Monday, September 4, 2017

Queen to release News Of The World 40th anniversary box set

Queen will release a 40th anniversary box set edition of their 1977 album classic, “News Of The World”, on November 17.

Led by the stadium anthems “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions”, the UK band’s best-selling studio release peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to worldwide sales of 6 million copies, including 4 million in the States alone.

The 2017 3CD/1DVD/1LP package delivers engineer Bob Ludwig’s 2011 remaster of the album alongside two discs of bonus tracks, a DVD of a new one-hour documentary, and a pure analogue re-cut of the original vinyl LP direct from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes.

The “Raw Sessions” disc presents recently unearthed out-takes and rarities from the band's archives “mined deep from long-vaulted studio multi-track tapes, this extraordinary parallel album brings to light never-before-heard alternative versions of each of the album’s 11 tracks,” says the group. “Every lead vocal is different, as are most of the lead guitar parts and a great many other instrumental details.”

The disc of bonus tracks features a variety of previously-released but hard-to-find versions of “News Of The World” tracks recorded in concert, for radio shows, or in alternate mixes, including the band's entire five-song final live session recorded for BBC Radio in October 1977.

The DVD documentary “Queen: The American Dream” offers material filmed – on and off stage – during Queen’s 1977 US tour in support of the record, including footage from a Houston concert late in the year.

The 40th anniversary edition is rounded out with a selection of memorabilia from the period, including three posters and a 60-page book of images.

A special limited-edition picture disc of the album is only available through pre-order from the official Queenonline webstore.

Queen performed a number of tracks from “News Of The World” on their recently-completed summer tour of North America with Adam Lambert.

The pairing will next launch a European trek in the fall, starting in Prague, Czech Republic on November 1; the run will include the band’s first full British tour in almost three years.

“News Of The World” 40th Anniversary Edition

Release date: November 17

CD 1: The Original Album (Bob Ludwig 2011 master)

01. “We Will Rock You”
02. “We Are The Champions”
03. “Sheer Heart Attack”
04. “All Dead, All Dead”
05. “Spread Your Wings”
06. “Fight From The Inside”
07. “Get Down, Make Love”
08. “Sleeping On The Sidewalk”
09. “Who Needs You”
10. “It’s Late”
11. “My Melancholy Blues”

CD2: Raw Sessions

01. “We Will Rock You” (Alternative Version)
02. “We Are The Champions” (Alternative Version)
03. “Sheer Heart Attack” (Original Rough Mix)
04. “All Dead, All Dead” (Original Rough Mix)
05. “Spread Your Wings” (Alternative Take)
06. “Fight From The Inside” (Demo Vocal Version)
07. “Get Down, Make Love” (Early Take)
08. “Sleeping On The Sidewalk” (Live in the USA, 1977)
09. “Who Needs You” (Acoustic Take)
10. “It’s Late” (Alternative Version)
11. “My Melancholy Blues” (Original Rough Mix)

CD3: Bonus Tracks

01. “Feelings Feelings”
02. “We Will Rock You”
03. “We Will Rock You (Fast)”
04. “Spread Your Wings”
05. “It’s Late”
06. “My Melancholy Blues”
07. “We Will Rock You”
08. “We Are The Champions”
09. “Spread Your Wings”
10. “Fight From The Inside”
11. “Get Down, Make Love”
12. “It’s Late” (USA Radio Edit 1978)
13. “Sheer Heart Attack” (Live in Paris 1979)
14. “We Will Rock You” (Live in Tokyo 1982)
15. “My Melancholy Blues” (Live in Houston 1977)
16. “Get Down, Make Love” (Live in Montreal 1981)
17. “Spread Your Wings” (Live in Europe 1979)
18. “We Will Rock You” (Live at the MK Bowl 1982)
19. “We Are the Champions” (Live at the MK Bowl 1982)

DVD: "Queen: The American Dream"

Vinyl LP: New Pure Analogue Cut

Side One

01. “We Will Rock You”
02. “We Are the Champions”
03. “Sheer Heart Attack”
04. “All Dead, All Dead”
05. “Spread Your Wings”
06. “Fight From The Inside”

Side Two

01. “Get Down, Make Love”
02. “Sleeping On The Sidewalk”
03. “Who Needs You”
04. “It’s Late”
05. “My Melancholy Blues”

See also:

VIDEO: Queen and Adam Lambert launch North American tour in Phoenix
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