News Of The World CD (1991)

Artist: Queen

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Label Uni/hollywood
SKU 60010949
UPC 720616103727
UPC 14 00720616103727
Format CD
Release Date 3/5/1991
Author Queen
Compilation Appearance Fm
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Compilation Appearance Best Of Bowie (Bonus CD) (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Best Of Bowie
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
Technical Info
Engineer Mike Stone; Mike "Clay" Stone
Producer Mike "Clay" Stone; Queen
CatalogID 61037-2
Lable Name Hollywood
Released 03/05/1991
Original Release 1977
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 39m : 26s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00720616103727
Album Notes and Credits
Queen: Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano); Brian May (guitar, background vocals); John Deacon (bass); Roger Taylor (drums, background vocals).
Personnel: Brian May (vocals, guitar, banjo, keyboards, background vocals); Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano); Roger Taylor (vocals, drums, background vocals); John Deacon (guitar, bass guitar).
Audio Remasterer: Kevin Metcalfe.
If Day at the Races was a sleek, streamlined album, its 1977 successor, News of the World, 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). Three songs, three quick shifts in mood, but that's hardly the end of it. As the News rolls on, you're treated to the arch, campy crooning of "My Melancholy Blues," a shticky blues shuffle in "Sleeping on the Sidewalk," and breezy Latin rhythms on "Who Needs You." Then there's the neo-disco of "Fight from the Inside," which is eclipsed by the mechanical funk of "Get Down, Make Love," a dirty grind that's stripped of sensuality. That cold streak on "Get Down, Make Love" runs through the album as a whole. Despite the explosion of sounds and rhythms, this album doesn't add up to party thanks to that slightly distancing chilly vibe that hangs over the album. Nevertheless, many of these songs work well on their own as entities, so there is plenty to savor here, especially from Brian May. Whether he's doing the strangely subdued eccentric English pop "All Dead, All Dead" or especially the majestic yet nimble rocker "It's Late," he turns in work that gives this album some lightness, which it needs. And that's the reason News of the World was a monster hit despite its coldness -- when it works, it's massive, earth-shaking rock & roll, the sound of a band beginning to revel in its superstardom. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Q (Magazine) (p.119) - "The album contained such anthemic fare as 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are The Champions.'"
Uncut (magazine) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "NEWS OF THE WORLD contains moments of jazzy melancholy..."
Disc 1
1 We Will Rock You
2 We Are The Champions
3 Sheer Heart Attack
4 All Dead, All Dead
5 Spread Your Wings
6 Fight From The Inside
7 Get Down, Make Love
8 Sleeping On The Sidewalk
9 Who Needs You
10 It's Late
11 My Melancholy Blues
12 We Will Rock You - (mix)

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