1) One Vision (album version)
I actually hate the guitar solo that hits in after the keyboard intro. It sounds to flat, and when I am sorry to say say when it goes into the part when Freddie starts to sing (1st verse 1:27 min) it sounds like it was poorly produced. On the other hand the Greatest Hits II version is the one I prefer, the guitar solo in the beginning is edited out, and it sounds really so much better.
The rest of the song is ofcourse awesome.
2) A Kind Of Magic
I love the bassline, it sticks in your head very iventive. The guitar(s) are subtle, and suit the song perfectly. I think Brian deliberately choose to lighten up the guitar, since it doesnt sound too screamy to me (as opposed to his guitar solo as in let's say Boh Rhap)
3) One Year Of Love
The song is great, but lacks some instruments ... I think it has too many keyboards on it, and in my opinion the sax solo is just dreadful. Freddie does stretch his voice to the ultimate (almost as he does in In My Defence).
4) Pain Is So Close To Pleasure
This is just great. Here you can hear what Freddie is capable of doing with his voice (a kind of a high falsetto voice he has) as opposed to One Vision. I think it's really enjoyable
5) Friends Will Be Friends
it's a boring theme. It's like they wanted to create an anthem as that was the starting point of
creating this song. In my opinion the sounds and instruments (piano,guitar,bass , drums) are great
and when it goes into the bridge part at 1:55 (when Brian comes in with some heavy guitar) it's the change we were waiting for in this kind of boring song
6) Who Wants To Live Forever
Excellent production, great arrangements with the strings. And the first verse sung by Brian brilliantly moves towards the somewhat raw voice of Freddie. The guitar solo is just BRILLIANT, and the outtro is kind of sad, but so beautiful.
7) Gimme The Prize (Kurgan's Theme)
This song I personally do like because of some great guitar riffs and the (again) raw Freddie voice (it's like he sounds angry at ). Allthough I dont listen to this one too often, I think its still a gem on the album
8) Don't Lose Your Head
Wonderful wonderful song .... great drums, great guitar, good arrangements. I love this ! (especially the part at 2:55 min "Love's stronger... love conquers all"
9) Princes Of The Universe
Weak! I am sorry I didnt like the chords arrangements, at times it sounds to odd for me. It goes from one way to to the other and it doesnt stick in my head as being a pleasent song to listen to. The only good thing is that little guitar riff Brian does in the middle (totally awesome) starting at 2:19 min
Well just my humble opinion