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A Kind of Magic
A Kind of Magic
Album by Queen
Released 1986
Recorded September 1985-April 1986 at;
Musicland Studios, Munich
Mountain Studios, Montreux
The Town House, London
Abbey Road Studios, London
Length 53:36 (EMI)
Format LP,CS,CD
Genre Hard rock, dance rock, soul, pop rock, baroque rock
Label EMI



Queen Album Chronology
Preceding The Works (1984)
This Album A Kind of Magic (1986)
Succeeding The Miracle (1989)


A Kind of Magic is the twelfth album by English rock band Queen, released in 1986. It was their first studio album to be recorded digitally, and is based on the soundtrack to the film Highlander.

Although Queen would release another four albums with Freddie Mercury (including the posthumous Made in Heaven and Queen Forever), A Kind of Magic would turn out to be the band's last album promoted with a concert tour, because of Mercury's diagnosis with AIDS the following year, which subsequently caused his death in 1991. For the first time in their career, the band allowed filming of them while they were in the recording studio. The video for "One Vision" shows them in various stages of writing and recording the song.

Track listingEdit

  1. "One Vision"
  2. "A Kind of Magic"
  3. "One Year of Love"
  4. "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure"
  5. "Friends Will Be Friends"
  6. "Who Wants to Live Forever"
  7. "Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme)"
  8. "Don't Lose Your Head"
  9. "Princes of the Universe"

2011 Bonus tracksEdit

  1. "A Kind of Magic (Highlander version)"
  2. "One Vision (Single version)"
  3. "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure (Single remix)"
  4. "Forever (Piano version)"
  5. "A Kind of Vision (Demo, August 1985)"
  6. "One Vision (Live at Wembley Stadium, 11 July 1986)"
  7. "Friends Will Be Friends Will Be Friends"
Chart (1986) Peak position
Argentina (CAPIF) 1
Australia (Kent Music Report) 12
Austria (Ö3 Top 40) 3
Canada (RPM) 50
France (SNEP) 6
Italy (Musica e dischi) 13
Japan (Oricon) 25
Netherlands 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 9
Norway (VG-lista) 5
Sweden (Topplistan) 9
Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade) 4
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 1
United States (Billboard) 46
West Germany (Media Control Charts) 4
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