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4 stars One of the Finest Prog Rock albums!

This is the most prog from all of Queen albums ever made. I only knew this album after I heard "Tenement Funster" from "Sheer Heart Attack" album and later I got the legendary album "A Night At The Opera" which made the band name skyrocketed through a well known hit "Bohemian Rhapsody". Having known these two albums it was logical to explore previous release of the band which I found Queen II. Musically it's packed with great arrangements moving from one segment to another with wonderful melody, great choir and excellent harmony. It was kind of breakthrough, I would say, in terms of musical standards because by the time there was no music similar with this Queen II. It was so unique. We knew at that time Gentle Giant was the hero in choir. But, Queen's choir are significantly different than those of Gentle Giant's. Queen's choir lines are mostly composed at relatively high notes while Gentle Giant were more on low to medium notes. Oh man .. not only the choir lines that set this album apart from other offerings at that time in the 70s - but the unique sound of Brian May's guitar style! It's so stunning.

In most great albums, song position in the album really matters but it's not the case with this album. You might start your musical journey from any track or you might set "random" at your CD player and any song presented would be a great one! Imagine that in other prog album the sequence is changed, you might get different emotional experience with the music. Say, with Marillion "Fugazi" you start with "She Chameleon" and then continued with "Jigsaw" - how would you feel? Something is missing, I think.

Oh one thing I need to underline here that the sound quality of this CD really represent the sounds of the 70s and for those of you who like classic rock music should know what I mean with this. You can try with the sound of guitar at the opening track "Procession" or even with other tracks. The sound is so peculiar and so unique that makes me love this album. Brian May rules!

Overall, I highly recommend this album to those of you who really want to explore music which falls under "prog" category. This one is one of the finest prog albums. It's an excellent addition to any prog rock collection. This album has influenced other prog bands like A.C.T. (Sweden). Keep on proggin' ..!

"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."

Gatot | 4/5 |


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