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Queen Rocks

Album Details

QUEEN ROCKS By Gary Taylor Queen Rocks was released internationally on 3rd November 1997, and for the first time compiles 18 single and album tracks together from the bands 27 year career. The album entered the UK charts at No.7 on 9th November and then fell to No.10 the following week, but reaching No.1 in all the national rock charts. Released on CD, cassette and a double heavy vinyl LP set with a gatefold cover and inner sleeves, the cover artwork was by Damien Rochford and shows (another) Queen crest, this time exploding, and visually summing up the whole feel of the album. A couple of weeks after the album had reached gold award status, a new cover was issued for all formats featuring a picture of just the phoenix flying away from the flames. The album would reach platinum award status in the UK before the album was eventually withdrawn from catalogue, and going top 20 in other European territories. A specially made TV advert was filmed to promote the album on TV, and many radio and TV appearances by Brian and Roger were given in the UK and all across Europe. The Rocks album was promoted as 'The Ultimate Rock Album From The Masters Of Rock', and features the first new song in six years without Freddie or a guest singer. No One But You (Only The Good Die Young), a ballad, was written by Brian for his forthcoming solo album as a tribute to Freddie and to all those that had died too soon, but felt that it deserved the Queen treatment. Roger also agreed it was an important song and must be done as Queen, and with John on board it is the first and only recording to be released after Freddie's death with just the three remaining members of Queen on a track. Brian: "This was so personal and so raw when we were listening to it, we almost thought, we'd rather not put it out, lets put it away it's a bit too kind of, it moves you a bit too much at this point. But there is a joy in it, I will say that, I think the song has a great optimism and a joy, I hope so anyway to people." Starting off with We Will Rock You, Tie Your Mother Down, the single version of I Want It All and the only Mercury composition on the album, Seven Seas Of Rhye, the album rocks out from beginning to end, making this the first album to completely make sole use of the band's hard rock catalogue. Brian: "Well I think Queen always did rock and hopefully always will, but this is something different, I mean this is the first Queen album ever where you get solid rock from beginning to end I guess, we always had light and shade on the old Queen albums, very deliberately the albums were meant to be something which were balanced and you could enjoy as a complete whole. This one is meant to just kick all the way through and I think it really does." A new version of I Can't Live With You, which was going to be the first single, is included and different to the original on the Innuendo album. It is also different to the Brian Malouf remix that was issued as a USA promo single at the time of that album. The band found an unused studio take they had not used, and so reworked it with new drums and guitar from both Brian and Roger. Brian: "I Can't Live With You was a track which started off in the studio with the three of us playing it, and there were problems in getting it to work because it was half way between a sort of funk thing and a rock thing, and somehow although the live stuff sounded heavier it didn't have the feel...the bounce that it needed. We did it with mostly programmed drums and a lot of keyboards and stuff and it was built very much as a pop record. Roger never forgave me, because it didn't end up with having him on it, so I don't blame him really. So when he suggested that we redo it I sort of understood where he was coming from and I also thought it was a good idea because now you have technology much more than you had in those days, so we were able to take the original drum track and work on it on the computer and just get rid of all those things where we disagreed about what the timings were. Having done that it all sounds glittering and wonderful so I was moved to play new guitar to it, so it's now much heavier thing all round. All that's left of the original really is the vocal and even that we did a little work on, and just odd little bits." Hammer To Fall, Stone Cold Crazy, Now I'm Here, the Jazz album version of Fat Bottomed Girls, Keep Yourself Alive, Tear It Up, the A Kind Of Magic album version of One Vision, Roger's Sheer Heart Attack and I'm In Love With My Car, Put Out The Fire, Headlong and It's Late complete a very enjoyable and momentous album of the heavier side of Queen. Obviously all fans have there own ideas of what should of been on this album, maybe less singles tracks, but overall it's a great compilation especially for the first time buyers to Queen's repertoire. Brian: "Suddenly to have something out there with Queen on it is a thrill, it's nice, and I'm glad that people are still interested enough to warrant it happening." Producers: Various inc Queen, Mike Stone, David Richards, Roy Thomas Baker, Justin Shirley Smith, Joshua J Macrae, Mack, John Anthony Recording Studio: Various Artwork Concept: Queen and Richard Gray Award Status: Gold (UK)

Did You Know?

1. Queen Rocks is the first complete rockin' and rollin' compilation by the band. 2. No One But You (Only The Good Die Young) is a ballad…on an album called Queen Rocks… 3. When released the album also came as a limited edition double album. 4. The first cover featured a re-adaptation of the famous 'Crest' exploding and the second cover featured just "the phoenix" rising out of the ashes. 5. Queen Rocks was the band's 21st album release and contained a staggering 10 singles that span the career of Queen.

