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QUEEN are a four piece English Art rock band, formerly fronted by the flamboyant Freddie Mercury on vocals and piano, Brian May on guitar, Roger-Meddows-Taylor on drums and John Deacon on bass-guitar. Despite numerous rumours about Queen splitting up over the years, they never actually did, and the four remained together until the untimely death of Freddie Mercury on November 24th of 1991. Currently (2005) they are touring with Paul Rodgers (ex Free) on vocals.

The origins of Queen date back as early as 1967, when Roger Taylor and Brian May joined forces, and together with singer bass-player Tim Staffel started the psychedelic hard rock group Smile.

SMILE

Smile played a few gigs, supporting such recently formed groups as YES and PINK FLOYD, playing mostly covers, but extending them up to 20 minutes or so, changing tempos frequently. The album "Ghost of a Smile", released posthumously in 1998, is a pale reflection of what the band achieved on the live circuits.

Brian May and Tim Staffel were the main writers in Smile, and they released a single in the US ("Earth"), which didn't do much on the charts. Some other attempts at making a breakthrough were made, but due to the absence of commercial success Tim Staffel decided to try his luck with another band (Humpy Bong). Freddie (original name Farrokh Bulsara), was no stranger to Smile, and had already started performing with Wreckage and later Sour Milk Sea. He had attended several gigs of Smile, being both a friend of Tim Staffel and Roger Taylor, and was interested in joining the band. Freddie already had a vision for the direction Smile had to take, introducing flamboyance, bombast, glamour and visual presentation to their music and live shows.

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Shortly after becoming a member Freddie proposed the new name for the band which would remain with them. He also decided to change his surname to something more becoming of a rock star. Mercury, being the winged messenger of the gods was an audacious name to take, but it suited Freddie fine. After the search for a bass player came to an end with John Deacon, Queen was ready for success, but it still took them 2 years before they could create their debut album.

The 1970s were a time for excess, especially in rock music, and few bands came quite as close to epitomising this excess as Queen. Queen intended to be a larger than life rock group, the music had to be perfect, with drama, bombast and excess in the record...
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QUEEN top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.63 | 378 ratings
Queen
1973
4.35 | 603 ratings
Queen II
1974
3.97 | 440 ratings
Sheer Heart Attack
1974
4.27 | 702 ratings
A Night At The Opera
1975
3.76 | 390 ratings
A Day At The Races
1976
3.20 | 357 ratings
News Of The World
1977
3.39 | 344 ratings
Jazz
1978
2.71 | 298 ratings
The Game
1980
2.13 | 252 ratings
Flash Gordon
1980
1.74 | 274 ratings
Hot Space
1982
2.94 | 255 ratings
The Works
1984
2.97 | 273 ratings
A Kind Of Magic
1986
3.17 | 267 ratings
The Miracle
1989
3.87 | 394 ratings
Innuendo
1991
3.26 | 234 ratings
Made in Heaven
1995
1.92 | 134 ratings
The Cosmos Rocks (with Paul Rodgers)
2008

QUEEN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 128 ratings
Live Killers
1979
1.74 | 63 ratings
Live Magic
1986
3.44 | 45 ratings
At The Beeb
1989
3.98 | 98 ratings
Live At Wembley '86
1992
3.86 | 47 ratings
Queen on fire - Live at the Bowl
2004
2.73 | 31 ratings
Queen & Paul Rodgers: Return Of The Champions
2005
4.02 | 35 ratings
Rock Montreal
2007
3.21 | 14 ratings
Queen and Paul Rodgers - Live in Ukraine
2009
4.17 | 6 ratings
Live At The Rainbow '74
2014

QUEEN Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.55 | 10 ratings
We Will Rock You
1984
3.53 | 7 ratings
Rare Live : A Concert Through Time And Space
1989
3.25 | 16 ratings
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
1999
3.47 | 26 ratings
Greatest Video Hits 1
2002
3.82 | 22 ratings
Greatest Video Hits 2
2003
4.22 | 60 ratings
Live At Wembley Stadium (DVD)
2003
4.23 | 24 ratings
Queen On Fire - Live At The Bowl
2004
4.00 | 15 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers - Return Of The Champions
2005
4.30 | 10 ratings
Classic Albums: A Night At The Opera
2006
3.42 | 25 ratings
Rock Montreal (DVD)
2007
3.57 | 14 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers - Live in Ukraine
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Days of Our Lives
2011
4.06 | 13 ratings
Queen - Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest (1986)
2012
4.83 | 6 ratings
Live At The Rainbow '74
2014

