One Vision

One Vision (Album Version) 5:10
Written by Queen
Appears on: A Kind Of Magic, Track 1


One Vision (Single Version) 4:02

Written by Queen
Appears on: US & UK One Vision 7" vinyl
, Greatest Hits II, UK A Kind of Magic 3" CD single, Japan A Kind of Magic 3" CD single, Jewels II, Absolute Greatest vinyl/CD, UK The Singles Collection Volume 3, UK 2011 A Kind Of Magic Deluxe CD
A fairly major edit of the album version. The intro is much shorter, which works really well. The outro to the song has been edited out completely which makes it more radio friendly. Not a bad edit at all.

One Vision (Extended Version) 6:28
Written by Queen
Appears on: UK & US One Vision 12" vinyl
, A Kind of Magic Hollywood Remaster (1991)

Basically the same as the album cut, just with a much longer percussion section in the middle with plenty of drums and various Freddie bits. Gets to be a bit much after a while, but there are certainly worse extended versions.

One Vision (Classic Queen Version) 4:39
Written by Queen
Appears on: Classic Queen

Similar to the single mix except that it retains the full intro. The outro is again edited here for the CD. I don't see why they just didn't use the single mix.

One Vision (US Promo Edit) 3:46
Written by Queen
Appears on: US One Vision 7" vinyl promo

Again, similar to the single edit, just with more of the intro trimmed. Kind of a pointless edit, but it still sounds good.

One Vision (Karaoke Version) 4:02
Written by Queen
Appears on: Greatest Karaoke Hits

An instrumental version of the single edit. No click track.

One Vision (The eYe Version 1) 0:32
Written by Queen
Appears on: Queen: The eYe

From the Electronic Arts videogame, Queen: The eYe. Simply the distorted vocal opening to the album version.

One Vision (The eYe Version 2) 2:27
Written by Queen
Appears on: Queen: The eYe

From the Electronic Arts videogame, Queen: The eYe. An instrumental edit of the main middle section of the album track.

One Vision (Outtake)
Written by Queen
Appears on: Unreleased

This track premiered at the 2006 Dutch Fan Club Convention. From the A Kind Of Magic sessions, 1985.

A Kind Of Vision (Demo, August 1985) 3:24

Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on: UK 2011 A Kind Of Magic Deluxe CD

As Roger Taylor explained in numberous interviews, including the commentary on Absolute Greatest, One Vision and A Kind Of Magic actually started as the same song. Until the 2011 Deluxe CD release, we didn't know that there was actually a demo recorded of this unified idea. This demo features Freddie on lead vocals and is more similar to A Kind Of Magic than it is to One Vision. Regardless, this is a very entertaining and surprising inclusion to the 2011 Remasters.

A Kind Of Magic

A Kind Of Magic (Album Version) 4:24
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
A Kind Of Magic, Track 2

A Kind Of Magic (Extended Version) 6:25

Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on: UK A Kind of Magic 12" vinyl, 12" Collection CD

The first 3 minutes is basically the album version. After that, the mix takes off into a long instrumental section and back into the regular mix. The extra instrumental bit adds a little to the song.

A Kind Of "A Kind of Magic" 3:37
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on: UK A Kind of Magic CD
, US Capitol Records A Kind of Magic CD
An interesting instrumental of A Kind Of Magic. Some of Freddie's vocals appear throughout the song to keep it from being a straight instrumental. It is very similar to the instrumental sections of the extended version.

A Kind Of Magic (Highlander Version) 4:23
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on: UK 2011 A Kind Of Magic Deluxe CD

This is quite possibly the best version of A Kind Of Magic released. This is the original version that Roger had in mind before Freddie "locked hiimself away" with the track. The album version ended up being slightly poppy and dance oriented. This original version was much more somber and atmospheric.

A Kind Of Magic (Highlander Version Gallery Edit) 4:08
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on: Queen Wembley '86 DVD

The Highlander Version of A Kind Of Magic made a DVD appearance 8 years before it appeared on the 2011 Deluxe CD. If you access the gallery on Disc 2 of the Live At Wembley Statdium DVD, this version of A Kind Of Magic is played. It is slightly shorter than the full version. The final 15 seconds or so are removed, ending with an early fade-out.

A Kind Of Magic (Highlander Version End Credits Edit) 3:59
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on: The Highlander DVD

The same as the original version, just with some of the opening sound effects edited out. This is played during the end credits of the Highlander film.

