Live Magic

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Live Magic
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Live album by Queen
Released 1 December 1986 (1986-12-01)
Recorded 11–12 July 1986 Wembley Stadium, London, England
27 July 1986 Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary
9 August 1986 Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England
Genre Rock
Length 47:10 (LP)
49:22 (CD)
Label EMI (UK), Hollywood (US)
Producer Queen, Trip Khalaf
Queen chronology
Live Killers
(1979)Live Killers1979
Live Magic
At the Beeb
(1989)At the Beeb1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
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]

Side 1
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
Side 2
7."I Want to Break Free" (Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England; 9 August; 1986)John 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

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



  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
  5. ^ a b 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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