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  • Queen released albums from 1973 to 1995. In that time Queen made a lot of music that was “great”. Thus, as with most artists that have been around for more than 20 years, it is impossible to capture all of their hits or best music on a single CD. Recently this difficulty was recognized with a boxed set of three CDs that captured a much greater cross section of their music.I consider this collection of Queen music their popular music. Much of it was mellow or radio friendly, and thus much of it hit the top 10. Given that Queen had a very eclectic repertoire, you’ll find quirky songs such as “Fat Bottomed Girls” next to the mellow love song “Somebody to Love”. Queen’s progressive rock and harder rock songs are only barely represented on this particular collection, though strains of their harder edge show through in songs like “Bicycle Race” and “Another One Bites the Dust”.In many ways Queen was an album group. While most of their albums stop short of being true concept albums, most of their albums did have a theme. Also, their music was organized carefully to provide a presentation of the music that was greater than the sum of the individual songs. Thus, listening to a “greatest” collection does little to express the true scope of this group. I recommend this CD as one that provides a small sampling of Queen, and some of their more mellow music at that. You need to also have “Classic Queen” to additional hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”. You may also want to consider “The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II and III”, which is perhaps the most comprehensive set short of buying albums.Though this CD is lacking in its breadth, I still give it 5 stars because Queen was such a great group, and the songs here do represent a small portion of their incredible talent.

    Posted on March 10, 2010