True enough to its name, it will feature album sides from the first five albums, with no bonus material. While some of the tunes are known even to casual fans ("Stone Cold Crazy," "Keep Yourself Alive"), it's a fine enough disc for anyone who wants to dip more of their foot into the waters of Queen's discography (or see how new remastering has treated the catalogue).
There's some interesting celebrity input on this set: Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor put the track list together with Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters, and liner notes were written by British comedian Rhys Thomas, a longtime fan who's actually produced several of Queen's DVDs over the past few years.
Another interesting fact in the press release for Deep Cuts is the dates for the next two batches of reissues: June 13 and September 5. Mark your calendars appropriately.
And while we're at it, here's some more Queen clean-up for you:
- Maybe others were confused about this - I know I was - but these reissues look like they'll have two forms in the U.K. - straight single-disc remasters and double-disc deluxe editions. The latter sets will be the ones with bonus tracks, which is good to know albeit kind of wasteful (seriously, five or six bonus tracks on CD?).
- It's also worth noting, fresh off MusicTAP's Twitter feed, that Hollywood Records has Greatest Hits II slated for an April 19 release in the U.S. Maybe...?
The track list for this new disc is after the jump.
Queen, Deep Cuts 1973-1976 (Island/UMe (U.K.), 2011)
- Ogre Battle
- Stone Cold Crazy
- My Fairy King
- I'm in Love with My Car
- Keep Yourself Alive
- Long Away
- The Millionaire Waltz
- Tenement Funster
- Flick of the Wrist
- Lily of the Valley
- Good Company
- The March of the Black Queen
- In the Lap of the Gods...Revisited
Tracks 1 and 13 from Queen II (EMI, 1974)
Tracks 2, 9-11 and 14 from Sheer Heart Attack (EMI, 1974)
Tracks 3 and 5 from Queen (EMI, 1973)
Tracks 4, 8 and 12 from A Night at the Opera (EMI, 1975)
Tracks 6-7 from A Day at the Races (EMI, 1976)