|This will be the last Queen album in my series of topics (Conclusion of All Queen Albums is next) and It would be very interesting to see what Other fans think of Made in Heaven. In my opinion, the album has some excellent tracks on it and was a very good idea, particulary after the death of Freddie Mercury. The Album does leave me woundering wether Queen would have continued as a band if Freddie had'nt died in 1991 or had not died at all. Anyway I'm now going to do my review of Made in Heaven:
It's a Beautiful Day - 6/10
Made in Heaven - 10/10
Let Me Live - 9/10
Mother Love - 8/10
My Life Has Been Saved - 8/10
I Was Born to Love You - 10/10
Heaven for Everyone - 10/10
Too Much Love Will Kill you - 10/10
You Don't Fool Me
|I'll continue the review later.|
|continue what review you just posted scores, in fact i think you meant "i will start a review later" if thatps the right|
|You Don't Fool Me - 8/10
A Winter's Tale - 10/10
It's a Beautiful Day rep - 9/10
|i say to You don't fool me is a 6/10 but mark higher in respect that it was just scraps to begin with and they did some jobs on it to make it as good as the final product|
|It's a beautiful day - 6,5/10 Although it's a beautiful song, I skip it most of the time.
Made in heaven - 7,5/10 To me this version is better than Freddies solo version, solid song.
Let me live - 7/10 Nice song, special here is that Freddie, Brian and Roger each sing a verse.
Mother Love - 7/10 Emotional song.
My life has been saved - 6/10
I was born to love you - 7/10
Heaven for everyone - 7/10 Good song, don't like the drumsound (especially the kick, too flat/empty almost the whole album actually)
Too much love will kill you - 6,5/10 Like the Brian solo version better.
You don't fool me - 7,5/10 Good song, nice feeling, to me one of the best guitarsolo's by Brian.
A winters tale - 7,5/10 Good song, a solid christmas song, one of my favorites of the album
It's a beautiful day reprised - 5/10 Awful reprise, don't like it.
|I think Made in Heaven has a good solid sound, and is quite a good album.
Beautiful Day - 6,5/10
Made in Heaven - 8/10
Let Me Live - 9/10
Mother Love 8/10
My Life Has Been Saved - 8/10
I Was Born to Love You - 7/10
Heaven For Everyone - 8/10
Too Much Love Will Kill You - 8/10
You Don't Fool Me - 7/10 indeed a great guitar solo
A Winter's Tale - 7/10
Beautiful Day Reprise - 7/10
Yeah - 10/10 Best Queen song ever
Track 13 - ??/10 Never had the patience to listen to it.
|MIH, a good album....comes in at #10 on my favorite queen albums list.
It's a beautiful day- 7/10
made in heaven- 10/10
let me live- 8/10
mother love- 9/10
my life has been saved- 5/10
born to love you- 7/10
heaven for everyone- 7/10
too much love will kill you- 7/10
you don't fool me- 7/10
a winter's tale- 10/10
beautiful day reprise- 8/10
This will be the last Queen album in my series of topicsI give that a 10/10.
|I think made in heavn i a good album, not very good, but good ;-)
It's A Beautiful Day - 7/10 A nice song, andi like the stringwork in the begining and ending
Made In Heaven 6,5/10 Ok song, better that Freddie's solo version, it sounds ok, but the ending is too long lol
Let Me Live 7/10 I like this song, specially that both Freddie, Roger and Brian sings a verse each, but after Brians verse, the song gets kinda boring, and i usually skip the rest of it
Mother Love 8/10 A great song, very emotional
My Life Has Been Saved 7/10 Actually a quite good song, nice fell to it
I Was Born To Love You 5,5/10 Better that the solo version, but this song can't be saved by some rockier guitar and drums
Heaven For Every One 6/10 I often skip this song, i just think it's boring
Too Much Love Will Kill You 8/10 Very good song, maybe Brians version is a bit better, i dunno
You Don't Fool Me 5,5/10 Hot Space reborn lol
A Winthers Tale 9,5/10 Clearly the best song off the album, very good
It's A Beautiful Day repise 6/10 almost the same as the first, but with heavy section in the end, not good
Yeah 10/10 Greatest Queen track ever
Untitled 9/10 not really a Queen song, but i like it very much, i sometimes hear it on my ipod when im gone to sleep lol
|A Beautiful Day - 1/10
Made In Heaven - 8/10
Let Me Live - 10/10
Mother Love - 10/10
My Life Has Been Saved - 2/10
I Was Born To Love You - 9/10
Heaven For Everyone - 9/10
Too Much Love Will Kill You - 10/10
You Don't Fool Me - 8/10
A Winter's Tale - 1/10
Beautiful Day reprise - 1/10
Yeah - 10/10
Track 13 - 4/10
|I can understand that opinions differ, but when handing out 1/10 as if they were hot dogs is just unbelievable. I mean, 1/10 would mean the song is absolute shit... A Winter's Tale isn't absolute shit, is it? How about 5/10 if you are not too fond of a song?
