Queen / News Of The World: 40th anniversary 5-disc super deluxe edition

Universal Music will mark the 40th anniversary of Queen‘s 1977 album News Of The World with a five-disc super deluxe edition.

The new package includes the original album on CD (the Bob Ludwig 2011 remaster) and two further CDs of recently unearthed outtakes and rarities including ‘Raw Sessions’ an alternative version of the whole album which brings to light never-before-heard alternative versions of each of the album’s 11 tracks. The record label promises that “every lead vocal is different” on Raw Sessions and as are most of the lead guitar parts and many other instrumental details. We Are The Champions is the full-length version of the song and not the edited 1977 album cut and All Dead, All Dead features Freddie Mercury on vocals, rather than Brian May. Fight From The Inside, is Roger Taylor’s demo vocal version (worked on in his home studio in preparation for the next sessions).

The fourth optical disc is a DVD which features a brand new one-hour documentary “Queen: The American Dream” created from backstage material filmed during Queen’s 1977 USA News of the World tour.

The 40th anniversary of News Of The World also includes a vinyl version of the album – a “pure analogue” re-cut of the original “direct from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes”.

Finally, this set comes with a 60-page book of images and a selection of NOTW related memorabilia (including three posters).

This News Of The World 40th anniversary edition is released on 17 November 2017.

VINYL LP: The Original News of the World Album – new Pure Analogue Cut.

Side One
1. We Will Rock You (May) 2:01
2. We Are The Champions (Mercury) 2:59
3. Sheer Heart Attack (Taylor) 3:26
4. All Dead, All Dead (May) 3:10
5. Spread Your Wings (Deacon) 4:34
6. Fight From The Inside (Taylor) 3:03

Side Two
1. Get Down, Make Love (Mercury) 3:51
2. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (May) 3:06
3. Who Needs You (Deacon) 3:05
4. It’s Late (May) 6.26
5. My Melancholy Blues (Mercury) 3:29

CD 1: The Original Album (Bob Ludwig 2011 master)
1. We Will Rock You (May) 2:01
2. We Are The Champions (Mercury) 2:59
3. Sheer Heart Attack (Taylor) 3:26
4. All Dead, All Dead (May) 3:10
5. Spread Your Wings (Deacon) 4:34
6. Fight From The Inside (Taylor) 3:03
7. Get Down, Make Love (Mercury) 3:51
8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (May) 3:06
9. Who Needs You (Deacon) 3:05
10. It’s Late (May) 6.26
11. My Melancholy Blues (Mercury) 3:29

1. We Will Rock You (Alternative Version) 2:29
2. We Are The Champions (Alternative Version) 4:33
3. Sheer Heart Attack (Original Rough Mix) 4:17
4. All Dead, All Dead (Original Rough Mix) 3:08
5. Spread Your Wings (Alternative Take) 4:56
6. Fight From The Inside (Demo Vocal Version) 3:08
7. Get Down, Make Love (Early Take) 4:02
8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (Live in the USA, 1977) 3:49
9. Who Needs You (Acoustic Take) 2:46
10. It’s Late (Alternative Version) 6:44
11. My Melancholy Blues (Original Rough Mix) 3:36

1. Feelings Feelings (Take 10, July 1977) 1:55
2. We Will Rock You (BBC Session) 1:36
3. We Will Rock You (Fast) (BBC Session) 2:52
4. Spread Your Wings (BBC Session) 5:33
5. It’s Late (BBC Session) 6:39
6. My Melancholy Blues (BBC Session) 3:13
7. We Will Rock You (Backing Track) 2:03
8. We Are The Champions (Backing Track) 2:59
9. Spread Your Wings (Instrumental) 4:23
10. Fight From The Inside (Instrumental) 3:02
11. Get Down, Make Love (Instrumental) 3:49
12. It’s Late (USA Radio Edit 1978) 3:52
13. Sheer Heart Attack (Live in Paris 1979) 3:35
14. We Will Rock You (Live in Tokyo 1982) 2:55
15. My Melancholy Blues (Live in Houston 1977) 3:48
16. Get Down, Make Love (Live in Montreal 1981) 4:35
17. Spread Your Wings (Live in Europe 1979) 5:20
18. We Will Rock You (Live at the MK Bowl 1982) 2:08
19. We Are The Champions (Live at the MK Bowl 1982) 3:32


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I only want the vinyl, anybody wants to sell it?

