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The Complete Illustrated Lyrics

By Queen

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The Complete Illustrated Lyrics. Book. Rock Reference. Softcover. 400 pages. Published by Backbeat Books (HL.333226).

Item Number: HL.333226

ISBN 9781617130137. 8.75x10.5 inches. Foreword by Roger Taylor and Brian May.

In 2011, the world celebrated the 40th anniversary of Queen – one of the most innovative, glamorous, and influential bands in history. Over the course of the band's career, they have grossed 170 million album sales worldwide, have written 18 number one hits, and performed 700 concerts. While some acts enjoy a forte of incredible showmanship, a virtuoso instrumentalist, a strong, charismatic leader, or a prolific sole songwriter, Queen beholds all of these strengths. Although Freddie Mercury and Brian May are recognized as the prime songwriters, each of the members have penned number one hits, including classics such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Freddie Mercury), “Another One Bites the Dust” (John Deacon), “A Kind of Magic” (Roger Taylor), and “We Will Rock You” (Brian May). The fates brought the four creative and cerebral youths together in London in 1971 (Mercury was by then an established fine and graphic artist, May was enveloped in the study of astrophysics, Roger Taylor enrolled in dental school, and John studying electronics). Since then, they have made history with their sophisticated fusion of operatic expression, theatrical performance, symphonic melody, and raw rock-and-roll.

Beginning with their debut Queen in 1973 (EMI/Electra Records), the band took the UK by storm, then conquered the United States along with rest of the world, serving as pioneers of stadium rock and enjoying commercial success and momentum well into the 1980s (marked by the famous Live Aid appearance in 1985) through the early 1990s. The whirlwind took a startling pause when singer Freddie Mercury passed away from AIDS on November 24, 1991. The living members have forged ahead and remain great music makers.

The Complete Illustrated Lyrics is the first book of its kind. Never before has there been a complete Queen lyric book. The hundreds of images that accompany the songs range from handwritten lyrics to rare photographs from the stage to the studio. Also included is a complete discography, pairing each song to the album on which it was originally released. Designed by the band's longtime creative director, Richard Gray, the book is as true to the band as can be, carrying with it the flamboyance, expression, and depth that Queen embodies as writers and performers. If there is one book for a fan of the band to possess, this is the one.

  • Party 
  • You And I 
  • I'm Going Slightly Mad 
  • These Are The Days Of Our Lives 
  • Headlong 
  • The Show Must Go On 
  • I Want It All 
  • The Miracle 
  • Innuendo 
  • Breakthru 
  • The Invisible Man 
  • Love Of My Life 
  • Liar 
  • My Life Has Been Saved 
  • You Don't Fool Me 
  • Mother Love 
  • A Winter's Tale 
  • Let Me Live 
  • Too Much Love Will Kill You 
  • Heaven For Everyone 
  • Made In Heaven 
  • I Was Born To Love You 
  • Get Down, Make Love 
  • Dreamer's Ball 
  • The Prophet's Song 
  • Another One Bites The Dust 
  • Jealousy 
  • Save Me 
  • Rock It 'Prime Jive' 
  • Scandal 
  • Bijou 
  • The Hitman 
  • Delilah 
  • All God's People 
  • Don't Try So Hard 
  • I Can't Live Without You 
  • Jesus 
  • Body Language 
  • Bohemian Rhapsody 
  • Spread Your Wings 
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love 
  • No One But You 
  • I Go Crazy 
  • Stealin' 
  • Tear It Up 
  • Fat Bottomed Girls 
  • Was It All Worth It 
  • Modern Times Rock 'N' Roll 
  • The Night Comes Down 
  • Hang On In There 
  • Hijack My Heart 
  • Khashoggi's Ship 
  • Lost Opportunity 
  • Mad The Swine 
  • My Baby Does Me 
  • Rain Must Fall 
  • Feelings Feelings 
  • Killer Queen 
  • Let Me Entertain You 
  • Radio Ga Ga 
  • Stone Cold Crazy 
  • Tie Your Mother Down 
  • Under Pressure 
  • We Are The Champions 
  • We Will Rock You 
  • It's Late 
  • Action This Day 
  • All Dead, All Dead 
  • Back Chat 
  • Bicycle Race 
  • Brighton Rock 
  • Bring Back That Leroy Brown 
  • Calling All Girls 
  • Coming Soon 
  • Cool Cat 
  • Dancer 
  • Dead On Time 
  • Dear Friends (May B) 
  • Don't Stop Me Now 
  • Don't Try Suicide 
  • Dragon Attack 
  • Drowse 
  • The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke 
  • Father To Son (May B) 
  • Fight From The Inside 
  • Flash's Theme (Flash) 
  • Flick Of The Wrist 
  • Fun It 
  • Funny How Love Is 
  • Good Company 
  • Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy 
  • Great King Rat (Mercury F) 
  • Hammer To Fall 
  • Hero, The (May B) 
  • A Human Body 
  • I Want To Break Free 
  • If You Can't Beat Them 
  • I'm In Love With My Car 
  • In Only Seven Days 
  • In The Lap Of The Gods (Mercury F) 
  • In The Lap Of The Gods (Revisited) 
  • Is This The World We Created...? 
  • It's A Hard Life 
  • Keep Yourself Alive 
  • Las Palabras De Amor 
  • Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon 
  • Leaving Home Ain't Easy 
  • Life Is Real (Song For Lennon) 
  • Lily Of The Valley 
  • Long Away 
  • Loser In The End, The (Taylor R) 
  • Machines (Or 'Back To Humans') 
  • The March Of The Black Queen 
  • The Millionaire Waltz 
  • Misfire (Deacon J) 
  • More Of That Jazz 
  • My Fairy King 
  • My Melancholy Blues 
  • Need Your Loving Tonight 
  • Now I'm Here 
  • Ogre Battle 
  • Play The Game 
  • Put Out The Fire 
  • Sail Away Sweet Sister 
  • Seaside Rendezvous 
  • Seven Seas Of Rhye 
  • Sheer Heart Attack 
  • She Makes Me (May B) 
  • Sleeping On The Sidewalk 
  • Some Day One Day (May B) 
  • Son And Daughter 
  • Soul Brother 
  • Staying Power 
  • Sweet Lady 
  • Tenement Funster 
  • Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) 
  • '39 
  • White Man 
  • White Queen (As It Began) 
  • You Take My Breath Away 
  • Doing All Right 
  • Don't Lose Your Head (Taylor R) 
  • Friends Will Be Friends 
  • Gimme The Prize (Mercury/May) 
  • A Kind Of Magic 
  • One Vision 
  • One Year Of Love 
  • Pain Is So Close To Pleasure 
  • Princes Of The Universe 
  • See What A Fool I've Been (MAY B) 
  • Thank God It's Christmas 
  • Who Wants To Live Forever 
  • You're My Best Friend 
  • Death On Two Legs 
  • Nevermore 
  • It's A Beautiful Day 
  • Somebody To Love 
  • Ride The Wild Wind 
  • Keep Passing The Open Windows 
  • Man On The Prowl 
  • Who Needs You 
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