QUEEN - "PLATINUM COLLECTION" (Released 17th June 2022)

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£105.99 – 6xLP, Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl Boxset

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!

Living up to its name, The Platinum Collection was recently certified by the UK music industry organisation the BPI as having gone 8 x Platinum, representing sales of 2.4 million achieved since its June 2011 re-release as part of Queen’s 40th-anniversary celebrations.

June 17 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.

‘QUEEN Greatest Hits’, first released in 1981, 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.

‘QUEEN Greatest Hits II’, originally released shortly before Freddie Mercury’s death in 1991, 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. Officially the tenth best-selling album of all time in the UK, Greatest Hits 2 also features the tender sentiments of Friends Will Be Friends, the planet-sized synth-rock fanfares of One Vision, and the heroically defiant swan song The Show Must Go On, featuring Freddie in his last days still playing shamelessly to the gallery.

‘QUEEN 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, Montserrat Caballé, George Michael and Wyclef Jean.

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

Tracklisting:

Greatest Hits – LP 1 – Side A
Bohemian Rhapsody
Another One Bites The Dust
Killer Queen
Fat Bottomed Girls

Greatest Hits – LP 1 – Side B
Bicycle Race
You’re My Best Friend
Don’t Stop Me Now
Save Me

Greatest Hits – LP 2 – Side A
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Somebody To Love
Now I’m Here
Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy

Greatest Hits – LP 2 – Side B
Play The Game
Flash
Seven Seas Of Rhye
We Will Rock You
We Are The Champions

Greatest Hits II – LP 3 – Side A
A Kind Of Magic
Under Pressure (Queen + David Bowie)
Radio Ga Ga
I Want It All
I Want To Break Free

Greatest Hits II – LP 3 – Side B
Innuendo
It’s A Hard Life
Breakthru
Who Wants To Live Forever

Greatest Hits II – LP 4 – Side A
Headlong
The Miracle
I’m Going Slightly Mad
The Invisible Man

Greatest Hits II – LP 4 – Side B
Hammer To Fall
Friends Will Be Friends
The Show Must Go On
One Vision

Greatest Hits III – LP 5 – Side A
Queen + Elton John – The Show Must Go On (Live, Theatre National de Chaillot, Paris, 1997)
Queen + David Bowie – Under Pressure (Rah Mix)
Freddie Mercury + Montserrat Caballé – Barcelona (Single Version)
Queen – Too Much Love Will Kill You

Greatest Hits III – LP 5 – Side B
George Michael + Queen – Somebody To Love (Live, The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness, Wembley, April 1992)
Queen – You Don’t Fool Me
Queen – Heaven For Everyone
Queen – Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love)

Greatest Hits III – LP 6 – Side A
Brian May – Driven By You
Freddie Mercury – Living On My Own
Queen – Let Me Live
Freddie Mercury – The Great Pretender
Queen – Princes Of The Universe

Greatest Hits III – LP 6 – Side B
Queen + Wyclef Jean – Another One Bites The Dust (Remix)
Queen – No One But You (Only The Good Die Young)
Queen – These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Queen – Thank God It’s Christmas

 

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6xLP Boxset