I just received this in the post, having ordered it from Amazon a few days ago. I thought I would be getting a CD included too, but it’s just two DVDs. The first is the making of this classic album (Queen’s A Night At The Opera from 1975, in case you can’t tell) and the second is a remastering of the songs, with various videos (some quite bizarre) alongside. I was a bit disappointed, as I intended to rip the CD to my laptop, but it doesn’t exist (the CD, my laptop is very real).
My disappointment vanished within 40 seconds of the opening track, Death On Two Legs. Of course I own the album already (it was the first I ever bought), but I had never heard the song like this before. I paused it, and played the version I have in iTunes, to see if I was going crazy. I then played the 2011 remastered version on Spotify. Neither sounded anywhere near as good. This remaster (six years older than the most recent) is the most phenomenal version of this album I have ever heard. And that’s just listening to it through my laptop.
Now, some Queen fans might wonder how it is that I had never bought the 30th anniversary edition of ANATO before. I used to read and post regularly on a website called Queenzone, where people would rave about the sound on the DVD. I bought all of Queen’s albums over the years, but I never had the disposable income to buy something I already owned (in essence). This is also the reason I haven’t bought any of the recent reissues, despite the presence of previously unreleased bonus tracks. But on a whim, I ordered the 2005 edition the other night, and the only thing I regret is that I didn’t do it years ago.
My main question is this: why do the 2011 remasters not sound like this? I have heard some, and while there is an improvement, it’s nothing like this. It’s not worth forking out £10 or £12 for, unless you don’t already have the album. EMI have shafted Queen fans for years with shoddy re-releases and, despite Queen’s move to Island Records last year, the latest reissues are not as good as they could be. If they can only create such good sound on DVD, then that’s what they should do, because all Queen’s albums deserve to sound like this.
Well, okay, everything up to and including The Game, and then Innuendo and Made In Heaven. But something should be done.