Queen Greatest Hits LP USA Elektra 5E-517 withdrawn 1980 LP

Making a research on Elektra discography you’ll see that the 5E-517 catalogue number is missing. Well, to be precise you can verify that no commercial release appeared with this cat. no. With the number after, the 518, many of you got in their hands a copy of the Queen’s Flash Gordon soundtrack LP in the USA Elektra version.
In November 1980 EMI uk planned to release the first Queen Greatest Hits, as you can see from this article. The stopped everything and then decided to release Flash Gordon, postponing the Greatest Hits in 1981.
As for the UK, you can find first promotional campaing informations for the cancelled 1980 issue with sleeve proof and test pressings vinyl, also in USA an advance promotional LP was also found clearing the mistery of the missing catalogue number 5E-517. It’s more likely a test pressing even if you read the assigned cat no.
The track list is different from the one that everybody find in the known GH LP with Flash and Under Pressure missing.

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Side A  1980 issue (Elektra 5E-517) Side A 1981 issue (Elektra 5E-654)
Bohemian Rhapsody Anotherone bites the dust
Killer Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
Anotherone bites the dust Crazy Little thing called love
Fat Bottomed girl Killer Queen
Bicycle Race Fat Bottomed girl
You’re my best friend Bicycle Race
Under Pressure
Side B  1980 issue (Elektra 5E-517) Side B 1981 issue (Elektra 5E-654)
Crazy Little thing called love We will rock you
Somebody To love We are the champions
Play the game Flash
Keep yourself alive Somebody To love
We will rock you You’re my best friend
We are the champions Keep yourself alive
Play the game

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In the following picture an original newspaper article in which Elektra announced that the Greatest Hits release is postponed. (From Billboard magazine, nov. 22 1980, thanks to Manuele Bellisari for the picture).

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