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  • The Basics

    Freddie Mercury's operatic tenor, Village People mustache, leather pants, bared hairy chest, suspenders, and microphone-as-baton were the focal points of a band buttressed by Afro-haired guitar maven Brian May and the fat-bottomed rhythm section of bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor. Queen's legendary 1985 Live Aid concert performance — as Mercury led the fist-pumping throngs like some crazed cross between a fascist dictator and a police chief — saw them at their peak . . . that is, of course, if you don't count their unfathomable life-after-death career resurgence (see Next Steps).

    $5.16 The Basics
  • Next Steps

    Since Mike Myers and Dana Carvey performed their unforgettable lip-sync of "Bohemian Rhapsody" to their car radio in Wayne's World, Queen's stacked harmonies, funk flavor, and flick-your-cell phone sing-alongs have gone on to influence a lineup of post-modern-day rockers, from the Killers and Green Day to My Chemical Romance and Panic! At the Disco. Lesser-known songs, like "I'm In Love With My Car," perfectly capture the four-piece's campy, irony-laden approach, while "Las Palabras de Amor" merely hints at their worldwide appeal.

    $2.58 Next Steps
  • Deep Cuts

    Steeped in the British music-hall tradition, Queen were capable of poking fun at themselves, whether it was a tongue-in-cheek take on the British national anthem, "God Save the Queen," or the old-fashioned show business values of "Let Me Entertain You." While their baroque approach seems to contradict the streamlined punk-rock that followed, the band was equally adept at the speed-metal blast of "Sheer Heart Attack" and the roots rockabilly of their leering cover of Elvis Presley's "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care."

    $1.29 Deep Cuts
  • Complete Set

    Queen's theatrical approach leaps the stylistic divide between rock and opera, metal and funk, spare rockabilly and over-the-top bombast. "We Are the Champions" has become a staple booming over arena public address systems at sports events, as have "We Will Rock You" and "Another One Bites The Dust." The complex vocal arrangements of "Bohemian Rhapsody" have inspired a new wave of karaoke tributes, just as "Fat Bottomed Girls" pokes fun at sexuality and "Radio Ga Ga" nods to the old-fashioned power of the airwaves. Now name-checked by hip bands as a seminal influence, Queen perfected a wry, English sense of humor and operatic exaggeration that have been embraced by a whole new generation.

    $9.03 Complete Set

Customer Reviews

Always Classic - And this is just a sample

Let me tell you what - I was about 10 when my uncle popped Queen II into the 8 track player, turned the volume up and rolled the windows down and we were off..."Ogre Battle" came blaring through the speakers and I was hooked....possibly one of the top 5 greatest bands of our era. This collection is great but doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of what Freddy and company gave us. Ballads, rockers, folk, jazz and fun - all classics (with perhaps the exception of the Hot Space album....) Anyone who is into classic rock with catchy riffs, great lyrics and a show that wouldn't quit - Queen delivered on all fronts....I highly recommend ANYTHING by Queen.

"you can come along, you can come along, come to Orge battle!!!!"

The Good Stuff

What with all their classical education, it's no wonder Queen is still around today. From the football field anthems to Lady GaGa's name, they are sure to be remembered for a long time. Nuff said.

R.I.P. Freddie Mercury 11/24/91


I wish Freddie Mercury neva died

Freddie Mercury

Queen The Basics
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  • $5.16 The Basics
  • Released: Jun 21, 2011

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