Queen is, without question, one of the greatest rock bands of all time. With their incomparable lead singer Freddie Mercury and their canon of some of the greatest songs ever to hit the airwaves, Queen are legends. And of course, with most legendary bands, they have several greatest hits collection out on the market for casual fans. In 1995, Hollywood Records released the two disc collection “Queen – Greatest Hits Vols. 1 & 2″. It contains 34 tracks, is digitally remastered and has most of their hits. How does it hold up? Read on for the positives and negatives.
-If you’re a casual Queen fan who is only interesting owning their biggest hits, than this is an almost ideal collection, as you will find “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Somebody To Love”, “We Are The Champions”, “Another One Bites The Dust” and all the other classic Queen hits.
-You will also get a lot of rarely heard tracks such as “Seven Seas Of Rhye”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Now I’m Here”, “Save Me”, and “Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy”.
-Disc two contains a lot of excellent European hits that the North American audiences might not be familliar with, such as “Radio Ga Ga”, “I Want It All”, “The Show Must Go On”, “I Want To Break Free”, “I’m Going Slightly Mad” and “Who Wants To Live Forever”.
-The liner notes are excellent.
-All of the songs sound absolutely fantastic.
-It’s relatively cheap and easy to find.
-The first disc does not fill the eighty minute time limit, clocking in at a mere 58:29. That means there was enough room to include “Tie Your Mother Down”, “Keep Yourself Alive”, “Stone Cold Crazy” and possibly “Body Language”.
-If I’m not mistaken, “Bicycle Race” is edited.
-Disc two failed to include what might be my favorite Queen song ever, “These Are The Days Of Our Lives”. I would’ve knocked off “One Vision” to include that song.
-Hollywood Records also has two single disc Queen collections out on the market, “Classic Queen” and “Greatest Hits”. On their own, they don’t really stand their ground, as both are missing a great many Queen classics. But when purchased together, you could not ask for a more comprehensive Queen collection, as they are even better than this collection. They include all the missing songs I mentioned as well as some other interesting gems. The only downside is that those cds do not include “Breakthru”, “The Invisble Man”, “Friends Will Be Friends”, “Innuendo” and “It’s A Hard Life”. My advice is to get the two single disc collections and download the songs I just mentioned, so that way a casual fan will have all the Queen he or she will ever need.
Bottom line: as great as this collection, I recommend “Classic Queen” and “Greatest Hits”, both purchased together. Download the songs on here that are missing from those two and you’ll be set.