Track Listing

Lyrics

1. We Will Rock You

Buddy you're a boy make a big noise playin' in the street Gonna be a big man some day You got mud on your face, you big disgrace Kickin' your can all over the place Singing we will we will rock you We will we will rock you Buddy you're a young man hard man shouting in the street Gonna take on the world some day You got blood on your face, you big disgrace Waving your banner all over the place We will we will rock you, sing it We will we will rock you Buddy you're an old man poor man pleadin' with your eyes Gonna make you some peace some day You got mud on your face, big disgrace Somebody betta put you back in your place We will we will rock you, sing it We will we will rock you, everybody We will we will rock you We will we will rock you - alright

3. I Want It All

Adventure seeker on an empty street Just an alley creeper, light on his feet A young fighter screaming, with no time for doubt With the pain and anger can't see a way out It ain't much I'm asking, I heard him say Gotta find me a future move out of my way I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now Listen all you people, come gather round I gotta get me a game plan, gotta shake you to the ground But just give me, huh, what I know is mine People do you hear me, just gimme the sign It ain't much I'm asking, if you want the truth Here's to the future for the dreams of youth I want it all (give it all I want it all) I want it all (yeah) I want it all and I want it now I want it all (yes I want it all) I want it all hey I want it all and I want it now I'm a man with a one track mind So much to do in one lifetime (people do you hear me) Not a man for compromise and where's and why's and living lies So I'm living it all (yes I'm living it all) And I'm giving it all (and I'm giving it all) Oooh oh yeah yeah ha ha ha ha ha - yeah yeah yeah yeaaah I want it all It ain't much I'm asking, if you want the truth Here's to the future, hear the cry of youth (Hear the cry of youth - hear the cry of youth) I want it all, I want it all, I want it all and I want it now I want it all yeah yeah yeaaaah I want it all, I want it all and I want it now Oh oh oh oh oooh And I want it now I want it, I want it Ooooh - huh !

5. I Can't Live With You

I can't live with you, but I can't live without you I can't let you stay, oh but I can't live if you go away I don't know just how it goes All I know is I can't live with you Yeah, I'm having a hard time I'm walking a fine line between hope and despair You may think that I don't care But I travelled a long road to get a hold of my sorrow I tried to catch a dream, but nothing's what it seems Love is saying baby it's all right When deep inside you're really petrified Lover turns to hater on this escalator I can't live with you, yeah, but I can't live without you I can't breathe if you stay But I can't bear you to go away I don't know what time it is All I know is I can't live with you We're stuck in a bad place, we're trapped in a rat race And we can't escape, maybe there's been some mistake We're trying to make a high score We're walking through a closed door, and nobody's winning We're just sinning against ourselves Hold on baby tell me it's all right Anger's breaking from the hurt inside Passions screaming hotter, doin' what we gotta do yeah I can't live with you, I can't live with you I can't live, I can't live, I can't, I can't live with you But baby I'll never ever leave you I can't live with you, but I can't live without you Coz I'm in love with you, ooh, and everything about you I can't live with you No I just can't live, I just can't live I can't live with you, yeah, and I can't live without you Through the madness, through the tears We've still got each other for a million years Yeah, ooh yeah, yeah, I can't live without you eh yeah I can't live without you, yeah eah yeah, whoa whooooa I can't live without you, I can't live without you I can't live without you, whoa, I can't live without you Baby baby baby - without you - woah woah woah oah yeah I can't live without you

6. Hammer To Fall

Here we stand or here we fall, history won't care at all Make the bed, light the light, lady mercy won't be home tonight Yeah we don't waste no time at all Don't hear the bell but you answer the call It comes to you as to us all, hey We're just waiting for the hammer to fall yeah Oh every night, and every day A little piece of you is falling away But lift your face the western way, baby build your muscles as your body decays Yeah, toe your line and play their game Yeah, let the anaesthetic cover it all Till one day they call your name You know it's time for the hammer to fall yeah Rich or poor or famous for - your truth it's all the same Oh no oh no Oh lock your door but rain is pouring through your window pane Oh no yeah Baby now your struggle's all vain Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh For we who grew up tall and proud In the shadow of the mushroom cloud Convinced our voices can't be heard We just wanna scream it louder and louder and louder What the hell we fighting for Ah, just surrender and it won't hurt at all You just got time to say your prayers Eh, while you're waiting for the hammer to hammer to fall Hey, yes, it's starting to fall eh, hammer, you know Yeah, hammer to fall, wooh, ah, hey, eh woowoo, ha eh hammer Waiting for the hammer to fall baby Yeah yeah while you're waiting for the hammer to fall Give it to me one more time

