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(New Musical Express)   Queen's 1981 Greatest Hits compilation album has become the first album to sell 6 million units in the UK, which means that one in four households in the country own it   (nme.com) divider line 44
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2014-02-11 07:54:04 PM  
Does this mean that they are the champions?
 
2014-02-11 08:10:55 PM  
That's killer, Queen!
 
2014-02-11 08:13:01 PM  
the number gets even bigger if you include all the non-Queen albums left in a car glove compartment for over a fortnight.

/obscure?
 
2014-02-11 08:21:43 PM  
So, they found themselves Somebody to Love!!!!
 
2014-02-11 08:32:43 PM  
I thought one in ten were into Queens.  Congrats, I guess across the pond they have Mastered the Johnson.

Jokes like that always get me pummeled by soccer hooligans, which gives me ecstasy of the naughtiest kind.  Come quietly dear louts, TO THE FOUNTAIN!

Nobody gets Evelyn Waugh jokes anymore but I do love a good old-fashioned homosexual panic.  Anything that causes Russian despots and the NFL executives to have derp aneurisms has got to have some merit.
 
2014-02-11 09:03:43 PM  

stickmangrit: the number gets even bigger if you include all the non-Queen albums left in a car glove compartment for over a fortnight.

/obscure?


For Fark, hell no.

Came here to post something similar.
 
2014-02-11 09:08:58 PM  

stickmangrit: the number gets even bigger if you include all the non-Queen albums left in a car glove compartment for over a fortnight.

/obscure?


Came here for this, blah blah blah.
 
2014-02-11 09:14:29 PM  

stickmangrit: the number gets even bigger if you include all the non-Queen albums left in a car glove compartment for over a fortnight.

/obscure?


on FARK? Where Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman are both considered at least demi-gods?
 
2014-02-11 09:19:58 PM  
I've seen Benny Hill and Monty Python. I just assumed everybody in the UK had a little queen in their house.
 
2014-02-11 09:31:11 PM  
I wonder how many people purchased the Album at least 4 times?  Once on Vinyl, Once on Cassette, Once on CD, Once on iTunes.
 
2014-02-11 10:26:05 PM  
Queen really is one of the greatest bands ever.  This is not opinion, this is fact.
 
2014-02-11 11:28:55 PM  

Tom_Slick: I wonder how many people purchased the Album at least 4 times?  Once on Vinyl, Once on Cassette, Once on CD, Once on iTunes.


Why would you purchase it on itunes if you had the CD?
 
2014-02-11 11:34:06 PM  

stickmangrit: the number gets even bigger if you include all the non-Queen albums left in a car glove compartment for over a fortnight.

/obscure?


You're thinking of "Best of Queen", not "Queen's Greatest Hits".

/that's okay, 'cause I was thinking the same thing.
 
2014-02-11 11:37:03 PM  
Queen outsells a farking Beatles album.  Faith in humanity restored.

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2014-02-11 11:57:14 PM  

Tom_Slick: I wonder how many people purchased the Album at least 4 times?  Once on Vinyl, Once on Cassette, Once on CD, Once on iTunes.


Pretty much this.
 
2014-02-12 12:04:15 AM  
Now to drunkenly sing Bohemian Rhapsody with the guys in an AMC Pacer.
 
2014-02-12 12:21:57 AM  
1 million of those bought it on vinyl, cassette, and CD, with more than a few 8 tracks thrown in.
 
2014-02-12 12:23:22 AM  
meh.  most over rated band.
 
2014-02-12 12:26:10 AM  

nekom: Queen really is one of the greatest bands ever.  This is not opinion, this is fact.


Brian May ororiginally became an astrophysicist in the vain hope of coming up with a celestial unit of measure that could also be used to quantify the magnitude of Queen's awesomeness
 
2014-02-12 12:29:08 AM  
Never owned that one, I have every album they ever made so there was no point in buying the greatest hits.
 
2014-02-12 12:43:20 AM  

ReapTheChaos: Never owned that one, I have every album they ever made so there was no point in buying the greatest hits.


No Pressure?
 
2014-02-12 12:44:16 AM  
No.  That is not what it means.
 
