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Founded in London, UK in 1971 - Still active as of 2017

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 ...
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QUEEN top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.66 | 604 ratings
Queen
1973
4.36 | 903 ratings
Queen II
1974
3.95 | 676 ratings
Sheer Heart Attack
1974
4.29 | 1046 ratings
A Night At The Opera
1975
3.78 | 599 ratings
A Day At The Races
1976
3.25 | 544 ratings
News Of The World
1977
3.49 | 541 ratings
Jazz
1978
2.85 | 464 ratings
The Game
1980
2.14 | 371 ratings
Flash Gordon (OST)
1980
1.89 | 427 ratings
Hot Space
1982
2.95 | 383 ratings
The Works
1984
3.01 | 411 ratings
A Kind Of Magic
1986
3.16 | 397 ratings
The Miracle
1989
3.88 | 586 ratings
Innuendo
1991
3.26 | 337 ratings
Made In Heaven
1995
1.94 | 174 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers: The Cosmos Rocks
2008

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

3.56 | 181 ratings
Live Killers
1979
1.89 | 93 ratings
Live Magic
1986
3.51 | 59 ratings
At The Beeb
1989
3.98 | 140 ratings
Live At Wembley '86
1992
3.88 | 68 ratings
Queen on fire - Live at the Bowl
2004
2.80 | 43 ratings
Queen & Paul Rodgers: Return Of The Champions
2005
4.14 | 58 ratings
Rock Montreal
2007
3.29 | 21 ratings
Queen and Paul Rodgers - Live in Ukraine
2009
4.06 | 8 ratings
Hungarian Rhapsody - Live In Budapest
2012
3.98 | 44 ratings
Live At The Rainbow '74
2014
4.39 | 23 ratings
A Night At The Odeon
2015
4.68 | 16 ratings
On Air
2016

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

2.74 | 15 ratings
We Will Rock You
1984
3.50 | 12 ratings
Rare Live : A Concert Through Time And Space
1989
3.29 | 22 ratings
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
1999
3.45 | 39 ratings
Greatest Video Hits 1
2002
4.00 | 32 ratings
Greatest Video Hits 2
2003
4.28 | 83 ratings
Live at Wembley Stadium (DVD)
2003
4.25 | 33 ratings
Queen On Fire - Live At The Bowl
2004
3.96 | 17 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers - Return Of The Champions
2005
4.50 | 16 ratings
Classic Albums: A Night At The Opera
2006
3.57 | 40 ratings
Rock Montreal (DVD)
2007
3.60 | 15 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers - Live in Ukraine
2009
4.75 | 8 ratings
Days of Our Lives
2011
4.12 | 24 ratings
Queen - Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest (1986)
2012
4.79 | 29 ratings
Live At The Rainbow '74
2014
4.67 | 15 ratings
A Night At The Odeon
2015

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

2.47 | 6 ratings
The Best Of Queen
1976
3.45 | 102 ratings
Greatest Hits
1981
3.87 | 6 ratings
The Complete Works
1985
3.25 | 72 ratings
Greatest Hits II
1991
3.94 | 16 ratings
Classic Queen
1992
4.00 | 17 ratings
Queen Rocks
1997
3.11 | 18 ratings
Smile: Ghost Of A Smile
1997
2.20 | 45 ratings
Greatest Hits III
1999
2.28 | 6 ratings
Stone Cold Classics
2006
2.32 | 6 ratings
The Singles Collection Volume 1
2008
2.29 | 5 ratings
The Singles Collection Volume 2
2009
2.35 | 11 ratings
Absolute Greatest
2009
2.28 | 6 ratings
The Singles Collection Volume 3
2010
2.29 | 5 ratings
The Singles Collection Volume 4
2010
4.20 | 5 ratings
Deep Cuts, Volume 1 (1973-1976)
2011
3.80 | 5 ratings
Deep Cuts, Volume 2 (1977-1982)
2011
3.80 | 5 ratings
Deep Cuts, Volume 3 (1984-1995)
2011
3.05 | 3 ratings
Icon
2013
3.54 | 13 ratings
Forever
2014
4.20 | 5 ratings
On Air (Deluxe Edition)
2016
3.84 | 10 ratings
Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack)
2018

