Queen 40, Volume 1
Remastered, Box Set
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Audio CD, Box set, Original recording remastered, May 17, 2011
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Exclusive to Amazon Customers: Queen's first five studio albums remastered in deluxe reissue editions with rare bonus material all in one collectible box with a 24 panel Poster for the ultimate Queen fan.
Albums included in the box:
Sheer Heart Attack
A Night At the Opera
A Day At the Races
Queen's 40th anniversary is now upon us, and the band plans to pull out all the stops to celebrate this historic occasion. This yearlong event will be marked by a series of releases, re-releases, special limited-edition items and events around the world. As the centerpiece in the 40th anniversary celebration, Queen's studio catalog is being reissued in a series of deluxe editions. Every note is being tweaked, every piece of artwork is being cleaned, freshened up and resourced, wherever necessary, with the legendary Bob Ludwig doing the remastering, working from the original source material.
Each studio album will be released in a new two-CD edition, the first containing the updated, remastered original LP, the second disc packed with rarities--and we don't use the term lightly. Some of these gems have never before seen the light of day, even in crappy bootleg form. To cite a particularly fascinating example, five first-album demos recorded at London's De Lane Lea Studios in December 1971 were pulled from the only existing copy on the planet--an acetate from May's personal archives. Not even his bandmates had a copy. And now they can be yours in this fan centric box set only available at Amazon.
From the Artist
"A huge amount of work has already been put in behind the scenes to unleash a completely newly mastered set of the original Queen LPs and CDs," Brian May noted. "I know our fans will appreciate the attention to detail, bringing the early albums closer than ever to the magic of the vinyl originals, but with the benefit of up-to-the-minute quality technology."
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I like the sound of the new remasters, I know reviews are divided a bit on the remastered sound, but even though they are louder (compared to something like the 1991 remasters, which were very flat) I do think they did it right, especially on this Vol. 1 set of albums. For modern digital speakers and devices the sound is great, and I think most people will appreciate the remastered sound on these iconic albums. They are not "brickwalled" either. And there's no dubious "bonus remixes" at the end of each album like on the old Hollywood Records CD's.
The set has the albums in slim double jewel cases, and each cd set has a basic booklet with photos and lyrics. No frills, but it's nicely done. The extra Bonus EP's are nice, though don't seem like they give you much extra at first. But when you consider all the bonus material together across 5 EP's, you actually get about two hours of bonus songs. I'm glad they put the extras on separate discs and not appended to the studio albums, which are the star of the show. Once I had all the albums losslessly imported into my iTunes library, I combined the EP's and burned CD's of them, since they are only about a half hour each. It also came with a poster that I left folded in the box.
(Also, play or check each CD within the return period, make sure they work! On the Vol. 3 Queen box, I had a bad disc with a visible manufacture defect, but Amazon replaced it quickly.)
I find the instrumental only tracks and live tracks interesting, but believe that there's a limited number of us for whom this is true. If you have most every Queen album, including Pre Ordained, you have everything you need. This set is excellent for Completists, but most others will find it redundant, because it's a collection of alternative and live versions.
I hate to rate anything that Queen produced lower than five stars, but I realize that everyone isn't as big of a fan as I am, so this rating is with the general public in mind. After all, what value is a rating of five stars if it only applies the the uber-fan? They already own a copy.
This package was released in the UK slightly before it appeared on Amazon, but I believe that the poster is an Amazon exclusive. If not, it was definitely less expensive through Amazon.
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