Bohemian Rhapsody [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Bohemian Rhapsody [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Queen

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Overview

The soundtrack to the 2018 Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody offers a fittingly cinematic portrait of the iconic rock band, built around a handful of the group's most well-known songs, including live versions and several tracks reworked specifically for the film. As a souvenir of the movie, the soundtrack works especially well. Opening with guitarist Brian May's arrangement of the "20th Century Fox Fanfare," and showcasing his distinctive searing guitar leads, it perfectly sets the tone for telling Queen and Freddie Mercury's story on the big screen. Here we get such beloved classics as "Somebody to Love," "Killer Queen," "Another One Bites the Dust," and "Under Pressure." Elsewhere, the soundtrack leans heavily on live performances, especially those culled from the group's dynamic appearance at 1985's Live Aid benefit concert. This is especially poignant as the show marked a resurgence in interest in the group, just as Mercury was beginning to lose his battle with AIDS. Similarly, we also get earlier live versions of songs like "Keep Yourself Alive" from 1974's Live at the Rainbow, "Fat Bottomed Girls" from 1979's Live in Paris, and "Now I'm Here" from 1975's Live at Hammersmith Odeon. Also compelling are the few songs specifically reworked for the film, including "Doing All Right," a song from the band's self-titled debut that May and drummer Roger Taylor originated in their proto-Queen band Smile, and their studio-to-live mix of "We Will Rock You." A thoughtfully curated soundtrack, Bohemian Rhapsody offers a compelling narrative of Queen's storied arc into rock legend.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2018
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0050087404079
catalogNumber: 002984302
Rank: 13

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Queen   Primary Artist
David Bowie   Keyboards,Vocals
Freddie Mercury   Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Brian May   Guitar,Vocals,Group
John Deacon   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Spike Edney   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Fred Mandel   Synthesizer
Tim Staffell   Bass Guitar,Vocals
John Warhurst   Sounds
Roger Taylor   Drums,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer,Producer
Freddie Mercury   Composer
Queen   Composer,Producer
Michael Kamen   Orchestral Arrangements
Brian May   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Roy Thomas Baker   Producer
John Deacon   Composer
Tim Staffell   Composer
Alfred Newman   Composer
Justin Shirley-Smith   Producer,Additional Production
David Richards   Producer
Kris Fredriksson   Producer,Additional Production
Joshua J. MacRae   Producer,Additional Production
Roger Taylor   Composer,Producer
Reinhold Mack   Producer

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Bohemian Rhapsody [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a Queen fan with various versions of Greatest Hits LPs and a variety of Queen CDs, I was hoping that this soundtrack wouldn't duplicate what I had. It does not. 4th album side is all of the Live Aid Queen from 1985. The other 3 sides have a variety of different content, remastered classics from 2011 as well as live tracks and a couple of tracks from Smile (pre-Queen). Vinyl is great, thick quality stuff. Well pressed with no noise. For any Queen fan, new or old, this one is well worth owning. And yes, the tracks are Queen, not Rami Malek and the actors from the movie...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago