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QueenA Kind Of Magic

Tracklist

One Vision5:10
A Kind Of Magic4:25
One Year Of Love4:27
Pain Is So Close To Pleasure4:22
Friends Will Be Friends4:08
Who Wants To Live Forever5:14
Gimme The Prize (Kurgan's Theme)4:33
Don't Lose Your Head4:38
Princes Of The Universe3:32

Credits (20)

Notes

This album was recorded from September 1985 to March 1986, at Musicland Studios in Munich, at Mountain Studios in Montreux, and at Townhouse Studios in London. Orchestra was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London in early 1986.

Original CD versions featured "extra magical ingredients" in the form of three bonus tracks not available on vinyl or tape (and were the band's first "DDD" recordings).

The same year this was released, the entire Queen back catalogue was reissued on CD for the first time by EMI. This release was reissued once again on CD and tape in remastered form in 1991 for the US and Canadian market on Hollywood Records, using different non-album tracks and remixes not included in the original versions. Parlophone also reissued the remastered versions in 1993/1994, and subsequently, several newly remastered versions were issued. In 2009, the entire back catalogue of Queen studio albums was remastered and re-released again on heavyweight vinyl, with another batch of digital remasters following in 2011 to commemorate Queen's 40th anniversary and their signing to Island Records.

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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – 062 24 0531 1, EMI – 1A 062-24 0531 1Europe1986Europe1986
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    EMI – 074 24 0531 1Spain1986Spain1986
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    EMI – EU 3509, EMI – 24 0531 1UK1986UK1986
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    EMI – 64 2405311Italy1986Italy1986
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    EMI – EMC 3509New Zealand1986New Zealand1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, CassetteA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – TCEU 3509, EMI – 24 0531 4UK1986UK1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986-06-02, CDA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – CDP 7 46267 2Europe1986Europe1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986-07-00, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – EU 3509 - 24 0531 1, Jugoton – LSEMI 11158Yugoslavia1986Yugoslavia1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986-06-02, CDA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – CDP 7 46267 2Europe1986Europe1986
    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin – 240 531, AMIGA – 240 531German Democratic Republic (GDR)1986German Democratic Republic (GDR)1986
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    EMI – 111051Colombia1986Colombia1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – EU. 3509, EMI – EU 3509India1986India1986
    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    Capitol Records – SMAS-12476US1986US1986
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    EMI – EMS-91168Japan1986Japan1986
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    EMI – CDP 7 46267 2UK & Europe1986UK & Europe1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    Capitol Records – SMAS-12476Canada1986Canada1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, CassetteA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – TC-EMC 3509New Zealand1986New Zealand1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – 1A 064-24 0531 1, EMI – 062 24 0531 1, EMI – 24 0531 1Europe1986Europe1986
    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – 064-2405311, EMI – 062-2405311Greece1986Greece1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – 1A 062-24 0531 1, EMI – 062 24 0531 1, EMI – 24 0531 1Europe1986Europe1986
    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – EMC 240531Australia1986Australia1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986-07-00, CassetteA Kind Of Magic
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    Jugoton – CAEMI 9189Yugoslavia1986Yugoslavia1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – 062-24 0531 1, EMI – 24 0531 1France1986France1986
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    EMI – SLEM-1376Mexico1986Mexico1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, CDA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – CDP 7 46267 2Europe1986Europe1986
    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – F 669.631German Democratic Republic (GDR)1986German Democratic Republic (GDR)1986
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    Capitol Records – CDP 7 46267 2US1986US1986
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    EMI – 64 2405314Italy1986Italy1986
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    Cover of Una Especie De Magia (A Kind Of Magic), 1986, VinylUna Especie De Magia (A Kind Of Magic)
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    EMI – 81 2405311 58427Argentina1986Argentina1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – 24 0531 1, EMI – 062 24 0531 1, EMI – 20 1116 7, EMI – 2405311France1986France1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – 25110Venezuela1986Venezuela1986
    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, CassetteA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – 24 0531 4 Y, EMI – 1A 262 24 0531 4Europe1986Europe1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, CassetteA Kind Of Magic
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    Capitol Records – 4XAS-12476US1986US1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, CDA Kind Of Magic
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986-06-00, CDA Kind Of Magic
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – 32 451-7Germany1986Germany1986
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    CT (2) – CT - 4230Poland1986Poland1986
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    EMI – EMCJ(B) 2405311South Africa1986South Africa1986
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    Cover of A Kind Of Magic, 1986, VinylA Kind Of Magic
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    EMI – 24 0531 1, EMI – 2405311Portugal1986Portugal1986

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    Reviews

    • simepro's avatar
      simepro
      I bought this record after hearing the Boxset. I was looking for an English copy as in England copy.

      Reluctantly I picked this copy up as I saw this in a Japan LP shop. I bought this clearly on the basis of the reviews given here.

      And man, thank you to all of this.

      This is amazing!!!!!!

      The sonics are 11/10.

      Buy this.

      No regrets. Probably it has the same stamper of the UK cut.

