The Miracle (1989)

The Miracle is the thirteenth album by British rock band Queen, released in 1989. It was recorded as the band recovered from Brian May’s marital problems and Freddie Mercury’s AIDS diagnosis (which was, though known to the band, not publicised at the time). Recording started in January 1988 and lasted twelve months.

The album was originally going to be called “The Invisible Man”, but three weeks before the release, according to Roger Taylor, they decided to change the name to The Miracle. The striking cover art utilised the Quantel Paintbox, then state of the art image-manipulation technology, to combine photographs of the familiar faces of the four band members into one morphed Gestalt image, in line with their decision to dispense with individual credits and simply present their music as the product of Queen; the back cover went a step further with a seamless regiment of the bands’ eyes. Derek Riggs, best known for illustrating Iron Maiden covers, claims that Queen “stole” the idea for this album cover from his cover for the single The Clairvoyant. The album reached #1 in the UK, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, and #24 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The Miracle is estimated to have sold 9.5 million copies. Allmusic would name it as Queen’s best album of the 1980s, along with The Game.

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The Miracle / Stone Cold Crazy – PARLOPHONE QUEEN15 UK (1989) ~ Normal sleeve
The Miracle / Stone Cold Crazy – PARLOPHONE QUEENH15 UK (1989) ~ Hologram sleeve
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The Miracle / Stone Cold Crazy – PARLOPHONE 006 20 3643 7 GERMANY (1989)
The Miracle / Stone Cold Crazy – PARLOPHONE A 2347 AUSTRALIA (1989)
The Miracle / My Brave Face (Paul McCartney) – YPS 048 JAPAN (1989) ~ Promotional copy – No PS
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Scandal / My Life Has Been Saved – PARLOPHONE QUEEN14 UK (1989)
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Scandal / My Life Has Been Saved – PARLOPHONE QUEEN14 UK (1989) ~ Promo edition
Scandal / My Life Has Been Saved – PARLOPHONE QUEENP14 UK (1989) ~ Double sided poster bag
Scandal / My Life Has Been Saved – PARLOPHONE 006 20 3544 7 GERMANY (1989)
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Scandal / My Life Has Been Saved – PARLOPHONE 2035447 FRANCE (1989)
Scandal / My Life Has Been Saved – PARLOPHONE 006 20 3544 7 ITALY (1989)
Scandal / My Life Has Been Saved – PARLOPHONE 006 20 3544 7 ITALY (1989)
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Scandal / My Life Has Been Saved – PARLOPHONE A 2310 AUSTRALIA (1989)
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Scandal / My Life Has Been Saved – EMI 4890 GUATEMALA (1989) ~ No PS
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Scandal / Scandal – CAPITOL 7PRO-79779 USA (1989) ~ No PS. Promo white label. “Not for sale” on label
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The Invisible Man / Hijack My Heart – PARLOPHONE QUEEN12 UK (1989)
The Invisible Man / Hijack My Heart – PARLOPHONE QUEENX12 UK (1989) ~ Clear Vinyl
The Invisible Man / Hijack My Heart – PARLOPHONE 006 20 3487 7 GERMANY (1989)
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The Invisible Man / Hijack My Heart – PARLOPHONE 06 2034877 ITALY (1989)
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The Invisible Man / Hijack My Heart – PARLOPHONE 2282 AUSTRALIA (1989)
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The Invisible Man / The Invisible Man (edit) – PARLOPHONE PAL-61221 PHILIPPINES (1989) ~ No PS
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I Want It All / Hang On In There – PARLOPHONE QUEEN10 UK (1989)
I Want It All / Hang On In There – PARLOPHONE QUEEN10 UK (1989) ~ Promo pack with lyrics and photo
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I Want It All / Hang On In There – PARLOPHONE 2033607 FRANCE (1989)
I Want It All / Hang On In There – PARLOPHONE 006 203360 7 GERMANY (1989)
I Want It All / Hang On In There - PARLOPHONE 006 203360 7 SPAIN (1989)
I Want It All / Hang On In There – PARLOPHONE 006 203360 7 SPAIN (1989)
I Want It All / Hang On In There – PARLOPHONE A 2222 AUSTRALIA (1989) ~ No PS
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I Want It All / Hang On In There – PARLOPHONE A 2222 AUSTRALIA (1989) ~ Signed by Brian May on February 25th, 2016
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I Want It All / Hang On In There – PARLOPHONE 06 2033607 ITALY (1989) ~ Promo ediion. “Campione gratuito” on cover
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I Want It All / Hang On In There – PARLOPHONE 06 2033607 ITALY (1989)
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I Want It All / Hang On In There – PARLOPHONE 2033607 PORTUGAL (1989)
I Want It All / Hang On In There – TOSHIBA-EMI PRP-1397 JAPAN (1989) ~ Promotional copy
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I Want It All / I Want It All – CAPITOL P-B-44372 USA (1989) ~ Promotional copy – No PS
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I Want It All / Hang On In There – CAPITOL B-44372 USA (1989)
I Want It All / Satisfied (Richard Marx) – EMI 00 1793677 ITALY (1989) ~ Jukebox – No PS
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I Want It All / Satisfied (Richard Marx) – EMI 00 1793677 ITALY (1989) ~ Jukebox – SPER promo cover
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I Want It All / The Invisible Man – EMI SEC-700 MEXICO (1989) ~ Promotional copy – No PS. Labels in Spanish
I Want It All / My Brave Face (Paul McCatrney) - EMI 522 ARGENTINA (1989) ~ Promotional copy - No PS. Labels in Spanish - Side A
I Want It All / My Brave Face (Paul McCartney) – EMI 522 ARGENTINA (1989) ~ Promotional copy – No PS. Labels in Spanish – Side A
I Want It All / My Brave Face (Paul McCatrney) - EMI 522 ARGENTINA (1989) ~ Promotional copy - No PS. Labels in Spanish - Side B
I Want It All / My Brave Face (Paul McCartney) – EMI 522 ARGENTINA (1989) ~ Promotional copy – No PS. Labels in Spanish – Side B
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I Want It All / Hang On In There – EMI EMIJ 2033607 SOUTH AFRICA (1989) ~ No PS
Breakthru / Stealin’ – PARLOPHONE QUEEN11 UK (1989)
Breakthru / Stealin’ – PARLOPHONE QUEENPD11 UK (1989) ~ Shaped Picture disc
Breakthru / Stealin' - PARLOPHONE QUEENPD11 UK (1989) ~ Uncut Picture disc
Breakthru / Stealin’ – PARLOPHONE QUEENPD11 UK (1989) ~ Uncut Picture disc
Breakthru / Stealin’ – PARLOPHONE 006 203421 7 GERMANY (1989)
Breakthru / Stealin' - PARLOPHONE 06 2034217 ITALY (1989)
Breakthru / Stealin’ – PARLOPHONE 06 2034217 ITALY (1989)
Breakthru / Stealin' - PARLOPHONE 2034217 PORTUGAL (1989)
Breakthru / Stealin’ – PARLOPHONE 2034217 PORTUGAL (1989)
Breakthru / Stealin’ – PARLOPHONE A 2261 AUSTRALIA (1989)
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Breakthru / Breakthru – CAPITOL 7PRO-79685 USA (1989) ~ Promotional copy – No PS