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Queen - The Crown Jewels: 25th Anniversary (Box Set)

27-03-2015, 19:10
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Queen - The Crown Jewels: 25th Anniversary (Box Set)

Artist: Queen
Title Of Album: Queen - The Crown Jewels: 25th Anniversary
Year Of Release: November 24, 1998
Label: Hollywood Records
Genre: Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Roc
Quality: FLAC
Bitrate: lossless IMAGE+CUE +LOG +COVERS/SCANS
Total Size: 2,73 Gb

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.

Queen - The Crown Jewels: 25th Anniversary (Box Set)

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.


Queen Biography


Queen - The Crown Jewels: 25th Anniversary (Box Set)

1973 Queen [2061-62201-2]

01. Keep Yourself Alive
02. Doing All Right
03. Great King Rat
04. My Fairy King
05. Liar
06. The Night Comes Down
07. Modern Times Rock 'N' Roll
08. Son And Daughter
09. Jesus
10. Seven Seas Of Rhye

Queen - The Crown Jewels: 25th Anniversary (Box Set)

1974 Queen II [2061-62202-2]

01. Procession
02. Father To Son
03. White Queen (As It Began)
04. Some Day One Day
05. The Loser In The End
06. Ogre Battle
07. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke
08. Nevermore
09. The March Of The Black Queen
10. Funny How Love Is
11. Seven Seas Of Rhye
Total Time: 00:40:48

Queen - The Crown Jewels: 25th Anniversary (Box Set)

1974 Sheer Heart Attack [2061-62203-2]

01. Brighton Rock
02. Killer Queen
03. Tenement Funster
04. Flick Of The Wrist
05. Lily Of The Valley
06. Now I'm Here
07. In The Lap Of The Gods
08. Stone Cold Crazy
09. Dear Friends
10. Misfire
11. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
12. She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettoes)
13. In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited
Total Time: 00:39:03

Queen - The Crown Jewels: 25th Anniversary (Box Set)

1975 A Night at the Opera [2061-62204-2]

01. Death On Two Legs (Dedicated to...)
02. Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon
03. I'm In Love With My Car
04. You're My Best Friend
05. '39
06. Sweet Lady
07. Seaside Rendezvous
08. The Prophet's Song
09. Love Of My Life
10. Good Company
11. Bohemian Rhapsody
12. God Save The Queen

Queen - The Crown Jewels: 25th Anniversary (Box Set)

1976 A Day At The Races [2061-62205-2]

01.Tie Your Mother Down
02.You Take My Breath Away
03.Long Away
04.The Millionaire Waltz
05.You and i
06.Somebody To Love
07.White Man
08.Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
10.Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)

Queen - The Crown Jewels: 25th Anniversary (Box Set)

1977 News Of The World [2061-62206-2]

01. We Will Rock You
02. We Are The Champions
03. Sheer Heart Attack
04. All Dead All Dead
05. Spread Your Wings
06. Fight From The Inside
07. Get Down Make Love
08. Sleeping On the Sidewalk
09. Who Needs You
10. It's Late
11. My Melancholy Blues

Queen - The Crown Jewels: 25th Anniversary (Box Set)

1978 Jazz [2061-62207-2]

01. Mustapha
02. Fat Bottomed Girls
03. Jealousy
04. Bicycle Race
05. If You Can't Beat Them
06. Let Me Entertain You
07. Dead On Time
08. In Only Seven Days
09. Dreamer's Ball
10. Fun It
11. Leaving Home Ain't Easy
12. Don't Stop Me Now
13. More Of That Jazz

Queen - The Crown Jewels: 25th Anniversary (Box Set)

1980 The Game [2061-62208-2]

01. Play The Game
02. Dragon Attack
03. Another One Bites The Dust
04. Need Your Loving Tonight
05. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
06. Rock It (Prime Jive)
07. Don't Try Suicide
08. Sail Away Sweet Sister
09. Coming Soon
10. Save Me

Queen - The Crown Jewels: 25th Anniversary (Box Set)

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