Wednesday 6/2/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Queen – News of The World (1977) 40th Anniversary

News of the World is the sixth studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 28 October 1977 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. News of the World was the band’s second album to be recorded at Sarm West and Wessex Sound Studios, London, and engineered by Mike Stone, and was co-produced by the band and Stone.

In 1977, punk rock acts, most notably the Sex Pistols, sparked massive backlash against progressive rock artists such as Queen, to which the band responded by simplifying their symphonic rock sound and gearing towards a more spontaneous hard rock sound. The album subsequently went 4× platinum in the United States, reaching number 3 on the US Top Albums chart, number 4 on the UK Albums Chart and achieving high certifications around the world. It has sold over 4 million copies in United States. Its lead single, “We Are the Champions”, reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Critical reaction to News of the World was initially mixed, with many reviewers commenting on the band’s change in musical style. However, it has since come to be regarded as one of Queen’s greatest albums, while “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You” have since become rock anthems.

The multi-format deluxe box set, released in 2017, contains previously unreleased outtakes and rarities from the band’s archives, as well as a newly created “alternative” version of the entire album, dubbed Raw Sessions. The box set includes a pure analogue vinyl LP, cut from the original analogue master mix tapes, and a brand new one-hour DVD documentary created from backstage material filmed during the North American leg of Queen’s 1977 News of the World tour.

  1. “We Will Rock You” 2:01
  2. “We Are the Champions” 2:59
  3. “Sheer Heart Attack” 3:26
  4. “All Dead, All Dead” 3:10
  5. “Spread Your Wings” 4:34
  6. “Fight from the Inside” 3:03
  7. “Get Down, Make Love” 3:51
  8. “Sleeping on the Sidewalk” 3:06
  9. “Who Needs You” 3:05
  10. “It’s Late” 6:26
  11. “My Melancholy Blues” 3:29
  12. “We Will Rock You” (Alterative Version) 2:26
  13. “We Are the Champions” (Alternative Version) 4:33
  14. “Sheer Heart Attack” (Original Rough Mix) 4:17
  15. “All Dead, All Dead” (Original Rough Mix) 3:08
  16. “Spread Your Wings” (Alternative Take) 4:56
  17. “Fight from the Inside” (Demo Vocal Version) 3:08
  18. “Get Down, Make Love” (Early Take) 4:02
  19. “Sleeping on the Sidewalk” (Live in Boston, November 1977) 3:49
  20. “Who Needs You” (Acoustic Take) 2:49
  21. “It’s Late” (Alternative Version) 6:44
  22. “My Melancholy Blues” (Original Rough Mix) 3:36
  23. “Feelings Feelings” (Take 10, July 1977) 1:55
  24. “We Will Rock You” (BBC Session) 1:36
  25. “We Will Rock You (Fast)” (BBC Session) 2:52
  26. “Spread Your Wings” (BBC Session) 5:33
  27. “It’s Late” (BBC Session) 6:39
  28. “My Melancholy Blues” (BBC Session) 3:13
  29. “We Will Rock You” (Backing Track) 2:03
  30. “We Are the Champions” (Backing Track) 2:59
  31. “Spread Your Wings” (Instrumental) 4:23
  32. “Fight from the Inside” (Instrumental) 3:02
  33. “Get Down, Make Love” (Instrumental) 3:49
  34. “It’s Late” (USA Radio Edit 1978) 3:52
  35. “Sheer Heart Attack” (Live in Paris, February 1979) 3:35
  36. “We Will Rock You (Fast)” (Live in Tokorozawa, November 1982) 2:59
  37. “My Melancholy Blues” (Live in Houston, December 1977) 4:11
  38. “Get Down, Make Love” (Live in Montreal, November 1981) 4:35
  39. “Spread Your Wings” (Live in Europe, February 1979) 5:20
  40. “We Will Rock You” (Live at the Milton Keynes Bowl, June 1982) 2:08
  41. “We Are the Champions” (Live at the Milton Keynes Bowl, June 1982) 3:32

Freddie Mercury – lead vocals (1-3, 5, 7, 9-11), backing vocals (1-2, 4, 7, 9-11), piano (2, 5, 7, 11), cowbell (9)
Brian May – electric guitar (all except 11), acoustic guitar (9), piano (4),[19] maracas (9), backing vocals (1, 2, 10), lead vocals (4, 8)
Roger Taylor – drums (all except 1), rhythm guitar (3), bass guitar (3, 6), additional guitars (6), backing vocals (1-3, 6, 10), lead vocals (6)
John Deacon – bass guitar (2, 4, 5, 7-11), acoustic guitar (5, 9)