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Singles Collection Vol. 2

Singles Collection Vol. 2

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Volume 2 The second volume of Queen’s impressive Singles Collection CD series was released by EMI/Parlophone on June 15 2009. This second box set covers the subsequent period of mid 1979 to 1984 with 13 singles drawn from the albums Live Killers (1979), The Game (1980), Flash Gordon (1980), Hot Space (1982) and The Works (1984). This collection highlights one of the most adventurous periods in Queen’s history which saw the band constantly reaching out into new territory, both as studio musicians and live performers. Considering the band was seldom away from touring it is remarkable they were able to achieve such an output of new recorded work. In the five year period these singles cover the band toured Europe three times, Japan three times, the USA twice and even managed to break open the Latin America countries with a series of logic and – some would say – sense-defying stadium concerts which Queen would later return to for the 1985 historic Rock in Rio concerts. Recording wise, Queen released their first totally live album, Live Killers, strayed from the rock path to create some classic pop singles – Another One Bites the Dust, Radio Ga Ga and I Want to Break Free, flirted with dance music with Hot Space, made an all-time classic track with David Bowie, and brilliantly crossed the boundary into films soundtracks with the Flash Gordon album, something they would do even more successfully several years on with the Highlander soundtrack, released as the A Kind of Magic album. Kicking off with Queen’s first ever live single, Love Of My Life (from the first live album Live Killers), this much loved Freddie Mercury composition is a significant departure from the original studio version recorded for A Night At The Opera four years earlier. Although not a big hit in the UK or Europe, it was a huge number 1 in the South American territories, and so features in this set, in a recreation of the rarely seen Japanese sleeve. Another Freddie song, and yet another musical departure – this time a rockabilly foray – Crazy Little Thing Called Love would become the band’s first number 1 single in the USA. It reached the same position in several other territories too, as would the album on which it later appeared, The Game (1980). The ballad Save Me, Play The Game, with its non-album Roger Taylor B-side A Human Body (this boxed set being its CD debut), and the next American number 1, Another One Bites The Dust, continued a string of singles from the band’s most successful album up to that point, and got the 80s off to a promising start. Queen’s first venture into film, with the soundtrack to Flash Gordon produced Flash, a specially mixed version for the single and contained here, and known in some parts of the world as Flash’s Theme (AKA Flash), is presented in another beautiful sleeve produced for the US release. Another first would find the band recording with another musical artist, David Bowie, for the number 1 single Under Pressure in 1981, a true collaboration emerging from a studio jam session in Montreux. This single also featured a little known non-album B-side, in Soul Brother (written and performed by Queen). Freddie’s funky Body Language and Brian's South American tour inspired Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love) were the next singles, followed by Roger’s first ever ‘A’ side single Calling All Girls – from the Hot Space album. Released only in America, Australasia and Canada, it would make the top 40 in the latter country only. John Deacon’s Back Chat, released in the summer of 1982, was the very first Queen remixed single, and here too makes it's CD debut. Queen took the following year off in terms of single releases, and touring, but 1984 began with the band back on top form with Radio Ga Ga reaching number 1 in 19 countries and giving Roger his first international hit. A heavy rock number from Brian, I Go Crazy, was the B-side, and yet another track not featured on an album, in this case The Works. Another single remix was created for the massive international hit I Want To Break Free, and came in four different picture sleeves for the 7” in the UK. For this set we selected the European sleeve. And so the mighty Queen machine rolled on, with this second set of singles providing another truly grandiose and varied musical journey in the band’s singles history.

Did You Know?

1.Included their first live single Love Of My Life 2. Three non album tracks featured A Human Body. Soul Brother and I Go Crazy 3. Includes Queens first single to use a synthesiser Play The Game 4. The UKS biggest selling single of the 80s I Want To Break Free is in the collection 5. The USAs 3rd biggest selling single ever Another One Bites The Dust is on offer

Track Listing

Lyrics

1. Love of My Life (Live)

Oooh, oooh, yeah Love of my life you've hurt me You've broken my heart and now you leave me Love of my life can't you see Bring it back, bring it back Don't take it away from me Because you don't know what it means to me. "Beautiful !" Love of my life don't leave me You've stolen my love and now desert me Love of my life can't you see Bring it back, bring it back Don't take it away from me Because you don't know what it means to me You will remember when this is blown over And everything's all by the way When I grow older I will be there at your side to remind you How I still love you I still love you Hurry back, hurry back Don't take it away from me Because you don't know what it means to me Love of my life, love of my life Ooh, yeah eah eah

