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4.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for the music, one star deducted for the idea, 5 Nov 2009
This review is from: Absolute Greatest (Audio CD)
There is no way in the world that twenty songs on one disc could do the legacy of Queen's back catalogue justice. This release is evidently aimed at people who have no real knowledge of the group or are such mildly interested fans that they would imagine that this is all they would need. However, getting that out of the way, as a single-disc compilation of Queen's music, it's not a bad one. If, as a Queen fan, you were given the task of compiling a 'best of' over one disc, what tracks would you include? I think the majority of the songs I'd include are covered here - so it does its job.

I can't really understand why anyone would give this disc one star. The music is easily worth five... although I can certainly understand people docking one or two stars for the irrelevance of the compilation, which is what I've done - but the songs here are absolutely brilliant and are certainly some of the best and most famous tracks of the 70s and 80s. Yes, there are better compilations of Queen. The Greatest Hits I & II packages aren't exactly definitive, but they cover the career of this talented band better than this one disc compilation. However, I'm well aware that this could be the starting point of a greater fandom for some younger people yet to have been introduced to Queen - or maybe even older fans who have never given the band a chance and, for that, it's worthy.

In fact, any compilation which includes songs such as "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "We Are The Champions", "Don't Stop Me Now" and "Somebody To Love" should have a place in the world. If it brings Queen's music to new ears then I'm all for it, despite some criminal omissions that compilers with a one disc limit would have been forced to leave out. Yes, it's a flawed premise, yes, one CD doesn't do the band justice and no, I won't be buying it (I already have all of the material on offer here) - but I'm sure this compilation will give thousands of people a lot of joy and, for that, it gets my support.
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Initial post: 11 Jun 2010 16:12:04 BDT
P. Bonser says:
Some very well made points here. I have thought many times of making my own Best Of Queen album, from all the material I have collected over the last 25 years of listening to the bnd. However, I know that I would never be satisfied that I had done their music the full justice it requires, and so stick to playing all the albums as the were originally put together.

The latest "Best Of" albums are partly a money-making venture, but if more of the younger generation get into some of their best work, then fine.

If Freddie was still alive, imagine how much more top class music he would have written........very sad that he never got chance to do more.

Posted on 21 Jan 2011 00:10:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2011 00:11:08 GMT
Adam says:
does anyone know the track listings for Queen Absolute Greatest
On wikipedia it appears to include a bonus streaming live performances
which i guess are in digital form?Absolute Greatest (2CD Slipcase)

Posted on 17 Jul 2014 21:27:36 BDT
gille liath says:
Definitely not Who Wants To Live Forever. Either someone lost the plot there or it was a bit of self-indulgence from Bri. None of the tracks on Miracle are worthy either.
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