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74 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Rocks You!
Come 1977, the rock music world took some drastic turns. We witnessed the glory days of progressive rock, which started around the late 60s, and the creativity exhibited in that period seemed to only blossom and intensify up until the mid-70s. Ambitions were the order of the day, and it seemed like many bands - more or less - were trying to outdo one another in terms of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in the vinyl press but added a star after tweaking
NOTE: I'm adding one star and editing this review after a little tweaking. I'll put my additional comments at the end:

Original review: My two-stars is for the vinyl press, not the music. The songs are fantastic. They vinyl is horrendous.

I was immediately concerned when I saw the album cover. The artwork looked grainy and washed out. I pulled out my...
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74 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Rocks You!, September 1, 2003
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This review is from: News of the World (Audio CD)
Come 1977, the rock music world took some drastic turns. We witnessed the glory days of progressive rock, which started around the late 60s, and the creativity exhibited in that period seemed to only blossom and intensify up until the mid-70s. Ambitions were the order of the day, and it seemed like many bands - more or less - were trying to outdo one another in terms of technical prowess, intelligent lyrics, orchestral ambition and/or originality. However, the hyper-ambitious, long-winded, intelligent (some would say pompous) art that was popular shortly before began to wear thin, as many music fans wanted things to return to it's raw, dirty (and simple) roots.

The punks seem to appear on the scene at the right time to bring rock back to it's dangerous and dirty roots. The Sex Pistols seemed to be the band who led the charge, and guys like Johnny Rotten (frontman of the Pistols) and Joey Ramone (The Ramones) have verbally attacked Yes, Pink Floyd, Queen, and several others of the art-rock ilk for their long-winded arrangements, grand ambitions and fantasy/cosmic/literary material. (One of the members of the Sex Pistols wore a t-shirt that read the words, "I hate Pink Floyd," while another member reportedly had a brief bit of words with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, as a few reviews below state.)

1977 also saw genres like disco, and what many call "corporate" rock, running wild. While bands like Yes and Pink Floyd continued to release "long-winded" material, Queen took an entirely different approach. Making art-rock albums since their inception, their creativity culminated with the ambitious, diverse and operatic A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1975), and it's stripped-down, but no less ambitious companion A DAY AT THE RACES (1976). So, on NEWS OF THE WORLD, Queen wisely chose to cut down on the sophisticated operatic arrangements, and focus their attention on a more straightforward, harder-edged album -- with attitude. They basically dropped the "art" rock, and made more "hard" rock this time out. Complex arrangements are still present, but are so subtle, some may not recognize them.

But Queen's well-known diversity still remains intact. You get Latin-infused, elegant numbers like "Who Needs You," bluesy workouts like Brian May's "Sleeping On the Sidewalk," in which he also performs the lead vocal, sophisticated piano-driven pop numbers like "All Dead, All Dead," a song written for Brian May's deceased cat I believe, and an elegant late-night jazz workout on Freddie Mercury's "My Melancholy Blues." The versatility of this band was simply awe-inspiring, and possibly the envy of many.

Now that all of that's out of the way, Queen ROCKS with the rest of the tracks. Everyone knows "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions." The latter exhibits brilliant arrangements - not to mention the apparent 12/8 time (7+5?) - which may be obfuscated for it's overplaying time on the radio. "Sheer Heart Attack" (not to be confused with the album of the same name) is just a lethal super-heavy monster. A fast-paced, supercharged heavy-hitter which may be able to induce a heart attack if played too loudly. There may also be a biting jab made toward the punks in one of the lyrics ("I feel so in-ar, in-ar, in-ar...ticulate.") Written by drummer Roger Taylor, he shares the vocal with Freddie Mercury, as well as contributing bass and rhythm guitar parts, which give the track it's extra heaviness. The prog rock epic of the album, however, is "It's Late," a love tale written by Brian May, and written in three parts (or scenes), and features an explosive John Bonhamesque drum solo at the end. I'll be the first to mention that the comparisons some people (and critics) make between Queen and Led Zeppelin are atrociously ridiculous, inaccurate and shallow (Queen sounded like nobody but themselves to me), but this part of the song is the closest Queen ever got to resembling Zeppelin.

