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Among my collection of CDs is Queen's Greatest Hits I II & III also known as The Platinum Collection which is a triple CD with silver coloured cardboard outside cover.
I purchased the CD many years ago from Tesco for around £15 and there are several variants of this on the market including re-releases in 2006 for £30 and 2011 for £20. My copy is the original which was released in 2000 and is available from Amazon for £26.99 - available for free super saver delivery if you don't mind waiting a few days for it.
For anyone to say they haven't been inspired by at least one Queen song in one way or another is probably lying and although I don't own many Queen tracks, Bohemian Rhapsody is one I do own (original vinyl) and I have listened to many of their songs on TV and at various homes where it creates a very welcome atmosphere and for 2 years while at Polytechnic one housemate was very much into the group.
The CD comprises of Greatest Hits I and 2 with Greatest Hits 1 featuring their early work including anthems such as We Are The Champions and Somebody To Love, and Greatest Hits 2 featuring the track The Show Must Go On which was extremely thought provoking bearing in mind that it was written when Freddie Mercury knew he had very little time left before his untimely death in 1991 and there final song released on Freddie's Birthday - These Are The Days Of Our Lives which was filmed in black and white to hide signs of his dwindling health. CD 3, Greatest Hits 3 is a mixture of tracks that includes the remaining band members singing their songs with the likes of George Michael, Elton John and David Bowie, tracks featuring Freddie Mercury singing solo and by Brian May.
Queen have been part of our lives since Bohemian Rhapsody first appeared on Top Of The Pops in 1975 and their music is still with us 21 years after Freddie's death.
The set features many of Queen's best known hits many of which have appeared as strange videos such as I'm Going Slight Mad, where Freddie where's a bunch of bananas on his head, Breakthru where they perform on the back of a train and I Want to Break Free where the band dress as woman for a really odd performance.
It is difficult to finger what makes this band so unique and why their music lives on today. It is clear Freddie Mercury's voice definitely had a massive impact on today's music and without a doubt legendary guitar solos by Brian May are stunning and I have never found any tribute band that can recreate them. There is not one track on this triple album that fails to inspire emotion and is one of the best albums I own.
This album is available in separate parts from the likes of Amazon, HMV and Play.com and despite the cost is an album that is still a welcome addition to my collection.
Greatest Hits 1
Another One Bites The Dust
Fat Bottomed Girls
You're My Best Friend
Don't Stop Me Now
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Somebody To Love
Now I'm Here
Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
Play the Game
Seven Seas Of Rhye
We Will Rock You
We Are The Champions
Greatest Hits 2
A Kind Of Magic
Radio Ga Ga
I Want It All
I Want To Break Free
It's A Hard Life
Who Wants To Live Forever
I'm Going Slightly Mad
The Invisible Man
Hammer To Fall
Friends Will Be Friends
The Show Must Go On
Greatest Hits 3
The Show Must Go On (Queen & Elton John)
Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie)
Barcelona (Freddie Mercury & Monserrat Caballe)
Too Much Love Will Kill You
Somebody To Love (George Michael & Queen)
You Don't Fool Me
Heaven For Everyone
Las Palabras De Amor
Driven By You (Brian May)
Living On my Own (Freddie Mercury)
Let Me Live
The Great Pretender (Freddie Mercury)
Princes Of The Universe
Another One Bites The Dust (Queen & Wyclef Jean)
No-One But You
These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Thank God It's Christmas
Included within the CD case is a booklet detailing facts about each track, photos of the record sleeve each track was on, photos of the group and of the stars performing with them on the 3rd CD.
Group comprises of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon
Due to the fact that this album has 51 tracks on it, I am in no way going to go into detail on each track like I do in my other reviews. This will take me days to write due to the fact that the tracks are just so good, and it will take you hours to read, so I'm just going to go into detail on the tracks I love and which one's I think will make you want to buy the album and why you should buy it.
My mum had this album in her collection and over the past few years I have gotten into the incredible music that is Queen. I had a look at her collection and decided to take a look at this wonderful collection. Here's the review.
Who are Queen?
Queen were an English Rock band from England, who released over 60 songs over at least two decades. This was put on hold however when their front man Freddie Mercury was killed by AIDS however, Brian May (the guitarist) and the rest of the band still carry on today.
Greatest Hits 1
Track 1- Bohemian Rhapsody (9/10)
Track 2- Another One Bites The Dust (5/10
Track 3- Killer Queen (4/10)
Track 4- Fat Bottomed Girls (5/10)
Track 5- Bicycle Race (5/10)
Track 6- You're my Best Friend (6/10)
Track 7- Don't Stop Me Now (10/10
Track 8- Save Me (6/10)
Track 9- Crazy Little Thing Called Love (6/10)
Track 10- Somebody To Love (9/10)
Track 11- Now I'm Here (3/10)
Track 12- Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy (3/10)
Track 13- Play The Game (2/10)
Track 14- Flash (6/10)
Track 15- Seven Seas Of Rhye (4/10)
Track 16- We Will Rock You (9/10)
Track 17- We are the Champions (10/10)
Track 1- Bohemian Rhapsody (Rating: 9/10)
Such a great track, I could listen to this over and over again. One of the reason's this song is so good, is that is doesn't follow the usual pattern most songs use. It has no chorus, the beat is not the same throughout, as it includes Mercury singing accapella in one bit, and then it seems to go operatic and then into heavy metal.
This is one of Queen's most famous tracks and rightly so, it's amazing how this song was put together, who came up with the idea of putting what seems to be 3 or 4 songs together to make this track was just amazingly thought out. Being a guitarist myself I love Brian May especially in this track, the solos he gets to do are just mind blowing. Not my favourite track however like most people.
Track 7- Don't Stop Me Now (Rating: 10/10)
Pure brilliance. I could listen to this song over and over and never get bored. This is my ultimate favourite on the album, I just love the way it starts of slow and then get's into it and becomes a fantastic rock track. It's am amazing track, and Murcury's voice is just amazing in it. I myself when listening to this track always see the scene in Shaun Of The Dead when they are beating the zombies, it really went with the scene and every time there's a beat in the track I can see one of the cast members hitting a zombie.
Released in 1979 this track was written by Murcury and is just absolute perfection. Brian May shines in this piece again, with an amazing riff in the middle which really makes this track what it is today. A brilliant and memorable track.
Track 10- Somebody To Love (Rating 9/10)
I love this track, what a good track? It starts off quite operatic which makes you want to turn it over however I just love Mercury's voice in this song, it's so powerful and the lyrics are just amazing. One of the best tracks out there, it's such a deep song, and one you can listen to over and over again.
The song was apparently based on a gospel choir arrangement and you can really see that, it's such a complicated song, but has been redone hundreds of times by many different artists.
Lyrics: Each morning I get up I die a little, can barely stand on my feet, take a look in the mirror and cry, lord, what are you doing to me. I have spent all my years believing you, but I just can't get no relief, lord.
Track 16- We Will Rock You
One of the most famous Queen tracks, everyone could easily clap along to this song and everyone knows it. This song was actually written by Brian May and is such an unforgettable track, even just the opening scene where it sounds like hundreds of people are clapping and stamping, it sounds just amazing. Then Mercury's voice joins in and it just gets even better.
This song has been covered hundreds of times by many different artists but never done to the same calibre that Queen managed to do. Brian May's guitar comes in near the end, it starts off as a whining sound and you know just what's about to come, he's a pretty amazing guitarist.
Track 17- We Are The Champions
This is one of there most famous songs and a very popular song. It was designed to go with We Will Rock You and you will often find the top of them being paired together with this one following We Will Rock You. It's a very upbeat and moving song and every time I listen to it, you can almost see yourself swaying along to it. It's a brilliant song, which really uplifts you, and it's joined by May's amazing guitar and he really makes it what it is today. Mercury's voice is brilliant no denying that and with Brian May it just works, everytime. If there's a good beat, good lyrics, Mercury's voice is used to it's full potential and Brian May has a solo, it's going to be a great song.
Overall view of this CD
This is supposed to be the best CD in the pack and it's filled with everyone's favourites from the likes of Somebody To Love and We Are the Champions. It's a very good CD however there are some weak tracks on the album. The reason I love the big anthems is because of his voice, it's so powerful and he projects so well, however not in some of these tracks. He seems to pull back a lot which is a shame.