      Fabulous copy.
      • Kirky70's avatar
        Kirky70
        Edited 17 days ago
        Magnificent mastering, a sense of clean air with Japanese pressings. Clear crisp dynamic and bold. Everything vinyl should be and more. Record is flat deathly quiet but also pristine in its quality of jacket and inners. If the vinyl gods smile upon you and you come across this pressing don’t hesitate!!
        • GOODGROOVECIRCLE's avatar
          Edited 2 months ago
          The bonus discs are for the most part pretty poor. Live material from already released albums is inexcusable. I know the live track here is from the Friday Wembley show but that’s not the point. Studio and demos only should be used. As for single versions? We have them!
          There’s also a jewel case version with Virgin label. This is from 2019?
          • Z0M81E's avatar
            Z0M81E
            So after repeated listening this is what I can say about it: first listen was really bad, almost unlistenable. But seeing as it is Abbey Road half speed remaster I applied what I had to do with other AR releases. First, thorough cleaning. All of them have some coating that really damages sound. After washing it, a couple spins under the needle to open up the grooves. After that it started sounding better immidiately. Just like all half speed remasters, it has too much everything. 10% lower treble and bass gave it some space and now it sounds just like it should. It should be noted, this album badly needs a remix, not a remaster. Every single version I heard suffers from same problems most noticable on gimme the prize. Very uneven mix just like the original. Hapoy now with it, but a lot of work to get it to sound right. Listened on ProJect with Ortofon OM10
            • Kirky70's avatar
              Kirky70
              This is a fantastic pressing can’t believe it’s rating so low?
              • Hydralintski's avatar
                Hydralintski
                I have one for sale if anyone is interested just pm me
                • Federico.t's avatar
                  Federico.t
                  It's hard to say what kind of album would have been next in Queen's discography after the "Works" back to formula in 1984, if the band had not the proposal to write the score for 1986's Russell Mulchay's cult movie "Highlander". Maybe another mixed offer with chart anxiety like 1980's "The game", certainly not dusting off the 70's art and pomp, but dealing with the dilemma of making personal legend meet with new pop forms and tendencies. That's the critical terroir in which a free rein Freddie had already tricked the band with the debatable 1982's "Hot space", as his lifestyle drove him closely to confuse Queen's role in music with the soundtrack of his crazy nights in clubs. To save expectations here we have the call from Mulchay, who needs a powerful, epic and larger than life music to sustain his first full-lenght feature film, in which chivalrich ideal, eternity of love and the upheavals of the last centuries of man on earth intertwine with a challange to the last decapitation between a group of immortals, till there will be only one to claim a mysterious prize. The final result, the "A kind of magic" album, is not all music from the movie but a heterogeneous collection of proper songs, part of which are featured, in different form, in the film, while the rest are, we have to say, weaker non-soundtrack picks. Furthermore the opening track is the 8 months earlier single "One vision", a vigorous rocker that quotes Martin Luther King and was written as a reply to the blitz Queen operated at Live Aid on July 13, 1985. The title track is the second big hit single by Roger Taylor after "Radio Ga Ga" and its winning features are an enthralling bass line and some gymnic lead guitar phrasings. "One Year Of Love" is a magnificient slow number by John Deacon with a minimal arrangement, held up by Mercury's stentorian commanding vocals. A pair of Deacon-Mercury whatsoever picks, the bubblegum soul of "Pain is so close to pleasure" and the accomodating anthem of "Friends will be friends" lighten a bit too much the album pretences.
                  Brian May inaugurates the best tracks bundle with the emotional "Who Wants To Live Forever", hastily written by the guitarist on the way home after having seen the movie presentation scheduled for the band. "Gimme The Prize", the antagonist's theme, changes the registry with a sonic manic tapping that opens up a tempestuous declaration of intent from the deranged movie villain, where the band performs at its all-time heaviest, with a bulky saturated sound and an hyperbolic Freddie. "Don’t Lose You Head" recalls the film thematics but actually treats about the withdrawal of the driving license at the expense of both Taylor and Deacon. The main musical feature of the movie is "Princes Of The Universe", a majestic epic conjuncture of different parts that restores early Queen's hard rock extravaganza patching it through to '80s metal. The promotion of the lp is entrusted to the Magic Tour, the last ever live concerts with Freddie. Few months later, the singer discovers to be HIV positive and develops AIDS. We can say how 1986's "A kind of magic" actually marked the end of the age of innocence for Queen. 3,5/5.
                  • Jesus__'s avatar
                    Jesus__
                    Not very good pressing. The low frequencies are inconsistent and bumpy. I would avoid this pressing.
                    • mosariot's avatar
                      mosariot
                      Just great! I have it in Mint and it sounds amazing. Open, clear, deep, warm, tight etc. And there is no need to discuss the album - it’s a masterpiece.
                      Vinyl is absolutely and dead quiet - another Japanese quality proof.
                      • duzaczarna.pl's avatar
                        duzaczarna.pl
                        i have a copy of this version if interested please write to me

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