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Queen - Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 &2

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  • Hollywood Records goofed big-time when they bought Queen’s back-catalogue. Instead of simply staying true to form and releasing this compilation (the original BRITISH hits collections) straight away, they chose to do their own thing and release Classic Queen and their own ‘Greatest Hits’, both of which are poorly sequenced and feature an inferior selection of tracks. As for this compilation? If you are just itching to dip your feet in the world of Queen, this is definitley the first selection you should buy. It features hits from every single album they’ve put out save their first (Keep yourself Alive is missing, but it’s a minor flaw). Disc one contains tracks that most people should recognize right away, from their most famous (Bohemian Rhapsody) to their biggest chart hits (Crazy Lil Thing Called Love, Another One Bites the Dust) to their early hits (Killer Queen, Seven Seas of Rhye). This is the disc most people will turn to first and more often, but there’s so much more.. Disc 2 is the real treasure here. The only song most people in the US will know is ‘Under Pressure’ and possibly ‘Radio Ga-Ga’. But disc 2 captures Queen at their greatest, in my opinion. Their early days were fun, yes, but their later days found Queen simply getting better and better, most notably Brain May, his guitar work is light-years ahead of his early material. Songs like ‘I want it All’ and ‘The Invisible Man’ demonstrate just what a fantastic axeman this guy was (as opposed to the effects-wizard of his early years). ‘Innuendo’ shows that Queen still feels that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ vibe. In short, for people who think Queen vanished after their album ‘The Game’ (read: people in America) disc 2 is a real eye-opener. Greatest Hits I and II is bar none, the best introduction to one of the greatest bands in history. Don’t bother with the other Hollywood Records slop (Classic Queen, GH, Rocks, etc) unless you just have to have everything. An added bonus are some fantastic liner notes.

    Posted on November 18, 2009