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Queen of Heaven.
Made In Heaven - Queen
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Made In Heaven - Queen
Advantages: Queen lineup, vocals, all around
Disadvantages: Final Queen album with original lineup.
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.
Summary: Great Queen album.