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

2.90 | 21 ratings
Keep Yourself Alive / Son and Daughter
1973
3.53 | 21 ratings
Liar / Doing All Right
1974
4.00 | 26 ratings
Seven Seas of Rhye / See What a Fool I've Been
1974
4.24 | 25 ratings
Killer Queen / Flick of the Wrist
1974
4.18 | 22 ratings
Now I'm Here / Lily of the Valley
1975
3.93 | 15 ratings
Lily of the Valley / Keep Yourself Alive
1975
4.17 | 32 ratings
Bohemian Rhapsody / I'm in Love With My Car
1975
3.32 | 25 ratings
You're My Best Friend / '39
1976
3.85 | 25 ratings
Somebody to Love / White Man
1976
4.00 | 17 ratings
Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) / Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
1977
3.63 | 19 ratings
Tie Your Mother Down / You and I
1977
3.40 | 15 ratings
Long Away / You and I
1977
3.30 | 29 ratings
We Are the Champions / We Will Rock You
1977
3.50 | 11 ratings
Queen's First E.P.
1977
3.50 | 23 ratings
Spread Your Wings / Sheer Heart Attack
1978
3.89 | 18 ratings
Mustapha / Dead on Time
1978
3.13 | 15 ratings
Mustapha / In Only Seven Days
1978
3.71 | 14 ratings
It's Late / Sheer Heart Attack
1978
2.93 | 27 ratings
Bicycle Race / Fat Bottomed Girls
1978
3.75 | 8 ratings
Love of My Life [Live] / Now I'm Here [Live]
1979
3.83 | 23 ratings
Don't Stop Me Now / In Only Seven Days
1979
3.08 | 12 ratings
Jealousy / Fun It
1979
2.43 | 7 ratings
We Will Rock You [Live] / Let Me Entertain You [Live]
1979
2.80 | 15 ratings
Crazy Little Thing Called Love / We Will Rock You [Live]
1979
3.00 | 13 ratings
Crazy Little Thing Called Love / Spread Your Wings
1979
3.43 | 14 ratings
Save Me / Let Me Entertain You [Live]
1980
2.67 | 15 ratings
Play the Game / A Human Body
1980
2.67 | 20 ratings
Another One Bites the Dust / Dragon Attack
1980
2.80 | 10 ratings
Need Your Loving Tonight / Rock It (Prime Jive)
1980
2.27 | 11 ratings
Flash / Football Fight
1980
3.24 | 22 ratings
Under Pressure / Soul Brother
1981
2.50 | 10 ratings
Staying Power / Calling All Girls
1982
1.91 | 11 ratings
Body Language / Life Is Real
1982
2.92 | 12 ratings
Las Palabras De Amor / Cool Cat
1982
2.60 | 10 ratings
Calling All Girls / Put Out the Fire
1982
2.75 | 12 ratings
Back Chat / Staying Power
1982
3.42 | 19 ratings
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy
1984
2.88 | 16 ratings
I Want to Break Free / Machines
1984
2.93 | 14 ratings
It's a Hard Life / Is This the World We Created...?
1984
3.64 | 11 ratings
Hammer to Fall / Tear It Up
1984
2.00 | 9 ratings
Thank God It's Christmas
1984
1.83 | 16 ratings
One Vision
1985
2.25 | 8 ratings
One Year of Love / Gimme the Prize
1986
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Highlander Selection
1986
3.25 | 8 ratings
Princes of the Universe / A Dozen Red Roses for My Darling
1986
2.70 | 10 ratings
A Kind of Magic / A Dozen Red Roses for My Darling
1986
2.83 | 6 ratings
A Kind of Magic [Picture Disc]
1986
2.15 | 14 ratings
Friends Will Be Friends / Seven Seas of Rhye
1986
2.11 | 8 ratings
Pain Is So Close to Pleasure / Don't Lose Your Head
1986
2.63 | 13 ratings
Who Wants to Live Forever / Killer Queen
1986
3.94 | 12 ratings
Princes of the Universe / Gimme the Prize
1986
3.59 | 17 ratings
I Want It All
1989
3.36 | 14 ratings
Breakthru/Stealin'
1989
3.18 | 11 ratings
The Invisible Man / Hijack My Heart
1989
3.55 | 11 ratings
Scandal / My Life Has Been Saved
1989
3.67 | 12 ratings
The Miracle / Stone Cold Crazy [Live]
1989
3.39 | 14 ratings
These Are the Days of Our Lives / Bijou
1991
4.59 | 23 ratings
Innuendo / Bijou
1991
4.67 | 15 ratings
Innuendo (Explosive version)
1991
4.18 | 17 ratings
I'm Going Slightly Mad
1991
2.53 | 13 ratings
Headlong
1991
4.13 | 19 ratings
The Show Must Go On / Keep Yourself Alive
1991
2.78 | 9 ratings
We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions [EP]
1991
2.13 | 20 ratings
George Michael and Queen With Lisa Stansfield: Five Live
1993
1.80 | 11 ratings
Heaven For Everyone
1995
3.33 | 6 ratings
A Winter's Tale / Thank God It's Christmas
1995
1.63 | 12 ratings
Too Much Love Will Kill You
1996
3.14 | 7 ratings
Let Me Live
1996
3.00 | 7 ratings
You Don't Fool Me - The Remixes
1996
4.00 | 6 ratings
No One But You / Tie Your Mother Down
1997
2.60 | 5 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers: Live From Italy
2005
2.67 | 6 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers: Reaching Out / Tie Your Mother Down / Fat Bottomed Girls
2005
2.78 | 9 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers: Say It's Not True
2007
2.78 | 9 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers: C-lebrity / Fire & Water
2008
3.33 | 3 ratings
Stormtroopers In Stilettos
2011

