michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — QUEEN

In album review on 10/24/2011 at 10:48 am

QUEEN

Queen 40 Collector’s Box Set Volume 2

(Hollywood)

The second wave of Queen reissues includes their most commercially successful albums, as well as a couple of grand messes. The box includes five late-’70s/early-’80s albums, all expanded to two discs with bonus tracks (they’re also available separately). The best records here – 1977’s News of the World and 1980’s The Game – feature some of their biggest hits, including “We Will Rock You” and “Another One Bites The Dust.” The tossed-off Flash Gordon soundtrack and 1982’s jumbled Hot Space are mostly for fans. Extras include everything from live versions to alternate takes to early demos, none of which are essential.

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