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Queen Greatest Vol 3

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Queen is one of the most iconic groups of all time. From silly songs to anthems to touching ballads, they've done it all. Still rocking today with singer Adam Lambert filling in for Freddie Mercury, the group has had quite a resurgence in popularity thanks to frequent appearances on shows like American Idol and the use of their timeless songs on other reality singing competitions.

Although Mercury didn't publicly announce his HIV diagnosis until the day before his death, he posthumously inspired Queen and other celebrities to become big supporters of AIDS research fund raising and the gay rights movement. Today, getting wedding invites and hearing about wedding invitations for same-sex couples is not a big deal, but in the heyday of Queen homosexuality could be a potential career-ender and would cause show cancellations at the very least. The stigma associated with HIV and AIDS would have certainly gotten Queen locked out of many venues.

It's a shame that Mercury isn't around to see a time when he and his partner Jim Hutton could have sent out their own wedding invitations, but the love the world had for Freddie Mercury when he was alive and the work Queen has done since his passing shows that Queen is not just a band that had a major impact in the music industry, but one that continues to make an impact on society around the world.

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1. THE SHOW MUST GO ON
QUEEN + ELTON JOHN
(P) 1999 Hollywood Records, Inc.

2. UNDER PRESSURE (Rah mix)**
QUEEN + DAVID BOWIE
(P) 1999 Hollywood Records, Inc. and David Jones / Main Man S.A.

3. BARCELONA
FREDDIE MERCURY + MONTSERRAT CABALLE
(P) 1987 Hollywood Records, Inc.

4. TOO MUCH LOVE WILL KILL YOU****
(P) 1995 Hollywood Records, Inc.

5. SOMEBODY TO LOVE
QUEEN + GEORGE MICHAEL
(P) 1993 Hollywood Records, Inc.

6. YOU DON’T FOOL ME
(P) 1995 Hollywood Records, Inc.

7. HEAVEN FOR EVERYONE***
(P) 1995 Hollywood Records, Inc.

8. LAS PALABRAS DE AMOR

(P) 1982 Hollywood Records, Inc.

9. DRIVEN BY YOU
BRIAN MAY
(P) 1991 Hollywood Records, Inc.

10. LIVING ON MY OWN
FREDDIE MERCURY
(P) 1993 Hollywood Records, Inc.

11. LET ME LIVE
(P) 1995 Hollywood Records, Inc.

12. THE GREAT PRETENDER*
(P) 1987 Hollywood Records, Inc.

13. PRINCES OF THE UNIVERSE

(P) 1986 Hollywood Records, Inc.

14. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

QUEEN + WYCLEF JEAN
(P) 1998 Hollywood Records, Inc.

15. NO-ONE BUT YOU

(P) 1997 Hollywood Records, Inc.

16. THESE ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES

(P) 1991 Hollywood Records, Inc.

17. THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS

(P) 1984 Hollywood Records, Inc.
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This compilation (P) © 2002 Hollywood Records
Published by Queen Music Ltd. / Beechwood Music Corp. obo EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (BMI) except * published by Panther Music Corp. / Peer-Southern Organization (ASCAP)
** Queen Music Ltd. / Beechwood Music Corp. (BMI) / Screen Gems-EMI Music obo EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (BMI)
*** EMI-Virgin Songs, Inc. obo EMI 10 Music Ltd. (BMI)
****EMI Blackwood Music Inc. obo EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (BMI) / Queen Music Ltd. / Beechwood Music Corp. (BMI)
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THE SHOW MUST GO ON
Written by Queen, this version of a hit from Innuendo, previously unreleased, was recorded with Elton John on lead vocals, at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, in Paris. The date was 17th January 1997, and the event was the Gala opening night of Le Presbytère n’a rien perdu de son charme ui le jardin de son éclat, a moving work by French ballet legend Maurice Béjart. The work drew upon AIDS and the early deaths of Freddie and the company’s principal dancer Jorge Donn, as its major source of inspiration. The subsequent film of the ballet by David Mallet entitled ‘Ballet For Life’ won a Montreux Golden Rose in 1998. Queen’s music, along with Mozart, provided the source for the ballet. The band performing live for only the second time since Freddie’s death – closed the show with this high drama version of what has become identified as their tribute to Freddie. Originally a hit in 1991, it has now become a fitting tribute to the unquestionable musical majesty of Queen and Elton John.

(Queen)
Performed by Elton John and Queen
Recorded live at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris by Justin Shirley-Smith

Elton John appears courtesy of Mercury Records

UNDER PRESSURE (Rah mix)
This classic collaboration with David Bowie started life at a jam session at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland. Built around John Deacon’s unforgettable bassline and a wonderful duet between David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, Under Pressure became an instant No. 1 upon its release in 1981. Always a live favorite for Queen, in more recent years David has begun including the song in his set-lists. The version included here features fresh recording work by Brian and Roger and was specially remixed for the GHIII album.

(Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor and David Bowie)
Performed by Queen and David Bowie
Produced by Queen and David Bowie
Remixed by Queen with additional work by Joshua J. Macrae and Justin Shirley-Smith

David Bowie appears courtesy of Virgin Records

BARCELONA

On their first meeting at the Ritz Hotel in Barcelona, Montserrat Caballé asked Freddie to write a song about her home town. The result realized Freddie’s dream of recording with the famous Spanish opera star who he considered to have the most beautiful female voice in the world. A hit single in 1987, it reached No. 8 in the UK, and had a second lease on life five years later when it reached No. 2, after being adopted for the 1992 Olympic Games. Montserrat Caballé performed the song again in the Barcelona Olympic Stadium immediately before Manchester United’s 1999 triumph in the UEFA Champions League – a true European anthem.

(Freddie Mercury, Mike Moran)
Performed by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé
Produced by Freddie Mercury, David Richards and Mike Moran


TOO MUCH LOVE WILL KILL YOU

This starkly moving song, written by Brian May, Frank Musker and Elizabeth Lamers, was premiered by Brian at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992, and was included on Brian’s solo album Back To The Light that same year, reaching No. 5 as a single in Britain. Queen’s own version remained unreleased until 1995, when it appeared on Made In Heaven, and reached No. 15 this time as a Queen single. The song won an Ivor Novello Award for the ‘Best song musically and lyrically’ of 1996.

(Brian May, Frank Musker, Elizabeth Lamers)
Performed by Queen
Produced by Queen and David Richards


SOMEBODY TO LOVE
Featuring George Michael on vocals, this wonderfully exuberant track was recorded live at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium, and featured a gospel choir with very audible support from 72,000 full-throated fans. Probably rightly, it has long been hailed as one of the best performances of the day. Originally issued as a single in 1976, Somebody To Love made its debut on A Day At The Races, and became Queen’s sixth Top 10 hit. Seventeen years later, this tribute version appeared on the Five Live EP, this time reaching No. 1.

(Freddie Mercury)
Performed by George Michael and Queen
Produced by George Michael and Queen
Recorded live at Wembley Stadium by David Richards

George Michael appears courtesy of Epic Records

YOU DON’T FOOL ME

Harking back to the early 80s and their disco-flavored Hot Space album, Queen wrote and recorded You Don’t Fool Me as a latter-day foray into dance music. This was another track the band recorded together as a four-piece with Freddie but didn’t release until1995, when it first appeared on Made In Heaven. The song has the distinction of being one of Queen’s first to be remixed by outside DJs, and upon its release as a 12”, became the rage in clubs across Europe and America and a big hit in its own right.

(Queen)
Performed by Queen
Produced by Queen
Co-produced by David Richards, Justin Shirley-Smith and Joshua J. Macrae


HEAVEN FOR EVERYONE
Originally conceived for Roger Taylor’s solo project, The Cross, Heaven For Everyone remains one of Queen’s most underrated songs. While Roger sang lead on The Cross’s 1987 single version, Freddie performed it as a guest vocalist on the accompanying album, Shove It! Keeping Freddie’s vocal intact, Roger, Brian and John reworked the backing track for Made In Heaven and it reached No. 2 in the UK charts when released in 1995.

(Roger Taylor)
Performed by Queen
Produced by Queen
Co-produced by David Richards, Justin Shirley-Smith and Joshua J. Macrae


LAS PALABRAS DE AMOR

(The Words Of Love)
Partly sung in Spanish and written by Brian May in the wake of Queen’s epic tours of South America, Las Palabras De Amor originally appeared on Hot Space. This beautiful song of love and hope was a hit single in 1982 and has become a great favorite with Queen’s legendary South American fans.

(Brian May)
Performed by Queen
Produced by Queen and Mack


DRIVEN BY YOU
This terse yet emotional rock song and live favorite was written by Brian and, encouraged by Freddie and the band, Brian released it as a single in late 1991. Speeding into the charts, it became one of Britain’s most successful solo singles to date. Featured on his Back To The Light album, it reached No. 6. It was further popularized by its use in a TV ad campaign for Ford Cars, and won Brian an Ivor Novello award.

(Brian May)
Performed by Brian May
Produced by Brian May and David Richards


LIVING ON MY OWN
Originally released by Freddie Mercury in 1985, and included on his Mr. Bad Guy album, Living On My Own was remixed and re-released in 1993 and spent two weeks at No. 1 in the UK charts and won Freddie a posthumous Ivor Novello award. At odds with the lyrical tone of the song, Freddie’s vocal performance is one of pure delight. “Bee-bop-bay-bop” indeed!

(Freddie Mercury)
Performed by Freddie Mercury
Original production by Freddie Mercury and Mack
Rearranged, produced and recorded by Serge Ramaekers, Colin Peter and Carl Ward for ‘No More Brothers’ ® Productions at No More Studio 1, Antwerp, April ‘93
Cutting by Paul Van Der Jonckheid at Foon


LET ME LIVE

Written by Queen, this provided the band with their 4th consecutive chart single from Made In Heaven. Classic Queen rock – big on production and pounding rhythm – the track was however a notable departure from the band’s familiar Freddie Mercury vocal-lead style; here Roger and Brian unusually came to the fore, each carrying a verse of the song before joining forces with Freddie in performing the powerful anthem chorus.

(Queen)
Performed by Queen
Produced and arranged by Queen
Co-produced and engineered by Justin Shirley-Smith and Joshua J. Macrae


THE GREAT PRETENDER
Freddie’s larger-than-life remake of this Platters favorite from 1956 reached No. 4 in the UK charts in 1987. The video for the single, which starred Roger and Freddie dressed, once again, in women’s clothing (remember I Want To Break Free?), also featured the rare sight of Freddie without his trademark mustache.

(Buck Ram)
Performed by Freddie Mercury
Produced by Freddie Mercury, Mike Moran and David Richards


PRINCES OF THE UNIVERSE

A highlight of Queen’s 1986 album, A Kind Of Magic, Princes Of The Universe is also something of an overlooked treasure, since it was only issued as a single in America. This thunderous song was originally written for the Russell Mulcahy film Highlander starring Christopher Lambert. It was accompanied by a memorable video in which a sword-fighting Lambert engages in battle with Freddie, who was armed only with his trusty microphone stand! It has been rediscovered worldwide as a result of the subsequent TV series.

(Freddie Mercury)
Performed by Queen
Produced by Queen and Mack


ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
Queen’s biggest U.S. hit provided them with a four week run at the top of the US charts in October 1980. This John Deacon song has since become one of Queen’s most covered as well as an anthem for sports occasions the world over. This version produced by Wyclef Jean, Pras Michel and Free mixing Queen’s original version with Pras Michel and Free’s rap vocals, was for the 1998 film Small Soldiers. It was a hit all over again for the band, particularly registering high in the dance/R&B charts, bringing Queen’s music to a whole new audience.

(John Deacon)
Performed by Queen with additional vocals by Wyclef Jean featuring Pras Michel / Free
Remixed by Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean appears courtesy of Ruffhouse / Columbia Records
Pras appears courtesy of Ruffhouse / Columbia Records


NO-ONE BUT YOU
(Only The Good Die Young)
Brian May’s emotional ballad was written as a tribute to all those who pass before their time; and was prompted by the tragic early deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and, of course, Freddie Mercury. Released in January 1998 after a campaign by fans, this hit single is the only new, post-Freddie studio recording to date to feature the three-man Queen line-up of Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor.

(Brian May)
Performed by Queen
Produced by Queen
Engineered by Justin Shirley-Smith and Joshua J. Macrae


THESE ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES
These Are The Days Of Our Lives is one of the most beautiful and poignant songs in the Queen catalogue. Its video was the last to be filmed by the group as a four-piece with Freddie, and is especially memorable for its closing moment in which Freddie stops singing, looks down, and utters the words “I still love you”. The track first appeared on Innuendo in 1991 and reached No. 1 as a single later in the year.

(Queen)
Performed by Queen
Produced by Queen and David Richards


THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS

Queen’s only Christmas single, this track spent six weeks in the charts over the Christmas/New Years period 1984/85 A rare songwriting collaboration between Roger Taylor and Brian May, it enjoyed a second lease on life Christmas 1995 coupled with the hit single A Winter’s Tale from Made In Heaven.

(Roger Taylor, Brian May)
Performed by Queen
Produced by Queen and Mack

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Queen are: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.

Management: Jim Beach

Queen website: www.queenonline.com

Publicity: Phil Symes, Cowan Symes Associates, 83 Charlotte Street, London W1P 1LB.

Queen North American Release Info:
www. hollywoodrecords.com/queen

Queen International Fan Club:
The Old Bakehouse, 16a Barnes High Street, London SW13 9LW.

Design: Richard Gray, Peacock and Queen.

Photography: Mick Rock, Simon Fowler, Peter Hince, Richard Gray, Snowdon, Richard Young (Rex Features), Neal Preston, Denis O’Regan

Sleeve notes: Jim Jenkins, Jacky Smith, Andy Davis and Phil Symes.

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© (P) 2002 Hollywood Records, Inc. Manufactured and Marketed by Hollywood Records, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521. All rights reserved. Made in U.S.A.
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