The Miracle indeed..,
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This review is from: The Miracle (2011 Remaster: Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
I've been a Queen fan for almost 40 years and have owned every album of theirs at one point or another. And whilst there's some debate as to which one of their albums is best, I would argue that this certainly ranks in the top three.
This album and its content have been reviewed many times so I'm not going to replicate what others have done. I will however pass comment on some other aspects of the offering here.
1) Is the 2011 Digital Remaster worthwhile as it was recorded digitally in the first place?
2) Is the album worth purchasing for the bonus tracks.?
Well the first point is...YES,YES and YES again! The 2011 Digital remaster has polished and cleaned up an already good quality sound from the original 1989 release. I can hear better separation, instruments are clearer, vocals are more dynamic and the whole exercise just screams quality. The difference can be heard on quite modest equipment-you don't need thousands of pounds worth of CD and Amp etc to appreciate the difference there is between it and the original CD release.
And unlike a lot of the other 2011 Remaster series the bonus CD is certainly worth having. It includes the single version of 'I Want it All' and two long lost 'B' sides 'Hijack my Heart' and 'Stealin'. I had heard them via Spotify but never owned them as a physical entity before.
Whilst a lot of the 2011 Digital Remaster series are very disappointing regarding bonus material, this is a worthy exception.
If I was asked about any drawbacks, I would list the cover. Whilst I appreciate the concept was revolutionary for the time, it was always something that made me feel a little sea sick looking at it.
'The Miracle' is IMHO one of Queen's finest works. Whilst there are lots of contenders 'The Miracle' allows all the qualities that made Queen shine through. Rock, pop, even some funky bass lines are there. And of course some incredible arrangements .
It should be noted as the album when the members gave up their rights to copyright their individual input, splitting royalties evenly between each of them. And this has has resulted in them all loosening up
Buy this edition. It is Queen at their best, they're still up for it and having fun.