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News Of The World (Bonus Tracks)

by Queen
News Of The World by Queen
Released: Nov 1977
Label: Hollywood
Put this album's one-two punch openers -- "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" -- next to "Bohemian Rhapsody," and it makes you wonder if Queen may have had a hand in writing "Happy Birthday," too, or any other song so deeply embedded in the human consciousness. In the wake of A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races, News of the World was considered boring by critics upon release, though it finds Queen messing around with emerging punk ideas, toning down the stereo overkill and tightening songs (check "Sheer Heart Attack").
Mike McGuirk