Rebuilding my shrine is slowly making progress. With the last of my Amazon giftcard from Christmas, I was able to get both Under Review DVDs and a used copy of The Early Years by Mark Hodkinson for less than $20. I've decided I have no qualms about used used books or DVDs, so long as they're in decent condition, but CDs need to be brand new... unless it's a solo album and it would be impossible to find it new, then it just needs to be in as-close-to-new-as-possible condition.
I've only watched In Review: 1973-1980 so far, but I'm really pleasantly surprised at how fascinating it is. It's nice to see a critical analysis of Queen's work that isn't totally biased in one way or another (i.e. nobody's said so far, "I don't like [this song/album/whatever], therefore it universally sucks" or, "Queen is the greatest band ever, therefore everything they've ever done is the best"). I'm really looking forward to hearing about 1980-1991 because I'd love to see those critical perspectives aimed at that body of work.
I haven't read The Early Years yet, seeing as how it just arrived this afternoon. I'm honestly not sure if I will. I also am not planning on reading As It Began. Both might very well be excellent reads, but as of now I'm not sure if I'll really get anything out of them. I won't be buying just any Queen-related books (this is me promising my future self) because I still have standards, but if I think there's a chance of learning something new I definitely will. Anyway, I skimmed through the pages and looked at the pictures. From what I can tell, it doesn't look like it'll be a terribly impressive read. Although I guess it only spans from 1969-1976, so it could be pretty quick.
When I first opened the envelope, I was annoyed to see that there was a giant $2.79 sticker covering Brian's face, but thankfully I could remove it without damaging the cover.