Queen – The Miracle - 1989 Rock - U.S. Original LP
Queen – The Miracle
Capitol Records – C1-92357
Vinyl, LP, Album
Record is VG+ VG++ has some light wear (listen to our copy)
Cover is VG++ has light ring wear (see our pic)
Record comes in original inner sleeve
A2 Khashoggi's Ship 5:13
A3 The Miracle 5:02
A4 I Want It All 4:40
A5 The Invisible Man 3:56
B1 Breakthru 4:07
B2 Rain Must Fall 4:20
B3 Scandal 4:42
B4 My Baby Does Me 3:22
B5 Was It All Worth It 5:45
Artwork [Quantel Graphic Paintbox Operator] – Richard Baker
Coordinator [Studio Equipment Co-ordinator] – Brian Zellis, Martin P. Groves
Engineer – David Richards
Engineer [Assistant] – Andrew Bradfield, Andy Mason, Angelique Cooper, Claude Frider, John Brough, Justin Shirley-Smith
Mastered By – Gordon Vickary, Kevin Metcalf
Other [Make-up] – Paul Kennington
Photography By – Simon Fowler
Producer – David Richards, Queen
Programmed By [Computer] – Brian Zellis
Sleeve [Sleeve Design] – Richard Gray
Written-By – Queen
Album recorded at Olympic Studios and The Townhouse Studios, London, England and Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland. Mastered at The Townhouse Studios.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Printed): 0 7777-92357-1 1
Barcode (Scanned): 0077779235711
Matrix / Runout (Side 1): C11-92357-1A G1 (MP)
Matrix / Runout (Side 2): C12-92357-1A G1 (MP)
Matrix / Runout (Side 1 & 2, Stamped): MASTERED BY CAPITOL
" Miracle, to me, is one of their best albums. It’s right up there with their ‘70s work and Innuendo (1991) as far as I’m concerned. But as someone who’s read anything related to Queen I could get my hands on, I don’t really see this album getting the credit it deserves. Too often it’s grouped with the rest of their ‘80s input and I don’t think that that’s fair.
First of all, with The Miracle, the band opted to credit every single song to the entire band for the first time. They were probably sick of arguing over whose song gets to become a single or what even makes it to the album… This way, the band’s collective success took the front seat. Of course, every song originated from one particular member, but they all collaborated. So those songwriting credits were not lies – they really did write together as much as they could! And when they found out about Freddie’s terminal illness, it brought them even closer together. Freddie faced his illness with such strength and courage that he told his bandmates he did not want anything to be different. He just wanted to keep recording. And so they did. If you look at interviews with members of the bands from this era, you’ll notice that they really enjoyed these sessions.
From a production standpoint, this was very different than the earlier ‘80s material. Gone was the electronic snare sound that was so dominant in that decade. There were some synths in the sound, but instead of being the main driver of the songs, it was just there to provide an extra layer if the music called for it. And while some fans don’t consider this as a return to roots, I certainly do. This was bare-bones Queen right here! No gimmicks. No signs of “popular” trends. Just new Queen material.
"Of course, some fans would criticize My Baby Does Me and Rain Must Fall, two songs Mercury and Deacon mainly wrote, because they sound different (i.e. not as heavy) than the rest of the songs. But that was exactly the point. Freddie and John wanted to break the cycle and introduce something different to the album. That way, it wouldn’t get too predictable. These songs are not my favorites on the album either, but I think some fans are definitely overreacting by not giving them a chance. Rain Must Fall, in particular, has a great melody, lyrical depth, and some fantastic guitar work from Brian May.
The main attraction, however, is the heavier tracks. Some of them are such a great glimpse into how Queen would collaborate together. The band members commented in ’89 that while recording The Miracle, they made a conscious decision to reflect the sound of the group rather than of one individual in the group. Like I said before, every track was originated by a particular member, but even if you didn’t know the whole album is credited to the entire band, you could still tell. The vibe is so positive – even though internally the band had a dark secret that they hadn’t told the public yet.
We begin with two super fun songs, Party and Khashoggi’s Ship. The first one has a great vocal line and is just a super upbeat song. The second track, which begins immediately after the opener, sets a much heavier tone. The lyrics are loosely based on Adnan Khashoggi and it’s another upbeat song, but this time Brian May’s guitars are much more at the focus. It’s a short song but it delivers a punch! I especially love the ending – it’s just pure hard rock Queen in one of its best forms!
The title track, The Miracle, is said to have originated from Mercury. It starts mellow as it talks about what things could be constituted as miracles; and one theme is that it would be a miracle if we could have peace on earth. John Deacon described the lyrics as “naive” in the sense that they’re a bit utopian. Musically, it’s a lot more melodic than some of the others on the album and towards the end there’s a cool tempo change. This song grows on you – if you couldn’t get into it at first, give it a few listens. You really appreciate the melody and the well-intentioned lyrics!
Then comes one of my favorite Queen tracks ever: I Want It All. Seriously, does anyone not like this song? It’s the brainchild of Brian May and features a lot of guitar! It is one of the heaviest songs the band has ever recorded. Freddie’s vocals are also incredible – I’ve always thought that Freddie would have made a great heavy metal frontman, as well as a rock frontman, if Queen had dived more into the metal territory. This song is proof of that. There’s a lot of great melody with some aggression in the guitars, the singing is excellent, and there’s some amazing lead work by May. One of my regrets in life is knowing Freddie never got to sing this live. What a treat that would have been!
And we don’t even stop there… There’s The Invisible Man, which keeps a great groove all throughout the song, and there’s Breakthru which pretty much was a combination of an idea from Freddie and one from Roger. The pace and the basslines of Breakthru kept such a cool and steady rhythm that it made the band think they were traveling on a train. " (megadepth)