Greatest Hits III
Greatest Hits III
By Gary Taylor
The band's third Greatest Hits compilation album was released in the UK on 8 November 1999. This time the project was called Queen +, which meant they could include singles they have shared with other artists, and some of their most successful solo singles.
This idea was not a popular decision with fans, especially as there were some Queen singles left off the first two Greatest Hits albums that could of been used to compensate for any gaps in the track listing from recent years that they had to fill. For unknown reasons the hit single A Winter's Tale was strangely overlooked for this compilation, as was Body Language and Scandal yet again.
The album reached No.5 on the UK album charts going gold and eventually reaching double platinum award status, and was a huge seller elsewhere around the world. The album also reached No 1 in Argentina going double platinum, and hit No.2 in Italy, Austria and Germany and top 10 placings were secured in Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and Norway.
The album cover was designed by Peacock and Queen, with additional design by Richard Gray, and a 'new' crest design by Angela Lumley. Incorporating Brian, Roger and John's faces from The Miracle photo sessions in black and white at the bottom of the cover, and a grey coloured Freddie dominating the space above and looking down at the other members of the band, it made quite a striking image.
The vinyl album was a limited edition numbered double LP set, in a single cover with an outer PVC sleeve, with the crest and titles in Silver printed on the front. The two black, white and silver themed inner sleeves also included track by track liner notes and were also used in the CD versions. There were two CD's released, one limited edition version included a 28 page booklet with a selection of colour photos sent in by fans, who via the official Queen website had to send in their own photos for a competition, with the best chosen and included in the booklet. Unfortunately some official and pro shot photos were included that had been seen before, and a proposed poster of these shots for the LP version was halted. The CD was issued with the band picture and all titles printed on the jewel case and not the booklet cover. The other was a regular CD and issued with a 24 page booklet and all text and the band photo printed on the booklet.
Like the previous Greatest Hits compilations there was an accompanying long form video Greatest Flix III, containing all the promo videos that were contained on this album, but unlike the previous albums there was no Greatest Pix book. Once again, the album's tracklisting was universal containing 17 tracks in all. The album contains most of the hit singles that have been released since the last Greatest Hits II album in 1991.
Although the first two tracks were not released as singles, further confusing the idea of the album, both had been previously unreleased before. The Show Must Go On performed live with Elton John taking on the lead vocal role, was taken from their live performance at the Theatre National De Chaillot in Paris on January 17 1997, while Under Pressure (Rah mix) was a specially remixed version and included fresh recording work by Roger and Brian. Roger has said that he thought the song deserved more time and production spent on it, and so they did. This track was released as the first single to be taken from the album and released as two CD's in the UK on 6 December, with a 7" vinyl picture disc being issued on 13 December.
To confuse matters even more, the original single version of Freddie and Montserrat Caballe's Barcelona is included here, the first of four solo songs on this collection. Having been a hit twice in the UK, the first in 1987 upon it's initial release reaching No 8 in the chart, a second re release hit the No 2 position after Freddie's death in 1992.
Too Much Love Will Kill You was originally recorded by Brian for his first solo album, this Queen version then appeared on Made In Heaven in 1995, and reached No 15 as a single in it's own right in February 1996, with it's composers winning an Ivor Novello award for this poignant Queen power ballad.
Featuring George Michael on lead vocals and backed by the remaining three members of Queen, this version of Somebody To Love was recorded live at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992, and as part of the single Five Live EP, reached No 1 in the UK chart a year later.
Both You Don't Fool Me and Heaven For Everyone were released as singles from the Made In Heaven album, and both hitting the charts in 1996 and 1995 respectively. Roger's Heaven For Everyone was released prior to the album, with this edited single version reaching No 2 in the UK and becoming a top 10 single all over the world.
Having been omitted on Greatest Hits II, and reaching No 17 in the UK charts in 1982, Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love), is finally included here, along with two more solo singles, in Brian's No 6 hit single Driven By You (also winning Brian an Ivor Novello award) and Freddie's Living On My Own. Unfortunately this version is the 'Album mix' from The Freddie Mercury Album and not the 'Radio mix' single that was released in 1993, reaching No 1 in the UK charts, and also giving Freddie a posthumous Ivor Novello award.
Let Me Live is another worthy Queen hit single included here, reaching No 9 in June 1996 and featuring Freddie, Brian and Roger on lead vocals. Freddie's hit twice over in the UK with The Great Pretender is also included, as is the single Princes Of The Universe, a highlight from their A Kind Of Magic album and used as the theme tune to the Highlander film and subsequent TV series. This was only released as a single in 1986 in the USA, Canada, Japan and a No 30 hit in Australia. This would also make a second CD only single from Greatest Hits III in Holland in 2000.
A new cover of Another One Bites The Dust, by rap artist Wyclef Jean and featuring Pras Michel and Free, and retaining the original Queen recording, was released as a single in 1998 to co-incide with the film Small Soldiers.
