One of the great rock soundtracks, Flash Gordon came about when famed movie producer Dino de Laurentis approached the band to create a soundtrack during the recording of the Game. With the ambition to do it and a sonic palette which lent itself to film, Queen promptly began working on both albums simultaneously. This edition reproduces the U. S. original vinyl release, and includes the hit (and often sampled) Flash's Theme. A platinum smash in it's original and CD releases, now restored to glorious analog 180 gram jet-black vinyl LP. Yes it's Phase II of Queen on Vinyl Collector's Edition re-issue program - every Queen studio album is to be released on vinyl LP's over the next two years. The original albums are being re-issued correct in every detail to the original releases, including inner sleeves, packaging and bonuses.
Flash Gordon was the motion picture soundtrack for the 1980 movie, released just a few months after one of Queen's most commercially successful albums, THE GAME. More synthesizer-heavy than previous releases, FLASH GORDON is comprised mostly of short instrumentals, with a pair of more traditional Queen songs bookending the album. With dialogue from the movie inserted throughout, it is easy for the listener to grasp the storyline, and to tell which scenes the songs represent.
"Flash's Theme" was the soundtrack's anthemic single, which begins the album on a high note. Then the onslaught of instrumentals begins. The majority can be appreciated outside the story's context--such as "Football Fight" and "Vultan's Theme (Attack Of The Hawk Men)." Others are closely linked to the storyline--"In The Space Capsule," "In The Death Cell," "The Kiss" and "Marriage Of Dale And Ming"--but are still enjoyable. Although it doesn't quite match the majesty of an official Queen album, FLASH GORDON contains plenty of first-rate compositions, including one of their most underrated tunes, "The Hero," which closes the soundtrack.
Queen: Freddie Mercury (vocals, synthesizer), Brian May (guitar, synthesizer, vocals), John Deacon (bass, guitar, synthesizer), Roger Taylor (drums, synthesizer, vocals).
All songs written by members of Queen.
- Format: Vinyl
- Genre: Rock
- Released: 8/31/2009
|A2||In The Space Capsule (The Love Theme)||2:12|
|A3||Ming's Theme (In The Court Of Ming The Merciless)||2:19|
|A4||The Ring (Hypnotic Seduction Of Dale)||0:55|
|A6||In The Death Cell (Love Theme Reprise)||2:24|
|A7||Execution Of Flash||0:43|
|A8||The Kiss (Aura Resurrects Flash)||2:04|
|B1||Arboria (Planet Of The Tree Men)||1:41|
|B2||Escape From The Swamp||1:35|
|B3||Flash To The Rescue||2:49|
|B4||Vultan's Theme (Attack Of The Hawk Men)||1:15|
|B6||The Wedding March||0:56|
|B7||Marriage Of Dale And Ming (And Flash Approaching)||2:05|
|B8||Crash Dive On Mingo City||0:47|
|B9||Flash's Theme Reprise (Victory Celebrations)||1:35|