It was their first studio album to be recorded digitally, and is based on the soundtrack to the film Highlander , directed by Russell Mulcahy. A Kind of Magic was Queen's first album to be released since they had received acclaim for their performance at Live Aid in It was an immediate hit in the UK, going straight to number one and selling , copies in its first week. It remained in the UK charts for 63 weeks,  selling about six million copies worldwide , in the UK alone. Although Queen would release another two albums with Freddie Mercury , A Kind of Magic would turn out to be his last album promoted with a concert tour , due to his diagnosis with AIDS the following year.
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For years obtaining the much sought after score and soundtrack to the original "Highlander" film was an exercise in futility. In fact, regardless of the films credits stating there was a soundtrack available, nothing was officially released. Queen's " LP "A Kind Of Magic" featured some of the songs but in different form than what was heard in the film and most of Kamen's score has never been released in the U. Now available as an "On Demand" only item, this one has it all and then some. Amazingly both artists and their music work together on the same album. It flows seamlessly and I can highly recommend fans pick up a copy. There can be only one Skip to main content. See All Buying Options.
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It only takes a minute to sign up. Did Freddie Mercury or anyone else from Queen ever comment on the finished film and what they thought of it? From an interview with the director, Russel Mulcahy
The song was written for the film Highlander , and released on the album A Kind of Magic , which also featured other selections from the Highlander song score, in In terms of musical style, the song is notable for being one of the most hard-edged tracks performed by the band, featuring a bombastic sound reminiscent of contemporary hard rock and heavy metal and vocals by Mercury akin to opera. A music video for the song, which featured Mercury sword-fighting , achieved some notoriety. The song's name comes from the original working title of the film. In the movie, the guitar solo is not present as it was not yet created.