Released: Monday, 10th October 1988
Highest UK Chart Position: 15

Track Listing

1) Barcelona
2) La Japonaise
3) The Fallen Priest
4) Ensueno
5) The Golden Boy
6) Guide Me Home
7) How Can I Go On
8) Overture Piccante


Recorded at Townhouse and Mountain Studios
Produced By Freddie Mercury, Mike Moran and David Richards.
Vocals by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe
John Deacon: Bass Guitar on ‘How Can I Go On’.
Mike Moran: All Keyboards
Released in USA, in 1992

Recommended Songs : Barcelona, Ensueno, Guide Me Home, How Can I Go On

Review The classical/operatic venture with Montserrat Caballe lead to an excellent album which showed how good a voice Freddie had. The album reached number 6 in the classical charts in 1988 and Freddie and Montserrat appeared at an open-air festival in Spain to sing the title song on the album, Barcelona. The Olympics held in Barcelona in 1992, lead to the song being used then also ; in fact when the single was rereleased it got to #2 in the charts, compared to #8 in 1988 in its initial singles release. There are some excellent tracks on the album, and (apart from those who only like the Heavy Rock element of Queen) most will enjoy listening to this.

The album was later released with a different cover and it was also re-worked using an actual orchestra. You may be surprised to learn the the original Barcelona album used synths to create the album. Having listened to both I still prefer the original work.

Review Rating : 9 October 8th, singing with Montserrat in Spain, was the very last time Freddie Mercury performed on stage.

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