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A landmark album,
This review is from: News of the World (2011 Remastered Version: 2CD) (Audio CD)
DISC 1 (The Album)
This album marked the end of 'early Queen' (in my opinion) before the raw, hard edge gave way to a more polished and studio-based feel with later albums. Hardly a bad track on it (although "Fight from the Inside" and "Get Down, Make Love" won't be to everyone's taste) the highlights are certainly the delightful Deacon classic "Spread Your Wings" and the energetic, rocky "It's Late" in which Brian and Roger really let go! In being drawn to the more obvious tracks ("We are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You") don't overlook the hidden gems including "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" and "All Dead, All Dead" (both with Brian on lead vocals) and Freddie's "My Melancholy Blues" which ends the album on a poignant note as Freddie opens his heart to us at the piano!
DISC 2 (The EP)
The purpose of the 2011 'Deluxe Editions' (putting all cynical marketing, profit-making, blood-from-a-stone comments to one side) is to give a bonus 'EP' of rare or previously unreleased tracks which compliment the original album. There are perhaps a few tracks that would have improved the completeness of the bonus EP here. For example we get two BBC session tracks from October 1977 ("Spread Your Wings" and "My Melancholy Blues") but we don't get the others (a brilliant "It's Late / "Get Down Make Love" Medley and the "We Will Rock You" slow and fast versions). A couple more live versions of tracks such as "We are the Champions" or "Sheer Heart Attack" would also have been an improvement. The inclusion of "Feelings Feelings", a never before released track, is certainly welcome though!
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Initial post: 30 Jul 2013 08:13:05 BDT
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Mike the Fish says:
Yes, All Dead, All Dead is a great track!
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