Queen - Greatest Hits V.3 Import
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However, this collection definitley grows on the Queen fan. It's an odds and ends collection of Queen with guests (Elton John with a great, and very recent performance of 'The Show Must Go On', and a rather unneccesary rap mix of Another One Bites the Dust), a remix here and there (the 'Rah Mix' of Under Pressure is simply outstanding, blows the original away), long-forgotten album track-treasures(Las Palabras del Amor, Princes of the Universe) and the best of the solo projects Freddie and Brian had done (but no Roger.. why?), a couple of the best cuts from Made in Heaven, plus the new song that was sorely misplaced on Queen Rocks(No one but You).
This collection is great for people who are interested in getting some of Queen's loose ends. Brian May's solo work was great at best but quite uneven, and Freddie's original (and excellent) Mr. Bad Guy LP is long gone, replaced by a bastardized 'the Great Pretender', thank you again, Hollywood Records. It's also worth picking up because 'Princes of the Universe' and 'Las Palabras del Amor' aren't available elsewhere save on the original albums (and save yourself the pain of buying Hot Space).
This collection will definitley grow on you, but it's definitley not 'Greatest Hits', so if you're expecting a continuation of the other compilations, you're going to be sorely disappointed.
There are two live tracks with guest vocalists filling in for Freddie Mercury - George Michael on "Somebody To Love" (recorded at the tribute concert in 1992) and Elton John on "The Show Must Go On". Both are done well, although I prefer the originals.
Next come remixes. "Another One Bites The Dust" is remixed with added vocals from Wyclef Jean. The one song I skip over every time I play this CD, and one which was sensibly left off the video counterpart to the album. On the other hand, the remix of "Under Pressure" is surprisingly good and - dare I say - perhaps better than the original.
The difference between this and other Queen albums is that solo work is included. You have Freddie Mercury's Olympic anthem "Barcelona" (with Montserrat Caballe), the 1993 remix of his fabulous "Living On My Own" and of course his cover of the song he related to so well, "The Great Pretender". Brian May's "Driven By You" is also featured on the album, a song that made me want to go out and buy all of his solo work. Great song.
There's only one non-Freddie Queen song - "No One But You (Only The Good Die Young)" is an absolutely stunning, heartbreaking piece about those who have died too soon - inspired by the premature deaths of Princess Diana and of course Freddie himself.
Finally, the 'real' stuff, the fresh, never-before-on-a-greatest-hits-CD Queen tracks. There are eight of these, comprising almost half the album. "Heaven For Everyone" and "Princes of the Universe" are spectacular, the type of song you keep on replaying over and over again.Read more ›
What I'd like to see, as would apparently most other Queen fans from what I read, is a collection of Queen rarities and NOT remixes and re-releases of songs we already have.
I've been a serious fan of Queen since the summer of 1980 and am quite familiar with their music- both as a group and solo. I have all the original releases: Star Fleet, Mr. Bad Guy, Barcelona (basically ALL that there is to have).
What I'd like to see if for the repackaging to end, and for the record company to start listening to the requests of serious fans. Wouldn't you like to see a multi-CD set of original-form, hard-to-find songs, particularly the 'lost' B-sides. How about a digital release of Taylor's solo single from 1977! That's about the one Queen-related cut I've never heard! How about the cut-to-the-chase 7-inch single version of Star Fleet (radio edit)? What do you think, Mr or Ms Queen lover?
Hey Hollywood Records! Listen to serious Queen fans for a change. We're tired of buying rehashed releases!
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Queen will live on forever, a must have for any collectorPublished 4 months ago by Dennis C. Stewart
These are a bunch of very complex guys who made some of the best music of their time.Published 9 months ago by Port Muck
All I can say is that I love this CD. This has two of fave songs released after FM passed, the haunting "Those were the days of our lives" and the live version of... Read morePublished on March 10, 2014 by Simon Pugh
I didn't even know Queen had a GH no. 3. Glad I found it, because I was about to purchase several of these songs individually.Published on February 27, 2014 by Keep Austin Beer'd
Not my favorite cd but it's still okay. Elton and George did a good job. Queen, too. "Thank God It's Christmas" is a great song written by Freddie.Published on February 17, 2014 by morninglorygal
This "Greatest Hits" album was initially released in 1999, and is a compilation of latter-day Queen tunes. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
This is such a poor album. Half of it is just made up of crappy remixes or SOLO songs.
Granted, certain songs, such as "These Are the Days of Our Lives", "Let Me... Read more
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