Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack) – Queen

Hammer to Fall (Live Aid) 4:03 We Are the Champions (Live Aid) 3:57 Don’t Stop Me Now (…revisited) 3:37 The Show Must Go On (2011 Remaster) 4:31 22 Songs, 1 Hour 19 Minutes Released: Oct 19, 2018 Also Available in iTunes About Queen Few bands embodied the pure excess of the ’70s like Queen. Embracing the exaggerated pomp of prog rock and heavy metal, as well as vaudevillian music hall, the British quartet delved deeply into camp and bombast, creating a huge, mock-operatic sound with layered guitars and overdubbed vocals. Queen’s music was a bizarre yet highly accessible fusion of the macho and the fey. For years, their albums boasted the motto “no synthesizers were used on this record,” signaling their allegiance with the legions of post-Led Zeppelin hard rock bands. But vocalist Freddie Mercury brought an extravagant sense of camp to Queen, pushing them toward kitschy humor and pseudo-classical arrangements, as epitomized on their best-known song, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Mercury, it must be said, was a flamboyant bisexual who managed to keep his sexuality in the closet until his death from AIDS in 1991. Through his legendary theatrical performances, Queen became one of the most popular bands in the world in the mid-’70s; in England, they remained second only to the Beatles in popularity and collectibility in the ’90s. Despite their enormous popularity, Queen were never taken seriously by rock critics — an infamous Rolling Stone review labeled their 1979 album Jazz as “fascist.” In spite of such harsh criticism, the band’s popularity rarely waned; even in the late ’80s, the group retained a fanatical following except in America. In the States, their popularity peaked in the early ’80s, just as they finished nearly a decade’s worth of extraordinarily popular records. And while those records were never praised, they sold in enormous numbers, and traces of Queen’s music could be heard in several generations of hard rock and metal bands in the next two decades, from Metallica to Smashing Pumpkins. The origins of Queen lay in the hard rock psychedelic group Smile, which guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor joined in 1967. Following the departure of Smile’s lead vocalist, Tim Staffell, in 1971, May and Taylor formed a group with Freddie Mercury, the former lead singer for Wreckage. Within a few months, bassist John Deacon joined them, and they began rehearsing. Over the next two years, as all four members completed college, they simply rehearsed, playing just a handful of gigs. By 1973, they had begun to concentrate on their career, releasing their debut album, Queen, that year and setting out on their first tour. Queen was more or less a straight metal album and failed to receive much acclaim, but Queen II became an unexpected British breakthrough early in 1974. Before its release, the band played Top of the Pops, performing “Seven Seas of Rhye.” Both the song and the performance were smash successes, and the single rocketed into the Top Ten, setting the stage for Queen II to reach number five. Following its release, the group embarked on its first American tour, supporting Mott the Hoople. On the strength of their campily dramatic performances, the album climbed to number 43 in the States. Queen released their third album, Sheer Heart Attack, before the end of 1974. The music hall-meets-Zeppelin “Killer Queen” climbed to number two on the U.K. charts, taking the album to number two as well. Sheer Heart Attack made some inroads in America as well, setting the stage for the breakthrough of 1975’s A Night at the Opera. Queen labored long and hard over the record; according to many reports, it was the most expensive rock record ever made at the time of its release. The first single from the record, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” became Queen’s signature song, and with its bombastic, mock-operatic structure punctuated by heavy metal riffing, it encapsulates their music. It is also the symbol for their musical excesses — the song took three weeks to record, and there were so many vocal overdubs on the record that it was possible to see through the tape at certain points. To support “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen shot one of the first conceptual music videos, and the gamble paid off as the single spent nine weeks at number one in England, breaking the record for the longest run at number one. The song and A Night at the Opera were equally successful in America, as the album climbed into the Top Ten and quickly went platinum. Following A Night at the Opera, Queen were established as superstars, and they quickly took advantage of all their status had to offer. Their parties and indulgence quickly became legendary in the rock world, yet they continued to work at a rapid rate. In the summer of 1976, they performed a free concert at London’s Hyde Park that broke attendance records, and they released the hit single “Somebody to Love” a few months later. It was followed by A Day at the Races, which was essentially a scaled-down version of A Night at the Opera that reached number one in the U.K. and number five in the U.S. They continued to pile up hit singles in both Britain and America over the next five years, as each of their albums went into the Top Ten, always going gold and usually platinum in the process. Because Queen embraced such mass success and adoration, they were scorned by the rock press, especially when they came to represent all of the worst tendencies