1. Flash Theme

Flash, a ah saviour of the universe Flash, a ah he'll save everyone of us Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Flash, a ah he's a miracle Flash, a ah king of the impossible He's for everyone of us, stand for everyone of us He'll save with a mighty hand - Every man every woman every child with a mighty flash Flash, a ah Flash, a ah he'll save everyone of us Just a man, with a man's courage He knows nothing but a man, but he can never fail No one but the pure in heart may find the golden grail Oh oh oh oh Flash

1. Under Pressure (With David Bowie)

Pressure pushing down on me, pressing down on you, no man ask for Under pressure, that burns 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 okay 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 mm hm, da da da ba ba, okay 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' Pray tomorrow gets me higher high 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 Insanity laughs under pressure we're cracking 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 edge of the night And loves 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

1. Back Chat (single remix)

Back chat, back chat - you burn all my energy Back chat, back chat - criticising all you see Back chat, back chat - analysing what I say Back chat, ha, back chat - and you always get your way Oh yeah see what you've done to me Back chat, back chat - you're driving me insane It's a battle to the end - knock you down, you come again Talk back, ha talk back, you've got me on the rack Twisting every word I say, wind me up and get your way Fat chance I have of making no romance If I'm ever going to win, I'll have to get the last word in Take it from there Ooh, twisting every word I say, ha, wind me up and let me play Back chat, oh yeah, back chat - You burn all my energy Back chat, ha, back chat - criticising all you see back chat, hey, back chat - analysing what I say back chat, yeah, back chat - and you always get your way Love, ooh get down too it, c'mon now Wake up, stand up and drag yourself on out Get down, get ready, scream and shout Back off me, be cool and learn to change your ways Cos you're talking in your sleep and you're walking in a daze Don't push your luck baby, I'm ready to attack Cos when I'm trying to talk to you all you do is just talk back You stand so tall, you don't frighten me at all Don't talk back, don't talk back, don't talk back Just leave me alone, ha Ha back chat, back chat - you burn all my energy back chat, hah back chat - criticising all you see back chat, back chat - analysing what I say back chat, back chat - and you always get your way Yes you do, ah yes you do baby C'mon back chat, back chat, back chat, back chat, you know where it's at, c'mon back chat, back chat, hit me, Go for it go for it go for it - baby (back chat, back chat) Ha back chat, back chat, you been giving me the run around?, yes I have, criticising me?, oh yeah, lying to me, back chat back talk back slash, well baby yeah merci beaucoup thank you, let's go let's get on down, get on down, get on down

2. Now I'm Here (Live)

Here I stand (here I stand) Look around around around around around But you won't see me (but you won't see me) Now I'm here (now I'm here), now I'm there (now I'm there) I'm just a - just a new man Yes you made me live again, hey A baby I was when you took my hand The light of the night burned bright The people all stared, didn't understand But you new my name on sight Ooh whatever came of you and me America's new bride to be Don't worry baby I'm safe and sound Down in the dungeon just peaches'n'me Don't I love you so Yes you made me live again, let's go let's go Yeah, ooh, a thin moon beam in a smoke screen sky Beams of your lovelight chase Don't move, don't speak, don't feel no pain The rain running down my face Your matches still light up the sky Many a tear lives on in my eye Down in the city just hoople'n'me Rockin go johnny go - yeah Whatever comes of you and me I love to leave my memory with you Now I'm here, I think I'll stay around around around Wooah oah, down in the city justa you'n'me You and me, only you and me, hey

2. Let Me Entertain You (Live)

Hey it's a sell out hey Let me welcome you ladies and gentlemen I would like to say hello Are you ready for some entertainment, are you ready for a show Gonna rock you gonna roll you, get you dancing in the aisles Jazz you, razzmatazz you with a little bit of style C'mon let me entertain you, let me entertain you Let me entertain you, let me entertain you I've come here to sell you my body I can show you some good merchandise I'll pull you and I'll pull you, I'll crueladeville you And to thrill you I'll use any device We'll give you crazy performance, we'll give you grounds for divorce we'll give you piece de resistance, and a tour de force - of course We found the right location, got a lot of pretty lights The sound and the amplification - listen Hey if you need a fix, if you want a high, Stickells'll see to that With Elektra and EMI we'll show you where it's at So c'mon let me entertain you, let me entertain you Let me entertain you, let me entertain you Just take a look at the menu, we give you rock a la carte We'll breakfast at Tiffany's, we'll sing to you in Japanese We're only here to entertain you If you want to see some action, you get nothing but the best The S and M attraction, we've got the pleasure chest Chicago down to New Orleans, we get you on the line If you dig the New York scene we'll have a son of a bitch of a time C'mon, let me entertain, let me entertain Let me entertain you tonight Hey where's my backstage pass Hey that Brian May he's outta sight man Hey that was a bit of alright wasn't it Outrageous costumes Not many, not many And I always wanted to be in opera Oh man I could give you lessons if you like

