- Vinyl (8 February 2019)
- Original Release Date: 22 February 2019
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Virgin EMI Records
- ASIN: B00RY33V02
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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For the first time ever audio tracks from Queen's legendary performance at Live Aid are being released as part of the soundtrack album to "Bohemian Rhapsody", 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises’ feature film celebrating the band, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Recorded at the historic Wembley concert in July 1985, these Live Aid songs are among the rare gems and unheard versions from the band’s rich catalogue.
Alongside the show-stopping Live Aid performances of Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Hammer To Fall and We Are The Champions, the album features other rare live tracks spanning Queen's entire career, new versions of old favourites, and a choice selection of the band's finest studio recordings.
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I was into Queen from the very beginning and still think their first 2 albums are a couple of the best hard rock albums of all time. Then they lost me when their music started to become increasingly kitschy and cabaret. I still thought it was well done but it was no longer to my taste. The band was by then mostly a vehicle for Freddy Mercury's campy musical vision, although the vastly underrated Brian May did contribute some of their best music, and John Deacon (the George Harrison of Queen), was able to produce a couple of huge hits through sheer perseverance as the odd man out.
I haven't seen the film but from what I've read I think that Sasha Baron Cohen was more on the right track with his more raw version of the film than the band members (May and Taylor) who allegedly wanted to whitewash certain grim truths about Freddy's double lives. I understand that they wanted to respect his legacy, but the circumstances surrounding his death are a huge part of that legacy. The fact that he was gay is of no consequence to me. Freddy was one of the greatest of all time - period, and it was certainly his right to remain secretive up to his death. However, I thought it was sad that he left no cautionary statements about dangerous, irresponsiblesexual behavior in an age when AIDS was already rampant but still misunderstood. I will eventually see the film and I hope my mind will be changed about their version of the band's history. I really want to like it.
But this CD release is all about a lot of great music that the band left behind. I haven't had much interest in the band's various incarnations since then but they are right to continue to perform their music. I think May and Taylor are still "Queen" in the same sense that Daltrey and Townshend are still "The Who" or Lynyrd Skynyrd or any other classic band with 1 or 2 original member. Maybe legally but not really...
The CD is long with 22 tracks. The feature that the label is pushing the most is that Queen's Live Aid set is included for the first time officially on a Queen album. They omitted Crazy Little Thing Called Love and We Will Rock You, but WWRY was already featured here in live form already. It sounds really good, much fuller than those old YouTube videos. Maybe they worked on it, adding some things to give it more body. I really don't miss Crazy Little Thing Called Love live, as I don't think it works well for Queen when they perform it live.
They included another three live tracks, one which has never been officially released, Fat Bottomed Girls from their 1979 European tour.
The rest of the tracks are from the 2011 remaster series. So while this is more or less a rehash, it is a bunch more exciting, and its Queen.
Bohemian Rhapsody is definitely a sampler of what made Queen's music so special in the hearts of so many rock fanatics. The songs are definitely worthwhile checking out, and showcases a new appreciation to what Queen was really all about, rocking the world in a way that blew the roofs off of headbangers everywhere. The songs today still stand the test of time, and the soundtrack does leave a few new tricks for hard core fans to desire the soundtrack. The classic Queen songs have been remastered well, and the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack does have a few tricks p its sleeve for the hard core Queen fan. There are the classic songs that drove with Queen, Another One Bites The Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You and their first breakout hit, Killer Queen. Yet, it really is the collection of songs that was taken from Queen's performance at 1985's Live Aid that definitely steals the spotlight on the album. Hearing the medley of driven and hard rock classics is all that die hard Queen fans would desire. The live cut that features songs like Radio Ga Ga and their classic We Are The Champions is what really sells on the soundtrack. Yet, with all the highs, there were a few missed moments for the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack. I do wish though that there could've been a few more Queen songs to be included here like Bicycle Race and the original recording of We Are The Champions. That could've definitely been up at the peak the way the British champions had marked their legacy.
Nevertheless, despite a few missed songs here & there, Bohemian Rhapsody is definitely one of the few soundtracks that is absolutely worth checking out in a long while. It really is a great buy, especially if you are tired of hearing the same overdone songs from recent movies like The Greatest Showman and Frozen. If you are a hard core fan of Queen, than you'll definitely want to go back in time and relive the shining vocals of Freddie Mercury and the tales that made Queen want you to break free. If you are new to Queen, I also suggest you buy the album first, than see the film if possible. I feel in love with the shining rock songs all over again, and I know that this is one soundtrack you shouldn't walk away from buying.
Album Cover: B+
Songs: B 1/2+
Remastering & Mastering: B 1/2+
Overall: B 1/2+