62526-2 Return of the Champions
Mix produced by Joshua J. Macrae and Justin Shirley-Smith
Released on September 19, 2005
UK CHART POSITION #12 . . . US CHART POSITION #84
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K ronomyth 24.0: RETURN OF THE KA-CHINGPIONS. Queen + Paul Rodgers? Bad Queen, bad. Actually, they should have called this Queen – John Deacon + Paul Rodgers and maybe tossed in a parenthetical statement for the session players like (1 guy we’ve known for while + 2 guys we’ll probably never see again). As some kind of unholy barter, Rodgers is allowed to sing four Bad Company/Free songs: Wishing Well, Feel Like Makin’ Love, Can’t Get Enough and All Right Now. In exchange, he dutifully belts his way through a dozen Queen songs and does a decent job on the ones where it doesn’t really matter: Tie Your Mother Down, I Want To Break Free, Hammer To Fall. On the ones where it would have mattered (Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions), Rodgers comes up short. IMHLMAO, the highlight of the show is when Rodgers steps away from the microphone and both Taylor and May step in: Say It’s Not True, ’39 and Love of My Life (Taylor later does an awesome job on I’m In Love With My Car). It’s the connection between May, Taylor and the audience that makes this a welcome return. No one was expecting Rodgers to come with them, let alone bring the ghost of BadCo along as a warm-up entr’acte, but at least they didn’t try to perform a medley of Feel Like Gettin' Down And Makin’ Love. In fairness, Rodgers’ voice sounds as good as ever, it was just never a good fit for Queen. The fact remains that Freddie was irreplaceable and no one could have reasonably conceived of Paul Rodgers as a replacement, so the decision here is more about keeping the catalog alive (and, yes, making money) than re-creating the classic Queen experience. If you’re in a nostalgic mood, I’d recommend Queen On Fire or Queen Rock Montreal. [Note: the Japanese DVD version includes a live version of John Lennon's "Imagine" from Hyde Park.]

TRACK LISTING

    Disc One
  1. REACHING OUT
  2. TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN
  3. I WANT TO BREAK FREE
  4. FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS
  5. WISHING WELL
  6. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
  7. CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE
  8. SAY IT'S NOT TRUE
  9. '39
  10. LOVE OF MY LIFE
  11. HAMMER TO FALL
  12. FEEL LIKE MAKIN' LOVE
  13. LET THERE BE DRUMS
  14. I'M IN LOVE WITH MY CAR
  15. GUITAR SOLO
  16. LAST HORIZON

    Disc Two
  17. THESE ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES
  18. RADIO GAGA
  19. CAN'T GET ENOUGH
  20. A KIND OF MAGIC
  21. I WANT IT ALL
  22. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
  23. THE SHOW MUST GO ON
  24. ALL RIGHT NOW
  25. WE WILL ROCK YOU
  26. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
  27. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

    Bonus DVD
  28. REACH OUT/TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN
  29. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

CREDITS

SPIKE EDNEY -- keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
BRIAN MAY -- guitars, vocals
DANNY MIRANDA -- bass guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
JAMIE MOSES -- guitars, backing vocals
PAUL RODGERS -- vocals, guitars
ROGER TAYLOR -- drums, vocals

return to QUEEN discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/TAI 2005 EMI 3LP/2CD 336979-1/2  
UK 2005 EMI DVD 336985-9  
US September 19, 2005 Hollywood 2CD 62526-2  
US 2005 Hollywood 2CD+DVD 62548-2 w. bonus 2-track DVD
JPN 2005 EMI DVDX TOBW-3266 w. bonus track
KOR 2005 EMI 2CD EKPD-1216  
POL 2009 EMI 2CDZ 755244/5 repackaged individually as Volume 1/2

 

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