|Q65 - Afghanistan (Negram Years 1970-1971)|
(Pseudonym CDP-1002-DD Hol-92 225:-)
The regrouped Q 65 shows far less immersion in (and devotion to) traditional blues, and they generally play a lot louder. On about half of this album, it's as though they'd stopped listening to Howlin' Wolf and, instead, started absorbing Led Zeppelin, while other songs show off some psychedelic flourishes. This CD compiles the contents of the original Afghanistan album with material off of its follow-up, We're gonna Make It, along with a previously unissued, live, 14-minute rock & roll medley. The previously available live version of "On the Highway" is among the best cuts here, and accounts for half the value of this disc.
|Queen - A Day at the Races|
(EMI TOCP-67345 Jap-04 175:-)
A DAY AT THE RACES appeared almost exactly one year later after 1975's hugely successful A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, proving to be a more-than-deserving follow-up and nearly duplicating its predecessor's success. Queen was now a master of the recording studio, utilizing every piece of technology to its fullest, which helped push such demanding tracks as "Somebody to Love" over the top. But Queen certainly wasn't just about studio tricks; the band had the strong tunes to back up its rich sound. Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve
|Queen - A Kind of Magic|
(EMI TOCP-67352 Jap-04 175:-)
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). Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve
|Queen - Box of Tricks|
(Parlophone CDQTEL-0001 UK-92 400:-)
Limited Edition Box Set including exclusive 53 minute PAL video Live At The Rainbow 1974 in embossed slipcase, 12-track CD featuring previously unreleased on CD 12" Remixes, red and gold enamel badge, sew on patch, 32-page photo book, large black cotton T-shirt with gold coloured band logo on left breast & a 27" x 37" full colour poster showing the sleeve artwork from every single in a embossed linen effect burgundy & gold box.
Due to the fragility of the construction, the lid has been slighly damaged. The contents are complete and in Excellent condition. A nice copy of this rare box set at a great price.
|Queen - In Nuce|
(Milestone CD-1001 Ita-95 200:-)
Unofficial realease with Smile and Larry Lurex material.
|Queen - News of the World|
(Universal UICY-75045/6 Jap-11 250:-)
If A Day at the Races was a sleek, streamlined album, its 1977 successor was its polar opposite, an explosion of styles that didn't seem to hold to any particular center. It's front-loaded with two of Queen's biggest anthems -- the stomping, stadium-filling chant "We Will Rock You" and its triumphant companion, "We Are the Champions" -- which are quickly followed by the ferocious "Sheer Heart Attack," a frenzied rocker that hits harder than anything on the album that shares its name (a remarkable achievement in itself). Also includes a bonus EP of unreleased and live takes. SHM-CD Standard Jewel Case.
|Queen - The Game|
(EMI TOCP-65110 Jap-98 175:-)
Queen had long been one of the biggest bands in the world by 1980's The Game, but this album was the first time they made a glossy, unabashed pop album, one that was designed to sound exactly like its time. They might be posed in leather jackets on the cover, but they hardly sound tough or menacing — they rarely rock, at least not in the gonzo fashion that's long been their trademark. Gone are the bombastic orchestras of guitars and with them the charging, relentless rhythms that kept Queen grounded even at their grandest moments. Now, when they rock, they'll haul out a clever rockabilly pastiche, as they do on the tremendous "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," a sly revival of old-time rock & roll that never sounds moldy, thanks in large part to Freddie Mercury's panache. Japanese 25th Anniversary 11-track CD album, housed in original artwork card picture sleeve, with fold-out lyric sheet and obi-strip!
|Queen - The Miracle|
(EMI TOCP-67353 Jap-04 175:-)
Following their massive 1986 European stadium tour for the A Kind of Magic album, Queen took an extended break. Rumors swirled about an impending breakup, but it turned out the break was brought on by a painful marital divorce for guitarist Brian May (who subsequently battled depression and contemplated suicide), and Freddie Mercury being diagnosed with AIDS. Instead of sinking further into misery, the band regrouped, worked on each other's mental state, and recorded one of their most inspired albums, 1989's The Miracle. Japanese limited edition 13-track digitally remastered CD album, presented in mini-LP style sleeve with inner sleeve and obi-strip + fold-out lyric insert!
|Queensrÿche - Operation: LIVEcrime|
(EMI E2-97048 US-91 225:-)
On their early 1990s tour for their hit album Empire, Queensryche performed its 1988 predecessor, Operation: Mindcrime, in its entirety. Years later, Mindcrime is still regarded as a masterpiece, as is this live counterpart. Each song stands on its own, yet collectively contribute to a powerful statement. In the live setting, Queensryche's aggressive edge comes forward flawlessly. Vocalist Geoff Tate is commanding and emotional, while Michael Wilton and Chris DeGarmo's guitar work is immaculate. Bassist Eddie Jackson and especially drummer Scott Rockenfield add progressive, unconventional rhythms. Operation: Livecrime was originally released as this limited-edition box set with a CD and video and quickly became a collector's piece.