This keepsake CD recording of the much-touted concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne should be an essential collectible.

This keepsake CD recording of the much-touted concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne should be an essential collectible. And it is quite good in places. But there's also something innately dated about the entire collection. Dominated with performances by the remaining members of Queen, Cliff Richard, Phil Collins, and Bryan Adams, the set sounds a bit too nostalgic and too far away from current relevance to be as electric as it seems intended to be. A few young turks snuck into the show, but onetime Baby Spice Emma Bunton, Atomic Kitten, and the Corrs merely leave the listeners noting how quickly they whither alongside such veterans. There are flashes of true excitement—most notably Ozzy Osbourne & Tony Iommi's riotous "Paranoid," Elton John's heartfelt "I Want Love," and Annie Lennox's "Why," though her performance also leaves the listener wondering if we're ever going to hear her belt a new tune again. Maybe next time.—LF