Disco de Queen - The Crown Jewels
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Fecha de Publicación:1998-11-24
Sello Discográfico:Hollywood Records
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THE definitive collection of their early material, featuring their first eight studio albums-that's Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack, A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, News of the World, Jazz and The Game -inside a big, beautiful, royal blue box! And to fully re-create those good old days, the band has replicated the original vinyl sleeves using 40 point cardboard sleeves along with elements that were not part of the original CD reissues, like embossed covers and the infamous nude bicycle race poster.
118 personas de un total de 123 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
- Great set, great music, great band.
I am going to give a disc-by-disc analysis of this great set.
QUEEN: The band's first disc, not their best, but still quite good. This one contains the classic "Keep Yourself Alive," plus great songs like "Great King Rat," "My Fairy King," and a tune written for Brian May's previous band, Smile, "Doing Alright." The standout track on the album is easily "Liar," a 6+ minute epic track, full of many different parts. Definitely reccomended.
QUEEN II: One of my favorites in the set. The theme for the album is somewhat midieval, which provides a great feel to it and makes it all the more unique. "March of the Black Queen" should not be missed by any follower of rock music, it is just incredible. It has a lot of tempo changing, like a rock operetta. Brian May makes his vocal debut on this album with "Some Day One Day" (Roger's was on the previous album with "Modern Times Rock & Roll.") Other great songs are "Ogre Battle," "Fairy Feller's Master Stroke," "Father to Son," "White Queen," all of them are good, I highly reccomend this album.
SHEER HEART ATTACK: One of the most popular albums among staunch Queen fans. It contains the classics "Killer Queen," "Now I'm Here," and "Stone Cold Crazy." One of the many standout tracks is "Brighton Rock," which features Brian May going crazy, and Freddie Mercury showcasing his amazing vocal capabilities. "In The Lap Of The Gods" (both of them) is absolutely amazing. This album also features John Deacon's songwriting debut, "Misfire."
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA: One of the band's best-loved and best-known albums. Some fans have described a lot of the tracks as quirky (whatever that means), but the album remains a true classic in rock and roll. It contains the band's most famous song, "Bohemian Rhapsody," which needs no introduction whatsoever, unless the reader of this is from another planet. "Good Company" sounds like something from the 1940's, "'39" is a great folk song, "Seaside Rendezvous" is campy but excellent, "Death On Two Legs" is a vicious song dedicated to their manager who screwed them over. All of them are good, but the track that stands out the most is "The Prophet's Song," a little over eight minutes long, with beautiful guitar work from Brian May, and an amazing a capella interlude from the vocal god Freddie Mercury.
A DAY AT THE RACES: The amazing follow-up to ANATO, the cover is similar its predecessor. Contains the classic rocker "Tie Your Mother Down," plus the classics "Somebody to Love" and one of my favorites, "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy." Two beautiful tracks are "You Take My Breath Away" (will easily bring a major softie to tears), and "Teo Torriatte" (sung partially in Japanese). One of the standout tracks is the incredible "Millionaire Waltz," excellent track which is as musically complex as a classical work. "White Man" is another unkown classic of Brian May's, a tad reminicent of "The Prophet's Song," found on ANATO. Excellent piece of work.
NEWS OF THE WORLD: The album that hosted "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions," an automatic essential in the Queen catalog. Also contains great songs such as the 1940-ish "Who Needs You" and "My Melancholy Blues," plus Roger Taylor's fast, heavy ode to punk rock "Sheer Heart Attack," and also another Brian May classic, the blues tune "Sleeping On the Sidewalk." Though John Deacon was not a singer, he was an amazing songwriter, and it definitely shows in "Spread Your Wings" and "Who Needs You." Needless to say, this is a great album, and should not be missed by anyone anywhere.
JAZZ: Another amazing piece of work from these amazing musicians. Contains the classics "Bicycle Race," "Fat Bottomed Girls," and "Don't Stop Me Now," plus the middle-eastern-ish "Mustapha," and the heavy rocking "Let Me Entertain You." Queen is definitely one of the most diverse bands on the planet, and it definitely shows in the jazzy "Dreamers Ball," and Queen's first foray into funk, "Fun It." Another cool thing about this particular purchase is that this release comes with the famous nude bicycle race poster that came with the original vynil release, which makes this set a gem for collectors.
