Future boxsets

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When they came to look at bonus tracks for the reissues, they realised it was hard to get a consistent theme across all the albums. Non album B sides had been sporadic, one for Queen II, one for The Game, four for The Miracle etc. 12" mixes hadn't started until Hot Space. BBC sessions covered four of the first six albums.

So, in the end, they had to throw them all up in the air, and make the bonus tracks EPs, and effectively tasters for possible future intended releases.

Even with things like the NOTW boxset, they've cherry picked the content on there, so they can still represent NOTW on any future Anthology, without treading over exactly the same ground twice.

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That's both exciting and disheartening all at the same time.

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At the time they put those issues with the bonus tracks out, apart from No-One But You, I Can't Live With You - Rocks retake, Under Pressure Rah Mix, and a couple of other remixes, we hadn't really had anything "new" since Made In Heaven.

I think they kept on going over the concept of a career based Anthology, but never felt the time was right for it.

People can say what they want about other artists, and when a project like that is prudent to release, but one thing they usually have in common, is where they sit in your career trajectory, usually on the downward side of the graph.

When you still have Greatest Hits albums on the chart, you've probably not hit that point.

Since 2011, they have "tried" to get one or two archive releases out each year. That's better than they were doing before 2011.

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Kes wrote: Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:07 pm

People can say what they want about other artists, and when a project like that is prudent to release, but one thing they usually have in common, is where they sit in your career trajectory, usually on the downward side of the graph.

When you still have Greatest Hits albums on the chart, you've probably not hit that point.
You make a good point. Queen’s studio album back catalogue is a bit of an undiscovered country for casual fans. Queen are a cult in the disguise of a hits band. We know that Brian once said they thought about deleting Greatest Hits to get fans to buy the albums. The point isn’t if that was ever a sensible or viable idea, but that their studio album catalogue is a steady burning deep cuts paradise for those sucked in to the cult of Queen. If you look at the new Rolling Stone top 500 albums, there’s a huge push back to kill the British rock sacred cows, especially dumping out the Beatles from the top spots, but A Night At The Opera has risen every decade and now sits just outside the top 100 I think. Baring in mind Rolling Stone hates Queen its increasing rank is noteworthy.

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