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Singles Collection Vol. 4

Singles Collection Vol. 4

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Singles Collection Vol. 4 The final volume in this retrospective four box set was released by EMI/Parlophone. The closing chapter to the entire history of Queen’s worldwide singles releases, Volume 4 tracks the band’s output through the latter years of 1989 to 1999. Together, the four volume set offers over 100 tracks chronicling Queen’s extraordinary journey through the world-wide singles charts: from the very first single Keep Yourself Alive in 1973, to the very last single in 1999. And what a spectacular journey Queen made: no less that 14 out of the 16 A-sides in this set reached top 10 worldwide. Added extras which are likely to be of particularly special interest are Queen Talks, a collage of interview snippets (randomly strung together for comical affect) from various band interviews, live versions of Stone Cold Crazy recorded in London in 1974, and Rock In Rio Blues, a unique live concert recording from the Rock In Rio festival in Brazil in 1985. Queen began the period by delivering another number 1 album, The Miracle. It gave the band five UK chart singles of which the last to be released, the album title track, which came in November 1989, opens this collection. The ten years covered here, 1989 to 1999, follow an especially eventful and challenging period in the band’s history. The band was already aware of Freddie’s HIV positive diagnosis, and they were all aware that the clock was ticking against them. Yet, in spite of the events surrounding the band - and most would guess as a rearguard action - Queen remarkably found the means to maintain their new found unity - by now all songs were credited to Queen rather than individual writers - and move forward to produce another strong album. By February 1991, under two years after the release of The Miracle, the band delivered their 14th and last true band studio album, Innuendo. The title track became the band’s first number 1 single since Under Pressure a decade earlier, and was a masterwork of grandiose to match Bohemian Rhapsody. Four further singles from the album followed, including the guitar driven Headlong, the deliciously high camp, I’m Going Slightly Mad, and a song that was to become the one most often played in memory to Freddie, The Show Must Go On, a song marked in history as the last released before Freddie’s death. Freddie’s death on November 24, robbed the world of one of its greatest showmen and musical talents, but did not silence his voice. In his final days, Freddie, despite being very ill, had continued writing and recording whenever he could manage to do so. In the following four years after his passing, Brian, John and Roger set about reassembling the material that Freddie had left behind, some of it only fragments of uncompleted songs, but they would also find the painfully telling A Winter’s Tale, the very last song Freddie wrote. A Winter’s Tale was among ten tracks to make up Queen’s last studio based album, Made In Heaven, released in November 1995. Including a handful of live recordings and two hits compilations, it was Queen’s 20th album. The album was launched with the single version of Heaven For Everyone, a song which had first appeared on Roger Taylor’s The Cross Shove It album and to which in 1987 Freddie had contributed the vocal. This reworking of the track gave the band a number 2 single in the UK and a top ten single around the world. The album itself would top the charts across the world becoming one of their biggest selling albums. Freddie’s swansong composition A Winter’s Tale provided a second hit single from the album as a special seasonal Christmas release in December 1995. Brian May's co-written Too Much Love Will Kill You, a song May had originally recorded himself on his 1992 Back To the Light album, and here delivered by Freddie digging deep into his emotions, produced the album’s third top 20 hit, and earned Brian May and his co-writers an Ivor Novello award for both music and lyrics. Another note of interest in this box set is the inclusion of two further double A sided singles (the first was in Box 3): Too Much Love Will Kill You backed with Queen’s reworking of Freddie’s 1985 solo track I Was Born To Love You, which became a band number 1 hit in Japan in 2004, eight years after its original release. The other double A is Let Me Live, with lead vocals shared by Freddie, Brian and Roger, which gave the band a top 10 single in the UK, backed with live versions of We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions from the Live At Wembley '86 album - a hit in Holland in 1992 and released as a single in its own right. Made In Heaven delivered the band five hit singles. The last, released a year after the album, in November 1996, was the album’s most playful track You Don’t Fool Me – a hypnotic dance floor groove which became a massive Euro club hit. The track continues to be one of Queen’s most regularly remixed tracks, even today. The CD single included here pairs the single edit version with the original album version. Going against the premise that this 4 box set compilation should not duplicate any song, an exception was made to include again in volume 4 Bohemian Rhapsody, included in this volume for the reason of historical context. Here the track features as one side of the double A sided single released in 1991 with These Are The Days Of Our Lives after Freddie’s death and issued as a charity single to raise funds to support HIV AIDS, the cause behind Freddie’s passing. The single returned the band to number 1 in the UK and throughout the world, and provided the foundation funds for the setting up of The Mercury Phoenix Trust, the HIV AIDS charity which continues to provide help and support to individuals and AIDS projects world-wide. The remaining members of Queen returned to the studio to record together one last time in 1997 for what would be their final band single: No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young). The song had been written by Brian as a personal response to the deaths of not only Freddie, but also HRH Princess Diana and Gianni Versace which had quickly followed each other, and which Brian had intended to record for his next solo album. But after playing the track to Roger the decision was taken to bring Queen back together to record the song as a dedication to those who had ‘left before their time’. The track was released in the UK in January 1998 as a double A side with Tie Your Mother Down. In 1999 the third instalment of Queen's Greatest Hits trilogy was released by EMI, reaching platinum status around the world. The compilation gave rise to the last single to carry the Queen name, a specially remixed version of the 1981 hit Queen shared with David Bowie, Under Pressure. Reaching number 14 in the UK, this 'Rah mix' is a radio edit of the album version. Also included is a Mike Spencer mix from the time. The Queen Singles 4 box closes in appropriate style – perhaps exactly as Freddie himself might have demanded – with a rare recording featuring the great man himself, at the event that proved to be Queen's very final concert: a live version of Under Pressure from Queen’s mammoth open air Knebworth Park performance on August 9 1986, at the end of which Freddie would say; “Thank you lovely people, you’ve been a wonderful audience. God bless you. Good night, thank you”. Fitting words to borrow from Freddie to sign off the final chapter of this impeccably researched and produced Queen collection.