With this album, Queen would abandon their unique brand of art rock for good. Is it ironic that the cover art of this album shows a gigantic robot killing the members of Queen? Was it a symbol that the operatic, original "queen" was no more? Or, was it purely coincidental? They would not make music resembling their 70s material for years to come (even if the small resurgences were slightly transformed.) NEWS OF THE WORLD is 70s Queen at their most straightforward and heavy. Highly recommended.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Queen, October 27, 2002
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steve krass (Ashburn, VA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: News of the World (Audio CD)
I just got done listening to this album tonight on vinyl as I have it on cd and haven't heard it in it's original analog glory in a while. I heard people slagging it and thought I'd help defend what is one of Queen's best albums ever. Most everyone knows We will rock you/we are the champions so I won't go into that. Sheer Heart Attack is a song that must be played LOUD and with a bunch of unsuspecting friends in the room so you can see their faces when the weird noise part comes up. Always a question of what's wrong with your stereo comes up. All Dead, all dead is a great Brian May song with a nice Beatles harmony in it. Spread your wings is great but even better if you can find the BBC version of. More rocking at the end. Fight From the inside is ok but it does stick in your head. Get Down make Love is pretty good. Probably written to take advantage of the latest technology of the time. Sleeping on the sidewalk is a nice bit of boogie blues by Brian. Who needs you is a great little piece that features acoustic guitars by both Brian and John. IF you pan your speakers to one side you can hear just the spanish guitar without the vocals. It's Late is one of my all time favorite Queen songs. Great solos and and a great riff and a rocking drum fill by Roger at the end of the song. It's a great workout piece and shows the band at some of it's heaviest. The album closes with My Melancholy Blues. A bit of a Jazz/Blues piece by Freddie that makes you feel as if you are in a blues club. A nice way to end the album. Try and find a bootleg of Queen at the Beeb in 77. They play Spread Your wings which has a new ending to it (think Saturday night is alright for fighting), It's Late which samples some of Get Down Make Love in the middle. A much better version of Melancholy Blues which has Brian playing along. The version they should have used on the album! And Finally a slow and fast version of WE Will Rock you...The same that you would hear on Live Killers except in the studio. Hopefully these will be on the Box set whenever it comes out!!!! The CD also has a remix of We Will Rock You. It's worth hearing just for the extended guitar solo and also a sample of the solo from Stone Cold Crazy thrown into the mix. Overall a great cd from one of the greatest bands of all time!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen's fourth perfect album in a row gets DELUXE TREATMENT, September 13, 2011
This review is from: News of the World (Audio CD)
Queen's sixth album News of the World was released in November of 1977 in the States.
The album was recorded in the height of the punk rock movement in the UK at Wessex Studios with the band self-producing once again with Mike Stone engineering (last time Mike would work with the band as he went on to produce albums for Journey, Asia and Styx member Tommy Shaw among others).
Aside from the graphic album cover depicting a giant robot-like creature who killed the four Queen band members (thank drummer Roger Taylor for that concept) but also meaning it was a baby robot who injured the human like a baby injuring a bug and saying "what have I done"), there are nothing but great songs throughout.
The album opens with the one-two punch of the US #4 charting "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions". The former was written by guitarist Brian May and is known for its stomp-stomp-clap beat and rally cry. The latter was frontman Freddie Mercury's victory cry which has become a victory song when sports teams would win championships. Next, is drummer Roger Taylor's answer to the punk movement "Sheer Heart Attack" (which was written for the album with the same title three years earlier but not finished until 1977). The song was as punk as Queen ever got (ironically The Sex Pistols were in the studio next door recording their only album when this track was recorded) and Roger plays drums, bass and rhythm guitar on this track. Brian's "All Dead, All Dead" is a soft beautiful ballad sung by Brian with Freddie on backing vocals. Bass player John Deacon's "Spread Your Wings" follows and is a mid-tempo rocker about one not giving up on his dreams. That track was released as a single in Europe and was the first single released where there were no backing vocals from the other Queen members. The first side closed with "Fight From The Inside" is another heavy rocker sung and written by Roger (whom also played guitar and bass on the track and did all the vocals on this track).
Side two began with the lyrically dirty "Get Down Make Love" and is one of the few blatant sexual anthems that Freddie wrote with raunchy guitar playing by Brian (lets see Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera and/or Beyonce sing (let alone attempt to write) something like that). Brian steps out in front on "Sleeping On The Sidewalk" which is a bluesy shuffle track with some great guitar work and was recorded without overdubs (save Brian's harmony vocals). John's "Who Needs You" is another great track with Freddie's elegant vocals and featuring Brian and John on acoustic guitars. Brian's "It's Late" is almost in the same vein as some of the epics they wrote in the past, but alot heavier and not strange. The ending is great as Roger goes into this insane Bonham/Peart like drumming, if not better. It was released as a heavily edited single in the US and flopped but the song rocks. The lyrically depressing but superb "My Melancholy Blues" is an all-out jazz song featuring Freddie's sorrowful vocals which is a great song for those whom have had either broken hearts or bad days and ends the album in a relaxing fashion (and like "Spread Your Wings" has no backing vocals on it).
News Of the World peaked at #3 in the US and sold over 4 million in the US alone to date because of the songs and not the personalities in the band and News of the World became Queen's best American selling album until The Game in 1980 tied this.
In September of 2011, Queen re-releases this classic masterpiece as well as the next four studio albums (Jazz, The Game, Flash Gordon Soundtrack and Hot Space) as all newly remastered as 2-CD Deluxe Editions painstakingly remastered by Bob Ludwig (who did a remaster of A Night at the Opera for its 30th Anniversary in 2005) for most of the world (the outside US release was in July) and these new remasters buries any previous CD version of the back catalog.
The bonus CD for News Of The World contains a nice outtake of the fabled "Feelings Feelings" which was recorded for News but scrapped. Then you get BBC versions of "Spread Your Wings" and "My Melancholy Blues" done a month before News Of The World's release. Then you get a live recording of "Sheer Heart Attack" recorded in Paris in 1979 (different from the Live Killers take). Then a live version of the fast version of "We Will Rock You" recorded in Japan in 1982. The booklet that comes with this has just about everything that came with the original LP artwork, lyrics and credits plus extra photos of the band.
Some will say why buy again but I say go for it because of the remastering!
This album is highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So much more than "We Will Rock You" and "We are the Champions", August 28, 2008
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L.A. Scene (Indian Trail, NC USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: News of the World (Audio CD)
Looking back at the 1970s, sometimes many forget how big the band Queen was. Even as Queen moved into the 1980s, while their popularity did slightly decline in the United States, it continued to be very high in Europe. Their performance at Live Aid is widely considered one of the greatest of all-time and their subsequent "Magic" tour is considered one of the all-time greatest concert tours. If it weren't for Freddie Mercury's death in 1992, we might still be talking about Queen being as big a band as the Beatles. When Queen released their 1973 self-titled debut album, it showed all of the signs of greatness to come. This album would show how the band embraced a "theatrical" feel to their music as well as embrace a sound that would evolve into what would become Heavy Metal. Queen's next four albums would move more toward the theatrical sound and to some extent move away from that Heavy Metal sound (although there would be some highlights through these albums). They would also expand their horizons such as incorporating such sounds like ragtime. Also during this time Queen would establish themselves as a major force in the music business, but it would be their sixth album "News of the World" that would cement their standing as a commercial and creative force in the music business. At the same time, Queen would continue to innovate and explore more new horizons. Much of the popularity of this album would be on the songs "We Will Rock You" and "We are the Champions", but this collection offers so much more.

