Queen’s ‘The Platinum Collection’ Vinyl Box Set To Be Released For The First Time
Released on vinyl for the first time, Queen’s compilation The Platinum Collection, featuring all three of their Greatest Hits albums, showcases their unparalleled track record of chart-topping, award-winning and record-breaking classic rock and pop.
With four songwriters in the band – Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon – Queen has created a glorious legacy of all-time anthems that still resonate through the ages. For past and future fans, they will rock you!
True to its name, The Platinum Collection is certified 5x Multi-Platinum in the US and was recently certified by UK music industry organization BPI as having achieved 8x Platinum, representing sales of 2.4 million achieved since its re-release in June 2011. as part of Queen’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
On June 17, the limited edition 6LP color vinyl set will be released in a case with new artwork. Each piece of vinyl will be a different color and will come in its own individually designed sleeve. The set also comes with an exclusive 24-page 12″ photo booklet.
QUEEN Greatest Hits, first released in 1981, is certified 9x Platinum in the US and is the best-selling album of all time in the UK, having sold over 6.8 million copies, with worldwide sales exceeding 25 million. Spanning Queen’s triumphant first act, from 1974 to 1980, Greatest Hits features some of the world’s most beloved rock standards, including the stadium-sized symphonic hit parade.
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” recently inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry as a song of cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance worthy of forever preservation, and the awe-inspiring “We Are The Champions,” which was named the most catchy song of all time by a team of scientists in 2011.
But this album also dazzles with its stylistic range of promiscuity, from the driving crowd “We Will Rock You”, the tongue-in-cheek “Fat Bottom Girls”, the stomp-stomp-stomp disco of the late 70s inspired “Another One Bites the Dust,” to the retro-rock homage to the finger-snapping jukebox “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and the soaring, passionate, evangelical Aretha-isms of “Somebody To Love.”
QUEEN Greatest Hits II, originally released shortly before Freddie Mercury’s death in 1991, has sold over 19 million copies worldwide. This spans 1981 to 1991, the period following Queen’s abandonment of their famous no-synthesizer rule, taking them to new heights of creativity.
Opening up their guitar-heavy sound to embrace funk, disco and electronica has yielded rich accolades, transforming these former ’70s glam rockers into a bright, clean-lined and thoroughly contemporary supergroup. Rebooted and rewired, Queen produced some of its most immortal hits during this imperial phase of the 80s.
Built around an improvised studio jam, their infectious collaboration with David Bowie “Under Pressure” became a global hit. Retro-futuristic epic “Radio Gaga” and romantic humor “I Want To Break Free” showcase their precocious mastery of synthesizers, while “Hammer To Fall”‘s brawny riffs and jumping grand piano acrobatics octave shift of “It’s a Hard Life” is a vintage queen that’s both sonic and lyrical.
Officially the UK’s tenth best-selling album of all time, Greatest Hits II also features the tender sentiments of ‘Friends Will Be Friends’, the synth-rock fanfares of ‘One Vision’ and the heroically defiant swan song. “The Show Must Go On”, featuring Freddie in his final days still playing shamelessly at the gallery.
QUEEN Greatest Hits II, rarely available on vinyl, features their songs from The Last Days, the band members’ solo hits and the band’s collaborations with other artists including Elton John, Montserrat Caballé, George Michael and Wyclef Jean.
Unaffected by time or fashion, the Platinum collection is a reminder that Queen has always been colorful, always dynamic, always aflame with passion and pride.
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