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The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III [Box set]

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 (31 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Parlophone/EMI
  • ASIN: B00004Z3AV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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
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Disc: 2
1. A Kind Of Magic
2. Under Pressure
3. Radio Ga Ga
4. I Want It All
5. I Want To Break Free
6. Innuendo
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Disc: 3
1. The Show Must Go On
2. Under Pressure
3. Barcelona
4. Too Much Love Will Kill You
5. Somebody To Love
6. You Don't Fool Me
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What once seemed Queen's greatest liabilities--a preening flamboyance and pompous, overwrought theatricality--have ironically become their most enduring charms in a grey, postmodern pop-music landscape. While it eschews the glammy, pre-punk hard rock of live faves such as "Stone Cold Crazy" and "Tie Your Mother Down" for the band's more quirky club-beat string of latter-day hits , this 51-track triple-CD anthology goes a long way toward documenting the true dimensions of the band's music and fame. It even includes some solo work by Brian May and Freddie Mercury, whose duet on "Barcelona" with diva Montserrat Caballé transcends boundaries of both time and genre. A previously unreleased live performance of "The Show Must Go On" featuring Elton John on vocals is also included. --Jerry McCulley

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Triple CD set with all three Queen Greatest Hits collections in one package. Also includes a 48 page booklet of band history.

