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Queen Update: U.S. Release Dates and Digital Videos

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Here’s some more news about the ongoing waves of expanded reissues by Queen – namely, when the next batch will come out in America and a note on digital extras.

Next week, U.S. fans will have their chance to buy the first five Queen 40th anniversary remasters – Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack, A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races – without paying import prices. And now, the next batch (News of the World, Jazz, The Game, Flash Gordon and Hot Space) have a domestic release date from Hollywood Records. They will be released in North America on…September 27. It’s a lengthy gap between releases, considering that the first batch hit the rest of the world in March and the second will come out in June. That’s a three-month gap versus four months here; I’d bet that the third batch would be ready to go by the time the U.S. gets the second. But again, if you don’t want to pay import prices or would rather get a verdict from friends and collectors who will likely not wait that long, your chance is here.

It’s also worth pointing out, if you’re into this sort of thing, that all the reissues have been or will be released as iTunes LPs, with extra visual content. In addition to some sort of digital liner notes or photo gallery, each come with videos as well. We’ve included all those video track lists, including the just-announced lists for the second batch, after the jump.

Queen, Queen (iTunes LP bonus videos)

  1. Son and Daughter (Live @ Hammersmith Odeon, London – November/December 1975) *
  2. Liar (Live @ the Rainbow Theatre, London – 11/20/1974) *
  3. Keep Yourself Alive (promo video – filmed at St. John’s Wood Studios, London, 1973)

Queen, Queen II (iTunes LP bonus videos)

  1. White Queen (As It Began) (Live @ the Rainbow Theatre, London – 11/20/1974) *
  2. Seven Seas of Rhye (Live @ Wembley Arena, London – 7/12/1986)
  3. Ogre Battle (Live @ Hammersmith Odeon, London – November/December 1975) *

Queen, Sheer Heart Attack (iTunes LP bonus videos)

  1. Killer Queen (Top of the Pops, Version 2 – autumn/winter 1974) *
  2. Stone Cold Crazy (Live @ the Rainbow Theatre, London – 11/20/1974) *
  3. Now I’m Here (Live @ The Forum, Montreal – 11/24 and 11/25/1981)

Queen, A Night at the Opera (iTunes LP bonus videos)

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (original promo video – “no flames” version)
  2. Seaside Rendezvous (A Night at the Opera 30th Anniversary Version, 2005)
  3. Love of My Life (Live @ Milton Keynes Bowl – 6/5/1982)

Queen, A Day at the Races (iTunes LP bonus videos)

  1. You Take My Breath Away (Live @ Earls Court Arena, London – 6/6 and 6/7/1977) *
  2. Tie Your Mother Down (Live @ Milton Keynes Bowl – 6/5/1982)
  3. Somebody to Love (promo video, 1976)

Queen, News of the World (iTunes LP bonus videos)

  1. My Melancholy Blues (Live @ the Summit, Houston, TX – 12/11/1977) *
  2. Sheer Heart Attack (Live @ the Hammersmith Odeon, London – 12/26/1979) *
  3. We Will Rock You (Queen Rocks video, 1998)

Queen, Jazz (iTunes LP bonus videos)

  1. Bicycle Race (promo video, 1979)
  2. Fat Bottomed Girls (Live @ Milton Keynes Bowl – 6/5/1982)
  3. Let Me Entertain You (Live in Japan – 1979) *

Queen, The Game (iTunes LP bonus videos)

  1. Vocal Improv/Dragon Attack (Live @ Morumbi Stadium, Sao Paolo, Brazil – 3/20 and 3/21/1981) *
  2. Save Me (Live @ Seibu Lions Stadium, Tokyo – 11/3/1982) *
  3. Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Saturday Night Live – 9/25/1982) *

Queen, Flash Gordon (iTunes LP bonus videos)

  1. Flash/The Hero (Live @ Morumbi Stadium, Sao Paolo, Brazil – 3/20 and 3/21/1981) *
  2. Flash (Alternative Promo Video, 1981) *
  3. Flash (Queen + Vanguard video, 2003)

Queen, Hot Space (iTunes LP bonus videos)

  1. Las Palabras de Amor (Top of the Pops – 6/10/1982)
  2. Under Pressure (Rah Mix promo video, 1999)
  3. Action This Day (Live @ Milton Keynes Bowl – 6/5/1982)
* denotes previously unreleased clip

Written by Mike Duquette

May 13, 2011 at 14:26

Posted in Digital, News, Queen, Reissues

4 Responses

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  1. I wish they’d just release some of these live shows on DVD, particularly The Rainbow ’74 (which was released on VHS in a limited box set) and Hyde Park ’76.

    Also, with “Keep Yourself Alive,” too bad it isn’t the original Brewer Street version with bizarre visuals…


    May 13, 2011 at 20:14

  2. I hope Amazon puts this batch into a boxset like the first batch which comes out Tuesday. But I also agree with plasket. Put The Rainbow and Hyde Park shows out on DVD which would be amazing to watch on a big screen rather than on my iPod.


    May 13, 2011 at 21:20

    • Amazon just sent me an email saying my boxset has been shipped. I can’t wait to get it.


      May 16, 2011 at 15:57

  3. Seeing as this is being released on UMe (I believe), I wonder if these releases are going to be brickwalled like their other remasters, or will they actually buck the trend and preserve the dynamics this time?

    I guess the more important question is… who is the person in charge of doing the remasters this time around?

    Victor Dang

    May 14, 2011 at 00:15

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