One constant however is Brian May's guitar skills; bloody hell is this guy good. His riffs usually make the song what it is today, they are powerful, and the most important thing is they go with Mercury's voice oh so well. A brilliant addition.
I am glad however that my mum (whose CD this is) brought it as a compilation CD and not just this one on its own. It does have so many of the greats but not all of them. If your like me, then you use a lot of the songs to put onto your Ipod or MP3 and quite a few of these were pulled off but in no way were all of them.
The CD is a great addition but not really one for the die hard fans as it doesn't have everything on there.
Greatest Hits 2
Track 1- A Kind Of Magic (Rating 6/10)
Track 2- Under Pressure (9/10)
Track 3- Radio GA GA (6/10)
Track 4- I want it all (7/10)
Track 5- I Want To Break Free (8/10)
Track 6- Innuendo (4/10)
Track 7- It's a Hard Life (5/10)
Track 8- Breakthru (4/10)
Track 9- Who Wants To Live Forever (6/10)
Track 10- Headlong (5/10)
Track 11- The Miracle (6/10)
Track 12- I'm Going Slightly Mad (4/10)
Track 13- The Invisible Man (6/10)
Track 14- Hammer to Fall (6/10)
Track 15- Friends Will Be Friends (7/10)
Track 16- The Show Must Go On (10/10)
Track 17- One Vision (6/10)
Track 1- A Kind Of Magic (Rating 6/10)
Another strong track and a brilliant start to this second part of the compilation. The track was written by Roger Taylor and it hit Number 3 in Britain. It's a very upbeat song, with a great beat and Mercury's voice is very strong like usual. A great track.
Track 2- Under Pressure (9/10)
Featuring David Bowie this tracks is one of my favourites. I love the stars it just starts of with a simple beat, and then I assume Mercury's doing a little bit of skatting and then 'UNDER PRESSURE', it's such an amazing song and the start really get's you straight into it. This is one of the bands greatest successes and their first collaboration with another artist. I have no idea who David Bowie is as a music artist, I have seen him in The Prestige but that was only as an actor, however his voice goes so well with Freddie Mercury's in this track. It's such a well written and well put together track, that was only just the result of an impromptu recording session and this track was made. A great addition to the album.
Track 4- I Want It All (7/10)
Isn't this the tune to the DFS advert? It's not one of the best tracks; I just wanted to know if it was the tune from the advert. Mercury's voice is very good and the song is very catchy and the lyrics seem to be pretty good.
Track 5- I Want To Break Free (8/10)
Another one of their famous tracks, written by John Deacon and released in the early 80's. Such a brilliant song, I love Mercury's voice in this song, it's very raw as it almost seems like he's singing it acoustically. A brilliant addition to the album and such a nice song to listen to. The song itself remained on the chart for 15 weeks and became one of the bands best hits.
Track 16- The Show Must Go On (10/10)
This track was the last one Freddie Mercury ever released. 6 weeks later he died. Such an amazing song, especially the chorus. I have heard that Brian May wrote this song when he knew Freddie was going to die. It's such a powerful song and his voice is filled with such emotion and so powerful even when he knew he didn't have long left to live.
This song actually gives me when I listen to it, mainly because of Freddie's voice, such a powerful song.
Lyrics: My soul is pained like the wings of butterflies, fairy tales of yesterday will grow but never die, I can fly, my friends.
My opinion of this CD
Some great tracks on this album, The Show Must Go On really does give you Goosebumps, each song I have reviewed individually has one thing in common. They are all sung perfectly and sung so powerfully, I especially love The Show Must Go On as it was the last few weeks of Mercury's life but the song was sung to his best. The album itself I believe is one of the weaker ones, as there are too many weak songs on the album which is a damn shame because some of their best work is on here including the likes of Under Pressure and Somebody To Love.
This is a great CD as part of a compilation but is not good for die hard fans on its own as it's got to many weak tracks and not the brilliant ones.
Greatest Hits 3
Track 1- The Show Must Go On- (9/10)
Track 2- Under Pressure (4/10)
Track 3- Barcelona (7/10)
Track 4- Too Much Love Will Kill You
Track 5- Somebody To Love (7/10)
Track 6- You Don't Fall Me (5/10)
Track 7- Heaven's For Everyone (7/10)
Track 8- Las Palabras De Amor (8/10)
Track 9- Driven By You (5/10)
Track 10- Living On My Own (6/10)
Track 11- Let Me Live (8/10)
Track 12- The Great Pretender (5/10)
Track 13- Princes Of The Universe (7/10)
Track 14- Another One Bites The Dust Remix (5/10)
Track 15- No One But You (10/10)
Track 16- These Are The Days Of Our Lives (9/10)
Track 17- Thank God It's Christmas (6/10)
Track 1- The Show Must Go On- (9/10)
Freddie Mecury did not perform this as it was done well after his death. Elton John takes lead vocals playing alongside the rest of the band members of Queen. It was a previously unreleased song until this album, and recorded at the Theatre National De Challiot in Paris. A deep and moving performance even though Mercury isn't singing it. This song was a tribute to Freddie Mercury and like the track on the other album preformed by Freddie the lyrics give you Goosebumps. It's not as good as Freddie's version but what a tribute to have your band and a star like Elton John singing your most famous song.
Lyrics: "Empty spaces, what are we living for, abandoned places, I guess we know the score, on and on, does anybody know what we are looking for?"
Track 2- Under Pressure (4/10)
This is a fantastic track originally and this one is preformed after Mercury's death sung by David Bowie & Queen. It's a remix so it's not really as good as the original, I originally thought this was just David Bowie and Queen; however it's actually just a remix of the song. It's quite a disappointment however.
Track 3- Barcelona (7/10)
Monteserrat Caballe asked Freddie to write a song about her home town. It starts off quite boring, I'm not a big operatic fan, however when they get to the chorus his voice shines through. I'm still giving it a lower rate as Caballe's voice does peeve me off slightly. It was a hit single in 1987 and then became the anthem for the Olympic Games in 1992. This song is really a true anthem.
"I had this perfect dream, un sueno me envolvio, this dream was me and you, tal vez esta aqui, I want all the world to see, un instinto me guiaba, a miracle sensation"
Track 4- Too Much Love Will Kill You (8/10)
A very nice song, it's not typical Queen music and at the start I thought I wouldn't do a review on it, however his voice is so powerful in this song, especially in the chorus. A very nice slow but still slightly rocky as Mercury's voice really makes it. Near the end the drums kick in and it just makes it even more powerful. It's one of the rare songs on the album when it focuses more on Mercury's vocal talent than operatic techniques and Brian May's guitar solos. A great addition to the album.
Lyrics: "I'm the shadow of the man I used to be, and it seems like there's no way out of this for me, I used to bring you sunshine, but now all I ever do is bring you down"
Track 5- Somebody To Love (7/10)
This track like I said before is such an amazing track, however I'm not a big fan of this one as it's a duet for George Michael. It's not as powerful as the original which is a shame.
Track 15- No One But You (10/10)
This song is preformed by Brian May and was written as a tribute to all of those people who died before their time like Freddie Mercury and Diana. Such a beautiful song and such a meaniful song because I knew someone who died way too young, and there's many actors like Heath Ledger, River Phoenix etc who have been taken before their time and this song seem to be a soundtrack for them. A well written and beautifully preformed track.
Lyrics: "One by one, only the good die young, they're only flying too close to the sun, and life goes on, without you"
Track 16- These Are The Days Of Our Lives (9/10)
Another beautiful song, very well sung by Mercury. It's a very poignant song as well, and it's probably one of their most well known songs. I love the start as it's so simple, but it really makes you listen, a brilliant song with some great lyrics. A great addition to the album.
My Opinion of this CD
Such amazing tracks on here, this is apparently the least liked CD but I think that a lot of the songs on here are amazing. Espcially No One But You, I had never heard it before today and it's truly a moving and amazing song and a great tribute to not only just Freddie Mercury but all of those people who are taken from us too young.
There are some brilliant 'tribute' sort of tracks on this album and I think that is what it's about, these are all of the remix's and the ones other people have decided to create or that were created alongside Mercury and Queen.
A great addition to the collection and again not really one to buy on it's own but in a collection it's pretty brilliant.
