How many bands can honestly say you could have a second Greatest Hits album? Well, Queen actually have got three. This release continues the superb collection of hits that covered 17 spots on the first release with another 17 that blow your mind. It would be near impossible to find anyone who has never heard the music of Freddie Mercury, but I want to show why this is such a great release.
The album begins with ‘A Kind Of Magic’, probably one of their most recognised tunes, the song gets the album off to a thumping start. Music from the Highlander film fits perfectly in this collection, and the addition of ‘Friends Will Be Friends’, ‘One Vision’ and of course ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’. Just from these few tracks, there is a nice variety of rock hits and emotional ballads in this collection. Speaking of hits, this is the album which brought Queen and Bowie together for ‘Under Pressure’. This song does everything for fans of both acts, it truly is a work of art. What about tracks from THE WORKS?
THE WORKS brought the world ‘I Want To Break Free’, still one of the greatest anthems in the world, and introduced us to the brilliance that was ‘Radio Ga Ga’. Appearances from albums including THE MIRACLE and INNUENDO really goes well to show the later work of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor. Though the music of Queen would still come out for many years following Freddie’s death, we got to see more variety and versatility in their work.
Coming out just a matter of weeks before Freddie Mercury passed away, it really is a great piece of work and has got an almost bitter edge to it. Some of the songs such as ‘The Show Must Go On’ and ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’ really do sit with you for a long time after hearing them. Most of the Queen songs were rock classics which gave you so much energy, but these ballads are really the heart of the band! This album has something for all the fans, definitely to be the centre of your album collection!
Final rating: 10/10
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove