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VINE VOICEon 3 November 2012
Despite the fact that this album contains a re-working of already-known songs from various sources ("Made in Heaven" and "I Was Born to Love You" had first appeared on Freddie's 1985 solo album "Mr Bad Guy", "My Life Has Been Saved" was a 'b' side from "The Miracle" era, "Too Much Love.." had been done by Brian a couple of years previously and "Heaven for Everyone" first appeared on Roger Taylor's solo project with "The Cross" in 1988 on their "Shove It" album) it actually works very well as a collection of new and old.

The re-working of "I Was Born To Love You" is excellent as it is given a rocky, up-beat tempo and Brian and Roger are obviously having a ball playing along to this under-rated song but it is the newer material that really stands out. "You Don't Fool Me" is a top tune with a nod back to the "Hot Space" days but with a lively, modern feel, thumping bass line and excellent guitar work. "Mother Love" will send a shiver down your spine as you can hear, feel and sense the emotion and energy in Freddie's voice despite his failing health at the time he recorded it.

The purpose of the 2011 'Deluxe Editions' (putting all cynical marketing, profit-making, blood-from-a-stone comments to one side) is to give a bonus 'EP' of rare or previously unreleased tracks which compliment the original album. In the case of this last album it was always going to be a difficult choice of what to include as the Queen 'machine' has rolled on continuously since this album was compiled and there have been endless tributes, re-mixes, collaborations, live concerts, solo projects, etc. So in the end they have played it safe and included only the two b-sides and edited single version of "Heaven for Everyone" along with an alternative mix of "A Winter's Tale" on the 2nd disc (the 'EP'). As a result there is nothing really new or unheard here. Even the various remixes from the multi-format single release of "You Don't Fool Me" have been ignored. It is interesting that the 1989 version of "My Life Has Been Saved" is included (it was originally the b-side to "Scandal") as is an early demo of the Freddie solo track "I Was Born to Love You" from around 1984. It's a shame then that this logic was not extended to include either version of "Heaven For Everyone" from Roger's band "The Cross" (the 1988 album version with Freddie's vocals or the rarer single version with Roger doing lead vocals) or Brian's solo version of "Too Much Love Will Kill You". It would have been equally logical to include a demo and/or official version of Freddie's 1985 solo track "Made in Heaven" which was re-visited here in the same way as was "I Was Born to Love You". In the end I think the choices are as lazy as they are random so you end up with a bonus disc which is neither complete nor of much interest.
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on 26 March 2017
Very good
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on 3 June 2017
Highly recommended to all Queen fans!
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on 18 June 2015
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on 2 April 2017
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on 23 June 2014
Firstly, I have to take issue with the ignoramus who wrote the product review for Amazon: this idiot has no idea what the hell he is talking about! To suggest that the remaining members of Queen may have made this last record as a last chance to 'cash-in' on Freddie is highly insulting and absolutely ignorant - he needs to do his research a bit better. This album was a labour of love (and I think the members of Queen have enough money in the bank anyway), and it was also Freddie's wish that his final recordings see the light of day. To be honest, ignorant and biased reviewers like this moron have always had it in for Queen and always probably will: they just hate the fact that this band is still loved so much by so many.

Secondly, and more importantly, the album itself. As a lifelong Queen fan, I would put this one up with Innuendo, A Night at the Opera and Sheer Heart attack. It is strong throughout. I won't bother to write about the story behind this album, as most people into music will already know its history. But if you still haven't bought this jewel of an album, just damn well do. It is a strangely uplifting album (considering the fact that it includes Freddie's final recordings): there is so much positivity and warmth emanating from it. It is all about life and love, and Freddie sings his heart out. Only on the sombre and heart breaking Mother Love do we hear Freddie sound a little less upbeat (and considering this was his final recording, who can blame the man?); but listen to the middle eight on this track and tell me you do not hear a dying man (who at this stage could barely even stand) sing from his very soul with every last drop of power and emotion his frail body contained. A beautifully haunting track from one of the finest singers this world is ever likely to hear.

If nothing moves you on this album, check your pulse - because you must be dead.