Buy the compilation, I could listen to it over and over again. There are some weak tracks but I use Itunes for mine and deleted the ones I didn't want to listen to and put all the ones I do on shuffle. These songs are truly legendary. Freddie Mercury and the rest of the band were legends and their vocal ability, guitar ability, drummer ability and their ability to write these amazing songs that are loved by millions 20 years later is pretty fantastic.
This album really showcases what brilliance Queen really was. I once said that 80's music was full of awful lyrics and bad videos, the latter being some of Queen's as there video's weren't the best always and were always considered quite weird. However the lyrics this band created is just pure brilliance. They use their own experiences to create these lyrics that people are still signing today.
Who knows maybe the stage shock of We Will Rock You will become a big screen début like Mamma Mia did, maybe that will be my first project as a director. Everyone knows and loves the songs, they are uplifting just like the abba songs. I shall start a petition. Lol
The album is well worth buying, I've tried to review each of the songs I can, as 51 songs would have taken me days to review, so I hope this review was helpful.
All information like the dates of the tracks and who sung them was gathered from the little booklet that comes with the collection. It's full of information on each track and is such a nice little addition to the collection.
This work is completely mine, in no way copied from the likes of wikepedia, if you believe this is so, please talk to me and not other members. Thank you. If you are members of ciao you will probably know what this little rant is about.
One of my all time favourite rock bands simply has to be Queen. It will come as no surprise then that I have Queen's Platinum Collection sitting proudly in my CD collection. Queen probably hold the standard to that of which the rest of my CD collection ranks against as Queen possibly were one of the first bands I ever listened too when I was younger.
Platinum Collection brings together the three Greatest Hits albums that Queen released over the years all bundled in to one double CD set. I originally paid around £17.00 for this collection in HMV in 2002. You can now pick this up for £11.99 at hmv.com and play.com for £9.99.
This set comprises an amazing 51 songs. In a change to my album reviews I will not talk about all 51 tracks, as this is a collection more than a single album this would an incredibly long and tedious review. So the tracks on each album are as follows:
Greatest Hits 1, pre 1981 (original release 1981)
Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust, Killer Queen, Fat Bottomed Girls, Bicycle Race, You're My Best Friend, Don't Stop Me Now, Save Me, Crazy Little, Thing Called Love, Somebody Too Love, Now I'm Here, Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy, Play The Game, Flash, Seven Seas Of Rhye, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions
Greatest Hits 2, 1981-1991 (original release 1991)
A Kind Of Magic, Under Pressure, Radio Ga Ga, I Want It All, I Want To Break Free, Innuendo, It's A Hard Life, Breakthru, Who Wants To Live Forever, Headlong, The Miracle, I'm Going Slightly Mad, The Invisible Man, Hammer To Fall, Friends Will Be Friends, The Show Must Go On, One Vision
Greatest Hits 3, 1991-1999 (original release 1999)
The Show Must Go On (Queen and Elton John), Under Pressure (Queen and David Bowie), Barcelona (Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe), Too Much Love Will Kill You, Somebody To Love (George Michael and Queen), You Don't Fool Me, Heaven For Everyone, Las Palabras De Amor, Driven By You (Brian May), Living On My Own (Freddie Mercury), Let Me Live, The Great Pretender (Freddie Mercury), Princess Of The Universe, Another One Bites The Dust (Queen and Wyclef Jean), No-One But You, These Are The Days Of Our Lives, Thank God It's Christmas
~ The bit where I talk about the tracks ~
There are a lot of songs here, so giving you a single favourite is simply not possible, especially as I am always changing my mind. So I will instead tell you about the ones that really stand out in this collection. Many of you will have heard of the classics such as We Will Rock You (on this album it is the short version), We Are The Champions and the rest but for the people less interested in Queen there are some classics you might not have known Queen made, especially (like me) you are not of that era.
The one thing Queen will me remembered for most will be Freddie mercury's amazing singing, Brian May's Amazing Guitar style and the amazing brave way Queen generally just went for it. Therefore a lot of there music is quite unique in my view. Radio Ga Ga was one of the fun tunes they released along with I'm Going Slightly Mad (in fact this song sums me up beautifully). In fact most of the funny sounding tunes (including back chat in the songs from band members) is on the Greatest Hits 2 album. The Show Must Go On is another classic I like even with the airplay it still gets these days (along with a lot of the other classics).
All three albums tell a different mini era for Queen. This is undoubtedly clear if you compare the albums. Possibly my favourite track right now from Greatest Hits 1 has to be Fat Bottomed Girls. If there was ever a song made to shift a few extra singles it is little number. I never fully understood how they got away with the video for this album, nude girls on bikes, not really leaving much to the imagination. I Want To Break Free is currently top as my favourite song on Greatest Hits 2. Some great little odd beats interspersed with some great lyrics well sung by Freddie. The later album (Greatest Hits 3) includes some superb collaboration of earlier classics and live songs (in my view Queen sound best on tracks recorded live) along with newer solo material. I think of all three albums this one is my favourite as it provides a range of different talents so the sound changes without loosing much of that Queen vibe. The version of Under Pressure with David Bowie is not to be missed, it sounds so great and so funny at the same time, all in all this is a good laugh. Also from this album Another One Bites The Dust with Wyclef Jean is great, possibly better than the original but I am sure some people might disagree with me. However my favourite track is These Are The Days Of Our Lives, excellent piece of music and sublime lyrics.
I am sure Queen will be enjoyed for generations of music fans to come. In fact of my 18 years on this planet I only remember Barcelona from the selection of songs actually being in the charts. This was due to the fact that I heard it constantly throughout a 1992 holiday to Florida, I was only a mere eight at the time couples with the fact it was the official song for the 1992 Olympics. This song a real uplifting piece and is already an all time classic. So I guess I would be classed the next generation after Queens's era of music.
~ Useful information ~
Queen are Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. Managed by Jim Beach. Published on EMI Records Ltd and sound is owned by Queen Publications Ltd.
The Queen website is: www.queenonline.com and the Queen International Fan Club can be found by writing too: The Old Bakehouse, 16a Barnes High Street, London SW13 9LW
The Queen musical We Will Rock You is currently playing in London's West End, I recommend you go and see this, I have and it is great fun, an excuse to play some of Queens best known tunes. Visit: http://wewillrockyou.queenonline.com/ for more information.
~ Finally ~
I have enjoyed listening to all three albums time and time again and I may try for the back catalogue one of these days. With around three and a half hours of music there is plenty of value for money. If there was one album I would take on a desert island with me it would be this, well technically this is three albums but who is counting.
This review may also be found on my account on Ciao under username eljimbob.
© James Robert Ellerby 2008
Queen Greatest Hits is a very good album to listen to, it has all the songs that you will like, and plus the ones that everyone knows, I will be giving information to all the tracks and all about the CD and other things also, so I hope that this review will be useful to you and maybe even interest you in buying this album.
1) Bohemian Rhapsody ------ Duration 5.58 minutes
This track is one of my favourites, it goes on for 5.58 minutes, and it was first played in the year of 1975, when they first recorded this song. This song was written by Freddie Mercury (Queens lead singer). Queen released this song in October 1975 from their first number one album, which has been there best. This song was in the top 10 for like 20 years, which is very good.
I really like this song, it has classic rock, with other tones, and good lyrics which allows the song to flow, and it all makes sense, accept for some parts which is just freaky. Its like it is telling a story, but in a song form which I think was kind of good.
2) Another One Bites The Dust -------- Duration 3.36 minutes
This song was written by John Deacon, and produced by Queen and Mack. This song was first recorded in 1980. It was released in August of the year 1980. This is Queens first dance song that they have done. This song in the UK reached number 7 in the charts, which is pretty impressive.
This is not a song that I dont really like that much, its not my favourite song, but it has its part, so everyone to their own tastes.
3) Killer Queen --------- Duration 3.02 minutes
Written by Freddie Mercury, Queen released this song out in the UK at October 1974. It became in the end Queens major breakthrough in the singles charts throughout the whole world. This song reached number 2 in the charts. This song certainly did much better than Another One Bites the Dust.
This song has a nice ring to it, it is worth listening to, it is one of my favourite songs that is on this album. The lyrics are good, it makes all sense. I think this song was very good, and it was lovely music to my ears, which I liked very, very much.
