A Kind of Magic Album is by Queen, the British rock group. In the United Kingdom, the twelfth studio album by the group was released on the 3rd of June 1986 under the EMI Record label, with the release in the United States by Capitol Records.
The album was produced by the members of Queen, German record producer Reinhold Mack and English producer David Richards.
The first studio album by the group to be recorded digitally, it is based on the soundtrack for Highlander, the 1986 British-American fantasy action-adventure. The film which starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown and Roxanne Hart, initially failed to become a box office hit but has gone on to be a cult amongst fans and is considered to be the film’s unofficial soundtrack. Out of the nine songs that feature on the A Kind of Magic album, six of the tracks appear in the movie, although the film versions differ from those on the record.
Once released, the A Kind of Magic album received mixed reviews in the music press, with the Rolling Stone magazine calling the album ” heavy plastic ” adding ” This band might as well put some pomp back in its rock. Its members are never going to make it as dignified elder statesmen.”
Although there were mixed reviews given at the time by critics, a more favourable review was provided later by online music guide, AllMusic ” 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.”.
The A Kind of Magic album became a successful release for the group, along with healthy worldwide sales of over six million copies, they also had four singles make the charts.
The title track, ” A Kind of Magic “, was released on the 17th of March 1986 in the United Kingdom and the 4th of June 1986 in the United States.
Written initially by Queen drummer Roger Taylor, it was later reworked by Lead singer Freddie Mercury, who took the original and came up with a new bass line and included instrumental breaks. He also rearranged the order of the song, resulting in a more chart-friendly track.
The single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 29th of March 1986 and peaked at number three. It spent six weeks in the Top Ten and eleven weeks in the Top 100.
It topped the singles chart in Spain and peaked inside the Top Ten in Ireland, Australia, Switzerland, Holland, France and Germany. In the United States, ” A Kind of Magic ” reached number forty-two on the Billboard Hot 100.
The A Kind of Magic album also had success on the charts. In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Albums Chart on the 14th of June 1986 at Number One, which it held for one week. The album spent sixteen weeks in the Top Ten and sixty-three weeks in the Top 100.
The album had chart success elsewhere, peaking at number forty-six on the Billboard 200 in the United States and making it into the Top Ten in Australia, New Zealand, Holland, France, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
Queen are a British rock group, whose line-up consisted of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
Formed in 1970 the band was initially called Smile. With a name change later that year, encouraged by Freddie Mercury, the group became Queen.
Their debut album, Queen, was released on the 13th of July 1973 under the EMI Record label in the United Kingdom, with the release in the United States by Elektra Records.
The album had success both in the United Kingdom and the United States. In the US in 1974 it peaked at number eighty-three on the Billboard 200, spending twenty-two weeks on the chart there. The Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) has certified the album Gold with sales of over 500,000 copies.
In the United Kingdom, it reached forty-seven in 1974 on the UK Albums Chart and later peaked at number twenty-four in 1975. With sales in the UK of 100,000, The British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) has certified the album Gold.
Lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, who wrote many of the group’s biggest hits, died in 1991 at his home in Kensington, London. He was just 45 years old.
In 1997 John Deacon retired, but Brian May and Roger Taylor continue to tour under the Queen name and are regularly joined by Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert as guest vocalists.
To date, Queen’s Album releases are fifteen studio, ten live albums, fifteen compilations, one soundtrack and nineteen box sets. They have also released seven Extended Plays and seventy-two singles.
As multi-award-winning recording artists, Queen has won numerous awards including four Brits, four Ivor Novello Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Estimated record sales are from 150 million to 300 million, which makes the group one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
A Kind of Magic Album Track Listing:
1. One Vision
2. A Kind Of Magic
3. One Year Of Love
4. Pain Is So Close To Pleasure
5. Friends Will Be Friends
6. Who Wants To Live Forever
7. Gimme The Prize
8. Don’t Lose Your Head
9. Princes Of The Universe
10. A Kind Of ‘A Kind Of Magic’
11. Friends Will Be Friends Will Be Friends