(2014) Queen Forever

Queen

... read moreSold upon its November 2014 release as a compilation containing some unearthed, even "forgotten," material, Queen Forever doesn't contain much new in either its standard or deluxe versions. Just three songs, actually: a finished version of the Works outtake "Let Me in Your Heart Again," a reworked...

01:12′:32″ 19 Songs

1
Let Me In Your Heart Again (2014 Remaster)
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4:34
2
Love Kills (The Ballad)
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4:13
4
It's A Hard Life (2014 Remaster)
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4:06
5
You're My Best Friend (Remastered 2011)
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2:57
6
Love Of My Life (Remastered 2011)
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3:39
7
Drowse (2014 Remaster)
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3:39
8
Long Away (Remastered 2011)
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3:34
9
Lily Of The Valley (2014 Remaster)
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1:40
10
Don't Try So Hard (2011 Remaster)
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3:39
11
Bijou (2011 Remaster)
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3:37
12
These Are The Days Of Our Lives (2011 Remaster)
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4:16
13
Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love) (Remastered 2011)
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4:32
14
Who Wants To Live Forever (Remastered 2011)
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5:16
15
A Winter's Tale (2011 Remaster)
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3:52
16
Play The Game (2014 Remaster)
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3:14
17
Save Me (2014 Remaster)
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3:47
18
Somebody To Love (2014 Remaster)
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4:53
19
Too Much Love Will Kill You (2011 Remaster)
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4:20
20
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Remastered 2011)
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2:44
Released 01 January 2014, This Compilation ℗ 2014 Queen Productions Ltd. under exclusive licence to Universal International Music BV

Review

Sold upon its November 2014 release as a compilation containing some unearthed, even "forgotten," material, Queen Forever doesn't contain much new in either its standard or deluxe versions. Just three songs, actually: a finished version of the Works outtake "Let Me in Your Heart Again," a reworked version of Freddie Mercury's solo "Love Kills" from the soundtrack to Giorgio Moroder's Metropolis, and a completed version of "There Must Be More to Life Than This," a Freddie duet with Michael Jackson from the early '80s. Relatively interesting selections all, the best is "Let Me in Your Heart Again," which approximates much of the band's peak majesty (an alternate version slathered in synths by William Orbit is not so successful), but "There Must Be More to Life Than This" is a cheery bit of showbiz schmaltz hampered only by a production that makes its piecemeal origins too clear ("Love Kills," now a ballad, is merely OK). The rest of the compilation, in either single- or double-disc format, consists of songs that have been previously released, often many times before. There doesn't seem to be much internal logic to the collection: there are some hits ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "You're My Best Friend"), a lot of album tracks, and a fair amount of latter-day material, some present in slight newer edits that don't feel all that different from the originals. The hardcore fans might notice the difference but, apart from those three songs, there's not much reason for them to pick this up because Forever consists of songs they've purchased many times over. So who is this collection for? Anybody who feels an itch in 2014 to get a new Queen collection, whether it's as a gift or nostalgia -- the real pleasure would be in the acquisition, not possession. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine