New version of Barcelona with Orchestra
On the Same day as Freddie for a Day 2012, the Barcelona – Newly Orchestrated Special Edition from Island Records will be released. 3rd September 2012 , Freddie for a Day (Day) sees the release of a special 25th Anniversary edition of Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé’s classic ‘Barcelona’ album. The New version of Barcelona does sound a bit different due to the fact that an actual orchestra is used rather than synths.
25 years after the original release of the lead single, Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s most self-defining and personal work, his ‘Barcelona’ album recorded in collaboration with Spanish operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé, is to have a special re-release in an entirely newly orchestrated re-working.
The new version of Barcelona is being called a special anniversary version of the album titled ‘Barcelona – The Special Edition’ is released September 3, coming 25 years after the original release (I’m feeling old now!!) and is released around what would have been Freddies 66th birthday (or as he would have told you, his 59th, as he would not have like to admit he was over 60!).
I have actually heard this New Version of Barcelona and it still has to grow on me. I somehow prefer the one I grew up listening to. If you have heard it please let us know in the comments below.
There is much more information on this album release at queenonline.com – for more information on Barcelona Special Orchestrated Edition plus videos and Track information click here
‘Barcelona – The Special Edition’ is finally the album it should have been. The world will undoubtedly rediscover and fall in love with it all over again. The only downside is that the visionary behind this masterpiece is sadly not around to hear it too.
All songs written and composed by Freddie Mercury and Mike Moran except lyrics on ‘Ensueño’ by Montserrat Caballé and lyrics on ‘The Fallen Priest’ and ‘The Golden Boy’ by Tim Rice.
Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest ‘86 will be in a Cinema Near You From 20th September 2012
“Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest ‘86” is a must–see cinema concert event for Queen fans. It will be released in cinemas worldwide from 20 September 2012. The film of this excellent Queen concert is expected to play in cinemas and theatres in over 30 territories worldwide. In the UK it will be screened in all the major cities, around 100 cinemas nationwide.
The concert was originally filmed in 1986, you might have seen clippets in Queen documentaries such as Days of our Lives and the DoRo films in the 1990s. The concert movie has been remastered in high def and crisp surround sound. But there’s more the concert is proceeded by a very special 25-minute Queen documentary showing footage from just after their historic show–stealing performance at Live Aid hrough the following year leading up to the concert in Budapest. The Queen concert, part of the Magic tour, was in the Népstadion, Budapest, and the first Western Rock Concert staged in a stadium behind the then Iron Curtain with 80,000 ecstatic Queen fans in attendance.
“We’re delighted that Queen fans across the world will finally have the chance to relive this amazing moment for the band. We knew a stadium concert in Budapest was ground–breaking, but hadn’t quite anticipated what a historic night it would turn out to be. The concert looks fantastic on the cinema screen in all its digitally re-mastered glory and the documentary does a great job of setting the scene – it really was an extraordinary time in the band’s history.” Brian May and Roger Taylor
Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest ‘86 – a fantastic opportunity to dress up, sing along and celebrate the magic of Queen at your local cinema.
For Cinema listings and ticket information visit www.queenonline.com
The Queen Budapest concert Cinema Release date is 20 September 2012 with a Running time of 1h 55 minutes
A new Queen Documentary is due for release and Eagle Rock Entertainment have announced the release on 24 September 2012 of the Freddie Mercury DVD and Blu-ray, “The Great Pretender”
The documentary has been developed by same excellent team behind last year’s hugely successful documentary “Queen: Days of Our Lives” which ran on the BBC. “The Great Pretender” presents a compelling insight unearthing previously undiscovered or rarely seen footage of Queen and Freddie Mercury. This is also the for the first time available in Hi-Def.
“The Great Pretender” is produced and directed by Rhys Thomas, life-long Queen fan and expert (to the extent that Rhys famously broke the Mastermind all time record points score with a specialist subject of Queen). Rhys has this time turned his attention to the Freddie archive, going back as early as 1976 in search of vintage gems which reveal more than ever before the inside story of Freddie’s life and career and the solo projects he worked on outside of Queen.
“The Great Pretender” documentary has extensive archive footage from rare interviews with the press-shy Freddie, concerts, video shoots and personal material, much of it being seen for the first time, along with newly filmed contributions from fellow Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, Queen manager Jim Beach, soprano Montserrat Caballé, composers David Arnold and Mike Moran, lyricist Tim Rice, comedian and lifelong fan Matt Lucas and many more.
There are some amazing firsts for this release, one of which is Freddie & Rod Stewart singing their demo for “Take Another Piece of My Heart”, an unreleased song from 1984, a snippet of the unreleased Michael Jackson / Freddie Mercury collaboration “There Must Be More To Life Than This”, and Freddie with the Royal Ballet 1979.
“The Great Pretender” documentary also has some funny outtakes from the video shoots for “I Want To Break Free”, “One Vision”, “Days of Our Lives”, “I Want It All”, “A Kind Of Magic”, “Princes of the Universe”, “Living on My Own”, Born To Love You”, “Great Pretender”, “Made In Heaven”, and “Who Wants to Live Forever” as well as other bonus features which will not be shown on any TV releases.
Visit http://www.freddiemercury.com/ for details.
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