THE GAME: Another one of Queen's best-loved and best-remembered albums. This album hosts the classics "Another One Bites the Dust"(the Deacon-penned song that became their biggest hit to date) and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." Also contains the upbeat rocker "Dragon Attack," plus ballads such as "Play the Game," "Sail Away Sweet Sister," and "Save Me," plus other rockers such as "Rock It (prime jive)" and "Need Your Lovin' Tonight" (Another Deacon classic). This album should not and cannot be missed by fans of Queen or classic rock albums.
All in all, this is a great set, with a booklet chock full of lyrics, a few pictures, and some background info on each album (producer, etc). One of the really positive things about this set is that there are no bonus tracks, and each album is packaged exactly as it originally was on the vynil release (sides of the records, etc). If you purchase these albums separately, they contain bonus tracks, most of which are really bad remixes. You have two choices, go buy them separately and get stuck with the bad bonus tracks, or get all eight albums for cheaper than it would be to buy them separately, hear them as they were originally intended, and really get your money's worth. The sound quality is also very good, better than one would expect from an old album released on CD. Anyway, this is a great set, and if you plan on getting all eight of these albums, do yourself a favor, buy this set and hear it all as it was originaly intended. It is one of the best sets you will ever buy. Buy this set and experience some of the best work by one of rock's greatest bands of all time, crank up the volume and experience the bliss, power, passion, and beauty of this great music.
LONG LIVE QUEEN!
Rolltide (Columbia, Tn) - 12 Agosto 1999
28 personas de un total de 30 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
- A must for any queen fan.....
There is simply no better collection to buy for any rock fan. I have owned all of these 8 albums on vinyl before and the sound on these remastered discs is much better especially for those who love their earlier albums. The crisp sound only makes one appreciate the complexity of the music and the bottom is much clearer.
Of course quality of the recording wouldn't matter if the music isn't good and this is as good as it gets. What a great idea to simply put together queen's first 8 albums. Everyone of these discs is a great work of art but my personal favorite is queen 2. Simply blows me away! "March of the black queen" has so many chord and timing changes it's hard to keep up and "white queen" is a great song. The third disc "sheer heart attack" perhaps benefits the most from the remastered sound and brighton rock just leaps out of the speakers. "A night at the opera" is one of the best albums of all time and "a day at the races" is close to that level.
In short this is most of the best work by one of the best bands of all time. The sound is as good as it gets and it is worth buying for any serious queen or rock fan. I know there are many who own some of these albums and maybe shy about paying this much for some of the same material but trust me it is worth it. It all comes in a jewelery type cd box with a booklet of liner notes and lyrics for all the songs.
19 personas de un total de 22 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
- An Overview Of One Of The Greatest Rock Bands Of All Time!
Without belaboring the point, let me just say that few groups have had the influence and the wide-reaching fame of Queen. This boxed set contains their first 8 studio albums remastered, in minature versions of their original packaging (except for 'The Game'. Why?). You'll find all their hits up to 1980, with great tracks like "Keep Yourself Alive", "Killer Queen", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Tie Your Mother Down", "We Are The Champions", "Fat Bottomed Girls", and "Another One Bites The Dust". You're better off buying this set rather than each one individually. These do not contain the horrible remixes added to the individual CDs. Queen was a band that proved that rock could be much more than just three chords and a backbeat. You can see their influence in so many artists these days, from Metallica to Spacehog. Grab this and see why.
7 personas de un total de 8 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
This box set of Queen did the band a couple huge favors. First, each album is presented in its original running order minus Hollywood Records moronic "Bonus Tracks." While the set is made up of the Elektra years studio albums, the dissapointing and and very unclassic
is left out, ending the series at
includes the infamous Naked Bicycle Race poster (in minature). Each CD is in a cardboard case with a non-abrasive slip sleeve, all stored in a felt-covered box. There's also a good book insert, with lyrics, plenty of pics and a history.
Starting with the
debut, which contains a few of the elements that would eventually define the band, but is very much a generic early 70's Prog-rock/metal album. The pomp and grandiosity that would become Queen hallmarks are largely absent, however Freddy Mercury's distinct voice and Brian May's original guitar tones are in evidence throughout. The key tracks are "Keep Yourself Alive" and "Liar." The band has not quite gelled and the Queen everyone knows and loves emerged in full on the second album.
