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Posted: 03 Sep 09, 20:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


Queen Absolute Greatest mastered by Bob Ludwig from the original flat master mix tapes.

Queen. Someone ought to erect a monument to them. Think about it: they’ve ruled their game longer than many of our most famous leaders, their words can be repeated by many more than can recite our most celebrated writers, and despite more than three generations passing since they first blasted their way into our consciences, they’re just as omnipresent today as they ever were. Just for starters (and more to follow):

And let’s not forget Queen’s unmatched global dominance as live artists. There’s not a continent in the world Queen’s legendary tours haven’t touched down in, in many cases arriving ahead of anyone else: think South America, Mexico, the Eastern Bloc. And who but the wisest would know that even somewhere down there in the desert of Antarctica sits a permanent plaque bearing Queen’s name?

Beyond that, Queen continue to sell out concerts, are ready to lend their celebrity power unreservedly when they see just causes – such as Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign; have quietly collected and distributed over $15 million dollars through their own charity the Mercury Phoenix Trust – fighting AIDS worldwide, and most telling of all, continue to be held in the highest esteem by the lead runners in today’s Rock Pack who cite the band’s influence over them in their founding years.

Let’s face it: few other acts have so embedded themselves into our lives that we can’t imagine a time when Queen weren’t around, or can imagine such a time in the future.

So what is it about Queen that makes it all so?

You have to look no further than the forthcoming Absolute Greatest hits package, released November 9 (November 10, USA) in four different CD and LP, compact and luxury sets, illustrated with some fine photos and videos, to see where it all comes from.

Charting over 21 years of making people rock, feel, sense and celebrate, Absolute Greatest reminds us just what fine, and smart, rock and pop writers and musicians Messrs Deacon, May, Mercury and Taylor were (are). Also that they had a sense of humour, which is perhaps another thing that made them so accessible.

The earliest hit presented here, Seven Seas of Rhye (1974) reminds us of those days when we wondered about why they had chosen the name Queen, whether they really were just an arrogant bunch pushing their luck in Zandra Rhodes frocks and black nail varnish, or whether they really were the future of Progressive Rock ? To make us further wonder, they didn’t stop there – they went on to defiantly title their next single Killer Queen.

Then they flashed the wit and made us all smile and feel good at the same time with those jaunty ditties like Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga, and I Want To Break Free. And hell, who would have thought that Roger Taylor would look so fetching in that pre-Britney schoolgirl outfit ?

And if you wanted a mass celebration, who better than Queen, who could bond tens of thousands of total strangers and get them chanting or arm-waving in unison to May’s terse We Will Rock You or Mercury’s more emotionally charged We Are The Champions.

They could at the drop of a hat be romantic, as Deacon proved with You’re My Best Friend, or friends to heartbreak, as we saw in Mercury’s Somebody to Love or May’s Who Wants to Live Forever.

Queen provided a mood and backdrop for every time and every occasion, and were often at their best when they went for almost breath-taking high drama: aided by David Bowie they gave us the brooding heart pounding rhythms of Under Pressure, the operatically ballistic Bohemian Rhapsody, and perhaps the ultimate curtain-call rock song, The Show Must Go On.

A joyous celebration of Queen’s – and many of our own – greatest moments, Absolute Greatest also comes in very personalized versions in which band members Brian May and Roger Taylor share their own memories about the tracks chosen for this collection.

In a limited-edition book version, the Queen photo archives are opened up with 52 pages of unseen and rare photos, and handwritten song lyrics by each member of the band (including corrections and rewrites).

Certain versions provide exclusive access to online streaming of 20 of Queen’s greatest live performances.

OK – so it should not be expected we will see the likenesses of Queen carved into Mount Rushmore, or find their way to a Trafalgar Square plinth (now there’s an idea), so for the moment let’s accept that Absolute Greatest will serve as a terrific tribute to a monumental music history. Ah, these are (indeed) the days of our lives.

Queen Absolute Greatest has been mastered by Bob Ludwig from the original flat master mix tapes.

UK: Ivor Novello Awards. Queen Receive Song of the Decade (70’s) – Bohemian Rhapsody. May 26, 2005

In the most anticipated chart of all time, VH1 teamed up with The Official UK Charts Company to release a definitive list of the Top 100 Best Selling Albums ever. The chart was made up of actual sales figures from the last fifty years. The chart revealed that legendary rockers Queen have outsold all other artists to claim the coveted title of the UK’s favourite album with their Greatest Hits compilation selling a staggering 5,407,587. The Beatles occupied second place with ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.’


Source: http://www.queenonline.com/news/1439/

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Posted: 03 Sep 09, 22:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Access to 20 live songs on streaming video .......... let's hope it's something not already available on youtube.

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Posted: 04 Sep 09, 07:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

IMO it ll be something already edit :(

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Posted: 04 Sep 09, 07:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

knowing what queen's like these days it'll be a pile of youtube links lol


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Posted: 04 Sep 09, 17:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That press release embarassingly reeks of arrogance.........I wonder if Roxy Meade are still Queen's PR people?


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Posted: 04 Sep 09, 21:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Does Queenzone Ghost actually ever contibute to this forum, or simply pimp the latest greatest hits/anthology/collection that the machine is pumping out as a new topic?

