Queen: Greatest Video Hits, Vol. 1

Queen: Greatest Video Hits, Vol. 1

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Combing the semi-operatic vocals of Freddie Mercury with the distinctive guitar heroics of Brian May and the powerful rhythms of Roger Taylor and John Deacon, Queen was one of the most popular and acclaimed British rock bands of the '70s and '80s, displaying a keen sense for the importance of the video medium, years before the emergence of MTV. Queen: Greatest

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Combing the semi-operatic vocals of Freddie Mercury with the distinctive guitar heroics of Brian May and the powerful rhythms of Roger Taylor and John Deacon, Queen was one of the most popular and acclaimed British rock bands of the '70s and '80s, displaying a keen sense for the importance of the video medium, years before the emergence of MTV. Queen: Greatest Video Hits, Vol. 1 features 22 performances from the group, with the audio overhauled and remixed for surround stereo playback. Songs include "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are the Champions," "Another One Bites the Dust," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "You're My Best Friend," "Tie Your Mother Down," and more.

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With a provocative blend of glam rock, campy theatrics, and a grandiose vision, Queen was among the biggest bands of the '70s. Lead singer Freddy Mercury's soaring vocals and flamboyant stage antics made Queen a compelling live act, and the band's dedication to perfection (the quartet's 1975 album, "Night at the Opera," was rumored to be the most expensive rock record ever produced up to that time) made them a mainstay on the pop charts until Mercury's death in 1991. Queen: Greatest Hits compiles such megahits as "Another One Bites the Dust," "We Are the Champions," and "We Will Rock You," and includes song-by-song commentary by band members and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Bohemian Rhapsody," the group's six-minute pseudo-symphonic masterwork. Tracks are as follows:
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Another One Bites the Dust
  • Killer Queen
  • Fat Bottomed Girls
  • Bicycle Race
  • You're My Best Friend
  • Don't Stop Me Now
  • Save Me
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Somebody to Love
  • Spread Your Wings
  • Play the Game
  • Flash
  • Tie Your Mother Down
  • We Will Rock You
  • We Are the Champions
  • Now I'm Here
  • Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
  • Keep Yourself Alive
  • Liar
  • Love of My Life
  • We Will Rock You (Live version)
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    This expansive video compendium collects all the videos from Queen's first era of hitmaking and makes an impressive case for their skills at putting on a first-class rock & roll show. Like most early videos, the promotional clips presented on Queen's Greatest Video Hits, Vol. 1 consist primarily of band performances. This could have made for a dull experience but these clips remain pretty engaging throughout thanks to an effective combination of skillful staging and flamboyant showmanship: the now-infamous clip for "Bohemian Rhapsody" uses machine-gun editing and vintage video effects to bring its accappella theatrics to life in a stirring fashion and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" uses The Wild One-inspired black leather and cool posturing to enhance the song's rockabilly-styled sense of cool. There are also a few clips that add some variations to this performance-clip format: "Save Me" incorporates some artful rotoscoped animation to enhance its emotional punch and the randy "Bicycle Race" intercuts an energetic band performance with eye-popping shots of an all-female nude cycle tournament. Regardless of each video's individual style, the band's personality and love of performing shines through in each clip; Freddie Mercury, in particular, makes a stunning impression with his combination of cat-like prowling and regal gestures. In short, Queen's Greatest Video Hits, Vol. 1 is a video hits collection that is truly engaging to both the eye and the ear.

    Product Details

    Release Date:
    09/25/2012
    UPC:
    0801213056590
    Original Release:
    2002
    Source:
    Eagle Rock Ent
    Sales rank:
    24,250

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