QUEEN Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.29 | 5 ratings
The Best Of Queen
1976
3.38 | 76 ratings
Greatest Hits
1981
3.87 | 6 ratings
The Complete Works
1985
3.12 | 52 ratings
Greatest Hits II
1991
3.60 | 5 ratings
Classic Queen
1992
4.10 | 12 ratings
Queen Rocks
1997
3.10 | 11 ratings
Smile: Ghost Of A Smile
1997
2.14 | 32 ratings
Greatest Hits III
1999
2.17 | 5 ratings
Stone Cold Classics
2006
2.21 | 5 ratings
The Singles Collection Volume 1
2008
2.17 | 4 ratings
The Singles Collection Volume 2
2009
2.00 | 7 ratings
Absolute Greatest
2009
2.17 | 5 ratings
The Singles Collection Volume 3
2010
2.17 | 4 ratings
The Singles Collection Volume 4
2010
4.50 | 2 ratings
Deep Cuts, Volume 1 (1973-1976)
2011
4.00 | 2 ratings
Deep Cuts, Volume 2 (1977-1982)
2011
4.00 | 2 ratings
Deep Cuts, Volume 3 (1984-1995)
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Icon
2013
3.00 | 4 ratings
Forever
2014

QUEEN Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 12 ratings
Keep Yourself Alive / Son and Daughter
1973
3.43 | 14 ratings
Liar / Doing All Right
1974
3.89 | 19 ratings
Seven Seas of Rhye / See What a Fool I've Been
1974
4.13 | 16 ratings
Killer Queen / Flick of the Wrist
1974
4.20 | 15 ratings
Now I'm Here / Lily of the Valley
1975
3.78 | 9 ratings
Lily of the Valley / Keep Yourself Alive
1975
4.00 | 22 ratings
Bohemian Rhapsody / I'm in Love With My Car
1975
3.21 | 20 ratings
You're My Best Friend / '39
1976
3.81 | 19 ratings
Somebody to Love / White Man
1976
3.92 | 13 ratings
Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) / Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
1977
3.54 | 13 ratings
Tie Your Mother Down / You and I
1977
3.44 | 9 ratings
Long Away / You and I
1977
3.23 | 22 ratings
We Are the Champions / We Will Rock You
1977
4.00 | 8 ratings
Queen's First E.P.
1977
3.38 | 18 ratings
Spread Your Wings / Sheer Heart Attack
1978
4.00 | 12 ratings
Mustapha / Dead on Time
1978
3.11 | 9 ratings
Mustapha / In Only Seven Days
1978
3.88 | 8 ratings
It's Late / Sheer Heart Attack
1978
2.77 | 19 ratings
Bicycle Race / Fat Bottomed Girls
1978
4.00 | 5 ratings
Love of My Life [Live] / Now I'm Here [Live]
1979
3.88 | 16 ratings
Don't Stop Me Now / In Only Seven Days
1979
3.20 | 5 ratings
Jealousy / Fun It
1979
2.50 | 4 ratings
We Will Rock You [Live] / Let Me Entertain You [Live]
1979
2.75 | 8 ratings
Crazy Little Thing Called Love / We Will Rock You [Live]
1979
3.00 | 8 ratings
Crazy Little Thing Called Love / Spread Your Wings
1979
3.63 | 8 ratings
Save Me / Let Me Entertain You [Live]
1980
2.78 | 9 ratings
Play the Game / A Human Body
1980
2.62 | 14 ratings
Another One Bites the Dust / Dragon Attack
1980
3.00 | 4 ratings
Need Your Loving Tonight / Rock It (Prime Jive)
1980
3.00 | 5 ratings
Flash / Football Fight
1980
3.58 | 12 ratings
Under Pressure / Soul Brother
1981
2.40 | 5 ratings
Staying Power / Calling All Girls
1982
1.67 | 6 ratings
Body Language / Life Is Real
1982
3.17 | 6 ratings
Las Palabras De Amor / Cool Cat
1982
2.60 | 5 ratings
Calling All Girls / Put Out the Fire
1982
2.86 | 7 ratings
Back Chat / Staying Power
1982
3.15 | 13 ratings
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy
1984
2.80 | 10 ratings
I Want to Break Free / Machines
1984
3.00 | 8 ratings
It's a Hard Life / Is This the World We Created...?
1984
3.50 | 6 ratings
Hammer to Fall / Tear It Up
1984
2.25 | 4 ratings
Thank God It's Christmas
1984
1.26 | 8 ratings
One Vision
1985
2.33 | 3 ratings
One Year of Love / Gimme the Prize
1986
