Greatest Hits II [2011 Remaster]
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Greatest Hits II
Queen and Universal Music Group have signed an exclusive, long-term agreement
on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking group's formation,
With worldwide album sales of more than 170 million, No. 1 albums, singles
and DVDs the world over, inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and
Songwriters Hall of Fame, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, over 700
concerts performed in every corner of the world including their historic
appearance at Live Aid, and a Guinness Book of World Records award for the
most successful UK album chart act in history, Queen represent one of the
most remarkable, compelling stories in popular culture.
For the first time, the two biggest selling Queen titles "GREATEST HITS I
& II" have been re-worked and re-mastered. Both albums have been digitally
re-mastered by legendary mastering engineer Bob Ludwig. Tracklistings remain
the same, but both album covers and booklets have been refreshed and brought
up-to-date for 2011.
1 A Kind Of Magic
2 Under Pressure (with David Bowie)
3 Radio Ga Ga
4 I Want It All
5 I Want To Break Free
7 It's A Hard Life
9 Who Wants To Live Forever
11 The Miracle
12 I'm Going Slightly Mad
13 The Invisible Man
14 Hammer To Fall
15 Friends Will Be Friends
16 The Show Must Go On
17 One Vision
- The second volume of Queen's Greatest Hits appeared a decade after the first; a decade after the group started its slow shift from international superstars toward ruling the world that existed outside of the United States. Apart from "Under Pressure" and "Radio Ga Ga," all of the 17 singles here did not crack the American Top 40, but they're well-known throughout the world, particularly the operatic anthems "A Kind of Magic," "I Want It All," "I Want to Break Free," and "Who Wants to Live Forever." Generally, the songs here favor melodrama to untrammeled rock & roll, which means while there's nothing here that hits as hard as "Tie Your Mother Down"; there's also nothing as light on its feet as "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," either. This is not necessarily a bad thing: nobody scaled the dramatic heights like Queen, and this captures their pomp & circumstance at its most polished. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
|Format:||CD (1 Disc); Stereo|
|Release Date:||7 January, 2011|
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