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Killer Queen Enhanced, Compilation

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Aug. 9 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Compilation, Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0009W5IY2
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. We Are The Champions - Gavin Degraw
2. Tie Your Mother Down – Shinedown
3. Bohemian Rhapsody - Flaming Lips
4. Stone Cold Crazy - Josh Homme / Eleven
5. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy - Jason Mraz
6. Under Pressure - Joss Stone
7. Who Wants To Live Forever - Breaking Benjamin
8. Bicycle Race - Be Your Own Pet
9. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Josh Kelley
10. Sleeping On The Sidewalk - Los Lobos
11. Killer Queen – Sum 41
12. Death On Two Legs – Rooney
13. Play The Game - Jon Brion
14. Bohemian Rhapsody - Constantine Maroulis (From American Idol) & The Paris Cast Of We Will Rock You
15. 39 - Ingram Hill
16. Fat Bottom Girls - Antigone Rising

Product Description

With a hit stage show based on their music spread across the globe, a sold-out tour with rock legend Paul Rodgers winding its way across that very same orb, and prospects for more new things burning very brightly, the story of Queen is still being written. But here in this album you'll find a fascinating assortment of some of the most vital talents in contemporary music, such as Gavin DeGraw, Jason Mraz, Flaming Lips, Jon Brion, Los Lobos, Sum 41 and many more all giving their own takes on their favorite Queen songs. Hollywood Records. 2005.

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Format: Audio CD
Okay...I love this CD. It has a little bit of everything. My favorite track is definately Mraz's cover of "Good Old Fashioned Loverboy". I like the fact that on many of the songs the artist didn't try to copy Queen note for note, rather, interperet and add their own style. Check out "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"...simply kick ass! This CD is definately worth getting! A fitting tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa037ca20) out of 5 stars 103 reviews
88 of 99 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe5009c) out of 5 stars Pretty good for a tribute album! Aug. 9 2005
By P. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gavin DeGraw - We Are the Champions - I really didn't care for the arrangement on this. So much so that I actively disliked this version. Gavin sounded like...Gavin.

Shinedown - Tie Your Mother Down - Absolutely loved this. Rockin! Fun! Really really like the interpretation and presentation. Very lively.

Constantine and WWRY - Bohemian Rhapsody - Very true to the original, but with a bit of interpretation/personalization. Fantastic voice with lots of nuance/richness. Very, very good!

Eleven w/ Josh Homme - Stone Cold Crazy - This is well done. Josh does a really wonderful job with the song. It almost feels sorta bluesy in the way he does some of his inflections and things, which was unexpected, but good.

Jason Mraz - Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy - Was really surprised by this. I'm not a Mraz fan, but this was GOOD! Pretty, pretty voice.

Joss Stone - Under Pressure - Hated everything about this song. The arrangement was poor, the singing atrocious. And I'm not a Joss hater.

Breaking Benjamin - Who Wants to Live Forever - It sounds exactly like Breaking Benjamin. And it really really works. Love it!

Be Your Own Pet - Bicycle Race - This just needs to go away. Yesterday.

Josh Kelley - Crazy Little Thing Called Love - It's...OK. But it didn't choose me.

Los Lobos - Sleepin' on the Sidewalk - I just didn't care for this. The vocal affectations/stylizations really just ruined it for me. I couldn't get past them enough to enjoy the song as a whole.

Sum-41 - Killer Queen - OK, I was not expecting something this faithful to the original from Sum-41. At all. I am impressed for that very reason honestly. Well done!

Rooney - Death on Two Legs - Not a song you hear very often. Was happy to see it's inclusion on the disc. Enjoyed the guitar work quite a bit. Nicely done.

Jon Brion - Play the Game - It didn't do anything for me. Lacked the passion of the original and the singing was...adequate at best.

Flaming Lips - Bohemian Rhapsody - All I can say is I almost wish these backup singers had been behind Constantine instead of the cast of WWRY and Constantine's version had been the only one on the album. The backups are FUN on this track (and 'richer' than WWRY, but I can understand why Constantine was expected to stay more 'traditional' in his interpretation by the album producers.)

Ingram Hill - '39 - Another semi unusual track which I was pleased to see. It was good just for it's uniqueness.

Antigone Rising - Fat Bottom Girls - Sweet track! Lot of fun! Great to hear a chick doing this. Hee! Loved it, just loved it. :-)

By the way, there's a pretty cool 'making of' documentary up on the website for this album. It centers mostly around Constantine and the Bohemian Rhapsody track, but you also get to see the studio and the producers and rest of the crew.

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9bcc00) out of 5 stars Outstanding!!! Aug. 9 2005
By Kristine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Overall, a wonderful tribute to Queen. I hope that it brings in many new listeners and brings back the ones who've been around for years. I really love the whole album but must say that Constantine's Bohemian Rhapsody is, by far, the best song on the album!! He outdoes himself. The price of the album is worth it, if just for this one song. Thank you, thank you.

Go buy it, you will LOVE it!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9ed1f8) out of 5 stars Constantine is the BEST on this CD Aug. 9 2005
By MA-Music professional - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although all the artist give their interpretation of the Freddie/Queen music, it is Constantine Maroulis, that gives the best and most polished presentation to the song Bohemian Rhaspody. For those who have not seen him perform it live, now is your chance to see him belt it on the American Idol Tour.

This man will be around for quite a while.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0038f0c) out of 5 stars Queen Lives Forever Aug. 9 2005
By Manny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Okay, lets skip the appetizers and jump to the main course.
It's obvious to me that Constantine loves and respects great classic rock songs. Finally someone did some justice to what's
arguably the greatest rock song period! (regardless of what Rolling Stone magazne says,#189 HA). Constantine adds a little rock edge to the classic vocal parts of the late great Freddie Mercury and had me wanting to hear more. The cast of We Will Rock You (the Musical)does a wonderful job on the Opera Section but in the end the song belongs to Constantine (just for now Freddie). I think he would make Freddie proud. Moving on a few other nice covers are by Eleven Feat Josh Homme's Kashmirish Stone Cold Crazy, Rooney's Death on Two Legs (Only Missing Freddies conviction), Jon Brion's Play The Game (reminded me of John Lennon's vocals), Ingram Hill adds a nice country beat to Brian's 39. My favorite cover (aside from BoRap) is Antigon's Rising cover of the rocking Fat Bottom, it's a beautiful thing to here women take on this song! Over all this tribute to Queen is one of the best I've heard thus far
and is worth adding to your collection.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9cac9c) out of 5 stars Constantine Rox BoRap!!! Aug. 9 2005
By Brett Mallard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow... I can't stop listening to this album.... in particular, cut number 3.... Bohemian Rhapsody by Constantine Maroulis. What a wonderful polished performance. Having the cast of WWRY for back-up is brilliant because it adds to the theatrics needed on this number. Constantine's voice is pure, great to listen to, and his added humor on parts like "Mama, Mia, Mama, Mia..." is refreshing.

Other cuts on the CD that I loved were Davin DeGraw's rendition of "We are the Champions". Nice bluesy feel to this classic.

Shinedown's "Tie Your Mother Down" also rocks! Great head bangin version.

Sum 41's "Killer Queen" was very true to the original and I loved the vocals.

The only song on the album that I didn't like was the second "BoRap" done by the Flaming Lips. Very syncopated, and the arrangement wasn't really enjoyable to listen to...

Overall, very satisfied with this album and would highly recommend it to Queen fans and anyone else that loves good music!!!