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Queen are one of the biggest bands in Rock History and their music has influenced countless bands. The album was their fifteenth studio release and was the final album with the original lineup of Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May and John Deacon. With the deterioration of lead singer Mercury due to Aids the album was recorded in a much different way from Queen's other studio albums. In early 1991, months before his AIDS-related death, vocalist Freddie Mercury recorded as many vocals as he could. The rest of the band then added music to complete the tracks at a later date. These methods resulted in one of the most poignant albums of the decade.
**Made in Heaven**
Made in Heaven features rare lead vocals from Drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May on the track "Let Me Live". The album has sold an incredible 20m copies worldwide and in doing so it remains one of the biggest selling albums of the 90s. The complete album also featured unreleased tracks that had been previously completed. The final album was released on 6th November 1995 after the majority of work had been completed by early 1995. The album was released on CD, Vinyl and Cassette and the CD featured a bonus instrumental hidden track to end on.
1.) It's a beautiful day
This is one of the older moments of Freddie Mercury, this track was made from a piano piece which Mercury recorded back in 1980. It's a lovely classical piece which John Deacon added to with a lovely orchestral part and the rock sound of the drums cymbals from Taylor and Guitar from Brian May really adds to the overall feel of this short but very effective track. There's some lovely classical keyboard tones from Deacon which compliments the overall feel.
2.) Made In Heaven
This is an excellent ballad with lead vocals from Freddie Mercury, his vocals were still very good and very emotive. The version on this album was altered from the previous version which appeared on one of Freddie Mercury's solo album "Mr Bad Guy". In the reworking it was given a much more Queen like sound and this is one of the top songs on the album which again features a lovely Gospel choir sound in the background before a fine solo from Brian May tops things off. Lovely stuff.
3.) Let Me Live
This is a fantastic rock ballad which opens with a Gospel tinged part with heartfelt vocals, this is one of the most touching tracks on the album and is one of the few where you get to hear the very strong vocals of Brian May and particularly Roger Taylor. The track talks a lot about Mercury's impending death through Aids and his pleads to live. This is a very touching track which is given extra gravitas thanks to the wonderful sound of the Gospel choir. An excellent track.
4.) Mother Love
This was the last May-Mercury collaboration, It's also the final vocal performance Mercury ever did and the vocals are incredibly haunting. Due to the disease Mercury couldn't complete the vocals so May sings the final verse, this makes the song all the more poignant than it already is. The guitar is understated yet achingly emotive and the overall feel of the song is very somber. The song features a sample from a live sing along session recorded at Queen's famous 1986 concert at Wembley Stadium.
5.) My Life Has Been Saved
This one was started as an acoustic track by John Deacon, the song was reworked from the previous version with Deacon playing additional guitar with Brian May as well as his Bass Guitar. The vocals are taken from the original acoustic version. The track was produced by David Richards. This is another very strong song which although not that long it gets across the emotion of the song quickly and is a rather pleasant track all round.
6.) I Was Born to Love You
This track was originally recorded as a late addition for Freddie Mercury's solo album Mr Bad Guy. It features strong rock vocals from Mercury and has that fine Queen rock sound. The song was remixed for this album by the other members of Queen who each played their respective parts. This is a perfect example of their fine Rock. Some superb guitar work from Brian May and the unmistakable vocal harmonies of the group are there too. Good stuff.
7.) Heaven For Everyone
This is one of my favourite Queen songs, It's a lovely Roger Taylor ballad, Mercury's vocals are gentle and emotive and as the music develops you feel the catchy nature of the beat and as the gentle vocals and guitar pin you in you find yourself just listening. The track was originally done in Roger Taylor's band "The Cross" and I must say that The Queen version is much better. Brian May plays a fine guitar solo towards the end that brings the track to another level. Excellent.
