Queen ‎– The Show Must Go On

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Issued October 14, 1991, as the fourth single to be taken off the "Innuendo" album and barely five weeks before Freddie Mercury died.

This grouping assembles all variations and versions of the "The Show Must Go On" swansong single, featuring a widely different array of B-side tracks (mostly from the "Hot Space" era) as well as the "Queen Talks" interview.

Versions (16)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
QUEEN 19, 20 4533 7 Queen The Show Must Go On(7", Single) Parlophone, Parlophone QUEEN 19, 20 4533 7 UK 1991 Sell This Version
14-204533 6 Queen The Show Must Go On(12", Maxi) EMI 14-204533 6 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
060 20 4533 6, 12 QUEEN 19 Queen The Show Must Go On(12", Maxi) Parlophone, Parlophone 060 20 4533 6, 12 QUEEN 19 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
12 QUEENSG 19, 20 4533 8, 12QUEENSG 19 Queen The Show Must Go On(12", S/Sided, Single, Etch, Gat) Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone 12 QUEENSG 19, 20 4533 8, 12QUEENSG 19 UK 1991 Sell This Version
016 20 4533 7, QUEEN 19, 016-20 4533 7 Queen The Show Must Go On(7", Single) Parlophone, EMI, Parlophone, EMI, Parlophone, EMI 016 20 4533 7, QUEEN 19, 016-20 4533 7 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
QUEEN 19 Queen The Show Must Go On(7", Single, Jukebox) Parlophone QUEEN 19 UK 1991 Sell This Version
20 4533 2, CD QUEEN 19 Queen The Show Must Go On(CD, Single) Parlophone, Parlophone 20 4533 2, CD QUEEN 19 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
CDQUEEN 19, 20 4533 2 Queen The Show Must Go On(CD, Single) Parlophone, Parlophone CDQUEEN 19, 20 4533 2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CD QUEENS 19, 20 4564 2 Queen The Show Must Go On(CD, Single + Box, S/Edition) Parlophone, Parlophone CD QUEENS 19, 20 4564 2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
2666-4 Queen The Show Must Go On(Cass, Single) Parlophone 2666-4 Australasia 1991 Sell This Version
2045334 Queen The Show Must Go On(Cass, Single) Parlophone 2045334 France 1991 Sell This Version
TCQUEEN 19, 20 4533 4 Queen The Show Must Go On(Cass, Single) EMI, EMI TCQUEEN 19, 20 4533 4 UK 1991 Sell This Version
8 81475 7 Queen The Show Must Go On(7", Single, Ltd, Num, RE, Red) EMI 8 81475 7 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
8 81475 7 Queen The Show Must Go On(7", Single, Unofficial, Red) EMI 8 81475 7 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 81475 7 6 Queen The Show Must Go On(7", Single, Unofficial, W/Lbl, Whi) EMI (2) 7243 8 81475 7 6 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
none Queen The Show Must Go On(Acetate, 10", S/Sided, TP) Abbey Road Studios none UK Unknown Sell This Version

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frezque

frezque

November 30, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing The Show Must Go On, 12", S/Sided, Single, Etch, Gat, 12 QUEENSG 19, 20 4533 8, 12QUEENSG 19

https://www.discogs.com/Queen-The-Show-Must-Go-On/release/764694 is the same record (European release) but does not come in a gatefold sleeve and comes also not with the etched autographs. I have this record however I can not add the record in my Discogs collection.
kompressorkanonen

kompressorkanonen

May 22, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
referencing The Show Must Go On, CD, Single, 20 4533 2, CD QUEEN 19

Oh, good grief, Queen, you fucking fossils – what are you doing in my collection? How anyone can adore this troupe, I’ve never been able to figure out – a personal low point; going back home from a messy weekend in Glasgow, only to discover that the airport express coach company, in an act of pure evil, had decided to entertain their passengers with a DVD containing one of Queen's concerts from the 80's. Meaning I had to endure Freddie’s antics and Brian May’s hair on three screens simultaneously, for 2 hours, while I was in the most wretched state imaginable. I’m not sure I’ll ever recover. And those asinine records; “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the sentimental reissue of which kept the KLF off the #1 spot in the UK singles chart in 1991 – an unbelievably tedious music-as-theatresports monstrosity which does what Queen does best: an awful lot of nothing . Or “Radio Ga Ga” – how to ruin a nice verse and a cool body-poppin’ break with a chorus that comprises all the subtle nuances of a football terrace and a West End musical. Someone still loves yoooouuuuuu? I somehow don’t think so!

And then there’s “The Show Must Go On”, the final song on the last album they released while Freddie was still with us, and the pompousness to end all pompousness, Queen at their most ridiculously grandiose – and yet, it’s their finest moment, the ONLY moment in their discography I can be bothered with. Apparently penned by May partly as a therapeutical exercise during his divorce, it becomes a hell of a lot more when Freddie sings it – barely hanging on to his life, body ravaged by disease, he nevertheless delivers an unbelievable performance – done in one take, or so the legend goes. It’s the song where Queen briefly captures something greater than itself, something truly larger than life in fact – and “I’ll top the bill, I’ll overkill” is the most perfect line that their singer ever recorded. A few months later, he was no more. Rest in peace, you lunatic. I never liked your band. But I liked you. And I love this song.