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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. Some fans have described a lot of the tracks as quirky (whatever that means), but the album remains a true classic in rock and roll. It contains the band's most famous song, "Bohemian Rhapsody," which needs no introduction whatsoever, unless the reader of this is from another planet. "Good Company" sounds like something from the 1940's, "'39" is a great folk song, "Seaside Rendezvous" is campy but excellent, "Death On Two Legs" is a vicious song dedicated to their manager who screwed them over. All of them are good, but the track that stands out the most is "The Prophet's Song," a little over eight minutes long, with beautiful guitar work from Brian May, and an amazing a capella interlude from the vocal god Freddie Mercury.
A DAY AT THE RACES: The amazing follow-up to ANATO, the cover is similar its predecessor. Contains the classic rocker "Tie Your Mother Down," plus the classics "Somebody to Love" and one of my favorites, "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy." Two beautiful tracks are "You Take My Breath Away" (will easily bring a major softie to tears), and "Teo Torriatte" (sung partially in Japanese). One of the standout tracks is the incredible "Millionaire Waltz," excellent track which is as musically complex as a classical work. "White Man" is another unkown classic of Brian May's, a tad reminicent of "The Prophet's Song," found on ANATO. Excellent piece of work.
NEWS OF THE WORLD: The album that hosted "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions," an automatic essential in the Queen catalog. Also contains great songs such as the 1940-ish "Who Needs You" and "My Melancholy Blues," plus Roger Taylor's fast, heavy ode to punk rock "Sheer Heart Attack," and also another Brian May classic, the blues tune "Sleeping On the Sidewalk." Though John Deacon was not a singer, he was an amazing songwriter, and it definitely shows in "Spread Your Wings" and "Who Needs You." Needless to say, this is a great album, and should not be missed by anyone anywhere.
JAZZ: Another amazing piece of work from these amazing musicians. Contains the classics "Bicycle Race," "Fat Bottomed Girls," and "Don't Stop Me Now," plus the middle-eastern-ish "Mustapha," and the heavy rocking "Let Me Entertain You." Queen is definitely one of the most diverse bands on the planet, and it definitely shows in the jazzy "Dreamers Ball," and Queen's first foray into funk, "Fun It." Another cool thing about this particular purchase is that this release comes with the famous nude bicycle race poster that came with the original vynil release, which makes this set a gem for collectors.
THE GAME: Another one of Queen's best-loved and best-remembered albums. This album hosts the classics "Another One Bites the Dust"(the Deacon-penned song that became their biggest hit to date) and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." Also contains the upbeat rocker "Dragon Attack," plus ballads such as "Play the Game," "Sail Away Sweet Sister," and "Save Me," plus other rockers such as "Rock It (prime jive)" and "Need Your Lovin' Tonight" (Another Deacon classic). This album should not and cannot be missed by fans of Queen or classic rock albums.
All in all, this is a great set, with a booklet chock full of lyrics, a few pictures, and some background info on each album (producer, etc). One of the really positive things about this set is that there are no bonus tracks, and each album is packaged exactly as it originally was on the vynil release (sides of the records, etc). If you purchase these albums separately, they contain bonus tracks, most of which are really bad remixes. You have two choices, go buy them separately and get stuck with the bad bonus tracks, or get all eight albums for cheaper than it would be to buy them separately, hear them as they were originally intended, and really get your money's worth. The sound quality is also very good, better than one would expect from an old album released on CD. Anyway, this is a great set, and if you plan on getting all eight of these albums, do yourself a favor, buy this set and hear it all as it was originaly intended. It is one of the best sets you will ever buy. Buy this set and experience some of the best work by one of rock's greatest bands of all time, crank up the volume and experience the bliss, power, passion, and beauty of this great music.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 1999
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 32 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 1999
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.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2009
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I just purchased this set to boost my collection of Queen albums and have been a fan since they emerged in the early 70's. OK, so this is NOT a reflection of this multi talented band in entirety, and they certainly produced a lot of good albums after "The Game" (last album chronologically in this set)so a 25 year box set is missing quite a bit. That said, this set does contain some of their best work. From the deep rock seasoning of "the Prophets Song" and "Tie your Mother Down" to the choral flow of Brian May's "39", the rasping brood of Roger Taylors "In Love with my Car" and even the campy eloquence of "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" (plus many many more) one thing becomes quickly clear. Queen as a band never stood still, with a broadness of range and evolving style, this multi talented quartet were at the top of their game, and the forefront of Rock music for the last thirty years, and have doubtless inspired, and spawned many famous names since.