8.) Too Much Love Will Kill You
Another of my favourite Queen songs here, This is a beautiful ballad about how you can feel after a relationship ends but you still love them. The vocals by Freddie Mercury are absolutely terrific and combine with the gentle piano and other instrumentation to create a wonderful track. This is another track which features a fabulous guitar solo from Brian May which just tops things off wonderfully and leaves you in no doubt of the talent of the band and not just the obvious talent of Freddie Mercury.
9.) You don't fool me
This is an excellently catchy track which reminds me a little of Pink Floyd's final album The Division Bell which was released in 1994. I make the connection due to the similar use of electronic sounds. This was one of the last tracks recorded for Made in Heaven, It came about from David Richards work piecing bits of vocals together and then he brought it to the rest of the band who then added their instruments to it and what you hear is the final version of the track. One of the more catchy tracks on the album. Excellent stuff.
10.) A Winters Tale
A Winter's Tale" is a ballad written and composed by Freddie Mercury at his apartment in Montreux, Switzerland. This was the final track he ever composed by himself and It is the only song in Queen's history to have been recorded and released with Freddie Mercury conducting the vocals prior to music being completed. It's a lovely Christmas like track with some excellent guitar from Brian May and some enchanting vocals from Mercury. Good stuff.
11.) It's a Beautiful Day (Reprise).
This is a reprise of the opening track and it opens up just like the first version before becoming a heavier rock version of it. Roger Taylor's drums crash in and then the guitar work from Brian May soon joins in. This is another very catchy up tempo rock track which is a worthy addition to the original "It's a Beautiful Day". There's a lovely piano part to show you that singing wasn't the only thing Freddie Mercury was great at. This is a great reprise.
12.) Yeah Yeah Yeah
This is an odd four second track which is an interlude to the final bonus track. Freddie sings a short "Yeah". and then the track is over.
13.) Untitled hidden track.
This track is 22 and a half minutes long and was an experiment by producer David Richards. The track was made using an Ensoniq ASR-10 sampler. the track was made using opening chords of 'It's a Beautiful Day' and making them loop, and then adding Mercury's voice through strange echoes. Brian May and Rger Taylor also added some ideas to the track. This track is only available on the CD edition of the album and the aforementioned promo cassettes. The music changes throughout the duration and gives a lovely instrumental feel.
This album is a must for any Queen fan, there are some exceptionally good tracks here and all the more so given just how Ill Freddie Mercury was at the time. This album shows what Queen as a band were capable of and that their talents were went well beyond just the lead singer Freddie Mercury. John Deacon, Brian May and Roger Taylor are all damn good musicians and David Richards did a great job on production too. The result is a fine album of songs to remember the original band by. This is not your typical final album, It's superb with some songs right up there with the best of the bands career.
Released in 1995, 4 years after the death of Freddie Mercury, Made in Heaven is without doubt my favourite Queen album. Strange really because the sound isn't of Queen of old. Made in Heaven and I Was Born To Love You are actually re -recorded versions from Freddies solo album and actually sound much better than their original versions. Heaven for Everyone was actually written for Rogers band The Cross but turned into a Queen song. There does exist an alternative version of Heaven for Everyone with Roger singing a few lines which i particularly enjoy. Too Much Love Will Kill You was actually written by Brian and performed at the tribute concert in 1992. He included it on his album Back to the Light and released it as a single. Brians version and the Queen version are very different. Brians is more piano and acoustic based but the Queen version is more rocky and fully shows off Freddies great voice. A Winters Tale is a lovely little ballad with Freddie basically describing winter but beautifully sung. You don't fool me was actually discarded from the Hot Space album of 1981 but it's brought back to life on this album. It's a very disco song with a thumping bass line and a brilliant guitar solo in the middle. Let me live is a very un-Queen song with all 3 members singing a verse each and all of them along with a choir coming together to perform a powerful ending. Mother Love is without doubt the most poignant song on the album. Written by Brian, it's about returning to the womb and was the last song sung by Freddie. Unfortunately he was unable to complete it and Brian sings the last verse, my favourite song on the album. It's a beautiful day starts and finishes the album, just a little number which is soft at the start and the second version at the end is more rocky. A must have for all Queen fans.