[not trying to make you change your ratings, I'm just a little surprised, that's all]
|I think you folks are being too generous. The album should have never been released. Other than Let Me Live, it is just not up to standard. But that's just my opinion.|
|Michael wrote: "I think you folks are being too generous. The album should have never been released. Other than Let Me Live, it is just not up to standard. But that's just my opinion."
I regard MIH to be a masterpiece, and one of Queen's best albums, however I wanted to say that I really love Let Me Live. I think it's an extraordinary song and a highlight of Queen's late career. Hell, their entire career. :D
|A Beautiful Day - 5/10
Made In Heaven - 7/10
Let Me Live - 10/10
Mother Love - 10/10
My Life Has Been Saved - 7/10
I Was Born To Love You - 8/10
Heaven For Everyone - 7/10
Too Much Love Will Kill You - 10/10
You Don't Fool Me - 9/10
A Winter's Tale - 6/10
Beautiful Day reprise - 5/10
Track 13 - 1/10
The_CrY wrote: I can understand that opinions differ, but when handing out 1/10 as if they were hot dogs is just unbelievable. I mean, 1/10 would mean the song is absolute shit... A Winter's Tale isn't absolute shit, is it? How about 5/10 if you are not too fond of a song? [not trying to make you change your ratings, I'm just a little surprised, that's all]Well, I simply don't like it :-) I don't like boring songs, and Winter's Tale is simply too boring for me (just like both versions of Beautiful Day), but it doesn't mean that other people can't rate it as 10/10 :-)
|Over the Field
|It's a Beautiful Day - 7/10 - very emotional vocal work but as a song ok
Made In Heaven - 9/10 - I like this far better than the empty version of Freddie
Let Me Live - 9/10 - absolutely love this, Roger did his best vocal work in this song IMO, good piano work by Freddie!
Mother Love - 7/10 - it's ok
My Life Has Been Saved - 7/10 - it's ok
I Was Born to Love You - 10/10 - fantastic rocker song! one of the best songs by Queen!!!
Heaven For Everyone - 8/10 - nice parts but occasionally boring
Too Much Love Will Kill You - 8/10 - i like it
You Don't Fool Me - 6/10 - boring and repetitive, but indeed a very nice guitar solo
A Winter's Tale - 9/10 - this song is so beautiful, love the chorus: "dreamin...."
It's Beautiful Day (Reprise) - 6/10 - a nice idea but too repetitive
Yeah - 10/10 - absolute greatest of the best of the best
Untitled Track - 4/10 - some parts are nice to listen to but as a whole very boring song, not for my taste
|My 4th favorite Queen album
A Beautiful Day - 9/10
Made In Heaven - 10/10
Let Me Live - 8/10
Mother Love - 4/10
My Life Has Been Saved - 1/10
I Was Born To Love You - 7/10
Heaven For Everyone - 6/10
Too Much Love Will Kill You - 4/10
You Don't Fool Me - 7/10
A Winter's Tale - 8/10
Beautiful Day reprise - 8/10
Yeah - 1/10
Track 13 - 2/10
|Its a beautiful day...7.5/10 I like it, I dont know why but I like it
Made In Heaven...10/10 Cool!
Let Me Live..9/10 I love it!!
