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on 10 January 2013
my partner said it took him back to the old days whatever that means you rock fans should no what he means
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on 2 October 2011
This is the Queen album in least need of remastering, as it originally came out in the mid-1990s. There are some of us who wish it didn't come out in the first place.

Queen famously never left much on the cutting room floor. There's unlikely to ever be a Queen Bootleg Series, or if there is, it won't throw up much that we haven't heard before in some shape or form. So when the prospect of 'Made In Heaven' was raised in the wake of Freddie's death, Queen fans hoped this meant there was a full LP's worth of songs that the irreplaceable lead singer had laid down.

Far from it. This album consists of a couple of newish songs, revamped solo songs, renewed Cross songs, and reheated rehearsal work. And there's a macabre, loose theme, which concerns nothing less than birth, life and death. 'I Was Born To Love You', 'Let Me Live', 'Too Much Love Will Kill You', 'My Life Has Been Saved', 'Heaven For Everyone', 'Made In Heaven' and 'A Winter's Tale'.

They all date from across the previous 15 years and are good songs, given the full Queen treatment. 'Let Me Live' is notable for being one of the very few Queen songs which feature all three lead vocalists singing their own parts (the others are 'March Of The Black Queen', 'Rock It (Prime Jive)' and-- if you include Roger's scream-- 'I Go Crazy').

May's guitar is very prominent throughout, and this is a good thing. He soars in the clouds during the reprise of 'It's A Beautiful Day'. The best track on the album, however, is 'Mother Love'. It's simply awesome, and it's given added weight as reportedly being the last vocal Freddie recorded.

The final ambient piece simply can't be described or explained. It's worth the price of admission alone.

On the other hand, 'You Don't Fool Me' has shades of what they were doing in 1982 and while it isn't bad, the song doesn't really fit with the life-death-love theme.

The annoying thing is how bits of old Queen songs keep popping up.

The reprise of 'It's A Beautiful Day' is probably an appropriate place to drop in parts of 'Seven Seas Of Rhye' and whatever else. But all over the album, we hear samples of 'A Kind Of Magic', the live version of 'One Vision', and 'Goin' Back', for heaven's sake. Maybe Queen were saying, hey, everyone's sampling everyone else (and us), so we'll just sample ourselves.

The thing is that we KNEW it was the last we'd hear from the classic lineup of Queen, so why lay it on? They should've finished with 'Innuendo' (one of their best), and then put out a rarities album.

Perhaps the original release really needs to be seen in the context of money-making exercises like 'Live Magic', the 'Rocks' CD of 1997, the musical, and recent developments which may lead to a series of official Queen cover bands.

The extras include the original 'Miracle' era b-side version of 'My Life Has Been Saved', which was an arresting song the first time around. The vocal & piano version of 'Born To Love You' appears to be the earliest recording of what was an original Freddie solo song, yet this isn't made entirely clear. 'Rock In Rio Blues' is thoroughly useless, and is little more than a 'had to be there' moment.

It still gets three stars, though, because for all the moments of bad taste, it's very rewarding listening overall. And-- at this point-- it's still Queen.
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on 15 March 2014
what more to say, if you love Queen aswell you will like this aswell of course. It's a kind of magic!
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on 5 February 2014
I BOUGHT THIS CD FOR MY PARTNER AND WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH HOW NEW IT LOOKED AND MY PARTNER LOVES IT
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on 4 December 2015
Arrived very Quickly from the USA,fabulous album on double 180g heavyweight vinyl very well packaged
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on 20 March 2013
Super. Another great Queen album. A great tribute to Freddie as I see it. A must for all Queen fans.
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on 19 April 2015
Mum and dad used to listen to this so I Bort for my family to listen to good times long live freddy
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on 22 October 2014
Item delivered within the date as specified and condition as described (good) A must for queen fans
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on 15 February 2014
As a 30 years queen fan (since 1977) I was excited when "made in Heaven" hit the shops but after many times I heard this final queen project I realised how catalytic and crucial mercury's contribution was. After Innuendo (last queen's masterpiece ) what we got here is a true gem (let me live) the only track which bears to have May, Mercury and Taylor sing one after another the verses of a beautifull song, two moving ballads (A winter tale, Mother Love), and the another joyful new track. The older stuff which had the famous 'queen treatment' dissapointed me as they were over produced and boring. I prefer the original versions. And what a pity for the bonus material!!!!! "You don't fool me' but as a loyal fan I bought the remaster 2cd. SHAME FOR THIS. IF IT HAD BEEN MUCH MORE TRACKS FOR THE FANS 5 STARS WOULD COMPENSATE US
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on 13 February 2013
A great album by one of the best groups one that you need to have in your collection a must buy.
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