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Highlander Selection
1986
3.33 | 3 ratings
Princes of the Universe / A Dozen Red Roses for My Darling
1986
2.75 | 4 ratings
A Kind of Magic / A Dozen Red Roses for My Darling
1986
2.67 | 3 ratings
A Kind of Magic [Picture Disc]
1986
2.07 | 9 ratings
Friends Will Be Friends / Seven Seas of Rhye
1986
2.04 | 4 ratings
Pain Is So Close to Pleasure / Don't Lose Your Head
1986
2.35 | 7 ratings
Who Wants to Live Forever / Killer Queen
1986
4.08 | 7 ratings
Princes of the Universe / Gimme the Prize
1986
3.55 | 11 ratings
I Want It All
1989
3.43 | 7 ratings
Breakthru/Stealin'
1989
3.40 | 5 ratings
The Invisible Man / Hijack My Heart
1989
4.00 | 5 ratings
Scandal / My Life Has Been Saved
1989
3.71 | 7 ratings
The Miracle / Stone Cold Crazy [Live]
1989
3.22 | 8 ratings
These Are the Days of Our Lives / Bijou
1991
4.61 | 18 ratings
Innuendo / Bijou
1991
4.67 | 12 ratings
Innuendo (Explosive Version)
1991
4.42 | 12 ratings
I'm Going Slightly Mad
1991
2.31 | 7 ratings
Headlong
1991
4.06 | 13 ratings
The Show Must Go On / Keep Yourself Alive
1991
2.50 | 6 ratings
We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions [EP]
1991
2.07 | 17 ratings
George Michael and Queen With Lisa Stansfield: Five Live
1993
1.44 | 6 ratings
Heaven For Everyone
1995
3.67 | 3 ratings
A Winter's Tale / Thank God It's Christmas
1995
1.36 | 8 ratings
Too Much Love Will Kill You
1996
2.75 | 4 ratings
Let Me Live
1996
3.00 | 5 ratings
You Don't Fool Me - The Remixes
1996
3.75 | 4 ratings
No One But You / Tie Your Mother Down
1997
2.60 | 5 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers: Live From Italy
2005
2.60 | 5 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers: Reaching Out / Tie Your Mother Down / Fat Bottomed Girls
2005
2.83 | 6 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers: Say It's Not True
2007
2.86 | 7 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers: C-lebrity / Fire & Water
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Stormtroopers In Stilettos
2011

QUEEN Reviews


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 Rock Montreal (DVD) by QUEEN album cover DVD/Video, 2007
3.42 | 25 ratings

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Review by progadicto

3 stars Queen was one of my fav rock bands when I was young and one of many others that induces me to enter into the wonderful prog rock world. With the pass of the years I left behind my passion for this band and got to say that their 80's stuff isn't my cup of tea but because the interest of my 9 y.o. son in music I look forward for some of the seminal rock that impresses me when I was a boy so I bought this live DVD and was an excellent choice to increase the interest of my son in rock music.

As usual, Freddy uses all his histrionics in order to build some superb performances that empower the music leaded by Bryan May. In this concert you'll find almost 30 songs that mix in a balanced way some hard rock classics from early-mid 70's and tracks from late 70's and early 80's which are closer to the popish Queen style that I personally don't enjoy too much even when they're good songs but at the end it's a great live album with not much pretencious mise en scène but with lots of great rock generated by Freddy's performances and the proved talent of May, Deacon and Taylor which plays some powerful versions of songs like "We Will Rock You", "Dragon Attack", "Keep Ypurself Alive" and "Sheer Heart Attack" just to mention some of the best into this concert.

