Flash Gordon (soundtrack)

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Flash Gordon
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Studio album / Soundtrack album by Queen
Released8 December 1980
RecordedFebruary, March, October, November 1980
StudioThe Town House, the Music Center, and Advision Studios in West London
GenreRock
Length35:01
Label
Producer
Queen chronology
The Game
(1980)
Flash Gordon
(1980)
Hot Space
(1982)
Singles from Flash Gordon
  1. "Flash"
    Released: 24 November 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune1/4 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[3]
The Guardian3/5 stars[4]
Record Mirror5/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[6]

Flash Gordon is the ninth studio album and first soundtrack album by the British rock band Queen, released on 8 December 1980 by EMI Records in the UK and in February 1981 by Elektra Records in the US. It was one of two film soundtracks that they produced along with Highlander. It is the soundtrack to the science fiction film Flash Gordon, and features lyrics on only two tracks. "Flash's Theme" was the only single to be released from the album under the title "Flash". The album reached #10 on the UK charts and #23 in the US. The album was reissued worldwide on 27 June 2011 (excluding the US and Canada, where it was released on 27 September 2011) as part of the band's 40th anniversary.[7][8] The reissue adds an EP of related tracks.

Unlike most soundtrack albums, audio from the film is prominently used in the songs.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Flash's Theme"Brian May3:30
2."In the Space Capsule (The Love Theme)"Roger Taylor2:21
3."Ming's Theme (In the Court of Ming the Merciless)"Freddie Mercury2:53
4."The Ring (Hypnotic Seduction of Dale)"Mercury0:58
5."Football Fight"Mercury1:29
6."In the Death Cell (Love Theme Reprise)"Taylor2:26
7."Execution of Flash"John Deacon1:06
8."The Kiss (Aura Resurrects Flash)"Mercury, Howard Blake1:47
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Arboria (Planet of the Tree Men)" (listed as "Man" on the 1982 US LP, 5E-518-B)Deacon1:41
2."Escape from the Swamp"Taylor1:44
3."Flash to the Rescue"May2:47
4."Vultan's Theme (Attack of the Hawk Men)"Mercury1:15
5."Battle Theme"May2:20
6."The Wedding March" ("Bridal Chorus" instrumental)Richard Wagner, arr. May0:56
7."Marriage of Dale and Ming (And Flash Approaching)"May, Taylor2:04
8."Crash Dive on Mingo City"May1:01
9."Flash's Theme Reprise (Victory Celebrations)"May1:39
10."The Hero"May, Blake3:31

Personnel[edit]

Queen

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1980–81) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart[10] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[11] 10
Dutch Albums Chart[12] 7
German Albums Chart[13] 2
Norwegian Albums Chart[14] 25
Swedish Albums Chart[15] 29
UK Albums Chart[16] 10
US Billboard 200[17] 23

Year-end[edit]

Chart (1981) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[18] 13
German Albums Chart[19] 15

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Poland (ZPAV)[20] Gold 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flash Gordon (soundtrack)". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (19 April 1992). "An 18-record, 80 Million-copy Odyssey". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 2248. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Petridis, Alexis (15 December 2011). "Queen: Jazz; The Game; Flash Gordon; Hot Space – review". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  5. ^ "1980.12.13 – Record Mirror – UK – Wham! Bam! Thank you Ma'am! - QueenCuttings.com – Welcome on board!". QueenCuttings.com. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  6. ^ "Queen: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
  7. ^ "Press Release: Second Five Albums Re-Issued on 27th June". Queen. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  8. ^ Second Set of Re-issues: Out This Week! Queen. Retrieved 7 July 2011
  9. ^ May, Brian (22 April 2003). "Jena, Lady Mercy, Playing piano on early albums, Mr Pavarotti". Letters. Retrieved 26 July 2007. Flash and The Hero (Flash Gordon) (plus organ on the WEDDING)
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Soundtrack / Queen – Flash Gordon". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  11. ^ "Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "Soundtrack / Queen – Flash Gordon". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  13. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  14. ^ Steffen Hung. "Soundtrack / Queen – Flash Gordon". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  15. ^ Steffen Hung. "Soundtrack / Queen – Flash Gordon". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  16. ^ "Queen – Flash Gordon". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  17. ^ "Queen – Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  18. ^ "Jahreshitparade 1981" (in Austrian). Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Official German Charts: Album–Year Charts 1981". Offzielle Charts. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  20. ^ "Polish album certifications – Queen – Flash Gordon" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Queen – Flash Gordon – OST". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Flash Gordon – OST in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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