Tuesday 11/29/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Queen – The Miracle (1989)

The Miracle is the thirteenth studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on May 22, 1989 by Parlophone Records and Capitol Records in both the United Kingdom and the US, respectively, where it was the band’s first and final studio album to be released on those respective labels. The album was recorded as the band recovered from Brian May’s marital problems and Freddie Mercury’s HIV diagnosis in 1987 (which was known to the band, though not publicised at the time). Recording started in January 1988 and lasted for an entire year. The album was originally going to be called The Invisible Men, but three weeks before the release, according to Roger Taylor, they changed the name to The Miracle. It was also the last Queen album with a photo of the band on the front cover.

The album reached number one in the UK, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, and number 24 on the US Billboard Top Pop Albums chart. AllMusic would name The Miracle as Queen’s best album of the 1980s, along with The Game. It would prove to be the band’s penultimate album to be recorded with Freddie Mercury, as he died on November 24, 1991, nine months after their next album, Innuendo, was released.

  1. “Party” 2:24
  2. “Khashoggi’s Ship” 2:47
  3. “The Miracle” 5:02
  4. “I Want It All” 4:41
  5. “The Invisible Man” 3:55
  6. “Breakthru” 4:08
  7. “Rain Must Fall” 4:20
  8. “Scandal” 4:42
  9. “My Baby Does Me” 3:22
  10. “Was It All Worth It” 5:45

Freddie Mercury – lead vocals (all tracks), backing vocals (all but 5), keyboards (1–4, 6, 7, 9, 10), drum machine (1)
Brian May – electric guitar (all tracks), backing vocals (1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10), keyboards (8, 10), acoustic guitar (4), co-lead vocals (1, 4)
Roger Taylor – drums (all but 9), backing vocals (1, 3–6, 10), percussion (2, 8, 10), drum machine (1, 7, 9), keyboards (5, 6), electric guitar (5), lead vocals (5, “Hijack My Heart”)
John Deacon – bass guitar (all tracks), electric guitar (1, 5, 7, 9), keyboards (7, 9)
David Richards – keyboards (4–6)