Kind Of Magic



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Review Text By the release of 1986's A Kind of Magic, Queen's stature as a prominent rock band in the U.S. had slipped considerably, while in all other parts of the world (especially Europe), they remained superstar hitmakers. A Kind of Magic was their biggest album yet in England, where it reached number one, remained on the charts for 63 weeks, and spawned several hit singles -- the epic title track, the tuneful pop/rocker "Friends Will Be Friends," and one of their most haunting ballads, "Who Wants to Live Forever" (also included was the Live Aid-inspired hit anthem "One Vision," which was originally released as a single in 1985). Most of the songs were written for the movie Highlander -- "Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme)," "Princes of the Universe," the aforementioned "Who Wants to Live Forever," etc. -- but instead of issuing just a movie soundtrack, the band added a few non-movie tracks and made an official Queen release out of it. It may not have been as cohesive as some of their other albums, but A Kind of Magic was their best work in some time. Queen would embark on a sold-out tour of outdoor stadiums in Europe upon the album's release, which would sadly turn out to be their final tour. ~ Greg Prato

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CD: 1

  1. 1. One Vision - 5:08
  2. 2. Kind of Magic - 4:23
  3. 3. One Year of Love - 4:26
  4. 4. Pain Is So Close to Pleasure - 4:19
  5. 5. Friends Will Be Friends - 4:07
  6. 6. Who Wants to Live Forever - 5:13
  7. 7. Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme) - 5:32
  8. 8. Don't Lose Your Head - 5:35
  9. 9. Princes of the Universe - 4:30
  10. 10. Forever - 3:20
  11. 11. One Vision - 6:23

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