Queen's final "proper" album (as opposed to the constant re-releases of old hits they now rely on) was released after Freddie Mercury's death and proves a fitting tribute to the great showman. Initially, many fans expressed their displeasure, since it is so different to most previous Queen albums. The heavier, more rock-orientated songs are mostly gone, replaced with a more reflective, nostalgic, almost morose tone. This sense of sadness, of something passing reflects the fact that, for long term Queen fans, this really was the end of an era. After this, there would be no more Mercury-fronted albums.
This shift in tone was not to the taste of many. This is an album of stark contrasts with incredibly bright and optimistic tracks followed by darker, more melancholic ones. It's too easy to read too much into this album, but it perhaps reflects the conflicting emotions the band must have felt at the time feelings of happiness (at being able to produce one last album) mixed with sadness and regret Yet don't fall into the trap of dismissing it too readily because if you give it a chance, Made in Heaven reveals itself to be rewarding and poignant album and a fitting tribute to Mercury's career.
Mercury's increasing frailty is sometimes sadly obvious on this album. His voice, although still strong, has lost some of its power and he occasionally struggles to hit the high notes - something which never happened in his pomp. This adds to the sense of melancholy; the feeling that a star is fading, an era passing. There's another sign of Mercury's weakness too in that the work is more evenly distributed. Brian May and Roger Taylor contribute far more as lead vocalists than previous Queen album, whilst instrumental sections are longer and more frequent. This doesn't make them bad songs, just different; and if you can accept these necessary changes, then Made in Heaven is still a fantastic album.
It's a Beautiful Day
Not to be confused with the U2 song, the opening track speaks of hope and optimism, with bright, defiant lyrics and strong tune. You can probably read too much into the lyrics, but to me, they always speak of someone who, facing death, appreciates every extra day of life. Mercury's voice might not quite soar up to top notes of the song as effortlessly as it once did, but it's still a fantastic song. There's some impressive piano work accompanying it and the only real complaint is that the song probably fades a little towards the end.
Made in Heaven
In many ways, this is one of the more typical Queen songs on the album. There's a pretty jaunty tune that you can sing along to, but it's the lyrics that really make it. Both optimistic and helpless at the same time, they are poignant and powerful. Not a Queen classic by any means, but a great song.
Let Me Live
Another of the more traditional Queen songs on the album it once again shows their ability to play around with different styles. This song has a quasi-Gospel feel to it with rhythms and a chorus inspired by that style. As such, it makes it a very easy one to sing along to, thanks to its catchy tune. The sharing of vocal duties on this song might be the result of necessity, but it actually works very well, introducing some variety in each verse.
Try listening to this one without "getting something in your eye" A deeply poignant song, full of despair and regret (probably reflecting Mercury's own sometimes difficult relationships with his parents). The lyrics speak of the strong bond between mothers and sons and how the pain of one affects the other. The tune, whilst simple, is effective, like the lyrics, rather downbeat and melancholy. Much of the song has a very sad, almost painful tone but the final verse (sung by May) speaks of hope and happiness. The closing strains (featuring brief snippets from early Queen songs and concerts) are deeply poignant.
I Was Born to Love You
The closest thing the album has to a fast-paced rock song (possibly because it's actually dusted off from an earlier Mercury solo album), this is easily the most upbeat song in terms of lyrics, music and tempo. A clearly exuberant Mercury provides most of the vocals, which makes it feel like a far more traditional Queen song and allows May and Taylor to slip back into their traditional roles, providing some great instrument work. Ironically, although this is the most Queen-like song on the album, it actually feels a little out of place here, as its tone and pace are so different.
Heaven for Everyone
A great little song which you need to listen to a few times before you appreciate how good it really is. On face value, it's a simple little song with a simplistic "wouldn't it be nice if everyone was nice" message. In fact, it goes back to the glory days of Queen when they messed around with different styles to fool their listeners. Gentle verses contrast with a strident, pompous middle section and chorus, although it's slightly regrettable that, once again, the song fades out in a disappointing way.