Mother Love...7.5/10 Dark
My Live Has Been Saved...9/10 Love It!!
I Was Born To Love You...8/10 Cool!
Heaven For Everyone...8.5/10 I love it!
Too Much Love Will Kill You...10/10 The best from the album!!
You Dont Fool me...3/10 What the #$"$ Is that??
A winter's tale...8/10 I like it
Its a beautiful day reprise...8.5/10 It rocks!!
Yeah...10/10 Best Track ever XD
????????..4/10 Not much to say
|I like the album very much
my favorties are Mother Love, Too Much love will kill you and A Winters Tale probably a 9 out of 10
Also have started to really like You dont Fool me give that 8 out of 10
the rest are good as well around 6-7 out of 10
|i think most queen fans like MIH because of the sentimnent behind it: "let the fans hear something of Freddie one last time".
Personally, I liked it but it was not very good. I think there were some "doffed caps" towards the old days....the "beautiful day" and "reprise" harks back to sheer heart attack not only from the "and reprise" idea, that one is melodic and basically freddie exercising his vocal chords, while the other is what would amount to an end of concert rock-out. listen to lap of the gods (and revisted) you'll see what i mean.
let me live is beautiful, some of the freddie solo/cross tracks are ruined by the changes. not ruined as in unlistenable, but ruined in that - how they appeared first time round is the definitive (how they were intended) to sound.
MIH is very much (pardon hte poor analogy) like a patchwork quilt that your aunt/grandmother might make. it was put together with love and the best of intent, but generally it was made from bits n bobs and really honestly, if it hadn't been made by someone you love, you'd probably never have kept it. some of the material used for this particular quilt wasn't the best and does appear a little frayed around the edges.
and i would say that the biggest problem with MIH is unfortunately, Brian's influence. The great thing about queen was the balance between Fred and Brian - in the studio they reined each other in and managed to ensure quality control by being each others' biggest critics. With Freddie missing Brian's quality control was non-existent.
as i said i like the album but it's certainly NOt very good. 9/10 for intent and sentiment, only 5/10 for quality.
|No matter what people say, MIH was Freddie's last hurrah and I love this album purely because of the vocal performance. Every song sends a shiver down my spine as no vocalist in Freddies physical state should be able to produce such powerful, beautiful & monumental performances on any recording ever. Awesome album...FACT!|
|More Cowbell wrote: No matter what people say, MIH was Freddie's last hurrah and I love this album purely because of the vocal performance. Every song sends a shiver down my spine as no vocalist in Freddies physical state should be able to produce such powerful, beautiful & monumental performances on any recording ever. Awesome album...FACT!
yea but most of freds vocal performances were done when he was healthy. Only 4 songs were new....I do rate this album as one of his best albums vocally. Even though they were mostly old. Not a huge fan of heaven for everyone and too much love will kill you, but vocally both songs are among his best. A winter's tale is still one of my all time favorites.
|explain healthy? 1984,1986?|
|More Cowbell wrote: explain healthy? 1984,1986?
Healthy = HIV/AIDS wasn't affecting him (yet).
|Gregsynth wrote: More Cowbell wrote: explain healthy? 1984,1986?
Healthy = HIV/AIDS wasn't affecting him (yet).
lol, yes!.....until 1989/1990. a winter's tale was sang in 1990 and his voice was great. So was mother love, though you could really hear the strain in his voice on that one. Those are the two highlights on MIH for me. Not only because of sentimental reasons either. i actually love both songs.
|This does lead to my next question: Was it the upcoming bronchial-pneumonia that started straining Freddie's voice in 1991?|
|If we are going to talk about Freddies input into albums/songs you only have to look at the making of One Vision to see how much they listened to him and took advice
I think MIH is still a good album
|Gregsynth wrote: This does lead to my next question: Was it the upcoming bronchial-pneumonia that started straining Freddie's voice in 1991?
really a rude and morbid question but short answer to be no, it was only his illness in general. penumonia was what killed him at the end and nothing to do with sound of his voice if he had had it from 90 (when his voice begins to change) he owuld have been a dead man months too earlier.
|Freddie's voice still sounds great on what is the last song he recorded Mother Love there is something about the way he sings it though it brings me out in goosebumps every time!!!|
|I think the album has some underrated songs like Made in Heaven, Heaven for everyone, mother love and my life has been saved. A Winter's Tale is my favourite song from it. I love the way they create a fantastic atmosphere and it's great to play around christmas time. Should've been a bigger hit.|
|I guess I missed the other reviews of each album in this series, but I'll comment on this one.