This rating has to be 5 stars from a collectors point of view all the way for the following reasons:

1) These are the original recordings remastered onto CD, and they sound just like the vinyl albums. Great!

2) They are the original length albums, not remixed, rehashed, or added to with special "bonus" tracks and weird "mixes"

3) Nice presentation velvet box, and I like the copy of the album sleeves for each CD, some bifold, some single sleeve with protective inner sleeves. Also complete lyric list booklet.

4) The first (and arguably the best) of their amazing range is here, in their first eight albums.

True musicians as they were, it was not until the release of "The Game" that they caved, and began to use synthesisers (each preceeding album boasts "no synths" in the album smallprint).

Having said all of this about this great set, they are one or two things you should remember however.

1) A lot of good stuff came after this set, so it doesn't actually represent 25 years.

2) It's a collectors set, so it's overpriced

I know a lot of people could care less about nice sleeves, and a fancy velvet box, and indeed most of these will end up in flip cases, or CD sun visors. Also some people may like the re releases with the bonus tracks and buying the individual albums may be cheaper. My advice - this is a MUST HAVE either way, I still used Amazon, but sorry guys I used your marketplace and saved over $65!! on retail, so shop wisely. Enjoy
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2001
Without belaboring the point, let me just say that few groups have had the influence and the wide-reaching fame of Queen. This boxed set contains their first 8 studio albums remastered, in minature versions of their original packaging (except for 'The Game'. Why?). You'll find all their hits up to 1980, with great tracks like "Keep Yourself Alive", "Killer Queen", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Tie Your Mother Down", "We Are The Champions", "Fat Bottomed Girls", and "Another One Bites The Dust". You're better off buying this set rather than each one individually. These do not contain the horrible remixes added to the individual CDs. Queen was a band that proved that rock could be much more than just three chords and a backbeat. You can see their influence in so many artists these days, from Metallica to Spacehog. Grab this and see why.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This box set of Queen did the band a couple huge favors. First, each album is presented in its original running order minus Hollywood Records moronic "Bonus Tracks." While the set is made up of the Elektra years studio albums, the dissapointing and and very unclassic Hot Space is left out, ending the series at The Game.Jazz includes the infamous Naked Bicycle Race poster (in minature). Each CD is in a cardboard case with a non-abrasive slip sleeve, all stored in a felt-covered box. There's also a good book insert, with lyrics, plenty of pics and a history.

Starting with the Queen debut, which contains a few of the elements that would eventually define the band, but is very much a generic early 70's Prog-rock/metal album. The pomp and grandiosity that would become Queen hallmarks are largely absent, however Freddy Mercury's distinct voice and Brian May's original guitar tones are in evidence throughout. The key tracks are "Keep Yourself Alive" and "Liar." The band has not quite gelled and the Queen everyone knows and loves emerged in full on the second album.

The difference between "Queen" and Queen II is really nothing short of amazing. While the first album was a pretty auspicious debut from a nervy prog-rock band, the second album comes off as a band thoroughly settled into its own personality and letting every idea flow free. Queen split the original album into a white and black half, with the white half dealing with the regal issues ("Procession" "White Queen As It Began") and the black being the harder rocking ("Ogre Battle" "March of The Black Queen"). You also get a clearer picture of the band's blueprint for extravagance (the really heavy vocal arrangements) along with Brian May's unique guitar sound. In my opinion - was the Queen album that had the best song-flow overall.

Queen rushed into the studio after "Queen II" when it became clear that Brian May (who had fallen ill) would be unable to tour for a spell. His sickness was our game, as Sheer Heart Attack was the album that gave Queen their first major American success with "Killer Queen," a flawless slice of trashy glam that featured Freddie Mercury's soaring falsetto and Brian May's wild guitar tones. "Sheer Heart Attack" contained a few other eye openers, one of which was Roger Taylor's first great Queen song, "Tenement Funster." "Stone Cold Crazy" is one of Queen's hardest rockers, yet right near that is the ragtime take on "Bring Back Leroy Brown."

"Sheer Heart Attack" previewed the crazy diversity that Queen would perfect on their next album, A Night at the Opera. This is the album that essentially defined Queen to an American Audience via the operatic "Bohemian Rhapsody," "A Night At The Opera" mixed all the grand elements of Queen's first three albums into one pastiche of glory. Each band member contributed songs and Roy Thomas Baker perfected his kitchen sink approach to production. From the simple Sci-Fi Ballad "39" to the Prog-rock excess of "The Prophet Song" to the snappy rock of "Death on Two Legs," "A Night At The Opera" had it all.There are stories that the vocals for "Bohemian Rhapsody" consisted of over 1,000 overdubbed Mercurys, Taylors and Mays to get it perfect, and yet the show-hall sounds of "Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon" couldn't be goofier. It was almost as if the band was trying to show up prog bands like Yes, only to squeak a rubber-duck in their faces at the coda.