2. A Human Body

Oh they were talking in whispers, in bear skins and fur Captain Scott and his heroes to be To have laboured so long, to have made it this far Ooh it's been such a long ride Ooh you know it's been a long way For a human, human, human, for a human body, you see Can you believe it happens now, it happens here Do you believe, do you believe, or really care Can you believe it happens now, it happens here To a human, human, with a human body, you see There ain't nobody gets out of this moonlight Today is surprisingly fair, oh oh oh oh woo woo We've got problems the Lone Ranger can't fix The invisible man couldn't see It takes a tough guy to learn some new tricks Ooh it takes such a long time Ooh you know it's been such a long way For a human, human, human, for a human body, you see Can you believe it happens now, it happens here Do you believe, do you believe, or really care Can you believe it happens now, it happens here To a human, human, to a human body, you see You know it's been such a long while It's been such a long while, takes such a long time It takes such a long time, it's been such a long way Been such a long way, it's been such a long while Been such a long while Yah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah It's gonna be a long ride

2. Soul Brother

One two three, one two three God bless my soul, here he comes now The man with the most, how does he do it Sure he's got style, he's so heavy, he's a trip He can do anything, anything, anything He's my soul brother He's by best friend, he's my champion And he will rock you rock you rock you Coz he's the saviour of the universe He can make you keep yourself alive Make you keep yourself alive Ooh brother - coz he's somebody somebody you can love He's my soul brother When you're under pressure, feeling under pressure Yeah pressure, yeah pressure, he won't let you down When you're under pressure, ooh feeling under pressure Yeah pressure, so he won't let you down My brother won't let you down He won't he won't he won't let you down He can do anything, anything, anything He's my soul brother Yea ah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah Ooh soul brother anything (soul brother) Anything (soul brother) anything (soul brother) He's my soul brother brother brother brother brother (Soul brother) anything (soul brother) anything (soul brother) Anything, he's my soul, soul brother He can do anything, he can do anything Coz he, he's my soul brother

2. Life is Real

Guilt stains on my pillow, blood on my terraces Torsos in my closet, shadows from my past Life is real, life is real, life is real - so real Sleeping is my leisure, waking up in a minefield Dream is just a pleasure dome, love is a roulette wheel Life is real, life is real, life is real, oh yeah Success is my breathing space, I brought it on myself I will price it, I will cash it, I can take it or leave it Loneliness is my hiding place, breast feeding myself What more can I say I have swallowed the bitter pill, I can taste it, I can taste it Life is real, life is real, life is real Music will be my mistress, loving like a whore Lennon is a genius, living in every pore Life is real, life is real, life is real - so real Life is cruel, life is a bitch, life is real - so real Life is real, life is real, yeah, life is real

2. I Go Crazy

Yeah yeah ha ha - let's go, let's go, let's go Yeah, I took my baby dancing to see a heavy band I never saw the men that do the encore She had the singer by the hand I didn't wanna cry coz I had to be cool I didn't wanna tell you that you're much too cool Did you have to run off with my stubborn fool All I gotta do is think about you Ev'ry night and day I go crazy All I gotta do is get my hands on you Gotta stay away from me baby Hey, I wouldn't mind the postman, if the neighbours didn't know Or the gas man, electric man, the man who fixed the car I'd have to let it go But you had to bring me down for a rock'n'roll clone Leave me like a sucker standing all alone You just had to run off with that rolling stone Go ahead fool All I gotta do is think about you Ev'ry night and day I go crazy All I gotta do is get my hands on you You gotta stay away from me baby So I ain't gonna go see no Rolling Stones no more, no more I don't wanna go to see Queeeeen no more, no more I ain't gonna go see them Rolling Stones no more, no more I don't wanna go and see Queeeeen no more, no more, no more I don't wanna hurt you, but you been a hurting me But you know that I'll be watching Rolling on the floor, next time you're on the T.V. Had enough of your pretending that you know where it's at Come on to all the boys like a real small brat You think I'd nearly let you get away with all that No way babe All I gotta do is think about you Ev'ry night and day - I go crazy crazy All I gotta do is get my hands on you Betta stay away from me baby Got to stay away from me baby, crazy crazy crazy baby yeah crazy crazy crazy crazy yeah crazy crazy crazy crazy yeah crazy crazy

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