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 Queen by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.66 | 604 ratings

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Review by Dapper~Blueberries

4 stars I think it is rather silly of me to try and introduce this band, cause most if not all people know them. Queen is one of the biggest bands in rock history, next to the likes of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Nirvana, AC/DC, and Guns N' Roses. They've released countless songs and made booming sales charts for each year they had released a new album. However, I sadly have barely heard any of their albums. Songs are a different story, I know Bohemian Rhapsody like the back of my hand, same with Another One Bites The Dust and We Will Rock You, but I never sat down and fully listened to any of their releases, the only one I have heard fully was Queen II. So with some consideration I decided to check out their debut album to see if I really REALLY wanna get deeper into their work, also because some requested me to.

The album starts with Keep Yourself Alive. It's a really cool rock track and a fine starting track for a debut album. I love the starting riff and how it's distorted a bit for it to sound like the guitar is being played under water. It gives the album sound a charming aura to it that envelops it through and through. My one consensus however is that, at this time, it definitely felt like the band was just starting things out, and trying to find a right spot. The instruments aren't as smooth as butter yet, and Freddie's singing, while still being very good, still has some rough spots, and this is more or less the main and only problem I have with this album. I guess I am used to how Queen sounds later in their career, so hearing something like this feels a bit jarring, but that is about it for problems, cause all the songs on this album are pretty great.

Next song, Doing Alright, is a beautiful song that goes from a calm piano and acoustic ballad to a hard rocking song that pulls no punches. It's super unexpected but really well done and a joy to sit through, and it gives you a sense of energy that the band seems to excel at.

Now onto my personal favorite song on the album, Great King Rat. I just adore this song, how it feels like a spaghetti western with how the drum beats and how the guitars are played, it just feels so cheesy and good that I am surprised this song is not talked about more today on how good it actually is. It's just super fun to me and needs more appreciation.

Likewise, My Fairy King also deserves a lot of love. It feels like a folk ballad converted into a strong rock song that gives you the same sense of wonder and mystical energy, but also gives you a feeling of power and might. I honestly love when Queen explores more fantasy-like songs and elements in their songs, it makes me super joyful each and every time.

The next song is Liar. This song, despite having a joyous sound, has some dark elements with the lyrics that tell of a sinner's tale and the consequences of yelling misguided lies. I gotta say, this might be one of the darker songs the band has released, but it isn't their first, though still, it gives you a very thought provoking glimpse into Queen's more darker and provoking lyrics.

The next song is The Night Coming Down. While it still has hard rock elements, it has a more relaxed and acoustic feel. It's a good song to chill too, and just relax. Makes sense because I think this song is about weed, and you know how weed makes you feel. Just a relaxing song throughout, and definitely one of the stand out tracks from the album with how it sounds and how it feels so good to listen too.