It was once reported that the late, great Freddie Mercury wanted A Day At The Races and "A Night at the Opera" to have been a double album. It's too bad that they weren't, because leaving "Races" to follow the first five star classic Queen album makes it seem like a lesser vehicle. From the reverse color scheme to copping a Marx Brothers movie title, "A Day at The Races" came off sounding like a desperate attempt to copy the mad success of "Opera," selling "Races" short. While there was no stunner ala "Bohemian Rhapsody" here, there was the Top 20 "Somebody To Love," which utilized the now trademark multi-tracked vocal style to Gospel effect. The album opener, "Tie Your Mother Down," played it kinky while still mimicking "Death on Two Legs" as a big concert rocker. As always, there are nods to camp and vaudeville ("Millionaire Waltz" and the Ooh La La of "Good Old Fashioned Lover boy"). However, there's an unusually high number of filler songs (the dreadful "White Man" and the maudlin "Teo Torriatte" being the most flagrant).

"A Day At The Races" is more easily viewed as the bridge between "A Night At The Opera" and the second five-star Queen album, News of the World. Go to any sports match around the world, and eventually the boom-boom-clap of "We Will Rock You" will thunder through the stadium. Watch any final series recap and you'll likely hear "We Are The Champions." Over 30 years later, and they are the reason "News Of The World" remains an essential seventies album for Queen, even as the ferocity of punk was beginning to make its presence felt. Not that Queen didn't take notice; "Sheer Heart Attack" rates as one of Queen's hardest rockers next to "Stone Cold Crazy." As usual, Queen took as many musical detours on this album as they did on their previous discs. "Get Down Make Love" is a detached grinder, while "Sleeping On The Sidewalk" veers into Latin Rhythms and ends with Freddie Mercury's typical camp crooning on "My Melancholy Blues." It has been rare that any band could become so massively huge and yet be so willing to spin their styles all over the map. "News Of The World" is, in my opinion, the last brilliant Queen album.

The last of Queen's "No Synthesizers" albums, Jazz, was an mixed bag. From the opening oddity of "Mustapha" to the final pastiche of "More of The Jazz," "Jazz" found Queen running amok through their stylistic grab bag without the coherency that marked their best albums. Despite the inconsistency, "Jazz" includes two of the band's goofiest singles, the classic "Fat Bottom Girls" and "Bicycle Race." "Jazz," like "News of the World" before it, continued Queen's indulgence of excess. How else does one explain the gloriously over-the-top "Mustapha," one of the oddest album kickoffs for a major label rock band, ever? There's even the parade of glorifications in "Let Me Entertain You." The band was so self-assured at this stage that there was nothing too far-out to try and little too weird to record. There was heavy ("Dead On Time"), music hall lite ("Dreamer's Ball") and a great Beatlesque Brian May ballad ("Leaving Home Ain't Easy"). To foreshadow the next album, Roger Taylor drops the mechanical funk of "Fun It." Queen was at the top and they darn well knew it. They wanted to be bigger than The Beatles and would spare neither expense nor excess. "Jazz" was the last album before slickness and the times overtook them on The Game.

That was the album that opened Queen 2.0. For the first time, the band declared they would use synthesizers on record, after being almost militant about not using them. So how best to state the obvious? Make a huge descending set of synth sweeps the first sounds on "The Game." Those sounds, and the ensuing album, found Queen sand-blasting their style. Gone where the 1,000 voice overdubbed choirs, muliti-tracked to oblivion guitars, and epic theatrics. Instead, the band crafted an arena ready parcel of big popo-rockers (like the terific "Dragon Attack") with an eye towards new wave bands entering the scene. For example, there's the chiming guitar in "Don't Try Suicide" that cops directly from The Police's "Walking On The Moon" and the The Stray Cats faux rockabilly of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." After being the Kings of Excess for so many years, it was as if Freddie Mercury and company opted to prove that they could do it without the pomp. Nowhere is this more evident than the monster hit "Another One Bites The Dust." Blatantly lifting from Chic's "Le Freak" (Chic successfully sued), it was Queen's most successful foray into funk and highlights the underrated bassist John Deacon's playing and songwriting. It also emphasized that Queen, even if they weren't layering it on musically, was still willing to step outside expectations and make an extraordinary song outside their usual realm. Same for "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," a song so classic that Dwight Yoakam eventually covered it without any irony involved whatsoever.