But (at least for me) the most important is that my son jump, dance and sing every time we play this DVD and as for me many years ago, maybe Queen will be their own entrance to rock world and that's priceless... 3*

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 A Night At The Opera by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.27 | 702 ratings

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Review by Losimba

5 stars I admit I'm quite mainstream with my feelings of this album. But it is very hard not to be, looking at the variety of the songs which already makes this album as complex as possible without looking at the really complex songs. There's only one superfluous track, God Save The Queen, but if you put it into context with the name of the band and eccentrics of some of the musicians, it finds some justification, too. But let's start at the beginning.

The piano intro to the first track is a first hint of what to expect and soon evolves into tehe accusing Death On Two Legs, a song directly aimed at the boss of their former record company who tried to have it banned, but without success. It is followed by the short and innocent Lazing On a Sunday Afternoon and the very heavy anthem of every proud European middle class twenty-odd year old man, I'm In Love With My Car. It is only after this fabulous song that the first half second of actual silence is set before the next song, one of Queen's classics, You're My Best Friend, the first ballad on the album. Number five is an up-tempo acoustic piece with Brian May at the microphone, '39 with some weird lyrics. It is followed by another Heavy Metal track, Sweet Lady, which is really good for a "weakest" song of the album, before side 1 ends with funky and funny Seaside Rendezvous.

All in all, 7 fine and nice short songs that would make a fine album for themselves if re-recorded in some extended versions. But then the extensions would probably only destroy the compact and strong feeling of those songs.

This all ends with the first track of the second side of the album. The definition of "epic" songs is a very wide one, and many prog fans use a certain length in minutes and seconds as the only parameter. While this is an easy and clear option, it sometimes does not do the songs justice. The Prophet's Song is one example, as many would not consider it long enough. But the song's structure more than makes up for the missing two or so minutes. The acapella section in the middle of the song is certainly not everybody's darling, but I like it not only because it hints at what will still come, but also for the show of vocal skill of all 4 band members. The outro is a direct link to the second ballad of the album, Love Of My Life which shows that Freddie Mercury might have been a strong contestant to Elton John in the race for best piano rock performer if he had wanted to. The album closes in to the end and gives the audience three and a half minutes to either dance or breathe through with the easy going Good Company before Freddie Mercury unleashes his opus magnum.

When I first heard Bohemian Rhapsody as a 13 year old lass, I hated it because I didn't understand the complexity of both music and lyrics. A few years later, when I had become older and wiser (yes this pun was borrowed from Alan Parsons), this epic song had become another of my all time top 5 songs and will probably never be relegated from this status. The gong at the end would be a perfect conclusion for the album, but this is Queen, so the British anthem was added as an outro and doesn't even spoil the overall impression of genius.

Full and undisputed 5 stars for one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

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 Queen by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.63 | 378 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars QUEEN entered the scene in 1973 and fell into a grey area not covered by other bands of the era. While clearly based on Led Zeppelin based hard rock riffing, the band was all about a more progressive take on the harder edged sound of music in the wake of King Crimson and other progressive acts in effect creating some of the first blueprints of what progressive metal would become. With folklore inspired subjects and progressive time signatures, song structures and bizarre added segments, QUEEN created a sound unlike any other of the day. Freddie Mercury added a hint of glam rock with his flamboyant personality contrasted by the metallic prowess of Brian May's rhythmic and energetic guitar leads topped off with Roger Taylor's unique drumming contributions and John Deacon's well diversified style of bass playing. This perfect chemistry may not have resulted in an instant success on this debut album but their sound was unique and caught the world's attention. After a string of catchy albums with all their qualities fine-tuned with more pop sensibilities, they would go on to become one of the biggest bands of all time.

