Added on 01-Dec-2008
QUEEN: THE SINGLES COLLECTION, a project 35 years in the making is out now. In the first of four boxes of individual CDâ€™s, facsimiles of the original vinyl singles. The tracks span more than 20 years, and are drawn from sixteen studio albums, beginning with the debut LP, Queen, in 1973, and ending in Made In Heaven in 1995.Volume 1, the first box contains 13 CD singles, dating from the beginnings of the bandâ€™s recording career in 1970, to Donâ€™t Stop Me Now in 1979. Box 2 will continue the story into the mid 1980s, and so on. Ultimately, the four boxes will offer every one of Queenâ€™s singles to have made the upper reaches of the charts anywhere in the world. Naturally the set will take in all of the bandâ€™s UK singles, but it will also feature many that were only released abroad.The Singles Collection will also include various rare non-album B-sides, including some live tracks, and some seldom-heard alternative mixes. It will trace the band through four decades, and many musical styles; every top 40 Queen single heard on the radio anywhere across the world will be found in this collection.Few could have imagined that from such modest beginnings in 1970 when four student band members formed themselves into Queen, that by 2005 they would surpass even the Beatlesâ€™ world record for the longest time spent on the British album charts, as well as holding the record for the UKâ€™s best selling album ever. Elsewhere around the world, in territories too numerous to list and far exceeding the 28 countries in which they toured, Queen enjoyed spectacular success; the many picture sleeves reproduced in the box set are a reminder of how the band literally conquered the world.