9. Fat Bottomed Girls

Are you gonna take me home tonight Ah down beside that red firelight Are you gonna let it all hang out Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin' world go round Hey, I was just a skinny lad Never knew no good from bad But I knew life before I left my nursery huh Left alone with big fat fanny She was such a naughty nanny Heap big woman you made a bad boy out of me Hey hey - Wooh I've been singing with my band across the wire across the land I seen every blue eyed floozy on the way, hey But their beauty and their style went kind of smooth after a while Take me to them dirty ladies everytime C'mon, oh won't you take me home tonight Oh down beside your red firelight Oh and you give it all you got Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin' world go round Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin' world go round Hey listen here Now I got mortgages on homes, I got stiffness in ma' bones Ain't no beauty queens in this locality (I tell ya) Oh but I still get my pleasure Still get my greatest treasure Heap big woman you gonna make a big man out of me Now get this Oh (I know) you gonna take me home tonight (please) Oh down beside that red firelight Are you gonna let it all hang out Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin' world go round yeah Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin' world go round Get on your bikes and ride Ooh yeah oh yeah them fat bottomed girls Fat bottomed girls - yeah yeah yeah Alright, ride 'em, c'mon Fat bottomed girls yes yes

11. Tear it Up

Are you ready, well are you ready We gonna tear it up yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah Turn me loose it - yeah yeah yeah yeah - wooh hoo Hey, give me your mind baby give me your body Yeah, give me some time baby - let's have a party It ain't no time for sleepin' baby Soon it's round your street I'm creeping You better be ready We gonna tear it up, stir it up, break it up baby You gotta tear it up, shake it up, make it up as you go along Tear it up, yeah, square it up, yeah, wake it up baby Tear it up, stir it up, stake it out and you can't go wrong Hey listen I love coz you're sweet and I love you coz you're naughty Yeah, I love you for your mind baby - give me your body Mmm, I wanna be a toy at your birthday party Wind me up wind me up wind me up let me go, yeah Tear it up, stir it up, break it up let me go Tear it up, shake it up, make it up as you go along Tear it up, ha ha, turn it up, burn it up hey hey Are you ready (oh yeah) Yeah, baby baby baby are you ready for me - (Oh yeah) I love you baby baby baby are you ready for love - (Oh yeah) Are you ready are you ready are you ready for me Hey (oh yeah) Hey I love you so near, I love you so far I gotta tell you baby you're driving me ga ga Tear 'em up tear it off - yeah let's go Wooh, what are you doin' to me - ha - yeah yeah Oh baby baby baby baby let's tear it up - wooh hoo

13. Sheer Heart Attack

Well you're just 17, all you wanna do is disappear You know what I mean there's a lot of space between your ears The way that you touch don't feel nu-nu-nothin' Hey hey hey hey, it was the D.N.A. Hey hey hey hey, that made me this way Do you know, do you know, do you know, just how I feel Do you know, do you know, do you know, just how I feel Sheer heart attack, sheer heart attack, real cardiac I feel so inar-inar-inar-inar-inar-inar-inar-inar ticulate Gotta feelin', gotta feelin', gotta feelin', like a paralyse It ain't no, it ain't no, it ain't no, it ain't no surprise Turn on the T.V. let it drip right down in your eyes Hey hey hey hey, it was the D.N.A. Hey hey hey hey hey, that made me this way Do you know, do you know, do you know, just how I feel Do you know, do you know, do you know, just how I feel Sheer heart attack, sheer heart attack, real cardiac I feel so inar-inar-inar-inar-inar-inar-inar-inar ticulate Just how I feel - do you know, do you know, do you know Do you know just how I feel Do you know, do you know, do you know, just how I feel Do you know, do you know, do you know, do you know, just how I feel Sheer heart attack, sheer heart attack, real cardiac

15. Put Out The Fire

They called him a hero in the land of the free But he wouldn't shake my hand boy, he disappointed me So I got my handgun, and I blew him away That critter was a bad guy, I had to make him pay You might fear for my reason, I don't care what they say Look out baby it's the season for the mad masquerade Put out the fire, put out the fire, put out the fire Oh you need a bullet like a hole in the head Put out the fire, put out the fire, put out the fire Don't believe what your granddaddy said She was my lover, it was a shame that she died But the constitution's right on my side Cos I caught my lover in my neighbour's bed I got retribution, filled 'em all full of lead I've been told it's the fashion to let me on the streets again It's nothing but a crime of passion, and I'm not to blame Put out the fire, put out the fire, put out the fire You need a weapon like a hole in the head Put out the fire, put out the fire baby, put out the fire And let your sons and your daughters sleep sound in their beds You know a gun never killed nobody, you can ask anyone People get shot by people, people with guns Oh yeah put out the fire - wooh Put out the fire - c'mon You need a gun like a hole in the head Put out the fire wooh Put out the fire Put out the fire yeah eah Just tell me that old fashioned gun law is dead Ha hey take it that far Come on yeah - shoot, shoot Haa - shoot, shoot, shoot