The difference between "Queen" and
is really nothing short of amazing. While the first album was a pretty auspicious debut from a nervy prog-rock band, the second album comes off as a band thoroughly settled into its own personality and letting every idea flow free. Queen split the original album into a white and black half, with the white half dealing with the regal issues ("Procession" "White Queen As It Began") and the black being the harder rocking ("Ogre Battle" "March of The Black Queen"). You also get a clearer picture of the band's blueprint for extravagance (the really heavy vocal arrangements) along with Brian May's unique guitar sound. In my opinion - was the Queen album that had the best song-flow overall.
Queen rushed into the studio after "Queen II" when it became clear that Brian May (who had fallen ill) would be unable to tour for a spell. His sickness was our game, as
was the album that gave Queen their first major American success with "Killer Queen," a flawless slice of trashy glam that featured Freddie Mercury's soaring falsetto and Brian May's wild guitar tones. "Sheer Heart Attack" contained a few other eye openers, one of which was Roger Taylor's first great Queen song, "Tenement Funster." "Stone Cold Crazy" is one of Queen's hardest rockers, yet right near that is the ragtime take on "Bring Back Leroy Brown."
"Sheer Heart Attack" previewed the crazy diversity that Queen would perfect on their next album,
. This is the album that essentially defined Queen to an American Audience via the operatic "Bohemian Rhapsody," "A Night At The Opera" mixed all the grand elements of Queen's first three albums into one pastiche of glory. Each band member contributed songs and Roy Thomas Baker perfected his kitchen sink approach to production. From the simple Sci-Fi Ballad "39" to the Prog-rock excess of "The Prophet Song" to the snappy rock of "Death on Two Legs," "A Night At The Opera" had it all.There are stories that the vocals for "Bohemian Rhapsody" consisted of over 1,000 overdubbed Mercurys, Taylors and Mays to get it perfect, and yet the show-hall sounds of "Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon" couldn't be goofier. It was almost as if the band was trying to show up prog bands like Yes, only to squeak a rubber-duck in their faces at the coda.
It was once reported that the late, great Freddie Mercury wanted
and "A Night at the Opera" to have been a double album. It's too bad that they weren't, because leaving "Races" to follow the first five star classic Queen album makes it seem like a lesser vehicle. From the reverse color scheme to copping a Marx Brothers movie title, "A Day at The Races" came off sounding like a desperate attempt to copy the mad success of "Opera," selling "Races" short. While there was no stunner ala "Bohemian Rhapsody" here, there was the Top 20 "Somebody To Love," which utilized the now trademark multi-tracked vocal style to Gospel effect. The album opener, "Tie Your Mother Down," played it kinky while still mimicking "Death on Two Legs" as a big concert rocker. As always, there are nods to camp and vaudeville ("Millionaire Waltz" and the Ooh La La of "Good Old Fashioned Lover boy"). However, there's an unusually high number of filler songs (the dreadful "White Man" and the maudlin "Teo Torriatte" being the most flagrant).
"A Day At The Races" is more easily viewed as the bridge between "A Night At The Opera" and the second five-star Queen album,
. Go to any sports match around the world, and eventually the boom-boom-clap of "We Will Rock You" will thunder through the stadium. Watch any final series recap and you'll likely hear "We Are The Champions." Over 30 years later, and they are the reason "News Of The World" remains an essential seventies album for Queen, even as the ferocity of punk was beginning to make its presence felt. Not that Queen didn't take notice; "Sheer Heart Attack" rates as one of Queen's hardest rockers next to "Stone Cold Crazy." As usual, Queen took as many musical detours on this album as they did on their previous discs. "Get Down Make Love" is a detached grinder, while "Sleeping On The Sidewalk" veers into Latin Rhythms and ends with Freddie Mercury's typical camp crooning on "My Melancholy Blues." It has been rare that any band could become so massively huge and yet be so willing to spin their styles all over the map. "News Of The World" is, in my opinion, the last brilliant Queen album.
