fairydandy wrote:QPL must be reading these comments wondering what the hell they have done now! Or more likely, someone at QPL is sitting there saying, 'I fucking told them what would happen if they release it like this'....
Queen is a nationally treasured band, but essentially the big sales are over. They don't have to give us anything at all, but to give us half-baked stuff like this, is always going to attract criticism.
I think it will sell moderately well though, 'cause despite our objections, we all want the sessions in good quality.
Moving to Universal Island (and somehow, back to Virgin EMI) should have been the start of Queen's reappraisal. And for a brief time there, when the reissues came out, it was. The London exhibition, the new compilations, the press interest... there was a real buzz about the band for the first time in years.
And then - nothing.
Look in your local record stores at the records that are heavily promoted from 'legacy artists'. Look on music websites and newspaper polls of great rock bands, classic rock songs, greatest riffs etc etc. Hell, look at the merchandise on sale everywhere from alternative stores to Primark and back again.
AC/DC - Check. Bowie - Check. Rolling Stones, Prince, Nirvana, Beatles, Led Zeppelin - check.
Why, oh, why, are Queen continually forgotten about? There's a whole new generation of younger music lovers out there, going back and rediscovering classic rock bands of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. And Queen are categorically NOT one of them: their music is still being marketed at the 'dads' who are now, in all likelihood, 'granddads'.
This vinyl revival and retrospective culture was the perfect time to finally make Queen 'cool'. And as per usual, it seems someone messed it up. Was it the Adam Lambert nonsense? Was it the lack of a new hook for the old hits? Was it simply that people only know the 'cheesy' singles? Was it the truly awful cover artwork for EVERYTHING they've released over the last ten years except Queen Forever?
Either way... something's going wrong. Universal spent a lot of money securing the band, and I'd be surprised if they're not regretting it by now...