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Absolute Greatest [CD]

Queen Audio CD
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English rock band Queen were one of the most popular bands in the world, and have sold an estimated 300 million records internationally. Known for their theatrical style, and the flamboyant showmanship of lead singer Freddie Mercury, the band built a reputation through the 1970s with million-selling albums and emphatic live performances.

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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002NULL9E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Will Rock You (2009 Digital Remaster)
2. We Are The Champions (2009 Digital Remaster)
3. Radio Ga Ga (2009 Digital Remaster)
4. Another One Bites The Dust (2009 Digital Remaster)
5. I Want It All (Single Version) (2009 Digital Remaster)
6. Crazy Little Thing Called Love (2009 Digital Remaster)
7. A Kind Of Magic (2009 Digital Remaster)
8. Under Pressure (2009 Digital Remaster)
9. One Vision (Single Version) (2009 Digital Remaster)
10. You're My Best Friend (2009 Digital Remaster)
11. Don't Stop Me Now (2009 Digital Remaster)
12. Killer Queen (2009 Digital Remaster)
13. These Are The Days Of Our Lives (2009 Digital Remaster)
14. Who Wants To Live Forever (2009 Digital Remaster)
15. Seven Seas Of Rhye (2009 Digital Remaster)
16. Heaven For Everyone (Single Version) (2009 Digital Remaster)
17. Somebody To Love (2009 Digital Remaster)
18. I Want To Break Free (Single Version) (2009 Digital Remaster)
19. The Show Must Go On (2009 Digital Remaster)
20. Bohemian Rhapsody (2009 Digital Remaster)

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A career retrospective of one of Britain's most successful and best-loved bands, featuring 20 of their greatest hits, including 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'We Will Rock You', and 'Another One Bites the Dust'.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There is no way in the world that twenty songs on one disc could do the legacy of Queen's back catalogue justice. This release is evidently aimed at people who have no real knowledge of the group or are such mildly interested fans that they would imagine that this is all they would need. However, getting that out of the way, as a single-disc compilation of Queen's music, it's not a bad one. If, as a Queen fan, you were given the task of compiling a 'best of' over one disc, what tracks would you include? I think the majority of the songs I'd include are covered here - so it does its job.

I can't really understand why anyone would give this disc one star. The music is easily worth five... although I can certainly understand people docking one or two stars for the irrelevance of the compilation, which is what I've done - but the songs here are absolutely brilliant and are certainly some of the best and most famous tracks of the 70s and 80s. Yes, there are better compilations of Queen. The Greatest Hits I & II packages aren't exactly definitive, but they cover the career of this talented band better than this one disc compilation. However, I'm well aware that this could be the starting point of a greater fandom for some younger people yet to have been introduced to Queen - or maybe even older fans who have never given the band a chance and, for that, it's worthy.

In fact, any compilation which includes songs such as "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "We Are The Champions", "Don't Stop Me Now" and "Somebody To Love" should have a place in the world. If it brings Queen's music to new ears then I'm all for it, despite some criminal omissions that compilers with a one disc limit would have been forced to leave out.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Chances are, if you're a big Queen fan and own their albums and/or their earlier 'Greatest Hits' albums you'll pretty much have every brilliant track on offer here. This collection is not an album aimed at you. You have no need to purchase it.

If however, you are new to the musical delights of Queen (and if you are, you are in for a real treat) or are a casual fan who'd like to have all their biggest hits on one compilation, then this collection is for you. This album contains 20 of their all time greatest songs, and there isn't a duff track here. Each one is an absolute classic rock gem.

Yes, Queen fans can, with some justification, complain about record companies cashing in on the back catalogue once again with a compilation that has nothing new to offer, but I really think naysayers are missing the point of this album; it's to get the casual fan or uninitiated interested in one of the most unique, inventive and fun bands ever created.

Thats got to be a good thing isn't it?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy 19 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic album and a must have for and any Queen fan. We all know the music and what we think about the individual tracks so I won't bore you with that. Why would you want to waste your hard earned cash on a CD when you could build a CD of your own with the same tracks on from your existing collection? Simple, whilst the track listing may be the same, the audio quality would not be. These tracks have had new life breathed into them and sound great, they sound fuller than on the album releases, Bohemian Rhapsody sounds, in my opinion, even better than it does on the DVD-A version of Night At The Opera, though not as detailed as one would expect as this is only 16bit audio. Yes the difference is that clear, I played different versions of the song back to back through my headphones and Absolute Greatest won easily.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Queen Compilation 19 Nov 2009
By Rob
Format:Audio CD
Although I already have the three Greatest Hits compilations, I love the idea of a single CD spanning Queen's entire career, from Seven Seas of Rye to These Are The Days Of Our Lives. I am impressed by the choices made here, being a little nervous that delicate and moving songs like These Are The Days Of Our Lives would be missed out, but instead they have missed out the hits I like least, Fat Bottom Girls, Bicycle Race, Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, Tie Your Mother Down. The exclusion of Innuendo is the only jarring note, and possibly Now I'm Here. However, to include a long song such as Innuendo would mean cutting two of the other songs included and I'm glad that didn't happen because I think I prefer all the songs included to Innuendo. All in 2009 digital restored versions, superb. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys listening to Queen.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Queen for Dummies" 4 Oct 2009
By Graham
Format:Audio CD
If this was a book it would be called "Queen for Dummies", the cover would be bright yellow and it would introduce young kids and creatures from another planet to the music of Queen.

Their first Greatest Hits package sold in bucket loads since 1981 and in the same way that Bohemian Rhapsody broke the mold for video promos, it set the standard for Greatest Hits packages. There were no fillers, new songs or dud hits ... in fact they had to leave off single releases in order that it fit the LP Album format.

Now almost 30 years later, this release tries to encapsulate Queen inside the constraints of a single CD. Its a flawed and impossible task. Do you select songs that are familiar to a worldwide audience, do you select songs that charted best in a particular territory, do you pick concert rock classics or 3 minute radio friendly pop songs?

The problem is this - this is clearly aimed at "The Christmas Market" - people who maybe like Queen but don't love them. They normally wouldn't buy their albums but know a bit about them and have probably seen some of their stuff covered on X-Factor, Brittan's Got Talent or maybe on the soundtrack to an animated cartoon or feature film. However, the one set of people who will DEFINITELY buy this album will be their massive fan base (of who I am just one) who will buy it for completest reasons.

The latter of these groups are not going to be a happy bunch, even with the limited edition version with the book or the heavy vinyl edition. They want a big glossy rarities package of a similar nature to that released for Freddie Mercury in the 90's. They have all the commercial releases, they want the B-sides,the 12" inch mixes that were only available on vinyl, the unreleased videos incl.
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