4) Fat Bottomed Girls -------- Duration 3.24 minutes
This song was written by Brian May (another member from the Queen band), and produced by Queen and Roy Thomas Baker. Queen released this song to the UK at October 1978. The song did not get into any charts, or if it did, it was not there for long.
This song is not really that entertaining, but everyone to their own tastes, the lyrics go with the name of the song, it makes sense, and it is not very easy to memorise the lyrics, so dont even try.
5) Bicycle Race -------- Duration 3.03 minutes
The song was written by Freddie Mercury, and produced by Queen and Roy Thomas Baker. This song was released into the UK at October 1978, the same time as Fat Bottomed Girls was released, as they were released as a whole double CD. Freddie Mercury had the idea for this song when he was in France, and so he wrote it up. The song has a famous part, where all the bike bells go off, when they did a concert, all the people that came, brought a bicycle bell, to ping when they were there.
This song is quite addictive, I listened to it for ages, it is very easy to memorise the lyrics, as it is mainly You say black I say white that type of thing, and obviously the chorus as well.
6) Youre My Best Friend -------- Duration 2.52 minutes
The song was written by John Deacon, produced by Roy Thomas Baker. This song was released into the UK at June 1976, from a night at the opera. This song became a worldwide hit, and roughly everyone knows about it. It reached number 7 in the UK charts, very impressive I recon.
This song is a not bad one, it obviously did well, but I did not think it was that special. The song has many different lyrics, but it always makes sense, its not like its all in gibberish.
7) Dont Stop Me Now -------- Duration 3.31 minutes
This song was written by Freddie Mercury, and produced by Queen and Roy Thomas Baker. It was released in the UK at January 1979. The song was a top ten hit, in the most European markets, number 9 in the UK, pretty impressive, seams like Queen are always in the chart.
I love this song, it is so addictive, it has all the music a person could ask for, you will entertained by the lyrics and the goodness of the rock and hardcore singing.
8) Save Me -------- Duration 3.48 minutes
The song was written by Brian May, produced by Queen and Mack. It was released in the UK at January 1980, one of Queens recent songs. It was number 11 in the UK, not one of Queens best.
The song is good, it has a nice ring to it, it is like someone needs saving, kind of get the gist when it is called Save Me.
9) Crazy Little Thing Called Love -------- Duration 2.53
Written by Freddie Mercury, produced by Queen and Mack. It was released in the UK at October 1979. It reached number 2 in the UK, and it was a huge hit in many other countries as well. Freddie thought of this idea when he was in a bubble bath.
Not bad song, it could use improving, it is a love song, as it is called, and Im not a big fan of love songs really.
10) Somebody To Love -------- Duration 4.57 minutes
Written by Freddie Mercury, produced by Queen. It was released into the UK at November 1976. This song peaked at number 2 in the British charts. This song was a major worldwide hit again reaching number 1 in the UK. The new version made a grand spanking £1,000,000 and over.
I did not like this song, but everyone else seamed to, so I dont know what to say
11) Now Im Here -------- Duration 4.15 minutes
Written by Brian May, and produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen. It was released in the UK at January 1975, it is an oldie song. It reached number 11 in the UK chart, which is nearly in the top ten, just needed a bit more.
Never heard of this song, until I got the album lol!
12) Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy -------- Duration 2.55 minutes
Written by Freddie Mercury, produced by Queen and Mack. It was released in the UK at May 1980. It reached number 17 in the UK charts, not too impressive, but still good.
The song is a gentle song, that is not really to rock, rock. It sounds really weird, which is quite freaky.
13) Play The Game -------- Duration 3.33 minutes
This song was written by Freddie Mercury, and it was produced by Queen and Mack. It was released in the UK at May 1980 from The Game. It got number 14 in the charts which is not bad really.
The song is quite boring, did not keep my attention much, but it is everyone to their own tastes of music.
14) Flash -------- Duration 2.48 minutes
The song was written by Brian May, and produced by Brian May and Mack. It was released in the UK at November 1980. It was made originally for the film Flash Gordon, which is a hit film, and also a hit song. Queens first song done for a film soundtrack, and it has done pretty well.
This song is great, I love it, it keeps me entertained, with all the amusing comments from the film, it is quite good actually.
15) Seven Seas Of Rhye -------- Duration 2.50 minutes
The song was written by Freddie Mercury, and produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen. It was released into the UK at February 1974. The single gave Queen their first British Chart entry, climbing up to become number 10 in the British Chart.
The song is not bad itself, it was around about their first, or one of them. It is not very addictive like Flash.
16) We Will Rock You -------- Duration 2.02 minutes
This song was written by Brian May, and produced by Queen and assisted by Mike Stone. It was released in the UK at October 1977. It reached number 2 in the UK charts, and it made number 1 in the USA charts. It was a worldwide hit, one of the best songs that they have done.
This song is great, everyone has heard of this song, if not then you have not lived. It is such a good song, and very addictive.
17) We Are The Champions -------- Duration 3.01 minutes
This song was written by Freddie Mercury, and it was produced by Queen and assisted by Mike Stone, yet again. This song was released into the UK at 1977 with We Will Rock You. It reached number 1 in the USA charts, and number 2 in the UK charts.
The song is really good, it is addictive, easy to remember the lyrics, and I loved it, you might of heard this song in many movies, if not, then you also have not lived.
The packaging, well It comes in a basic case, with a picture of the 4 people from queen, or you can get it with the premium collection which has the other 2 greatest hits as well. The music is original, as Queen made them all themselves, they are not digitised either. The lyrics are great, it keeps you entertained, and also it keeps you awake too. All the tracks are good, it keeps everyone entertained, it has what everyone wants, even though there might not be some songs that I dont like, but they still good for other people. This CD is great value is costs around £5 - £10 and it is worth it, believe me. I give this CD a 4 star, because it is just pure class. I recommend anyone to get this CD as it is just pure superb.
The last time I wrote an album review, the comments that I received convinced me it was time to announce my retirement citing creative differences. Driving home last night however after a battling 1 - 1 draw, I found myself, once again, singing along to classic after classic, accompanied by the less than dulcet tones of our goalkeeper and enthusing about how "they don't write them like that any more". Queen is music for which I have a real passion. I love the songs, know the words and want to tell the world to listen to them. That is why I have come out of retirement to write this - then I will go back to Alcohol and films - promise! I consider myself to have been incredibly fortunate, a little over 10 years ago (yes it is that long) to stand shoulder to shoulder with 70,000 Queen fans, arms aloft, taking part in the most famous mass hand clapping ceremony of the lot - Radio GaGa. Queen was a band that transcended the generations (even my Mum likes them) and crossed decades, inspiring a certain passion in their fans that is impossible to quantify. The sorrow at the untimely passing of Freddie Mercury was immense. This package spans 20 years and contains all three Queen Greatest Hits albums at the bargain basement price of 12.99 (on CDWOW.com) Each album costs 8.99 when bought separately so this really is superb value - particularly when you are getting some of the greatest songs ever written. Due to the amount of material under review, I am only going to give a very brief description of each song. Otherwise this review will be far too long although it is already going to be a considerable length. My advice is to buy it and hear for yourself! *+*+*+*+*+ Queen +*+*+*+*+* Queen released their eponymous debut album in 1973 and subsequently went on to record a further 16 studio albums (including the posthumous Made in heaven). In addition they released 3 live albums which some would argue is th
e best format to enjoy them in. This material, together with a series of solo albums, orchestral versions and tributes, is the catalogue from which these three Greatest Hits albums are drawn. +++John Deacon+++ Bassist John Deacon is probably the least recognisable member of the foursome. The last member to join the band after he was introduced to Brian May and Roger Taylor in 1971, it took time for his creative juices to start flowing and when they did the results were intially fairly forgettable. He went on to write two of Queen's best loved songs however; Another one bites the dust and I want to break free. ***Brian May*** With his 70s Kevin Keegan / Clipped poodle hairdo, Brian May stands out from a crowd. His guitar licks and solos pepper Queen's output over the ages and his efforts at writing generally reflect his love of his instrument. We will Rock you and Hammer to fall in particular reflect his influence whilsy Who wants to live forever is probably the most famous example of his gentle side. Has since gone on to some fairly ghastly solo efforts. ###Roger Taylor### Drummer Taylor answered an ad for a drummer that had been posted on a college noticeboard. The ad had been pinned up by Brian May and the rest is history. Taylor contributed material throughout Queen's history. Almost all of it was destined to be at best B sides until he penned a tune called Radio Ga-Ga. He was to add A kind of Magic shortly after. @@@Freddie Mercury@@@ Possibly the greatest rock showman of all time. Presposterously talented. An outrageous performer and marvellously talented vocalist and writer. His masterpiece is a little tune by the name of Bohemian Rhapsody which became a number one hit twice over. As you will see further on - he was responsible for a huge number of Queen favourites but he will be perhaps best be remebered as a consummate showman, stealing the stage at Live Aid and playing huge