Queen is an example of the sum of the parts actually being greater than the whole. However, if you take each of the four members of Queen, they easily stand on their own as a top musician in their profession. Freddie Mercury is easily known to be the emotional and flamboyant lead vocalist of Queen who indeed has a legendary voice. Brian May is the legendary lead guitarist and probably the second most popular member of the band. Roger Taylor and John Deacon go extremely underrated. Listen to Taylor's thundering drumming in the studio or live and one can easily understand why he was asked to participate in an All Star Drum Jam (The S.O.S. All-Stars) at the Live Earth concert. As for John Deacon, he might be one of music's all-time underrated bass players. Many of his bass lines have proven to be the foundation for Queen's musical sound. In addition to being top musicians, all four members play integral roles in the songwriting.

On "News of the World", Queen goes for more of a "stripped down" Rock sound. Here are the highlights from each of the tracks.

"We Will Rock You": This is a well-known and legendary track by Queen. This song sets the tone for the "stripped down" sound of this collection. Everyone knows about the background clapping behind Mercury's a cappella-like vocals. However May's guitar work toward the end of this song is often overlooked.

"We are the Champions": Obviously this is the other well-known song. There isn't much I can add to what many already know. I always saw this song as a cross of Arena Rock meeting Theatrical Rock - great stuff.

"Sheer Heart Attack": This song features Mercury and Taylor on lead vocals. This song has a raw feel to it. There are lots of guitars and a blistering tempo to the song that almost could put it into a punk category.

"All Dead, All Dead": For the most part, this is a piano ballad. May takes the lead vocals and Mercury takes the background vocals. There is a psychedelic sounding bridge midway through the track. To some extent there is a theatrical feel to this song - especially on the chorus.

"Spread Your Wings": This song is highlighted by great guitar and piano work. This song is sung as a narrative about someone named Sammy who works as a janitor at a Rock bar. Deacon is the songwriter on this one and does a great job at painting a visual in this narrative story. This is a rare Queen song without backing vocals or harmonies.

"Fight From the Inside": This song features Taylor on lead vocals. As always, Taylor doesn't disappoint on the lead vocals. Also stripped down, this song has more of a slant on the percussion and bass than most Queen tracks. Taylor's higher octaves (compared to Mercury) as perfect for this track.

"Get Down, Make Love": This might be one of Queen's more "risqué" songs. It has a psychedelic feel to it. This might be one of Queen's strongest tracks because each of the four members of Queen get to showcase their musical talents at one point or another in the song: Mercury (Vocals, Piano); May (Guitars); Deacon (Bass); Taylor (Drums). Deacon's bass especially shines. This song shows why each member of Queen is at the top of their profession.

"Sleeping on the Sidewalk": This song has a classic Blues feel. With May on lead vocals, he too proves how good a lead vocalist he is as he flawlessly pulls of the Blues sound.

"Who Needs You": Great Spanish sounding acoustic guitars are the highlight of this track. The maracas help add to the Spanish feel.

"It's Late": This song also has a stripped down Rock feel to it. This song to some extent also has a theatrical feel to it - especially on the chorus.

"Melancholy Blues": This song has a stripped down sound, but that is because there are no guitars on this song. Piano and bass are prominently featured on this one. This song has a "supper club" feel to it.

