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Absolute Greatest is a 2009 compilation album by the British rock band Queen. The album contains 20 of their most famous songs, and is available in several formats, including the single CD edition, a 2 CD special edition featuring audio commentaries by Brian May and Roger Taylor, a 52-page hardback book with the 2 CDs, digital download, and an LP edition box set. Each track has been remastered from the original tapes.[5]

Absolute Greatest
Queen Absolute Greatest.jpg
Greatest hits album by
Released11 November 2009
Recorded1973–1995
GenreRock
Length79:29
Label
Producervarious
Queen chronology
The Singles Collection Volume 2
(2009)
Absolute Greatest
(2009)
The Singles Collection Volume 3
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock7/10 stars[2]
Q4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]

A promotion running on the band's official website, Queen Online, gave fans the opportunity to guess the placings of the tracks on the album and win a prize if their answer was correct (a new track was revealed daily). The prize winner was then chosen in a random selection.[6]

Contents

Track listingEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."We Will Rock You" (from News of the World, 1977)Brian May2:02
2."We Are the Champions" (from News of the World, 1977)Freddie Mercury3:01
3."Radio Ga Ga" (from The Works, 1984)Roger Taylor5:48
4."Another One Bites the Dust" (from The Game, 1980)John Deacon3:35
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."I Want It All" (single version, from The Miracle, 1989)Queen (May)4:01
6."Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (from The Game, 1980)Mercury2:44
7."A Kind of Magic" (from A Kind of Magic, 1986)Taylor4:25
Side three
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
8."Under Pressure" (with David Bowie, from Hot Space, 1982)Queen, Bowie4:08
9."One Vision" (single version, from A Kind of Magic, 1986)Queen (Taylor)4:04
10."You're My Best Friend" (from, A Night at the Opera, 1975)Deacon2:51
11."Don't Stop Me Now" (from Jazz, 1978)Mercury3:30
Side four
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Killer Queen" (from Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)Mercury3:00
13."These Are the Days of Our Lives" (from Innuendo, 1991)Queen (Taylor)4:13
14."Who Wants to Live Forever" (Greatest Hits II edit, from A Kind of Magic, 1986)May4:55
Side five
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
15."Seven Seas of Rhye" (from Queen II, 1974)Mercury2:46
16."Heaven for Everyone" (single version, from Made in Heaven, 1995)Taylor4:43
17."Somebody to Love" (from A Day at the Races, 1976)Mercury4:55
Side six
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
18."I Want to Break Free" (single version, from The Works, 1984)Deacon4:19
19."The Show Must Go On" (from Innuendo, 1991)Queen (May)4:32
20."Bohemian Rhapsody" (from A Night at the Opera, 1975)Mercury5:56

PersonnelEdit

Charts and certificationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Absolute Greatest at AllMusic
  2. ^ Terry Staunton. "Queen – Absolute Greatest" (JPG).
  3. ^ "The Official Queen Website". QueenOnline.com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Queen: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  5. ^ Press Release: Absolute Greatest Archived 5 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Queen online, 3 September 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  6. ^ Tracklisting Competition Archived 13 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Queen online. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Australian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
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  11. ^ "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé". InfoDisc (in French). Archived from the original (PHP) on 20 August 2008. Find "QUEEN" under the drop-down menu to see statistics.
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  13. ^ "Archivum: Top 40 Album". Mahasz (in Hungarian). Retrieved 29 July 2011.
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  16. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Portuguese Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
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  20. ^ "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 28th November 2009". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
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  23. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  24. ^ "Queen Album & Song Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 29 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  25. ^ "Queen – Absolute Greatest (Album)" (ASP). Finnish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  27. ^ "Danish album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest". IFPI Denmark.
  28. ^ "Adatbázis – Arany- és platinalemezek – 2010" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ.
  29. ^ "Irish album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest". Irish Recorded Music Association.
  30. ^ "Italian album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Select "Tutti gli anni" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Absolute Greatest" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Album e Compilation" under "Sezione".
  31. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum Albums". Radioscope. 17 July 2011. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011.
  32. ^ "Polish album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
  33. ^ "Portuguese album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest" (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. Enter 2009 in the field Ano at the bottom of the page. Click Vêr. 
  34. ^ "British album certifications – Queen – Absolute Greatest". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Absolute Greatest in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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