Vol. 3-Greatest Hits CD (1999)

Artist: Queen

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Label Uni/hollywood
SKU 60366196
UPC 720616225023
UPC 14 00720616225023
Format CD
Release Date 11/9/1999
Author Queen
Associated Artist/Work Dragon Attack
Associated Artist/Work Edison Male Quartet
Associated Artist/Work Karaoke
Associated Artist/Work London Symphony Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Miami Project
Associated Artist/Work Michael, George
Associated Artist/Work Orchestra Regina
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Palmer, David
Associated Artist/Work Rodgers, Paul
Associated Artist/Work Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work von Lichten, Helmut
Technical Info
Engineer Colin Peter; David Richards; Serge Ramaekers; Justin Shirley-Smith
Producer Colin Peter; David Richards; Serge Ramaekers; George Michael; Mike Moran; Queen
CatalogID 162250
Lable Name Hollywood
Released 11/09/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 73m : 41s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00720616225023
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Remixers: Justin Shirley-Smith; Wyclef Jean.
Liner Note Authors: Neal Preston; Andy Davis .
Photographers: Peter Hince; Suzi Gibbons; Richard Gray ; Simon Fowler .
The history of Queen's Greatest Hits albums is impossibly convoluted. The first album with that title was released in 1981, and it was an excellent collection, but it was deleted in America by the end of the '80s. When Hollywood acquired the rights to the Queen catalog in 1991, it didn't reissue the original Greatest Hits album. Instead, it released Classic Queen, a bastardized version of the British compilation Greatest Hits, Vol. 2; it included "Bohemian Rhapsody" along with a couple other tracks from Greatest Hits. Classic Queen was essentially a quick cash-in to capitalize on the band's exposure in the hit film Wayne's World, and it served its purpose well. However, since it was pieced together with elements of the first two greatest-hits albums, Hollywood couldn't reissue either one. So, that year they put out their own Greatest Hits, which had the same skeleton as the British Greatest Hits, minus selections that were on Classic Queen, plus a handful of other tracks. To further complicate matters, Hollywood issued Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 in 1995, and this two-disc set contained the original British collections, which Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 functions as a sequel to. But Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 isn't a hits collection, it's a hodgepodge of rarities. The only real hit here is George Michael's live duet with Queen on "Somebody to Love." The rest are remixes, solo cuts, and tracks completed after Freddie Mercury's death. It's nice to get some of these items on one disc, but such a collection could barely be called "hits." It wouldn't be a problem if it was billed as such, but it's a sporadic collection of loose ends, a few of which are pretty good, most of which are unnecessary. If casual fans are expecting a true Greatest Hits, Vol. 3, they will be sorely disappointed.
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (12/99, p.104) - "...vocal magic here comes from a certain Mercurial talent, and George Michael....packing real poignancy...[it] reminds us that Freddie's tongue was still in his cheek right 'til the end..."
Disc 1
1 Show Must Go On, The - (with Elton John)
2 Under Pressure - (rah mix, with David Bowie)
3 Barcelona - (with Freddie Mercury/Montserrat Caballe)
4 Too Much Love Will Kill You
5 Somebody To Love - (with George Michael)
6 You Don't Fool Me
7 Heaven For Everyone
8 Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love)
9 Driven By You - (with Brian May)
10 Living On My Own - (with Freddie Mercury)
11 Let Me Live
12 Great Pretender, The - (with Freddie Mercury)
13 Princes Of The Universe
14 Another One Bites The Dust - (with Wyclef Jean/Pras Michel/Free)
15 No-One But You (only The Good Die Young)
16 These Are The Days Of Our Lives
17 Thank God It's Christmas - (bonus track)

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