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Released  3 November 1997
Length  70:21
Release date  3 November 1997
Recorded  1972–1997
Artist  Queen
Label  Hollywood Records
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Queen Rocks (1997)  The Crown Jewels (1998)
Genres  Rock music, Hard rock, Heavy metal
Similar  Queen albums, Rock music albums

Queen Rocks is a compilation album by the British rock band Queen, released on 3 November 1997.

Contents

The album is a selection of songs from Queen's heavier side. It also contained one new track, "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)", which is a gentle ballad. This song began life as a track for Brian May's solo album Another World (1998); the remaining members chose to record it as a bookend for their career as Queen. It was the last original studio recording from the 1990s featuring Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon and one of very few Queen recordings without the lead singer Freddie Mercury (other examples being "Good Company" and "Sleeping on the Sidewalk").

The album is unique to the Queen catalogue, as it deliberately does not follow the standard "greatest hits" collection format. Some hits are present ("We Will Rock You", "I Want It All" and "Fat Bottomed Girls"), while other tracks included were never released as singles anywhere ("Put Out the Fire", "Tear It Up" and "Sheer Heart Attack"). The album also contains a remake of "I Can't Live With You", with a much louder and heavier guitar and more aggressive drumming.

Video version

A video version of the album was made. It included slightly different videos for all these songs.

  1. "I Want It All" (The original video, except for the fact that it uses clips from the famous 1986 Wembley concert.)
  2. "We Will Rock You" (Uses clips of Queen singing that at Wembley ‘86, Budapest ‘86, Montreal ‘81, Live Aid ‘85, Japan ‘79, Hammersmith ‘79, Houston ‘77, Buenos Aires ‘81, Rio ‘85, Milton Keynes ‘82, and the original video. Also uses outtakes from the original video.)
  3. "Keep Yourself Alive" (Uses clips from two original 1973 videos, and BBC version with footage from black/white movies.)
  4. "Fat Bottomed Girls" (Lengthened version of original video including never-before-seen footage.)
  5. "Sheer Heart Attack" (Rare video. Video includes clips of Queen performance at the Rainbow ‘74, Hammersmith ‘75, Earl's Court ‘77, Houston ‘77, Hammersmith ‘79, Buenos Aires ‘81, Wembley ‘86, and clips from other Queen videos like Under Pressure and Keep Yourself Alive.)
  6. “I’m in Love with My Car” (Rare video. Video includes clips of Queen performing the song at Hammersmith ’79, along with shots of zooming cars.)
  7. “It's Late” (Rare video. Video includes clips of Queen performance at the Rainbow ‘74, Wembley ‘86, Milton Keynes ‘82, Hammersmith ‘75, Buenos Aires ‘81, Houston ‘77, Earl's Court ‘77, Japan ‘79, Rio ‘85, and clips from other Queen videos like Keep Yourself Alive, Princes of the Universe, Killer Queen, These Are the Days of Our Lives, and The Miracle.)
  8. “Tie Your Mother Down: Through the Years” (Clips from Japan ‘85, Wembley ‘86, Houston ‘77, Hammersmith ‘79, Earl’s Court ‘77, Rio '85, Budapest ‘86, Paris ‘79, Frankfurt '82, Montreal '81, and the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.)
  9. “Seven Seas of Rhye” (Slightly modified 1992 DoRo video with footage from Tokyo '75 and Tokyo '85)
  10. “Put Out the Fire” (Performance at Osaka '82 with clips from old black/white movies.)
  11. “One Vision (extended)” (Original video with some never-before-seen footage.)
  12. “Makings of No-One But You”

Personnel

  • Freddie Mercury - lead and backing vocals, handclaps, footstomps, synthesizer, piano, organ (except on "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)")
  • Brian May - co-lead vocals on "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)", "I Want It All" (bridge), "Fat Bottomed Girls" (chorus), "Keep Yourself Alive" (bridge) and "Put Out The Fire" (falsetto at end of verses), backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, handclaps, footstomps, keyboards, piano, synthesizer, sampler, drum programming
  • Roger Taylor - lead vocals on "I'm In Love With My Car", co-lead vocals on "No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)", "Keep Yourself Alive" (bridge) and Sheer Heart Attack", backing vocals, acoustic and electric drums, percussion, tambourine, cowbell, handclaps, footstomps, rhythm guitar, bass guitar
  • John Deacon - bass guitar, handclaps, footstomps (except on "Sheer Heart Attack")
  • Additional personnel

  • David Richards - keyboards on "I Can't Live With You (1997 Rocks Retake)"
  • Fred Mandel - synthesizer on "Hammer to Fall"
  • Songs

    1We Will Rock You2:02
    2Tie Your Mother Down3:46
    3I Want It All4:33

    References

    Queen Rocks Wikipedia


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