This is a wonderful and fitting ending to the recording career of one of the world's finest and most innovative bands. God save our Queen.
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on 30 June 2011
This Album is known because of the fact that it was recorded in the hard and sad last few working days of Freddie's life. It's not the best work they ever did, but it must have been recorded with heavy hearts.

I do enjoy listening, but it makes sad listening because you know what is behind the masks for them all.

The early works are the best by far, but this final chapter of a great band completes the set and is a must for all Queen fans of course, but also a fitting tribute to Freddie in his last days.
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on 2 October 2011
This is the Queen album in least need of remastering, as it originally came out in the mid-1990s. There are some of us who wish it didn't come out in the first place.

Queen famously never left much on the cutting room floor. There's unlikely to ever be a Queen Bootleg Series, or if there is, it won't throw up much that we haven't heard before in some shape or form. So when the prospect of 'Made In Heaven' was raised in the wake of Freddie's death, Queen fans hoped this meant there was a full LP's worth of songs that the irreplaceable lead singer had laid down.

Far from it. This album consists of a couple of newish songs, revamped solo songs, renewed Cross songs, and reheated rehearsal work. And there's a macabre, loose theme, which concerns nothing less than birth, life and death. 'I Was Born To Love You', 'Let Me Live', 'Too Much Love Will Kill You', 'My Life Has Been Saved', 'Heaven For Everyone', 'Made In Heaven' and 'A Winter's Tale'.

They all date from across the previous 15 years and are good songs, given the full Queen treatment. 'Let Me Live' is notable for being one of the very few Queen songs which feature all three lead vocalists singing their own parts (the others are 'March Of The Black Queen', 'Rock It (Prime Jive)' and-- if you include Roger's scream-- 'I Go Crazy').

May's guitar is very prominent throughout, and this is a good thing. He soars in the clouds during the reprise of 'It's A Beautiful Day'. The best track on the album, however, is 'Mother Love'. It's simply awesome, and it's given added weight as reportedly being the last vocal Freddie recorded.

The final ambient piece simply can't be described or explained. It's worth the price of admission alone.

On the other hand, 'You Don't Fool Me' has shades of what they were doing in 1982 and while it isn't bad, the song doesn't really fit with the life-death-love theme.

The annoying thing is how bits of old Queen songs keep popping up.

The reprise of 'It's A Beautiful Day' is probably an appropriate place to drop in parts of 'Seven Seas Of Rhye' and whatever else. But all over the album, we hear samples of 'A Kind Of Magic', the live version of 'One Vision', and 'Goin' Back', for heaven's sake. Maybe Queen were saying, hey, everyone's sampling everyone else (and us), so we'll just sample ourselves.

The thing is that we KNEW it was the last we'd hear from the classic lineup of Queen, so why lay it on? They should've finished with 'Innuendo' (one of their best), and then put out a rarities album.

Perhaps the original release really needs to be seen in the context of money-making exercises like 'Live Magic', the 'Rocks' CD of 1997, the musical, and recent developments which may lead to a series of official Queen cover bands.

The extras include the original 'Miracle' era b-side version of 'My Life Has Been Saved', which was an arresting song the first time around. The vocal & piano version of 'Born To Love You' appears to be the earliest recording of what was an original Freddie solo song, yet this isn't made entirely clear. 'Rock In Rio Blues' is thoroughly useless, and is little more than a 'had to be there' moment.

It still gets three stars, though, because for all the moments of bad taste, it's very rewarding listening overall. And-- at this point-- it's still Queen.
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on 21 February 2005
It would be really churlish to give this, the final Queen album proper, anything less than 5 stars. A truly moving collection of some of the saddest and yet at the same time the most hopeful Queen songs ever written. We can only guess at the emotions that must have been running through the guys when this was recorded.
Admittedly the album does feature several songs that appeared on band member's solo albums before this recording, but I would say without hesitation that it is in this form they sound the best. "Too Much Love Will Kill You" really benefits from Freddie's strong vocals and "Made in Heaven" sounds much better with the magnificent orchestra-sound it gets here. Of the "new" tracks the outstanding one in my humble opinion is "Let Me Live", featuring the vocals of Freddie, Roger and Brian it is just a lovely celebration of this fantastic group.
A fantastic album, full of emotion, full of feeling and full of great songs.
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