concerts at Wembley, Rio and Knebworth amongst others. His versatility can be seen in quasi operatic opuses such Bohemian Rhapsody, ballads of the calibre of Love of my life, crowd pleasers such as We are the Champions and although credited to Queen, the superbly poignant The show must go on. Sadly missed. The mold was broken when Freddie passed away on November 24th 1991 of AIDS related pneumonia. ******************* Disc 1 - Greatest Hits 1 ******************* Covers the period from 1973 to approximately 1981 and contains some of the best loved tunes. Bohemian Rhapsody (Mercury - A night at the opera) "Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me". One of the best loved songs ever. Consistently voted at number 1 in polls run by anyone and everyone. Queen's magnum opus is a huge, swooping haunting effort taking in the gamut of musical styles from opera to heavy metal and everything inbetween. A Queen song that cannot and is not performed live (other than in a severly curtailed version), the band also managed to popularise the idea of the video clip. Another one bites the dust (Deacon - The Game) "Are you happy? Are you satisfied" How long can you stand the heat?" The familiar base line coupled with the bad attitude lyrics makes this a classic - used by Gladiators and sports teams around the world! Killer Queen (Mercury - Sheer heart attack) "She keeps Moet & Chandon in a pretty cabinet". Superb lyrically - you really have to listen to this one a few times to get the full benefit as a portrait of a high society bitch is painted. Fat Bottomed Girls (May - Jazz) "Fat bottomed girls you make my rocking world go round". An amusing poke at the slim blonde oriented society in which we live - a clear preference for real women! Bicycle Race (Mercury - Jazz) "I don't want to be a candidate for Vietna
m or Watergate". Not really sure what they're trying to say here but they say it in a fun way. You're my best friend (Deacon - A night at the Opera) "You make me live". A ballad to a friend full of feeling and sincerity - something to play when you're down and want to remind yourself that sometimes having just one friend is a superb thing. Don't stop me now (Mercury - Jazz) "I'm having such a good time, I'm having a ball". This just races along. A good fun track - suitable for driving too. Save me (May - The game) "I can't face this life alone". A dolorous but uplifting ballad. Play at the end of a relationship when you need to move on. Crazy little thing called love (Mercury - The Game) "She gives me hot and cold fever then she leaves me in a cool cool sweat". A superb guitar based track with an excellent riff - the first that my brother learned to play with his Brian May signature model guitar. Really very rock 'n' roll and illustrates Queen's diverse song writing well. Somebody to love (Mercury - A day at the races) "Each morning I get up, I die a little". This was a big hit a second time round for George Michael and the surviving members of Queen. All credit to George but it wasn't a patch on the original sweeping piece bemoaning the lack of a person to share it all with. Now I'm here (May - Sheer Heart Attack) "Tonight you still light up the sky". Classic Brian May - a slow start building to massive guitars and lots of rock and roll. Good old fashioned lover boy (Mercury - Day at the Races) "Set my alarm, turn on my charm". A top notch parody from Freddie. Amusing lyrics with a wonderful sing along tune. Play the Game (Mercury - The Game) "When you're feeling down and your resistance is low
- light another cigarette and let yourself go". A rather weak ballad but not bad as filler. Flash (May - Flash) "Flash, Flash I love you". Anthemic theme to the movie of the same name. Quite frankly I'm not a big fan of either the single or the album but many love it. Seven Seas of Rhye (Mercury - Queen) "I destroy your very souls you unbelievers". A rock song which always draws to mind the idea of ancient battles a la Lord of the Rings - a sweeping song with all the makings of a classic before it finishes rather bizarrely with a chorus of "Oh I do like to be beside the seaside". We will rock you (May - News of the World) "Big disgrace, somebody better put you back into your place". Possibly the most instantly recognisable song - perhaps ever (?) as soon as the beat kicks in - you know precisely what it is that you are listening to. A classic to sing and clap along to with a guitar riff at the end that only ever leads into....... We are the Champions (Mercury - News of the World) "No time for losers coz we are the champions". Since they were written separately by different band members it is surpising that this and We will Rock you fit together so nicely. They are always placed together on Queen albums. We are the Champions is a song of celebration used by sports teams and anyone who wins all over the world. n.b. Under Pressure was included on the original US version of Greatest Hits - here it is where it belongs - on disc 2. +++++++++++++++++ Disc 2 - Greatest Hits 2 +++++++++++++++++ In my opinion, this disc stands alone as the best Greatest Hits compilation of all time with a well chosen mix of Queen's greatest moments. It is an essential part of any self respecting music collection. Here it is an especial bargain! A kind of magic (Taylor - A kind of magic) "One golden gl
ance of what could be". This song is the reason I got into Queen in the first place. It is the reason I bought my first album (Live Magic) and I still love it today. It is a song full of hope and a portent of things to come - perhaps best illustrated on the album cover - a fun and jazzy affair with colourful representations of the band members. Uplifting. Under Pressure (Queen/Bowie - Hot Space) "These are the days - it never rains but it pours". Queen's first and best collaboration. Working with another giant of the industry, they produced what was incredibly only their second number one UK hit. The baseline was famously later to be sampled by Vanilla Ice for his awful number one "Ice Ice baby". Radio Ga-Ga (Taylor - The Works) "You had the time, you had the power, you've yet to have your finest hour". The finest hour of Roger Taylor without any shadow of a doubt. Another instantly recognisable Queen Anthem with a video that had millions of people clapping in time. The feeling of unity whilst performing this simple action in a packed stadium is an amazing experience. I want it all (Queen - The Miracle) "Here's to the future - for the dreams of youth". The miracle was not Queen's finest hour and this is a fairly run of the mill rock song with a run of the mill on stage video. Pleasant enough but could have been written by anyone. I want to break free (Deacon - The Works) "You're so self satisfied I don't need you". Queen's longest charting single although it only made it to number 3. Accompanied by a video featuring the members of the band in drag including Freddie in pink top (with bra straps showing), black mini skirt and stockings (spoiled by the moustache?) and Brian May in rollers. Innuendo (Queen - Innuendo) "You can be anything you want to be". Although credited to the band, th
is has Freddie written all over it - a flamboyant, 6 minute plus epic which like Bohemian Rhapsody before it brings in several different musical styles. Unlike most songs written by anyone, ever, these two songs can be mentioned freely in the same breath. It represents the end of a cycle which started with the words "Is this the real life?" and finished shortly after this album was completed. It is a huge ambitious piece which deservedly provided Queen with their 3rd number one single. Accompanied by an ambitious video. Genius. It's a hard life (Mercury - The Works) "Now you're saying its over and I'm falling apart". Not their strongest single but accompanied by a grandiose and humourous video. Breakthru (Queen - The miracle) "I'm under your thumb, under your spell - can't you see?" With a video filmed on the back of a moving train - this is a classic rock song which although not great is acres better than anything being written today! Who wants to live forever? (May - A kind of magic) "There's no time for us, there's no place for us". The theme song to the movie Highlander. A haunting, sweeping ballad which featured a whole orchestra, showing Brian May's versatility as a songwriter. Headlong (Queen - Innuendo) "Whoop diddy diddy - whoop diddy doo" - best forgotten! The Miracle (Queen - The Miracle) "The one thing, we're all waiting for, is peace on earth and an end to war". Another lyrically uplifting song which is perhaps best remembered for the video that accompanied it. The video featured four young lookalikes imitating the performance of the band superbly. I'm going slightly mad (Queen - Innuendo) "Unravelling fast its true". Listening to this one gets the feeling that the band went through a thesaurus and found every euphemism for madness and the
n used them all in the lyrics. Quite a fun song, very tongue in cheek and with a video to match. The invisible man (Queen - The Miracle) "Incredible how you can see right through me". Lighthearted fun - nothing too amazing. Hammer to fall (May - The works) "Comes to you as to us all". A superb example of the rock guitarist's craft. A superb riff, great continuation and decent lyrics. Queen used this one at Live Aid and it set the tone for their act - a real crowd pleaser. Friends will be friends (Mercury/Deacon - A kind of magic) "Your other half ran away - taking all the cash and leaving you with the lumber". An immensely cheesy song which I just love - play it to a good mate and you'll sing along with big smiles on your faces. The show must go on (Queen - Innuendo) "I'll top the bill, I'll overkill, I have to find the will to carry on" Poignant, superb, a fitting requiem to Freddie which still makes me cry every time I hear it. One Vision (Queen - A kind of magic) "All we need is one worldwide vision". Another great rock song to round things off, released after Live Aid and used as the theme for the film Iron Eagle. A rip roaring song with superb lyrics - one of my faves and best played at full volume. ********************** Disc 3 - Greatest Hits 3 ********************** This was put together after Freddie's death and is a mixture of tributes, solo work and other filler. Quite frankly, I would not expect anyone other than a diehard Queen fan to buy it separately. The tributes are not a patch on the originals, the inclusion of Brian May solo stuff is questionable and even Freddie's solo stuff was hardly ground breaking. It makes a nice bonus but other than Barcelona and The Great Pretender, I don't rate it and am not going to go through each song. The track listing is as fo