Like many Queen albums, this album did require a few listens by me in order to get into it. There definitely is more to offer than the well-known songs of "We Will Rock You" and "We are the Champions". Highly recommended
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Queen, July 28, 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: News of the World (Audio CD)
1977 was the year punk and disco exploded on the pop scene. It was also the year that Queen's fellow rock dinosaurs Pink Floyd sang about pigs,dogs and sheep (as opposed to sex, drugs and rock'n'roll), Sun worshippers YES came up with "Going for the One" with an album cover of a naked man gazing at a tall building ...whatever Mr. Anderson meant by that, Genesis thought the timing was right to release a double live album featuring a 25 minute ditty about a SUPPER that is READY for consumption...and Led Zeppelin did not have any new albums to offer whatsoever.
No wonder, then, that The Sex Pistols and their spitting likes as well as Serious-groin-problem-bros Bee Gees had an easy task of topping the charts. The world had been fed on heavy prog rock as main course for a whole decade, and now wanted some light dessert to ease up on the digestive system.
Sure, Queen could have released their "A Night at the Opera part III"(more Marx Brothers titles anyone? ) and join the brigade of "boring old farts" as the prog rockers were called by the late 70s. But having covered most themes in the art rock book, i.e. mad prophets, adventure, pseudo religious "good vs. evil" themes and science fiction they instead simplified their approach and delivered a no nonsense and refreshing hard rock album that was more in tune with the new musical directions of the times.
"News of the World" was leather rather than silk and ballet. The Stomping "We Will Rock You", the ultra heavy "Sheer Heart Attack", "Fight from the inside" (which somehow makes me think of the colour black)and the steamy "Get Down Make Love" sum up their raunchy new styles very nicely.
Pomp is of course still here, but in controlled proportions, in the shape of the lone tongue in cheek "We are the champions". It just functions SO WELL sandwiched as it is by "We will rock you" and "Sheer Heart Attack".
Ballads like "All Dead All Dead" and "My Melancholy Blues" have a bitter taste to them rather than sugary, the latter sounding naked and lonely as opposed to previous album closers by the group which were mostly pomp and circumstance.
Pop tunes are inventive and differ greatly in styles. "Spread Your Wings" has Queen written all over it...irresistably catchy chorus. "Who Needs You", features wonderful spanish guitar runs from Brian May as well as a playful Freddie Mercury. Then there's "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" which has groove to last a whole blues festival...
"It's Late" proves that there was still some heavy progrock left in them, epic in proportions as it is. However, instead of multilayered vocal mid sections or guitar orchestras for that matter, you get pure and true heavy metal thrown in your face somewhere in the middle. Furthermore, a simple love story makes the framework of the piece. No madmen in sight.
If you are new to Queen, News of the World is definately an essential FIRST.
Other musts? One idea for a newcomer to the world of Queen could be building a collection by getting one album from each "stage" (as I see it) of their prolific career:
1. 73-74 Heavy Metal: Queen II 2. 75-76 Art Rock: A Night At the opera 3. 77-79 Hard Rock: News Of the World 4. 80-82 Pop/Funk: The Game 5. 84-86 Pop/Rock: A Kind of Magic 6. 89-91 Hard Rock revisited: Innuendo
Then you could start "filling it up" by sticking to whatever personal preferences you may have in musical styles (HM, pop, disco...), or follow my excample:BUY EVERYTHING IN SIGHT!
Finally one plead to EMI: PLEASE, PLEASE RELEASE "EARL'S COURT 1977" !
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tune In For More About the Robot....., November 18, 1999
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This review is from: News of the World (Audio CD)
With the exception of the over-raunchy "Get Down Make Love" and that horrid remix of "We Will Rock You", every song on this album is a classic. However, I must take issue with one reviewer from LA who thought this album was mainly filler and that Brian May was the only true talent in Queen (also, John Deacon wrote "Who Needs You", not Freddie Mercury). Aside from that, Roger Taylor's "Sheer Heart Attack" is campy punk, but "Fight From the Inside" is more of a funky "message" song (note that he played most of the instruments on both tracks). John's "Who Needs You" features some unique Latino-jazz (with some fine acoustic work from Brian). "Spread Your Wings" is classic Queen, as are the hits "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" (Freddie had said that all Queen fans were the champions, all on the same team). "It's Late" is a poignant rocker(which is a mini-soap opera story from Brian) and "All Dead All Dead" is about the passing away of Brian's cat. "Sleeping On the Sidewalk" is a charming blues shuffle and "My Melancholy Blues" has more of a swing-jazz feel, two of Queen's most unique songs ever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not the most objective, but...IT'S GREAT!!, February 1, 2002