The last of Queen's "No Synthesizers" albums,
, was an mixed bag. From the opening oddity of "Mustapha" to the final pastiche of "More of The Jazz," "Jazz" found Queen running amok through their stylistic grab bag without the coherency that marked their best albums. Despite the inconsistency, "Jazz" includes two of the band's goofiest singles, the classic "Fat Bottom Girls" and "Bicycle Race." "Jazz," like "News of the World" before it, continued Queen's indulgence of excess. How else does one explain the gloriously over-the-top "Mustapha," one of the oddest album kickoffs for a major label rock band, ever? There's even the parade of glorifications in "Let Me Entertain You." The band was so self-assured at this stage that there was nothing too far-out to try and little too weird to record. There was heavy ("Dead On Time"), music hall lite ("Dreamer's Ball") and a great Beatlesque Brian May ballad ("Leaving Home Ain't Easy"). To foreshadow the next album, Roger Taylor drops the mechanical funk of "Fun It." Queen was at the top and they darn well knew it. They wanted to be bigger than The Beatles and would spare neither expense nor excess. "Jazz" was the last album before slickness and the times overtook them on The Game.
That was the album that opened Queen 2.0. For the first time, the band declared they would use synthesizers on record, after being almost militant about not using them. So how best to state the obvious? Make a huge descending set of synth sweeps the first sounds on "The Game." Those sounds, and the ensuing album, found Queen sand-blasting their style. Gone where the 1,000 voice overdubbed choirs, muliti-tracked to oblivion guitars, and epic theatrics. Instead, the band crafted an arena ready parcel of big popo-rockers (like the terific "Dragon Attack") with an eye towards new wave bands entering the scene. For example, there's the chiming guitar in "Don't Try Suicide" that cops directly from The Police's "Walking On The Moon" and the The Stray Cats faux rockabilly of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." After being the Kings of Excess for so many years, it was as if Freddie Mercury and company opted to prove that they could do it without the pomp. Nowhere is this more evident than the monster hit "Another One Bites The Dust." Blatantly lifting from Chic's "Le Freak" (Chic successfully sued), it was Queen's most successful foray into funk and highlights the underrated bassist John Deacon's playing and songwriting. It also emphasized that Queen, even if they weren't layering it on musically, was still willing to step outside expectations and make an extraordinary song outside their usual realm. Same for "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," a song so classic that Dwight Yoakam eventually covered it without any irony involved whatsoever.
Thing is, "The Game" the first album where Queen seemed less interested in strutting their stuff than blatantly pleading for your attention. "The Game" is hyper eager to please (right down to Freddie's new haircut) and straight-ahead poppy while still among their most consistent albums, but there's nothing particularly regal here. Given that the band would completely loose focus on the follow-up, "Hot Space," "The Game's" new direction and stunning commercial success seems almost accidental, and close the classic years.
Onc quibble with the box, one of the hinges came loose shortly after the purchase. Not the best construction for a high ticket item. But given that buying all the discs seperate would cost more, this is a solid buy for Queen fans.
4 personas de un total de 4 encontraron útil la siguiente opinión:
- Box Fit For The Kings Of Rock,Queen
Some good reasons to get this box set:1)Eight albums from Queen's most popular and fruitful years:Queen(1973),Queen II(1974),Sheer Heart Attack(1974),A Night At The Opera(1975),A Day At the Races(1976),News Of The World(1977),Jazz(1978) and The Game(1980) all in cool,attractive mini-original LP-style jackets 2)Most of the band's biggest and best-loved hits are here,including "We Will Rock You","We Are The Champions","Bohemian Rhapsody","Another One Bites The Dust","Killer Queen","Somebody To Love","You're My Best Friend","Crazy Little Thing Called Love","Bicycle Race" and "Fat Bottomed Girls",plus their most prized classic album tracks like "Keep Yourself Alive","Seven Seas Of Rhye","Stone Cold Crazy","39","Tie Your Mother Down","Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy","Get Down Make Love","Its Late","Dragon Attack" and many more.3)Excellent remastered sound,much better than the individual 1991 Hollywood CDs.Even Queen I and Queen II,which suffered from substandard production,now sound better than ever. 4)No bad bonus tracks with awful "remixes"! 5) No mastering errors like on the separate 1991 ones with the chopped guitar intro to "It's Late",the screwy opening to "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and the chopped part 30-seconds into "In The Lap Of The Gods".6)Nice booklet featuring lyrics to every album contained here.and 7)It's a real steal to get all these great Queen albums at the price of $89.99 and under.That may be steep,but considering the artifically high prices of the individual ones at $13.99-16.99,and the fact that this box set has such superior sound quality over the ones still on the shelves(still with those horrid bonus tracks!),its worth every penny!