Antonio Oller Adam
2.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of their worst albums in my opinion
Easily one of their worst albums in my opinion. I suppose if you really liked "It's a Kinda magic" you'll like this, but they have made so many classic albums that this... Read more
Published 28 days ago by J. D. Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Are Miracle Workers!!
I love Every Track On This Album Worth Buying If Your A Avid Queen Fan Like Myself!!!
Published 2 months ago by mark brydon
5.0 out of 5 stars I miss Queen
I originally had this on a cassette tape so I hadn't heard this album for a while as , it brought back so many good memories. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. Packham
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Queen
what more to say, if you love Queen aswell you will like this aswell of course. It's a kind of magic!
Published 6 months ago by Lola
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a Party.
I love Queen but I have no admit this is one of their weaker efforts. One of the problems is that the album lacks direction. Read more
Published 9 months ago by H.E.Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Was It All Worth It?
Although I have said before, several times, in my other Queen reviews that I prefer 70's Queen, this is their best album since Hot Space. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gary Selikow
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album
I recently bought the album on CD as I had it on tape from the 80s but hadn't listened to it for years. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Meerkat Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
One of the bands best albums and backed by some clever videos if you get a chance to watch them. Well worth a listen.
Published 14 months ago by dave burney
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