Too Much Love Will Kill You
Tactless or poignant? You decide. Possibly the closest thing to a ballad/love song on the album, for me it packs a poignant punch with lyrics which can easily be read as talking about Mercury's own love life and his struggle with AIDS. The lyrics and tune are reminiscent of the earlier "Love of my Life" and share that song's same sing-along value with a catchy tune and heartfelt lyrics. In some ways, this song is slightly ill-suited to Mercury's voice and I actually prefer the Brian May version (released on his solo album Back to the Light) but it's still a track I play time and time again.
You Don't Fool Me
Easily the weakest song with superficial lyrics and a dull, repetitive tune that never really gets going. It showcases none of the band's inventiveness, originality or musical ability and has the word "generic" written all over it. One of the few songs where I'm tempted to hit the "Skip Track" button.
A Winter's Tale
A rather low-key ending, obviously intended as a book-end piece to the opening track. Once again, it speaks of the joy of life; yet there is a slightly leaden, turgid feel to both lyrics and tune and, like the previous track, I feel it never really gets going or raises any real emotion. It always strikes me as slightly twee, as though it's trying to pull on the heart-strings; something which the other tracks achieve without really trying. By this point, Mercury is clearly struggling and there are several sections where his voice nearly gives out - something previously unthinkable. If A Winter's Tale demonstrates anything, it's how much the once great star has been dimmed by illness.
The album actually ends with a massively extended (20 minute plus) reprise of the opening track. In reality, after about two minutes, it just becomes surreal and all but the most ardent of Queen fans will hit "Stop" long before it ever reaches its climax.
So; is Queen's final, post-Mercury album a cash-in or (as some have suggested) a tribute? Tonally, it's a million miles away from pretty much any other Queen album. Downbeat and deeply reflective, it is simply too different for some fans to stomach. Whilst it might not be up there with the very best Queen albums, it is far superior to some of their more commercially-oriented outings, such as The Miracle. Different it might be, but this is a fitting end to a great group and a suitable tribute to a great singer and showman.
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Made in heaven is the last album by Queen. The album was released in 1995, 4 years after the sad passing of the bands front man Freddie Mercury. Before his passing, Freddie laid down several hours of vocals for the band to use in a fine album, stating "Get me to sing anything, write me anything and I will sing it and I will leave you as much as I possibly can Use this how you will". The album was finished of by the remaining band members adding extra lyrics and instrumentation at their recording studio in Montreux, Switzerland.
The album shot to No1 around the globe when it was released in November 1995 going 4x Platinum in the UK.
The album cover has a picture of the statue of Freddie that has been placed in Montreux by the sea.
The album like Innuendo is very emosinal as you know the vocals were sung by a dying man. The vocals however are as strong and crisp as always, dispite the illness Freddie was facing.
Some of the songs on the album we originally on Freddies solo album Mr Bad Guy. These were reworked by the band an included on this album. Tracks are I We Born To Love You & Made In Heaven
The Albums tracks are all winners in my opinion even the very last song which is a massive 22:32 Minutes long. This "Untitled" Hidden Track is a relaxing colaboration of music, Vocals and sounds. Strange but nice.
Mother Love and Made in heaven are my favourts of this Album. They really show the Band for what they were. A bunch of Best friends that love music and can really rock.
This is a beautiful album and I am so glad Freddie was able to lay down some vocals to make it. It is a CD to remember the greatest frontman of all time by. Please go out and get this album is you are concidering it. You will not be disapointed.
Some of the songs here are possibly not as well known to many people, but there are some real gems on this album which was Queen's fifteenth and went on to go quadruple platinum in the UK.
The album was released in 1995 four years after the death of lead singer Freddie Mercury, and much of the album was pieced together by the rest of the band after his death. Indeed a lot of criticism is levied at this album as it reuses a lot of previous material and is seen as merely being a tribute to the great Freddie Mercury, but I feel that there are some excellent songs that stand up on their own.