Made In Heaven is an album with something of an identity crisis. There is no way, try as we might, that hardcore fans can divorce what they know of how this album was created with the experience of listening to it AS a complete album. How can we listen to the remade songs and not know that we're listening to a remade song? I struggle with it too. And that's not to say I don't like this album. I like it very much. I think Brian, Roger, John and David Richards did a heck of a job creating a cohesive work out of unfinished songs, "scraps" (as someone accurately states) and older material.
"It's A Beautiful Day": The album opener which, like "Procession" or "The Dark," sets the tone for the album's themes of melancholy optimism, hope and sadness. I first heard this song's Single Version as it appeared on the "Heaven For Everyone". I still think that is the best version of the song, but for the album, it has a different job, that of a Prelude, a quiet introduction to the rest of the work
"Made In Heaven": Pounds its way in and promises the great dramatic opulence few can achieve like Queen. Taking their cue from Freddie's original version, the band give us the first serving of their full trademark sound. Play this one loud!
"Let Me Live": Like moving out of a dark, majestic forest into a broad, misty plain, This gospel-flavoured lament showcases another Queen trademark, vocal harmonies, here enhanced with, among others, Brian May Band alumni Miriam Stockley and Cathy Porter. A personal favourite (though the removed vocals on the Promo Version add so much more).
"Mother Love": The only time Queen and Freddie Mercury stare into the great unknown. This was almost too powerful and sad for me to listen to much after it came out. It's one of the most unwavering looks by a man at his own mortality that has ever been recorded in my opinion.
"My Life Has Been Saved": Stepping back from the edge of utter despair, this re-recorded B-side reminds us that life goes on and there is hope. I like both recordings for some of the same reasons and some different ones. This was the first version I heard, not having acquired the Original Single Version until a bit later.
"I Was Born To Love You": The most rocking track on the album and the complete antithesis of "Mother Love". Like Freddie's original, this is so upbeat and cheerful that we're reminded just how catchy and fun Freddie's songs could be.
"Heaven For Everyone": Touched on in the other songs, the album's theme is most explicitly explored here, in this re-recorded song from The Cross & Freddie Mercury. Our world has serious problems but all is not lost. we have it in ourself to make it better. There is sadness, there is anger, but there is also hope.
"Too Much Love Will Kill You": First a Queen song for The Miracle, then a Brian May solo track and now a Queen song again. Where Brian sang a lament, Freddie's comes across as a warning, whether you apply the reality of his death to the meaning or not. You can make mistakes and they will take their toll; it will cost you if you're not careful.
"You Don't Fool Me": I've previously described this song as a snapshot of a city at dusk, with an electric blue sky reflected off the cold steel glass of skyscraper, between which the lights of the cars and signs dance and glitter. A song literally built from nothing, it contains one of Brian's best guitar solos in my opinion. We've entered a place where, like the previous song warned us, love and lust can betray us.
"A Winter's Tale": Closing the album with hope, peace and contentment, long sought after in "Mother Love" and found before these brothers in arms finally let go of their fallen comrade. This is a winter and Christmas standard in my home every year and sounds a little out of place in August (though not as much as "Thank God It's Christmas") unless I'm listening to the whole album.
"It's A Beautiful Day (Reprise)": bookending the album and building off the single version, this piece leads us to believe the album will end with percussive cacophoney (and it does if you're listening to the LP or cassette). Instead, it slips into a long mellow musical landscape; someplace surreal and peaceful. I don't subscribe to the point of view that the three tracks which make up this piece are three seperate (linked) pieces. I've always held that these are one song, amusingly cut into three sections for the band's amusement. "Yeah" is not a song, it's part of the Reprise, as is the continuing ambient section.
