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Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona [Reissue Special Deluxe Edition] (2012)

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Barcelona is a collaborative studio album recorded by Freddie Mercury, lead singer of popular British rock band Queen, and operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé. It was released in 1988* and serves as the second and final album by Mercury to be recorded outside of Queen.
*1988 - Read below for the 2012 special edition.

After Barcelona was selected to host the 1992 Summer Olympics, Mercury was approached to write a song as a theme for the forthcoming games. The idea was to create a duet with Caballé, as she was from the city. He had been a long-standing admirer of her and she in turn grew to respect his talents very highly. They decided to work on an album together, with Mercury and Mike Moran taking the creative lead as songwriters. Mercury and Moran made and sent her tapes of the music with Mercury singing in falsetto as a guide vocal for Montserrat's parts. As they rarely had an opening in their schedule to meet, her parts were recorded at another location.

A special edition of the album was released on 3 September 2012. It features a new version of the album with the previous instrumental tracks replaced with new, live symphonic orchestration and percussion rather than synthesizers and drum machines. The new edition also has a new unique album cover.

The 2012 special edition replaces original instrumentation, created using synthesizers and samplers, with a full symphonic orchestra. "Ensueño", the fourth track, which originally featured only Mercury and Caballé singing over Moran's solo piano, was left unaltered, while the backing track to "Exercises in Free Love" was re-orchestrated and re-recorded.

The score was transcribed and re-orchestrated by Stuart Morley, the musical director for Queen's musical We Will Rock You, who is also the album's producer. Morley listened to the original record to capture the harmony and leading parts, then re-orchestrated the score with traditional paper, pen and eraser, using Rimsky-Korsakov's "Treatise on Orchestration" and "Scheherazade", Tchaikovsky's "Fourth Symphony" and Debussy's "La Mer" as a reference.

The score was performed by the Prague FILMharmonic Orchestra. Naoko Kikuchi recorded a koto part for "La Japonaise", while Rufus Taylor, the son of Queen member Roger Taylor, recorded drums for "The Golden Boy" and "How Can I Go On", and classical violinist David Garrett recorded a new violin solo for the latter. John Deacon's bass guitar remained in "How Can I Go On".

Barcelona
The song was composed and produced by Mike Moran and Freddie Mercury. The recording sessions include violins by Homi Kanga and Laurie Lewis, cello by Deborah Ann Johnston, horn by Barry Castle and percussion by Frank Ricotti. "Barcelona" was chosen to be the anthem of 1992 Olympics in Spain, but Mercury died less than seven months before the games. It was, however, featured as the city introductory video at the opening ceremony, and it was used as the title music to the BBC's coverage of the 1992 Summer Olympics. The music video was filmed at the world's largest nightclub, Ku, nowadays named Privilege in Ibiza.
Russell Watson covers it on his album The Voice with Shaun Ryder.

La Japonaise
The song was recorded on 9 November 1987 (an early demo comes from 1 September). Mercury wrote all the lyrics including the ones in Japanese, and sang some parts in falsetto which were kept on the final version.

The Fallen Priest
Originally a virtuoso piano piece by Moran with some high vocals from Mercury, it was named "Rachmaninov's Revenge" (demos come from 26 January and 19 February respectively). Then it was named "The Duet" and finally "The Fallen Priest" when Tim Rice wrote the lyrics for it. Elaine Paige was living with Rice at the time and she was working on an album of Queen covers. Also released in 1987 it was also produced by Moran who conducted the orchestra, wrote the arrangements and played piano and keyboards. The ending piano riff bears a strong resemblance to the ending of the first movement of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2.

Ensueño
When Mercury first met Montserrat Caballé on March 1987, he brought in a piece he and Moran had composed called "Exercises in Free Love", to which Caballé added lyrics and became "Ensueño" later on. She asked him to sing it in his natural speaking (baritone) voice. Unlike "Exercises", "Ensueño" does not include any orchestration or backing vocals: Mike Moran plays only a piano part as an accompaniment for the two singers.

The Golden Boy
This song also included lyrics from Rice and was recorded on 1 December 1987 (early demos come from 2 May and 9 November). The celebrity gospel choir featured Madeline Bell, Dennis Bishop, Lance Ellington, Miriam Stockley, Peter Straker, Mark Williamson, and Carol Woods. Straker was Mercury's friend who helped him out with some lyrics of "I'm Going Slightly Mad", and Stockley sang later on with Brian May.

Guide Me Home
Originally titled "Freddie's Overture", it was one of the last numbers to be written (early 1988). The song was originally released as a CD single in Japan with other tracks from the LP, "How Can I Go On" and "Overture Piccante" which was then released as a maxi CD single in the Netherlands in 2000.

How Can I Go On
This song comes from spring 1987. On the album its beginning is seamlessly merged with the end of the previous track. It features fellow Queen member John Deacon on bass.

Overture Piccante
The last track on the album mixes parts of other tracks into a new piece.

♬ ♪ ♫ Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona ♫ ♪ ♬

Track Listing:
CD 01 [New Orchestrated Version]
01. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona (05:44)
02. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - La Japonaise (04:52)
03. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - The Fallen Priest (05:47)
04. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Ensueño (04:23)
05. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - The Golden Boy (06:04)
06. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Guide Me Home (02:50)
07. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - How Can I Go On (03:50)
08. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Exercises In Free Love (03:57)
09. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Overture Piccante (06:48)
10. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé, David Garrett - How Can I Go On (03:57)
Playtime: 48:12

CD 02 [The Best of the Rarities & Session Outtakes]
01. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Exercises In Free Love [1987 B-Side] (04:28)
02. Freddie Mercury - Barcelona [Early Version; Freddie's Demo Voca] (04:22)
03. Freddie Mercury - La Japonaise [Early Version; Freddie's Demo Vocal] (04:41)
04. Freddie Mercury - Rachmaninov's Revenge [The Fallen Priest] [Later Version; Freddie's Demo Vocal] (05:52)
05. Montserrat Caballé - Ensueño [Monsterrat's Live Takes] (05:36)
06. Freddie Mercury - The Golden Boy [Early Version; Freddie's Demo Vocal] (03:54)
07. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Guide Me Home [Alternative Version] (02:50)
08. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - How Can I Go On [Alternative Version] (04:04)
09. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - How Can I Go On [Alternative Piano Version] (03:45)
Playtime: 39:32

CD 03 [Orchestral Version]
01. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona (05:39)
02. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - La Japonaise (04:53)
03. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - The Fallen Priest (05:48)
04. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Ensueño (04:02)
05. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - The Golden Boy (06:04)
06. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Guide Me Home (02:51)
07. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - How Can I Go On (03:36)
08. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Exercises In Free Love (03:57)
09. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Overture Piccante (06:43)
Playtime: 43:33

Total Playtime: 02:11:17

| Genre: Classical Crossover & Opera | Label: Universal Music Records | MP3: VBR0 (245~320kbps) | Scans: Front @1500px | Size: 267.27 MB |

NOTE:
If you prefer to have this album in FLAC format (1.6 GB), send me a PM and I'll up it for you, and send you the link.

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