16. Headlong

And you're rushing headlong, you've got a new goal And you're rushing headlong, out of control And you think you're so strong But there ain't no stopping And there's nothin' you can do about it There's nothin' you can do No there's nothin' you can do about it No there's nothin' you can, nothin' you can Nothin' you can do about it And you're rushing headlong, you've got a new goal And you're rushing headlong, out of control And you think you're so strong But there ain't no stopping No there's nothin' you can do about it - yeah Hey, he used to be a man with a stick in his hand Hoop diddy diddy hoop diddy doo She used to be a woman with a hot dog stand Hoop diddy diddy hoop diddy doo Now you've got soup in the laundry bag Now you've got strings, you're gonna lose your rag You're gettin' in a fight Then it ain't so groovy when you're screaming in the night Let me out of this cheap `B' movie Headlong, down the highway And you're rushing headlong, out of control And you think you're so strong But there ain't no stopping And you can't stop rockin' And there's nothin' you can, nothin' you can Nothin' you can do about it When a red hot man meets a white hot lady Hoop diddy diddy hoop diddy doo (ho) Soon the fire starts a raging gets 'em more than half crazy Hoop diddy diddy hoop diddy doo Oh, now they start freaking every way you turn You can't start walking 'cos your feet got burned It ain't no time to figure wrong from right Cause reasons out the window, better hold on tight You're rushing headlong Headlong, out of control, yeah You think you're so strong There ain't no stopping and there's nothin' you, nothin' you Nothin' you can do about it at all Yeah yeah alright go And you're rushing headlong, down the highway And you're rushing headlong, out of control And you think you're so strong But there ain't no stopping There's nothin', nothin', nothin' you can do about it, yeah Oooh oooh ooh ooh ooh Ha ha, headlong, headlong Rushing rushing, rushing rushing Yeah yeah yeah Rushing rushing, rushing rushing Headlong, yeahaw, headlong

17. It's Late

(Scene 1) You say you love me, and I hardly know your name And if I say I love you in the candle light There's no one but myself to blame But there's something inside that's turning my mind away Woh how I could love you, if I could let you stay It's late, and I'm bleeding deep inside It's late, ooh, is it just my sickly pride Too late, even now the feeling seems to steal away So late, though I'm crying I can't help but hear you say It's late, it's late, it's late, but not too late (Scene 2) Mmm, yeah, the way you love me, is the sweetest love around But after all this time, the more I'm trying The more I seem to let you down, yes Now you tell me you're leaving, and I just can't believe it's true Oh, you know that I can love you, though I know I can't be true Oh, you made me love you, don't tell me that we're through It's late, mmm, and it's driving me so mad It's late, yes I know, but don't try and tell me that it's Too late, save our love you can't turn out the light So late, I've been wrong but I'll learn to be right It's late, it's late, it's late, but not too late Mmm, I've been so long - you've been so long We've been so long tryin' to work it out I ain't got long - you ain't got long We've gotta know what this life's all about, ooh Tell me, tryin' to work it out, yeah, ooh Ooh too late, yeah, too late, much too late, aaah (Scene 3) You're staring at me with suspicion in your eye You say what game are you playing, what's this that you're saying I know that I can't reply If I take you tonight, is it making my life a lie Oh you make me wonder, did I live my live right It's late, ooh, but it's time to set me free It's late, ooh, yes I know, but there's no way it has to be Too late, so let the fire take our bodies this night So late, let the waters take our guilt in the tide It's late, it's late, it's late, it's late, it's late It's late it's late, oh, it's all too late

18. No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)

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Queen Rocks

Nathan

The track list for this brilliant rock album is:

01 We Will Rock You
02 Tie Your Mother Down (single version)
03 I Want It All (album version)
04 Seven Seas Of Rhye
05 I Can't Live With You (1997 Rocks Retake)
06 Hammer To Fall (album version)
07 Stone Cold Crazy
08 Now I'm Here
09 Fat Bottomed Girls (album version)
10 Keep Yourself Alive
11 Tear It Up
12 One Vision (album version)
13 Sheer Heart Attack
14 I'm In Love With My Car
15 Put Out The Fire
16 Headlong
17 It's Late
18 No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)

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