Too much love will kill you is a song written and initially performed by Bryan May, however on this album we hear the true power and range of Freddie's voice in a very poignant and beautiful version of the song. Heaven for everyone and Let me live show the versatility of Queen and are pure Queen in the sense of the amazing vocal harmonies and grandeur.
Many of the songs are very emotionally charged even some more bizarre tracks such as mother love and you don't fool me, this emotion especially heightened if we consider that Freddie was near death when many of his parts were recorded for this album.
This is definitely a worthy buy overall despite the criticisms.
It's A Beautiful Day
Made In Heaven
Let Me Live
My Life Has Been Saved
I Was Born To Love You
Heaven For Everyone
Too Much Love Will Kill You
You Don't Fool Me
It's a beautiful day (reprise)
This album appeared late in 1995 almost 4 years to the day after the death of Freddie Mercury. At first glance it soon becomes apparent that this album can be split quite neatly into two sections, new Queen tracks and re-workings of old material. The reasons for this are clear, having released both 'The Miracle' and 'Innuendo' albums while on what was later described as borrowed time Mercury just didn't have enough time left to finish a last album. The new songs on 'Made in Heaven' all come out of Freddie's insistence that he wanted to work right up until it was physically impossible to sing, this in mind he had gone back into the studio to put down as much stuff as possible after the completion of 'Innuendo' knowing that he was never going to get to finish the majority of it. These facts alone lend the whole album a sombre air which is rarely in fact the mood of the actual music. The fact that somehow out of all this Queen have managed to produce one of their best works is a tribute to both Mercury's spirit and the remaining members commitment to quality over any cynical tear seeking. The album opens up with 'Its A Beautiful Day' which to be honest appears more of an unfinished idea, but musically its nice and seems purposefully light and happy, chirping birds and all, almost as if to say 'cheer up, its all ok' to the listener. The second track is 'Made In Heaven' this started out as a Freddie Mercury solo single from his album 'Mr Bad Guy'. Reworked here by Roger, Brian and John with a new Queen instrumental backing to Freddie's Original vocal what was an average song comes alive. Next up is one of my favourite songs from the album 'Let Me Live'. This is a new track, however, despite its sombre sounding title it is actually a finished version of a demo recorded in the late 1970's. Freddie's vocals from that demo are used and Roger a
nd Brian sing a verse each, apparently because in the original demo it had been a duet between Freddie and none other than Rod Stewart!! The track itself is a wonderful gospel tinged power ballad, think a 90's 'Somebody To Love' backed with a full choir. Beautiful! Now we come to the emotional core of the album and the track that is worth the price of the album alone! 'Mother Love' a completely new song written and recorded in the months leading up to his death, this is the one time that you hear Freddie really open up and show us the pain he is going through. The lyrics are heart breaking and show a man who is desperate for a way to return to his prime. To add to the songs already massive sense of poignancy Mercury was never able to actualy finish the full vocal as he became to weak too sing. Brian May does Freddie proud though singing the final verse fantasticly. This is all about the words and Freddies final vocal performance and as such is kept quite sparse musically but a bluesy tinge just adds to the mood and lovely guitar break just finishes off what is already a devastating package. Honestly brings tears to my eyes each and every time. The song is finished of with a number of very short samples rewinding the Queen back catalogue the last of these is a track Freddie recorded under the name Larry Lurex before the release of Queens first album. Then we hear the sound of a crying baby as the track fades out, a touch to dramatic perhaps and comes close to taking the edge of the track, but then Queen were never renowned for their subtlty. Now comes a strange choice of track, 'My Life Has Been Saved' was in fact a Queen b-side from the 'Scandal' single. Again it has been reworked a bit, but essentially a weak track to start with isn't much improved here, I would hazard a guess it was included because of the uplifting spirit of the lyrics, which are steeped in religious meaning, more than because of its q