A Kind Of Magic (Karaoke Version) 4:13
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on: Greatest Karaoke Hits

An awesome instrumental version. Great to hear all the little things you couldn't before. The click track is made of finger snaps to blend better into the song.

A Kind Of Magic (Hot Tracks Remix) 7:33
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on: US Hot Tracks 12" promo

A pretty decent unofficial remix. This is a much longer remix than the extended version, this track features some interesting looping and phasing sound effects. Not bad at all.

A Kind Of Magic (The eYe Version 1) 4:25
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on: Queen: The eYe

From the Electronic Arts videogame, Queen: The eYe. A full instrumental version of the album track.

A Kind Of Magic (The eYe Version 2) 0:06
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on: Queen: The eYe

From the Electronic Arts videogame, Queen: The eYe. A vocal sample of Freddie singing "Ha, ha ha, its magic!" lifted straight from the album track.

One Year Of Love

One Year Of Love (Album Version) 4:26
Written by John Deacon
Appears on: A Kind Of Magic, Track 3


One Year Of Love (Extended Version) 6:40
Written by John Deacon
Appears on: Highlander - The Immortal Edition

The track begins with an almost 2 minute long instrumental section that features parts of the regular mix. Basically it starts out sounding like a remix of an instrumental version. Most of Freddie's vocals appear close together now without much instrumentation in between. The long saxophone part still appears. If you take out the first 2 minutes, it would be a good single remix.

One Year Of Love (Promo Edit) 3:51
Written by John Deacon
Appears on: Hollywood Records One Year Of Love promo CD

An instrumental section being cut out and a slight remix of the ending characterize this promo edit. Up until 3:39, this track is identical to the album version. After this point, the album version has an instrumental solo that is edited out of the Promo Edit version. The track ends by playing the last few seconds of the album version outro.

One Year Of Love (Unreleased Demo)
Written by John Deacon
Appears on: Unreleased

Unreleased demo version from Town House Studios Jan 25, 1986.

Pain Is So Close To Pleasure

Pain Is So Close To Pleasure (Album Version) 4:21
Written by Freddie Mercury/John Deacon
Appears on: A Kind Of Magic, Track 4

Pain Is So Close To Pleasure (Single Remix) 3:52
Written by Freddie Mercury/John Deacon
Appears on: US Pain Is So Close To Pleasure 7" vinyl, US Pain Is So Close To Pleasure 12" vinyl
, UK The Singles Collection Volume 3, UK 2011 A Kind Of Magic Deluxe CD
An excellent remix of the album version featuring a different (and better) intro, a few more instrumental bursts in the middle, and a new fading outro. Superior to the album version and worth a listen.

Pain Is So Close To Pleasure (Extended Version) 6:01
Written by Freddie Mercury
/John Deacon
Appears on: US Pain Is So Close To Pleasure 12" vinyl, 12" Collection CD

An extended mix of the single version, not the album version. The intro is much longer (1 min. 20 sec.), featuring some added bass and percussion effects. The outro is longer and features some nice guitar from Brian. A very good extended mix.

Friends Will Be Friends

Friends Will Be Friends (Album Version) 4:07
Written by Freddie Mercury/John Deacon
Appears on: A Kind Of Magic, Track 5

Friends Will Be Friends (Extended Version) 6:13
Written by Freddie Mercury/John Deacon
Appears on: UK Friends Will Be Friends 12" vinyl
Has a unique repeating chorus intro with a long instrumental section (piano, bass, drums, guitar). From there it basically goes into the album mix with a minute long instrumental outro.

Friends Will Be Friends Will Be Friends 5:50
Written by Freddie Mercury/John Deacon
Appears on: UK A Kind of Magic CD, US Capitol Records A Kind of Magic CD
, UK 2011 A Kind Of Magic Deluxe CD
Exactly the same as the extended version with the outro fading out sooner. Fairly pointless.

Friends Will Be Friends (VHS Video Version) 4:20
Written by Freddie Mercury and John Deacon
Appears on: Greatest Flix II

A slightly unique mix of the album version. Includes extra audio and drums at the end from the audience and Roger.

Friends Will Be Friends (DVD Video Version) 4:23
Written by Freddie Mercury and John Deacon
Appears on: Greatest Video Hits 2
The audio in this version is almost identical to the VHS Version, but the ending portion with the audience is slightly extended.


Friends Will Be Friends (Karaoke Version) 4:17

Written by Freddie Mercury and John Deacon
Appears on: Greatest Karaoke Hits
An instrumental of the video version of the song. Includes crowd participation audio from the video.