Written by Brian for possible inclusion on his last solo album, No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young) was given the Queen treatment and used on the Rocks album instead. Released as a single in the UK in January 1998, after it's European release in 1997, it reached No 13 in the charts, and is the first and only post Freddie studio recording to date to feature Queen as a three man line-up.
The smash hit single These Are The Days Of Our Lives, originally from the album Innuendo, and issued as a double A side charity single with Bohemian Rhapsody after Freddie's death in December 1991, is included here and went on to win the band another Ivor Novello award in 1992, as well as winning the 'Best single' award at the 1992 annual Brit Awards. The final song after an 8 second break, Thank God It's Christmas, and the only Christmas single the band released in their career in November 1984, is added here as a bonus track.
Producers: Various inc. Queen, David Bowie, Mack, David Richards, Freddie Mercury, David Richards, Mike Moran, Brian May, Serge Ramaekers, Colin Peter, Carl Ward, Engineers: Various inc. Queen, Joshua J. MacRae, Justin Shirely –Smith, Wyclef Jean, Noel Harris, Heidi Cannavo, Recording Studios: Various inc Live at Theatre National De Chailot, Mountain, Live at Wembley Stadium, Allerton Hill, Mountain Studios, Musicland Studios Artwork Concept: Peacock, Queen and Richard Gray
Did You Know?
1. Greatest hits III was the last Queen album released in the 20th century 2. This was the first Queen album to include solo recordings 3. A limited edition CD release featured ‘unofficial’ fan photographs of the band 4. The album included a new version of “Under Pressure” called the ‘Rah Mix’ which was released as a single. 5. The album achieved its biggest chart position in Austria
Under Pressure (Rah Mix)Second single from the album Greatest Hits III
2. Under Pressure (Rah Mix)
You say New York, New York is dangerous Cause you read that where you may Even a blind man could see that's not so Love love love love love..... Ray People on streets Ha ha haa ey Mm ba ba de Um bum ba de Um bu bu bum da de Why don't we give all that one more chance? Pressure pressure pressure pressure pressure Pressure pressure pressure pressure pressure Ppushing down on me Pressing down on you no man ask for Under pressure that brings a building down Splits a family in two Puts people on streets Um ba ba be Um ba ba be De day da Ee day da - that's o.k. It's the terror of knowing What the world is about Watching some good friends Screaming 'Let me out' Pray tomorrow - gets me higher Pressure on people - people on streets Day day de day day de Day day de day day de Day day de day day de Day day de day day de Day day de day day de O.k. Chippin' around kick my brains around the floor These are the days it never rains but it pours Ee do ba be Ee da ba ba ba Um bo bo Be lap People on streets - ee da de da de People on streets - ee da de da de da de da It's the terror of knowing What this world is about Watching some good friends Screaming 'Let me out' Tomorrow - gets me higher higher high Pressure on people - people on streets Turned away from it all like a blind man Sat on a fence but it don't work Keep coming up with love but it's so slashed and torn Why - why - why? Love love love love love love love Insanity laughs under pressure we're breaking Can't we give ourselves one more chance Why can't we give love that one more chance Why can't we give love give love give love give love give love give love give love give love give love 'Cause love's such an old fashioned word And love dares you to care for The people on the (People on streets) edge of the night And loves (People on streets) dares you to change our way of Caring about ourselves This is our last dance This is our last dance This is ourselves Under pressure Under pressure Pressure
I had this perfect dream Un sueno me envolvio This dream was me and you Tal vez esta aqui I want all the world to see Un instinto me guiaba A miracle sensation My guide and inspiration Now my dream is slowly coming true The wind is a gentle breeze EI me hablo de ti The bells are ringing out EI canto vuela They're calling us together Guiding us forever Wish my dream would never go away Barcelona It was the first time that we met Barcelona How can I forget The moment that you stepped into the room You took my breath away Barcelona La musica vibro Barcelona Yella nos unio And if God is willing We will meet again Someday Let the songs begin Dejalo nacer Let the music play Ahhhhhhh ... Make the voices sing Nace un gran amor Start the celebration Ven a mi And cry Grita Come alive Vive And shake the foundations from the skies Shaking all our lives Barcelona Such a beautiful horizon Barcelona Like a jewel in the sun Por ti sere gaviota de tu bella mar Barcelona Suenan las campanas Barcelona Abre tus puertas al mundo If God is willing If God is willing If God is willing Friends until the end Viva! Barcelona!
