Las Palabras de Amor
|"Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love)"|
|Single by Queen|
|from the album Hot Space|
|Released||1 June 1982|
|Format||Vinyl record (7")|
|Recorded||1981 – 1982|
|Producer(s)||Queen and Reinhold Mack|
|Queen singles chronology|
"Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love)" is a rock ballad by the British rock band Queen. It was released as the third single from their 1982 album Hot Space. It is sung mostly in English, but with several Spanish phrases. Written by guitarist Brian May, the song proved more popular in the United Kingdom than their previous single ("Body Language"), reaching #17 in the UK Singles Chart.
The song's lyrics were written by guitarist Brian May. Vocals were provided by lead singer Freddie Mercury with May on the high harmony vocal. The song was inspired by the band's close relationship with their Latin American fans. It marked the band's final studio appearance on Top of the Pops (having previously appeared to promote "Seven Seas of Rhye", "Killer Queen", "Now I'm Here" and "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" respectively). For this mimed performance May is seen playing a grand piano as well as his guitar and, on the recording, he plays both piano and synths in addition to acoustic and electric guitars. May also sang lead vocals for the harmonized line "this night and evermore" throughout the song. At one point Mercury is seen miming incorrect words.
During the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992, this was the third song of the second half, performed by Zucchero and Queen. In Queen + Paul Rodgers Rock The Cosmos-tour 2008 it was played in the Spanish speaking countries, sung by May.
The baby's face image of the single's cover would reappear on The Cross single for their song "New Dark Ages".
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- Freddie Mercury - lead and backing vocals
- Brian May - electric and 12-string acoustic guitars, synthesizer, piano, backing vocals
- Roger Taylor - drums, backing vocals
- John Deacon - bass
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. London: Guinness World Records Limited
- Palabras De Amor Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love) Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 5 July 2011
- The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love) Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 5 July 2011
- "The Queen Album". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
- Official YouTube videos: original music video, at Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (with Zucchero)
- Lyrics at Queen official website: album version, version from Greatest Hits III
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