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  • Audio CD (5 Mar. 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood
  • ASIN: B000000OAE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Staying Power
  2. Dancer
  3. Back Chat
  4. Body Language
  5. Action This Day
  6. Put Out The Fire
  7. Life Is Real
  8. Calling All Girls
  9. Las Palabras De Amor
  10. Cool Cat
  11. Under Pressure - Queen/David Bowie
  12. Body Language (1991 Bonus Remix By Susan Rogers)

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By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 29 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
'Hot Space' is infamous as being Queen's sole 'flop' album, as aside from the David Bowie collaboration 'Under Pressure' (which itself dates from a separate session a year before the album proper, and so in a sense could be described as a tacked on extra here) the singles from this album all failed to make an impact on the charts and the album was quickly dismissed as a misfire. Looking back while 'Hot Space' could never be described as one of their best albums it's certainly massively underrated, and to my ears is a far more interesting album than follow-up 'The Works' (by which point the band seemed so desperate for a hit single that the album feels more like a shallow compilation of A and B sides).

The big sticking point for any Queen fans will be 'Hot Space's original A-Side, where the band jumped onto the funk/disco genre with wild abandon. With 'Another One Bites The Dust' being such a big hit for them before Queen seem to have become temporarily disco obsessed, and the first 5 tracks are all based heavily around massive bass riffs. Where on 'The Game' the band had begun to use synthesisers they were mostly laid over the top of the normal Queen sound, but now the bass guitar is replaced by keyboards, the drums are replaced by drum machines and Brian May's signature guitar is cut back to a bare minimum. It's undoubtedly a shock, but for the most part the songs DO work, where the band may have overstepped the mark is in giving over an entire half of the album to this genre.
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Hop Space as an album has that extra bounce that makes it stand out from the rest of Queen's Albums. It gives us a large insite in to Freddie's full range of musicical talent which ranges from Rock, Opera, Pop and now dance and funk, as well as the versatility of Brian May's Guitar playing. But does this album really deserve all the flack that the press gave it.
The first for tracks (Staying Power,Dancer,Back Chat and Body Language) are mainly lively Discotec songs that would of first shocked any harder Queen fan.
Action this Day and Put out the Fire bring us back to the real rock motivated song that Queen produce so well as seen before in their last album The Game.
In this great mixture of an album two very heart felt songs Life is real(Song for Lennon) and The Words of Love involve us in deep emotion which most listerns may indentify too.
Then back to funk with Calling all Girls and Cool Cat but the grand Finale is one song that will live forever Under Pressure.
This song is the light at the end of the tunnel, Mercury and Bowie compliment each over so well and Deacon's bass line is pure genius. So is this album all bad.
No Not at all it just shows a groovy side to Queen and i think it has stood the test of time very well.
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OK, it's not typical Queen. OK, it's not aged well. BUT have those who dismissed this album truly explored all it has to offer? The lyrics and delivery of "Life is Real" by Freddie could easilly slot into any other Queen album and "Las Palabras de Amor" is my all time personal favourite Queen song that deserved to do better in the charts.
The rest of the album has a mix of songs that were a major departure but gave Queen the space to experiment with sounds that would later come together much stronger in "The Works" for example.
Oh, and what about "Under Pressure"??!!
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'Hot Space' is generally slated as being Queen's worst album of all-time and it certainly comes as a shock to hear the band moving into unfamiliar disco/funk territory with very few traces of the band's trademark hooks which made them great in the 1970s. However, things do improve after a very weak start with rocky excursions 'Action This Day' and 'Put Out The Fire' finally moving into familiar rock territory whilst the ballad 'Life Is Real (Song For Lennon) is probably Mercury's best contribution here. Brian May's glorious 'Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love) is one of my favourite Queen tracks ever and, along with the inspired 'Under Pressure', almost elevates this release into a 4 star rating. Conclusion: Not the best place to start your Queen collection but, overall, not as bad an album as you might expect.
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Being a diehard fan of Queen's 1973-1978 work, it is always difficult for me to assess 1980's Queen albums.
The fact is that 80's and beyond albums such as The Game (1980) Flash (1981), , The Works (1984) and A Kind of Magic (1986) , do have some really great songs on them , but they also have a lot of mediocre and flat stuff , unlike the 70's albums which where absolute works of art complete in themselves.

Hot Space is the best Queen album of the 1980's but a far cry from the glorious rock opera/hard rock of the 1970-1976 period.

There was the transitional period of News of the World (1977), Jazz (1978) and The Game (1980), before the launch into disco music with Hot Space.

If you are a fan of 70's Queen thi9s takes some getting used to, but I have changed my mind about the album after a few more listens and decides it really rocks.

In this album, there are some really good songs:

Life Is Real: a beautiful piece dedicated to John Lennon, who had died less than 2 years before. The words of this song are poetic and do justice to the best of Queen.

Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love): This is the stuff Queen should have carried on doing, although the fashions at the time justified their move to the funky disco music, on most of this album. Queen's fantastic collaboration with David Bowie: Under Pressure - A great all-time classic.

There is the bluesy Cool Cat, the raunchy Body Language, the sexy Dancer

Staying Power, Calling All Girls, with it's high energy synthesis, have good lyrics and a nice beat.

Action This Day is full of energy and vigour, and then there is the sassy Backchat.

This is a good album, real good disco music, event though in my case, I love Queen's rock opera 70's music best.
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