Made In Heaven represents the last Queen album featuring the familiar line up. It's not Queen's last album, it's simply Queen's last album with Freddie Mercury. As well as being an honest and successful effort in closing that chapter, the album represents Queen's career as a whole. Represented are Queen and solo tracks, a B-side and new songs. It carries with it that fractured past, but gains strength from the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.
"You Don't Fool Me": I've previously described this song as a snapshot of a city at dusk, with an electric blue sky reflected off the cold steel glass of skyscraper, between which the lights of the cars and signs dance and glitter.
Dude, I know exactly how you feel. I once spent an entire first date with a post it stuck to my left shoe. I still cringe.
|Totally enjoyed this thread and the comments...
First of all, I stay away from ranking songs on a something of 10 basis. I think more of how the songs fit the album. Are 'Doin Alright', 'The Night Comes Down', 'Nevermore', 'You Take My Breath Away', 'My Meloncholy Blues' etc.....10/10? Most likely not. Where the songs are on the albums, the flow, and...of course, the songs.....well, the sum of the parts...
anyhoo.............if one were to grade it against other 'codas'...re: Led Zeppelin's 'Coda' for example......this release far outshines the mighty Zep. And any other post-mortem releases.
Recall the time when MIH was released, how you all felt at the time.........the sadness for Freddie, the realization that 'this was it', the trepidation of 'will it be any good', ............and years later, it was, and still is, a magnificient finale.
I have problems with the excessive drums at times (as do my speakers when the volume is up)......but me and my friends still love it. I do not include 'You Don't Fool Me' on my version.........it does not fit the flow, I never liked the Queen 'funk'. That being said, I wish the keyboards were piano and not synth, but the guitar solo is one of Brian's best.........so I don't hate it. It's just that 'A Winter's Tale' is so much better following TMLWKY (oh, and what a bonus to the wife to have Freddie sing the lead to that track).
Due to cassette time limits of the time........eliminate YDFM, and include about 5 minutes of Track 13...............and it is one of their five best albums. 'Let Me Live' would garner a ranking of 15/10 for me............finally, all three do LVs (what took them so long for that?!?!?!).
(sidenote: I would really have thought that Q+PR would have performed this one........think about it,)
MLHBS.......two years later before I heard the original.......I like them both equally.
Mother Love and A Winter's Tale (why wasn't this on GH3...it hit #5 in the UK gawdamnit)...........who did anything better during that time? ABD and HFE........fab.
Queen.........as I knew them.
We listen to 'Innuendo', various Freddie solo stuff, and this CD (in its entirety) every November.
wish I could write a review as well as so many before me........but I tried. I (we) love this album. So did my R n R friends in Michigan. It was great then, it's great now, and it will be great twenty years from now. Timeless.
|Goodco, I ask this not with the intention of being disparaging or contrary, so please don't think I'm implying you're in anyway "wrong" or not entitled to your opinion. I'd just like to know what you think.
Do you suppose excluding songs you don't like from your versions of Queen albums hinders any chance that the songs' merits will someday outweigh or overcome those things about the songs you don't like?
Put another way, if you kept the songs on the album, do you think they would ever grew on you?
When I first heard the song "Sheer Heart Attack" I really didn't like it. As in I actively didn't care to hear it. I'd either fast-forward through the tape or turn it down if could reach the volume knob on my stereo. I don't know what it was about it that turned me off exactly, but my best guess was just the harshness of the style. The revving guitars, the inaudible lyrics, the feedback at the end. I was like, "What were they thinking?"
There were times when I couldn't turn it down or forward through it, so I was forced to listen to it (sitting at my drafting table, working on an art assignment). Gradually, little things popped out of the "noise"...Brian's little guitar wails...a few lyrics got my attention...most significantly I started hearing the guitar riff played beneath the feedback. I stopped turning song down when it came on and found myself liking it as much as any song on the album. And all this took place easily over about a year.
Maybe that was a benefit of playing it off a cassette (or in some cases LPs, of which most of my Queen collection consisted at one point), where skipping a track was more involved than just hitting the "next" button. Or like today where it's as easy as excluding it from the playlist altogether.
