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Best of the Queen solo projects,
This review is from: The Lot [Explicit] (MP3 Download)
Ok, so there's some printing errors. Concentrate on the music!
Roger always made the best solo albums out of the guys in Queen, he had better songs and his own sound (rather than sounding like Queen-lite).
"Shove It" and "Strange Frontier" are both better albums than anything Queen did in the 80's, there are some hidden gems on the rarity discs including "Two Sharp Pencils" and "In Charge of My Heart" (which sounds like a different version of "Stealin" which was a Queen b-side), and it's great to finally have "Manipulator" on CD/MP3. On the new album, "Up" is the standout track.
It's an exhaustive set and pretty generous given how hard it was previously to track down a lot of this stuff. Hats off to the man.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2013, 16:09:11 GMT
J. M. Gaden says:
Well said - I had almost all of this stuff already in some form or another, but to get those few extra tracks, and have everything remastered, beautifully boxed, with a DVD, for £100? Yes please - some daft text errors and a one major audio error, but other than that, I'm a very happy bunny!
Posted on 14 Nov 2013, 12:49:30 GMT
Chris H says:
Shove It better than anything Queen did in the 80s? That gets my ridiculous statement of the day award! Shove It is one of the worst Queen related albums there is, horribly dated, naffly recorded, pseudo solo album.
Strange Frontier is good though.
Posted on 14 Nov 2013, 15:13:50 GMT
Doesn't 'In Charge of My Heart' actually hail from the Queen B-Side 'Hijack My Heart'? I'm still waiting for delivery of 'The Lot' from Amazon which I suspect is down to the numerous errors that have been reported on the first issue. I have all of Roger's Solo and Cross work: whilst I have to agree with the contention sounded in Chris H's comment about Shove It and Strange Frontier (not) being better than anything Queen did in the 80's - they are still remarkable and standout works. I adored 'Shove It' and saw it live on more than one occasion. And Strange Frontier far from being 'alright though' is a superb album with a number of tracks that would have sat well on any 80's Queen Album. Yet to hear 'Fun On Earth' though early impressions are very varied. What isn't varied is Roger's superb vocals which resonate to the core. Can't wait!
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2013, 10:17:10 GMT
Hot Space and The Miracle were both pretty weak albums. The Works and A Kind Of Magic had strong singles but the rest was filler. Just my opinion!
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013, 01:28:27 GMT
The '80's had some amazing output from Queen:
The Game - Play The Game, Dragon Attack, Another One Bites The Dust, Need Your Loving Tonight, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Sail Away Sweet Sister, Save Me
Hot Space - Dancer, Action This Day, Put Out The Fire, Life Is Real (Song For Lennon), Las Palabras De Amor, Under Pressure
The Works - Radio Ga Ga, Tear It Up, It's A Hard Life, Man On The Prowl, I Want To Break Free, Hammer To Fall, Is This The World We Created?
A Kind Of Magic - One Vision, A Kind Of Magic, Friends Will Be Friends, Who Wants To Live Forever, Gimme The Prize (Kurgan's Theme), Princes Of The Universe
The Miracle - Party/Khashoggi's Ship, The Miracle, I Want It All, Breakthru, Scandal, Was It All Worth It, Chinese Torture
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013, 12:24:45 GMT
Chris H says:
I did say it was good rather than "alright"! I like Strange Frontier very much, it wasn't my intention to belittle that album at all.
Shove It suffers especially by comparison to the other Cross albums IMO, Blue Rock might just be the best Queen solo project of them all. A superb album from start to end.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2013, 18:39:49 GMT
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In what way is a list of Queen songs from the 1980's helpful when reviewing a Roger Taylor career spanning boxed set?
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2013, 18:40:03 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2013, 15:06:14 GMT
I think he was making a point that it is funny to say Shove It is better than Queen albums in the 80's that contain all these tracks. In my opinion Roger was the weakest song writer in Queen,followed by Brian. Both Freddie and John had a wonderful pop sensibility and were lyrically better. I don't think any of the solo projects came anywhere close to the quality of a Queen album. (Funny enough, Roger's "Happiness" is my favourite of all the solo efforts, even with the dodgy lyrics! "I went to the Ukraine, They don't have much to eat, no sugar on the table, but the people stay sweet!".......Oh dear!!!) I would never compare any of the solo works to Queen. I believe the only way to listen to them is to take them on their own merit and as such I do like some of Rogers albums while not relishing The Cross albums. I'm enjoying FOE at the moment but do feel Rogers quality control lets him down a bit. A good album, but not great.
Posted on 4 Jan 2014, 14:46:13 GMT
"Roger always made the best solo albums out of the guys in Queen"
The Barcelona album?