A special box set of Queen‘s landmark 1977 album News of the World is set for release on November 17th, marking the 40th anniversary of the original release.
The 3-CD/1-DVD/1-LP package includes the original album on CD, plus two further CDs of recently unearthed out-takes and rarities from the band’s archives, one of which is a newly created ‘alternative’ version of the whole album – Raw Sessions.
Mined deep from long-vaulted studio multi-track tapes, the Raw Sessions parallel album brings to light never-before-heard alternative versions of each of the album’s 11 tracks. Every lead vocal is different, as are most of the lead guitar parts and a great many other instrumental details.
The third CD in the package, Bonus Tracks, features a feast of previously released but hard-to-find versions of News of the World tracks recorded in concert, for radio shows, or in alternate mixes. Included is the band’s entire five-song final live session recorded for BBC Radio in October 1977, seven live performances of NOTW songs, plus rare backing tracks and instrumentals of Queen classics.
A vinyl “pure analogue cut” of the album is included in the set, as well as a 1-hour documentary titled Queen: The American Dream. The film features performance and behind-the-scenes footage from the band’s 1977 tour of the U.S.
News of the World is one of Queen’s biggest selling albums of all time. It was originally released on October 28, 1977 and features the hits “We Will Rock You”, “We Are the Champions” and “Spread Your Wings”.
Pre-order the News of the World 40th Anniversary edition now on the band’s website.
Queen ‘News of the World’ 40th Anniversary Edition Track List
CD 1: Original Album (Bob Ludwig 2011 master)
1. We Will Rock You
2. We Are The Champions
3. Sheer Heart Attack
4. All Dead, All Dead
5. Spread Your Wings
6. Fight From The Inside
7. Get Down, Make Love
8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk
9. Who Needs You
10. It’s Late
11. My Melancholy Blues
CD 2: Raw Sessions
1. We Will Rock You (Alternative Version)
2. We Are the Champions (Alternative Version)
3. Sheer Heart Attack (Original Rough Mix)
4. All Dead, All Dead (Original Rough Mix)
5. Spread Your Wings (Alternative Take)
6. Fight From the Inside (Demo Vocal Version)
7. Get Down, Make Love (Early Take)
8. Sleeping on the Sidewalk (Live in the USA, 1977)
9. Who Needs You (Acoustic Take)
10. It’s Late (Alternative Version)
11. My Melancholy Blues (Original Rough Mix)
CD 3: Bonus Tracks
1. Feelings Feelings
2. We Will Rock You
3. We Will Rock You (Fast)
4. Spread Your Wings
5. It’s Late
6. My Melancholy Blues
7. We Will Rock You
8. We Are the Champions
9. Spread Your Wings
10. Fight From The Inside
11. Get Down, Make Love
12. It’s Late (USA Radio Edit 1978)
13. Sheer Heart Attack (Live in Paris 1979)
14. We Will Rock You (Live in Tokyo 1982)
15. My Melancholy Blues (Live in Houston 1977)
16. Get Down, Make Love (Live in Montreal 1981)
17. Spread Your Wings (Live in Europe 1979)
18. We Will Rock You (Live at the MK Bowl 1982)
19. We Are the Champions (Live at the MK Bowl 1982)