Did You Know?

1. Only compilation to feature the top ten hit A Winters Tale 2. Two No.1s from 1991 included Innuendo and These Are The Days Of Our Lives 3. The infamous Rik Rubin version of We Will Rock You is here. 4. Rare live performances of Stone Cold Crazy from their memorable 1974 Rainbowe concert is available here. 5. Last release by EMI and closes the entire history of Queens worldwide single releases.

Track Listing

Lyrics

1. The Miracle

Every drop of rain that falls In Sahara desert says it all - it's a miracle All God's creations great and small The Golden Gate and the Taj Mahal - that's a miracle Test tube babies being born Mothers, fathers dead and gone - it's a miracle We're having a miracle on earth Mother nature does it all for us The wonders of this world go on The hanging gardens of Babylon Captain Cook and Cain and Abel Jimi Hendrix to the tower of Babel It's a miracle, it's a miracle, it's a miracle, it's a miracle The one thing we're all waiting for Is peace on earth an end to war It's a miracle we need the miracle The miracle we're all waiting for today If every leaf on every tree could tell a story That would be a miracle If every child on every street had clothes to wear and food to eat That's a miracle If all God's people could be free, to live in perfect harmony It's a miracle We're having a miracle on earth Mother nature does it all for us (The wonders of this world go on) Open hearts and surgery, Sunday mornings with a cup of tea Super powers always fighting, but Mona Lisa just keeps on smiling It's a miracle, it's a miracle, it's a miracle (The wonders of this world go on) Well it's a miracle, it's a miracle, it's a miracle, it's a miracle The one thing (the one thing) we're all waiting for Is peace on earth (peace on earth) and an end to war (end to war) It's a miracle we need, the miracle, the miracle Peace on earth and end to war today That time will come, one day you'll see, when we can all be friends That time will come, one day you'll see, when we can all be friends That time will come, one day you'll see, when we can all be friends That time will come, one day you'll see, when we can all be friends

1. Heaven For Everyone (Single Version)

This could be heaven, this could be heaven This could be heaven, this could be heaven This could be heaven for everyone This could be heaven, this could be heaven This could be heaven, this could be heaven for everyone In these days of cool reflection (reflection) You come to me and everything seems alright In these days of cold affections You sit by me and everything's fine This could be heaven for everyone This world could be fed, this world could be fun This could be heaven for everyone This world could be free, this world could be one In this world of cool deception Just your smile can smooth my ride These troubled days of cruel rejection, hmm You come to me, soothe my troubled mind Yeah, this could be heaven for everyone This world could be fed, (yeah) this world could be fun This should be love for everyone, yeah This world should be free, (yeah) this world could be one We should bring love to our daughters and sons Love, love, love, this could be heaven for everyone You know that this could be heaven for everyone yes This could be heaven for everyone, yea he he he woh Heaven for everyone Listen, what people do to other souls They take their lives destroy their goals Their basic pride and dignity Is stripped and torn and shown no pity When this should be heaven for everyone This could be heaven, this could be heaven This could be heaven for everyone This could be heaven wooh Could be heaven for everyone This could be heaven, this could be heaven This could be heaven, could be heaven for everyone This could be heaven, this could be heaven

