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Greatest Hits I, II & III - The Platinum Collection (3CD)

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  • I love Queen. In my opinion, they are the greatest rock and roll band ever (I know I’m going to catch a lot of heat for that statement, but I stand my opinion). As with all great bands, Quen has a barrage of geatest hits collections available for caual fans and diehards alike. Some time ago, the three cd mini boxed set “Queen – The Platinum Collection” came out. How does it hold up? Read on.

    Positives:
    -If you’re a casual fan, this boxed set will suit you well.Disc one has all the classic Queen hits, including “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “You’re My Best Friend”, “Somebody To Love” and “Another One Bites The Dust”.
    -There are a lot of underrated masterpieces included, especially on disc two, such as “I Want It All”, “The Miracle”, “The Show Must Go On” and “The Invisible Man”.
    -The songs sound great.
    The liner notes for this collection are fantastic.

    Negatives:
    -Disc three is unneeded. It contains ome truly great songs that deserve to be here (for exampl,e the tearjerking “These Are The Days Of Our Lives”, one of my all time favorite Queen songs ever. But the majority of the songs are just rare filler.
    -”One Visoin” is, in my opinion, filler that should not be on here.
    -Discs 1 & 2 are a mere repackaging of “Greatest Hits Vols. 1 & 2″. If they wanted to make a third disc, here’s what the song selection should have been:

    *Tie Your Mother Down
    *Stone Cold Crazy
    *Keep Yourself Alive
    *Love Of My Life (why was this never on a Queen collection)?
    *All God’s People
    *One Year Of Love
    *Death On Two Legs
    *Las Palabras De Amor
    *Calling All Girls
    *Body Language
    *The Great Pretender
    *It’s Late
    *Was It All Worth It
    *Scandal
    *Is This The World We Created
    *Thank God It’s Christmas
    *These Are The Days Of Our Lives

    So, while I guess this is a decent boxed set, I think you’re better off buying either “Greatest Hits Vols. 1 & 2″ or buying the single disc collections “Classic Queen” and “Greatest Hits” together.

    Posted on March 5, 2010