llows: The Show must go on (Queen with Elton John) Under Pressure (Queen with David Bowie) Barcelona (Freddie with Montserrat Caballe) - worth a listen Too much love will kill you (May) - pure cheese Somebody to love (Queen with George Michael) You don't fool me (Queen) Las Palabras De Amor (May) Driven by you (May) Living on my own (Freddie) Let me live (Queen) The Great Pretender (Freddie) Princes of the Universe (Freddie) Another one bites the dust (Queen with Wyclef Jean) No-one but you (May) These are the days of our lives (Taylor) Thank god its christmas (May/Taylor)
Consumer information first - check out Musica - http://www.musica.co.uk/musica/screen__PRODUCT/shop__MUS/category__PP572372.htm - for the very lowest price I've seen for the ultimate Queen album, just fourteen notes for this lavish three CD collection. Now I don?t think you can say much better than that in terms of bargainsville. But leaving aside the beauty of low prices, and turning instead to the package itself, the Platinum Collection is indeed the Completist's Dream, slapping together the first two Hits album and then lacing in a third CD made up of remixes, 'live favourites' and solo tracks from May and Mercury. Ah yes, the anoraks will love it for its all embracing breadth and majesty, but let me tell you that the quality control badly let them down with this one and the Platinum Collection mixes the sublime with the ridiculous and the frankly dispensable with never a moment's concern as to whether any of this actually makes sense. Queen - Freddie Mercury (piano, vocals), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass) and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals) - certainly made some of the best pop/rock music of all time. As examples here you can certainly list Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, Now I'm Here, Seven Seas of Rhye, We Will Rock You, Under Pressure and Innuendo without any fear of contradiction. But the big problem is that Queen's recorded output, certainly in the later years, became awfully patchy and incoherent and this album naively brackets them all, side by side, with not even a sorry, guv, for your trouble. I would have much preferred a single CD to remember Queen by and settled for the exclusion of such fillers as Fat Bottomed Girls and We Are The Champions, major hits though they might have been. Still that's just me, and you may be different. I'll say no more than that you have to be a glutton for punishment to sit through the whole lot, and get on with the show. Bohemian Rhapsody The Karaoke Singer's Dream, this one. The ultimate in pomp rock opera was the single that really catapulted the band to being for a while the biggest band in the world. Announcing the wonderful Night At The Opera album, Bohemian Rhapsody was promoted by what is always reputed to be the first authentic rock video, and I still remember its dominance of Top of the Pops for two straight months as the biggest selling record of the year. In reality it?s a sprawling mish mash of styles and sections with meaningless lyrics and grandiose effects, but is still nonetheless an automatic inclusion in any thinking person?s list of best rock songs of all time. I still remember the messy nights singing "Beelzebub has a devil for a sideboard" and digging the car scene from Wayne's World. Blistering rock section towards the end follow some beautifully atmospheric scene setting. Another One Bites The Dust - Wyclef Jean Queen go disco to great effect. They were always guilty of jumping the latest trend and exploiting it for their own ends, but often managed to produce some good stuff along the way. This was certainly one of the successes and one of the better of Queen's forays into dance music. Killer Queen From Sheer Heart Attack, this was one of Queen's most successful early singles, with its sharply elegant lyrics and phenomenal toying with rock dynamics. The understated and economical style which the band employed so effectively here would have made them so much stronger a band if they'd only stuck to the knitting a little more. Fat Bottomed Girls Forget it boys, sexploitation and pap, all in one package. Bicycle Race And the other part of the double A-sided single was no better, as Queen wandered clumsily into self parody. You're My Best Friend The buzzing electric piano and splendid atmospherics of this single made it one of the unmissable hi
ghlights of the Night at the Opera album. It's deceptively simple, but nonetheless thoroughly gorgeous. Love it to bits. Don't Stop Me Now Thoroughly disposable and dispensable pop. It does have its champions, but I'm afraid I've never been in those ranks. Save Me I'll give this one a miss, too, thanks. Crazy Little Thing Called Love Bland, throwaway pop song that you can easily do without. I've heard this one cited as another masterstroke, but it doesn't move me at all. Somebody To Love - George Michael Massive hit single though this was, I always acutely disliked Somebody To Love, seeing it as Queen attempting to repeat the essence of their Bohemian Rhapsody triumph. It was a bloody great, anthemic number, but ultimately vacuous. I'll give you this, though, it is extremely listenable, though the addition of George Michael does nothing for me, I'm afraid. Now I'm Here Another of the hugely powerful early singles, this was another extract from the wonderful Sheer Heart Attack collection, and stands out as one of the best of Queen's rock numbers, thoroughly addictive stuff. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy Oh no, Mercury goes The Good Old Days. More nonsensical trivia from the pile marked totally disposable pop pap. Play The Game Does nothing for me. Flash The first four or five Queen albums proudly proclaimed the legend No Synthesizers, but when Queen were commissioned to provide the soundtrack for the Flash Gordon film they embraced electronica with not even a backward glance. This is a magic track, even if you can never listen to it without picturing Brian Blessed as a winged warrior. Seven Seas of Rhye Queen's first hit of any magnitude and a blast of decadent, fey rock which announced the talents and charisma of Freddie Mercury to the world. This was heavy metal made palatable by Mercury and May
's distinctive dash and verve. Just a classic rock song. We Will Rock You Majestic, anthemic rock which has been applied to more movies than I'd care to think about, this has lately been covered by Five, with Queen's blessing, and is just peerless stuff. Love it to death. We Are The Champions No, no, no, no, no. Boil your head. A Kind Of Magic Grandiose pop which I can quite easily do without. Under Pressure - David Bowie Queen teamed up with David Bowie to create a wonderful hit single which stormed to No 1. I always think that Queen benefited more from the project than Mr Bowie, but this is nevertheless a memorable track. Radio Ga Ga Another from the why did they bother stable. I Want It All Don't like this one much either. I Want To Break Free Classy hit single, personified by Mercury's classic vocal, but always more easily recalled for its astonishing Coronation Street Girls video. Innuendo A massive No 1 single from Queen's later years, this harkened back to the tricks of Sheer Heart Attack and Night at the Opera and always struck a dramatic chord with me. I loved it and still do. It's A Hard Life Forget it. Breakthru Not worth bothering with. Who Wants To Live Forever Give it a miss. Headlong We're obviously now into Filler Land. The Miracle Ditto. I'm Going Slightly Mad Freddie Mercury was dying when Queen made Innuendo and lost an awful lot of weight. The resemblance to his early image became stark and terrifying, but he certainly was a great showman and performer and gave this one a decent try. The Invisible Man Back to the dross. Hammer To Fall More dross. Friends Will Be Friends Sadly, all I can say is more dross. The Show Must Go On - Elton John Good song, but with nothing added to i
t by Elton. One Vision Forget it. The Show Must Go On - Elton John We're now entering Repetition and Filler Land. Under Pressure - David Bowie Haven't we heard this one before? Barcelona - Freddie Mercury The Showman in Mercury adored this sort of stuff, but it does little for me. Too Much Love Will Kill You Aaargh. Somebody To Love - George Michael Repetition You Don't Fool Me Nor me Heaven For Everyone Give it a miss Las Palabras de Amor Do me a favour Driven By You - Brian May More filler Living On My Own - Freddie Mercury Yet more filler Let Me Live No, no, no, no The Great Pretender - Freddie Mercury Ditto Barcelona Princes of the Universe Forget it Another One Bites The Dust - Wyclef Jean Repetition No One But You Filler These Are The Days Of Our Lives Filler Thank God It's Christmas Filler Now, as you can probably tell there is an awful lot of material here which means nothing to me, aah, Vienna. Sorry all you Queen fans out there, but this is a patchy, incoherent collection and frankly I would have preferred a single CD with this track listing ... Bohemian Rhapsody Another One Bites The Dust Killer Queen You're My Best Friend Now I'm Here Flash Seven Seas of Rhye We Will Rock You Under Pressure Innuendo '39 Prophet's Song I'm In Love With My Car (The last three are suggestions of mine, but they're certainly better than the majority of the dross, filler and pap on this overblown, overhyped and over the top collection, which is strictly for completists everywhere. I'm afraid I'd have to edit and copy it onto a single CD, and I'd suggest you stick to GH I and/or GH II.)