2014-02-12 12:52:17 AM  

stickmangrit: the number gets even bigger if you include all the non-Queen albums left in a car glove compartment for over a fortnight.

/obscure?


Yup, came for this. Good jorb.
 
2014-02-12 12:54:08 AM  
 
2014-02-12 01:05:46 AM  
How many copies are owned by fat bottomed girls?
 
2014-02-12 01:28:25 AM  

Iggie: stickmangrit: the number gets even bigger if you include all the non-Queen albums left in a car glove compartment for over a fortnight.

/obscure?

You're thinking of "Best of Queen", not "Queen's Greatest Hits".

/that's okay, 'cause I was thinking the same thing.


They're the same album, IIRC.  When they put Best of Queen out in the UK, the American label had no interest in picking it up as the band was dead in the water in the USA.  A few years later, when "Bohemian Rhapsody" was huge again, the American label put out "Classic Queen" which was mostly ballady, later stuff.  Best of Queen became a big import seller, so the US label finally put it out as Queen's Greatest Hits.

The last thing I knew, they were still selling both comps (Classic Queen and Queen's Greatest Hits).

Back in the 1980s, my uncle was the first person I knew with a CD player and he had an import copy of Best of Queen, which I thought was the best thing ever.
 
2014-02-12 01:39:00 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: Iggie: stickmangrit: the number gets even bigger if you include all the non-Queen albums left in a car glove compartment for over a fortnight.

/obscure?

You're thinking of "Best of Queen", not "Queen's Greatest Hits".

/that's okay, 'cause I was thinking the same thing.

They're the same album, IIRC.  When they put Best of Queen out in the UK, the American label had no interest in picking it up as the band was dead in the water in the USA.  A few years later, when "Bohemian Rhapsody" was huge again, the American label put out "Classic Queen" which was mostly ballady, later stuff.  Best of Queen became a big import seller, so the US label finally put it out as Queen's Greatest Hits.

The last thing I knew, they were still selling both comps (Classic Queen and Queen's Greatest Hits).

Back in the 1980s, my uncle was the first person I knew with a CD player and he had an import copy of Best of Queen, which I thought was the best thing ever.


I bet it was a pure analog mixed digital transfer, which probably sounded amazing.

My parents bought a cd player in 84, the cd's back then were still using the analog masters which is why they all sound far superior to their later remastered versions.
 
2014-02-12 03:06:18 AM  

Easy Reader: They were influential.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBW9xxDn0l0


The RIAA is already preparing to sue the kid singing
 
2014-02-12 05:36:56 AM  
My British elementary school friend, who'd emigrated to Canada, back in 1980, would accurately kick a plastic garbage-can to Roger Taylor's drumbeat, to Queen's Another One Bites The Dust, in perfect time, still blows my mind, man.
 
2014-02-12 06:23:25 AM  
If you want the best of Queen, get 'Queen Live Killers', their studio stuff was too sanitized, their live stuff is awesome.
 
2014-02-12 06:39:06 AM  

SickAsAParrot: If you want the best of Queen, get 'Queen Live Killers', their studio stuff was too sanitized, their live stuff is awesome.


Any of their live albums are excellent.  They were two very different bands: one an exceptionally polished studio unit who could craft an album as carefully as Pink Floyd or Steely Dan and the other an absolute monster of a live band.

As the got less good at the one, they got better at the other.  I actually think their best live performances are from 1985 (Live Aid) and 1986.
 
2014-02-12 06:43:17 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: Iggie: stickmangrit: the number gets even bigger if you include all the non-Queen albums left in a car glove compartment for over a fortnight.

/obscure?

You're thinking of "Best of Queen", not "Queen's Greatest Hits".

/that's okay, 'cause I was thinking the same thing.

They're the same album, IIRC.  When they put Best of Queen out in the UK, the American label had no interest in picking it up as the band was dead in the water in the USA.  A few years later, when "Bohemian Rhapsody" was huge again, the American label put out "Classic Queen" which was mostly ballady, later stuff.  Best of Queen became a big import seller, so the US label finally put it out as Queen's Greatest Hits.

