“Icon” by Queen

Artist: Queen
Title: “Icon”
Label: Hollywood Records
Release Date: 6/11/2013
Genre: Rock
Rating: 4.25/5

Every now and again I like to toss thoughts together when a compilation package is released that could add some value to the potentially new or growing music fan in your own personal world. After all, any diehard of bands like KISS, Iron Maiden and now Queen, seem to have all of the albums and tracks that are needed in their own musical collections so these “Icon” issues are generally not something that we as ardent fans might not jump to. With that being said they do still serve a great purpose and amount to good presents for the younger set who are learning to appreciate such classic tunes by legendary artists. Such was the case that I found with the recently released Queen issue in the form of “Icon” which delivers eleven tunes from the bands truly massive repertoire. I’ll keep this one short and say that there does not appear to be a throwaway track on the issue.

Assuming that the person you are gifting the release to has a very limited background in Queen this is something that a younger fan with a developing appreciation of Rock music will appreciate. Starting with the absolute expected standards you have “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You”, “We Are The Champions” and “Another One Bites The Dust”. I think these four speak best as a primer for the band in the newbie sense. Going back a little deeper into the catalog I was happy to see stuff like “Stone Cold Crazy” included which was done once by Metallica some years ago and “Tie Your Mother Down” which I always loved as a rocking track. Notable omissions come via “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and honestly I would have swapped “I’m In Love With My Car” for that one but I think a greater loss on the album is the lack of “Bicycle Race” and “Somebody To Love”. Those two tracks are two clear winners in my own personal appreciation about the band list but again we are aiming at the completely new here. As a CD this comes rather cheap and I’d recommend adding several other collections of this type. When you click the Amazon.com link below you should see some other options and I personally recommend the KISS and Styx ones since they have a lot of accessible hits for the new listener. While I am doing an overview from the digital stream, I can say that the booklets with these “Icon” editions are very minimal. Generally speaking you get a couple of band photographs and some brief liner notes about the history. It’s nothing that you won’t find already out there on the bands Wikipedia entry or official website.

I did enjoy this release though but as far as a “Greatest Hits” piece goes for Queen, there are better ones out there. This is purely to serve that quick gifting purpose as I have already mentioned and since we are moving closer and closer to an almost all digital environment for enjoying music you might want to do these purchases through the Cloud means and connect the tunes to their tablet or other mobile device. You can use the time you save stacking physical CD’s to peruse what is coming out in the comic book area. Just a suggestion of course.

Track Listing:
1. Stone Cold Crazy
2. Tie Your Mother Down
3. Fat Bottomed Girls
4. Another One Bites The Dust
5. We Will Rock You
6. We Are The Champions
7. Radio Ga Ga
8. Bohemian Rhapsody
9. I’m In Love With My Car
10. I Want It All
11. The Show Must Go On

Official Website: http://www.queenonline.com/

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