I gobbled up the 1991 Queen discs as they were issued. (Except for the two live albums which I bought much later.) Before they were released, my Queen CD collection was a strange mishmash of British EMI and US Capitol discs including some promos.
The Hollywood 20th Anniversary discs brought new promo pieces of their own including the cardboard cube pictured above and the Queen Rocks 4-drawer jewelbox up on the right. I was fortunate enough to score a mint cube still shrink-wrapped but later gifted it to the biggest Queen fan I have ever known (even though he was completely ignorant of their existence) and though I managed to obtain all four promo Queen Rocks discs individually, I was never able to find the jewelbox itself for less than $100, which included the discs. There were also a few promo CD singles issued with unavailable anywhere else edits or mixes but they, too, proved to cost prohibitive. The most coveted mix or edit for me is available on two of those discs - it is "We Will Rock You"/"We Are The Champions" as one track.
With all apologies to the other worthy discs mentioned in this issue of ICE, for me it was all about the Queen stuff. Marked release dates on the family calendar as they became available, budgeted money with wife's approval and hit the Wherehouse on my way home from work (I called ahead and they held them for me as I worked a mile away form the store) or on my way to work if I was closing that night which is how I missed getting A Kind Of Magic on day of release - I forgot to call ahead and they had sold out before I got there. They called me at work when they got more copies in a week or two later though. There were two other Queen discs I picked up in 1991: a promo only CD single that features President George Bush, Sr. proclaiming victory in the first Gulf War throughout the song and the disc below, which featured the Ruined by Rick Rubin with the help of the Red Hot Chili Peppers rhythm section mix of "We Will Rock You" that is featured as a bonus track on the News Of The World disc, as well as four other previously unavailable mixes including a James Brown-infused "We Are The Champions".
A later issue of ICE as well as the liner notes from the 1992 disc below foretold of a coming disc of Queen remixes that were different from the ones included as bonus tracks on the CDs. That CD never appeared...or did it?
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