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Posted: 25 Nov 04, 23:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Barcelona is simply one of my favorite albums of all time. While brians and rogers solo stuff are good for a few listens before they collect dust, barcelona has become one of my favorites ever. is it me or is barcelona treated like queen albums, meaning it gets no respect from critics. it's some of the best work i'v ever heard from anyone, not to far away from Queen 2 or opera/races in excellence. What's your opinion on this?

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Posted: 26 Nov 04, 00:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love Barcelona, and you're right, it really doesn't get enough attention. For such a unique collaboration, you'd think it'd be more praised by critics, but nobody seemed to care that much. Freddie and Montserrat sounded great together, and the lyrics were amazing. I like Brian and Roger's solo work, but Barcelona was such a departure from the regular Queen sound that it sort of seems more special.


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Posted: 26 Nov 04, 00:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I like it, and some songs in particular (title song, golden boy).

However, I don't really think that the collaboration did work out well. Freddie and Monserrat are mainly doing their own thing, and the interaction isn't all that great.

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Posted: 26 Nov 04, 01:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

aren't you forgeting the great Mike Moran that actualy "just" co-wrote, produced and played all the instruments(apart from John's bass on "How Can I Go On")?
I would love if Mike Work again with Brian and Roger. It could give them(or the "new Queen album") a certain "freddie Flavour".

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Posted: 26 Nov 04, 03:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love Barcelona, I'd put it in my Queen related top 3 along with Queen ll and A Day At The Races.
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Posted: 26 Nov 04, 04:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Barcelona is a joy. Monserrat seems a bit out of place on certain songs, but who cares? I just wish they'd used a proper, full orchestra - the material and talent deserved it.

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Posted: 26 Nov 04, 09:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

it was hard recording this for fred and moran becaues cabelle was in and out of the studio quick so they couldn't get it perfectly the way they wanted it, but still is totally original and the spanish version of exercise in free love" is amazing. acually both of those version are perfect, among my all time favorites from fred. I agree that mike moran did an excellent job on the piano, but i wish fred did a little more piano playing in those later days.

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Posted: 26 Nov 04, 09:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The instrumentals from Barcelona (in the FM solo boxset) sound so amazing without the vocals. The arrangements are incredible. I think if Freddie had lived he would have done another album with Montserrat. They were so good together!

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Posted: 26 Nov 04, 10:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm not a big fan of opera, but the album is OK. The best song is How Can I Go On.


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