Sunday, September 1, 2019

RECORD REVIEW FLASHBACK: Queen "News of the World" (40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set)

News of the World
40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set
Hollywood Records

A popular Internet entertainment
news site I wrote for extensively
over the last couple of years
ceased operations recently. As
a result, in the next few weeks,
I'll be re-posting some of the best
features and reviews I contributed
to that magazine. Here's one of
'em — from the fall of 2017.

It was 40 years ago this fall season when the legendary British band, Queen, dropped a landmark record. In those days, the rock LP format was truly special  honest and pure works presenting listeners with significant, relevant and deeply personal social and artistic statements. Along with other timeless collections of the day, including Dark Side of the Moon, Rumours, Hotel California, Destroyer, Physical Graffiti and others, News of the World hit hard and fast  like a super-sweet punch to the rib cage. Featuring the iconic double-sided hit single “We Will Rock You” / “We Are The Champions,” as well as the much-loved accompanying tracks “Sheer Heart Attack,” “Spread Your Wings” and “Get Down, Make Love,” Queen’s sixth studio effort is considered by many to represent the creative apex of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.

To commemorate the record’s 40th anniversary, Hollywood Records has just re-released this multi platinum masterpiece in a mind-boggling deluxe edition. The exhaustive set contains three-CDs, including the 2011 Rob Ludwig remaster, rough and raw outtakes and a host of live bonus tracks. The impressive presentation also boasts the original 12” vinyl picture disc, an exclusive 60-minute documentary DVD, a 60-page hardcover book, and loads of collectible posters, stickers and more. An amazing package, to be sure  one that’s certain to satisfy and delight the most fervent Queen fans. (

-Christopher Long



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