Released as a companion to the expanded Queen
reissues of 2011, the Deep Cuts
series digs deep into the classic rock band’s albums, culling a collection of overlooked fan favorites. This was somewhat easier to do on the first two volumes, which covered the group’s heyday, but Vol. 3
rounds up highlights from 1984-1995, when Queen
weren’t anywhere near their prime. That much is evident on this edition of Deep Cuts
, which never raises much beyond the level of “very solid.” That's enough for an album but not a compilation intended to convince doubting punters there was more to be found than what is usually showcased on hits collections. Although that's not the case here, this still could have some use for the curious Queen
fan who doesn’t want to go to actual latter-day albums.