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on 29 June 2011
In my opinion, swap 'Jealousy' and 'Action this day' for 'If you cant beat them' and 'All dead, all dead' and it would be a perfect compilation for 77-82. The stand out tracks on this album are 1) It's Late - this is a bit of an epic with a great chorus and Freddie belting out some sensational vocals. 2) Spread your wings - what can I say?! This song is a favourite amongst Queen fans and I always feel sorry for Sammy when I listen to it! One of my favourite ever songs. 3) Put out the fire - classic rock track which contrasted from the other tracks on Hot Space, Brians guitar sounds great on it.

Its hard to believe that this is a selection of tracks that are not greatest hits. I dont think any other band thats existed could release a B-side style album of such high quality (and thats not even including Deep Cuts 1 and 3!) I highly recommend this album to anyone that appreciates good music, particularly rock.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2011
Having picked up 'Deep Cut's 3' in HMV, I was impressed by the way the production team had selected, re-mixed and mastered some of the lesser known tracks from Queen's last five album's (especially the posthumous Freddie Mercury ones!). For someone who want's to experience some of the band's lesser known material without having to delve into the plethora of albums available, this series is ideal.
This album is more of the same, concentrating on the bands output between 1977 and 1982. For me the first track 'Mustafa' (taken from the album 'Jazz') is one of the best, written by Freddie in a nod to his arabic influences it is a brilliantly constructed track, beginning in mono with arabic chant's hauntingly sung then bursting into stereo with some raucous hard rock. Track two continues the hard rock theme with 'Sheer Heart Attack', written by drummer Roger Taylor and interestingly not taken from the album 'Sheer Heart Attack' (it was not completed in time) but from 'News of the World'. Track three Deacon's 'Spread Your Wings' is a solid rock ballad with lovely vocals from Freddie and some good guitar playing from Brian May.
Tracks 4 & 5 'Sleeping on the Sidewalk' and 'It's Late', both written by May with the guitarist singing lead on the first, offer contrating sides to May's songwriting style, the latter reminding me of his contributions to the bands earliest albums 'Queen I & II'.
'Rock It' taken from he album 'The Game' and written by Roger Taylor is another hard rocker sung with typically gravelly zest by the talented drummer and sporting a nice intro by Freddie. The next two tracks, this time written by Brian May are taken from the albums 'Jazz' and 'The Game' respectively. The first, 'Dead on Time' is another well constructed track which melds into the guitar riff from'Keep Yourself Alive' before finishing with an almighty thunderclap at the end. The second, 'Sail Away Sweet Sister' is a nicely melodic ballad sung by May himself (I found myself humming away to this for days afterqwards!). May's next entry 'Dragon Attack' will be familiar to anyone who has seen the 'We Will Rock You' video as it was played regularly on the North and South America and Canada tours and though guitar and bass heavy, signals the shift toward more night club friendly rock.
Which brings us nicely onto the infamous 'Hot Space' album, represented here by three tracks 'Action This Day' a concert favourite by Roger who shares lead vocals with Freddie. 'Put Out the Fire' written by Brian May as a critique of the worlds tolerance of firearms and 'Staying Power', written by Freddie and far too camp for my liking! Finally, 'Jealousy' again written by Freddie and taken from 'Jazz' album is a piano-based ballad with sentimental lyrics.
'Battle Theme' from 'Flash Gordon' is tagged on at the end, almost as an afterthought but is a good representation of May's sterling efforts on that soundtrack.
With a good, informative inlay booklet and song lyrics this is a good purchase for Queen fans who, like myself, don't have to have everything the band ever released!
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on 13 December 2013
Just some of the best album tracks & lesser known singles by the best rock band ever. Sheer Heart Attack & Rock It (Prime Jive)show just how well Queen could rock. A must for all Queen collectors.
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on 7 February 2013
Brilliant album, all the best tracks of this period that weren't released in the charts (I think these are better) It's like my own personal Greatest Hits!
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on 31 January 2013
Disc arrived earlier than given time.

As a Queen fan, it is them playing some of their best recordings that don't always get aired on radio..
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on 17 March 2013
Interesting array of tracks not always heard on mainstream radio. Freddie was and still is a legend , a true champion
Cheers Michael
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on 27 December 2011
good album but missing a few tracks by deacon being if you cant beat em and need your loving tonight otherwise great
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on 31 March 2013
anything Queen record, I love it. I would recommend this to anyone who haven't listened to a Queen album before.
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on 2 May 2013
Not a big purche to buy, but a love music and Queen is music. It a nice trilogy of far stuff or cut stuff.
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on 21 September 2014
Classic Queen play it loud
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