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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 06:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

QUEEN: FIRST FIVE ALBUMS RE-ISSUED ON ISLAND RECORDS – MARCH 14th 2011

“We aimed for the top slot and we were not going to be satisfied with anything less.” Freddie Mercury

March 2011 sees the re-release of Queens first five albums - one of the most exciting and influential back catalogues of all time.  Recorded in the maelstrom of the early 1970’s London music scene Queen created a groundbreaking and unique soundtrack that remains globally influential today. Theatrical, imaginative, diverse, melodic and unpredictable they had a sound and a look all of their own. Sitting alongside their contemporaries like Led Zep and David Bowie, Queen set the standard for British rock in the 1970’s and became one of the most thrilling, glamorous and downright rock n roll bands of all time, directly influencing a contemporary roll call of artists from Foo Fighters & Axl Rose to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

 “Queen”, “Queen II”, “Sheer Heart Attack”, “A Night At The Opera” and “A Day At The Races” have been specially re-mastered and each will be released as a standard CD as well as a deluxe 2 disc set which will feature new bonus content.  Each deluxe album will be released on iTunes featuring bonus tracks plus additional sleeve notes, unseen pictures and videos. The albums also set the scene for their bands forthcoming Stormtroopers In Stilettos Global exhibition that launches in London on 25th February.

From the pure raw rock of “Queen” through to the majestic anthems on “A Day At The Races”, the first five albums highlight the diverse talent, musical ambition and already global success of a band made up of some of the best songwriters, musicians and performers of all time.

‘Queen’, recently nominated by Dave Grohl as his favourite album of all time, was recorded in the same studio that David Bowie was recording Ziggy Stardust. Because they didn’t have any money, the album was recorded on Bowies downtime, so Queen were literally recording at 3AM after Bowie had gone to bed. ‘Queen’ is their heaviest album, influenced by The Who, Hendrix and Led Zep and contains some of their hardest rocking songs, and also some of their most imaginative. Like all subsequent Queen albums, no two songs sound the same and there are mixtures of light and shade, the band teasing one minute with a lullaby, then blowing your head off.

‘Queen II’ is the real beginning of Queen as we know it. It’s the first time we hear the multi layered overdubs, the harmonies, the varied musical styles (ballads, folk, blues, thrash metal, pop and rock, it’s all there). It also includes their first hit single ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’, which led to the first of many iconic performances on Top of the Pops. The band recorded ‘Queen II’ in just over a month in 1973 ahead of its release in 1974. The album cover was shot by legendary photographer Mick Rock and inspired by a Marlene Dietrich portrait. The image was later brought to life in the revolutionary Bohemian Rhapsody video.

‘Sheer Heart Attack’, Roger Taylor’s favourite Queen album, was released in 1974 and reached Number 2 in the UK. Prior to this Queen were mostly considered a heavy rock band, but this album experimented with a variety of musical genres, including music hall, heavy metal, ballads and ragtime. At this point Queen started to move away from the progressive tendencies of their first two releases into a more radio-friendly, song-orientated style, illustrated by ‘Killer Queen’, which was their biggest hit at that point reaching No 2 in the UK. It also went to No 12 in the US Billboard Charts, the first of many hits there. A song about a high-class call girl, it contains the guitar solo that Brian May is most proud of and won Freddie his first Ivor Novello Award.

‘A Night at The Opera’, named after the Marx Bros film, is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest albums of all time. Exceptional on every level, musically, lyrically and artistically, Queen took the strongest elements of their previous two albums to make the ultimate winning combination. The  most expensive album ever recorded at that time, it delivered rock, opera, heavy metal, romance, ballads, pop, sci-fi folk, music hall, ‘trad jazz’ and even the National Anthem. The album contains perhaps the most famous rock song of all time, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ which went on to spend fourteen weeks and number one, be voted Song of the Millennium, become the only song in history to reach Xmas No 1 twice and sell a million copies on two separate occasions. Queen also recorded the first official pop promo for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as they were on tour and could not appear on Top of The Pops and this video paved the way for MTV and VH1.

By 1976, Queen were back in the studio recording ‘A Day At The Races’, which was written and recorded by Queen at their happiest, riding on the crest of a wave and loving every second. The album is an infectiously jubilant piece of music full of love, optimism and good old fashioned rock and roll.  Like ‘A Night at the Opera’ it again borrowed the name of a Marx Bros movie, and its cover was similar to that of ‘A Night at the Opera’, a variation on the same Queen Crest. It reached number one on the British charts and features the classics ‘Tie Your Mother Down’, Freddie Mercury’s personal favourite composition ‘Somebody To Love’ and ‘Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy’

FULL TRACKLISTINGS FOR EACH ALBUM:

Queen                                                     
1. Keep Yourself Alive                             
2. Doing All Right                                   
3. Great King Rat                                   
4. My Fairy King                                      
5. Liar                                                      
6. The Night Comes Down                      
7. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll
8. Son And Daughter
9. Jesus
10. Seven Seas Of Rhye

