Greatest Hits II (2011 Remaster)

QueenOctober 28, 1991
Classic Rock℗ This Compilation ℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd. under exclusive licence to Universal International Music BV
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Greatest Hits II is a compilation album by the British rock band Queen, released on 28 October 1991. It reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart, and is the tenth best-selling album in UK Chart history with sales of 3.9 million copies as of 2014, and has sold over 22 million copies worldwide. Accumulated sales are in excess of 25 million worldwide. It is also the best-selling album by a foreign artist in Finland.
Freddie Mercury designed the crest on the album cover, using the astrological signs of the four members: two Leos, one Cancer and one Virgo.

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A Kind Of Magic (Remastered 2011)4:22
Under Pressure (Remastered) (feat. David Bowie)3:56
Radio Ga Ga (Remastered)5:43
I Want It All (Remastered 2011)4:01
I Want To Break Free (Remastered 2011)4:18
Innuendo (Remastered 2011)6:28
It's A Hard Life (Remastered 2011)4:08
Breakthru (Remastered 2011)4:09
Who Wants To Live Forever (Remastered 2011)4:55
Headlong (Remastered 2011)4:31
The Miracle (Remastered 2011)4:54
I'm Going Slightly Mad (Remastered 2011)4:08
The Invisible Man (Remastered 2011)3:57
Hammer To Fall (Remastered 2011)3:38
Friends Will Be Friends (Remastered 2011)4:08
The Show Must Go On (Remastered 2011)4:23
One Vision (Remastered 2011)4:05
440 total

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January 3, 2011
℗ This Compilation ℗ 2011 Queen Productions Ltd. under exclusive licence to Universal International Music BV
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‘The kids of AD 2000 will understand what it was all about and draw from the music much the same sense of well being and warmth as we do today. For the magic of The Beatles is timeless and ageless.’ That prediction in the sleeve notes for Beatles For Sale was made by Derek Taylor in 1964, when pop stars had a limited shelf life of perhaps two years. But sure enough, since its release in November 2000, the success of The Beatles’ album 1 proved him right in spectacular fashion with over 30 million sales worldwide …and counting. Decade after decade, the music of The Beatles continues to captivate generation upon generation.

Proving that the simplest ideas are often the best, the compilation included every number one Beatles single listed in the British chart published by Record Retailer and the Hot 100 of Billboard magazine. Fortunately, the 27 chart-toppers fitted onto a single CD with just a few seconds of playing time to spare. For those keeping score, six songs were number one just in the UK; eight reached the top only in America. ‘Eight Days A Week’, ‘Yesterday’ and ‘The Long And Winding Road’ were not released on singles in the UK. Thirteen songs reached number one in both countries.

The tracks play in the chronological order of the dates when the singles were first released. The US fell under the spell of The Beatles a little late, so in 1964 ‘She Loves You’ and ‘Love Me Do’ followed the number one breakthrough of ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’. From ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ onwards, the world was in sync as it waited for the next exciting single. Rightly, we celebrate the group’s achievements with their albums, but the release of the next Beatles single was always a much anticipated event. Listening to 1, you can hear the group’s dazzling progression in performance, songwriting and recording.

Released first on seven-inch vinyl discs, these songs have been heard over the years on a range of formats, including eight-track cartridges, analogue cassettes, compact discs and digital downloads. Now streaming on a device near you, the magic of The Beatles continues to be ‘timeless and ageless’.
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