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P. Evans "pauleky" (Louisville, KY United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: News of the World (Audio CD)
Let me say right up front that I have been a Queen fan since I was approximately 14 years old (let's just say a couple of decades and leave it at that!), so I may not be the most objective when it comes to reviewing their albums. However, I felt I had to put down my thoughts on what I consider their best work. I think I like this one the best because it flat out rocks in comparison with the rest of Queen's output. From the tribal drumming of the classic opener "We Will Rock You" to the final strains of the epic rocker "It's Late", this album rarely lets up. The anthem "We Are The Champions" is a modern standard; "Sheer Heart Attack" and "Get Down Make Love" are wild stompers; "Spread Your Wings" should've been a massive hit (was it ever a single?); drummer Roger Taylor takes the lead on "Fight From The Inside", another one of his great rockers; and Brian May's "Sleeping On The Sidewalk" is just fun, straight-ahead rock 'n' roll. If you have any doubt that Queen truly rocks, check this one out. The album closer, "My Meloncholy Blues", is fitting. You'll need something to chill out to after rocking out for so long. A classic in a canon that is hard to match in rock history, IMHO.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen`s Most American-Flavored Album, April 18, 2001
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This review is from: News of the World (Audio CD)
Compared to its predecessor "A Day at the Races" this album is much heavier and straighter. Some people say Queen went punk thinking of "Sheer Heart Attack" . I have to contradict them. It`s just one song. Pondering on "News of the World" I first get the classical hard rock tunes in my mind "We will rock you, It`s late".
Unusual for Queen there`s some R&B as well: Sleeping on the sidewalk; My melancholy blues.The former is about the ups and downs of Show Business. The way Mercury stresses some words and uses some terms makes the listener believe that he is an American singer.
The Album also contains strange "underground" tunes " Fight from the inside; Get down make love" and a weird ballad "All Dead, All Dead" .
"News of the World" has the same strength as "A Night at the Opera" without any baroque sounds.
A Timeless , Down to Earth Hard Rock Disc!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MUSICAL EQUIVALENT OF A SLEDGEHAMMER!, June 10, 2000
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This review is from: News of the World (Audio CD)
In many ways this is Queen's most powerful album, and is very close to being their best. Queen never again sounded as heavy as they do on this album. The song SHEER HEART ATTACK is the heaviest song of the seventies, period! You've got to hear it to believe it! GET DOWN, MAKE LOVE, SPREAD YOUR WINGS, IT'S LATE, FIGHT FROM THE INSIDE AND ALL DEAD ALL DEAD...THE LIST GOES ON AND ON, JUST A TREMENDOUS ALBUM! It's timeless rock-n_roll and I highly recommend it.
In a nutshell, this is Queen's BACK IN BLACK, rock solid and immensely consistent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2011 remaster compared with the 1991 remaster, July 15, 2011
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Ian Martin (Auckland New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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It is ironic that I write this review in the week that sees the demise of the British tabloid `News of the World' after which the Queen 1977 album was named. This strong and increasingly commercial Queen album came after 'Day at the races' and shows experimentation and a departure from the classic early Queen sound of their first five albums. So now it was bye bye progressive rock elements and hello to the embracing of popular rock, new influences and experimentation. This is Queen at their peak in the 70's trying to deal with the unveiling of the forces of punk and hard rock. (1977 saw both the arrival of `The Clash' and `Van Halen'). And this is how they responded...

