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Queen – Discography (1973-1995) [SACD to FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Queen – Discography (1973-1995)
SACD to FLAC 24bit/96kHz | Rock | 05:59:54 | 1973-1995/2011-2012

Queen are a British rock band that formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (lead guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar). Queen’s earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock, into their music.

Before forming Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in Smile. Mercury, then known by his birth name, Farrokh “Freddie” Bulsara, was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques. Mercury joined in 1970, suggested the name “Queen”, and adopted his familiar stage name. Deacon was recruited before the band recorded their eponymous debut album in 1973. Queen first charted in the UK with their second album, Queen II, in 1974, but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack later that year and A Night at the Opera in 1975 which brought them international success. The latter featured “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which stayed at number one in the UK for nine weeks and was influential in helping to popularise the music video.

The band’s 1977 album News of the World contained “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”, which have become anthems at sporting events. By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world. “Another One Bites the Dust” (1980) became their best-selling single, while their 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits is the best-selling album in the UK and is certified eight times platinum in the US. Their performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert has been ranked among the greatest in rock history by various music publications. In 1991, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. May and Taylor have performed under the Queen name with Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert as vocalists on several tours since.

Estimates of their record sales range from 150 million to 300 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Queen received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Queen & Adam Lambert – Live Around The World (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Queen & Adam Lambert – Live Around The World (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:19:45 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © EMI

First live album featuring 20 performances from around the world. Includes the entire `Live Aid’ setlist performance from Fire Fight Australia. Half speed mastered at Abbey Road. CD + Blu-ray

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Queen + Adam Lambert – Live Around the World (2020) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1 + BDRip 720p/1080p

Title: Queen + Adam Lambert – Live Around the World
Release Date: 2020
Genre: Rock

Production/Label: Virgin Records
Duration: 01:38:22
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: LPCM, DTS
Video: MPEG-4 AVC, 1920×1080, 23,976 fps, 22,767 kbps
Audio#1: LPCM, 48,0 KHz, 2 ch, 2,304 kbps
Audio#2: DTS-HD Master Audio, 48,0 KHz, 6 ch, 5,007 kbps (DTS Core: 48 kHz, 6 ch, 1,509 kbps)
Size: 22.39 GB

Since their first appearance together in 2009 when Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared as guests on the finale of the eighth season of American Idol on which Adam Lambert was a contestant, the combination of Queen + Adam Lambert has gone from strength to strength becoming one of the world’s biggest drawing touring bands. Their most recent tour of Oceania saw them selling out to massive audiences, with a single show at Sydney’s ANZ stadium drawing a record crowd of over 60,000. To date the band has played to a worldwide audience approaching 4 million.

The set presents a compilation of concert highlights captured the world over personally selected by Taylor, May and Lambert from over 200 shows they have performed with several featured here becoming available for the very first time.

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Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:19:41 minutes | 1,7 GB | Genre: Soundtrack
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Virgin EMI

The soundtrack to the 2018 Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody offers a fittingly cinematic portrait of the iconic rock band, built around a handful of the group’s most well-known songs, including live versions and several tracks reworked specifically for the film. As a souvenir of the movie, the soundtrack works especially well. Opening with guitarist Brian May’s arrangement of the “20th Century Fox Fanfare,” and showcasing his distinctive searing guitar leads, it perfectly sets the tone for telling Queen and Freddie Mercury’s story on the big screen. Here we get such beloved classics as “Somebody to Love,” “Killer Queen,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and “Under Pressure.” Elsewhere, the soundtrack leans heavily on live performances, especially those culled from the group’s dynamic appearance at 1985’s Live Aid benefit concert. This is especially poignant as the show marked a resurgence in interest in the group, just as Mercury was beginning to lose his battle with AIDS. Similarly, we also get earlier live versions of songs like “Keep Yourself Alive” from 1974’s Live at the Rainbow, “Fat Bottomed Girls” from 1979’s Live in Paris, and “Now I’m Here” from 1975’s Live at Hammersmith Odeon. Also compelling are the few songs specifically reworked for the film, including “Doing All Right,” a song from the band’s self-titled debut that May and drummer Roger Taylor originated in their proto-Queen band Smile, and their studio-to-live mix of “We Will Rock You.” A thoughtfully curated soundtrack, Bohemian Rhapsody offers a compelling narrative of Queen’s storied arc into rock legend.

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Queen – A Night At The Odeon (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Queen – A Night At The Odeon: Hammersmith 1975 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 73:18 minutes | 1,55 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: ProStudioMasters | © Hollywood Records

A prized live bootleg for years, this legendary concert from Christmas Eve 1975 is finally given the pedestal it deserves, delivered in fitting style, featuring an incredible new audio mix in stereo. This show, broadcast on BBC radio and television, took place about a month after the release of Queen’s landmark A Night At The Opera, with Bohemian Rhapsody dominating the number one slot on the singles chart in the UK during a nine-week run.

