Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack Virgin/eMi Long-awaited Queen/Mercury biopic’s astonishing OST.
From the outset, there’s no mistaking that Bohemian Rhapsody is as authorised a project as it’s possible to get; even 20th Century Fox’s fanfare has been refashioned into a God Save The Queen-styled Brian May showcase. Whatever its widely anticipated accompanying visual element ultimately delivers (and its trailers bode exceptionally well), Bohemian Rhapsody’s soundtrack is as dramatically paced, unrelentingly emotive and intrinsically cinematic as it’s reasonably possible for any flat piece of circular plastic to be.
Landmark hits are included as originally recorded but, as Queen were only truly Queen in the live arena, there are also performance clips to ramp up the dynamism and zing the heartstrings raw (Keep Yourself Alive at the Rainbow, Now I’m Here at
Hammy Odeon, a powerful, crowd-sung rendition of Love Of My Life at Rock In Rio).
But the jewel in BoRap: The Movie’s crown comes towards its conclusion: the rock generation’s JFK moment. Everyone knows where they were when Queen played Live Aid, and hearing Freddie Mercury’s voice cracking during the coda of their Lazarus-like Wembley resurrection’s We Are The Champions is a glorious, throatlumping ordeal. An ET moment with a soaring solo. Before The Show Must Go On wrings out our last available tear, Don’t Stop Me Now appears in newly retooled form, and you cannot help but ask yourself: has there been a better song released this century? Probably not.
Ultimately, BoRap is triumphal, moving, thrilling… an epic. And that’s just the soundtrack.
Would that Fred was still alive to see it.