A new 18-disc box set featuring high-quality colored-vinyl versions of Queen’s 15 studio albums will be released on September 25. Queen: The Studio Collection contains remastered editions of each of the band’s albums, including three records 1974’s Queen II, 1991’s Innuendo and 1994’s Made in Heaven that have their tracks spread over two LPs.
The albums have been mastered by renowned engineer Bob Ludwig using the original source tapes. Each 180-gram vinyl disc boasts a different color that corresponds to the cover art featured on that album.
The Studio Collection also comes packaged with a 108-page hardback book featuring archival material contributed by Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, as well as by fans. The book offers introductions to each album, quotes from band members, rare photos, handwritten lyrics, various pieces of memorabilia and more.
As for the albums that appear in the set as double discs, Queen II features its tracks split between a black-colored LP and a white-colored LP in honor of the fact that the original record boasted a “Side White” and a “Side Black” rather than a “Side A” and “Side B”; while Innuendo and Made in Heaven, having been issued during the heyday of the CD, featured a run time that wouldn’t allow for their songs to fit on a single disc.
All of the remastered albums also will be available for purchase separately on black vinyl. You can check an unboxing video of the compilation at Queen’s official YouTube channel. Visit StudioCollection.QueenOnline.com for more details about the box set.
Meanwhile, in conjunction with the release of The Studio Collection, a specially designed Queen-branded turntable has been created by the Rega audio-equipment company. The deck is emblazoned by classic Queen logos on its base and dustcover lid.
Here is the full list of albums featured in the Queen: The Studio Collection:
Queen II (1974)
Sheer Heart Attack (1974)
A Night at the Opera (1975)
A Day at the Races (1976)
News of the World (1977)
The Game (1980)
Flash Gordon soundtrack (1980)
Hot Space (1982)
The Works (1984)
A Kind of Magic (1986)
The Miracle (1989)
Made in Heaven (1994)