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  • How do I review what isn’t here? Strong Queen fans will know all 17 songs. Most of their biggest hits are here. Most. Not all. Not even one of the biggest songs they’ve ever had.

    Even an American Idol contestant knows “Bohemian Rhapsody” is part of the rock-n-roll canon. What was Hollywood Records thinking to leave out such a great hit?

    What is here is mostly good. Freddie Mercury’s range and dramatic intonations, paired with guitar maestro Brian May’s capacity to ignite a note, and songs like “Killer Queen” go from being interesting to incredible.

    Part of the problem was Queen. They had too many good hits gracing more than one genre. Most bands wish they had the difficulty of choosing greatest hits choices.

    Questionable choices are obvious: “Seven Seas of Rhye” and “Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy.”

    “Seven Seas” has a hard rock, guitar-driven sound but does not meet the usual Queen level of quality.

    “Good Old” is a nice demonstration of Freddie Mercury’s great voice, but lyrically is weak.

    The closest economical solution is to buy instead “Queen – Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2″ Get all the songs below except “Keep Yourself Alive.” 34 songs in all.

    Missing from the play list:
    * Bohemian Rhapsody
    * Under Pressure
    * Tie Your Mother Down
    * Keep Yourself Alive
    * Radio Ga Ga

    The play list:
    * We Will Rock You
    * We Are the Champions
    * Another One Bites the Dust
    * Killer Queen
    * Somebody to Love
    * Fat Bottomed Girls
    * Bicycle Race
    * You’re My Best Friend
    * Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    * Now I’m Here
    * Play the Game
    * Seven Seas of Rhye
    * Body Language
    * Save Me
    * Don’t Stop Me Now
    * Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
    * I Want to Break Free

    Why four stars after criticizing what is missing? These are still great tunes, every one of them. The weakest song is still better than much of the radio fodder today.

    Anthony Trendl

    Posted on March 10, 2010