Edwin van gent

Hi Edwin, I have one for you it cost 50 euro ex shipping cost.

Martin Kilroy

Hi Paul,
I received the box-set on Friday and discovered that “two further CDs of recently unearthed outtakes and rarities” is actually one further CD of recently unearthed outtakes (which is brilliant by the way) and one of previously released rarities (it actually says so on the back of the box but sadly it was in my possession from amazon and unboxed by the time I read it.)
You might want to amend your blurb (I’m assuming that you cut and pasted from a press-release) as I feel slightly sick that I have essentially just paid £100 for one CD! The remaining members of Queen should be informed that not all their fans earn as much as they do!

Michael Crompton

What is the difference between super deluxe at £150 and deluxe special edition at £102?


I would like the actual album as a 24 bit download. After ‘Live-on-Air’ was made available in hi-res I believed all future releases would be made available in this way. Seems to be no pattern to the way Universal in Europe do this. Hollywood Records in the US seem to be more consistent with their Queen releases in 24 bit. I’m not complaining but I think I would probably only listen to the bonus material once so hopefully Tidal will have all three CDs from the set available to stream.

Nigel Day

Can’t wait. And f**k streaming. I ain’t streaming nothing. I like to own my music not rent it out.


CD fan boys sprouting their usual rubbish. You must be tone deaf to think a brick walled CD sounds better than a record. Then again, most of you will never break the seal and actually listen to it and if you do it will be just the once.

Do some research on how the mastering was done, Sgt Pepper was a good example of how they treat the CD brigade.

Why they want to mix records with all that other crap is beyond me.


Not all CD’s are brick walled as you put it and the only reason the put these useless lumps of plastic in box sets is to push the price up. It’s simple if people want vinyl release it separately instead of lumping it in with CD’s which in most cases it will be treated as an oversized coaster.


I note that the raw session versions of both We Are The Champions and We Will Rock You are available as single tracks on Qobuz.

Does this suggest that the whole album may appear digitally at a far more reasonable price ?


I’m glad they put a vinyl disc in!!!


What I would really love to buy instead: A new and way better executed “all studio albums on CD” box set in a Super Deluxe style treatment. The 2011 sets were disappointing. I would love to get something in the quality range and packaging style of the “Kraftwerk – Der Katalog” set from Queen. And maybe an extra boxset that includes full live recordings from each era complementing the packaging style of the studio box set. Bring it on!


I really do wish that Queen productions would listen to the overwhelming majority of fans who want a version of this box set released without the vinyl. Surely they know that this will affect sales because it will be downloaded illegally by people who don’t want to pay the excessive amount for vinyl but want the unreleased content…


If you don’t want the vinyl, there are thousands of people who would purchase it from you to offset your cost. Use your heads… or… keep complaining.

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Michael G

Did order this straight away from amazon but have now cancelled I don’t need vinyl,I don’t own a record player so will stick with the normal CD.
The price is outrageous for what is included, please don’t laugh have ordered the new shadows box set much better value and price,I hope whoever is responsible for the NOTW Box Set takes note your losing potential sales.


I did the same ordered day one when the contents came out cancelled. Just can not justify that price for so little new stuff no contemporary show etc.
Still Mr Fripp now has that budget.

Ian Burgess

It’s only the original album on vinyl in the box, not all the extra tracks, they are cd only, so where do the vinyl lovers stand on that? Some have said they only want the vinyl, do they mean just the album, or all the previously unreleased as well. Comments don’t seem to reflect that the only way to get them is on cd.


