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Queen Studio Collection Exploded Product Shot WHITE

In this exclusive video, watch SDE Editor Paul Sinclair unwrap the new 18LP Queen Studio Collection vinyl box set, which is released today.

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65 responses to SDEtv / Queen: Studio Collection

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  2. steve rickard says:

    I was too late as I already bought mine, but xtra-vision are doing this for £202:99 with voucher code hmv5, hope this helps some people, that’s about £13 an album, plus it’s free postage..

  3. Scottie says:

    Great video Paul with careful attention on the quality of this box set.
    I just picked mine up today and I must say it is everything I hoped for in terms of quality; from the sound/pressing, true to form original covers, the magnificent book, the really sturdy outer flip top box in gold and of course the awesome coloured vinyl which really befits the Queen concept.
    This is a great purchase and a beautiful collectible.

  4. Mark says:

    do we know how many box sets were produced.


    Mark in Plymouth U.K.

  5. Archie Dalrymple says:

    I got this set direct from Queen so you can iamagine my dissapointment when I discoveed the corner of the boz was badly crumpled and the opening edge was torn and broken loose.

    Apparently the supplier don’t have any replacement boxes and only offered a measly £20 compensation.

  6. Sam says:

    I have been listening to my boxset for the last few days and indeed these sound really good. The only minor point is that “Jazz” has some weird stain on side 1 and it affects playing, so Amazon is kindly soon sending me replacement boxset so I can exchange the error item on my set. Luckily they will fully refund the return-postages (which will more likely be high due to weight and size of the package).

  7. Aaron says:

    Not sure if anyone will be reading this post at this point, but does anyone have advice on who to contact if I didn’t get a download code? I pulled out all the records, book, etc. and there doesn’t even seem to be a crumpled one hidden (unless it’s sealed inside one of the records). I purchased from Soundstage Direct, but don’t think they’d have any idea it wasn’t included.

  8. Sergio says:

    Really cool unboxing video!
    Thanks a lot Paul!

  9. Martin says:


    Earlier drove 5 miles (a long way here) to pick up the set at the airport.

    I have nearly recreated your video when opening the box.

    Man, it is magnificent!

    Decided to do it chronologically, and the first immediate thing is just think – “Liar” is the long-lost never-released single that could’ve really made them big…

    Oh yes, the real reason for this is a massive thank you for the original alert that enabled me to pre-order from Amazon Italy that ultimately saved me £100!

    5 more individuals from this little Isle now following!

  10. Jeremy says:

    There’s lots more great technical information on this FIVE years project at ….if you’re into that! :-)

  11. Mick says:

    ^^ One could hope. Thanks!

  12. Mick says:

    Silly question (maybe), but does that download voucher get You hi-res/24-bit downloads, or just MP3’s?

  13. Frank says:

    @Jeremy: thanks, I already found it. The coupon was somewhat crushed at the bottom of the box. It would be better if they had put in the book, like they do with the Paul McCartney reissues.

  14. baward says:

    Thank you for that, Jeremy. I’ve just had my (ginornmous) box delivered so I am looking forward to getting some quality listening!

  15. Jeremy says:

    Frank – Yes, you should have a download code for all the albums. This is confirmed at the very end of the Queen Part 1 official unboxing video

  16. Frank from The Netherlands says:

    I just received this beautiful box, but didn’t took out all records immediately. I just wanna enjoy the fact it’s in my house now :) A question: should there be a download code for all albums in the box? If so, I can’t find it.

  17. Steve C says:

    Really useful, detailed overview. Particularly useful to see that there are poly lined inner sleeves rather than the usual scratchy card ones.
    Those sort of attention to detail points help to decide if it’s a quality product put together with care, as opposed to just a series of repressing so slotted into a thick card outer (Creedence, The Band etc)
    It would be helpful if there was feedback on sound quality, although clearly listeners have differing expectations and a variety of equipment.
    Hope they are pressed on 180g. Very disappointed that my Genesis 1983-1998 pressings feel slightly flimsy and on weighing (sad I know), they seem to have been pressed at 140g, whereas the promotional material stated they would be 180g.

