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Singles Collection: Volume 2 [Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

Queen Audio CD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (15 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 13
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Parlophone/EMI
  • ASIN: B0027OSRQG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have, but nothing terribly exciting... 16 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The second installment of this collection of Queen's CD singles takes us up to (halfway through, curiously) the singles from 1984's The Works, and thus includes A Human Body (left off The Game in favour of Coming Soon), Soul Brother and I Go Crazy, b-sides that lots of fans will perhaps have only heard via clips on YouTube. The individual CD's look pretty enough with their original artwork but let's remember that, as these are replicas of the original 7" releases, we only get two tracks per disc, which is perhaps an opportunity missed and some fans, especially those who either already own (or do not care about) the non-album b-sides might well decide that this collection is not worth their hard-earned pennies. Queen, or whoever it is that decides what is released under the Queen name at least, are guilty of missing the point with all this sort of thing. The VAST majority of Queen's biggest fans are not the least bit interested in repackaged releases of their already available material and are certainly not interested in yet another damn Queen + Paul Rodgers live album/DVD...how many of those does the world actually need or want, exactly? Fans are desperate to see some unreleased, rare material, something that offers an insight into Queen's long studio career in the form of out-takes and demo recordings, or some live material taken from the 1970's, rather than endless live DVD's from 1981-1986. It's time to change the strategy, chaps. Freddie Mercury has been gone for the best part of two decades and STILL the remaining members haven't managed to deliver the kind of box set or collection that the real fans actually really want. Do they not realise their errors or are they just being stubborn? Discuss.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity 22 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
I'm dinging this 3 stars for 2 reasons. One, the price: for what it is, this should be at least 10 cheaper. Two, the completely missed opportunity to finally release the tracks that are only available (still) on vinyl. I'm talking about the last 3 disks of the set, which were all released on 12-inch formats with extended or alternative mixes. We're missing the extended versions of Backchat and Staying Power plus the instrumental Radio Ga Ga (which remain available only on the original 12-inch vinyls) plus the extended mixes of Radio Ga Ga and I Want To Break Free plus the instrumental version of Machines (which, whilst having been released before on CD, are either on import only or very hard to find).
EMI released the vastly superior Marillion singles box sets which compiled ALL the mixes and B-sides from ALL the formats released for the various singles, which represented a fantastic collection and at only 25 per box. Pity they're deleted now...
So why we've got another set of 7-inch replicas here is a mystery to me. We may have tolerated it on volume 1 because they were a true representation of what was originally released, but this is just not on.
The only truly new track you'll get here is A Human Body. Everything else has been released before on CD somewhere, although unless you've got the 3" CD singles set you won't have got Soul Brother. (I Go Crazy isn't hard to get... it's been on the USA import of The Works for years.)
So, a massivley missed opportunity to do these old singles justice. I hope EMI do much better on volume 3, and even replace disks 11-13 here with decent versions. Until then, us Queen fans will continue to be short changed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disaster emi 12 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
how can you release this box sets without the 12 inch versions of Back chat and Stying power which are more funkier in there 12 inch versions than 7 inch versions there are also instrumental and longer versions of radio gaga i want to break free is also in a wonderful 12 mix plus the b-side is in a instrumental and 12 mix ( machines or back to humans ) the Blondie and Duran duran box got all the 12 inches versions WHY WHY!!!!!! NOT HERE I CANT UNDERSTAND THE RECORD COMPANIES ( i own over 3000 cds and boxset )
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A RIP OFF !! 17 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have been a huge fan of Queen for most of my life, I dug out all my old Cd's and Vinyl today and managed to fit all the songs and alternate mixes on 1 CD (75mins), so by buying the individual boxsets, totalling 103 you have this ONE Cd of songs not on the regular Queen albums, this boxset is also 'nonoised', so its much worsened sound quality compared to the original releases and first Cd singles set:

This is the unavailable tracks of what your 103 gives you:

1. See What A Fool Ive Been (Singles Boxset One, although the noise reduction applied has spoilt the cymbal intro)
2. Flick Of A Wrist (Singles Boxset One)
3. I'm In Love With My Car (Slightly different placement of car sound effects compared to Album version. Singles Boxset One)
4. Tenement Funster - Faded Out. No different to Album version AND NOT EVEN THE CORRECT EP VERSION (Singles Boxset One)
5. White Queen (As It Began) - Queen's First E.P No different to Album version apart from a Fade In (Singles Boxset One)
6. Love Of My Life (Live) (Singles Boxset 2)
7. Now I'm Here (Live) (Singles Boxset 2)
8. We Will Rock You (Fast Version Live) (Singles Boxset 2)
9. Let Me Entertain You (Live) (Singles Boxset 2)

- All the live singles are the versions contained on Live Killers.

10. Football Fight - same as Flash album(Singles Boxset 2)
11. A Human Body (Singles Boxset 2)
12. Soul Brother (Singles Boxset 2)
13. I Go Crazy (Singles Boxset 2)
14. Thank God its Christmas (Singles Boxset 2)
15. Blurred Vision (Singles Boxset 3)
16. A Dozen Red Roses (Singles Boxset 3)
17. Pain Is So Close To Pleasure (Remix)(Singles Boxset 3)
18. Hijack My Heart (Singles Boxset 3)
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