Live Magic

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Live Magic
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Live album by
Released1 December 1986 (1986-12-01)
Recorded11–12 July 1986 Wembley Stadium, London, England
27 July 1986 Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary
9 August 1986 Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England
GenreRock
Length47:10 (LP)
49:22 (CD)
LabelEMI (UK), Hollywood (US)
ProducerQueen, Trip Khalaf
Queen chronology
Live Killers
(1979)
Live Magic
(1986)
At the Beeb
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Kerrang!4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[3]

Live Magic is a live album by British rock band Queen. It was recorded at various live shows during The Magic Tour and was released on 1 December 1986. However, it was not released in the United States until August 1996. It received strong criticism from fans, due to the heavy editing of many songs. For example, the opera section was removed from "Bohemian Rhapsody", the second verse and chorus were removed from "Tie Your Mother Down", and "Is This the World We Created...?", "We Will Rock You" 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, which marks the band's final ever concert with its original line-up.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."One Vision" (Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England; 9 August, 1986)Queen5:09
2."Tie Your Mother Down" (Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England; 9 August, 1986)Brian May2:59
3."Seven Seas of Rhye" (Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England; 9 August; 1986)Freddie Mercury1:21
4."A Kind of Magic" (Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary; 27 July; 1986)Roger Taylor5:29
5."Under Pressure" (Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary; 27 July; 1986)Queen, David Bowie3:49
6."Another One Bites the Dust" (Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England; 9 August; 1986)John Deacon5:51
7."I Want to Break Free" (Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England; 9 August; 1986)Deacon2:40
8."Is This the World We Created...?" (Wembley Stadium, London, England; 11 July; 1986)Mercury/May1:30
9."Bohemian Rhapsody" (Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England; 9 August; 1986)Mercury4:42
10."Hammer to Fall" (Wembley Stadium, London, England; 12 July; 1986)May5:20
11."Radio Ga Ga" (Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England; 9 August; 1986)Taylor4:27
12."We Will Rock You" (Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England; 9 August; 1986)May1:33
13."Friends Will Be Friends" (Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England; 9 August; 1986)Mercury/Deacon1:09
14."We Are the Champions" (Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England; 9 August; 1986)Mercury2:01
15."God Save the Queen" (Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England; 9 August; 1986)Trad. arr. May1:19
Total length:49:19

Release history[edit]

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

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[5] Gold 30,000^
Germany (BVMI)[6] Gold 250,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[7] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[8] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Platinum 300,000^

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

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Queen Live Magic review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  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 11 June 2012.
  4. ^ "5 Disappointing Live Albums from Usually Great Acts". Q magazine. July 2004. Archived at rocklistmusic.co.uk
  5. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Queen; 'Live Magic')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  7. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  8. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Queen; 'Live Magic')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Queen – Live Magic". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 September 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Live Magic in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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