Queen - Platinum Collection

Queen - Platinum Collection

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Released for the first time on vinyl, Queen’s compilation ‘The Platinum Collection’, featuring all three of their Greatest Hits albums,  shows their unrivalled track record of chart-topping, award-winning, record-breaking rock and pop classics.  With four songwriters in the band – Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon – Queen created a glorious legacy of all-time anthems that still ring out across the ages.  For past and future fans alike, they will rock you! 

June 17th will see the limited edition 6LP colour vinyl set released in a slipcase with brand new artwork.  Each piece of vinyl will be a different colour and come in its own individually designed sleeve.  The set also comes with an exclusive 24-page 12″ photo booklet. 

First released in 1981, ‘Greatest Hits’ is the best-selling album of all time in the UK having sold over 6.8 million copies, with global sales in excess of 25 million.  Spanning Queen’s triumphant first act, from 1974 to 1980, ‘Greatest Hits’ includes some of the world’s most beloved rock standards, including the stadium-sized symphonic chart-topper Bohemian Rhapsody and the roof-raising We Are The Champions, which was named the most catchy song of all time by a team of scientists in 2011.  But this album also dazzles with its stylistically promiscuous range, from the crowd rousing We Will Rock You, the tongue in cheek Fat Bottomed Girls, the stomp-stomp-stomp late 70’s disco inspired Another One Bites the Dust, to the finger-snapping jukebox retro-rock homage Crazy Little Thing Called Love and the soaring, impassioned, gospel-fired Aretha-isms of Somebody To Love. 

Originally released shortly before Freddie Mercury’s death in 1991, ‘Greatest Hits II’ has sold over 19 million copies worldwide.  It spans 1981 to 1991, the period which followed Queen having dropped their famous no synthesizers rule elevating them to new heights of creativity.  Opening up their guitar-heavy sound to embrace funk, disco and electronics resulted in rich rewards, transforming these former Seventies glam rockers into a glossy, streamlined, emphatically contemporary super-group.  Rebooted and rewired, Queen produced some of their most immortal hits during this imperial Eighties phase.  Built around an improvised studio jam, their infectious David Bowie collaboration Under Pressure became a global chart-topping smash.  The retro-futurist epic Radio Gaga and the humorously romantic I Want To Break Free stand as testaments to their early mastery of synthesizers, while the muscular ripcord riffs of Hammer To Fall and octave-vaulting grand-piano acrobatics of It’s a Hard Life are vintage Queen both sonically and lyrically. 

Greatest Hits II, officially the tenth best selling album of all time in the UK, is steeped in warmth and optimism, from the tender sentiments and sumptuous harmonies of Friends Will Be Friends to the planet-sized synth-rock fanfares of One Vision, a Live Aid-inspired hymn to humankind’s better angels. Mercury even chronicles his failing health with stoic humour, notably on the heroically defiant swan song The Show Must Go On, not going gently into that good night but still burning bright, and still playing shamelessly to the gallery. 

‘Greatest Hits III’, rarely available on vinyl, features their latter-day songs, the band members’ solo hits and the band’s collaborations with other artists including Elton John and Montserrat Caballe. 

Undimmed by time or fashion, ‘The Platinum Collection’ is a reminder that Queen were always colourful, always dynamic, always ablaze with passion and pride. 

6LP Box Set 

Greatest Hits - LP 1 - Side A 

1.        Bohemian Rhapsody  

2.        Another One Bites The Dust  

3.        Killer Queen  

4.        Fat Bottomed Girls 

Greatest Hits - LP 1 - Side B 

5.        Bicycle Race  

6.        You’re My Best Friend  

7.        Don’t Stop Me Now  

8.        Save Me 

Greatest Hits - LP 2 - Side A 

9.        Crazy Little Thing Called Love  

10.     Somebody To Love  

11.     Now I’m Here  

12.     Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy 

Greatest Hits - LP 2 - Side B 

13.     Play The Game  

14.     Flash  

15.     Seven Seas Of Rhye  

16.     We Will Rock You  

17.     We Are The Champions 

Greatest Hits II - LP 3 - Side A 

18.     A Kind Of Magic  

19.     Under Pressure (Queen + David Bowie)  

20.     Radio Ga Ga  

21.     I Want It All  

22.     I Want To Break Free  

Greatest Hits II - LP 3 - Side B 

23.     Innuendo  

24.     It's A Hard Life  

25.     Breakthru  

26.     Who Wants To Live Forever 

Greatest Hits II - LP 4 - Side A 

27.     Headlong  

28.     The Miracle  

29.     I'm Going Slightly Mad  

30.     The Invisible Man  

Greatest Hits II - LP 4 - Side B 

31.     Hammer To Fall  

32.     Friends Will Be Friends  

33.     The Show Must Go On  

34.     One Vision  

Greatest Hits III - LP 5 - Side A 

35.     Queen + Elton John - The Show Must Go On (Live, Theatre National de Chaillot, Paris, 1997)  

36.     Queen + David Bowie - Under Pressure (Rah Mix)  

37.     Freddie Mercury - Barcelona (Single Version)  

38.     Queen - Too Much Love Will Kill You 

Greatest Hits III - LP 5 - Side B 

39.     George Michael + Queen - Somebody To Love (Live, The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness, Wembley, April 1992)  

40.     Queen - You Don't Fool Me  

41.     Queen - Heaven For Everyone  

42.     Queen - Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love) 

Greatest Hits III - LP 6 - Side A 

43.     Brian May - Driven By You  

44.     Freddie Mercury - Living On My Own  

45.     Queen - Let Me Live  

46.     Freddie Mercury - The Great Pretender  

47.     Queen - Princes Of The Universe 

Greatest Hits III - LP 6 - Side B 

48.     Queen + Wyclef Jean - Another One Bites The Dust (Remix)  

49.     Queen - No One But You (Only The Good Die Young)  

50.     Queen - These Are The Days Of Our Lives  

51.     Queen - Thank God It's Christmas 

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