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Queen | Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack) | Album Review

Hollywood Records
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The newest compilation from Queen, released on Oct. 19 for the brand-new biopic movie Bohemian Rhapsody, takes fans back to some of the band’s biggest hits of their time. 

Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack) features remastered, revisited, and previously unreleased tracks from the group’s Live Aid benefit concert, creating more sonically sound versions of the tracks that Queen fans know and love. 

The record starts off with an ode to the 20th Century fanfare that features electric guitars throughout the melody rather than the typical brass section; however, the album quickly leads into “Somebody to Love (2011 Remaster).” The remaster of one of the group’s most well-known tracks, originally released in 1976, still, of course, features Freddie Mercury’s iconic vocals and lyrics like “I work hard (he works hard) every day of my life / I work ‘till I ache in my bones” but with improved sound quality. 

The album continues to weave listeners through Queen’s most memorable hits throughout the years with more songs like “Killer Queen (2011 Remaster)” and “Fat Bottomed Girls (Live in Paris).” These tracks give fans a closer look into Mercury’s impeccable vocal range and allows younger fans that were unable to hear Mercury’s vocals live insight into how the group sounded before Mercury’s death.

Multiple songs off the record give fans an inside look into the group’s performances while Mercury was still alive,  like “Ay-Oh (Live Aid),” Mercury’s infamous call and response tactic to include the audience in songs at live shows. The record also features fan-favorite “Bohemian Rhapsody (Live Aid)” that cuts short of the recorded rendition because the group never actually performed the infamous “Galileo” section of the song live, all of which gives fans an even greater look into the group’s live performances.

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