QUEEN: Magic Years (A Visual Anthology) / VOLUME ONE – ‘The Foundations’
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VIDEO INFO: The first in a trilogy released in 1987, of hour-long collections of clips that were a combination of both archive material and newly shot footage for the production. Included, was live footage, fly-on-the-wall looks at studio recording and video shoots, interviews with the band and their entourage as well as with a wealth of celebrities, ranging from perhaps the obvious likes of Elton John and Paul McCartney; to more left-field contributors such as Jackie Stewart and Mel Smith. It's the anecdotes and opinions offered by numerous such people (many of whom seem to be chemically enhanced 80’s style) that are what makes this, over 30 years on, still interesting enough to revisit. Directed by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher a.k.a. ‘The Torepedo Twins’ who collaborated with the band on other work such as promo videos during this period; it was an official release, originally as 3 VHS cassettes which, although subsequently were transferred to DVD, remained as the 1987 VHS quality that you see here. Although higher quality/restored versions of a lot of the footage would reappear in further documentaries; this was the first time much of it had been seen for mass consumption and because it was released while the band were still very much active and Freddie Mercury very much alive, it has a historical value of its own because things are being discussed in the present tense which feels unusual now and because nowadays, such career retrospectives are commonplace even obligatory for acts of any stature; it’s easy to forget that this was considered quite a unique and ground-breaking approach to the concept when first released. I remember my Dad having the Video Cassettes and my watching them to death as a kid because it felt like unprecedented access at the time.
This First Volume (although the structure across all three is not particularly rigid or thematic) covers the formation of the band and introduction to their identity, as well as their approach to making promo videos and some studio footage of the writing and recording of ‘One Vision’ for the ‘A Kind Of Magic’ album.
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