Innuendo was Released: Monday, 4th February 1991
Highest UK Chart Position: 1
Innuendo Album Track Listing
2) I’m Going Slightly Mad
4) I Can’t Live With You
5) Don’t Try So Hard
6) Ride The Wild Wind
7) All God’s People
8) These Are The Days Of Our Lives
10) The Hitman
12) The Show Must Go On
Innuendo was Queen’s 14th Studio album release. All instruments on the Innuendo Album were played by Queen.
Keyboards on ‘All God’s People’ by Mike Moran.
On ‘Innuendo’ Additional Wandering Minstrel Spanish Guitar – Somewhere in the Middle – by Steve Howe. Many thanks
Recommended Songs: Innuendo, The Show Must Go On, These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Innuendo Album Review
Innuendo is hailed as one of Queen’s best albums and it was written around the time when Freddie’s health was deteriorating. Queen wrote this album in their studios in Switzerland working with co-producer Dave Richards. Brian has commented that he thinks this album is one of their best and I would have to agree. The album was written in an unusual style, almost like a live performance with elements of improvisation during the sessions.
The Innuendo Tracklist has many styles, something to suit all tastes. The Innuendo album starts with the bolero-style Innuendo, which was a risk, as it was very different – but it worked. Innuendo was a popular single and had different versions released n CD. Other tracks of note on the album include ‘Headlong’, ‘I Can’t Live With You’, ‘All God’s People’, ‘These Are The Days Of Our Lives’, and ‘The Show Must Go On’. Both ‘Headlong’, and ‘I Can’t Live With You’ were both started by Brian and then Freddie liked what he heard and put lyrics to the songs. The gospel-styled ‘All God’s People’ was actually going to be included on one of Freddie’s solo album, but eventually, all members of Queen added content to it and it was then a Queen classic.
Two songs which have a retrospective quality about them are ‘These Are The Days Of Our Lives’ which has the last ever shot of Freddie on camera and which includes the words ‘…I still Love You’ which may have been a coded message to Queen fans, a thank you; and also ‘The Show Must Go On’ which is a great way to close the Chapter which was Queen with Freddie Mercury – it was this song that was in the charts the week Freddie died. These are the Days of Our Lives is actaually a song penned by Roger Taylor and is nothing to do with Queen looking back, rather, Roger wrote it about his kids many years before – it just happened to be apt for the album.
Because this was the last album with Freddie Mercury taking an active role in production it has a very special place with Queen fans. Innuendo is one I go back to a lot, and for me there are only 2 songs ‘I’m going slightly mad’ and ‘Delilah’ which I’m not a fan of. I love the songs ‘The Show Must Go On’, ‘Innuendo’ and ‘These are the Days of our Lives’. It’s an album which is a fantastic bookend to the Queen journey. Although Made in Heaven was released in 1995 we didn’t know that in 1991 so therefore the album has special significance.
Facts about the Innuendo Album
Did you know…
– The song ‘Delilah’ on Innuendo is actually about Freddie Mercurys cat Deliah.
– The album cover was designed by Queen and Richard Gray. The booklets and single covers from the album are inspired by Grandville, a French artist from the 1800s.
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