Queen
Live Magic


2.0
poor

Review

by gblackman USER (25 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2008 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still as the album does cover different venues, other than a certain particular concert (like Live at Wembley did) it therefore still has some interesting moments.

Released a few months after their 1986 A ‘Kind of Magic Tour,’ “Live Magic” covers a mixture of some of the best moments of the tour, although the hack knack effort and the unnecessary editing down of some of the songs do make this an at times annoying experience.

A best example of this is how "Seven seas of Rhye" is performed from nowhere before it just seemingly jumps to "A Kind of Magic," instead of following "In the lap of the gods...revisited," and leading to "Tear it Up," as it had done during the tour. There are many instances when this happens.

Although, admittedly, the band do play well throughout, sadly songs like “Tie your mother down,” “Another one bites the dust,” “I want to break free,” perhaps most criminally “Bohemian Rhapsody,” "Radio ga ga," "Friends will be Friends" and “We will rock you,” have been dramatically, yet obviously cut to a shorter length. The album has less songs than were officially played at the “A Kind of Magic Tour,” and is now kind of redundant, especially since the ‘1992’ release of “Live at Wembley 1986,” which documents the entire ‘Magic Tour’ without taking any short cuts.

Still as the album does cover different venues, other than a certain particular concert (like Live at Wembley did) it therefore still has some interesting moments. For example, ‘One Vision’ is efficiently played and is much better live than it’s studio release. Also the song ‘A Kind of Magic’ performed in ‘Hungary’ behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ is an excellent performance. Other highlights include ‘Under Pressure’ and ‘Another one bites the dust,’ which are all played to their original length (Although Another one bites the dust was cut a bit in the middle section, it doesn’t ruin the overall listening experience of the song). There's also a delicate performance of 'The Works' accoustic track "Is this the world we Created."

There is nothing wrong overall with the quality of the bands playing throughout the album, and die hard ‘Queen fans’ might enjoy this, but for those unfamiliar with the band, the constant ‘short cuts,’ and obvious ‘edited out sections’ may turn out to be a major turn off.

TO CONCLUDE

Perhaps a bit redundant now thanks to the superior ‘Live at Wembley’ release, it still has some of Queen’s best live moments. But the album was made to be compressed on vinyl and the short cuts made to do so may for the listener be less forgiving than forgiving.

2/5



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marksellsuswallets
October 3rd 2008


4851 Comments


Most of these sentences are pretty awkward tbh...and even though its a live album you could have gone into just a little more detail about how the individual performances measure up to the album versions and things of that nature...

wakeupdead
October 3rd 2008


2228 Comments


It seems that you hate every Queen album except A Night At The Opera..... why would you torture yourself into listening to each and every album and review them all?

Erratic
October 3rd 2008


1120 Comments


So you gave this a score of 2 because of the editing?

Iamthe Nightstars
October 3rd 2008


2737 Comments


what's with all the Queen reviews? And why are they all negative?

gblackman
October 3rd 2008


50 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah this album is cut up all over the place. Also it is redundant now especially because of the Live at Wembley package.



It's also refered to by critics as one of the worst live albums ever made. Ok I disagree with that as I have heard worse (Led Zeppelin The Song remains the same) but I think it was more due to it being a disappointment than bad.

einsteinsbiscuit
October 3rd 2008


21 Comments


Also the song ‘A Kind of Magic’ performed in ‘Hungary’ behind the ‘Iron Curtain’


"words" fail me.

rotterdog
October 3rd 2008


489 Comments


"Still as the album does cover different venues, other than a certain particular concert (like Live at Wembley did) it therefore still has some interesting moments."

...um... what? That's your summary?

How about: "While not as good as their Live at Wembley album, this collection of live tracks contains some interesting moments due to the diversity of venues." Ok, that's not great, but... man. Read your reviews out loud before you post them.

AtavanHalen
October 4th 2008


17920 Comments


We get it. You hate Queen.
Ban plx

bastard
October 4th 2008


3432 Comments


well, my troll posing of this guy has been fun...

time to reveal the truth of his pos's!This Message Edited On 10.04.08

badtaste
October 4th 2008


824 Comments


NEEDS MOAR TRACK BY TRACK

P13
October 4th 2008


1327 Comments


Needz moar CAPITALS

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rebb
October 6th 2008


51 Comments


Bad review is bad.
Negged.

gblackman
October 24th 2008


50 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Most of these sentences are pretty awkward tbh..




Sorry about that.



and even though its a live album you could have gone into just a little more detail about how the individual performances measure up to the album versions and things of that nature...






I was thinking about that but honestly the album isn't that good. And is now redundant because of Live at Wembley.



So you gave this a score of 2 because of the editing?




LOL.



Yeah there's alot of obvious cutting of songs here. The most annoying is Bohemian Rhapsody, which skips the schlamouch section completly (yeah it was pre-recorded but still).



what's with all the Queen reviews? And why are they all negative?




Sheer Heart Attack 3/5

A night at the opera 4/5

Live Killers 3/5

The Game 3/5

Greatest Hits 5/5



There's around five positives there.







...um... what? That's your summary?







How about: "While not as good as their Live at Wembley album, this collection of live tracks contains some interesting moments due to the diversity of venues." Ok, that's not great, but... man. Read your reviews out loud before you post them.




sorry but this album isn't that interesting and is as I've already stated here and in the review redundant because of Live at Wembley.

















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