8. Las Palabras De Amor
Don't touch me now Don't hold me now Don't break the spell darling, now you are near Look in my eyes And speak to me Those special promises I long to hear Las palabras de amor Let me hear the words of love Despacito mi amor Love me slow and gently One foolish world, so many souls Senselessly hurled through the never ending cold And all for fear, and all for greed Speak any tongue but for God's sake we need Las palabras de amor Let me hear the words of love Despacito mi amor Let me know, this night and evermore This room is bare This night is cold We're far apart and I'm growing old But while we live, we'll meet again So then my love we may whisper once more It's you I adore Las palabras de amor Let me hear the words of love Despacito mi amor Touch me now - oh wooh hoo Las palabras de amor Let us share the words of love For evermore (for evermore) For evermore Wooo
9. Driven By You
Woh - everything I do I do for you Ow Oh yeah We touch and you're afraid of me And we burn and now I'm at your feet High speed, but you know you're in safe hands Ooh, in the dark we make a brighter light From one spark to the horizon wide We trust, and together we tame the land, yeah Oh you'd be forgiven if you think you're dreaming But we're working night and day to make a dream come true, yeah Everything I do is driven by you Oh, come on babe Oh well it's tough to make a journey through The right stuff is dead ahead of you and me And you know we still got time Whoo, hold on tight to the driving wheel This ride is really out of line Raw deal, but there's no other that's worth a dime You know I love you but you drive me crazy 'Cos you're saying all the things I want to say to you (You say) Everything I do is driven by you Everything we do, oh yeah, everything we do Everything we do, everything we do Everything we do is driven by you Inner children lost their way Now they know the price you pay I'm holding on to life with you 'Cos life without you just won't do Driven by you Ahh, you know we're never gonna know who's dreaming But we're working night and day to make the dream come true Yeah everything I do is driven by you Everything we do, everything we do, everything we do Yeah everything we do, everything we do, yeah everything we do Everything we do, everything we do, everything we do.. ... is driven by, driven by, driven by you Yeah Ooooh everything I dooo, I do for you
10. Living On My Own
Dee do dee do day Dee do dee do dee do dee do day oh Sometimes I feel I'm gonna break down and cry, so lonely Nowhere to go, nothing to do with my time I get lonely, so lonely, living on my own. Sometimes I feel I'm always walking too fast, so lonely And everything is coming down on me, down on me, I go crazy Oh so crazy, living on my own. Dee do de de, dee do de de I don't have no time for no monkey business Dee do de de, dee do de de I get so lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, yeah Got to be some good times ahead Sometimes I feel nobody gives me no warning Find my head is always up in the clouds in a dreamworld It's not easy, living on my own, my own, my own Dee do de de (lonely), dee do de de (lonely) I don't have no time for no monkey business Dee do de de, dee do de de I get so lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, yeah Got to be some good times ahead (Ad lib section!) C'mon baby Dee do de de, dee do de de I don't have no time for no monkey business Dee do de de, dee do de de I get so lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, yeah Got to be some good times ahead Yeah baby Di di di di Dibby dibby du-wop du-wop yeah y-y-y-y-y-y-ow-yeah Living on my own, living on my own Living on my own, living on my own, wooh da, day, day, day, day di, di, di, di, di, di, di Be-dop, be-dop, be-dop, be-dop Be-dop, be-dop, be-dop, be-dop Be-dop, be-dop, be-dop, be-dop Woh!
12. The Great Pretender
Oh yes I'm the great pretender (ooh ooh ooh) Pretending I'm doing well (ooh ooh ooh) My need is such I pretend too much I'm lonely but no-one can tell Oh yes I'm the great pretender (ooh ooh ooh) Adrift in a world of my own (ooh ooh ooh) I play the game But to my real shame You've left me to dream all alone Too real is this feeling of make (make believe) believe Too real when I feel what my heart can't conceal Oh oh, yes I'm the great pretender (ooh ooh ooh) Just laughing and gay like a clown (ooh ooh ooh) I seem to be what I'm not you see (ooh you see) I'm wearing my heart like a clown Pretend that you're still around Yeah-eah, wooh hoo Too real (real) when I feel (feel) what my heart can't conceal Oh yes I'm the great pretender Just laughing and gay like a clown (ooh ooh ooh) I seem to be what I'm not you see I'm wearing my heart like a clown Pretend that you're Pretend that you're still around
17. Thank God It’s Christmas
Oh my love we've had Our share of tears Oh my friends we've had Our hopes and fears Oh my friend it's been A long hard year But now it's Christmas Yes it's Christmas Thank God it's Christmas The moon and stars Seem awful cold and bright Let's hope the snow will Make this Christmas right My friend the world will share This special night Because it's Christmas Yes it's Christmas Thank God it's Christmas For one night Thank God it's Christmas Yeah thank God it's Christmas Thank God it's Christmas Can it be Christmas Let it be Christmas every day Oh my love we live In troubled days Oh my friend we have The strangest ways Oh my friends on this One day of days Thank God it's Christmas Yes it's Christmas Thank God it's Christmas For one day Thank God it's Christmas Yes it's Christmas Thank God it's Christmas Wooh yeah Thank God it's Christmas Yeah yeah yeah yes it's Christmas Thank God it's Christmas For one day yeah - Christmas A very merry Christmas to you all