Queen: Greatest Hits I & II
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This double-disc anthology supplants all previous hits collections with a 40-page color booklet and 34 tracks packaged inside a gold box. Bohemian Rhapsody; Killer Queen; We Are the Champions; Crazy Little Thing Called Love; Another One Bites the Dust; We Will Rock You; Under Pressure; You're My Best Friend every top tune.
Queen brought a whole new meaning to the phrase over the top. While rock & roll flamboyance stretched back at least as far as Little Richard, Freddie Mercury continued to camp it up, taking little seriously and smirking at the music's growing pretensions while partaking in them no small bit. Many of the band's singles hold up extremely well, later tracks such as "Hammer to Fall" as much as prime-era numbers such as "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Killer Queen," and "You're My Best Friend." The quartet's canny sense of melody and sophisticated vocal harmonies--not to mention Mercury's raised eyebrow--have traveled well through the years. --Rickey Wright
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We not only hear the best of Queen on these two albums, but, we get a sense of their evolution, instrumentally. While the 1970s showcased the band's range in fusing rock & roll, jazz, soul, classical and heavy metal music (to name a few), they went on to incorporated more synthesized sound and harder percussion (one of Queen's most well-loved songs from that era is "Under Pressure" recorded with David Bowie). Listening to the band's magnificent songs, regardless of era, is truly a cathartic experience. Queen's musical artistry was second to none, and they also knew how to poke fun at themselves and had a terrific sense of humor, which only added more to their songs. Be sure to read the liner notes (complete with photos of the band in their Glam Rock glory, as well as their various stage personas that changed from album to album) that come with this musical collection. This album is nothing short of brilliant.
If you're a Queen fan or just someone looking to get into the band, this is a must have. It's got some of the best loved & well known songs, all of which make for wonderful listening. My personal favorite? Killer Queen. What makes this CD set even better is that there's a little informational booklet in here that gives a paragraph or two about the history of the song.
The only downfall of the set is that you'll probably find yourself singing the songs out loud & potentially embarrassing yourself. (Especially if you sing like a dying crow like I do.)
Without trying to sound like a late-night infomercial, this set does have all of my favorites and they sound just as good as I remember them from my teen years.