QueenA Kind Of Magic

Label:Virgin EMI Records – 00602547202796
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 180 Gram, Gatefold
Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:Hard Rock, Pop Rock, Arena Rock


A1One Vision
A2A Kind Of Magic
A3One Year Of Love
A4Pain Is So Close To Pleasure
Written-ByMercury*, Deacon*
A5Friends Will Be Friends
Written-ByMercury*, Deacon*
B1Who Wants To Live Forever
B2Gimme The Prize (Kurgan's Theme)
B3Don't Lose Your Head
B4Princes Of The Universe

Companies, etc.



On sleeve is mentioned with sticker: "180 Gram Heavyweight Black Vinyl" and "Half Speed Mastered" and symbol barcode "0 50087 32895 5".

All runouts are etched. Plating symbols in variant 3 are mirrored.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text on hype sticker): 6 02547 20279 6
  • Barcode (Scanned from hype sticker, UPC-A): 602547202796
  • Label Code: LC 01846
  • Rights Society: BIEM/SDRM
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 1): BF83622-01 A1 4720279 MILES ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 1): BF83622-01 B1 4720279 MILES ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 2): BF83622-01 A1 4720279 MILES ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 2): BF83622-0Ʌ B2 4720279 MILES ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 3): BF83622-01 A1 MILES ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. 4720279 1Ʌ=
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 3): BF83622-01 B2 4720279 MILES ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED. 6+Δ

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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A Kind Of Magic (LP, Album, DMM, Gatefold)EMI, EMI062 24 0531 1, 1A 062-24 0531 1Europe1986
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A Kind Of Magic (LP, Album, Gatefold)EMI074 24 0531 1Spain1986
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A Kind Of Magic (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)EMI, EMIEU 3509, 24 0531 1UK1986
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A Kind Of Magic (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)EMI64 2405311Italy1986
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A Kind Of Magic (LP, Album, Orange Translucent)EMIEMC 3509New Zealand1986



  • Z0M81E's avatar
    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
    • ziri_plays's avatar
      Edited one year ago
      Unfortunately, this pressing is VERY bright. Ludwig and co. seemed to have compressed this one to within an inch of its life. All the punch is gone and there's no dynamic range to speak of. The guitars and synths are uncomfortably ear-piercing, and the drums sound lifeless. Even the title track, which I used to love for it's punchy drums and creamy bass, suffers from a squished, FM-quality sound. I'm almost certain they outputted the digital master to the vinyl. There's no other explanation for the shrill sound, and frankly, rather unacceptable for a vinyl repress.

      It's always a bad sign when you find yourself dialling DOWN the EQ on a repress, but unfortunately, this is where my knobs were at with this record:

      HF: -1.5
      MF: -2
      LF: +2

      But, let's be honest, AKOM was never a great sounding album to start off with. It's always sounded a distinctly plastic on all formats. Perhaps this album was due for a remix...
      • deanchen72's avatar
        Like that vinyl with half speed mastering! The vinyl is clear, sound is great!
        • andre800504's avatar
          Звук, откровенно говоря, довольно паршивый. Одна из худших пластинок в коллекции. Все, что можно - завалено, все, что не надо - задрано. Надо выкручивать громкость, но тогда на выходе получается каша. Не рекомендую.
          • DeDKostet's avatar
            I bought this edition and listened to and sold it, hoping to buy the first press in a mint/nearmint state. But it turned out to be very difficult to do, I bought 3 different copies of the first press from different sellers, but the condition of their copies left much to be desired, although they claimed that their LP condition was mint, in fact, it was not true, there were sound problems (scratches, clicks, crackles). As a result, I purchased the 2015 edition, yes, I agree that the sound quality is not high, but at least LP without damage and new. I'll keep it for the collection. I rate the sound at 4-. It's better to have the 2015 LP edition in excellent condition than nothing.
            • meandorris's avatar
              I have recently had 3x copies of this (2x from Amazon UK, 1x from Fopp in Covent Garden) - all three have a few repeating clicks at the beginning of B1. Close inspection of all 3 under an LED light show 2x small scratches a millimetre or so apart on all 3 - Matrix info is - Side A: BF83622-01 A1 4720279 MILES ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED, Side B: BF83622-0Ʌ B2 4720279 MILES ABBEY ROAD 1/2 SPEED - Beware!
              • LeonTP's avatar
                Edited 5 years ago
                On first listening impressions I do have to say that Im not too impressed. I have not heard earlier presses so I cant compare but I think Bob Ludwig or the people at gateway masterings could have done a better job here. There is a big lack of presence in the music and it feels like it really needs a face lift on a lot of tracks. You have to really crank the volume to get any effect. Which might have been what they were going for. But Im not too sure. I would suggest to try an earlier press in good condition over this.

                Edit: I might have miss judged. As I mentioned you really need to crank the volume to increase the engagement of the music. And I think they actually did a good job masking the digital side with a balanced low and high end here. I would still be interested in comparing with an original but my initial reaction might have been overly negative. I play it louder than most records I own and I still think there is a lack of staging and sound separation on some tracks, but its a good purchase if you want something newly released. The pressing is otherwise quiet for being played so loudly and few pops or crackles.

                Equipment used:
                Rega RP1 with Rega Carbon Cartridge
                Cyrus 2 Amplifier
                System Fidelity SF-3050 Tower Speakers
                Custom made HQ Speaker Cables


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