of the old guard in the wake of punk. Nevertheless, the public continued to buy Queen records. Featuring the Top Five double-A-sided single “We Are the Champions”/”We Will Rock You,” News of the World became a Top Ten hit in 1977. The following year, Jazz nearly replicated that success, with the single “Fat Bottomed Girls”/”Bicycle Race” becoming an international hit despite the massive bad publicity surrounding their media stunt of staging a nude female bicycle race. Queen were at the height of their popularity as they entered the ’80s, releasing The Game, their most diverse album to date, in 1980. On the strength of two number one singles — the campy rockabilly “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and the disco-fied “Another One Bites the Dust” — The Game became the group’s first American number one album. However, the bottom fell out of the group’s popularity, particularly in the U.S., shortly afterward. Their largely instrumental soundtrack to Flash Gordon was coldly received later in 1980. With the help of David Bowie, Queen were able to successfully compete with new wave with the 1981 hit single “Under Pressure” — their first U.K. number one since “Bohemian Rhapsody” — which was included both on their 1981 Greatest Hits and 1982’s Hot Space. Instead of proving the group’s vitality, “Under Pressure” was a last gasp. Hot Space was only a moderate hit, and the more rock-oriented The Works (1984) also was a minor hit, with only “Radio Ga Ga” receiving much attention. Shortly afterward, they left Elektra and signed with Capitol. Faced with their decreased popularity in the U.S. and waning popularity in Britain, Queen began touring foreign markets, cultivating a large, dedicated fan base in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, continents that most rock groups ignored. In 1985, they returned to popularity in Britain in the wake of their showstopping performance at Live Aid. The following year, they released A Kind of Magic to strong European sales, but they failed to make headway in the States. The same fate befell 1989’s The Miracle, yet 1991’s Innuendo was greeted more favorably, going gold and peaking at number 30 in the U.S. Nevertheless, it still was a far bigger success in Europe, entering the U.K. charts at number one. By 1991, Queen had drastically scaled back their activity, causing many rumors to circulate about Freddie Mercury’s health. On November 23, he issued a statement confirming that he was stricken with AIDS; he died the next day. The following spring, the remaining members of Queen held a memorial concert at Wembley Stadium that was broadcast to an international audience of more than one billion. Featuring such guest artists as David Bowie, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Def Leppard, and Guns N’ Roses, the concert raised millions for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, which was established for AIDS awareness. The concert coincided with a revival of interest in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which climbed to number two in the U.S. and number one in the U.K. in the wake of its appearance in the Mike Myers comedy Wayne’s World. Following Mercury’s death, the remaining members of Queen were fairly quiet. Brian May released his second solo album, Back to the Light, in 1993, ten years after the release of his first record. Roger Taylor cut a few records with the Cross, which he had been playing with since 1987, while Deacon essentially retired. The three reunited in 1994 to record backing tapes for vocal tracks Mercury recorded on his deathbed. The resulting album, Made in Heaven, was released in 1995 to mixed reviews and strong sales, particularly in Europe. Crown Jewels, a box set repackaging their first eight LPs, followed in 1998. Archival live recordings, DVDs, and compilations kept appearing through the new millennium. The Queen name was revived in 2005, but this time with “+ Paul Rodgers” appended to it. Rodgers, the former lead singer of Free and Bad Company, joined Brian May and Roger Taylor (John Deacon remained retired) for several live shows, one of which was documented on 2005’s Return of the Champions, a double-disc release issued by the Hollywood label. International touring continued, as did a new studio album featuring Rodgers’ vocals. Released under the “Queen + Paul Rodgers” tag, The Cosmos Rocks appeared in September 2008, followed by an American release one month later. Reception was decidedly mixed. Rodgers departed from Queen in 2009 and in his wake came a new compilation called Absolute Greatest. TV appearances followed over the next two years, including a spot on the 2009 American Idol finale where they performed with Adam Lambert, and then in 2010 Queen wound up leaving their home of EMI for Island, which brought all of the group’s recordings to Universal Records. A new round of reissues followed in 2011, along with a performance with Lambert at the MTV Europe Music Awards, and the vocalist soon became a fixture with the band, as Queen performed several big concerts and television performances in 2012 and 2013, followed by a full tour in 2014. Also that year, Queen released another compilation, Queen Forever, which was anchored by reworked versions of three old songs, including a solo number by Mercury where he duetted with Michael Jackson. The archival live album, A Night at the Odeon, featuring the band’s 1975 Christmas Eve performance at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, appeared in 2015. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine ORIGIN