Just thought that I’d add my ‘NO VINYL’ needed comment.
IF record companies listen/read these comments, please take note!
Issue the vinyl separately for anyone who wants/needs(!) it.

JR Larsson

5.1 Blu-ray release or bust! You know the masters are there and amazing so why not?

I personally would want a 5.1 mix of Sheer Heart Attack, Day at the Races or Jazz first.

In this day and age anyone who believes the sound on VINYL is better than an uncompressed high-res format is a FOOL!


Danny, thanks for the additional info. I totally agree the documentary should be longer. And then, the Houston concert could have been served up as a backup feature. If there any sonic deficiencies, they could have been addressed. Missing piano parts? Fly them in from a different concert. Mono only? It’s amazing what software can do these days. I think a lot of fans would be happy with a DVD scrap book of interesting Bob Harris video footage, even if it couldn’t all be pulled into the context of the documentary.

I don’t see much excuse for not including a hi-res mix of the album on the DVD.

I’d still love to get 5.1 mixes of what they’ve got. Based on the disc 3 track listing, it looks like they still have multitracks for at least 5 of the songs.

Danny Bertou

PS: It is said that a DVD is included in the set as opposed to a Blu-Ray, because the documentary apparently features some low resolution black and white footage (the recording of WATC, perhaps?) and therefore the inclusion of a Blu-Ray would be pointless, since the definition isn’t there anyway. Well, that’s the word that came back from Freddie’s Birtday Party in Montreux at least.

Danny Bertou

As for no 5.1 mix and full Houston concert being included, this is what I gathered from the Queenzone message board:

– No 5.1 mix because apparently some of the multitracks are missing (it is said that, in the past, by accident, the multitracks were sent to the international record companies to make LP-masters instead of the safety copies, and some of them apparently never came back);

– No full Live In Houston because either they don’t have multitracks for that at all (apparently Houston tracks on previous releases are in ‘simulated stereo’ or something), or, according to Jim Beach, the piano track is either missing from the multis or distorted (which I always thought was just a lame excuse to not have to offer new product in the days when they were still on EMI).

I’m really looking forward to to Raw Sessions-disc and the documentary (even though, without seeing it, I feel it could have been slightly longer; 90 mins. or 2 hours perhaps) and I think the book will be nice as well. The original album was always going to be included (a News Of The World boxset would be a bit pointless without it, wouldn’t it) and the LP is nice for the vinyl-lovers and completists among us (even though it does drive up the price). So, in short: I’m gonna buy this set! Queen is still my favourite band after all these years….

Danny Bertou

Even though I’m a little disappointed with this upcoming release, I don’t have too many problems with it. My objections are maily aimed at disc 3, which is an excellent exercise in cash-grabbing. To some extent I can understand Feelings Feelings and BBC session 6 being there (for completion’s sake) and My Melancholy Blues (Live) and It’s Late (Single Edit) are very interesting, but the rest of it is absolute filler. They could have easily replaced that filler with some – soundboard – live recordings from either 1977 or 1978 (Wembley’s Empire Pool, perhaps?). For instance It’s Late, Spread Your Wings and the Sheer Heart Attack/Jeailhouse Rock combo that they used as an encore on the NOTW-Tour (that last one preferably from Houston).


Even if they don’t want to make a surround version (and some bands refuse to do surround versions of albums that were originally done in stereo, on principle), including a DVD but NOT including a high-res audio version of the album is a big mistake. Especially at this price.


Footnote – I almost forgot, but Queen already has some 5.1 mixes on DVD-A, so… why not this one?

elliott buckingham

this is what should have been issued on the 2011 deluxe 2cd versions. I only want disc 2 of this set so hoping for a watered down release.

Dr Magus



God bless you YET AGAIN for giving us fans what QPL just can’t give – value for money. Roll on 3rd of November.

Michael G

Something like £50.00 pounds is a fair price for this box set!
I have ordered it but if it fails to fall in price,I will cancel the order nearer to the release date.


