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4 stars The best of Queen to a progger.

Still reviewing some of my old favorites. This was my first exposure to Queen and from first spin I could tell that something was different with this band's sound. I believe it was the different filtering that Brian used on his guitar to create that almost majestic English sound

This was a concept album of sorts as it had a "White" side and a "Black" side in the original vinyl. And indeed it had a more pure or good theme to the White side, while the Black side got a little naughty.

Father to Son and White Queen are the gems of the White side with a Zeppelin like sound at times in both, but shows the delicate to heavy tempo changes with Mercury's voice soaring above. Some Day One Day is a nice hopeful, cheery song with hooks in it. The last song, Loser in the End, of the White side gets a little heavy with some thunderous drumming and riffs, it is a nice change of pace with Taylor's vocals.

The Black side blasts into your brain with the Ogre Battle, heavy with a "Tolkien-esk" like battle. Next is the naughty Fairy Fellers Master Stroke, which goes all over the place musically with a limericking approach to lyrics. Nevermore is pretty much a Mercury and piano tune that is well written. Now comes March of the Black Queen which does have a marching feel to it and is the antithesis of the White Queen. Next another Mercury song, Funny How Love Is, which has more of the band's involvement than Nevermore. And finally the Seven Seas of Rhye, which is now a vocal expansion of this song from their first album, but is a rocker.

This is my favorite album of Queen and does fit into the prog genre and is strong throughout. A little better than a four star, but I will keep it at a 4.


AEProgman | 4/5 |


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