- Audio CD (5 April 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: EMI Music UK
- ASIN: B000024ZSC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Flash Gordon Soundtrack
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QUEEN Flash Gordon (1994 issue Italian 18-track soundtrack CD album picture sleeve/lyric booklet)
Dialogue on a soundtrack album is normally a huge mistake. You smirk maybe the first few times, then grow rapidly frustrated having to programme out the offending tracks (if possible). Then there are those rare few where it would be impossible to imagine one without the other (Pulp Fiction for example). Thankfully Flash Gordon belongs in the latter camp ("camp" being entirely appropriate in this context). The idea of using Queen for this sci-fi hokum was both daring and inspired. On the other side of the universe-friendly title chant of "Flash!" is a remarkably varied score. There are five principal themes ("Flash", "Love", "Ming", "Vultan" and "Battle"), yet there are plenty more. In fact, there are yet more in the film that didn't make it to the album--this is a straight digital master of the 1980 LP. Clap your hands to the Football game in Ming's Court, attempt the high notes in "The Kiss", find a keyboard that can emulate "Ming's Theme" today or just enjoy screaming "DIVE !" with Brian Blessed. Incredibly the band were only once called upon in a similar capacity again for Highlander.--Paul Tonks
Top Customer Reviews
Many plus points on this album that make it more than just a soundtrack - "The Hero" is as good a rocking Queen song as you're ever likely to hear, "Football Fight" is a catchy instrumental and you get a version of "Flash" without the dialogue that appeared in the single version. If you're a fan of Freddie's vocal talents then "The Ring" is also a must as he pushes himself to the limit exploring a full range, complete with layered harmonies. Oh and Brian does a wonderful guitar rendition of "The wedding march" - great stuff!!!
Following the release of Queen's first album of the eighties, The Game, the group recorded something totally different - something that, unlike that album, would be forgotten by legions of fans - The soundtrack to the 1980 film Flash Gordon. Honestly, who better would there have been to record a synth-heavy rock soundtrack to the film version of the classic comic series? Read on for my review of this album.
As I stated above, this is, by far, Queen's most underrated album. This may be due in part to the fact that some fans overlook it because it's a film soundtrack and not a regular Queen album. The people who overlook this one really are fools. For the album, the band creates a synth-heavy rock work that is unlike anything else they had ever recorded before or would ever record in their future. Although the album is divided into several tracks, it is really easiest to think of the release as a single work - all of the songs fade right into one another. Over the music is dialogue and sound effects from the film, so in addition to getting a bad ass synth-heavy rock and roll score, you, in a sense, get an abbreviated version of the movie. Admittingly, I wish the band had released a music-only soundtrack, but that is NOT reason enough to bash this release the way some critics have been. In the end, it's one of the band's most overlooked releases, and a damn good one, too.
This album, like other Queen releases, got remastered and reissued, and the record company put on a remix bonus track. Like other remix bonus tracks, this one is nothing special. Also, this album seems to be MUCH harder to find than the band's other albums, probably due in no small part to it never getting the proper credit. It needs better distribution.Read more ›
Queen were perfect for this movie with their ability to write catchy rock anthems.
Brian May took the helm in this project and the title track (Flash) is one of his and the two hard rock tracks (The Battle Theme and The Hero) are pure Queen.
The rest of the band did contribute and Freddies "Football Fight" is an amazingly catchy instrumental as is "Vultans Theme"
Don't expect any Bohemian Rhapsodys or We Will Rock You's when you buy this but expect a film score and you will be very pleasently surprised
There are some brilliant tracks on this cd, I love the "Flash" theme, and "The Hero" just kicks some, turn it up real loud!
Must check this out if your a fan of the movie, but especially if you like Queen.
having said that it is worth buying for the closing track itself "Hero" - possibly one of Queens best rock songs - it opens with a drum sequence and crashes into an awesome chunky guitar riff, topped off with a spine tinglingly emotional vocal performance from Freddie.
The riff is so good - even Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails nicked it for his song Wish of the Broken Album.
Listen its the same tune just the guitars are more distorted.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not bad if you like the movie im more of a queen fan so for me only the first and last songs are worth listening too!!Published 21 months ago by mark brydon
Thank you! I have all Queen CDs. I just lacked this one. Now my collection is complete.
It contains one of my favourite Queen songs: The hero.
It was like listening to half the script, which no offence to the film wasn't the strongest. Basically put it is key dialogue from the film and about 4 Queen songs, which is a... Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2013 by Smartin