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Old 26-01-2011, 17:32   #1
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Queen album "deluxe" editions announced

These look terrible. We've been waiting for years to hear all the unreleased material, demos and live concerts that exist in the vaults and they give us this. If you are a casual Queen fan then a lot of it may seem new to you, but there is almost nothing here that hasn't already been released, or been heard before if you look through YouTube or Google.

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FULL TRACKLISTINGS FOR EACH ALBUM:
Queen
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
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
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)

A Night At The Opera
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
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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Old 26-01-2011, 18:05   #2
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That's standard for "Deluxe" releases. Mostly alternative versions, variations of live tracks and rarely any new material. The non deluxe version will be withdrawn and you'll have to pay over the odds or just buy the mp3s instead. It's trying to boost profits by milking the shrinking market.
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Old 26-01-2011, 18:06   #3
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Wot no Delux version of Hot space!
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Old 26-01-2011, 18:28   #4
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That seems to be the worst possible outcome! Not even a sniff of Silver Salmon, for starters. And new mixes? Who cares about people stripping down the originals - there are so many alternate versions in the vaults, this is the best they could do?

As usual, Queen continue to take the pee out of their fanbase and cater for the lowest common denominator.

Gutted.

edit: Further inspection just makes things worse - a 1986 version of a song (that we already own on Live At Wembley) sitting on a 70's album? A glut of backing tracks that have been kicking around Japan for years under the 'Greatest Karaoke Hits' title. I half expect to see Paul Rodgers version of 'Tie Your Mother Down' on there! The recent remasters have been highly praised and so it is possible that I may double dip on a couple of my favourite Queen albums (Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack) but won't be paying a penny more than necessary for that 'bonus' stuff. David R Fuller has it all on Youtube for free.

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Old 26-01-2011, 22:10   #5
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Wot no Delux version of Hot space!
Later in the year, this is just the first batch.

The one thing which (maybe) stands out for me in the entire list is the De Lane Lea demo of The Night Comes Down on Queen I. As far as I'm aware, the version of the song which has always appeared on the album IS the demo version, since the band preferred the sound of it to the more professional mix done by Roy Thomas Baker. I wonder what this is actually is going to be?

WHY is Keep Yourself Alive Retake on A Night At the Opera's bonus disc?!? (That is actually my favourite version of this song.)

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Old 27-01-2011, 10:01   #6
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I was joking about Hot Space. It was the first album i ever bought and i think it put me off buying another for about 2 years.
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(I like Hot Space)
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Old 27-01-2011, 10:22   #8
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As someone who was quite interested in these, only the first one (for the demos) really holds any interest. If they're <£10 maybe, otherwise, forget it.

(And I was sucker enough to buy all the singles boxes)
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(I like Hot Space)
When I first heard it I really really liked it. This would have been when I was 14ish, I guess. I've not heard it since and I'm not really a fan of Queen so I can't really say if it's something I'd still like.
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Well it's dated very very badly by now in terms of sound, but from a pure songwriting point of view there's some lovely stuff on there - the live versions of the songs show that there was potential hidden in there. It's a mixed album, probably with more weak stuff than strong, but it has Cool Cat, Action This Day, Put Out the Fire, Back Chat and Life Is Real which I always really liked.

Plus of course, Under Pressure which does stand out on the album as sounding like it's from another era.

At any rate, it's a better album than Jazz.
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I don't know who these are aimed at. Hardcores aren't going to be interested.

Maybe people like me. I don't actually own any Queen albums apart from Flash soundtrack. But I did pick up the remastered Greatest Hits 1 and II that came out 2 weeks ago and the remaster work is pretty good. So I may pick up a few of these if the mastering is up to the same quality and they are cheap enough.
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Is £11 cheap enough ?
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I only own the old 'best of' albums, so I may well pick these up if/when they go cheap.
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I've always thought Queen are a band whose singles were never representative of the albums from which they came. The Hits compilations really don't show off Queen for what they really did.

If you're going in to buy these albums blind, I'd start with Sheer Heart Attack, A Day at the Races or A Night at the Opera. Queen I and Queen II show quite a different band, strongly influenced by heavy metal, Hendrix, Led Zep and glam rock. On Queen II especially, it's really over the top (but in a fantastic way).

Sheer Heart Attack, probably my favourite, is an incredible album, very cohesive and stunningly creative.
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Old 27-01-2011, 17:21   #15
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I think I might go for these, Sucker for Deluxe cd's
The only Queen I have on cd are Sheer Heart Attack & A Night at the Opera,Hollywood records remasters. I bought most of the on LP or Tape when they first came out.

I like most of the albums inc Hot Space.But the first 5 are the best.
Will the be doing deluxe versions of the Live albums.?
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It's just been announced that these re-issues will also be accompanied by a compilation album called "Deep Cuts Volume One" which puts together the best albums tracks (chosen by Taylor Hawkins) from these first five.

Again, pointless for any hardcore fan, but could actually provide a nice introduction for the casual fan - but will people be interested?
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http://hmv.com/hmvweb/simpleMultiSea...ep&primaryID=0

What a weird and pointless release!
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and there's more
http://www.planetrock.com/newscentre...ew-single-1500

I wish they would just do 5.1 versions of the albums like the did with ANATO
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The first 5 and Greatest Hits are the only Queen cds I have, and the "extras" aren't convincing me to shell out again, unless the remastering is flawless.
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Really really disappointed in these Fair enough if there arent any interesting bits left, demos, outtakes etc... but why no 5.1 mix, documentary about the album or anything remotely interesting...sigh
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