Anyway, I'm just curious about your thoughts on this? Are these songs, for you, beyond redemption?
Again...not trying to pick a fight. Just curious.
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I could write for hours on my preferences. For now........my age (52), my Michigan friends and roots, a work area that had cohorts visit for 10-45 minutes at a time. Do you think I'd want someone sitting there for ten minutes and hearing 'Pain Is So Close To Pleasure' or 'Back Chat' or .............
As with all the individuals on this message board that listen to various LPs.of various artists....it's what we like and dislike.
Not limited to Queen. Or the solo releases. Beatles 'For Sale', Sgt. Pepper, White Album, Get Back/Let It Be'......REM, REO, Dream Theater, etc..........sometimes it was one song or three. Various other artists...........to hell with the album, only 1-3 tracks were worth putting onto a 'best of' or assorted disk.
Boring perhaps, but..........I was working in the garage this week, limited to a cassette deck, and put on my Aerosmith 'Toys In The Attic' from almost 30 years ago. 'Big Ten Inch' was deleted. I hated it then. I still hate it. It sounded 'childish' and still does.
It all comes down to preferences
|Hey, I'm all for mix tapes (now CDs) at work. You gotta know your audience.
What about at home? In the car?
I just hate to see you (or anyone) miss out on the chance to fall in love (or just fall in like) with something that didn't grab them at first. I appreciate, too, that some stuff may never grab you. That's just life.
|I think Richard and YV should have a 'sticky note' or column, devoted specifically to what everyone on the board that posts would have prefered for each album. I've made a comment or three on various ones, I do enjoy reading the various changes (ie....Jealousy after DSMN really has me thinking of changing my JAZZ order). Whenever various newbies come up with a comment....well ....after a while...........one either does not post, or one just glances onward to another thread.|
|the zone ain't workin so well today
doin alright as to the thread, and adding on........GH 1 and 2 could, and should, have had the orders changed. Don't get us started as to GH 3............
|I listened to Made in Heaven before I ever listened to their solo material, so these are the versions I heard first.
To me, these are the best versions of each song. The only original that I think is equally as good is Brian's TMLWKY and, eventhough I enjoy Roger singing Heaven for Everyone with The Cross, I see no point in listening to Freddie singing that song with an inferior band.
My Life has Been Saved is kinda "meh" for me, but the B-side version has a bit more guitar and I like it. It still sounds like a B-side.
The Mr. Bad Guy songs sound soooo dated.
|funny how the hard core queen fan puts down some of freddie's solo stuff, but whenever i put in the solo collection DVD for friends who arn't big Queen fans they alway's enjoy the ride of solo freddie mercury. Sometimes they even enjoy it more than queen. I was born to love you as an example of queen fans saying how dated it is, but whenever i put that DVD on people's eye's don't leave the man, and ususally love the dance sound of the song...... "entertaining" is the word they use. "talented" is another. They also are impressed by the musical directions he goes in. Barcelona and then living on my own as an example. I still think music fans, including so called Queen fans still don't realize the talent that was Freddie mercury. that he could go from singing living on my own and then the next video showing him sing the golden boy with an opera diva. All on one short DVD. Pretty amazing if you ask me, and deserves way more respect than he gets around here.|
MIH is very much (pardon hte poor analogy) like a patchwork quilt that
your aunt/grandmother might make. it was put together with love and the
best of intent, but generally it was made from bits n bobs and really
honestly, if it hadn't been made by someone you love, you'd probably
never have kept it. some of the material used for this particular quilt
wasn't the best and does appear a little frayed around the edges.
i happen to be very fond of that quilt!! It saved me that one night on the park bench...
Saved me it did.
Oh Lord, i thank the lord above... my life has been saved?
Speaking on that song... it's pretty grisly if you think about it... B side of Scandal was it?
As for the album... the band was in the "miracle" phase when i first found out about them... casette of Live Killers... Radio Play BoRhap, STL, YMBF...etc... and one video of "I Want It All" that oddly was on circulation on a public access show...
