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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 (14 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B004M17IUS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Tie Your Mother Down (Remastered 2011) 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. You Take My Breath Away (Remastered 2011) 5:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Long Away (Remastered 2011) 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. The Millionaire Waltz (Remastered 2011) 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. You And I (Remastered 2011) 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Somebody To Love (Remastered 2011) 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. White Man (Remastered 2011) 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy (Remastered 2011) 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Drowse (Remastered 2011) 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) (Remastered 2011) 5:55£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  2. Somebody To Love (Live At Milton Keynes Bowl / June 1982) 7:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. You Take My Breath Away (Live In Hyde Park / September 1976) 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy (Live On BBC Top Of The Pops / July 1977) 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) (Remastered 2011 / HD Mix) 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Disc: 1

1. Tie Your Mother Down
2. You Take My Breath Away
3. Long Away
4. Millionaire Waltz, The
5. You And I
6. Somebody To Love
7. White Man
8. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
9. Drowse
10. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)

Disc: 2

1. Tie Your Mother Down
2. Somebody To Love
3. You Take My Breath Away
4. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
5. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)

"We aimed for the top slot and we were not going to be satisfied with anything less." Freddie Mercury

March 2011 sees the re-release of Queens first five albums - one of the most exciting and influential back catalogues of all time. Recorded in the maelstrom of the early 1970's London music scene Queen created a groundbreaking and unique soundtrack that remains globally influential today. Theatrical, imaginative, diverse, melodic and unpredictable they had a sound and a look all of their own. Sitting alongside their contemporaries like Led Zep and David Bowie, Queen set the standard for British rock in the 1970's and became one of the most thrilling, glamorous and downright rock n roll bands of all time, directly influencing a contemporary roll call of artists from Foo Fighters & Axl Rose to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

By 1976, Queen were back in the studio recording 'A Day At The Races', which was written and recorded by Queen at their happiest, riding on the crest of a wave and loving every second. The album is an infectiously jubilant piece of music full of love, optimism and good old fashioned rock and roll. Like 'A Night at the Opera' it again borrowed the name of a Marx Bros movie, and its cover was similar to that of 'A Night at the Opera', a variation on the same Queen Crest. It reached number one on the British charts and features the classics 'Tie Your Mother Down', Freddie Mercury's personal favourite composition 'Somebody To Love' and 'Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy'

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By WeeMann on 13 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
First of all, this is seen by many as one of the best albums produced by Queen, if not the very best. There's not a duff song on here, from Tie Your Mother Down to Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy via Somebody To Love as a handful of their better known tracks, through to the tender You Take My Breath Away, the poppy You & I, the heavy White Man and the sublime waltz feel of The Millionaire Waltz. It doesn't get much better than this.

But this isn't just about the basic album. Here it has been remastered by Bob Ludwig and sounds, as a result, crisper and more powerful than ever before - closer to the way the band intended it to sound from day 1. Coupled with this, the band have included a bonus EP including an instrumental version of Tie Your Mother Down, exceptional live cuts of Somebody To Love (possibly their best rendition ever caught on tape) and You Take My Breath Away, an alternate take of Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy from their Top Of The Pops appearance of July 1977 and the HD mix of Teo Torriate.

If you want a quality Queen release, this is one of the best.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Roberts on 24 Nov. 2011
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I am pinning the following comments to all of the Queen back catalogue (excepting "Flash" which I wont get on cd) as they apply right across the board. I wont comment on the music - others have done so very well. I want to praise the sound.

Modern mastering technology will in most cases demonstrate more noticeable improvements in older recordings. I have now bought and listened to all of the recent Queen reissues and chronologically the benefits of the 2011 remastering lessen as recording technology and technique improved album by album.

The biggest improvement is to the earlier analogue work, which to my ear sound more "Queen" than the digitally recorded stuff - more bite and attack - irrespective of musical direction. My view is that digital recording "rounded" the Queen sound, particularly Brian May's guitar.

However, notwithstanding this there are clear improvements throughout the catalogue, even the later ones which were recorded using digital technology to whatever degree. Music is more open, brighter and fuller in a very revealing, listenable and non-tiring way. Bass and drum parts are now very clear as are the vocals which are expressive warm and very detailed - many more sibilants can now be heard which really brightens up "Queen 2" and "A Night At The Opera" for example where there were a tremendous number of overdubs which saturated the sound in places.

As I said in a previous review of "Greatest Hits", those who have a fair or passing interest in Queen will be happy with earlier issues, but for the enthusiast these remasters really are rewarding listens and well worth investing in. They really are very good indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Mansfield on 26 July 2014
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Got this album bought for me for christmas the year it came out. It brings back memories of a time when, as a teenager, you could get so EXCITED about a new album from your favourite band! I suppose its only what the kids of today are doing. To me this was the penultimate truly great Queen record. After News of the World, their later released work was never quite the same. Having said that, as a live band they were in a league of their own, even in their latter years.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jens Dalsgaard on 3 Jun. 2011
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This is an excellent album that deserve SIX stars on its own.
And here we have it in the best sound ever.
A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

The bonus disc, however, is a little weak.
1. Tie Your Mother Down [Backing Track Mix 2011] - Excellent guitar-work from Brian but not a track I will listen to again.
2. Somebody To Love [Live At Milton Keynes, June 1982] - Waste of space. It's pointless as it's already released on 'Queen On Fire - Live At The Bowl'.
3. You Take My Breath Away [Live In Hyde Park, September 1976] - Excellent live recording.
4. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy [Top Of The Pops July 1977] - Excellent BBC recording.
5. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) [HD Mix] - Yes, it does sound nice but to me it seems as if the people behind these deluxe editions have been scraping the bottom of the barrel to find material enough to fill out the bonus discs with. Well, I guess it's better to have it than not to have it ...
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This is one of my favorite albums, I wanted 'You and I' for real hence the purchase having owned every album on vinyl, I'm building it back on CD to listen to instead of look at. It is almost 40 years old yet the remastering brings it into now. And wow. The bonus CD really is a bonus too. Freddie and his voice melt my soul. No Queen fan will be disappointed, and this is a must for any fan of real music.
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Always been a Queen fan and this follow up to A night at the Opera is not a disappointment with varied music and the unique Queen sound. I had this on Vinyl and thought it brilliant then. Queen are one of those groups that are timeless and this album is as good today as it was back then.
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As a fan of Queen's music, I consider this one of the best Queen albums of the lot. I bought it for my 13 year old daughter for Christmas, who loves it as well. This demonstrates how well Queens music transcends the generational gap.
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