Queen / “The Platinum Collection” special steelbook edition


In Germany, Universal Music have just released Queen‘s Platinum Collection three-CD greatest hits set in the kind of limited edition packaging normally reserved for home cinema releases on DVD and blu-ray.

This so-called ‘steelbook’ edition is literally the three discs and accompanying booklet housed in a metal casing, and these have proved very popular among some film fans who are prepared to pay a premium for good design and solid construction.

Whether this will catch on for audio releases remains to be seen. This Queen set is not overly striking with a fairly plain presentation of the Queen logo and ‘crest’ on the front of the hinged metal case. It also appears to be something of a trial, given the fact that it’s not available in the UK or other territories.

Does this kind of packaging interest or appeal to you? Leave a comment and let us know.

Track listing

Disc: 1

  • 1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  • 2. Another One Bites The Dust
  • 3. Killer Queen
  • 4. Fat Bottomed Girls
  • 5. Bicycle Race
  • 6. You’re My Best Friend
  • 7. Don’t Stop Me Now
  • 8. Save Me
  • 9. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • 10. Somebody To Love
  • 11. Now I’m Here
  • 12. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
  • 13. Play The Game
  • 14. Flash Reinhören
  • 15. Seven Seas Of Rhye
  • 16. We Will Rock You
  • 17. We Are The Champions

Disc: 2 

  • 1. A Kind Of Magic
  • 2. Under Pressure
  • 3. Radio Ga Ga
  • 4. I Want It All
  • 5. I Want To Break Free
  • 6. Innuendo
  • 7. It’s A Hard Life
  • 8. Breakthru
  • 9. Who Wants To Live Forever
  • 10. Headlong
  • 11. The Miracle
  • 12. I’m Going Slightly Mad
  • 13. The Invisible Man
  • 14. Hammer To Fall
  • 15. Friends Will Be Friends
  • 16. The Show Must Go On
  • 17. One Vision

Disc: 3 

  • 1. The Show Must Go On
  • 2. Under Pressure
  • 3. Barcelona – Mercury, Freddie
  • 4. Too Much Love Will Kill You
  • 5. Somebody To Love
  • 6. You Don’t Fool Me
  • 7. Heaven For Everyone
  • 8. Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love)
  • 9. Driven By You – May, Brian
  • 10. Living On My Own – Mercury, Freddie
  • 11. Let Me Live
  • 12. The Great Pretender – Mercury, Freddie
  • 13. Princes Of The Universe
  • 14. Another One Bites The Dust
  • 15. No One But You (Only The Good Die Young)
  • 16. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
  • 17. Thank God It’s Christmas

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Yes brilliant stuff would be nice if they continue with the rest innuendo etc..? STEELBOOK DELUXE


This box set is limited to 10.000 copies. It was released to support a 4 hour television documentary. It features the 2011 Island Remasters.

Thomas Staudt

I think they simply needed some new product to accompany the 4 hour Queen documentation that was shown on German television last Saturday.
Therefore I wouldn’t read too much into this regarding future releases.


I don’t mind if it’s plastic or steelbook etc but please stop releasing deluxe disc packages in cardboard configurations they are crap. Cardboard packaging is easily damaged, impossible to replace like for like and more often than not the discs arrive scratched.

Anybody who managed to get the discs out of the cardboard sleeves in the Pink Floyd Discovery set deserves a round of applause.


Then applaud to me, please. The only one I didn’t get along with was the Ummagumma booklet – I partially tore the thing up when trying to get it out.
@Paul: At Track 14, the word “Reinhören” (“Listen”) slipped into the title “Flash”.


Totally agree with Mike F, they are sat on tons i suspect and they keep churning out the same stuff. WHY?


I’m actually excited about this probably because I am a fool BUT I do prefer regular packaged box sets.

Mike F

Dear Queen Productionds Ltd,

This is boring. Can’t you release something new or rare?! How about the many released tracks you missed from the remasters? How about the complete BBC sessions?


– Mike


As a boxed set junkie, I would be interested in more reissues such as this.


More interested to know if this will be the fantastic Island remasters though. Typically, re-issues like this don’t feature new masters. However, when Island took over the Queen catalogue from EMI, the remastering job they did was just extraordinary – some of the best remasters I’ve ever heard.. Up there with The Beatles and The Smiths (nice realistic sound, no loudness wars, no signs of over-compression) and I’d be surprised if after all that, they used the old original masters… Have any idea yet??

Andrew Smith

I agree 100% with that. The Beatles (2009), The Smiths (2011) and the Queen (2011) remasters all sound fantastic and a lot better than the older CD issues.