Bonus Tracks
1. Keep Yourself Alive (De Lane Lea Demo, December 1971)
2. The Night Comes Down (De Lane Lea Demo, December 1971)
3. Great King Rat (De Lane Lea Demo, December 1971)
4. Jesus (De Lane Lea Demo, December 1971)
5. Liar (De Lane Lea Demo, December 1971)
6. Mad The Swine (June 1972)

Queen 2                                                 
1. Procession                                           
2. Father To Son                                     
3. White Queen (As It Began)                                                
4. Some Day One Day                            
5. The Loser In The End                          
6. Ogre Battle
7. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke
8. Nevermore
9. The March Of The Black Queen
10. Funny How Love Is
11. Seven Seas Of Rhye

 Bonus Tracks
1. See What A Fool I’ve Been (BBC Session, July 1973 - 2011 remix)
2. White Queen (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, December 1975)
3. Seven Seas of Rhye (Instrumental Mix 2011)
4. Nevermore (BBC Session, April 1974)
5. See What A Fool I’ve Been (B-side version, February 1974)

Sheer Heart Attack                                 
1. Brighton Rock                                     
2. Killer Queen                                        
3. Tenement Funster                              
4. Flick Of The Wrist                               
5. Lily Of The Valley                                
6. Now I'm Here
7. In The Lap Of The Gods
8. Stone Cold Crazy
9. Dear Friends
10. Misfire
11. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
12. She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos)
13. In The Lap Of The Gods . . . Revisited

Bonus Tracks
1. Now I’m Here (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, December 1975)
2. Flick of the Wrist (BBC Session, October 1974)
3. Tenement Funster (BBC Session, October 1974)
4. Bring Back That Leroy Brown (A cappella Mix 2011)
5. In The Lap of the Gods..Revisited (Live at Wembley Stadium, July 86)

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 06:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

(cont'd)


A Night At The Opera                             
1. Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To...)               
2. Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon           
3. I'm In Love With My Car                   
4. You're My Best Friend                        
5. '39                                                       
6. Sweet Lady                                       
7. Seaside Rendezvous
8. The Prophet's Song
9. Love Of My Life
10. Good Company
11. Bohemian Rhapsody
12. God Save The Queen

Bonus Tracks
1. Keep Yourself Alive (Long-Lost Retake, June 1975)
2. Bohemian Rhapsody (Operatic Section A cappella Mix 2011)
3. You’re My Best Friend (Backing Track Mix 2011)
4. I’m In Love With My car (Guitar & Vocal Mix 2011)  
5. ’39 (Live at Earl’s Court, June 1977)
 6. Love Of My Life (South American Live Single,  June 1979)

A Day At The Races                                                
1. Tie Your Mother Down                       
2. You Take My Breath Away                
3. Long Away                                        
4. The Millionaire Waltz                         
5. You And I                                            
6. Somebody To Love
7. White Man
8. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
9. Drowse
10. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)

Bonus Tracks
1. Tie Your Mother Down (Backing Track Mix 2011)
2. Somebody To Love (Live at Milton Keynes, June 1982)
3. You Take My Breath Away (Live in Hyde Park, September 1976)
4. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy (Top of the Pops, July 1977)(Mono)
 5. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) (HD Mix)

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 06:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Let me just say there's some nice surprises and some blatant "tasters" of what is yet to come and I'm SO disappointed they've included the "live" tracks of which I have NO interest.
All in all, there's a lot of  wasted of space and an even BIGGER wasted opportunity.
But, having been a fan for 25 years and experienced QPL many times before, I can't say I'm surprised :(

Time to get rid of Jim Beach...

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 06:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Excellent. 1 = ONE interesting track.

ONE INTERESTING TRACK

What polite can I say ?

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 06:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just don't understand why they cannot see that live tracks of concerts that are already officially available cannot be considered a bonus or incentive. 

It is a repeat of the bonus videos situation when they promoted the Absolute Greatest Hits - 20 exclusive videos were touted but in the end only 13 were actually exclusive.

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 06:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OK just a question, the tracklist is valid for the 1CD releases or for the 2 CD releases ?
I simply can't believe that they would release a CD with 5 songs

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 06:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh well. Wonder what the 'unseen videos' are going to be? Probably unseen to the non queen fan!

Only really interested in YTMBA and 39 just to see if they have the multi-tracks in the vaults.

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 06:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think the most constructive bonus track list is for the first album release. Finally we have complete De Lane Lea  recording. It's interesting that 'Queen' and 'ANATO' has 6(!) bonus tracks. I don't understand the logic to place KYA long lost retake as bonus tracks on ANATO, even if it was recorded in 1975. Possibly ITLOTGR from Wembley is the first night recording. Strange, that there's no any info about audio commentary on bonus CDs in press release.

