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Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe - Barcelona (1992)

Artist: Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe 
Album: Barcelona 
Released: 1988 
Source: Polydor cat#837277-2 
Genre: Album Rock/Classical 
Format: eac-ape 


With Barcelona, Queen singer Freddie Mercury realized his long-lived dream of performing with an opera singer; in this case, Montserrat Caballe. While it's certainly a treat for any fan of Mercury's to hear this album, it's a difficult record to recommend. Most fans of opera will probably find it far too simplistic and pop-based, while many rock fans are sure to find the record too classical. The first half of the album, however, is deserving of a spin for any open-minded listener. Consisting of semi-operatic melodies with grand production, songs like "Barcelona" and the Eastern-sounding "La Japonaise" are startling in their beauty; the two singers from opposite ends of the music spectrum working surprisingly well off each other. The most classically operatic pieces of the project, "Ensueno" and "The Fallen Priest," are alternately gorgeous and powerfully dramatic. Unfortunately, the second half of the album is less successful as it reverses the formula of the first half. While Mercury can do well in semi-operatic settings, Caballe sounds awkward on the more pop-oriented tracks "Guide Me Home" and "How Can I Go On." "The Golden Boy," largely a gospel track with a full choir, is well-written and performed by Mercury, but Caballe's voice is simply not suited for the genre and the operatic opening sounds jarring against the gospel midsection. Nonetheless, despite its weaknesses, the record contains some beautiful and passionate music that is unlike anything most fans of rock and pop are likely to have heard before. For that alone it should be commended.

Track List: 
1 Barcelona Mercury, Moran 5:38 
2 La Japonaise Mercury, Moran 4:49 
3 The Fallen Priest Mercury, Moran, Rice 5:45 
4 Ensueño Caballe, Mercury, Moran 4:20 
5 The Golden Boy Mercury, Moran, Rice 6:04 
6 Guide Me Home Mercury, Moran 2:41 
7 How Can I Go On? Mercury, Moran 3:59 
8 Overture Piccante Mercury, Moran 6:40


EAC extraction logfile from 11. May 2007, 0:12 for CD 
Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe / Barcelona 

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      CRC 6B916339 
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No errors occured 

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Artist: Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe 

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