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Baumann Treated Quickly, Tributes Grow

Baumann Treated Quickly, Tributes Grow
10/16/18 (ATR) IOC member Patrick Baumann was treated as quickly as possible after his collapse October 13, says the chief of emergency services in Buenos Aires. The hospital in Buenos Aires where Baumann was treated. Baumann, 51, was at the Urban Park of the Youth Olympic Games early Saturday evening when he suffered a heart attack while sitting in the grandstand where the 3 x 3 basketball tournament is being held. Alberto Crescenti, head of the Emergency Medical Care System known by the acronym SAME, tells newspaper La Nacion that Baumann received care from first responders within minutes of collapsing. He tells the paper that there was no delay in his treatment, despite comments from a nearby eyewitness that it may have taken five minutes before a doctor was able to care for Baumann. Crescenti says Baumann suffered an “acute myocardial infarction” and received defibrillation that was as powerful as a lightning strike to revive the heart . Crescenti says Baumann’s heart resumed activity before he was transported by ambulance to a hospital. He was unable to be revived and was pronounced dead about an hour later at the Argerich Hospital. The body of Baumann, a Swiss citizen, is believed to be in the process of being returned to his family. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, daughter, Bianca and son, Paul. Around the Rings is told that the family and the IOC are in discussions regarding memorial services. Tributes from Spanish Colleagues Among the comments from colleagues of Baumann received by Around the Rings , two of his colleagues from Spain expressed their sorrow and loss.“The disappearance of Patrick is a tremendous blow to the modern Olympic Movement,” writes IOC VP Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. and his wife Cristina.“Patrick was a pillar of the current architecture of the Olympic movement, with great responsibilities on many fronts, from basketball, the international federations, to the coordination of the Olympic Games of Los Angeles in 2028, going through to the organization of the Youth Games of Winter in 2020 in Lausanne.“But more importantly, a family man and real friend, NBA great Steve Smith and Baumann in Buenos Aires at the YOG. (ATR) always close and attentive to reach out to anyone who needs it,” says Samaranch. International Canoe Federation President José Perurena says he is shocked by the death of Baumann.“We were all together. I had been with him for a few hours and he was in a totally normal situation,” says Perurena, IOC member in Spain.“I have worked very closely with Baumann, as when I was elected president of GAISF. I am a member of the Executive and I have worked with him. In the Executive of ASOIF also working together. We have done many projects together, for example, [his] defending the 3×3 basketball and me the canoe slalom event. “I knew him for a very long time. The ease he had to speak in any language. He spoke perfect Spanish, which meant that we had fluid encounters. It is a loss impossible to replace at this time,” says the canoe federation chief. Big Loss Says Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet, president of Paris 2024, does not minimize the death of Patrick Baumann. Estanguet and Baumann during the IOC Evaluation Commission visit to Paris in 2017. (ATR) “We lose someone very big,” says the IOC member and Olympian in canoe. Baumann chaired the IOC Evaluation Commission of the Paris 2024 candidacy and was the vice chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2024 Games. “As usual,” is how Estanguet described his final encounters with Baumann in Buenos Aires last week.“He had humor, he was available … We exchanged a lot on the sidelines of the IOC session because we presented at the same time, him Lausanne (Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020) and me Paris.“Since becoming an IOC member (in 2013, coincidently in Buenos Aires) I have come to know him. We shared four years at the World Anti-Doping Agency.“For me, it was super inspiring to know him. He had an image that was good for international sports because he was both charismatic and at the same time very open, very approachable, modern in his conception of sport. “During the candidacy, he had good advice on our balance between sport and politics. It was not easy, we had many interlocutors, many actors, he was there to help me to advise me, to encourage me to keep the athletes at the heart of the project,” says Estanguet. Reported by Ed Hula . For general comments or questions, . Your best source of news about the Olympics is www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only.

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what exactly counts as dark humor for you whiny bitches? laughing at someone dying?
because Summer Camp Island made a joke about a kid drowning.
context: everybody got magic powers, the kid is not seen again for the rest of the episode.

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