Queen + Greatest Hits III is in the shops now! It claims to "Complete the Trilogy" and contains solo hits by Brian and Freddie, along with collaborations with Elton John, David Bowie, Montserrat Caballe, Wyclef Jean and George Michael.
The tracklisting is reasonable, but there are very few "big name" hits meaning that this is unlikely to appeal to the passing fan, yet it also is not appealing to the hardcore fan who has all the albums! Just who this album is targeted at is a bit of a mystery. One gem on the album, however, is the remixed Under Pressure featuring unreleased vocals and new guitar and drumwork by Brian and Roger. It's released as a single on December 6th so let's hope it charts high!
To date, the GH+ III album peaked at number 4 in the UK album charts. Not bad considering it has had very little airplay and promotion has been next to nothing. Perhaps the Queen + idea is a forerunner to a future album which will have new songs written by Queen, and performed with guest vocalists. We'll wait and see!
Here are some choice lines from Queen's back catalogue...
"Too much love will kill you"
"Minor contentment wears a smile"
"I don't want to make no waves But you can give me all the love that I crave I can't take it if you see me cry I long for peace before I die"
"And bad mistakes, I've made a few I've had my share of sand kicked in my face but I've pulled through"
"In this world of cool deception Just your smile can smooth my ride These troubled days of cruel rejection You come to me, sooth my troubled mind"
"Lift your face the Western way, Build your muscles as your body decays"
"If there's a God or any kind of justice under the sky If there's a point, if there's a reason to live or die If there's an answer to the questions we feel bound to ask Show yourself, destroy our fears, release your mask"
"My body's aching but I can't sleep My dreams are the all the company I keep"
"Our lives dictated by tradition, superstition, false religion"
"My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies A fairytale of yesterday that grows but never dies"
"It's the terror of knowing what this world is about"
"I'm a man of the world and they say that I'm strong But my heart is heavy and my hope is gone"
"It's dog eat dog in this rat race"
"I'm taking my ride with destiny, willing to play my part Living with painful memories, loving with all my heart"
"I feel like no-one ever told the truth to me About growing up and what a struggle it would be"
"In the land where horses fly with eagle wings And honey bees have lost their stings There's singing forever"