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Complete Studio Lps (Colored Vinyl)
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Vinyl, Box set, Import, 25 September 2015
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 33.2 x 34.19 x 13.89 cm; 9.5 Kilograms
- Manufacturer : HOLLYWOOD RECORDS
- Item Model Number : 0050087328832
- Original Release Date : 2015
- Label : HOLLYWOOD RECORDS
- ASIN : B011S4B8EI
- Number of discs : 17
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ALL 15 HIT STUDIO ALBUMS SOURCED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES
MASTERED BY BOB LUDWIG
HALF-SPEED LACQUERS CUT AT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
PRESSED ON HEAVYWEIGHT 180 GRAM COLORED VINYL WITH A LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED 108 PAGE HARDBACK BOOK
LPs ALSO TO BE AVAILABLE INDIVIDUALLY ON 180 GRAM BLACK VINYL
15 albums? 18 discs? What s the story?
Queen always had a special fondness for vinyl, the medium in which they first began to create, around 1970. As a matter of principle, every Queen studio album was offered at the time of original release on vinyl, even well into the era when CD's had taken over as the medium of choice for most of the public. However, the final two albums, 'Innuendo' and 'Made In Heaven' were actually formatted primarily with the CD in mind, with a longer running time, so the contents had to be edited down to fit them on to the two sides of a vinyl album. Now, specially for this edition, for the first time, these two albums have been cut at full length as double vinyl LP's - four sides each making up a vinyl set that is complete in every way.
The box-set offers many other special features. Most noticeable is the colored vinyl: designed for collectors, each album has been given a different color, in keeping with its original artwork, giving a unique record-deck experience. The color discs have been custom-produced especially for this set, using new material technology which ensures the sound quality is uncompromised.
There are more surprises in the box set; 'Queen II' originally never had a designated 'A side' or 'B side' - but 'Side White' and 'Side Black'. For this new edition, the album has been cut on two separate discs, black and white, each with a custom etching on the reverse side, a nice bonus for collectors.
The collection has been five years in the making. Throughout this time Queen's production team has worked extensively on all stages of this painstaking mastering process. The first step was the tape research; locating and confirming the correct versions and best sources for all tracks. Most notably, Under Pressure, plus five tracks on the 'Innuendo' album, were improved hugely after the discovery of better sources during this period. Particular attention was paid to the original releases to ensure that nothing was lost or changed for the worse by reverting to earlier sources.
The 18 vinyl LP box set comes with a lavishly illustrated 12 x 12 inch 108-page hardback book which features introductions to each album, quotes from Queen themselves, hand-written lyrics, rare photographs, memorabilia, and information on singles and videos - all made possible with unlimited access to Queen's own archive plus the personal archives of Brian May, Roger Taylor and some generous fans. Thanks to all.
The Queen Studio Collection
Queen II *
Sheer Heart Attack
A Night at the Opera
A Day at the Races
News of the World
A Kind of Magic
Made in Heaven
* 2 disc special edition exclusive to the box set. 1 disc standard edition available separately.
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It is clear that great effort has gone into the mastering as, although lots of Queen albums were not recorded to a gold standard, significant increases in sound quality are evident in the bass quality and control and openness in higher frequencies.
The pressings done by Optimal are very good but not A1 superb. There is a bit of surface noise on most albums and a few pops and ticks that don't clean off with a record cleaning machine. I wonder if the stampers are a bit tired after they reissued these pressings. However, the sound is really good and a clear improvement over earlier pressings.
Presentation is excellent with a nice box and interesting book included. Individual album sleeves are also well printed.
The music speaks for itself really. A very talented band who produced a great variety of music over their career.
I’m not sure if this is because this was not available with the second run of this product, but if that’s the case it should not be featured in the images.
Disappointed I can’t contact Amazon about this without instigating a full return - I’d just like the slip case to be sent out if it exists.
The downside Is that the transit packaging is poor for such an expensive item. Part of the album's box set is damaged because of the transit packaging and internal packaging had come out during transit, leaving the box set to move at will. No order or transit documents came with the item and the box had been opened at some point on its journey.