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A fantastic looking book that does exactly what it says on the tin.

Published by: Backbeat Books

Like the Iron Maiden book reviewed here, the Queen story has been told many, many times, so what he have here is something a little different. This coffee table book of a little under four hundred pages is officially sanctioned by the band and the creators have had full access to the Queen archives. Like the title suggests, this is a full compendium of lyrics to every song Queen ever written, complete with hundreds of wonderful photos, album artwork and illustrations, and perhaps of most interest; some of the hand-written lyrics from when the original idea occurred. Some of these are written on plain or lined paper but the most interesting ones are on headed notepaper from hotels around the world, recording studios or any other pieces of paper that happened to be lying around. It's been beautifully designed and includes non-album b-sides and demos that were used as bonus tracks on future re-issues. The book is absolutely gorgeous to look at and features many unpublished photos from every era of the band's existence bar their most recent tours with Paul Rodgers. I've always found it sad to look at pictures of Freddie Mercury from the period where he became ill, and there are plenty of those here, but for the most part the photos show a band whose chemistry on and off the stage was a rarity in the music business.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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As this is a book about one of the most popular bands in history it'll probably sell well anyway, but there are one or two things that may hold it back. First of all it isn't a hardback and the only price I can find on it is $40, which I guess currently equates to over £30. A tad expensive for a paperback, no matter how good it looks. Also, apart from brief forewords by both Roger Taylor and Brian May - which incidentally are excellent, especially Brian's explanation of why they decided to split the songwriting credits amongst the whole band on later albums – and the lyrics themselves plus some very brief captions under the photos, there isn't any other text in the book at all and there's nothing new to learn from it apart from the amazing revelation that Queen wrote seventeen songs beginning with the letter 'I'. The last one is probably just a personal thing but the lyrics are listed in alphabetical order and not in the chronological order of each album, so those of us whose eyesight has deteriorated would find it impractical to read the lyrics from the book whilst listening to an album, rather than the tiny ones in a CD booklet.

The Complete Illustrated Lyrics is a fantastic looking book that does exactly what it says on the tin.

Phil Ashcroft

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