uality. However, any momentary feeling that this is beginning to descend into a slushy mess is brought right back into check with an absolute stormer of a track! 'I Was Born To Love You' is another Freddie solo single, this time however the remaining members of Queen have taken it apart, upped the tempo, given it a life and pace that was missing in the original and produced an absolute belter of a song! Its so positive and strong and sung with the vigour of someone so alive and in love its truly breath taking. This would in my eyes have made a great first single, its power and energy would have dispelled any public and press thoughts that this whole venture was a bit morbid. This is followed by what was actually the first single 'Heaven For Everyone'. This Roger Taylor song was originally released in 1988 on 'Shove It' an album by Taylor's ill fated solo band 'The Cross'. Mercury recorded the vocals for this track as show of support for Taylor's solo efforts (Brian May did some guitar work on another track on the same album for the same reason). Its a nice pop song both lyrically and musically, Mercury's vocals are excellent and the remaining members of Queen have re-recorded the re-mixed the track to much improve on the original. My only problem with it is that its was an odd choice for first single, not being written by Freddie, and with the word 'Heaven' in the title was only going to add to the morbid feeling some people were feeling about this album before it was released. Next we come to another great song 'Too Much Love Will Kill You'. This started life as a Queen song back in the late 80's, recorded during the sessions for 'The Miracle' it was discarded at the last minute because it was co-written by people outside the group (however, very rare promo copies of 'The Miracle' exist that contain it). It was rescued by Brian May and premiered at the Freddie
Mercury tribute concert where it had a massive impact leaving barely a dry eye in the house. Brian released it on his debut solo album 'Back To The Light' and had a top 5 hit with it as well. However here on 'Made In Heaven' we get Queens original version and it still retains its spender. One thing worth pointing out is that it was not as people have assumed written about AIDS but was in fact penned by Brian during the break up of his first marriage and refers to how too much love (from two different people) can cause so much pain. Onto another completely new song 'You Don't Fool Me' this little pop number is more disco than anything else on the album and I'll be honest and say it took a while for me to get into it, everything else on the album seems to have a history or a deeper meaning and this just seems a bit shallow in comparison. However its bright fun and had the distinction of being the Queen song with the most remixes (12+) as numerous club versions appeared on single releases across Europe. This is followed by what was the Christmas single from the album 'A Winters Tale' it was accompined with 'Thank God Its Christmas' Queens only true Christmas single from 1984. A lovely ballad it sees Mercury describing the view from his Montreux room. He paints a beautiful image of a winters view across the lake on the cover of the album. Its a quiet and reflectful song, you can just imagine Mercury sat in a chair enjoying the view with all the passion of a man who knows he will never see the like of it again. The album is officially finished off with a reprise of the opening track 'Its a Beautiful Day' this version counters the cheery carefree nature of the opening version with a harder heavier edge but still has the air of being an excuse to use unfinished vocals. However, in a way that I cant explain it works, its raw its energetic and it has passion, just like the man, just like the
band. As he joyfully shouts 'No Ones Going To Stop Me Now' you come to realise, as he must have done, that no one ever will. There are two hidden tracks at the end, this first being simply Mercury singing the word 'Yeah'. I'm left to assume this may have been the last word he committed to tape or has some such meaning to the remaining members which we never, quite correctly, will find out. The last track commonly know simply as 'Track 13' is a long (20+ minute) ambient soundscape, often fading away into nothing, barely more than one small note at a time. No one really knows its meaning, its almost certainly something done after Mercury's death. But of the few theories put forward I like to believe a couple of them are true, firstly that its a musically representation of Freddie's journey to heaven and secondly it lasts so long because no-one could bring themselves to play the final Queen note. To look back at the album as a whole it certainly stands up as a Queen album on its own, ok so its not all new and fans will have heard over half of it before in various forms, but you only have to listen to the emotion running through songs like 'Mother Love' or hear the sheer joy that leaps from 'I Was Born To Love You' to realise why you have paid out for this album.
