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2.0 out of 5 stars Flash...arrrrrrggggggghhhhhhh aka Gordon's alive?, 30 Jun 2011
This review is from: Flash Gordon [2011 Remastered Version: 2CD] (Audio CD)
Listening to many film soundtracks without the accompanying visuals is often disappointing as without each other the impact is lessened and this is certainly true for this CD release. Though the soundtrack is punctuated with dialogue from the film to give the listener some idea of where in the film the music came from it has to be said that listening to this is like watching the 1999 Champions Leaue Final. That was a football match where for most of the 90 minutes the action was sub-standard but it was the last five minutes that make it so well remembered. And much the same is true when listening to this soundtrack. The first two thirds of which only comes to life with the catchy Football Fight (keeping the football analogy going unintentionally there - sorry!) but it is from Vultans Theme onwards, where things really get going and the Germans are beaten! (Have I got things a bit mixed up there? I meant to say Ming the Merciless)

Vultans Theme is where things start to get heavy, frantic and intense - especially on Battle Theme - with only a short pause for May's beautiful arrangement of The Wedding March providing a respite from the heavy guitars. It is clear from listening to this and from the song credits that it was Brian May who really took this project to heart within the band and it is his tracks that stand out. The final track, The Hero, for example is one where his guitar work is turned up to 11 and Freddie delivers a powerful vocal that makes you think had it been extended it would have made a perfect single.

Sadly the rest of the album meanders along aimlessly and it is only the bonus disc that makes this a worthwhile purchase really. Of course there are the obligatory live versions of Flash and The Hero taken from Live At Montreal sitting here, possibly to pad out the running time, due to the shortness of the other tracks and once again I object to these live versions being used when they are already available to buy on Queen Rock Montreal. Then we also have the single version of Flash, nice to have it in full on its original album rather than it only being available on Greatest Hits (volume one), an unused take of The Hero and the two best bonus tracks, Freddie's 'The Kiss' and 'Football Fight' as early piano versions. It is the latter that is really worth a listen.

As per usual with these remasters the sound quality is exceptional across the board and for those collecting the albums to put in the nice Queen 40 box set that came out with the first five remastered albums then won't it look a bit silly if you don't buy this album? So to sum up, interesting bonus disc, good finish to the album otherwise you may as well just buy the film and listen to the music as you watch along!
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Initial post: 28 Jul 2011 16:04:38 BDT
I agree with your comments of the bonus material totally, not really a bonus when you have 90% of it already...and as for single mixes of songs, maybe a few seconds difference from the originals......it wouldnt be so bad if they told us there was a box set coming, even if its next year, of unreleased tracks, demos, and also a live boxset of DVDs/CDs from the 70s etc....but as normal, it seems about money with Queen....and this is the band I love above all others...but the last few years have just turned me off as they clearly dont listen to what their fans want, the people who actually gave them their lifestyles that they currently enjoy. Even lesser bands are getting better treatment of unheard material, its just sad.

Posted on 3 Mar 2012 22:24:12 GMT
gille liath says:
"won't it look a bit silly if you don't buy this album?"

No doubt that's exactly what they're counting on to make you buy it. I think you're right, this music is best heard as part of the film.
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