Next track is the shortest track on the album, Modern Times Rock 'N Roll. This is basically a fun little jam session with lyrics talking about how the old rock days are over and it is time to really change and knock those doors down. It reminds me a lot of the sounds found on some punk rock bands like The Clash or Ramones. It shows Queen being sorta ahead of their time in that aspect, which is always a cool thing to see a band do.

The next track is Son and Daughter. Similar stuff as on the album, lots of awesome and rocking songs, though I feel like I should point to the lyrics. Now some may think this is Brian May's stance on feminism or Freddie Mercury's sexuality, but I'd point to this song being the stigma against trans people, specifically trans men, and how society expects someone born into a certain sex should always be a specific gender, male or female, and have those expectations thrown off to the way side of society's standards gets people riled up. This song is basically of a man telling their son to be who they were before, a lady, but of course their son wishes to be a guy and get into construction. That's at least my thoughts on what the song is supposed to be about. I feel like this is a great song in that aspect as it is very progressive for its time, and doesn't feel a day too old, which kudos to them cause this song is just great.

The second to last song, Jesus. Well count me surprised, an actually good Christian rock song. I am kidding obviously, this song is pretty great. It's super rocking and super awesome, and gives the song a grand feel. Perfect for the almost last song on this LP, plus that guitar solo is basically a giant French kiss on this whole album.

Now lastly we have Seven Seas Of Rhye. An instrumental piano and guitar ballad that's fairly quick and straight to the point, though it feels like a demo for the same song by the same name on Queen II. Nonetheless, it is a perfectly fine closure on this album that delivers out a fine dish of great songs.

I really enjoyed this album, though it was definitely a little rough around the edges. You get that a lot with starter albums though, so I cannot be too hard on it. I think it definitely delivers well and is a great album from one of the most successful bands of the 20th and 21st centuries. Definitely check it out for some good rock songs.

 A Night At The Opera by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.29 | 1046 ratings

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Review by WJA-K

4 stars Queen has always been one of my favourite bands. And A Night At The Opera is the pinnacle of their career.

It has a lot to like. Some of the tracks are the best they ever made. It's an eclectic album. A lot works, but not everything. It's not perfect.

Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To...) - Great opener with great guitar. It sets the tone of the album. 7/10 Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon - Nice quirky song 7/10 I'm In Love With My Car - Love it or hate it. There's almost no middle ground. 6/10 You're My Best Friend - A great straightforward single. Well crafted. 7/10 '39 - First highlight of the album for me. Great story. Groot track overall 10/10 Sweet Lady - But reminiscent to their earlier work, but not one of their best 7/10 Seaside Rendezvous - Another quirky interlude. Not bad. 7/10 Prophet's Song - Another highlight. This is a bold piece where they show what they are capable of 9/10 Love Of My Life - Yet another great track. Powerful love song 9/10 Good Company - The 3rd quirky track. This gets a bit much 6/10 Bohemian Rhapsody - Their all-time classic 10/10 God Save The Queen - Nice way to close the album 7/10

The album gets a total of 3.5 stars, rounded to 4 because of the classics on it.

 Sheer Heart Attack by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.95 | 676 ratings

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Review by Gallifrey

3 stars Listening diary 28th January, 2021: Queen - Sheer Heart Attack (glam/hard rock, 1974)

I've been quite harsh on Queen in recent years, since their dramatic fall from grace as my favourite band aged 9 to being one I consider to be amongst the most overrated of all time. But revisiting this for the first time in years, perhaps for once they've gone up in my eyes rather than down. Perhaps it's because this is the one I knew the least from during my years of Queen spam. Even the deep cuts from their earlier albums I was familiar with, but of this, only "Killer Queen" was part of my obsession.

It still has much of the same criticisms you can throw at a Queen record - wild inconsistency in both style and quality, torrid lyrics, love-em-or-hate-em harmonies. But there are surprisingly more decent songs than poor here, and I even quite enjoy the break we get from Freddie Mercury on "Tenement Funster" - to the point where I'd actually say Roger Taylor should have got a lot more songs on lead. It stutters in the second half, as Queen albums tend to do, but for the first time since I was 13 or so, I put on a Queen record and didn't want to turn it straight off, and that says a lot.

