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- Posted on Jan 27th 2011 4:00PM by Jason MacNeil
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According to a statement Jan. 26 on Queen guitarist Brian May's site, each album has been re-mastered and will be released as a standard album and a two-disc deluxe edition set with bonus content. The deluxe albums will also be released on iTunes and accompanied with "additional sleeve notes, unseen pictures and videos."
A total of 27 bonus tracks are spread out over the deluxe editions of the five albums. Queen's self-titled 1973 debut features five demos from December 1971 of album cuts, as well as the song 'Mad the Swine' from June 1972. Meanwhile, 'Queen II' comes with five bonus cuts, including a live version of 'White Queen,' a 2011 instrumental mix of 'Seven Seas of Rhye,' material culled from BBC Sessions and a B-side version of 'See What a Fool I've Been.'
The five bonus songs on Queen's 1974 album 'Sheer Heart Attack' feature BBC Session recordings of album tracks, a live version of 'Now I'm Here' and 'In the Lap of the Gods... Revisited' from the band's famed 1986 show at London's Wembley Stadium. But perhaps the bonus material on 'A Night at the Opera' is the true treasure, with live versions of '39' and 'Love of My Life,' and an "operatic section a cappella" version of the band's signature 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' among the five additional selections.
Finally, 'A Day at the Races' includes a 1977 'Top of the Pops' performance of 'Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy,' live versions of 'Somebody to Love' and 'You Take My Breath Away,' and a "HD Mix" of 'Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together).'
In related news, 'We Believe' -- a song May wrote during the Queen and Paul Rodgers collaboration period but was never released -- has been translated into Italian and will be included on a new EP by Martha Rossi, a singer performing in the Italian version of the Queen musical, 'We Will Rock You.'