Queen
Absolute Greatest


2.5
average

Review

by David James Young USER (181 Reviews)
November 25th, 2009 | 64 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just in time for Christmas - every Queen song you already own.

Really?

REALLY?

ANOTHER Queen greatest hits compilation?

No…really?

Never mind that we already have Greatest Hits, Greatest Hits II, Greatest Hits III, Classic Queen…what is Queen: Absolute Greatest going to prove? What purpose is it going to serve? Apparently, the premise of the CD is to glean twenty of the band’s biggest hits and have them on one CD. So can we then perceive the purchase of such a compilation as a convenience more than anything? Wrong again. Anyone who’s even a passing fan of Queen’s will not only have heard these songs countless times before, but will most likely have them all on their iTunes list. Basically, Queen: Absolute Greatest has a lot to answer for – though, any questions you may have for it will simply be answered by “IT’S ALL THE HITS ON ONE CD! GET IT NOWWWWW!”.

So the band’s seventh(!) hits compilation kicks off with "We Will Rock You" and finishes with "Bohemian Rhapsody". Ho hum. Maybe if there was anything new here, it could entice buyers further…actually, scratch that; we all know what happened with Queen + Paul Rodgers and The Cosmos Sucks…sorry, Rocks. Apparently, each track has been remastered especially for the compilation. Great – but who is going to notice this aside from your audiophiles and obsessive collectors? A little tidy-up here and there isn’t going to make the bassline from “Another One Bites The Dust” any more badass, or the backing vocals on “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” any more deliciously camp, or make Brian May’s guitar work anymore blister-inducingly awesome. These songs were fine the way they were – y’know, on every single other compilation.

Of course we’re still dealing with some of the greatest songs of all time by a band many deem timeless. “We Will Rock You” will still send any football crowd crazy, “You’re My Best Friend” is still a heart-warming pop number and songs like “We Are The Champions”, “Under Pressure” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” bring people together in en-masse singalong no matter where they are played. Queen: Absolute Greatest isn’t going to change these facts. So ignore the codswallop scheme of “all the hits on ONE CD!”. Forget about the remastering. Hell, even eliminate the fact that you can’t have have “Queen” and “Absolute Greatest” in the title and NOT have “Tie Your Mother Down” and “Flash Gordon” in there (how are “These Are The Days of Our Lives” and “Heaven For Everyone” bigger hits than them?). Just throw on your favourite Queen record (or even any one of the OTHER hits releases) and leave this album to sink to the bottom of the bargain bin where it deserves. After all, “no time for losers…”.



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AtavanHalen
November 25th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dedicated to kingsoby who taught me the wonders of the midget review.

Blah blah neg the shit out of me etc

hydeyomoney
November 25th 2009


934 Comments


lol agreed tired as fuck of these compilations but love Queen.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2009


31218 Comments


Shouldn't gblackman have reviewed this?

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

AtavanHalen
November 25th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh my CHRIST Deviant you were around for that?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2009


31218 Comments


Nope, someone commented on one of the old ones which bought it up into recent posts, guy's legendary

Pos for ya review though

dylantheairplane
November 25th 2009


2170 Comments


100% agreement

AtavanHalen
November 25th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Fanks DeviantArt

Fanks dyl

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2009


31218 Comments


On a side note this album needs Innuendo

Douchebag
November 25th 2009


3624 Comments


Very true. I'll stick with the Queen Greatest Hits I own.

ninjuice
November 25th 2009


6760 Comments


Unnecessary without a doubt, but shouldn't an album be judged on the songs?
People made a huge fuss over U218 but the music is still awesome.

AtavanHalen
November 25th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

An album should. A compilation, on the other hand...

Waior
November 25th 2009


11452 Comments


Rush keeps doing this too. Ugh.

Also, why the Powerpoint '97 album cover?

Ponton
Emeritus
November 25th 2009


5793 Comments


I like this review, and I definitely agree.

Jim
November 25th 2009


5110 Comments


david did you change your rating i swear it said three stars on the front page before.

good review though you cad.

Gyromania
November 26th 2009


15791 Comments


your summary is god damn hilarious, and a good review to match. pos

Digging: Lantlos - .neon

Ire
November 26th 2009


41787 Comments


Review made me lol. I pos'd

Rev
November 26th 2009


9431 Comments


No "Bicycle Race" + no "Flash" = not worth getting

pos'd

Douchebag
November 26th 2009


3624 Comments


"No "Bicycle Race" + no "Flash" = not worth getting"

whoa! I totally forgot Bicycle Race! it's easily one of my favourites.

Piglet
November 26th 2009


4654 Comments


isnt queen qwe's favourite band?

taylormemer
November 26th 2009


4917 Comments


Not really that midget.



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