The QUEEN debut unfairly gets shunned in my opinion. It is true that it isn't quite as memorable as pretty much the rest of their 70s discography at first but beginning with the strong opener "Keep Yourself Alive" the album really doesn't disappoint with even one track. This is admittedly an album that has grown on me after years of listening as opposed to being the one that blew me away upon first listen, but it was certainly one that has nestled deep into my musical psyche for like many a debut album by multi-musical dimensional bands, it has its own distinct personality that captures a unique phase in an ever-changing career. With a diverse palette of tracks ranging from "Great King Rat," "Liar," "Modern Times Rock n Roll" and "Jesus" i found myself really starting to get into this album after the later albums had run their course and the burnout factor set in. This album, while having pop characteristics is a little more rough around the edges which gives it a more unique position in their discography and one that has a distinct charm that the other's don't have.

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 A Day At The Races by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.76 | 390 ratings

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Review by TCat
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3 stars I've always loved Queen's albums more for their variety than anything else. Which is possibly why this one has always been the album out of all of their best albums from "Sheer Heart Attack" to "Jazz" that rates the lowest. Yes it has some great tracks on it, but I miss the variety more than anything on this album, and it was just recently that I have realized this.

The best songs on here are "White Man", "Long Away", "Teo Torriatte" and "Drowse". The others I find too predictable for Queen and sounding too formulaic in Queens style and sound. There really isn't anything new in the remainder of the tracks, like they were copying what worked for them before. Since I consider the way they can take any style of music and turn it on it's ear and make it sound new and exciting the thing that makes them progressive, then that is why this album suffers in my opinion. Just pick up a copy of "Night at the Opera" and "News of the World", the albums that came before and after this one respectively. Listen to how much variety is on these albums and how each and every song sounds new and different and you'll see what I mean. Variety to a lot of people means inconsistency, but to me it makes the album exciting and unpredictable. That's my problem with this album. Not that it should be ignored, because there might be other reasons why you like Queen, but my reason is because of the way they made you never quite sure what was going to come next.

Anyway, there you have it. I call it good, but non-essential. But that's just my opinion and now I've told you why I feel that way. 3 stars.

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 Queen II by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.35 | 603 ratings

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Review by MJAben

4 stars I'm surprised to see how positively this album is reviewed on PA, whenever I would talk to my friends about our favorite Queen albums and I would bring up this little gem and all of my friends would look at me with confusion and shame in their eyes. I don't think the album is perfect by any means, side A is overshadowed and overpowered by side B for example. This isn't to say that Side A or (White Side) isn't strong, White Queen is absolutely fantastic and Some Day One Day is a pleasant enough if safe song. But Loser in the End feels lower in quality and Father to Son feels far too long for the lack of content included in the song.

Side Black is much stronger however, opening with the light and catchy Ogre Battle, an exciting and well written song that feels very indicative of the bands style to come. Things speed up even more with the fantastic Fairy Tellers before relaxing into the welcomed Nevermore. Then comes the mammoth, Queen's forgotten gem, the grand Poobah of Queen II, March of the Black Queen.

This song got me into Queen and was integral for helping me get into prog. It's a song I still listen to regularly to this day (my 13th most listened to song on my media player). It''s a song that has so many themes and styles within that it's difficult to comprehend it when taken apart. But together it weaves a tapestry of music unlike any song I have ever heard. The strength of this song alone elevated my review from 3 to 4 stars.

Another issue I have with the album, as mentioned by other reviewers is that the fantastic Seven Seas of Rhye (although being wonderful in its own right) feels tacked onto the album, nevertheless however this is Queen's best effort by far and an album worth a listen by any fan of music regardless of genre.

4/5 stars

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 You're My Best Friend / '39 by QUEEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1976
3.21 | 20 ratings

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Review by Guillermo
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3 stars "You`re my Best Friend" was composed by John Deacon, and it is also one of my favourite songs from Queen, and it was a good choice of a song to be released as a single. A melodic song, simple, and with some Pop Rock influences, with a Wurlitzer electric piano played by Deacon. It is maybe one of the most famous songs from the band from the seventies, and with "Spread Your Wings", in my opinion it is also one of the best songs that Deacon (who was not a very prolific songwriter in comparison to the other members of the band) composed. It was played in an abridged form in some of the live recordings that I have listened from this song, and with Freddie Mercury playing a Grand Piano instead because he did not like the sound of the Wurlitzer..