This album is a great compilation of queens early hits. Containing 17 of their best songs, spanning the 70s and 80s, this album shows the full range of Queen's talents. The album contains a variety of styles. <Rock Anthems> Two classic Rock anthems start you off, We Will Rock You, and We Are the Champions. These songs are often heard at sports events and are instantly recognizable. Freddie Mercury almost chants the lyrics as the guitar of Brian May thunders around the stadium. <Ballads> Somebody to Love is perhaps a cross between a ballad and a rock song, starting off quietly and ending in a mass of rock & roll. Now I'm Here, again not quite a ballad, but close enough. Beautiful harmonics in this song give it an interesting edge as again we have a cross between a ballad and a soft rock song. <Others> Most of the other songs are really hard to classify. A mixture of soft and hard rock, mixed in with a little ballad and love song, and some good old fashioned rock & roll! There's even a bit of Pop thrown in! This album really has something for everyone, songs to inspire, to laugh at, to cry along to, to relax to or to pump you up! It is a very good cross section of the early years of Queen and is a must for all music fans! The only thing missing is Bohemian Rhapsody, perhaps their most famous song of all! This classic Rock / Ballad / Operatic song would have finished off this collection nicely (I note that Bohemian Rhapsody does appear on Greatest Hits 2, but I feel it should have been on the first one!) Here is a brief comment on some of my favourite song on the album: <We Will Rock You > Perhaps one of the most recognisable rock anthems of all time. This song epiimizes the power and passion of Freddie Mercury and Queen. It is very catchy and will soon have you singing along. It is a typical queen song with heav
y guitar combining with Freddie's strong voice to produce a classic hit. <We Are The Champions> Often played with 'We will Rock You' this is another rock anthem that combines heavy guitar, but also has a softer feel to it than 'We will Rock You'. It is played most often at sports events to stir the crowd into a frenzy. <Another One Bites The Dust> Hard to categorize this song; it is very repetitive in stlye and verse but is somehow catchy. The lyrics are fairly simple; the music is staright forward allowing Freddie to somehow add a little passion and humour into this song. <Killer Queen> A great example of Queen's use of humour and yet subtle lyrics to provide an interesting and enjoyable story. This song's style varie throughout as Freddie shows his full vocal range as he moves up and down the key. The tempo is slower than many of the rock songs. <Somebody To Love> A beautifully soft ballad at first that builds up in tempo and sound and becomes very powerful. It basically says that everyone needs somebody to love at some point. At times Freddie is quietly singing accompanied softly by the rest of the band giving it an almost dream like quality. <You're My Best Friend> An upbeat soft rock song hat tells of friendship between best friends. The tempo is fairly quick combining with the soft chords and the gentle vocals to produce a very good song. <I Want To Break Free> Perhaps more famous for the video in which Freddie dresses as a cleaning lady, this song almost reaches out to all that are oppressed and gives them a message to be who they are. It is a combines great guitar work with some wonderful lyrics to provide a very powerful message.
Anyone reading this presumably has already heard of legendary London-based rock band Queen, so I won't repeat their history here. For this is an opinion on 'Queen - Greatest Hits', a perfect collection that every self-respecting music-lover should have in their collection. Containing 17 tracks dating from 1974 through to 1980, each one is a true classic. I would say that there is not a single duff note on this album. With Roger Taylor on Drums, John Deacon on Bass, Brian May on Guitars and the late Freddie Mercury on vox/keys, the style is pure rock and roll, and the sound is quite unlike anything else. I noticed dooyoo don't give a track listing, so here it is, and also some information about which Queen album the songs were originally on: 1. Bohemian Rhapsody(A Night at the Opera-1975) 2. Another One Bites the Dust(The Game-1980) 3. Killer Queen(Sheer Heart Attack-1974) 4. Fat Bottomed Girls(Jazz-1978) 5. Bicycle Race(Jazz-1978) 6. You're My Best Friend(A Night at the Opera-1975) 7. Don't Stop Me Now(Jazz-1978) 8. Save Me(The Game-1980) 9. Crazy Little Thing Called Love(The Game-1980) 10. Somebody to Love(A Day at the Races-1976) 11. Now I'm Here(Sheer Heart Attack-1974) 12. Good Old-fashioned Lover Boy(A Day at the Races-1976) 13. Play the Game(The Game-1980) 14. Flash(Flash Gordon-Original Soundtrack-1980) 15. Seven Seas Of Rhye(Queen II-1974) 16. We Will Rock You(News of the World-1977) 17. We Are The Champions(News of the World-1977) There you go. 17 sublime tracks of great music. A little bit about some of the tracks follows - just to whet your appetite: The Seven Seas of Rhye is my personal favourite here - the strong beat and equally strong vocals complimenting each other perfectly. The much parodied/satirised (see Wayne's World for an example) Bohemian Rhapsody is a 7-minute masterpiece, with amazing a
rrangements, crazy lyrics and a groundbreaking video to go along with it. Mamma Mia indeed! Another One Bites the Dust and We Will Rock You are sadly now stalwarts of the TV programme Gladiators, but are brilliant rock anthems nonetheless. Brian May Brian May - what a guitar hero! Fat Bottomed Girls and Bicycle Race are glorious tracks, with their comic lyrics and singable tunes - 'Fat bottomed girls they make the rockin' world go round!' Ting-Ting! Crazy Little Thing Called Love has a Bass line that is pure nostalgia - this track is so tongue in cheek but smacks of pure genius, while the classic Good Old-fashioned Loverboy is almost Beatle-esque with its close harmony 'ooooh's' and catchy tune. The extraordinarily nice Killer Queen has some great lyrics and snatches of melody. Another song you can't help singing along to. Oh this is silly to try and briefly analyse each song - in my opinion every track on this album has great lyrics, brilliant music, incredible vocals and fab musicians. But don't just take my word for it - go and buy it, now. It's only Rock and Roll, but I like it!!!
I'm just a poor boy I need no sympathy, just buy me a Queen c.d. Mumma oooooeeeehhh please buy Queen greatest hits please. Queen is an appropriate name for this band because they should be considered royalty amongst the rock world. Their music is majestic so much so we should have an official Queen day. The tracks on this album are instantly recognisable. 'We will rock you' for 17 tracks. Its suitable that the album should end with 'we are the champions' because if you own the album you will feel a champion by the end of it. Each track on this album is completely different and you receive a variety of sounds. The cool bass riff in 'Another one bites the dust' gives a gangster style feeling whereas 'Crazy little thing called love' gives off a happy country folk song almost with the use of acoustic guitar. The superhero track taken from the film 'Flash' has you running around the house screaming Flash aaaarrrggghhhh. Scaring the neighbours if you are going about with the curtains open and you're only wearing your Y fronts. i had the police knock on the door about indecent exposure to which I skipped forward to track 7 'Don't stop me now' As well as a variety of sounds you also receive different feelings. the best to describe what I mean would be 'Bicycle Race' because all you wanna do is bicycle. A true perception of much of my youth. Also a track that reminded me of much of my life was 'Good old fashioned lover boy' I was a bit of a stud you see. As well as having all the ladies I was sporty 'Play the game' This album gives the listener the great sound of early Queen. Greatest hits 1 provides the slightly heavier stuff with the raw edge whereas i feel Greatest hits 2 starts to give you more of the later melancholy blues material. The best way to sum up how this album makes you feel, is the scene in Waynes World when they play Bohemian Rha
psody that's how it makes you feel. Its a great album, the thing about Queen is that every 6 weeks I go into a spell of listening to only their stuff. Every now and then I do the same with other bands but with Queen it is much more compulsive i have to listen to the albums at every spare moment I have. I'm just glad that their music is worth it.
