Flash Gordon (soundtrack)

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Flash Gordon
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Soundtrack album by
Released8 December 1980
RecordedFebruary–March; October–November 1980
StudioThe Town House, the Music Center, and Advision, West London
Length35:11 (LP and Remastered 2011 CD)
41:54 (1991 Hollywood Records Reissue CD)
Queen chronology
The Game
Flash Gordon
Greatest Hits
Singles from Flash Gordon
  1. "Flash"
    Released: 24 November 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
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]
Smash Hits2/10[7]
Uncut3/5 stars[8]

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 on 27 January 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 number 10 on the UK charts and number 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.[9][10] The reissue adds an EP of related tracks.

Unlike most soundtrack albums, audio from the film is prominently used in the theme song and the score selections of the album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are instrumental unless noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Flash's Theme"Brian MayFreddie Mercury, May3:31
2."In the Space Capsule (The Love Theme)"Roger Taylor 2:43
3."Ming's Theme (In the Court of Ming the Merciless)"Freddie Mercury 2:41
4."The Ring (Hypnotic Seduction of Dale)"Mercury 0:57
5."Football Fight"Mercury 1:28
6."In the Death Cell (Love Theme Reprise)"Taylor 2:25
7."Execution of Flash"John Deacon 1:06
8."The Kiss (Aura Resurrects Flash)"Mercury, Howard Blake 1:45
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
9."Arboria (Planet of the Tree Men)" (listed as "Man" on the 1982 US LP, 5E-518-B)Deacon 1:42
10."Escape from the Swamp"Taylor 1:43
11."Flash to the Rescue"MayMercury2:44
12."Vultan's Theme (Attack of the Hawk Men)"Mercury 1:13
13."Battle Theme"May 2:18
14."The Wedding March" (based on "Bridal Chorus")Richard Wagner, arr. May 0:56
15."Marriage of Dale and Ming (And Flash Approaching)"May, TaylorMercury2:04
16."Crash Dive on Mingo City"May 1:00
17."Flash's Theme Reprise (Victory Celebrations)"MayMercury, May1:24
18."The Hero"May, BlakeMercury3:31
Total length:35:11
Bonus track (1991 Hollywood Records CD reissue)
19."Flash's Theme" (1991 remix by Mista Lawnge, 9.5)May6:43
Total length:41:54
Disc 2: Bonus EP (2011 Universal Music CD reissue)
1."Flash" (Single Version)May2:48
2."The Hero" (October 1980... Revisited)May2:55
3."The Kiss" (Early Version, March 1980)Mercury1:11
4."Football Fight" (Early version, no synths! – February 1980)Mercury1:55
5."Flash" (Live at the Montreal Forum, November 1981)May2:12
6."The Hero" (Live at the Montreal Forum, November 1981)May1:48
Total length:12:49
Bonus videos (2011 iTunes deluxe edition)
7."Flash/The Hero" (live at Morumbi Stadium, Sao Paulo, March 1981[11])May3:28
8."Flash" (Alternative Promo Video)May3:17
9."Flash" (Vanguard Mix Promo Video)May3:17
Total length:22:11



Additional personnel


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1980–81) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[15] 29
Austrian Albums Chart[16] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[17] 10
Dutch Albums Chart[18] 7
German Albums Chart[19] 2
Norwegian Albums Chart[20] 25
Swedish Albums Chart[21] 29
UK Albums Chart[22] 10
US Billboard 200[23] 23


Chart (1981) Position
Austrian Albums Chart[24] 13
German Albums Chart[25] 15


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Poland (ZPAV)[26] Platinum 20,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Gold 100,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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