Queen - Studio Collection Half-Speed Mastered Box Set. 15 Studio Albums Pressed On High Quality 180g Colored Vinyl. Half-Speed Lacquers Cut At Abbey Road Studios Mastered By Bob Ludwig. Pressed at Optimal in Germany.
Queen on Vinyl: This is how listeners first heard the now legendary Queen in the 1970's when vinyl was the predominant format for recorded music. The ultimate set of vinyl LPs, the Complete Collection of Queen studio albums, re-mastered to the highest standards of quality in both audio and artwork. Innuendo and Made In Heaven, which were originally formatted for CD, for the first time are available as double LP to accommodate the full length of the albums.
Each of the 15 hit studio albums have been pressed on a different color. The discs have been custom-produced especially for this set, using new material technology to ensure the sound quality is uncompromised. 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, ? 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 LPs - 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;? Originally never had a designated?
For this 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.
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? 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. Mastering: To ensure optimum quality in mastering the music, the Queen team asked a number of world-renowned mastering engineers to deliver their best efforts on the same three songs; after double-blind comparison tests, Bob Ludwig?
S work was a clear winner, and he was asked to master the entire catalogue for this project. Ludwig is probably the best-known mastering engineer in the world. His skills, combined with a perfect acoustic environment and the some of the world? S finest analogue and digital equipment at Gateway Mastering in Portland, USA, allow him to produce matchless quality in the final result. The Queen team were pleased to confirm his reputation, as well as fulfilling their own exacting demands.
The original plan was to master everything straight from the analogue mix tapes, where available. But in fact most of those tapes, having suffered from the effects of time, were in need of some restoration. The problems encountered included speed errors, missing audio, newly developing clicks and other unwanted noise. So the decision was made to create new super-high quality digital masters, using 24 bit samples and a sampling rate of 96 kHz.
All the restoration was then performed in the digital domain, and the vinyl was cut from these perfected files. All restoration was carried out with the lightest of touches, with a profound respect for the originals, and the resulting masters are undoubtedly the finest ever.
The Cut: Of course, with the vinyl process, everything depends on the final stage? One continuous modulated spiral groove on each side, carrying all the sound information which will eventually reach our ears. For this process, there was only one man in the frame: Miles Showell at famed Abbey Road Studios, London, has perfected the technique of cutting at half speed. Showell runs the source file and the cutting lathe at 50% of the normal speed, which means double the accuracy in the cutting of the groove, resulting in superior reproduction of the music via the stylus in your record player. Showell uses a beautifully maintained Neumann VMS80 lathe boasting cutter-head amplifiers fitted with custom designed RIAA filters.
These filters have been optimized for the very cleanest sound. Showell started by cutting the albums onto acetate discs to check the process for every track, and only after he? D fixed any sibilance or other vinyl-specific problems did he cut the lacquers to be sent to the manufacturing plant.
More trials were carried out before eventually deciding to manufacture at Optimal in Germany. Optimal have an enviable reputation for audiophile-quality pressings, plus unparalleled capability for the printing and manufacture of all the elements to be contained in the box set.The Queen team worked closely with the technicians at Optimal in an exhaustive quality control program where test-pressings of every disc, in black and colored vinyl, were checked to minimize unwanted noise. Finally, the finished results were compared with original pressings of the LPs, on a top quality modern record player, to answer the question: Was it all worth it? " True to the final words of the song: "Yes, it was a worthwhile experience!!! 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. Collector's Edition 15 Albums Box Set (18 LP)? Housed in flip-top box with slip-case protective cover?
Lacquers Cut At Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell? 12" x 12" 108-page lavishly illustrated hardback book? Pressed at Optimal in Germany?Innuendo & Made in Heaven - both pressed at 2LPs for this set? Queen II pressed as 2LP set - black vinyl for side black and white vinyl for side white; each with custom etching on flip side. The Night Comes Down 7.
Modern Times Rock'n' Roll 8. Seven Seas of Rhye (instrumental) Queen II (1974) - Pressed as 2LP 1. White Queen (As It Began) 4. Some Day One Day 5. The Loser in The End 6.The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke 8. The March of the Black Queen 10. Funny How Love Is 11. Seven Seas of Rhye Sheer Heart Attack (1974) 1.
Flick Of the Wrist 5. Lily of the Valley 6. Now I'm Here 7. In the Lap of the Gods 8.
Bring Back That Leroy Brown 12. She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettos) 13. In the Lap of the Gods... Revisited A Night At the Opera (1975) 1.Death on Two Legs Dedicated to... Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon 3. I'm In Love With My Car 4.
You're My Best Friend 5. The Prophet's Song 9. Love Of My Life 10. God Save the Queen (instrumental) A Day At the Races (1976) 1. Tie Your Mother Down 2.
You Take My Breath Away 3. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy 9.
Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) News Of the World (1977) 1. We Will Rock You 2. We Are The Champions 3. All Dead, All Dead 5. Fight From the Inside 7.
Get Down, Make Love 8. Sleeping On the Sidewalk 9. My Melancholy Blues Jazz (1978) 1. If You Can't Beat Them 6.
Let Me Entertain You 7. In Only Seven Days 9. Leaving Home Ain't Easy 12.
Don't Stop Me Now 13. More of That Jazz The Game (1980) 1. Another One Bites the Dust 4.
Need Your Loving Tonight 5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 6.Rock It (Prime Jive) 7. Don't Try Suicide 8. Sail Away Sweet Sister 9. Save Me Flash Gordon Soundtrack (1980) 1.
In the Space Capsule (The Love Theme) 3. Ming's Theme (In the Court of Ming the Merciless) 4. The Ring (Hypnotic Seduction of Dale) 5. In the Death Cell (Love Theme Reprise) 7.
The Kiss (Aura Resurrects Flash) 9. Arboria (Planet of the Tree Men) 10. Escape From the Swamp 11.
Flash to the Rescue 12. Vultan's Theme (Attack of the Hawk Men) 13. Marriage of Dale and Ming (and Flash Approaching) 16. Crash Dive on Mingo City 17.Flash's Theme Reprise (Victory Celebrations) 18. The Hero Hot Space (1982) 1. Put Out the Fire 7. Life Is Real (Song for Lennon) 8.
Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love) 10. Under Pressure (with David Bowie) The Works (1984) 1. It's A Hard Life 4. Man On the Prowl 5.
Machines (Or Back to Humans) 6. I Want To Break Free 7. Keep Passing the Open Windows 8. Is This the World We Created... A Kind of Magic (1986) 1.A Kind of Magic 3. One Year of Love 4.
Pain Is So Close to Pleasure 5. Friends Will Be Friends 6. Who Wants To Live Forever 7. Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme) 8.
Don't Lose Your Head 9. Princes of The Universe The Miracle (1989) 1. I Want It All 5. My Baby Does Me 10.Was It All Worth It Innuendo (1991) - Pressed as 2LP 1. I'm Going Slightly Mad 3. I Can't Live With You 5.
Ride the Wild Wind 6. All God's People 7.
These Are the Days of Our Lives 8. Don't Try So Hard 10. The Show Must Go On Made In Heaven (1995) - Pressed as 2LP 1. It's A Beautiful Day 2. My Life Has Been Saved 6.
I Was Born To Love You 7. Too Much Love Will Kill You 9.You Don't Fool Me 10. A Winter's Tale 11.
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