As you may already know Queen were and still are one of the most influential bands of the 70's, 80's and the 90's. Many of their songs have dominated the charts, and this album has all their greatest ones from the 70's. The first song on the track Bohemian Rhapsody their greatest hit of all time and one of the best on the album. Lasting over 6 and a half minutes, the band have had many awards for this song and are going to continully have more, even though the song is 25 years long. Their are many other great songs on this album for example We Will Rock You and We are the Champions both of which have been re-done and were a massive success at the time. As you will know if you have ever heard Queen you will know Freddy Mercury to be a brilliant performer and singer. You will also know that the beat along with many of the guitar rifts work along side each other very well and have made Queen what they are today this is mainly due to the other band members:- Brian May Lead Guitar, Rodger Taylor Drums, and John Deacon Bass Guitar. I personally believe this album to be the best of all the greatest hits albums and would recommend it to anyone who likes classic rock with great Guitar Rifts and a great beat. As you will see with many of the titles you will recommend most of the songs and they are: 1. Bohemian Rhapsody 2. Another one bite the dust 3. Killer Queen 4. Fat Bottemed Girls 5. Bicycle Race 6. You're my Best friend 7. Don't Stop me Now 8. Save Me 9. Crazy little thing called love 10. Somebody to love 11. Now I'm here 12. Good old-fashioned lover boy 13. Play the Game 14. Flash 15. Seven Seas of Rhye 16. We Will Rock You 17. We are the Champions As you can see on this album Queen have put all their greatest hits each getting in the top ten between in the 70's.
Its no wonder that Greatest Hits 1 had become one of the best selling cds ever seeing as it has so many classics on it, in fact it reached number 1 after its release of November 3rd 1981, it went 11 times platinum and astonishingly it remained in the charts for 529 weeks!! FACT. Thats over 10 years! Greatest Hits gave Queen a huge new following of fans who had bought GH but not their albums and it was after this that they were at their most popular. GH contains hits from their first 10 albums. Some of the songs featured on GH are a few of the most famous rock songs ever. The cd begins with Bohemian Rhapsody which has become a cult track and is brillitanly written. The second song is one of Queen's most popular ones: Another One Bites the Dust, it has also a huge hit in America. Their are 17 tracks on Greatest Hits and the start and the start and end ones are probably the most famous ones. The middle has some you might not have heard of such as Save Me, Somebody to Love and Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy. All of these a good songs but you mmay well find yourself listening to the more well known ones than others. GH has a great mix of songs too which helps to make sure you will listen to it more and never get bored of it. Theres some really good rock songs like Fat Bottomed Girls and Now I'm Here then there the ballads like Play the Game and Somebody to Love. Greatest Hits wouldn't be complete without the usual weird songs that Queen were famous for in the 70's, to represent this Bicycle Race and Killer Queen are included. The musical style is a lot different than any individual album that Queen ever made, its a mix of them all and you shouldn't be under the impression that if you like on of Queen's albums you will like Greatest Hits. Although having said that there is such a big ammount of good songs its possible for almost anyone to like the cd. Greatest Hits 1 is a lot different form Greatest Hits 2 as well. GH
1 features a lot more piano from Freddie Mercury and Brian May's guitar sounds a lot different to Queens 80's or 90's hits. Greatest Hits is just a taste of what talent Queen have and what superb song writing abilities they display.
This isn't as good as Greatest Hits 2 in my opinion however I can guarantee you will like it and this is true especially for fans of 70's rock. Like GH2 it has a huge variety of songs from the classic Bohemian Rhapsody to the not so well known Play the Game or Save Me. There are just so many great rock anthems on here its unbelievable and this is undoubtably the best tracks of Queen's albums prior to this. I would recommend this and GH2 to all new Queen fans since they let you get a taste of what the badn was about. Gh1 concentrates mainly on rock and ballads with Freddie's piano heavily featured throughout which is not the case in GH2. All in all this is one of the finest compilation albums ever and is no doubt one of the most well known.
Queen greatest hits, has now become the first part of a trilogy. the album was released in 1981 & therefore only contains their greatest hits up to this point. This album is played on a regular basis in our household. I am not a Queen fan but I do love this album, perhaps it's because I am familar with all the tracks. My husband taped it a plays it at full volume in the car! My neighbours also bought it after constantly hearing it through the walls. I find the best time to play it is after a few drinks when Queen impersonations become the norm & everbody falls about laughing at the antics. The tracks are as follows: Bohemian Rhapsody Another one bites the dust ( my favourite ) Killer Queen Fat bottomed girls Bicycle race You're my best friend Don't stop me now Save me Crazy little thing called love Sombody to love Now I am here Good old fashioned lover boy Play the game Flash ( Theme tune for Flash Gorden) Seven seas of rhye We will rock you We are the champions This album also appeals to todays teenagers, proberbly through their parents.
Queen, you hear the band name, and you immediately think of Freddie Mercury, the singer of the band, with a very distinctive voice, who died of AIDS nearly ten years ago. This album is very well put together, so that there are never two songs next to each other of the same style. To start, you have the all time favourite, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which is quite a long song that goes from modern harmonies, opera style to a heavy rock solo from Brian May on guitar. Then you’ve got the ever-popular “Another One Bites The Dust”, which we all know, and love. There’s “Killer Queen”, “Fat Bottomed Girls”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “You’re My Best Friend”, “Save Me”, there’s the jazzy number recently used on a ‘Gap’ advert “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, and a few others including “We Will Rock You”, and “We Are The Champions”. This is Queens greatest achievement, well worth listening to!
The cd is one of the best every written it offers some of the best music from any artist ever. This is Queen at his best and a cd everyone should have. This is cheap at the moment at only 10 quid in asda. The first four tracks are song what are used throughout the world on things such as tv and adverts. This record is a collection of is finest ever records written it brings together 5 of is older albums and put the best ones onto here. Though if you dont have this in your collection for second best it as to be is greatest hits two which in many peoples opinion is just as good as the first. Greatest Hits 01. We Will Rock You 02. We Are The Champions 03. Another One Bites The Dust 04. Killer Queen 05. Somebody To Love 06. Fat Bottomed Girls 07. Bicycle Race 08. You're My Best Friend 09. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 10. Now I'm Here 11. Play The Game 12. Seven Seas Of Rhye The 80s and 1970 music is far better then todays music this will live forever unlike todays music 13. Body Language 14. Save Me Playlists
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Bohemian Rhapsody
2 Another One Bites The Dust
3 Killer Queen
4 Fat Bottomed Girls
5 Bicycle Race
6 You're My Best Friend
7 Don't Stop Me Now
8 Save Me
9 Crazy Little Thing Called Love
10 Somebody To Love
11 Now I'm Here
12 Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
13 Play The Game
15 Seven Seas Of Rhye
16 We Will Rock You
17 We Are The Champions
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Kind of magic
2 Under pressure
3 Radio ga ga
4 I want it all
5 I want to break free
7 It's a hard life
9 Who wants to live forever
12 I'm going slightly mad
13 Invisible man
14 Hammer to fall
15 Friends will be friends
16 Show must go on
17 One vision
Disc #3 Tracklisting
1 Show must go on
2 Under pressure
4 Too much love will kill you
5 Somebody to love
6 You don't fool me
7 Heaven for everyone
8 Las palabras de amor
9 Driven by you
10 Living on my own
11 Let me live
12 Great pretender
13 Princess of Universe
14 Another ones bites the dust
15 No one but you
16 These are the days of our lives
17 Thank God it's Christmas