Thing is, "The Game" the first album where Queen seemed less interested in strutting their stuff than blatantly pleading for your attention. "The Game" is hyper eager to please (right down to Freddie's new haircut) and straight-ahead poppy while still among their most consistent albums, but there's nothing particularly regal here. Given that the band would completely loose focus on the follow-up, "Hot Space," "The Game's" new direction and stunning commercial success seems almost accidental, and close the classic years.

Onc quibble with the box, one of the hinges came loose shortly after the purchase. Not the best construction for a high ticket item. But given that buying all the discs seperate would cost more, this is a solid buy for Queen fans.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2006
This is THE ultimate Queen collection - putting together Queen's first 8 classic albums from the wonder years of 1973 to 1980. What results is a work of art and some of the best music of the 20th century by far , in this delightful treasure of a collection.

Queen (1973)

You might take a bit of time to get to appreciate the genius of this but this is certainly a masterpiece and I love it . My favourites are upbeat rocker 'Keep Yourself Alive' , the beautiful 'Doing Alright 'the brilliant 'Liar' the sad and imaginative 'My Fairy King and Roger Taylor's 'Modern Times Rock 'N Roll -classic 1970's hard rock at its best. We would see more examples of by Taylor in subsequent albums ..These are all masterpieces which should have got much greater recognition than they did .
There are also numbers with some rather nasty verses such as 'Great King Rat and 'Mad The Swine ' which we would see toned down in the later albums , and 'Son and Daughter' is rather strange . Jesus sounds like Queen's tribute to Gospel music and is actually quite memorable with it's melodic choral chant. Nevertheless all of them are important in studying the development of the band. Listen a few times and you'll love it .Its one of the best rock albums of all time.

Queen II (1974)

This album is a masterpiece, absolutely one of Queen's best. Together with Sheer Heart Attack it is among the most underrated album of the rocking 70's and for me the 70's rock!!
It is a ingenious blend of rock, opera and magnificent poetry. Study the lyrics. There is a wonderful journey into a Tolkienesque fantasy land. This is really a work of art -something like that sung by Mediaeval balladeers but its a mix of ballads and rock.
That fantastic hit Seven Seas of Rhye and songs like the full-of- action and energetic 'Ogre Battle,' the sad and beautiful 'White Queen,' the 'March Of The Black Queen' is a several song rock opera that's style seems to have preceeded 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. and the incredible 'Fairy Feller's Master Stroke' are like Tolkien and Lewis etc with a touch of Alice In Wonderland and Harry Potter in rock-opera mode. Then there are the wonderful melodies with a baroque flavour 'Father To Son,' the exquisite love song 'Nevermore' and the melodic and whimisical 'Funny How Love Is,' and Roger Taylor's classic 1970's hard rock 'The Loser In The End'.
Buy it, study it and let your imagination free.

Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

This one reaches the majestic heights of Mozart,Tchaikovsky et al of previous centuries.It is tragic that only Killer Queen is well known to the general public of these songs.Because ther energetic Brighton Rock,the inditement of the corrupt materialism of modern time-Flick of the Wrist (with it's beautifully psychedelic overtures),the sheer poetry of Lily of the Valley (which any struggling genius can relate to),the opera rock masterpice Lap of the Gods and the fast paced rocker Misfire should have been hits of the century. the hard rock beaut Stone Cold Crazy was redone years later by metallica , a tribute to Queen's pioneering work in rock!
Very Very little from the 20 th century compares to them What a pity Queen became so commercialised later and churned out so much mediocre rubbish in the 1980's Carve the names of these songs in gold!

A Night At The Opera (1975)

Another classic of the 20 th century.Everyone knows the classic rock-opera Bohemian Rhapsody but I think 'The Prophets Song ' is the best of the album.Queen guitarist Brian May wrote this after he had a dream about the Great Flood. Many religions and cultures have stories of floods, including the Great Flood of The Bible that led to Noah's Ark..But most (not all) music stars today lack imagination)Hard rocker 'Death on Two Legs'you can dedicate to anyone you hate with a passion and is also fantastic. I enjoyed the nonchalant and whimsical 'Seaside Rendezvous' and 'Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon' I think '39'is a lovely story (it's about a man who go's into space for many years and does not age , but when he returns , his daughter , or grandaughter , is now an old lady) and so is the melancholy 'Good Company'. the operatic 'Love of My Life' -What can I say? And the hard-rock Sweet Lady is great too!Another tribute to rock opera.