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Queen – A Kind Of Magic (1986) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9526] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Queen – A Kind Of Magic (1986) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9526]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:25 minutes | Scans included | 1,65 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 807 MB
based on Digital Remaster 2011

By the release of 1986’s A Kind of Magic, Queen’s stature as a prominent rock band in the U.S. had slipped considerably, while in all other parts of the world (especially Europe), they remained superstar hitmakers. A Kind of Magic was their biggest album yet in England, where it reached number one, remained on the charts for 63 weeks, and spawned several hit singles – the epic title track, the tuneful pop/rocker “Friends Will Be Friends,” and one of their most haunting ballads, “Who Wants to Live Forever” (also included was the Live Aid-inspired hit anthem “One Vision,” which was originally released as a single in 1985). Most of the songs were written for the movie Highlander – “Gimme the Prize (Kurgan’s Theme),” “Princes of the Universe,” the aforementioned “Who Wants to Live Forever,” etc. – but instead of issuing just a movie soundtrack, the band added a few non-movie tracks and made an official Queen release out of it. It may not have been as cohesive as some of their other albums, but A Kind of Magic was their best work in some time. Queen would embark on a sold-out tour of outdoor stadiums in Europe upon the album’s release, which would sadly turn out to be their final tour.

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Queen – Innuendo (1991) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9528] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Queen – Innuendo (1991) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9528]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 53:51 minutes | Scans included | 2,17 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,24 GB

Unbeknownst to the public, Freddie Mercury had been diagnosed with the AIDS virus in the late ’80s. Although his health weakened by the ’90s, Mercury insisted that the band work on music until the very end; their final album turned out to be 1991’s Innuendo. Although it didn’t receive the same critical praise as its predecessor, 1989’s The Miracle, it was another strong album and global hit (again going gold in the U.S.). With hindsight, the song’s lyrics are blatantly autobiographical from Mercury’s standpoint, such as the reflective “These Are the Days of Our Lives” and the bold “The Show Must Go On.” Also included are a pair of tracks that deal with mankind’s inability to live harmoniously (the superb epic title track and “All God’s People”) and a humorous tribute to Mercury’s beloved pet felines (“Delilah”). Queen’s heavier side is represented by both the rock radio hit “Headlong” and “The Hitman,” while “I’m Going Slightly Mad,” “I Can’t Live With You,” and “Don’t Try So Hard” show the band’s pop sensibilities in full force, and on “Bijou,” Brian May gets to show off his guitar chops. Innuendo was a fitting way to end one of rock’s most successful careers.

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Queen – We Are The Champions: Final Live In Japan (2019) Blu-ray 1080i LPCM 2.0

Title: Queen – We Are The Champions: Final Live In Japan
Release Date: 2019
Genre: Rock

Production/Label: Sony Music
Duration: 1:28:45
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: H.264
Audio codec: PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 31922 kbps / 1080i / 29.970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 22,26 GB

Japanese Blu-ray/Region A pressing. Features QUEEN’s concert held on May 11, 1985 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium from their last tour in Japan. Contains 22 songs total. CBS. 2019.

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Queen – Greatest Hits (1981/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Queen – Greatest Hits (1981/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:09 minutes | 1,17 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | Front Cover | © Hollywood Records

This record-breaking 1981 greatest hits package from Queen has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, ranking it among the most successful albums in music history. It has also become the biggest selling album of all time in the UK with sales exceeding six million copies, now owned by an estimated one in three families. While the song selection varied from country to country upon initial release, this version corresponds to the original 17 track British edition.

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Queen – Greatest Hits II (1991) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2013 # UIGY-9533] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Queen – Greatest Hits II (1991) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2013 # UIGY-9533]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 79:52 minutes | Scans included | 2,63 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,67 GB
based on Digital Remaster 2011

The second volume of Queen’s Greatest Hits appeared a decade after the first; a decade after the group started its slow shift from international superstars toward ruling the world that existed outside of the United States. Apart from “Under Pressure” and “Radio Ga Ga,” all of the 17 singles here did not crack the American Top 40, but they’re well-known throughout the world, particularly the operatic anthems “A Kind of Magic,” “I Want It All,” “I Want to Break Free,” and “Who Wants to Live Forever.” Generally, the songs here favor melodrama to untrammeled rock & roll, which means while there’s nothing here that hits as hard as “Tie Your Mother Down”; there’s also nothing as light on its feet as “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” either. This is not necessarily a bad thing: nobody scaled the dramatic heights like Queen, and this captures their pomp & circumstance at its most polished.

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