Made In Heaven is a brilliant album. It is slow and meaningful, there is not a lot of the usual Queen rock. Neverless, it is fitting as a celebration of Freddie and his life. It is very emotional and sad yet each song is individual and brilliant in its own way. Freddie wrote this just before he died, he kept his illness a secret from his fans and struggled into the studio to record this album in the last and most painful stages of his illness. The pain he was in is shown through the style and lyrics of the music. Yet it also conveys, well to me, his thanks for the life he had lived. The album is all about life, with titles such as "I Was Born To Love You" and "Let Me Live". My particular favourites are "Let Me Live", "My Life Has Been Saved", "Too Much Love Will Kill You" and "Mother Love", the song which Freddie wrote, but died before he recorded the last verse so Brian May sung it instead. All the songs on this album are extremely touching and beautiful to listen to. It is a must for any Queen fan, and an appropriate and emotional tribute to the great Freddie Mercury.
This album was completed by the three remaining members of Queen following Freddie Mercury's sad departure in 1991 and is a fine tribute to possibly the best male vocalist ever. Perhaps his lack of input at the production stage explains why this is very different to other Queen albums of the late 80's and early 90's. It is much more atmospheric and relaxing the Innuendo or The Miracle. There isn't the rock feel that came with the albums which went previously, this may disappoint some Queen fans and I must admit at first I was one of them. However on further listening I grew to enjoy the album. Too Muhc Love Will Kill You is for me the song that stands out as being great. Originally released on Brian May's solo album Back to the Light it won awards for both its music and its lyrics. My Life Has Been Saved is a more traditional Queen number and A Winter's Tale is also a great song, its lyrics help paint a picture of the scene it describes in you mind and it shows you why Mercury had one of the best voices in the music industry. Other tracks worth listening to are Let Me Live and I Was Born to Love You. We surely must congratulate Deacon, May and Taylor on this album which is a fine achievement to compose such a hit without Mercury's input, but lets face it none of them are exactly lacking in musical talent aren't they?
This is one of the best Queen albums ever..... The fact that it was released 4 years after the death of Freddie Mercury and when listening to the tracks and knowing that he recorded the tracks under a sentence of death makes it even more remarkable. Each track is sung from the heart and performed as if each was his swansong. One can only imagine how difficult it must have been for the three remaining members of the group putting the finishing touches to each track. You can hear in a few of the songs, mainly "Too much love", that the range of voice was not quite there, you can alomst hear the pain he was undoubtably suffering. A true perfectionist to the end and a fitting finale to his career. God bless you Fred!!
Although it was released in 1995, I have only recently purchased this album, and it is one of my all time favourite albums. It is a very moving tribute to Freddie Mercury, who died of aids in 1991. It contains some of Queens finest music so far, and Brian May's amazing talent shines through the whole album. His writing and playing skills are immence, and the final product is truly stunning. Mercury performs in all of the tracks, even though his vocals in certain tracks were recorded in 1987, the whole album was put together and much of it recorded after his death in the mid 1990s. This is the kind of CD that any music lover should have in their CD collection, it is a treasure.
Queen's Made in Heaven is a haunted album. Listening to a singer you know died before most of the songs on the album were complete, and who knew that would happen is a spooky experience. Even the album cover, with Freddy outlined against the Swiss sky on the front, and the rest of the band on the back speaks of imminent seperation. The music itself is excellent. Too Much Love Will Kill You is almost a power ballad, with the irony of the lyrics much to the fore. I Was Born to Love You and Heaven For Everyone are more optimistic tracks, and the overall feel of the album is not as downbeat as could perhaps be expected.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 It's A Beautiful Day
2 Made In Heaven
3 Let Me Live
4 Mother Love
5 My Life Has Been Saved
6 I Was Born To Love You
7 Heaven For Everyone
8 Too Much Love Will Kill You
9 You Don't Fool Me
10 Winter's Tale