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Queen 40, Volume 3
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Limited 10CD box set, the third and final installment in the Queen 40th Anniversary remasters series. This box contains the deluxe double disc versions of their final five albums: The Works, A Kind of Magic, The Miracle, Innuendo and the posthumous Made In Heaven.
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As I have said before, I'm A Big QUEEN Fan Since The Early 1970's. In fact I grew up with and still have their Vinyl LP'S. As for me these are about the best U.S. CD releases I have ever owned. As for the sound quality, Even though these are a tiny bit louder then previous U.S. CD's. I think these have a fuller and are truer to the Original sound that I remember.
As for the Bonus EP CD included with each of these, It's kinda skimpy and they could have put much more bonus material "I Think". On a Positive note, I'm glad they put the bonus tracks on a separate disc. And the way I Look at it, I still would have wanted this remastered series even if they did not have the bonus tracks/discs. This series is a Must for any QUEEN fan that wants to own their complete studio albums "Sets Vol. 1 BLACK, Vol. 2 WHITE & Vol. 3 RED = Their 15 Original Studio Albums".
Now as for each of the five Albums/CD's of this set Vol.3 Red Box,
THE WORKS 5.0 (A strong album with a powerful punch and a huge improvement over HOT SPACE. Not only the hit's such as ""Radio Ga Ga" , "I Want to Break Free" & "Hammer to Fall", but some great album tracks as well such as "Man on the Prowl" , "Keep Passing the Open Windows" & "It's a Hard Life" )
A KIND OF MAGIC 4.5 (Opens nicely with "One Vision". Of coarse this album also had a couple very nice soft songs such as John Deacon's "One Year of Love" and Brian May's "Who Wants to Live Forever". Between both the softies & rockers, An overall Great Album by a Great Band)
THE MIRACLE 5.0 (Originally released in 1989, The album was recorded as the band recovered from Brian May's marital problems and Freddie Mercury's HIV diagnosis in 1987. The album opens with 2 tracks that are actually butted together "Party & Khashoggi's Ship" it also had some powerful tracks such as "The Miracle" , "I Want It All" , "The Invisible Man" & "Breakthru" .. Freddie & John teamed up on the song writings for "The Miracle", "Rain Must Fall" & "My Baby Does Me" )
INNUENDO 5.0 (Sadly This was the last Queen Album Freddie lived to see. The band and producers were aiming for a November or December release date in order to catch the crucial Christmas market, but Mercury's declining health meant that the release of the album did not take place until February 1991. This album is great in my personal opinion. From Rogers Drum Roar in the opening to the final "Show Must Go On". I simply love both songs and their B/W videos "I'm Going Slightly Mad" & "These Are the Days of Our Lives". The music video for "Days of Our Lives" was Mercury's last appearance in a video medium, and with his knowing farewell look straight at the camera, Mercury whispers "I still love you" at the end of the song. Also had the song "Delilah" a song Mercury penned for his favorite female tortoiseshell cat, which was called Delilah. This album also had other great songs such as "Headlong", "Ride the Wild Wind" , "The Hitman" & "All God's People" )
MADE IN HEAVEN 5.0 (Their fifteenth and final studio album. Released on 6 November 1995 on Parlophone and Hollywood Records.
After Freddie Mercury's death, bass player John Deacon, drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May worked with vocal and piano parts that Mercury recorded before his death, adding fresh instrumentation to the recordings. "Mother Love" A very nice and meaningful song that was the final song co-written by Mercury and May, and was also Mercury's last ever vocal performance. Also had another very nice song by John Deacon "My Life Has Been Saved" as well as other nice tracks such as Roger Taylor's "Heaven for Everyone" , Freddie's "It's a Beautiful Day" , "I Was Born to Love You" , "A Winter's Tale" & Made in Heaven" and some song's credited simply as writers "Queen" such as "Let Me Live" & "You Don't Fool Me"......Another overall splendid album by one the the beast and artistic rock bands of all time "in my opinion"
One Word of CAUTION if you decide to buy this series, The CD Discs fit very tightly onto the jewel cases disc holders. Be very careful when removing the disc not to crack the center of disc trying to get it loose. Kinda turn the CD Clockwise and gently twist it off.
What you wont find here are louded up compressed to hell vintage tunes with no feel or soul to them. The quiet parts are quiet, the loud parts are loud etc. They sound the way the were originally meant to only better.
The second cd is cool, but nothing special. It is however a massive step forward from the 1992 releases. What was with some of those remixes? Were they trying to turn Queen into a dance band? I never understood stood some of those remixes back then and still don't to this day!
Inside the jewel cases you will find the same stuff you found on the albums with a few more pics thrown in here and there for good measure. Overall, all good stuff and well worth the price in my opinion.
As far as tunes go, I like Box set A and C better than box set B. However that's just my take and yours may vary. Box A is killer from start to finish. Box set B has two of my least favorite Queen albums. Both The Game and Flash didn't do much for me back than and still don't today. However I enjoyed Hot Space when much of the population was wondering "what the hell" lol. The first 4 or 5 songs on the game are fantastic, after that it alright. Flash is well Flash, nuff said! Box C also has some great material on it. The only two that again didn't do anything for me were The Works and Made In Heaven. The works has some quality tunes on it, but overall it's lacking in my opinion. Made In Heaven which was put together after Mr. Mercury's passing is what it is, which is a final farewell with songs that were cut and spliced together from old master tapes that had been recorded months or in some cases years before hand.
Queen along with Zeppelin are bands that had careers cut way to short by the tragic death of one of their members. These band along with Pink Floyd, Sabbath and a few others are what music is all about. They were creative as hell and deserve to be known as some of the best bands of all time. I don't think you'll find that the bands of today or really the last 20 years will have the kind of loyal following or staying power (to quote Queen lol) these groups have. I'm not sure if it's because they're just not as creative as those older bands were or if it's just because they can't play their damn instruments and thus are limited in what they can do? Whatever it is, they are light years behind those groups who basically got the ball rolling in the late 60's, 70's and early 80's!
So in conclusion, if you loved Queen, you will not be disappointed with what you find here.
The bonus EP's give a little over two hours of bonus material across all five discs, which is enough for my tastes. I burned my own mix CD's with these once I had everything imported properly to my iTunes library (using ALAC files).
The albums each have a nice booklet with photos and lyrics.
Be sure to check the condition of the discs within the return period, on this set I had one disc that had a visible manufacture defect and would not play properly (disc one of The Works) but Amazon replaced it promptly.