So when i managed to get a job and some funds (i was young)... i bought up the albums in random order. MIH was actually the last purchase i'd made. I think it rates strongly.... as a favorite, it's in my top 3.... (which is always a tie) The album is definitely orchestrated...but it's STRONG... songs like "You Don't Fool Me" add the usual flavor that most Queen albums had... and oddly keep it from being a Requiem.
The tone and note of the album resound, but like so many people hear have said, it gives a keen listener a reflection of life and a suggestion that "geezus, really get your shit together...APPRECIATE IT. Cause this ride ain't forever".
..all this WITHOUT sappiness.
That said... lose "I was born to Love you"... weakest track... Bri, Rog & Deacy should have redid "Body Language"
|Made in Heaven. Just listened to it earlier toaday.
It's a Beautiful Day - 6/10 - Not meant to be a 10/10
Made in Heaven - 10/10 - Outstanding track
Let Me Live - 10/10 - Fantasticaly emotional
Mother Love - 10/10 - unique and piogant
My Life Has Been Saved 10/10 - One of Queen's greatest ballads
I Was Born to Love You - 10/10 - Good feelin rock n roll ballad
Heaven for Everyone - 10/10 - Brilliant, powerful with a good meaning
Too Much Love Will Kill You - 10/10 - Great power ballad
You Don't Fool Me - 9/10 - The solo is fab
A Winter's Tale - 10/10 - Best track from the album
It's a ..... 8/10 - Good ending in the content
|Made in Heaven was not what it was promised to be - pre release it was hyped as Queen's last album recorded as Freddie's health failed. In reality it was bits and bobs left over from the Innuendo sessions and others and then some of Freddie's solo stuff , reworked, thrown in + My life has been saved (originally a scandal b side).
I remember picking it up in a Record store and being dissappointed seeing 'Made in Heaven' and 'I was born to love you' among others in the tracklisting.
I think the band were a little dishonest about the product during promotion for sales purposes.The casual listener may not have been familiar with some of Fred's solo stuff but to us die hard fans it was a bit of a kick in the teeth after all the anticipation.
And talking of 'My life has been saved' why take off Brian's Guitar signature ? the best thing about the song ! Nice enough melody but let's face it the lyrics are pretty duff.
With all this in mind it is difficult to consider it a proper Queen album. The final creative chapter will always be Innuendo to me. MIH is nothing more than an addendum.
On the positive side, the four full originals songs are rather good and could have probably found their way on to any Queen album and objectively as a whole the album stands up rather well against stuff like 'A Kind of Magic'.
|It's a Beautiful Day — 5/10 (just vocal improvisation without any prominent backing track)
Made in Heaven — 9/10 (great version, much better than Freddie's solo version and even 12" mix)
Let Me Live — 10/10 (great song)
Mother Love — 6/10 (not as good as it could be)
My Life Has Been Saved — 9/10 (original single mix is better)
I Was Born to Love You — 10/10 (my favourite song from this album, great improvement over Freddie's solo version)
Heaven for Everyone — 10/10 (again, very good version, even better than the Cross one, but it's shame that there's no Roger's lead vocals)
Too Much Love Will Kill You — 10/10 (don't know why, but all re-takes on this album are much better than originals)
You Don't Fool Me — 8/10 (good)
A Winter's Tale — 10/10 (Christmas and New Year is coming, good reason to listen this song)
It's a Beautiful Day (Reprise) — 10/10 (great rocker)
Yeah/Untitled — 10/10 (very odd and very interesting)
It's a Beautiful Day (Single version) — 8/10 (this mix loses some good pieces from the end of 'Reprise')
It's a Beautiful Day (Ross Robertson/DJ Koma Remix) — 9/10 (great remix)
Rock in Rio Blues — 9/10 (great vocals and great quality)
You Don't Fool Me (Late Mix) — 10/10 (best version of this song and one of best remixes ever)
You Don't Fool Me (Dub Dance Single Mix) — 9/10 (another good one)
You Don't Fool Me (B.S. Project Remix) — 7/10 to standard version and 8/10 to edit (some interesting disco tunes throughout whole song)
You Don't Fool Me (Dancing Divaz Remixes) — 1/10 (awful remixes!)