Any opportunity to hear a new recording of Freddie singing makes me really excited.
Really excited – He has always been outstanding and my favourite singer since before I was 10 – 40 years!

What is frustrating, as most people seem to share, is the huge sum of money required to pay for the filler in order to hear new gems!

I am hoping the High Res sites will allow streaming or purchase of just the new tracks that I am aching to hear. Could be under a £10 if that does happen – Recently the Queen On Air release was also a high res download – so fingers crossed – For me, hearing the new Freddie vocals for a fair price is more important than a bloated product on a shelf. Heresy on SDE, but a stark reality for many! I love vinyl, and CD and high res downloads. I don’t like an unfair price!


The remix of We Will Rock You [for better or worse] that was released I think around 1999 when they dumped mostly remixes on all the albums seems to be missing from this box set.
Would of been nice if they release the album plus 1 or both CDs separately.


This crazy pricing needs to stop! 98 BP which comes to about $160 CDN. It’s all too much. No one would be griping so much if it didn’t cost so bloody much. Just to compare, the upcoming Smiths deluxe of ‘The Queen is Dead’ has as many discs, minus the vinyl and a giant ass book but will set you back a mere quarter of the price! Much better value. Note to record label decision makers, we want value . . . Value!!


Obviously, QPL have totally overestimated the demand for the limited NOTW pic disc: Still not sold out after nearly three days. (“Be quick we expect this beautiful piece to sell out in a matter of hours.”)

Carl Homes

Looked at the contents….shook my head.
Went onto the official Queen website and purchased the Store Exclusive News Of The World Picture Disc.
I could have been swayed with a 5.1 but it wasn’t to be. Oh well…move along….nothing to see here….


IMO the biggest mistake: no complete concert from Houston ’77 on DVD!


I also would have like to see a 5.1 mix of this album. And it should have been included in this 40th anniversary box set. Now we probably have to wait until the 50th anniversary box set in 2027 !

As mentioned before by many of you, this box set is overpriced. The CD’s with “Raw Sessions” and “Bonus Tracks” are very interesting, but not for £ 98 or € 114. Maybe I am going to buy this box set if the price comes down.

I only wish that the wouldn’t force us to buy CD’s and vinyl in one box set. People who only want the CD’s are stuck with a vinyl record that the don’t want. The same thing for people who are only interested in vinyl.

Marc VP

@Tim Joseph

There´s little (almost zero) chances we see Houston released separately. A live boxset has been/is in the works for years, initially planned as a “Live Killers” set covering the´79 european tour. If we´re lucky and this set is released someday, maybe it´ll cover other tours as well and there´s where Houston ´77 could have its slot.

Tim Joseph

Not sure if I’ve missed it, but given the last two box sets, I’m amazed that there’s no CD or DVD of the Houston 1977 concert. Unless there’s plans to issue that separately?

steve gilmour

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha – ROFL – ha ha ha ha – same price as Metallica for less than 1/4 of the content. Do Queen never learn.

Wait til this goes on SDE alerts at 49.99 people!


@Paul Sinclair

Do you see any chance for interviewing someone involved in the making of this (FITD producers style). I would definitely be interested in a booklet of this.


Maybe you should try sending an email to Queen-HQ.

Philip Cohen

It would have been in the record company’s best interests to have included a Blu-ray disc, especially with high resolution surround sound. This material would have been fairly difficult to upload to unofficial download sites, and, for most internet users, unfeasably time-consuming to download.
As for the CD & DVD material, its online piracy is simple and inevitable. Giving the consumer extra features that wouldn’t be there in a download makes the product more attractive to potential purchasers.


That price is an insult for what you get. Ridiculous, even with a dwindling base of customers they still need to gauge them for all they can.


“We will, we will, rob you!” *stomp, stomp, clap*

I’ve ordered it, but if I don’t see a massive price-drop in the next 2 months I’ll be cancelling. Maybe we should try extortion? Tell Mr May that unless the price drops below £30, we will conduct a global badger cull.

