The new version of Barcelona with OrchestraFreddie Mercury and Monserrat Caballe - Barcelona

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 – 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 were 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.

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