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Posted: 07 Sep 09, 21:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They do realize it's been a little over 21 years, right?


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Posted: 08 Sep 09, 01:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



doxonrox wrote:

Does Queenzone Ghost actually ever contibute to this forum, or simply pimp the latest greatest hits/anthology/collection that the machine is pumping out as a new topic?


Hey!!!!  Cutting and Pasting is an art.  Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, Ctrl-C... even I'm confused now.

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Posted: 08 Sep 09, 01:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Soul Brother wrote:

That press release embarassingly reeks of arrogance.........I wonder if Roxy Meade are still Queen's PR people?

I agree, not very well written with silly remarks and lame jokes.







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doxonrox wrote:

Does Queenzone Ghost actually ever contibute to this forum, or simply pimp the latest greatest hits/anthology/collection that the machine is pumping out as a new topic?


Someone needs to extol the virtues of this collection and remind us mere mortals that this is indeed a sacred ambrosian cocktail expressed from the golden teats of Olympian supermen.
  
The fact that the product in hand remains a mass quantity of excretion beautifully presented in a die cast case with luxurious colour brochure spewing out the same tired old prosaic rhetorical clichés, but this time with unimaginative ‘links’ to Queen’s most universal and hackneyed live performances, seems to have been over-looked.

Mmmmmmmmmm, appetising  indeed.








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Posted: 08 Sep 09, 07:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



guild93 wrote:

Access to 20 live songs on streaming video .......... let's hope it's something not already available on youtube.

 



Luke

We all know that it'll only be clips from Wembley, Montreal, Live Aid, Rio, Budapest - I'm sure it'll be nothing rare, interesting or previously unseen








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Posted: 08 Sep 09, 08:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I´m gonna buy it anyway...

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Posted: 08 Sep 09, 11:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Pim Derks wrote:



 



Soul Brother wrote:



That press release embarassingly reeks of arrogance.........I wonder if Roxy Meade are still Queen's PR people?


I agree, not very well written with silly remarks and lame jokes.


I though it was just me, but It does sound arrogant but it doesn't sound very professional.

I remember reading the liner notes to Greatest Hits II when I was 10 years old and  bragged to my friends things like "Did you know that A Kind of Magic was #1 in 35 countries or that I'm going Slightly mad was #1 in 'far flung Hong Kong'?" (whatever that means).

The same style/language read like something really exciting to me at that time. Now that I've been to the puppet show and seen a few strings, I know that every single artist can get a publicist to write that kind of verbage about them -say- "rocking the hearts and souls of a select few lucky ones", which is PR blurb for "mildly entertaining show that wasn't sold out".








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Posted: 08 Sep 09, 14:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



John S Stuart wrote:



 



doxonrox wrote:



Does Queenzone Ghost actually ever contibute to this forum, or simply pimp the latest greatest hits/anthology/collection that the machine is pumping out as a new topic?



Someone needs to extol the virtues of this collection and remind us mere mortals that this is indeed a sacred ambrosian cocktail expressed from the golden teats of Olympian supermen.
  
The fact that the product in hand remains a mass quantity of excretion beautifully presented in a die cast case with luxurious colour brochure spewing out the same tired old prosaic rhetorical clichés, but this time with unimaginative ‘links’ to Queen’s most universal and hackneyed live performances, seems to have been over-looked.

Mmmmmmmmmm, appetising  indeed.







And the winner of this months post of the month goes to...... John Stuart!!!

Made me laugh anyway :)







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Micrówave wrote:



 



 



 



 



doxonrox wrote:



 



Does Queenzone Ghost actually ever contibute to this forum, or simply pimp the latest greatest hits/anthology/collection that the machine is pumping out as a new topic?



 



Hey!!!!  Cutting and Pasting is an art.  Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, Ctrl-C... even I'm confused now. 


Thats because you are not cutting and pasting. Ctrl-C means Copy!!!! You use Ctrl-X to cut and Ctrl-V to paste. Now you know.

:P

And no - I am not Queenzone Ghost.







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Posted: 08 Sep 09, 18:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Note to Brian and Roger:

You are rapidly becoming a queer caricature of yourselves.

John had the respect to bow out.

Don't keep re-re-re-releasing your audio stuff, with each version "overseen by..." the latest authority.

What about the video archives? They are quickly making their way around the web. So don't come crying to me when you want to talk about music piracy.

Both of you are prime reasons why musical piracy exists.

Now, dig deep and release some authorized version of your early video archives, pre-1980.

Thanks.



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Posted: 08 Sep 09, 18:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



ibernard wrote:

Note to Brian and Roger:

You are rapidly becoming a queer caricature of yourselves.

John had the respect to bow out.

Don't keep re-re-re-releasing your audio stuff, with each version "overseen by..." the latest authority.

What about the video archives? They are quickly making their way around the web. So don't come crying to me when you want to talk about music piracy.

Both of you are prime reasons why musical piracy exists.

Now, dig deep and release some authorized version of your early video archives, pre-1980.

Thanks.


Oh, I wouldn't want to be in Brian or Roger's shoes now.



They have some explaining to do and this guy means business.