Absolute Greatest (A4 Casebound Book)
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A career retrospective of one of Britain's most successful and best-loved bands. Featuring 20 of the bands's greatest hits, including 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'We Will Rock You', this limited edition includes a second CD with track-by-track commentary, and a book charting the band's career.
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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.Read more ›
If however, you are new to the musical delights of Queen (and if you are, you are in for a real treat) or are a casual fan who'd like to have all their biggest hits on one compilation, then this collection is for you. This album contains 20 of their all time greatest songs, and there isn't a duff track here. Each one is an absolute classic rock gem.
Yes, Queen fans can, with some justification, complain about record companies cashing in on the back catalogue once again with a compilation that has nothing new to offer, but I really think naysayers are missing the point of this album; it's to get the casual fan or uninitiated interested in one of the most unique, inventive and fun bands ever created.
Thats got to be a good thing isn't it?
Their first Greatest Hits package sold in bucket loads since 1981 and in the same way that Bohemian Rhapsody broke the mold for video promos, it set the standard for Greatest Hits packages. There were no fillers, new songs or dud hits ... in fact they had to leave off single releases in order that it fit the LP Album format.
Now almost 30 years later, this release tries to encapsulate Queen inside the constraints of a single CD. Its a flawed and impossible task. Do you select songs that are familiar to a worldwide audience, do you select songs that charted best in a particular territory, do you pick concert rock classics or 3 minute radio friendly pop songs?
The problem is this - this is clearly aimed at "The Christmas Market" - people who maybe like Queen but don't love them. They normally wouldn't buy their albums but know a bit about them and have probably seen some of their stuff covered on X-Factor, Brittan's Got Talent or maybe on the soundtrack to an animated cartoon or feature film. However, the one set of people who will DEFINITELY buy this album will be their massive fan base (of who I am just one) who will buy it for completest reasons.
The latter of these groups are not going to be a happy bunch, even with the limited edition version with the book or the heavy vinyl edition. They want a big glossy rarities package of a similar nature to that released for Freddie Mercury in the 90's. They have all the commercial releases, they want the B-sides,the 12" inch mixes that were only available on vinyl, the unreleased videos incl.Read more ›