Not really sufficiently improved to justify the price.,
This review is from: Flash Gordon (SHM-CD) (Audio CD)
When the film "Flash Gordon" was released, I was still at Primary School. I adored the movie though, and it was my first real introduction to the music of Queen, via the soundtrack and the top 10 single, which I had on 7".
For that reason it was one of the first Queen albums I ever owned and one of the inital batch of Queen SACDs I have purchased. Having been through 4 Queen SACDs now, sound-wise I have found it the weakest. I haven't bought the 2011 CD re-issues so I can't compare it to those, but I expect there is little difference between the two.
I had high hopes for the opening track "Flash's Theme", but found it to be somewhat veiled and lifeless, without the usual presence I expect from an SACD. Maybe everyone had popped to the pub when it was being given the SACD treatment. Things began to improve a little after, and "Football Fight" had a bit more life to it. The tracks with synthetic sound effects demonstrated a decent level of presence, and "The Kiss" showcases the musicality of Freddie's voice beautifully, but nothing on the CD really made me sit up and think "wow", that was £45 well spent. Indeed the only other vocal track, "The Hero" doesn't sound much better than "Flash", and I would imagine that for Queen collectors, it is really those two tracks that will inspire purchase.
For the price, I would say there isn't really enough here to warrant a repeat purchase of the album for your collection, unless you are a completist. You would probably be better waiting for "Greatest Hits" to be issued on SACD which contains the superior single mix of "Flash".