A Day At The Races (1976)

Of course yokels couldn't appreciate most of it. Songs like the 'Millionaire Waltz ','Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy' , 'Tel Torriate' and 'Long Away' take take you right to the heart of classic rock opera at it's very best.While there are the exhilirating hard rock classics like 'Tie Your Mother Down'. For me listening to this album just like the previous 2 is like medidating....Wonderful

News Of The World (1977)

OK.There is some good stuff on this album : We Will Rock you and We Are The Champions are all-time rock classics.
I think Spread Your Wings is a fantastic inspirational song - unforgettable. There is the punk rock-style Get Down Make Love and the bluesy Melancholy Blues , which are also good.
But the album is not as good as Queen's first five masterpieces (which are among my favourite albums of all time: Queen , Queen II, Sheer Hear Attack,A Night At The Opera and A Day At The Races .Its still worth having in your collection and it's still a hallmark of the roaring 70's , which is always a pleasure to listen to (Its also far better than 80's Queen) but it also marks a departure from Queen's classic rock-opera roots for which I most love the band. Of course musical fashions were changing by 1977.

Jazz (1978)

This album contains some of Queen's greatest tracks-the rollicking Fat Bottomed Girls , Bicycle Race and one of my favourite queen songs-Don't Stop Me Now.
Also noteworthy are the fast paced Let Me Entertain You and Fun It , the melancholy Leaving Home Ain't Easy and Jealousy , the Middle Eastern style Mustapha and the waltzing 50's style Dreamer's Ball.
An excellent album featuring a very important stage in the bands development.

The Game (1980)

Well , lets see.
This is Queen's first album of the 1980's and I believe that 70's Queen is far superior to 80's Queen.
But Queen had already , by then , departed from it's grand rock/opera style of 1973-1976 with News of The world (1977) and Jazz (1978)
This album is quite simply a mixed bag.
'Save Me' and 'Play The Game' are the best songs on the album and do justice to Queen at it's best.The video of the song is also great.
'Sail Away Sweet Sister' is a pretty ballad ; 'Rock It Prime Jive' is another great rocker by Roger Taylor (there are some really great Taylor rock pieces on the 70's albums) as is 'Coming Soon' . 'Crazy Little Thing' called love is a pleasant 50's style hit .
'Another One Bites The Dust' has a fantastic beat, 'Dragon Attack ' and 'Don't Try Suicide' are typical 80's pop and ' Need Your Loving Tonight' is mediocre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2007
Some good reasons to get this box set:1)Eight albums from Queen's most popular and fruitful years:Queen(1973),Queen II(1974),Sheer Heart Attack(1974),A Night At The Opera(1975),A Day At the Races(1976),News Of The World(1977),Jazz(1978) and The Game(1980) all in cool,attractive mini-original LP-style jackets 2)Most of the band's biggest and best-loved hits are here,including "We Will Rock You","We Are The Champions","Bohemian Rhapsody","Another One Bites The Dust","Killer Queen","Somebody To Love","You're My Best Friend","Crazy Little Thing Called Love","Bicycle Race" and "Fat Bottomed Girls",plus their most prized classic album tracks like "Keep Yourself Alive","Seven Seas Of Rhye","Stone Cold Crazy","39","Tie Your Mother Down","Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy","Get Down Make Love","Its Late","Dragon Attack" and many more.3)Excellent remastered sound,much better than the individual 1991 Hollywood CDs.Even Queen I and Queen II,which suffered from substandard production,now sound better than ever. 4)No bad bonus tracks with awful "remixes"! 5) No mastering errors like on the separate 1991 ones with the chopped guitar intro to "It's Late",the screwy opening to "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and the chopped part 30-seconds into "In The Lap Of The Gods".6)Nice booklet featuring lyrics to every album contained here.and 7)It's a real steal to get all these great Queen albums at the price of $89.99 and under.That may be steep,but considering the artifically high prices of the individual ones at $13.99-16.99,and the fact that this box set has such superior sound quality over the ones still on the shelves(still with those horrid bonus tracks!),its worth every penny!
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on October 17, 2001
This deluxe box set contains Queen's first 8 studio albums on CD.Every album has (again) been digitally re-mastered though the audio differences from the individual Hollywood Records releases are minimal.Each CD is packaged in "mini-LP" style sleeves, in other words the sleeves are exact reproductions of old vinyl records though sadly the "shiny, chrome" look of "The Game" is not used. Nostalgic CD's?Also included is a detailed booklet with complete lyrics to each album and an essay by Matt Pinfield (formerly of MTV.) The set is encased in a lovely, blue velvet flip-top box.Though this set was made for die-hard fans, a beginner could catch up on a Queen collection very quickly by buying it. Let's also not forget the albums included are (arguably) from Queen's most exciting era.
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