Queen to Release Special Edition 'Studio Collection' Vinyl Box

Posted at July 20th, 2015 | by Avneesh Singh | in

Queen and their label Universal Music have announced Queen: The Studio Collection, an 18 disc theme-coloured vinyl LP collection to be released on September 25. This unique package will carry all 15 Queen studio albums on a 180 gram coloured vinyl, complimented with a fully customized limited edition Queen branded turntable made by Rega. 2000 of these turntables will be available for sale worldwide, with only 400 reserved for UK buyers.

 

 

Queen on Vinyl: This is how listeners first heard the now legendary Queen in the 1970’s when vinyl was the predominant format for recorded music. This September, Queen will hit the crest of an already massive wave – a world-wide renaissance of vinyl and record players – with the ultimate set of vinyl LPs, the complete collection of Queen studio albums, re-mastered to the highest standards of quality in both audio and artwork.

 

Queen had always been stuck to the classic vinyl for the release of their albums, even in the era when CD’s were more popular among the public. However, the final two albums, ‘Innuendo‘ and ‘Made In Heaven‘ were actually formatted primarily with the CD in mind, with a longer running time, so the contents had to be edited down to fit them on to the two sides of a vinyl album. Now, specially for this edition, for the first time, these two albums have been cut at full length as double vinyl LP’s – four sides each – making up a vinyl set that is complete in every way.
 

The colour discs have been custom-produced especially for this set, using new material technology which ensures the sound quality is uncompromising. Different colours on the vinyl are used keeping in mind the artwork on each album for example, The Miracle is in sky blue, and the soundtrack to Flash Gordon is coloured yellow mustard.

 

Queen II, which included a “Side White” and “Side Black” on its original 1974 release is presented as a double album this new edition, it has been cut on two separate discs, black and white, each with a custom etching on the reverse side, a nice bonus for collectors. After asking a number of world-renowned mastering engineers to pay their best efforts Bob Ludwig, one of the best-known mastering engineers, was chosen for the job. As the analogue mix tapes had suffered from the effects of time and needed restoration the original plan of mastering everything straight from them had to be dropped. The problems encountered included speed errors, missing audio, newly developing clicks and other unwanted noise. So using 24 bit samples and sampling rate 96kHz new high quality digital masters were created. The restoration included only the lightest of touches respecting the originals resulting in the finest quality masters ever.

 
For the final stage, the physical cut, Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios was hired. Showell has perfected the technique of cutting at half speed, he runs the source file and the cutting lathe at 50% of the normal speed, which means double the accuracy in the cutting of the groove, resulting in superior reproduction of the music via the stylus in your record player. The LPs will be packaged along with a 108-page hardcover book, which contains information about each album, as well as rare photos and collectibles.

Avneesh Singh

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