6.6 (3rd listen)

Part of my listening diary from my facebook music blog - www.facebook.com/TheExoskeletalJunction

 News Of The World by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.25 | 544 ratings

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Review by A Crimson Mellotron
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3 stars Queen's sixth album came in some very interesting (and tumultuous) times for rock music, with punk rising towards the top of the charts, and the birth of the gradual and undefeatable stupidification and simplification of popular music. So, here we have a 'blockbuster' rock band from Britain that was enjoying a lot of success with their anthemic hard rock that had strong leanings towards progressive rock here and there, that has to stay relevant and has to continue being a factor in the mainstream rock scene. This was easily achieved with a more conventional, acceptable sound, for me marking the beginning of a new era of Queen - the era of massive hits, questionable clothing, and stadium touring.

'News of the World' is strangely entertaining, as it might be the most diverse record since the band's beginning. Each member of the band, as usual, contributed to the writing, and each member of the band got to sing on at least one track (without John Deacon, obviously). And it has to be admitted: there are some pretty good songs on here. However, as much as it is entertaining and colorful, 'News of the World' also contains some not-so-excellent moments.

I can safely say that I do not need to hear 'We Will Rock You' or 'We Are the Champions' ever again. In fact, I like to pretend these songs do not exist while listening to the album; But the fact that 'News of the World' contains two of the three most iconic and recognizable Queen songs has to say something. 'Sheer Heart Attack' is a Led Zeppelin-esque proto-glam metal rocker, of course, written by Roger Taylor; Sometimes you love it, sometimes you hate it. 'All Dead, All Dead', the fourth song on the record, was written by May, who also sings the lead vocals, and it is just decent; For example, 'Sleeping on the Sidewalk', the other song by him on which he sings lead vocals, is much more interesting, and not your standard Queen song. 'Spread Your Wings' has a tremendous performance from Freddie Mercury, a song written by Deacon, and 'Fight from the Inside' is a fantastic hidden gem in the band's catalogue, a trailblazing hard-rocker of a song, with lead vocals from Taylor. 'Get Down, Make Love' and 'My Melancholy Blues', by Mercury, are also good songs that are not necessarily known to everyone. The rest of the album is either dull, or too uninspired, and taking out the two massive hits from the equation, one gets a good album!

At the time of its release in 1977, 'News of the World' was met with mixed reactions, which I believe to be easily justifiable. Two gargantuan hits, a few songs which are actually better and more interesting that those aforementioned hits, and a few unimpressive songs, all making up for an entertaining listen, with Queen shifting styles with virtually each song.

 Hot Space by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1982
1.89 | 427 ratings

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Review by TCat
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2 stars Queen was riding high with their fame after the release of "The Game", which marked the first time the band ever used synthesizers in their music, but at least their music was still rock oriented. Fans were a bit disappointed with the release of "Flash Gordon" but felt the band could be excused for that one since it was written and inspired by the movie of the same name. However, when they released their next proper album "Hot Space" in 1982, it turned out to be the last straw for many fans and quite unforgivable that the music was suddenly disco and dance oriented, especially the entire first side of the record.

There is a bit of discussion on who to blame for this huge misstep from this band that no one thought would be able to topple at the time. On one hand, there are those that say that John Deacon was to blame because of his love for r & b music. He wrote the previous hit "Another One Bites the Dust" and there was pressure to release music similar to that which could be played in the dance clubs. The other story is that Freddie Mercury's personal manager Paul Prenter was distancing the band from Mercury not allowing them to talk together. Prenter was working to convince Mercury that the "glam" he was so attracted to would be more attainable and acceptable with disco music. Both Brian May and Roger Taylor were very much against making a disco album or taking the band in that direction. However, in the end, profits and commercialism won out, and that's how the monstrosity and embarrassment of this album happened.

All through the first side of this album, you can expect nothing but dance/disco flavors that are so apparent, it must have been shocking to fans when they put this album on the first time. The horn arrangements of the opening track "Staying Power" are typical disco arrangements and no one even tried to hide that fact. "Dancer" follows along the same lines, but since it was written by May, at least he has some crunching guitar riffs that he manages to bring in, but the disappointment can't be ignored. More disco mentality continues in the over produced synthesized orchestra sound of "Back Chat" and the missing guitar can't be ignored in the hit "Body Language" which tries to recall some of the experimental sounds of earlier years, but ends up falling on it's face. "Action This Day" continues with programmed drums and a new wave mentality and even though it's a Taylor-penned track, the "punk" style of his previous songs is almost completely missing.

