HR-61265-2 Greatest Hits
Previously released material
Released on September 15, 1992
US CHART POSITION #11 . . . 7X PLATINUM (12/9/02)
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O n a given day, I’ll pay fifteen dollars just to hear “Killer Queen,” which is how I acquired this disc. A small price to pay to glimpse Heaven for three minutes, I reckon. But before I give this Greatest Hits my benediction, know that I consider this nothing more than superfluous product. The band’s original Greatest Hits, released in 1981, is still the one to own. This doesn’t even include “Bohemian Rhapsody,” featured on what appears to be the companion to this disc, Classic Queen. Hollywood Records has not proven to be a responsible caretaker of Queen’s legacy, remixing classic Queen tracks in their expanded reissues and repackaging their hits in endless permutations (Queen Rocks, Jewels, Greatest Hits volumes 1-3). I don’t expect most people care how many versions of Queen’s Greatest Hits populate the universe, but it doesn’t make for a tidy universe to have several doppelgangers (Elektra, Capitol, Hollywood) claiming the same crown. So we’ll cede Elektra the victory and call this version a clever ape. It includes the must-have selections: “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions,” “Somebody to Love,” “Another One Bites The Dust.” But it also short-changes their best album, A Night at the Opera, in favor of The Game while finding space for obscure tracks like “Seven Seas of Rhye” and “Now I’m Here.” As I said, lousy caretakers who could learn a thing or two about pruning. You might think that a small sin, but I’ll tell you it’s one capable of crumbling an empire. When the whole world figures out that the going rate for three minutes of Heaven is ninety-nine cents, fifteen dollars for seventeen hit-or-miss selections won’t seem like such a good deal anymore. I’m sure Hollywood had their reason not to include “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Today, I can think of fourteen reasons why they should have.

HR-61265-2 gatefold sleeve
HR-61265-2 gatefold sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. WE WILL ROCK YOU    (Brian May)    2:01
  2. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS    (Freddie Mercury)    3:00
  3. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST    (John Deacon)    3:32
  4. KILLER QUEEN    (Freddie Mercury)    2:59
  5. SOMEBODY TO LOVE    (Freddie Mercury)    4:53
  6. FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS    (Brian May)    3:02
  7. BICYCLE RACE    (Freddie Mercury)    2:59
  8. YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND    (John Deacon)    2:50
  9. CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE    (Freddie Mercury)    2:41
  10. NOW I'M HERE    (Brian May)    4:12
  11. PLAY THE GAME    (Freddie Mercury)    3:31
  12. SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE    (Freddie Mercury)    2:47
  13. BODY LANGUAGE    (Freddie Mercury)    4:29
  14. SAVE ME    (Brian May)    3:48
  15. DON'T STOP ME NOW    (Freddie Mercury)    3:29
  16. GOOD OLD FASHIONED LOVER BOY    (Freddie Mercury)    2:53
  17. I WANT TO BREAK FREE    (John Deacon)    4:18

CREDITS

Richard Gray -- sleeve design
Jim Jenkins, Jacky Gunn -- sleeve notes

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