Flash Gordon [Original Soundtrack]

Performers Queen

September 13, 2011 | Compact Disc

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While writing and recording The Game, Queen were asked by renowned movie director Dino DeLaurentis to provide the soundtrack for his upcoming sci-fi epic Flash Gordon. The band accepted and promptly began working on both albums simultaneously. Although at first many fans criticized Flash Gordon since it was issued as an official Queen release rather than a motion picture soundtrack, it has proved to be one of rock's better motion picture soundtracks over the years. The majority of the music is instrumental, with dialogue from the movie in place of Freddie Mercury's singing (only two tracks contain lyrics), but the songwriting is still unmistakably Queen. Highlights abound, such as "Football Fight," "Vultan's Theme (Attack of the Hawkmen)," "The Wedding March," and the heavy metal roar of "Battle Theme." But the two more conventional songs were the album's two best tracks -- the anthemic U.K. Top Ten hit "Flash's Theme" and the woefully underrated rocker "The Hero." With Queen involved, Flash Gordon is certainly not your average, predictable soundtrack. [The 2011 reissue adds a six-song bonus disc that includes alternate versions of album tracks plus live performances of "Flash" and "The Hero."] ~ Greg Prato

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 13, 2011

Genre: Hard Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

UPC: 050087245511

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Flash Gordon [Original Soundtrack]

Performers Queen

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: September 13, 2011

Genre: Hard Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

UPC: 050087245511


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Flash's Theme --
2.In the Space Capsule (The Love Theme) --
3.Ming's Theme (In the Court of Ming the Merciless) --
4.Ring (Hypnotic Seduction of Dale) --
5.Football Fight --
6.In the Death Cell (Love Theme Reprise) --
7.Execution of Flash --
8.Kiss (Aura Resurrects Flash) --
9.Arboria (Planet of the Tree Man) --
10.Escape from the Swamp --
11.Flash to the Rescue --
12.Vultan's Theme (Attack of the Hawk Men) --
13.Battle Theme --
14.Wedding March --
15.Marriage of Dale and Ming (And Flash Aproaching) --
16.Crash Dive on Mingo City --
17.Flash's Theme Reprise (Victory Celebrations) --
18.Hero --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Flash [Single Version] --
2.Hero [October 1980...Revisited] --
3.Kiss [Early Version, March 1980] --
4.Football Fight [Early Version, No Synths! February 1980] --
5.Flash [Live in Montreal, November 1981] --
6.Hero [Live in Montreal, November 1981] --

Editorial Notes

While writing and recording The Game, Queen were asked by renowned movie director Dino DeLaurentis to provide the soundtrack for his upcoming sci-fi epic Flash Gordon. The band accepted and promptly began working on both albums simultaneously. Although at first many fans criticized Flash Gordon since it was issued as an official Queen release rather than a motion picture soundtrack, it has proved to be one of rock's better motion picture soundtracks over the years. The majority of the music is instrumental, with dialogue from the movie in place of Freddie Mercury's singing (only two tracks contain lyrics), but the songwriting is still unmistakably Queen. Highlights abound, such as "Football Fight," "Vultan's Theme (Attack of the Hawkmen)," "The Wedding March," and the heavy metal roar of "Battle Theme." But the two more conventional songs were the album's two best tracks -- the anthemic U.K. Top Ten hit "Flash's Theme" and the woefully underrated rocker "The Hero." With Queen involved, Flash Gordon is certainly not your average, predictable soundtrack. [The 2011 reissue adds a six-song bonus disc that includes alternate versions of album tracks plus live performances of "Flash" and "The Hero."] ~ Greg Prato
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