RELEASE
June 03, 1986
LABEL
Hollywood
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Hard Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Dance-Rock, Arena Rock, Art Rock, Album Rock

Album Review

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. [The 1991 Hollywood Records reissue appends a bonus track, an extended version of "One Vision."]
Greg Prato, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. One Visionhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004080010074449&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fone-vision%252Fid30486320%253Fi%253D30486322%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  2. A Kind of Magichttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004080010074449&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fa-kind-of-magic%252Fid30486320%253Fi%253D30486329%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  3. One Year of Lovehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004080010074449&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fone-year-of-love%252Fid30486320%253Fi%253D30486333%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  4. Pain Is So Close to Pleasurehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004080010074449&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fpain-is-so-close-to-pleasure%252Fid30486320%253Fi%253D30486337%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  5. Friends Will Be Friendshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004080010074449&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Ffriends-will-be-friends%252Fid30486320%253Fi%253D30486342%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  6. Who Wants to Live Foreverhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004080010074449&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fa-kind-of-magic%252Fid30486320%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  7. Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme)http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004080010074449&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fgimme-the-prize-kurgans-theme%252Fid30486320%253Fi%253D30486358%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  8. Don't Lose Your Headhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004080010074449&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fdont-lose-your-head%252Fid30486320%253Fi%253D30486362%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  9. Princes of the Universehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004080010074449&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fprinces-of-the-universe%252Fid30486320%253Fi%253D30486372%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  10. Foreverhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004080010074449&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fforever%252Fid30486320%253Fi%253D30486376%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  11. One Vision [Extended Vision][*]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004080010074449&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fone-vision%252Fid30486320%253Fi%253D30486380%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
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