The last thing I knew, they were still selling both comps (Classic Queen and Queen's Greatest Hits).

Back in the 1980s, my uncle was the first person I knew with a CD player and he had an import copy of Best of Queen, which I thought was the best thing ever.


In America, Greatest Hits had a pink cover, and contained songs only up through 1984s The Works.

Classic Queen was the same cover art, but with a blue cover, and was heavy on stuff from 1984-1991, with a few older tracks thrown in.

However, I think those were just Hollywood Records splitting up the old UK release into two separate releases and adding extra tracks to make money after they got the rights to the Queen catalog in 1991 and needed a greatest hits compilation quickly to capitalize on Freddie Mercury's death and the Wayne's World buzz.

Neither Greatest Hits or Classic Queen is a direct port over of the UK version, though.
 
2014-02-12 06:56:22 AM  

Propain_az: meh.  most over rated band.


What do The Doors have to do with this?
 
2014-02-12 07:35:56 AM  
Spread Your Wings is my favorite Queen tune


/yes the News of the World album cover creeped me out when I was a little kid too. That Family Guy episode hit close to home
 
2014-02-12 07:38:20 AM  

Onkel Buck: Spread Your Wings is my favorite Queen tune


Oddly enough, I was very familiar with the Blind Guardian cover of that for many years before I heard the original once, late on a Sunday night on the main classic rock station.  Still the only time I've heard the original.
 
2014-02-12 07:48:27 AM  

Easy Reader: They were influential.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBW9xxDn0l0



Another measure of how influential they were:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZkouut-9RQ&feature=kp

Seriously though, Queen are all-time legends, and deservedly so.
 
2014-02-12 08:33:09 AM  

theflatline: Tom_Slick: I wonder how many people purchased the Album at least 4 times?  Once on Vinyl, Once on Cassette, Once on CD, Once on iTunes.

Why would you purchase it on itunes if you had the CD?


Because the CD was scratched from riding around in the car.
 
2014-02-12 08:54:44 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: In America, Greatest Hits had a pink cover, and contained songs only up through 1984s The Works.

Classic Queen was the same cover art, but with a blue cover, and was heavy on stuff from 1984-1991, with a few older tracks thrown in.


Classic Queen was released first in the US. In 1992.  Queen had switched labels and were on Hollywood Records (who got BoRap into Wayne's World).

The story is weirder than I remembered: Classic Queen came about because (per wiki) Hollywood couldn't release the Greatest Hits album (the rebranded version of Best of) in the USA because it had been release here under Elektra Records, who were Queen's American label.  Even though Elektra had the rights to it, it was OOP in 1992.  Hollywood came up with the idea of putting out the later material (Classic Queen) then waiting for the rights to lapse and then releasing Greatest Hits in the States.

If you read through the Wiki page for the album, you'll see that they're playing a little fast and loose with the sales figures as there was never a set track listing for the album and it varies wildly from country to country.  I don't have time to pull it up again right now, but I think there have even been some changes to the UK Best of/Greatest Hits!
 
2014-02-12 09:27:35 AM  

Propain_az: meh.  most over rated band.


hey look, everyone...it's THAT guy!
 
2014-02-12 10:56:16 AM  
It ones of the quintessential albums for Brits to own. It part of the British trifecta along with Abba Gold and any one Wham! album.
 
2014-02-12 11:03:10 AM  

stickmangrit: the number gets even bigger if you include all the non-Queen albums left in a car glove compartment for over a fortnight.

/obscure?


On FARK? Shirley you can't be serious?
 
2014-02-12 12:42:54 PM  
My mom had all of their stuff up to the early 80s on LP, but Greatest Hits was one of the most-played cassettes in the old '81 Malibu Classic.

eil.com

None of the digital versions I've heard sound as good as the cassette or records.
 
2014-02-12 12:57:45 PM  

suicide: Propain_az: meh.  most over rated band.

What do The Doors have to do with this?


Same level of poetry?
 
2014-02-13 06:56:14 AM  

suicide: Propain_az: meh.  most over rated band.

What do The Doors have to do with this?


I thought this was a Springsteen thread?

/anudder Queen fan here
 
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