Who Wants To Live Forever

Who Wants To Live Forever (Album Version) 5:15
Written by Brian May
Appears on: A Kind Of Magic, Track 6


Who Wants To Live Forever (Single Edit) 4:00
Written by Brian May
Appears on: UK Who Wants To Live Forever 7" vinyl
, UK Who Wants To Live Forever 12" vinyl, UK The Singles Collection Volume 3
This is an edit that takes quite a bit from the album mix. The long 2 minute outro and the "who waits forever anyway" parts are omitted here altogether. In it's place is the "who wants to live forever" chorus part until it fades out at 4:00.

Who Wants To Live Forever (Greatest Hits II Version) 4:57
Written by Brian May
Appears on: Greatest Hits II
, Absolute Greatest vinyl/CD
Same as the album mix minus some of the instrumental outro.

Who Wants To Live Forever (Video Version) 4:00
Written by Brian May
Appears on: Greatest Flix II, Greatest Video Hits 2
, Highlander - The Immortal Edition
The audio from the video version of Who Wants To Live Forever is the same as the Single Edit, except that there is an additional guitar wail at 3:19.

Who Wants To Live Forever (Karaoke Version) 4:00
Written by Brian May
Appears on: Greatest Karaoke Hits

Instrumental of the Video Version. No click track.

Who Wants To Live Forever (Freddie Vocal Version) 4:57
Written by Brian May
Appears on: Unreleased

Same as the album mix, just with Freddie singing the opening vocal verses instead of Brian. This can be heard in the Highlander movie.

Who Wants To Live Forever (Skip Demo 1) 0:38
Written by Brian May
Appears on: Unreleased
This is a very early, rough demo of Who Wants To Live Forever. The demo has Brian messing around with a synthesizer, working out the basic melody of the track. This is owned and was shared by John S. Stuart on the Queenzone.com website.

Who Wants To Live Forever (Skip Demo 2) 5:05
Written by Brian May
Appears on: Unreleased
This demo is much more fleshed out and complete than the first "skip demo." The melody of the track is almost complete and sounds very familiar to anyone who knows the final version. The same synthesizer sound matches the one on the first skip demo. Again, this is owned and was shared by John S. Stuart on the Queenzone.com website.

Who Wants To Live Forever (Demo Versions)

Written by Brian May
Appears on: Unreleased
There are four supposed demo versions of this song that are in the archives. Who knows if they will ever see the light of day.

Gimme The Prize (Kurgan's Theme)

Gimme The Prize (Kurgan's Theme) (Album Version) 4:34
Written by Brian May
Appears on: A Kind Of Magic, Track
7

Gimme The Prize (The Eye Instrumental Remix) 4:02
Written by Brian May, Remixed by Josh Macrae
Appears on: UK No One But You CD Single, UK No One But You 7" vinyl
, UK The Singles Collection Volume 4
Freddie's vocals are gone altogether in this instrumental mix, but keeps the overdubs with Kurgan from the Highlander movie. Brian's guitar solo is missing as well. Still neat to hear though.

Gimme The Prize (The eYe Version 1) 4:03
Written by Brian May
Appears on: Queen: The eYe

From the Electronic Arts videogame, Queen: The eYe. An excellent version that is quite different to the album version. There is no guitar intro, instead this version starts with Freddie's vocals. All of Kurgan's lines are edited out of the track and sword-fighting sound effects from Highlander are gone as well. I prefer this version to the album version.

Gimme The Prize (The eYe Version 2) 4:12
Written by Brian May
Appears on: Queen: The eYe

From the Electronic Arts videogame, Queen: The eYe. An instrumental mix, with no lead vocals or Kurgan dialogue from Highlander. The middle section before Brian's drum solo has some new effects as well. The last 10 seconds are completely silent.

Gimme The Prize (The eYe Version 3) 4:11
Written by Brian May
Appears on: Queen: The eYe

From the Electronic Arts videogame, Queen: The eYe. A hybrid of the other 2 "Eye" mixes, this one has both Freddies vocals and Kurgan (who even has some extra lines), but no sword-fighting effects. Again, there is no guitar intro and the added effects from version 2 are retained. 8 seconds of silence end the track.

