Queen celebrate 40 years of Queen’s Greatest Hits with new formats

From Loudersound.

As our tiny brains struggle to make sense of the fact that Queen’s Greatest Hits was released only 10 years into their career, but that it was also 40 years ago, Queen have announced they’re releasing two new versions of the UK’s biggest selling album.

Originally released on October 26 1981, the album’s ruby anniversary will be heralded by the arrival of a cassette version – available in five different colours – and a new CD version that comes with what’s being described as an “exclusive slipcase”. Both will be released globally on July 2.

In a statement, the band reveal that a clear plastic cassette and the slipcased CD will be available to all, while a limited number of variants will be on sale at the Queen webstore. These include:

  • Collector’s Edition CD With Exclusive Slipcase Cover signed by Brian May and Roger Taylor, bundled with all 4 band member colour cassettes and a Greatest Hits gold plated badge (limited to 1000 signed copies, but already sold out)
  • Collector’s Edition Frosted Aqua Cassette – Freddie Mercury Cover
  • Collector’s Edition Transparent Pink Cassette – Brian May Cover
  • Collector’s Edition Transparent Green Cassette – Roger Taylor Cover
  • Collector’s Edition Transparent Blue Cassette – John Deacon Cover

Greatest Hits is the UK’s biggest-selling album ever, with certified sales of over six million copies. It’s spent a grand total of 942 weeks and counting on the UK chart, including four weeks at number 1.

Last November, the collection finally hit the Top 10 on the US Billboard 200, when it hit the number 8 spot. Since its release in October 1981, Greatest Hits had spent a total of 413 weeks on the US album chart, but had previously peaked at number 11, in 1991.


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  • Queen - Greatest Hits - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $31.25, €29.50 (New Item) (arrived 17-May-2022 16:23)
    on May 21, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    QUEEN Greatest Hits (1981 UK first press 17-track LP compilation, a collection of their much loved hits including Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust, Killer Queen, Don't Stop Me Now, Somebody To Love, We Will Rock You & more, non-barcoded picture sleeve with illustrated credits inner detailing the background info for each track. The sleeve has some minor wear and the vinyl looks seldom played EMTV30)

  • Queen - A Day At The Races - 2nd - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $31.25, €29.50 (New Item) (arrived 11-May-2022 10:31)
    on May 21, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    QUEEN A Day At The Races (1976 UK 10-track LP, the fifth studio album from the legendary British band, including Tie Your Mother Down, Somebody To Love & Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy, gatefold picture sleeve with die-cut picture inner. The sleeve,which still displays 'vintage' price sticker, shows some edgewear and general scuff marks, typical to this issue, whilst the vinyl appears barely played EMTC104)

  • Queen - Carrera De Bicicletas - Chile - 7" vinyl - Promo - £95.00, $118.75, €112.10 (New Item) (arrived 09-May-2022 11:57)
    on May 21, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    QUEEN Carrera De Bicicletas (1978 Chilean solid centre promotional vinyl 7" for the single Bicycle Race on the EMI red & cream label stamped 'Venta Prohibida promocional', also including Niñas Gorditas' (Fat Bottomed Girls), within the original EMI Odeon red & green swirled white custom printed plastic sleeve. The sleeve displays some light wear & age but has no splits of rips, the A side label has a previous owners name written, othwerwise the vinyl shows only a few light signs of play. A nice example and the first we have ever seen!)

  • Queen - A Kind Of Magic - US - 7" vinyl - Promo - £30.00, $37.50, €35.40 (New Item) (arrived 09-May-2022 12:17)
    on May 21, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    QUEEN A Kind Of Magic (1986 US white title label promotional vinyl 7" for the single release, issued exclusively to radio stations to help promote the release, and plays the same 4:23 Stereo version on both sides, within a commercial picture sleeve which is actually different to the UK release. The sleeve displays only light wear and has a small split to one edge, however, the vinyl looks barely played P-B-5590)

  • Queen - Now I'm Here - Hungarian - 7" vinyl - £165.00, $206.25, €194.70 (New Item) (arrived 09-May-2022 12:54)
    on May 21, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    QUEEN Now I'm Here (Rare 1975 Hungarian wide centred 7" vinyl single on the red & white Pepita label, also including Lily Of The Valley, housed in a unique 'cloud' picture sleeve with black lettering and blank blue reverse. The sleeve has some light signs of age wear, not surprising considering the fragile paper construction. Traditionally vinyl from this region is in poor condition however this copy remains Excellent with some light cosmetic surface marks and very little signs of play. A really nice example and the first we have seen in over ten years! SPSK70209)

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