Queen achieved many things in their recordings with Freddie Mercury, but they reached new heights with the last album recorded and released while he was alive. Innuendo is an ambitious, epic lp with heartfelt, mature lyrics which took on new meaning when Freddie passed away immediately after its’ release. This is the first U.S. release of Innuendo on vinyl lp and features the original 1991 edits made by the band for the vinyl release A platinum smash in its 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 lps 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.
Queen: Freddie Mercury (vocals, keyboards); Brian May (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Roger Taylor (vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion); John Deacon (bass, keyboards). Recorded at Metropolis Studios, London, England and Mountain Studios, Montreaux, Switzerland.
INNUENDO would turn out to be Queen’s swan song, as it was the last album released during vocalist Freddie Mercury’s lifetime–he passed away several months after the album’s release. Expanding on the successful back-to-basics sound of 1989’s THE MIRACLE, INNUENDO was another solid outing. And like it’s predecessor, it contains several tracks with lyrics that are clearly autobiographical for the band and especially Mercury, particularly “These Are the Days of Our Lives” and “The Show Must Go On,” which deal with the topic of mortality. Not all of INNUENDO deals with serious topics, however–“I’m Going Slightly Mad” and “Delilah” both contain humorous lyrics and were designed to be taken lightheartedly. The epic title track, which opens the album, is an instant Queen classic on first listen, built similarly in structure to past Queen classics “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Somebody to Love.” A pair of wonderful hard rockers, “The Hitman” and “Headlong” can be found on INNUENDO, as can a couple of lush ballads–“Don’t Try So Hard” and “Bijou.” Looking back, Queen went out on a definite high note with INNUENDO.
Show Must Go On, The
I’m Going Slightly Mad
I Can’t Live with You
Don’t Try So Hard
Ride the Wild Wind
All God’s People
These Are the Days of Our Lives