Don't Lose Your Head

Don't Lose Your Head (Album Version) 4:38
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on:
A Kind Of Magic, Track 8

Don't Lose Your Head (The eYe Version 1) 1:59
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on: Queen: The eYe

From the Electronic Arts videogame, Queen: The eYe. An instrumental remix edit. The opening starts with some interesting extra drumming and percussion. More or less, it is a lot like an instrumental of the first 2 minutes of the album version. Drums overall sound different and there's some differences with the sound of the keyboards. There's a slight guitar bit retained as well. Ends nicely and originally with a long synthesized note.

Don't Lose Your Head (The eYe Version 2) 4:40
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on: Queen: The eYe

From the Electronic Arts videogame, Queen: The eYe. This is simply the complete album version.

Princes Of The Universe

Princes Of The Universe 3:33
Written by Freddie Mercury
Appears on: A Kind Of Magic, Track 9

Princes Of The Universe (Video Version) 3:38
Written by Freddie Mercury
Appears on: Greatest Flix II, Greatest Video Hits 2, Highlander - The Immortal Edition

The video version audio is the same as the album version with an additional few seconds of Christopher Lambert dialogue from The Highlander movie.

Princes Of The Universe (The eYe Version) 1:09
Written by Freddie Mercury
Appears on: Queen: The eYe

From the Electronic Arts videogame, Queen: The eYe. An instrumental edit of the first minute of the song. Surprisingly, the track has a brief piano intro, possibly from an outtake. Very interesting, just for the extra piano bit.

Forever

Forever 3:24
Written by Brian May
Appears on: UK A Kind of Magic CD, US Capitol Records A Kind of Magic CD
, UK Who Wants To Live Forever 12" vinyl, A Kind of Magic Hollywood Remaster (1991), UK The Singles Collection Volume 3, UK 2011 A Kind Of Magic Deluxe CD
Brian on piano and Spike Edney on synthesizer playing the melody of Who Wants To Live Forever. Sounds great!

Forever (The eYe Version) 3:24
Written by Brian May
Appears on: Queen: The eYe

From the Electronic Arts videogame, Queen: The eYe. Quite simply the album version.

Blurred Vision

Blurred Vision 4:40
Written by Queen
Appears on: US & UK One Vision 7", US & UK One Vision 12" vinyl
, UK The Singles Collection Volume 3
Basically a very long percussion version of One Vision with no vocals (except for some various sound effects). Kind of boring to be honest.

A Dozen Red Roses For My Darling

A Dozen Red Roses For My Darling 4:44
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on: UK A Kind of Magic 7" vinyl, UK A Kind of Magic 3" CD single, Japan A Kind of Magic 3" CD single, UK The Singles Collection Volume 3
An instrumental track by Roger, inspired by the instrumental parts of Don't Lose Your Head. Basically all percussion and keyboards and a very interesting listen. Much more enjoyable than Blurred Vision.

A Dozen Red Roses For My Darling (Extended Version) 5:00
Written by Roger Taylor
Appears on: UK A Kind of Magic 12" vinyl

The regular mix with an added percussion intro that actually adds quite a bit. This is the better of the two.

New York, New York

New York, New York 0:37
Written by Kander/Ebb
Appears on: Highlander DVD
Freddie singing a portion of Sinatra's New York, New York. Sounds awesome! Too bad there isn't a full version.


Friends In Pain

Friends In Pain (Unreleased Demo)
Written by ?
Appears on: Unreleased

No information is known at this time.


You're The Only One

You're The Only One
Written by ?
Appears on: Unreleased

A slow song, this demo, presumably from the A Kind Of Magic sessions, is Freddie on the piano in the early stages of developing the song. There are no real lyrics, just the title as a sort of chorus and Freddie gently singing "I'm so sorry" and "dee dee dee deeing" his way through as he normally does before lyrics are written.

Back To Storm

Back To Storm (Demo) 1:37
Written by Unknown (Most likely Freddie)
Appears on: Unreleased

A demo, rumored to be from the early A Kind Of Magic sessions in Munich surfaced in the bootleg/trading community some time ago. It was given the title Back To Storm, most likely by a collector. In listening to the lyrics, it sounds more like "coming on much too strong" as opposed to "back to storm." Regardless, the track features Freddie on vocals
. There are keyboards, bass, and drum as well. It sounds as though the drums are genuine and not programmed.

Back To Storm (Little Instrumental Boogie Demo) 0:42
Written by Unknown (Most likely Freddie)
Appears on: Unreleased

To go along with the Back To Storm demo, an instrumental version has been leaked as well. This is just Freddie on piano working through the notes and tempo. I would assume the song was written by Freddie based off of this instrumental demo.