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The Crown Jewels (8 CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set


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  • Audio CD (November 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Pgd/Hollywood
  • ASIN: B00000DLWK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,501,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Queen's crown jewels shine brightly, and they're a bargain in this inspiring eight-CD collection. Commemorating the operatic British band's 25th anniversary, The Crown Jewels boxes Queen's first eight albums, remastered and boasting bonus artwork, liner notes, and a reproduction of the infamous "Fat Bottomed Girls" bicycle poster. Since the death of Freddie Mercury in 1991, there's been a spate of Queen reissues and repackages, but this 90-song collection, spanning 1973's Queen to 1980's The Game, represents the crux of Queen's power and range of talent. What's best is being reminded of such great hits as the pure bombastic operatic style of "Killer Queen," the neo-rockabilly "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love," the boastful anthem "We Are the Champions," and the pop glam of "Tenement Funster." It's a colorful, engrossing trip, and the time is right for The Crown Jewels: with movies like Velvet Goldmine reminding us again of the glorious musical (and otherwise) excess of the '70s, everything old sounds new again. --Katherine Turman

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Great boxed set.
Zatoichi
This is some of the best music ever recorded by one of the best bands of all time.
Kenneth L. Furr
SHEER HEART ATTACK: One of the most popular albums among staunch Queen fans.
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123 of 128 people found the following review helpful By BGFN8 on January 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am going to give a disc-by-disc analysis of this great set.
QUEEN: The band's first disc, not their best, but still quite good. This one contains the classic "Keep Yourself Alive," plus great songs like "Great King Rat," "My Fairy King," and a tune written for Brian May's previous band, Smile, "Doing Alright." The standout track on the album is easily "Liar," a 6+ minute epic track, full of many different parts. Definitely reccomended.
QUEEN II: One of my favorites in the set. The theme for the album is somewhat midieval, which provides a great feel to it and makes it all the more unique. "March of the Black Queen" should not be missed by any follower of rock music, it is just incredible. It has a lot of tempo changing, like a rock operetta. Brian May makes his vocal debut on this album with "Some Day One Day" (Roger's was on the previous album with "Modern Times Rock & Roll.") Other great songs are "Ogre Battle," "Fairy Feller's Master Stroke," "Father to Son," "White Queen," all of them are good, I highly reccomend this album.
SHEER HEART ATTACK: One of the most popular albums among staunch Queen fans. It contains the classics "Killer Queen," "Now I'm Here," and "Stone Cold Crazy." One of the many standout tracks is "Brighton Rock," which features Brian May going crazy, and Freddie Mercury showcasing his amazing vocal capabilities. "In The Lap Of The Gods" (both of them) is absolutely amazing. This album also features John Deacon's songwriting debut, "Misfire."
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA: One of the band's best-loved and best-known albums.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By "platon" on December 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This set is, in my opinion, what a boxed set should be. I hate sets that take the tracks out of their original LP sequences, spread them over too many discs, and then end up not giving you everything anyway.
This box is the opposite of a box like that. These are the first 8 albums, with NO BONUS TRACKS. I hate it when bonus tracks pop up and the end of an album and spoil the original continuity. The discs in this set are NOT the same as the standard-issue Hollywood series.
As for the packaging; phenomenal. The CD packaging perfectly mimics the original vinyl sleeves, down to every detail (e.g., the embossing on 'Night At The Opera' and the poster with 'Jazz'). The discs themselves don't look ugly like the Hollywood ones, either. Don't spend $30 each on the Japanese imports - you get them all right here.
The booklet is a bit disappointing. You do get full lyrics and some photos, yet Matt Pinfield's self-centered album summaries are boring and useless.
The albums are wonderfully mastered too, though the mixes do sound slightly different from the Hollywood versions.
All in all, Brilliant. Like I said, this is what a box set should be. If you own little or nothing by Queen and want to get into them, don't waste time or money on the regular versions (the bonus tracks are NOT worth it... awful house remixes!).
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rolltide on August 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
There is simply no better collection to buy for any rock fan. I have owned all of these 8 albums on vinyl before and the sound on these remastered discs is much better especially for those who love their earlier albums. The crisp sound only makes one appreciate the complexity of the music and the bottom is much clearer.
Of course quality of the recording wouldn't matter if the music isn't good and this is as good as it gets. What a great idea to simply put together queen's first 8 albums. Everyone of these discs is a great work of art but my personal favorite is queen 2. Simply blows me away! "March of the black queen" has so many chord and timing changes it's hard to keep up and "white queen" is a great song. The third disc "sheer heart attack" perhaps benefits the most from the remastered sound and brighton rock just leaps out of the speakers. "A night at the opera" is one of the best albums of all time and "a day at the races" is close to that level.
In short this is most of the best work by one of the best bands of all time. The sound is as good as it gets and it is worth buying for any serious queen or rock fan. I know there are many who own some of these albums and maybe shy about paying this much for some of the same material but trust me it is worth it. It all comes in a jewelery type cd box with a booklet of liner notes and lyrics for all the songs.
............socks
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David Sheehan on January 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I won't comment on the music herein. Suffice to say if you're interested in buying a Queen boxset you probably know what to expect. The sound is crisp and clean, and to my ears these discs sound better than the 1991-era issues, though it's been years since I last heard them. The problem with this set is the absolutely lame mini-LP reproduction CD cases. They're awful. I don't know who decided these things were a good idea, but I think it's ridiculous to 'replicate' a ~square foot LP sleeve on to a 5" by 5" CD case. The text comes out tiny, the pictures are blurry or pixelated, the CD's a pain to get out and put away, etc. Not only that, but the covers to "News of the World" and (especially) "The Game" are not accurately reproduced. "News" has a cheap-looking green border, and "The Game" actually has THE WRONG COVER PHOTO! How did this happen? For a box set that purportedly celebrates Queen's classic years, this corner-cutting packaging is inexcusable. The booklet is pretty lacking as well.
I would have liked to have seen these CDs in digi-pak cases, and also, would it have killed them to have included some B-sides like "Mad the Swine" and "See What a Fool I've Been"? Or how about "At The Beeb/BBC", if only for the fantastic extended version of "Son and Daughter" (the only real reason to own that recording anyway)? "Live Killers"?
I'm happy with the sound and it's a good buy if you can find it priced reasonably (8 albums for less than $80 is reasonable in my book), but I'm really disappointed by the packaging. Seriously, I buy CDs for the packaging, because everybody knows it doesn't take too much work to find free or cheap downloads of this stuff.
P.S. When are we going to get an official release of the Complete BBC Sessions?
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