1. You Don't Fool Me (Edit)

You don't fool me, you don't fool me You don't fool me, you don't fool me You don't fool me You don't fool me, you don't fool me You don't fool me, you don't fool me You don't fool me You don't fool me those pretty eyes That sexy smile you don't fool me You don't rule me you're no surprise You're telling lies hey, you don't fool me Mama said be careful of that girl Mama said you know that she's no good Mama said be cool, don't you be no fool Yup bup ba ba ba ba da da da dah You don't fool me, you don't fool me You don't fool me, she'll take you You don't fool me, and break you You don't fool me, and break you Sooner or later you'll be playing by her rules Baby you don't fool me, yeah You don't fool me, you don't have to say "don't mind" You don't have to teach me things I know Sooner or later you'll be playing by her rules Oh (fool you) oh (rule you) she'll take you (take you) And break you (break you) - yeah Mama said be cool Mama said she'll take you for a fool She'll take you and break you Ba ba ba ba ba bah bah bah da da dah dah dah You don't fool me

1. No-One But You

1. Under Pressure (Rah Mix - Radio Edit)

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

2. Stone Cold Crazy (Live)

Sleeping very soundly on a saturday morning I was dreaming I was al capone There's a rumour going round Gotta clear outa town Im smelling like a dry fish bone Here come the law gonna break down the door Gonna carry me away once more Never never I never want it anymore Gotta get away from this stone cold floor Crazy stone cold crazy you know Rainy afternoon I gotta blow a typhoon And Im playing on my slide trombone Anymore anymore cannot take it anymore Gotta get away from this stone cold floor Crazy stone cold crazy you know Walking down the street Shooting people that I meet With my rubber tommy water gun Here come the deputy Hes gonna come and get me I gotta get me up and run They got the sirens loose I ran right outa juice They're gonna put me in a cell If I can't go to heaven Will they let me go to hell? Crazy stone cold crazy you know

2. Queen Talks

2. Rock in Rio Blues

Let's play the rock in Rio blues baby We've come to do rock in Rio with you baby Eh yeah yeah Woh! Rock in Rio night baby It's rock in Rio night Ah ah aye Everybody's having - eeeh woooh Oh oh oh oh Woooh woh woh woh wah Get in to the rock in Rio business hey Rockin! Ah m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m woooh waaah Yeah hey hey m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-ah Baby I like it Woooh wooh woh woh woh woh woh woh woh Yeah Wooh This song was especially for you music lovers All you rock in Rio people Thankyou very much

2. We Will Rock You (Live)

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

2. You Don't Fool Me (Album Version)

You don't fool me, you don't fool me You don't fool me, you don't fool me You don't fool me You don't fool me, you don't fool me You don't fool me, you don't fool me You don't fool me You don't fool me those pretty eyes That sexy smile you don't fool me You don't rule me you're no surprise You're telling lies hey, you don't fool me Mama said be careful of that girl Mama said you know that she's no good Mama said be cool, don't you be no fool Yup bup ba ba ba ba da da da dah You don't fool me, you don't fool me You don't fool me, she'll take you You don't fool me, and break you You don't fool me, and break you Sooner or later you'll be playing by her rules Baby you don't fool me, yeah You don't fool me, you don't have to say "don't mind" You don't have to teach me things I know Sooner or later you'll be playing by her rules Oh (fool you) oh (rule you) she'll take you (take you) And break you (break you) - yeah Mama said be cool Mama said she'll take you for a fool She'll take you and break you Ba ba ba ba ba bah bah bah da da dah dah dah You don't fool me

2. We Will Rock You (The Rick Rubin 'Ruined' Remix)

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

2. Under Pressure (Mike Spencer Remix)

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

3. We Are The Champions (Live)

I've paid my dues time after time I've done my sentence, but committed no crime And bad mistakes, I've made a few I've had my share of sand kicked in my face But I've come through And we mean to go on and on and on and on We are the champions my friends And we'll keep on fighting till the end We are the champions, we are the champions No time for losers, coz we are the champions of the world I've taken my bows and my curtain calls You brought me fame and fortune And everything that goes with it - I thank you all But it's been no bed of roses, no pleasure cruise I consider it a challenge before the whole human race And I ain't gonna lose And we mean to go on and on and on and on We are the champions my friends And we'll keep on fighting till the end We are the champions, we are the champions No time for losers, coz we are the champions of the world We are the champions my friends And we'll keep on fighting till the end We are the champions, we are the champions No time for losers, coz we are the champions

3. The Prize (Instrumental Remix for The Eye)

3. Under Pressure (Live At Knebworth)

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

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Singles Collection Vol. 4

Isabelle Ka

Hello,
Do you know any place where I could find this last volume, please ? I am absolutely desperate to find it !

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