You Don't Fool Me (Remixes by Freddie Bastone) — 1/10 (really bad mixes, especially 'Queen Forever Megamix')
You Don't Fool Me (Sexy Club Mix) — 1/10 (crap and nothing more)
|Even if the songs separatedly are not great, I like the concept behind the album, and I find it very consistent too. I listened to it before knowing the existing versions of the songs (I prefer MIH versions).
"It's A Beautiful Day": Nice opener. I love Freddie's vocals, and this song is so stuck in my mind that almost every sunny day I feel like singing it. 7/10
"Made In Heaven": Just a regular song. 7/10
"Let Me Live": Although I like the idea of the three of them singing a verse each, I can't stand Roger's voice. Anyway, I love the gospel feel. 8/10
"Mother Love": I didn't like it when the album was released, but now that I know more about Queen, Freddie and the song, it touches me deeply, especially the last part, with the "Goin' back", the impromptu and so. 8/10
"My Life Has Been Saved": Optimistic song. 8/10
"I Was Born To Love You": I love it. For many years I would listen to the album skipping the previous 5 songs. 10/10
"Heaven For Everyone": I like Freddie's vocals. 8/10
"Too Much Love Will Kill You": I really liked Brian's version, and I was gladly surprised to hear Freddie's version (which is, of course, better). 10/10
"You Don't Fool Me": It's not very good but I like it. 8/10
"A Winter's Tale": One of Queen's most beautiful pieces. 10/10
"It's A Beautiful Day (Reprise)": I like it better than the no-reprise version. 8/10
|Oh Lord, i thank the lord above... my life has been saved? Speaking on that song... it's pretty grisly if you think about it...
Even more so if they included the orignal ending lines, "i'm in the Dark, I'm blind, i don't know whats coming to me."
The whole B-side version is much better to be honest.
|I became a fan of Queen after Freddie died, around 1993 or 1994. So, 'Made in Heaven' was my first and only "original album" release. I remember getting the album and sitting in my bedroom and listening to it straight through until the early hours of the morning. In stark contrast to "Innuendo," it was much more uplifting. I thought it was a perfect ending to the Queen catalog. One of my favorites, for sure.
I wonder what will be included on the re-issue?
|qrock wrote: I'll continue the review later.
Your next step would be adding A Winter's Tale, A beautiful day reprise track 12 & 13?
As it comes to personal taste with "polls" like this...
A Beautiful day 8/10 (great as alarm clock tune)
Made In Heaven 7/10 (kinda getting bored with it)
Let Me Live 7/10
Mother Love 9/10
My Life has been saved 5/10 (never liked it)
I was born to love you 8/10 (So glad Queen re-do this song)
heaven for everyone 10/10
Too much love will kill you 9/10 (I prefer Brian's version)
You don't fool me 8/10
A Winter's tale 10/10 (great song during winter time)
A Beautiful reprise 8/10
Track 12 & track 13 4/10 (never could figure out why this is on the album)
|It's A Beautiful Day - 8/10 - Makes me think of seals. Makes me happy. Great song.
Made In Heaven - 6/10 - Meh. It's okay, but I would have preferred something else.
Let Me Live - 9/10 - Fred, Rog and Bri singing together = win. Gets a bit boring after the last verse but still a great song.
Mother Love - 10/10 - Very emotional. Pretty much Freddie's last words, especially with the every-song-in-a-few-seconds at the end.
My Life Has Been Saved - 9/10 - I prefer it to the B-side version. Quite emotional.
I Was Born To Love You - 8/10 - Great rocker.
Heaven For Everyone - 8/10 - Good, but I prefer both versions by the Cross.
Too Much Love Will Kill You - 10/10 - Very emotional. Much better than Brian's version IMHO.
You Don't Fool Me - 10/10 - For some reason I love it. I can't explain why.
A Winthers Tale - 10/10 - Very emotional, another last-words-song. Should be at #1 every christmas.
It's A Beautiful Day repise - 9/10 - I like it. A bit too similar to the original one IMO, but it's not like they had much to work with.
Yeah - Too long.
Untitled - 7/10 - Queen meets Pink Floyd. Some of it is quite emotional, but having IABD loop over and over is a bit dull. They could have done so much more with this.