The "B" side, "`39", is a song composed by Brian May and with lead vocals by him. It is a song with some Folk Rock influences, played with acoustic guitar and with good backing vocals. It also was played by the band in concert very often but with lead vocals by Mercury instead of May..

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 Spread Your Wings / Sheer Heart Attack by QUEEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1978
3.38 | 18 ratings

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Review by Guillermo
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3 stars "Spread your Wings " is one of my favourite songs from Queen, and was composed by John Deacon. With very good lyrics about a man who wants changes in his life, in my opinion the best version of this song is not the studio version which was released in this single and in the "News of the World" album from 1977, but the live version which was released in the "Queen Live Killers" album from 1979. This studio version is good but it is not very energetic in comparison, in particular in Brian May`s solo at the end of the song. The live version was played with more energy in general by all the members of the band, particularly by the drums, and in the lead vocals by Freddie Mercury.

The "B" side, "Sheer Heart Attack", is a song composed by Roger Taylor, also from the "News of the World" album, which is also a good,song, more heavy, with rhythm guitars and bass played by him. But again, the live version from "Queen Live Killers" is more energetic and better.

Two very good songs in this single.

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 Queen II by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.35 | 603 ratings

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Review by ster

5 stars The greatest progressive rock album lots of prog fans never heard, including myself up until a couple of years ago! I always liked Queen but never really got into their albums. My 16 year old son, believe it or not, became a big fan and turned me on to their albums.

Queen's first two albums and even Sheer Heart Attack seem to take a back seat to Queen's other well known albums such as The Game, A Night At The Opera and News of The World. Queen II is that hidden gem, that forgotten progressive rock diamond that gets hidden behind the shadow of Queen's big commercially successful albums and the myriad of early '70's prog offerings. I was shocked at how good this album is. Especially the "Black" side which runs sort of like one long epic song with multi-parts until Seven Seas of Rhye. Not that the "White' side is bad. Quite the contrary. The first side gives a great cross section of the band with its anthem (Father To Son), and gives a glimpse to what's to come (White Queen (As It Began), folky psychedelia, (Some Day One Day), and a real cool rock tune by Roger Taylor (Loser In the End). It all starts off with the regal "Procession" where Brian May shows off his orchestral guitar sounds. Then comes the Black side. With it's heaviness, time changes, and mood shifts you don't even notice the complexity due to the strength of the material. Unlike lots of prog metal bands who want to show you how clever they are regardless of what it sounds like. Here we get the opposite approach. The moods, melodies and lyrics dictate the complexity like all great prog should. "Ogre Battle" through "March Of The Black Queen" takes the listener through quite a workout until it let's you down nice and easy with triumphant "Funny How Love Is". The great Seven Seas Of Rhye ends the album even though it doesn't really fit with the rest of the songs especially where it's located on the track list. Even if you are not a Queen fan but like prog, you might be pleasantly surprised by this one. I sure was. Blown away actually.

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 Innuendo by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.87 | 394 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Innuendo from 1991 is not only last album of this legendary band but in same time one of their most acomplished works from their catalogue, going hand in hand with their best works from the '70s. Even Mercury health was very very poor , he manage to pull some of his best moments on this release, the vocal lines are truly excellent on many passages. May guitar never sounded better since glory days, the bass of Decon are great and very expresive, Taylor drums are very consistent all in all a very strong farewell from mighty Queen. There are some outstanding moments like Innuendo, Ride the Wild Wind , Show Must Go On and my personal fav pieces from the album and among my fav Queen pieces ever the smooth and elegant Bijou, the very expresive I'm Going Slightly Mad and the very sad but beautiful These Are the Days of Our Lives this pieces gives me shivers down the spine every time I've listing to them. A very worthy release that stands the test of time very well, is like the last hurrah of one of the most well known if not the most well known band in rock history. Easy 4 stars and recommended, if there is someone who don't know this release already.