The album opens with possibly the world's most popular song chant of the last 30 years - from cheering sports fans of a hundred nationalities, teenagers, middle-class professionals, high society, to school children and grandparents - nearly everyone has at sometime participated in the community stomp and hand clap and joyful shout of `We will, we will rock you'. Most of these millions may not have heard of Brian May but this single has since played at every Queen concert followed closely by `We are the champions'. These two worldwide hit songs alone make this album a standout. The only reason this album is not Queen's quintessential great album is because the incredibly high standards of their previous albums like `Night at the Opera'.

I like the 2011 `News of the World' case like all the 2011 remasters, but was surprised to see no additional photos with the CD lyrics. Perhaps these only come with the deluxe version? I also find the sound quality improvements not nearly as noticeable as what I did with the "Queen 2" 2011 remaster. (See my review '2011 Remaster compared to 1991 Queen 2, April 1, 2011').

Again what is noticeable is that when comparing the two versions, I turn down the 2011 remaster as the volume has been lifted. Like with the `Day at the Races' remaster, each time I thought how great a track sounded on the 2011, I was surprised that when I raised the volume listening to 1991 remaster it sounded as good. Having said that, I do like the increased volume of the 2011 remaster, it is just not fair to compare the two versions at different volumes as you think you are hearing the detail of the bass and greater vocal definition whereas it is because it is louder.

I will comment briefly on three tracks where I thought the 2011 remaster definitely showed improvement. One of my favourite Queen tracks of all time, `Spread your wings' shows a big improvement in the cleaning up of excess sound around the drums, bass and cymbals. The snare drum sound that previously bled into the overall sound especially during choruses and louder sections, is more defined and crisper and bass has more tone where it previously tended to boom. You hear more detail of the cymbals including when Roger hits on the bell of the cymbal and the wash does not seem to blur into the overall sound. So overall when listening to the song, you hear a clearer, more detailed and defined sound of all the instruments and voice.

"Get down, make love" a track that first showed the darker, decadent side of Queen, sounds menacingly clear with amazing bass work from John Deacon that I've never noticed before. The drums crack with a force and the spaces between seem to emphasise the cutting cymbals.

The hard rocking "It's late" sounds so much better. Because of the intensity of guitars, banks of vocal harmonies and sheer power, the intense sections previously sounded loud and possibly messy. There is now increased definition that allows you to hear a separation of the growl of the guitar and cymbals. I've always liked this track but enjoyed this so much more hearing the tones of Brian's guitar at the outset, plus more sense of the vocal richness rather than just loudness with all the other instruments in the final section.

For Queen fans - we buy in the hope that this is indeed a better sound quality. For listeners who already have the 1991 remaster - consider carefully whether it is worth the repurchase as the older 1991 remaster holds up as a good recording. And for those who only have Queen Greatest hits packages, buy this. You'll be pleasantly surprised with the variety of styles and the sheer brilliance of this quartet.
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