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Live Magic

Queen

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Album Review

As Queen's second live album, Live Magic might appear to be a bit unnecessary, but a closer look reveals that it's a better record than the previous Live Killers. Culled from a variety of dates from the 1986 Kind of Magic tour but concentrating on the final show at Knebworth, Live Magic captures Queen, and Freddie Mercury in particular, at the height of their powers. While the set list might rely a bit too heavily on mediocre mid-'80s material for some tastes, the band is tight and professional, and Mercury has an undeniable hold over the crowd. It's to Queen's credit that the energy rarely dips over the course of the record. Live Magic may be designed for hardcore fans, but for those listeners, it will provide a number of highlights, proving that the band's remarkable performance at Live Aid was no fluke.

Customer Reviews

Queen Live Magic

This is a great Queen live album. Its the 1986 Magic Tour [a kind of magic]. Its Live at Wembley Stadiums playlist without tutti frutti and those old time songs, over all its a great album!

A Great Live Album

All of Queen's live records are great, but this one is possibly the best. It's comprised of songs performed on the A Kind Of Magic tour, which was their last (with Freddie Mercury), and probably their best. Highly recommended if you have even the slightest interest in Queen.

What it contains is great, but it's lacking...

I'm a huge fan of Queen, arena rock, and live albums, so obviously a live Queen album would be right up my alley. The problem is, this album is far from complete, this is not in anyway iTunes' fault, that's just the way the album was released. Many of the songs are cut short (I Want to Break Free, Is this the World We Created?, Friends Will Be Friends, We Will Rock You, We are the Champions, Tie Your Mother Down, and Bohemian Rhapsody). Also, this isn't even a full setlist, this is really just a sampler of what Queen sounds like live, if you want the ENTIRE setlist with all of the full songs, get Live at Wembley Stadium, or Live at Wembley '86 (They're both the same, but Live at Wembley Stadium has better quality) The segments of songs they give you are great, but they should have put the entire song for each one. The full length songs are phenominal though. Overall, it's a nice sampler to see if you like Queen live, but if you're a big fan, skip this one and don't make the same mistake I did.

Biography

Formed: 1971 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few bands embodied the pure excess of the '70s like Queen. Embracing the exaggerated pomp of prog rock and heavy metal, as well as vaudevillian music hall, the British quartet delved deeply into camp and bombast, creating a huge, mock-operatic sound with layered guitars and overdubbed vocals. Queen's music was a bizarre yet highly accessible fusion of the macho and the fey. For years, their albums boasted the motto "no synthesizers were used on this record," signaling their allegiance with the legions...
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