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Hey, you. You know that Queen only by We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody, Under Pressure, etc.. I must say - you hear great songs, but if you only know the band for these songs mentioned above, I feel obliged to introduce you to a new world for you. A world that starts in 1973.

That year an unknown English quartet emerged from the ashes of a band called Smile and released their eponymous album, featuring a revolutionary fusion of styles, a sound composed of strong elements of hard rock, glam rock and prog. Yes, young man started on the Queen, this band that is today one of the most revered and worshiped in the rock world had in his early albums sound very, very different from what was to explore the pinnacle of success.

Starting with the accelerated and distorted guitar of Brian May - this guy is a genius! - Keep Yourself Alive in a single pass almost four minutes or several variations and moments! Showing that came, Queen treats us to a great song, aggressive and angry. The listener is given a chance to breathe with the beautiful and gentle Doing All Right, the first song the band to record a piano (which here runs May pro, not by Freddie Mercury as usual), but it also features incredible complex passages - even its smoothness is broken with a strong hard rock section near the end. And there's something about her that makes me relate it to Yes.

Great King Rat is a perfect example of the Queen of the 70s. Several sections squeezed in almost six minutes, pompous vocal harmonies (who can hate them?), a perfect musical cohesion ... you can not deny the ability of these guys! My Fairy King follows the same path, and closes brilliantly side A.

Side B begins with one of the most fantastic Queen songs of all time: Liar. Dude, this song is fantastic, do not dare to argue. No one fails here, and John Deacon gives us a powerful bass solo as few have done (if he really is singing in the clip, there's another story)! The Night Comes Down is a pretty ballad that features a great job of May on guitar , and serves as a counterpoint to the epic that preceded it. Modern Times Rock'n Roll is a short interlude sung by Roger Taylor (giving us the first time the hoarseness of his aggressiveness and excellent voice, although that song does not equate to the other he later sang in the band), while Son and Daughter is a Led Zeppelin-esque song wool but of a forgettable song and Jesus is a highly efficient and inspirational letters (which to me is remarkable, since Mercury was a supporter of Zoroastrianism). Finally there is the instrumental version of Seven Seas of Rhye, nothing remarkable - the full version on the forthcoming album is far better.

For now, it is obvious that the main reason why the Queen is included here is the site of their first four albums. Listen to them and you compare them with the giants of progressive rock of the time. After all, prog or not this band will always be the best one from all times throughout the world. 5 solid stars.

voliveira | 5/5 |


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