  18. Ravi Joshi says:

    Just received my box from Amazon Italy via a “man that’s one heavy box” UPS man…

    Got dinged for customs, which I believe is a first for me when ordering from Amazon overseas, but still saved about $50 over buying from Amazon Canada.

    This is one serious box and extremely well packed, no dings dents etc.. On opening the quality is absolutely top notch. I’m so glad I bought this – thanks Paul for the deal alert and thanks for the excellent unboxing video (more please) and thanks this blog and thanks for… simply being you… ;-)

    Well off for a listen!

  19. baward says:

    I think the videos are great and very welcome, thanks for you efforts, and the record companies must be counting their lucky stars for all the free publicity. The only comment I have is if/when you hold something up to the camera, that you hold it there a bit longer as I can’t read what you’re trying to show (or else the camera hasn’t had time to auto-focus).

  20. Mick says:

    Unquestionably the best unboxing video I’ve ever seen. Perfectly edited, pace-wise…while still including all the necessary info & visuals. Kudos Paul!

    Being in the U.S., my only Queen vinyl have been the U.S. Elektra versions, so seeing the EMI labels tends to kill the “recreations of the originals” aspect for me.

    As I’ve said previously, this is way above my budget, and I’m beyond crushed that the individuals won’t be on coloured vinyl (as I’d have otherwise gotten a few). Gotta say, this video is certainly tempting though…

    Oh – and I own the U.S. Elektra “Flash Gordon” LP. FYI, the cover is, indeed, embossed (the lightning bolt and all lettering).

  21. Jopla2 says:

    Almost can’t watch this, all that fingering on the grooves..! It’s really not that hard to place your thumb on the centre and other fingers on the side.

  22. Bridge says:

    Great job on the video Paul! Also nice to put a face to the posts. Thumbs up on SDEtv!

  23. Peter says:

    Great Video Paul
    thanks for that
    and yes if you can doing more ‘unboxing’ videos like this, it would be appreciate SDE in my opinion, but i can imagine its a lot of work before its ready to be posted.

  24. andres says:

    Paul, if you can you should do a similar video for the Bowie box, that would be much appreciated

  25. dave says:

    ok so who s actually going to play these and if anyone has how do they sound ? and what kit did you play it on ? lets not for get they will eventually wear out and sound shite. .

    • Kevin says:

      Hi, I’m listening right now (Day at the Races after Night at the Opera) on a Gyrodec/SME 309/Goldring 1042 via Quad amp and Harbeth speakers. They sound very good so far. I have no point of comparison, other than a 30+ year old copy of Greatest Hits, but my records seem to be fine. Quiet background, no crackles to speak of, etc. All good. Suspect I will wear out before these do.

  26. Zongadude says:

    Thank you so much for this video, Paul.
    Now I want that box set :)

  27. Barry Whiting says:

    The product’s not for me (was never a fan) but a great video, Paul. Good to have something in contrast to the press release photos…

  28. Friso Pas says:

    Hey Paul, I hope you used your own boxset for this video. I’d never handle my vinyl this way, like you do ;-)

  29. Rene says:

    Great job Paul! Liked it a lot!

  30. baward says:

    I reckon someone at Queen has taken a leaf out of QRP as to how to do SDE box sets properly.

  31. fabio says:

    My two cents:

    Sheer Heart Attack:
    It looks like the original poster with the b/w pictures of the band and the lyrics is replaced in this edition by a inner bag with just lyrics.

    Funny that in this edition they cut a hole in A day at the Races bag (my original copy have the crest placed there) and put the robot face in the News of The World one instad of the hole that showed such crest!.. a little revisionism? anyway looks cool either way

    Flash Gordon:
    Is the square “poster” with Ming and the credits ommited? or Paul just skipped it?

    Nice box, I know it’s the studio albums but without Live Killers it looks to me like an incomplete collection (I don’t care too much for Live Magic)

    Great video, Thank you Paul!!!

  32. Andrew Mogford says:

    Excellent video, Paul but I’m afraid you’ve triggered my Queen OCD. Apologies for that and hope you’ll forgive me…..

