News of the World [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Day at the Races was a sleek, streamlined album, its 1977 successor, News of the World, was its polar opposite, an explosion of styles that didn't seem to hold to any particular center. It's front-loaded with two of Queen's biggest anthems -- the stomping, stadium-filling chant "We Will Rock You" and its triumphant companion, "We Are the Champions" -- which are quickly followed by the ferocious "Sheer Heart Attack," a frenzied rocker that hits harder than anything on the album that shares its name, a remarkable achievement in itself. Three songs, three quick shifts in mood, but that's hardly the end of it. As the News rolls on, you're treated to the arch, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Day at the Races was a sleek, streamlined album, its 1977 successor, News of the World, was its polar opposite, an explosion of styles that didn't seem to hold to any particular center. It's front-loaded with two of Queen's biggest anthems -- the stomping, stadium-filling chant "We Will Rock You" and its triumphant companion, "We Are the Champions" -- which are quickly followed by the ferocious "Sheer Heart Attack," a frenzied rocker that hits harder than anything on the album that shares its name, a remarkable achievement in itself. Three songs, three quick shifts in mood, but that's hardly the end of it. As the News rolls on, you're treated to the arch, campy crooning of "My Melancholy Blues," a shticky blues shuffle in "Sleeping on the Sidewalk," and breezy Latin rhythms on "Who Needs You." Then there's the neo-disco of "Fight from the Inside," which is eclipsed by the mechanical funk of "Get Down, Make Love," a dirty grind that's stripped of sensuality. That cold streak on "Get Down, Make Love" runs through the album as a whole. Despite the explosion of sounds and rhythms, this album doesn't add up to party thanks to that slightly distancing chilly vibe that hangs over the album. Nevertheless, many of these songs work well on their own as entities, so there is plenty to savor here, especially from Brian May. Whether he's doing the strangely subdued eccentric English pop "All Dead, All Dead" or especially the majestic yet nimble rocker "It's Late," he turns in work that gives this album some lightness, which it needs. And that's the reason News of the World was a monster hit despite its coldness -- when it works, it's massive, earth-shaking rock & roll, the sound of a band beginning to revel in its superstardom. [A 1991 re-release added a bonus track: a mix of "We Will Rock You."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/1991
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616103727
  • Catalog Number: 161037
  • Sales rank: 34,228

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Queen Primary Artist
Freddie Mercury Piano, Vocals
Brian May Banjo, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Roger Taylor Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
John Deacon Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Freddie Mercury Composer
Queen Producer
Brian May Composer
Roger Taylor Composer
John Deacon Composer
Mike "Clay" Stone Producer, Engineer
Kevin Metcalfe Remastering
Frank Kelly Freas Artwork
Mike Stone Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    News .... Great for the Queen enthusiast

    Great follow-up to signature album "A Night at the Opera". The album has many great songs and anthems that any lsitener will easily recognise. Queen seems to think making albums is like a "party" ("My Melancholy Blues"). I could listen to this album all day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    As an album coming after classics like Day at the Races, Night at the Opera, etc., New of the World is really bad AOR. However, there are some good singles - many of which are better found on "best of" greatest hits compilations. This album was the start of the decline in Queen's ability to put together awesome album rock classics and revert to a few singles per album from then on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!

    This album is right up there in my top three favorite Queen albums. I love "Sheer Heart Attack" it proves that Queen can perform different genres of rock (before "Another One Bites The Dust"). "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" tells a simple story about "a city boy" who had dreams of fame, they came true, but were then crushed by The Man. I love this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    classic album

    album is not just the classic 'we will rock you' that all sport fans know. it's anera-rockin, foot stompin album, in the lineage of queen previous ones.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Rock Album Of The 70s.

    This is Queen's masterwork. If anyone were to buy one Queen record, this would be it. I bought this album at Montgomery Wards in Eagle Rock, California when I was 13 years old, and I still love it. I never get tired of it. This record, to me, was the defining moment of Rock & Roll in the 70s. There is not a single bad song on it. The artwork by Kelly Freas was superb and the quality of production is unsurpassed to this day. Absolute stand-out track: "It's Late".

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