The Queen Album

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The Queen Album
Elaine Paige -The Queen Album.jpg
Studio album by Elaine Paige
Released 1988
Recorded CTS Wembley, London 1988
Genre Pop, rock
Label Siren Records, Virgin Vip
Producer Mike Moran
Elaine Paige chronology
Memories: The Best of Elaine Paige
(1987)Memories: The Best of Elaine Paige1987
The Queen Album
(1988)
The Collection
(1990)The Collection1990

The Queen Album is a solo cover album of the band Queen by Elaine Paige.[1] It was released in 1988 and peaked at No. 51 in the UK in November 1988.[2] This is the only album from Paige to be released on Siren Records and distributed by Virgin Records. The album was re-issued with different artwork on CD in 1990 on Virgin VIP by Virgin Records.

Background[edit]

This is the only Paige album compiled of songs written and recorded by one composer or group. The album is a covers album of ten songs previously recorded by the rock group Queen, a favourite of Paige. The selected songs are a combination of hits and lesser-known album tracks, taken from Queen's entire back catalogue. The songs have been altered and re-styled for this recording, with classical arrangements making orchestral renditions of the original rock songs.

Production[edit]

The Queen Album is the first of a number of Paige's albums produced by Mike Moran. They would later work together on Piaf (1994) and Essential Musicals (2006), as well as a number of tracks for Centre Stage: The Very Best of Elaine Paige (2004).

The closing track, "Radio Ga Ga", which features original BBC radio fragments, taken from the BBC sound archives, was released as a single. The 3" CD single release included a bonus track, "These Are the Days of Our Lives", which was not included on the album.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (from A Night at the Opera, 1975) Freddie Mercury 5:55
2. "A Kind of Magic" (from A Kind of Magic, 1986) Roger Taylor 4:40
3. "Love of My Life" (from A Night at the Opera, 1975) Mercury 3:50
4. "My Melancholy Blues" (from News of the World, 1977) Mercury 4:02
5. "Who Wants to Live Forever" (from A Kind of Magic, 1986) Brian May 4:14
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "You Take My Breath Away" (from A Day at the Races, 1976) Mercury 4:25
7. "Las Palabras De Amor" (from Hot Space, 1982) May 4:22
8. "One Year of Love" (from A Kind of Magic, 1986) John Deacon 4:57
9. "Is This the World We Created...?" (from The Works, 1984) May, Mercury 2:25
10. "Radio Ga Ga" (from The Works, 1984) Taylor 5:20


Bonus Track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love (The Boy from...)" Mercury 2:52

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Elaine Paige - vocals
  • The New Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Richard Studt, Pat Halling - orchestra leaders
  • Mike Moran - keyboards
  • Trevor Barry - bass guitar
  • Ray Russell - guitar
  • Brett Morgan - drums
  • Skaila Kanga - harp
  • Miriam Stockley, Mae McKenna, Phil Nicholl, Leroy Osbourne, Mick Mullens - backing vocals

Production[edit]

  • Producer - Mike Moran
  • Recording Engineers - Richard 'Call Me Lucky' Dodd, Stuart Bruce
  • Assistant Engineers - Marsten Bailey, Martin Edwards, Alex Bardock

References[edit]