    We entered the eighties with Flash. That, The Game and Hot Space were all released in the eighties BEFORE The Works.

    The early sleeves are not exact replicas. For example “News of the World” was originally cutout at the centre, the robot head has been added for this release.

    The outer sleeves have also been tampered with – compare, for example Queen and Queen II to the original releases and the Elektra re-releases.

    On Jazz, I believe (and I haven’t opened mine yet) that the lyrics are on the back of the poster which is a great shame.

    I say this not to belittle this video but because I have Queen OCD as previously stated,

    Keep up the great work! :)

  33. george says:

    want this so bad now!!
    thanks Paul. love these vids

  34. Alex says:

    I want a t-shirt like your!

  35. Adam shaw says:

    Great video Paul , makes me want it more !
    Shame they didnt put A Day At The Races on brown instead if black , but thats my only niggle .
    Well done Paul .

  36. andres says:

    I’m not a Queen fan but that looks great. Now a little detail: hows the SQ of these?

  37. Guido Hoffmann says:

    Nicely done, thank you. Mine will arrive tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to it!

  38. Chris says:

    Popmarket has it for $389.

  39. Mark Story says:

    Thanks for the video Paul! Really wanted this set , since I became interested in Queen later on and only had an original News of the World.
    Unfortunately , waiting for my Bowie box , maybe sometime later for this.
    Mark S. Rochester,NY USA

  40. colin says:

    what records selling it for £249.99 (max p+p is always £8):

  41. Chris Hopkins says:

    Great looking set but it upsets my OCD that you’re not wearing plastic gloves when handling the vinyl ;-)

  42. Rob says:

    Paul –

    The link you show for the USA Amazon has a price of over $800! That’s Amazon’s page for an imported version. This page:

    is for the USA pressing. A much more affordable (LOL) $466.

    But as the comment above mentions, why no poster with Jazz? That’s a major oversight. Really want this, but it’s out of my reach financially since I’ve already ordered the King Crimson Thrak box.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      thanks, have updated the link.

      Important update: The Jazz poster IS included. The pink thing I was describing as a ‘second inner sleeve’ is the three panel poster folded up, with lyrics on the back. Sorry about that, but POSTER IS INCLUDED!

  43. DenyM says:

    Made In Heaven was released on vinyl at the time. My copy is the limited edition colour vinyl which is white. The posters came with it along with the lyrics and the tracks were edited to fit the format, same as Innuendo.

  44. Joachim says:

    13.21 min might be a new record on an unboxing video on youtube? ;-) Hey, this box is worth every second. Unfortunately we live in times of oversupply of SDE boxes. So your 13 min. is all I will get from this one … so thanks a lot!

  45. Stefano says:

    Nice to see you in a video for once Paul! You do a great job here. Please do this more often, very much appreciated.
    I’m really impressed by this box set. That book, wow! The edged Queen II, wow! The whole thing is simply beautiful.
    But the way you take out the LP’s, creating fingerprints, ouch! I won’t let you touch my vinyl, never ever :)

    • Chucky says:

      The proper term is “etched” not “edged”.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I do try and treat vinyl very carefully but showing it off to an audience is slightly differently to pulling out and putting on a turntable. It’s virtually impossible to not to have to grip it a little bit at the edges…

      • Lance says:

        Yeah, well when you’re filming a video like this with so many albums, the goal is more to get it done quickly than it is to handle every platter like it’s your grandmother’s china collection.

  46. pinkfloyd says:

    Hey Paul!

    What happened to the poster that came with Jazz ;)

  47. Joeri says:

    Thanks a lot for the vid, would be nice to see this more often :)

  48. Simon says:

    If money were no object…

    Sadly this is beyond my reach. And I have the audacity to call myself a Queen fan. Tch! :D

  49. Matthias says:

    Great unboxing video!
    Thanks a lot Paul.
    I’m especially impressed by Queen II with the edged vinyl.

  50. Daniel says:

    Really enjoyed watching this video, many thanks Paul

  51. Fady says:

    Hi Paul, the video is blocked and private. Can you make it available to view please. Cheers.

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