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QUEEN

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dodaro
5 stars Great debut album for one of the greatest bands of all time, "Queen" is the perfect example that Queen were great since the beginning. Yes, the production of the record is not good, some parts are more rowdy and some chorus are quite out of time. But you can find those imperfections analizing the particulars (remeber that this is a debut album). In the complex the work sounds really good, with great musicianship by my best guitarist ever, Brian May, energetic and spontaneous rithmic section by Roger Taylor and the divine, for me, John Deacon and, of course, the sour but already great voice of the greatest of all time, Freddie Mercury.

The songs are really good and since the beginning Queen shows the will to create it's own sound and style, not being poor rock or only banal pop, but using any kind of influence of the '70. That will be a constant in their careere. The record starts with an energic rock piece called "Keep Yourself Alive", guitar leaded, with great vocalism and chasing rithm. The sweet and rock together ballad "Doing all Right" follow up with great changing of rithm and superb musicianship, most in light parts than in hard's ones. Another rock piece, "Great King Rat", follows. It seems really a progressive song, with a lot of parts, with riding and rocking parts briged very well. "My Fairy Queen" seems, in the beginning, a medieval ballad, but then, as in the previous songs, will be soon full of riding rithm and instrumental harmonics. In some parts of the record, May's guitar is used like a synth, with only a self made amplifier, the "Deacy", from the name of his constructor, John Deacon, and a sustain pedal, selfmade too. What a genious! "Liar" is the longest song. It's divided in several parts, with changing of rithms for a really great rithmic section. This is the peak of the record. "The Night comes down" begins with a combined solo between May's acoustic guitar, played with pen-strokes in striking, to become a sweet ballad for 3 minutes. In the end all returns like the beginning. "Modern Times Rock & Roll" is the worst song of the album. The voice is by Roger Taylor and is only a little rock&roll with ugly lyrics but played in good way. I love to think that this is a joking track. "Son and Daughter". It seems Led Zeppelin! Queen made hard rock like the great of the genre, but with really a progressive ending of the song. Really May's guitar seems a synth. Great power voice from Freddie, the Prince. "Jesus" is a beautiful track, with a marcetta rithm and lyrics about Christ birth. In the middle of the song there is a good instrumental part, leaded by Brian's Red Special. "Seven Seas Of Rhye" is not the fame singet version. In this album they introduced an instrumental version of a little more of one minute. Is one of the best ending for an album that I had ever heard.

The music of this band gave and give to me emotions like only few other bands do. I heard Queen since I was 6 years old. So they accompanied me for all my life. Prog or non-prog band they were immense. Buy all of their albums, but begin from this one. Follow the evolution of the band in the years... It will be GREAT!

dodaro | 5/5 |

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