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen - The Greatest 9 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am 16 years of age an along with all my friends a massive Queen fan. I got this as a gift for Christmas and have already just about played it to dust. It is an incredible album that captures everything unique and brilliant about Queen. The showmanship, the great songs, the eccentricity, the brilliant musicianship, it's all here. Queen were just perfect, with Freddie leading the band with so much flamboyance, personality and charisma, Brian's classic guitar riffs and solos, John Deacon's perfect basslines that laid the foundations for Queen's distinctive sound and last but not least Roger Taylor's drumming, holding the songs together with great rock 'n' roll drum beats yet not overshadowing the rest of the band like some other rock drummers.
Greatest Hits 1 mainly focuses on Queen from the beginning until the early 80s, and contains the legendary Bohemian Rhapsody, the classic single from the Jazz album, Don't Stop Me Now, the barmy Bicycle Race, the equally mental Freddie-penned number Seven Seas of Rhye from Queen II, the unmitigated grandiosity of Somebody to Love, Brian May's timeless anthem We Will Rock You, which is still the archetypal rock anthem. Also featured is Queen's biggest North American hit Another One Bites the Dust, written by John Deacon and featuring a brilliant bassline as well. There is also Freddie's superb rockabilly effort Crazy Little Thing Called Love, which Elvis would be proud of. Not to mention the band's breakthrough hit Killer Queen from Sheer Heart Attack, which launched them on a national level, reaching number 2 in the charts. We Are the Champions rounds off an excellent CD, worthy of the band's brilliance, another anthem still being played the world over to this day.
Volume 2 focuses on 80s Queen through to their brilliant swansong Innuendo.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Hits Collection Of All Time 11 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
Just a few days ago, a close friend who asks me about certain music and who he'd like if he wanted something a little camp, a bit boisterous, often sensitive and touching, with soaring vocals and powerful guitar riffs and solos the size of the Empire State building. A hard task to name just one band you'd think, but only one elegant word sprung to my mind. Queen.
My small-minded friend also with one word, stupidly came back to me and said, to my utter disbelief, 'Who?'...The guy is 19, and he claims to have never heard a song by Queen. So still in disbelief I noted to him, that children from 3 years old have heard a Queen song, and it's true they have, and they stick with the people who hear them. So he came back with 3 words: 'What to buy?' And I uttered just 3 words back: 'The Platinum Collection'.
There is no finer greatest hits selections on the market, and from one of the greatest, if not the greatest rock band of all time. There's an astounding 51 tracks on here, and the vast majority are complete gems.
Greatest Hits 1, a personal favourite of mine, is full from one side of the CD to the other with pure majesty, power, joy and ultimately the finest rock music of the 1970's and early 1980's. Of course, it has to kick off the with the grandiose, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', with its sublime mixture of operatics and straight out heavy metal, you can see why it's been voted so many times as the greatest song ever written. We have playful rock, with joyous and smile inducing piano (‘Don’t Stop Me Now', the fantastic 'Somebody To Love', the utter camp of, 'Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy' etc.), we have straight out rock with Queen's own twisted mind (‘Killer Queen', 'Fat Bottomed Girls', 'Bicycle Race', 'You're My Best Friend' etc.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 6 May 2004
By David Cranson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
CDs 1 & 2 are perfect. Just some of the best music every writen and recorded. CD3 is a bit of a mish-mash, with the word 'Queen' only being loosely attached to the performers. till it is good to hear George Michael's best performance doing 'Someone To Love' among others.
Of the rest, well . . . they only put the Freddie & Brian solo stuff on as there wasn't enough Queen material to fill it up.
Not that it's not good, just it doesn't really belong on a Queen compilation. So, play the first to CDs (GH 1 & 2) from start to finish and programme in your favourites from the third one.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for old fans and new ones alike! 29 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I got this album for christmas a couple of years ago from my dad who couldn't believe I had reached the tender age of 15 and not heard Bohemian Rhapsody. I had heard it actually but just didn't know what it was. In a desperate attempt to educate me in the ways of classic rock music he invested in this for me and I am pleased to say that it paid off and I am now a Huge Queen fan! We have both enjoyed the album; him because it has all the old favourites, it's not filled with bsides and unheard material, it is the real Queen deal, and me because it was a great introduction to an absolutely fantastic band. The booklet supplied is a great guide to the history of the band and cd 3 has some interesting versions of old queen classics. All in all,I'd say a very good buy for everyone of any age!
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 17 Nov 2000
Format:Audio CD
Forget the so called "fans" who cry "greed!" They seem to forget that "Hits" albums are NOT for die hard fans but for people who just want the well known songs or as an introduction to a "newbie", hey, stuff like this DOES bring in new fans. I should know, "Classic Queen" in the U.S made ME a fan!Anyway, NO CD collection is complete without this masterpiece set of "The Platinum Collection". EVERY hits Queen has had from 1974-1999 is included here. Some "fans" complain about certain songs (like "Keep Yourself Alive") not being included but fail to realize that they WERE NOT HITS!The brilliant opera meets heavy metal "Bohemian Rhapsody", the down and dirty funk of "Another One Bites the Dust", the campy "Killer Queen" to the all out rocker "Hammer To Fall" are now joined by their later hits like "Heaven For Everyone".This set is a one stop goldmine of a few hours of pure musical genius. It's the perfect starter kit for anyone who wants to get to know Queen's musical legacy.The packaging is a beautiful silver slipcase with detailed liner notes AND each CD is a stunning picture disc!You would be a fool NOT to buy this, I promise you'll LOVE it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
Iconic classic album which never gets old..freddies vocals are superb.. a man taken well before his time.. a must have..
Published 4 days ago by Denise Leek
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I just had to buy these & watch them all one Sunday afternoon. Wow I was hooked. Then I bought the Hobbit.
Published 5 days ago by sweetsuzie41
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
All the hits in one place...I've always loved Queen and Freddie but never owned one of their CDs before, fantastic listening
Published 10 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars definitive album
Simply the best album ever produced brings back so many memories of when I was in school and when I first started working
Published 12 days ago by mr d pinn
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Queen songs I like
What can I say, all my Queen favourites in three CDs all in the one case. A classic of its time. The description says 2011 Remaster but I'm unsure what changes this actually brings... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars cracking collection.
Good to hear the best of Queen again brought back the good old days. Good sound quality and easy listening.
Published 1 month ago by Philip Tansley
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen
What can you say brilliant group great songs can't go wrong buying this down load very good I like all the songs
Published 1 month ago by phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding album
This is one of those albums I would be happy to listen too on a desert island it has everything from get up and dance to sit down and relax under the stars, fabulas.
Published 1 month ago by Derek Fergus
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless,and will live forever
From singing and clapping along , also close to tears -
no one can help doing that with this Giant hits collection , and I grew up with listening to Queen on the radio and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. G. West
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great value for money with three CDs including lots of songs, it also has a brilliant modern CD cover and box.
Published 2 months ago by A M John
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