Live Magic

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Live Magic
Live album by Queen
Released 1 December 1986 (1986-12-01)
(See release history)
Recorded 11–12 July 1986 Wembley Stadium, London, UK
27 July 1986 Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary
9 August 1986 Knebworth Park, Stevenage, UK
Genre Rock
Length 47:10 (LP)
49:22 (CD)
Label EMI, Hollywood Records (US)
Producer Queen, Trip Khalaf
Queen chronology
Live Killers
(1979)
Live Magic
(1986)
Live at Wembley '86
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[3]

Live Magic is a live compilation album by British rock band Queen. It was recorded at various 1986 live shows during The Magic Tour and released on 1 December 1986. However, it was not released in the United States until August 1996. It received strong criticism by fans, due to the heavy editing of many songs. For example, the opera section was removed from "Bohemian Rhapsody", the second verse was removed from "Tie Your Mother Down", and both "Is This the World We Created...?" and "We Are the Champions" were reduced to one verse and chorus. In July 2004, Q magazine listed Live Magic as one of the top five disappointing live albums from usually great acts.[4]

Most of the performances were recorded at Knebworth Park on 9 August 1986 (the band's last ever concert with its original line-up).

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
  1. "One Vision (Knebworth)" (Queen) – 5:09
  2. "Tie Your Mother Down (Knebworth)" (May) – 2:59
  3. "Seven Seas of Rhye (Knebworth)" (Mercury) – 1:21
  4. "A Kind of Magic (Edit)" (Budapest) (Taylor) – 4:47
  5. "Under Pressure" (Budapest) (Queen, Bowie) – 3:49
  6. "Another One Bites the Dust (Edit)" (Knebworth) (Deacon) – 5:16
Side 2
  1. "I Want to Break Free" (Knebworth) (Deacon) – 2:40
  2. "Is This the World We Created...?" (Wembley) (Mercury/May) – 1:30
  3. "Bohemian Rhapsody (Edit)" (Knebworth) (Mercury) – 4:42
  4. "Hammer to Fall (Edit)" (Wembley) (May) – 4:22
  5. "Radio Ga Ga" (Knebworth) (Edit) (Taylor) – 4:27
  6. "We Will Rock You" (Knebworth) (May) – 1:33
  7. "Friends Will Be Friends" (Knebworth) (Mercury/Deacon) – 1:09
  8. "We Are the Champions" (Knebworth) (Mercury) – 2:01
  9. "God Save the Queen" (Knebworth) (Trad. arr. May) – 1:19

Release history[edit]

Country Release Date
Worldwide 1 December 1986 (1986-12-01)
United States August 1996 (1996-08)

Chart positions and sales[edit]

Country Charts Sales
Peak position Weeks Certification Sales
United Kingdom 3[5] 44[5] Platinum[6] 1.000.000
Austria 13 6 Gold 100.000
Germany 15 Gold 300.000
Netherlands 17 100.000
Italy 22 100.000
Switzerland 26 Platinum 100.000
Japan 49 100.000
Sweden 50
Argentina Gold[7] 40.000
United States 500.000


Personnel[edit]

Addtional Musicians

  • Spike Edney - keyboards, piano, guitar, backing vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Queen Live Magic review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  2. ^ Wall, Mick (11 December 1986). "Queen 'Live Magic'". Kerrang! 135. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. p. 18. 
  3. ^ "Queen: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  4. ^ "5 Disappointing Live Albums from Usually Great Acts". Q magazine. July 2004. Archived at rocklistmusic.co.uk
  5. ^ a b Queenonline.com. Live Magic.
  6. ^ BPI Certified Awards.
  7. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 

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