The Story Behind The Album: A Kind of Magic

Queen’s twelfth album was released in 1986 during a renaissance for progressive rock music, with both Genesis and their former lead singer Peter Gabriel aspiring to the heights of Messrs. May, Mercury, Deacon and Taylor were delighted to return to the top of the UK chart with a Double Platinum coated bullet.

Queen, having survived for over a decade at the sharp end of the business, were now too canny to care whether they were fashionable or not. It was their appearance at the Live Aid concert held in Wembley Stadium that gave them national treasure status, exposing them to an audience outside their traditional fan base. Freddie Mercury was keen to capitalize on the moment and with the band off the road, having completed The Works touring, they assembled at Musicland Studios in Munich in September 1985 to pick up the cudgels.

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A Kind of Magic (Jun 1986)
1One Vision Play
2A Kind Of Magic Play
3One Year Of Love Play
4Pain Is So Close To Pleasure Play
5Friends Will Be Friends Play
6Who Wants To Live Forever Play
7Gimme The Prize Play
8Don't Lose Your Head Play
9Princes Of The Universe Play
Taken from 'Queen: The Studio Collection'
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