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 News Of The World by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.20 | 357 ratings

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Review by KingCrInuYasha

5 stars Oh boy, did I dread getting this album. Granted, my overall experience with News Of The World turned out much better than I expected, but considering the album's reputation for giving Queen their final push into arena-rock status, I was half expecting the musical quality to take a nosedive. Fortunately, this was not the case, at least for me.

Most of my initial nervousness was a result of, not surprisingly, the one-two punch of "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions". After a lifetime of having these songs being needlessly drilled into my head by "classic rock" radio, sports arenas, commercials and bad movies, I can easily see why these two songs are the most frequently used in the multitude of "Why Queen Stinks" essays, not to mention that this two-headed monster was one of the reasons why I've stopped listening to "classic rock" radio altogether and avoided this band like the plague for years. Nonetheless, I've finally managed to make peace with these songs. "We Are The Champions" is actually a pretty good power ballad that was famously featured in the ending to the B-movie classic Revenge Of The Nerds, arguably one of the few times this song was put to effective use instead of being slapped on to a sports cliché, totally redeeming it in my eyes. Its brother, "We Will Rock You", on the other hand, has been a tougher nut to crack for me, with its sing-along chorus and incessant (not to mention legendary) stomping. Yes, it's cheesy, but, thankfully, it never outstays it welcome. It's still a gas to listen to, though, whenever you pop the record in and push play. So, yeah, good songs. About the only complaint I have left with them is that I really wish "We Are The Champions" had been put near the end of the record instead of at the beginning. "We Will Rock You"' is the most obvious song to open the album, so it would make sense that "We Are The Champions" would be its climax to mark the end of our journey.

Acquiring the commercial taste aside, the rest of the album is surprisingly good. The Zeppelinish "Get Down, Make Love" is a delightfully raunchy number (perhaps too raunchy for fans of their earlier work) which pounds just as hard as "We Will Rock You", while May slashes away like a knife counterpointing Mercury's machismo, culminating in a brief moment of electronic insanity. "Fight From The Inside" is another stomper that foreshadows some of the band's funk experiments. A lot of fans seem to hate this one, and, I admit, if some other band did this, it might have been lost in the shuffle of Seventies rock, but here it's quite harmless. Meanwhile, what was supposed to be the title track to Sheer Heart Attack makes an appearance here as a ferocious speed rocker, most likely left off due to the presence of "Brighton Rock" and "Stone Cold Crazy". Compared to those two, it's relatively simple, most likely a jab at the growing punk movement. It even includes a parody of the Velvet Underground-like feedback that a lot of alternative rock groups were starting to adopt. I'm not sure if the band's audience in America would have gotten the joke at the time. "It's Late" is yet another good, pounding rocker, this time with a more arena-rock flavor to it.

If you can't stand the pounding of the above tracks, there's always the piano ballads. "All Dead, All Dead", is a moving elegy, capped off with one of the most eerie guitar solos I have ever heard. The uplifting "Spread Your Wings" is just as lovely, thanks to Mercury's singing, which is probably his best on the album and probably would make a Top Ten entry if I ever decided to make one on his performances in Queen. "My Melancholy Blues" is a nice way to close the album, a jazz ballad straight out of the 30s or 40s that conjures up images of a bar closing after a wild night.

Rounding out the album are a couple of stylistic curve balls. "Sleeping On The Sidewalk" is May's attempt to one-up Brownsville Station. Once again, it's another number that I might have dismissed if virtually anyone else did it, but here, it's a neat little diversion. "Who Needs You" is a nice tropical sounding ditty with some delicious acoustic guitar.

If you're not comfortable with Queen's arena rock shift, this might be a good place for you to jump ship. As for me, I think it's one of the few arena records that's deserving of its classic status.

Final rating: I was thinking of giving this a 4/5, but I've decided to just give it a weak 5/5. It's not progressive rock per say, but it's still high quality music. The classics are great and the diversity really helps make it a memorable listen. Nice album cover, too.

Personal favorites: "We Will Rock You", "We Are The Champions", "Sheer Heart Attack", "All Dead, All Dead", "Spread Your Wings", "Get Down, Make Love", "Sleeping On The Sidewalk", "Who Needs You", "It's Late", "My Melancholy Blues"

Personal dislikes: None

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