Kuijpy wrote: So whát do you've think about it?
THE WORKS - BONUS EP
1 I Go Crazy (B-Side) = Okay
2 I Want To Break Free (Single Remix) = It's on Hits II remastered
3 Hammer To Fall (Headbanger’s Mix) = Okay
4 Is This The World We Created…? (Live in Rio, January 1985) = Good
5 It's A Hard Life (Live in Rio, January 1985) = Good
6 Thank God It’s Christmas (Non-Album Single) = Okay
A KIND OF MAGIC - BONUS EP
1 A Kind Of Magic (Highlander Version) = Very Good
2 One Vision (Single Version) = Hits II again
3 Pain Is So Close To Pleasure (Single Remix) = Excellent
4 Forever (Piano Version) = Okay
5 A Kind Of Vision (Demo, August 1985) = Excellent
6 One Vision (Live at Wembley Stadium, July 11th 1986) = Very Good
7 Friends Will Be Friends Will Be Friends = Good
THE MIRACLE - BONUS EP
1 I Want It All (Single Version) = Hits II
2 Hang On In There (B-Side) = Okay
3 Hijack My Heart (B-Side) = Okay
4 Stealin’ (B-Side) = Okay
5 Chinese Torture (Instrumental) = Okay
6 The Invisible Man (12” Version) = Okay
INNUENDO - BONUS EP
1 I Can’t Live With You (1997 Rocks Retake) = Okay
2 Lost Opportunity (B-Side) = Okay
3 Ride The Wild Wind (Early Version with Guide Vocal) = Excellent
4 I’m Going Slightly Mad (Mad Mix) = Excellent
5 Headlong (Embryo with Guide Vocal) = Excellent
MADE IN HEAVEN - BONUS EP
1 Heaven For Everyone (Single Version) = Okay
2 It’s A Beautiful Day (B-Side Version) = Very Good
3 My Life Has Been Saved (1989 B-Side Version) = Okay
4 I Was Born To Love You (Vocal & Piano Version) = Okay
5 Rock In Rio Blues (Live B-Side) = Okay
6 A Winter’s Tale (Cosy Fireside Mix) = Excellent
I'm only noting here what I think about it's inclusion, not rating the tracks themselves.
3 new demos = Excellent
2 new mixes = Excellent
11 Previous Non-Album tracks = No surprises here, but good to have.
2 Previous Extended Versions = Not bad
6 Single Versions = Some of which appear on Hits II, some don't, so all in all, pretty good (special mention goes to PISCTP, I love that mix!)
1 Re-Take = Good to have remastered, I guess.
1 Original Version = Great to have the Highlander version of "Magic" remastered.
1 Previous Mix = This is from the FM boxed set. It makes sense to use it here, but I'd have loved to hear the raw vocal of one of the others. Or an new instrumental. Oh well.
3 Live tracks = 2 from Rio and 1 from the 1st Wembley show. I'm happy to have them, but will let the Live Experts on the site dissect them.
To sum up, it's pretty straightforward here. A few new gems, mostly good stuff we have, but worth getting remastered without shelling out for the Singles Boxes.
I would've liked more demos/outtakes and a few more instrumentals, but if I was a new fan picking these up, I'd be happy to get these, the way I was happy for the bonus tracks on the 1991 HR remasters.
Good work overall, but now PLEASE get on with putting a definitive boxed set together with everything which doesn't appear on these remasters, QPL. That's it for my feelings now.
Inevitable criticisms from fans will include:
- needed more unreleased stuff
- why "this" track and not "that" track?
- why 2 discs?
- why not fill up the 2nd disc with at least the known released material related to that album?
- [Band/artist X] did their Deluxe Edition SO much better. Shame on money-grubbing Queen/QPL/Brian/Roger.