Queen – Discography (1973-1995) SACD to FLAC 24bit/96kHz | Rock | 05:59:54 | 1973-1995/2011-2012
Queen are a British rock band that formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (lead guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar). Queen’s earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock, into their music.
Before forming Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in Smile. Mercury, then known by his birth name, Farrokh “Freddie” Bulsara, was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques. Mercury joined in 1970, suggested the name “Queen”, and adopted his familiar stage name. Deacon was recruited before the band recorded their eponymous debut album in 1973. Queen first charted in the UK with their second album, Queen II, in 1974, but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack later that year and A Night at the Opera in 1975 which brought them international success. The latter featured “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which stayed at number one in the UK for nine weeks and was influential in helping to popularise the music video.
The band’s 1977 album News of the World contained “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”, which have become anthems at sporting events. By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world. “Another One Bites the Dust” (1980) became their best-selling single, while their 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits is the best-selling album in the UK and is certified eight times platinum in the US. Their performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert has been ranked among the greatest in rock history by various music publications. In 1991, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. May and Taylor have performed under the Queen name with Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert as vocalists on several tours since.
Estimates of their record sales range from 150 million to 300 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Queen received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Queen – Greatest Hits II (1991) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2013 # UIGY-9533] PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 79:52 minutes | Scans included | 2,63 GB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,67 GB based on Digital Remaster 2011
The second volume of Queen’s Greatest Hits appeared a decade after the first; a decade after the group started its slow shift from international superstars toward ruling the world that existed outside of the United States. Apart from “Under Pressure” and “Radio Ga Ga,” all of the 17 singles here did not crack the American Top 40, but they’re well-known throughout the world, particularly the operatic anthems “A Kind of Magic,” “I Want It All,” “I Want to Break Free,” and “Who Wants to Live Forever.” Generally, the songs here favor melodrama to untrammeled rock & roll, which means while there’s nothing here that hits as hard as “Tie Your Mother Down”; there’s also nothing as light on its feet as “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” either. This is not necessarily a bad thing: nobody scaled the dramatic heights like Queen, and this captures their pomp & circumstance at its most polished. (more…)
Digitally remastered edition of the British Pomp Rock band’s 1975 album. A Night At The Opera, named after the Marx Bros film, is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest albums of all time. Exceptional on every level, musically, lyrically and artistically, Queen took the strongest elements of their previous two albums to make the ultimate winning combination. The most expensive album ever recorded at that time, it delivered Rock, Opera, Heavy Metal, romance, ballads, Pop, sci-fi Folk, music hall, Trad Jazz and even the National Anthem. The album contains perhaps the most famous Rock song of all time, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which went on to spend 14 weeks at #1. Queen also recorded the first official Pop promo for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as they were on tour and could not appear on Top of The Pops and this video paved the way for MTV and VH1. (more…)
Released only eight months after Queen’s debut, Queen II consolidated the band’s pioneering sound and continued to build momentum for the group, charting significantly higher than the first album on both sides of the Atlantic. The band even enjoyed its first hit, Seven Seas Of Rhye, a British top 10 single. Thought by many critics to have been highly underrated, Queen II has come to be considered not only one of the group’s most inspired, but a classic of 70s rock included on many “best of” and essential album lists.
“Queen” is the eponymous debut studio album by British rock band Queen, released in July 1973. It was recorded at Trident Studios and De Lane Lea Music Centre, London, with production by Roy Thomas Baker (as Roy Baker), John Anthony and Queen. (more…)
This record-breaking 1981 greatest hits package from Queen has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, ranking it among the most successful albums in music history. It has also become the biggest selling album of all time in the UK with sales exceeding six million copies, now owned by an estimated one in three families. While the song selection varied from country to country upon initial release, this version corresponds to the original 17 track British edition.
Nothing succeeds like excess, at least that’s the case with Queen’s breakthrough 1975 classic, A Night At The Opera. On one level, the title is a reference to the band’s operatic pretensions as evidenced here on the classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It also happens to be the title of a Marx Brothers movie, and the reference isn’t lost on Queen, who seldom scaled the heights of pomprock without a knowing wink.
The album is remembered for its meticulously produced bombast, but the truth is that there’s a wide variety of material here, from the gorgeous piano-based “You’re My Best Friend” and the McCartney-esque “39,” to the music-hall-style “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon” and the pedal-to-the-metal rockers “Death on Two Legs” and “I’m in Love with My Car.” A Night at the Opera is widely considered to be the quintessential Queen album and justifiably so!
Audio is taken from the original master tapes and mastered in 24-bit/96kHz resolution with a choice of three sound formats: PCM, Dolby True HD, or DTS-HD Master Audio. You can finally enjoy the music in the fidelity originally experienced in the studio. (more…)
Queen – 40th Anniversary Royal Orb Limited Edition USB Gift Box (1973-1995) (2011)
Year : 2011 | FLAC | 15 CD | Duration : | SIZE : 7.7 Gb | 24Bit/48KHz Genre :Classic rock, hard rock
Enclosed within this lined gift box you will find a majestic orb emblazoned with a Queen logo and gothic designs. Top crest removes to reveal a USB drive containing ALL Queen studio albums and photo gallery. Inside of the orb lies a pendant necklace resting in a red velvet collector’s bag. Audio content will be provided in 24-bit FLAC (44.1 kHz) and MP3 (320 kbps) formats, fully compatible with PC and Mac.
Queen (1973) Queen II (1974) Sheer Heart Attack (1974) A Night at the Opera (1975) A Day at the Races (1976) News of the World (1977) Jazz (1978) The Game (1980) Flash Gordon (1980) Hot Space (1982) The Works (1984) A Kind of Magic (1986) The Miracle (1989) Innuendo (1991) Made In Heaven (1995) (more…)
Queen – Greatest Hits (1981) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2013 # UIGY-9532] PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 63:18 minutes | Scans included | 2,14 GB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,31 GB based on Digital Remaster 2011
They may not have started out that way, but by 1981 Queen definitely was perceived as a singles act. This record gathers their biggest US/UK hits, 1973-1981, including the collaboration with David Bowie, “Under Pressure,” which was not on the reissue from EMI. Not to be confused with the 1992 Hollywood Records (61625) release also called Greatest Hits. (more…)
Queen – A Kind Of Magic (1986) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9526] PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:25 minutes | Scans included | 1,65 GB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 807 MB based on Digital Remaster 2011
By the release of 1986’s A Kind of Magic, Queen’s stature as a prominent rock band in the U.S. had slipped considerably, while in all other parts of the world (especially Europe), they remained superstar hitmakers. A Kind of Magic was their biggest album yet in England, where it reached number one, remained on the charts for 63 weeks, and spawned several hit singles – the epic title track, the tuneful pop/rocker “Friends Will Be Friends,” and one of their most haunting ballads, “Who Wants to Live Forever” (also included was the Live Aid-inspired hit anthem “One Vision,” which was originally released as a single in 1985). Most of the songs were written for the movie Highlander – “Gimme the Prize (Kurgan’s Theme),” “Princes of the Universe,” the aforementioned “Who Wants to Live Forever,” etc. – but instead of issuing just a movie soundtrack, the band added a few non-movie tracks and made an official Queen release out of it. It may not have been as cohesive as some of their other albums, but A Kind of Magic was their best work in some time. Queen would embark on a sold-out tour of outdoor stadiums in Europe upon the album’s release, which would sadly turn out to be their final tour.