I’m in 2 minds about bundled vinyl (generally speaking, not just this particular item). On the one hand, it ups the price substantially and I’ll never play it (unless I ever get a decent record player) but on the other hand, it makes the packaging larger and fancier-looking.

Mike Williams

Category: Beating a Dead Horse.

While I have to agree with most of the comments here about the vinyl version needing to be a separate release, or not being included at all. I’m fine with the DVD being included (hopefully all-region NTSC – does anyone know?). Although I personally would prefer a Blu-Ray, the inclusion of the DVD is compatible wit the most machines world-wide plus it will still play on a Blu-Ray player. Blu-Ray preferred, but DVD is better than nothing at all. And Queen’s releases are only involved with Disney for the U.S. Market (they’re on Hollywood Records in the U.S.). The rest of the world, including this release is through Universal/EMI.


As a new topic a couple others have hinted at…… given the extras here audio wise – what was with the two-disc editions from 2011? The second discs were very underwhelming (although I took them up on the single disc versions). Why were the second discs so lean, when all this material was there?

Yeah, I know, cash grab. But this set really shows those 2-disc sets were basically a p*ss take.


Where is the half-speed master on wax cylinder???


Most of all: NO TAPE!?! – boooohhhhhh!!!
Not even an 8-track-cartridge… they must be kidding.


I’m a massive Queen Fan – But come on £90 or more? Totally Oberpriced! I don’t see the point in getting the exact audio copy on vinyl lp you can get from a charity shop for 99p!

It would be overpriced at £50! I’ll wait until January when it will be marked down under £30! Cos they wouldn’t have sold many by then, judging on these comments..,…. are you listening Universal….. ? Nah didn’t think so!


I would have been ok with this if it had a 5.1 mix on a blu ray. The inclusion of a DVD for the documentary seems ridiculous in this day and age, particularly as those who saw the film at the Freddie birthday party say it was projected in glorious HD.
Having said that, I’ve preordered this because I’m a mug. I am also assuming the price will drop at some point, and the price guarantee will kick in. I am potentially going to lose that bet.
I think it looks a glorious package… but it could have looked the same and been so much better.

Charlie Waffles

I want Queen Jazz as a Super Deluxe Edition. The best studio album by Queen.

This is a horrible money grab. And, forced to pay for the vinyl. When will the labels ever learn?

Oh, this is Disney’s idea. Shame on you, Disney.

andrew r

Does anybody really ever listen to these outakes?
Fans and completists alike moan, then buy, then put on the shelf.
All you really need is cleaned up sound and a book to justify buying it yet again.
Buying back your youth is all this is!


I’ll happily buy the vinyl LP from this set if anyone wants to offload it and recoup some cash…?



I am hoping the tracks from the 2011 “bonus CD” and the stuff on the previous remaster are included.
Like many, would of liked it without the vinyl and with 5.1 mix.
The Doors debut album had the vinyl included [plus the usual “memorabilia”] but I ended up with the Japanese edit which has just the 3 CDs housed in a cardboard casing [OK, not my favorite packaging]. But at least it’s the stuff I wanted – and was even cheap for a Japanese release.


very exciting to see how much material is left from the NOTW sessions, a release worth waiting for and a foretaste for more SD editions from Queen to come. Still, I ask myself why we got so little bonuses on the 2011 remasters.


I’m suprised they haven’t got a “Queenonline Super Deluxe Exclusive Edition” for 299 with a replica robot, green vinyl and a NOTW scarf.


…and marbles


Wow. What a missed opportunity.

This really should have followed the book style releases from Tull (and latterly Marillion). Three or four CDs, packed to the gills with out takes and maybe a period live concert, and a 5.1 remix and 24/96 stereo of the studio material.

And charge £30 for it.

By all means have vinyl, but make it available separately.

Dr Magus

Desperate cash-grab. It’s all been said above. Just a crap, crap release.