Queen
Queen Rocks


3.5
great

Review

by gblackman USER (25 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2008 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What makes this compilation different from others is that it doesn’t necessarily contain the obvious big hits, but some of their best non-single tracks.

In ‘1997,’ two years after the success of “Made in Heaven,” the remaining members of ‘Queen’ ‘Brian May,’ Roger Taylor,’ and ‘John Deacon,’ recorded the song “No one but you (Only the good die young), with both Brian and Roger on vocals. It was written as a kind of double tribute, first obviously to the already departed lead singer ‘Freddie Mercury,’ second to the recently deceased ‘Princess Diana.’

The song itself is a lead on from their UK ‘top 10 hit’ “Let me Live,” but minus the unnecessary choir. It opens with the line:

“A hand above the water,
An angel reaching for the sky,
Is it raining in heaven?
Do you want us to cry?”

Eventually the chorus goes to the crescendo:

“One by one,
Only the good die young,
They’re only flying too close to the sun,
Life goes on without you.”

It is probably going to end up being the last real great Queen Song.

Accompanying the song was the compilation album “Queen Rocks,” which is basically as the title says, a series of hard rocking ‘Queen Tracks.’

What makes this compilation different from others is that it doesn’t necessarily contain the obvious big hits, but some of their best non-single tracks such as “Tie your mother down,” “Stone Cold Crazy,” “I’m in love with my car,” and “It’s Late.”

It also has an added bonus of including the bands first single release “Keep Yourself Alive,” which is also not available of any “Greatest Hits Compilation,” because it was originally a flop upon release.

And even the songs that are on other compilations such as “I want it all,” “Fat bottomed Girls,” “Hammer to Fall,” and “One Vision,” they are still worth a listen, mainly because unlike their single-edit version on the Greatest Hits editions they have been made to album length here, and actually therefore superior.

There is also a newly ‘harder rocking’ version of the song “I can’t live with you,” which was originally released on the ‘1991’ album “Innuendo,” that is surprisingly superior to its original version.

The rest is admittingly a mixed bag.

“We will rock you,” “Seven Seas of Rhye,” “Now I’m Here,” and the pompous “Headlong,” are available on superior compilation albums, whilst “Tear it Up,” and “Put out the fire,” were always average filler at best. It also contains one of the bands worst songs in the form of ‘1977’s’ “Sheer Heart Attack,” from their awful “News of the World” era.
Despite this “Queen Rocks” is still a great release, and is a must for people who already have the first two Greatest Hits compilations and are wanting that little bit more. The album includes some of their best non-single releases.

3.5/5



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marksellsuswallets
October 22nd 2008


4848 Comments


I'm going to 'punch' your 'english' 'teacher' or 'whoever it was' that 'taught' you to 'use' these 'things' in such an 'obnoxious' fashion

fireaboveicebelow
October 22nd 2008


6837 Comments


hahaha yeah you really need to stop using those, any teacher would spit on you by now

btw isn't stone cold crazy a journey cover?This Message Edited On 10.22.08

foreverendeared
October 22nd 2008


14678 Comments


I'm going to 'punch' your 'english' 'teacher' or 'whoever it was' that 'taught' you to 'use' these 'things' in such an 'obnoxious' fashion

i was going to point that out too, but in a much less witty way than you did

freudianslipknot
October 22nd 2008


803 Comments


'neg'

Willie
Moderator
October 22nd 2008


16016 Comments


The thing that worries me more is that there are supposedly two people that think there are enough redeeming factors in this review to actually pos vote.

Digging: Skrew - Universal Immolation

SnackaryBinx
October 22nd 2008


2309 Comments


ie, gblackman's alt accounts

AtavanHalen
October 22nd 2008


17927 Comments


MAN I FKN HATE QUEEN SO MUCH I'M GONNA REVIEW THEIR DISCOGRAPHY
YEAH SEE HOW YOU LIKE THEM APPLES

Slaytan
October 22nd 2008


1186 Comments


The thing that worries me more is that there are supposedly two people that think there are enough redeeming factors in this review to actually pos vote.

This.

Xxplosive
October 22nd 2008


126 Comments


My favorite album by Queen has to be Sheer Heart Attack, not a real big fan of there other stuff thought. Review was ok, needs alot of work though. Maybe you should try reviewing something other than Queen hmm?This Message Edited On 10.22.08

bastard
October 22nd 2008


3435 Comments


ie, SHOOTME's constant trolling of the website


foxed

badtaste
October 22nd 2008


824 Comments


^^What's the story behind that quote?

bastard
October 22nd 2008


3435 Comments


I got bored and I made the choice to mass pos each of his reviews.

badtaste
October 22nd 2008


824 Comments


Oh, how wicked.

marksellsuswallets
October 22nd 2008


4848 Comments


That is just plain...EEEVIL!!!

bastard
October 23rd 2008


3435 Comments


i know, very black metal indeed.

gblackman
October 24th 2008


50 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My favorite album by Queen has to be Sheer Heart Attack, not a real big fan of there other stuff thought.


Sheer Heart attack is good (although it does have its weaknesses) you might also like A night at the opera as it's basically an extension (and a better one).

Review was ok, needs alot of work though. Maybe you should try reviewing something other than Queen hmm?


Yeah I will be doing Michael Jackson very soon.

I'll admit I'm kinda speed writing some (this one was kinda speed written). But I'm starting with MJ's 1972 or 71 (damn can't remember the year) Got to be There.

Yep I'm going in detail again LOL.


I'm going to 'punch' your 'english' 'teacher' or 'whoever it was' that 'taught' you to 'use' these 'things' in such an 'obnoxious' fashion


LOL.

Yeah I did it originally cos people complained that it was hard to read, so I checked out professional reviews and found they "used these for song names" and 'these for people and years.'

I have cut down since though.

I will probably use bold and italic for the MJ reviews,honestly haven't decided yet.






Hewitt
October 24th 2008


371 Comments


Please don't use bold and italic.

THEGAYKLINGON
April 28th 2011


6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great band makes me laugh people post how much they hate the band then continue to troll...

FiveLeavesLeft
July 29th 2014


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, that heavier version of I Can't Live With You is so good



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