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 07:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ah, the long awaited confirmation that the bonus tracks are shit and shit, with a pinch of additional barrel-scrape shit.
2011 mixes? How exciting! Of course I want to hear special made new acapella mixes, or guitar + vocal mixes, which could have been put together by any fan at home using multi-track sources. I suppose that is the next step, to include fan-mixes as special bonuses. Why not cover versions? Oh, I better not give QP any new ideas.

Oh, but wouldn't I want to hear the new remastered sound quality? Of course, as anyone with ears can hear from the Greatest Hits remasters, these discs will be nothing but LOUD. LOUD I tell you, LOUD. Hopefully they left some room for compression, so they can re-release the catalogue in an even worse sound quality.

These are not remasters, these are re-hashes. There is a difference.


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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 07:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

pittrek wrote: OK just a question, the tracklist is valid for the 1CD releases or for the 2 CD releases ?
I simply can't believe that they would release a CD with 5 songs
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You are forgetting the audio commentaries Peter!

Personally, I'd have been more impressed if disc two had been instrumental versions, although I must say that the bonus track disc on "Queen" is the best of the set. I know we have this material, but I can only hope that the songs are presented here in better quality than ever before.

The live tracks are just "cheap" fillers and the BBC Sessions must just be tasters for a full BBC Session release later on.
Such a wasted opportunity.

The BEST laugh on the set if the Hi Def mix of Teo Torriatte or, to put it another way, "Here's what the albums COULD have sounded like folks if we could have been arsed to re-do them properly!"

Once again, these are for the casual listener rather than the fans and once again it's Queenzone fans who have provided the most interesting archive material so far this year!

The final stab to the heart will undoubtedly the price.
If the RRP of GH1 & 2 is £15.99, what will they be asking for these????

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 07:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OK - so are these tracklistings for the single or 2 CD Deluxe editions?

If for the single then we still may be in for a treat, but if this is what the Deluxe Editions are supposed to be - look at the running time of the bonus tracks - nothing more than about 30 minutes each set added to no more than 45 minutes for the original albums.

I'm not surprised though - are you?

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 07:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is tracklist for 2 Disc version. Apart from the 5 or 6 bonus tracks there will be an audio commentary about each song.

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 08:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brians Wig wrote:
The BEST laugh on the set if the Hi Def mix of Teo Torriatte or, to put it another way, "Here's what the albums COULD have sounded like folks if we could have been arsed to re-do them properly!"
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Can I sign this?

It's obvious what is going on. Universal is just replacing the EMI albums first. And then they still have the options to really remix them at a later point in time....
The Beatles did the same. Although brilliant stereo and even surround remixes can be heard on the DVD Anthology they sold us the same old mixes again on cd.
And when they and also Queen will start re-doing their albums properly, my hearing will already be so bad, that I won't hear any differences anymore......

I can only repeat myself to death...Music-business is about making money.....and therefore the strategy is never give the people what they want, always give them less....

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 08:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Comments of Roger & Brian? Yes with pleasure on DVD! However, please no repetitions! And on CD for me not interesting. I would want only new good music and not the same old shit. With pleasure also more Audio-DVD!!  And where is the collector box with nice extras for a fair price for the loyal Queenfans??? Fans 2011 with old japanese cars of 1992 by the area driving because they have put her whole money in her beloved queen collection! sorry for my bad english :-((

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 08:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

>This is tracklist for 2 Disc version. Apart from the 5 or 6 bonus tracks there will be an audio commentary about each song.

Ooh.....can't wait.........

Complete commentary for KYA:

Brian - When was this released Roger - my memory is terrible.
Roger - 1975 I think
Brian - Our first single

Is anyone EVER interested in hearing Brian and Roger say things that you already know if you've read enough about the band's history?

Shambles.

I'll never part with another penny for ANY Queen release again.  That's it - they can absolutely fuck right off.

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 08:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

At least they should leave poor dead Freddie out of it with this "aiming for the top slot" quote. He really cannot be held accountable for this unique definition of the word "deluxe".

I would have liked to have a pressed CD with the De Lane Lea demos but not if I am forced to rebuy a diigital remix of what I have in various versions. I saw the ugly packages of the GH 2011 remixes and the price tags on them - no thanks


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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 08:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Why somebody to love from the bowl? Why not Hammersmith's or Montreal's?


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It's late, yes I know but there's no way it has to be

Too late, so let the fire take our bodies this night

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 08:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They should have used the "Why kill the goose that lays the golden egg?" quote from Freddie. That would have been to the point.


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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 09:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I wish they'd put the De Lane Lea demo-tape in a cardboard sleeve, with a picture of the original tapes on the front/back, with the original acetate as the label of the disc itself. But it'll probably be a cheap purple disc with the Queen logo on it. Fuckers.

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Posted: 26 Jan 11, 10:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

BTW, do I read it correctly that iTunes will have different/extra bonustracks? Who wants to bet they'll throw the now removed Wembley/Live Killers tracks onto iTunes?