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Queen's Marmite Album
on 5 August 2013
So you've made a film that's over the top, bombastic, slightly camp & doesn't take it's self too seriously, who do you choose to record the soundtrack? It literary couldn't be anybody else but Queen (talk about a match made in heaven!).
Soundtrack albums feature primarily incidental music are a little bit of an acquired taste, & if you are just a Queen greatest hits fan, you are probably not going to like this record. But if you're Queen obsessive who must own every release you will love it.
The thing about these types of albums, apart from the title track, the rest of the albums music is full of pretty obscure tracks, but for me it's always refreshing to hear music that hasn't been played to death, & there is some great Brian May Guitar licks to boot.
The album, I feel would have been improved if all the films dialogue had been removed, letting the record become a piece of work in its own right, instead of being constantly reminded that it's a sound track to a film. It would also have been nice is some of the early tracks like "Space Capsule" & "The Kiss" have been extended, the album does rush a little to the finale (which admittedly is pretty exciting).
As for the second disc:
Flash (single version)
The version of the song with all the dialogue (you are so used to this version, that the album one, minus the quotes just doesn't sound right).
The Hero (Oct 1980 Revisited)
Same as the album track, but with Mercury vocal's double-track, sound pretty similar.
The Kiss (Early Demo)
Highlight of the bonus disc, same as the album version, but with piano replacing the synths, & giving the track a nice haunted quality, all be it a bit to short.
The Football Fight (Early Version)
Again replacing the synths with piano, but this time giving the song a crime-drama theme song feel to it.
Flash/The Hero (Live in Montreal, Nov 1981)
Taken from the Queen live album "Queen Rock Montreal", good versions, but always sounds a bit odd when you haven't got the rest of the concert.
So not a proper Queen studio album as such, but something a little bit left field, by a band that have often been often criticised for playing it too safe.