The 2nd side at least veers away from the overabundance of disco music, but it seems that the damage has been done, and there just isn't any soul or heart in the music. The only exception is with the nice ballad-style track "Life is Real (Song for Lennon)" which brings back some of the spirit that has been missing in Mercury's delivery. Everything else here seems to be trying to copy the classic sound of the band, but without bringing back any of the excitement or spirit from before. "Cool Cat" seems like it could be something interesting, but never gets to develop much. Apparently, David Bowie was supposed to be a guest vocalist for this track, but he didn't like his performance on the song and asked that it be pulled before the record was released. The other saving grace for the album besides "Life is Real" is the closing track that everyone knows, "Under Pressure". The interesting thing here is that track was recorded long before this album, so it wasn't influenced by the move to disco, and that could explain why it has a more infectious riff and why it has been the only song considered a classic on the entire album, not to mention the fact that Bowie's vocals were still on this track.

In 2011, there was a CD reissue that tries to resurrect this album. It attempts to take away the disco-oriented sound of the album by including 3 live versions of the songs "Staying Power", "Calling All Girls" and "Action This Day" by using real drums and getting rid of the disco horns, but it's still hard to ignore the fact that these songs just didn't seem that inspired, and the new wave style is still there (they were recorded the same year as the album). They also include the non-album b-side for "Under Pressure" a song called "Soul Brother" which at least also hints at the soulful sound of Mercury's voice from their classic music, which also shows the direction of the band if the disco influence hadn't won out. There is also a single version of "Back Chat" that doesn't really help out much.

It wouldn't take long for the band to figure out the damage had been done. Unfortunately, for Queen, they would never be able to be taken seriously on any of their future albums even if they did manage to produce better songs than what was on "Hot Space". It was still difficult for the band to match the heights of their previous stardom as the music was now to be more commercialized than before and feature a lot less variety, which I always thought was their biggest strength. The days before "Hot Space" were the times I thought that Queen could play anything and make it sound amazing and unique. The only thing this album proved was that I was wrong.

 Keep Yourself Alive / Son and Daughter by QUEEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1973
2.90 | 21 ratings

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Review by Matti
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2 stars 20-Year Chronological Run-Through pt. Eleven: 1973.

This is the first review for this single, but first I need to point out that I've never been much of a Queen fan, and there are several albums I have never listened to, including the eponymous debut (1973) from which these two song were taken from. I think I only knew 'Liar' and 'Seven Seas of Rhye' from the album, until now, of course.

'Keep Yourself Alive' is an energetic hard rock song. Brian May's work on electric guitar is very meaty, and Freddie Mercury... well, he's being Freddie Mercury right from the beginning. A powerful rock vocalist with a distinctive voice. Do I personally like the song is another question. Let's say I appreciate its energy and I think it's very well done, but I wouldn't wish to have it on my own music collections.

'Son and Daughter' was written by Brian May. It is notably heavier. What I enjoy on it are the David Byron reminding, multiplied "Aaaaahhh" screams (and later on, phrases such as "I... want... you"), but otherwise the song sounds very muddy. It shows a lot of potential but isn't fully succesful as a finished product.

 Queen's First E.P. by QUEEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1977
3.50 | 11 ratings

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Review by Heart of the Matter

3 stars More than a single, less than a full-length album, but still so, a nice memento taken from the period 1974 - 1976, when Queen were gaining momentum, and putting the basis for success and stardom.

1. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy: Good nifty little music-hall-like piece of sophisticated pop-rock.

2. Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To...): Hard rock with all the angry bitterness suggested by the title. Don't miss the awesome attack of the "backing" vocals on the chorus (the "feel good" part).

3. Tenement Funster: If mini-suites could have under three minutes of running time, this would be one of them. Please, don't let go unnoticed the fantastic vocals by Roger Taylor.

4. White Queen (As It Began): The epic of repressed forbidden passion on a quasi-symphonic setting. Nice touches of acoustic guitar by Brian, also.

 Killer Queen / Flick of the Wrist by QUEEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1974
4.24 | 25 ratings

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Killer Queen / Flick of the Wrist
Queen Prog Related

Review by Heart of the Matter

4 stars Double-A sided single taken from Queen's third studio album, "Sheer Heart Attack".

What may one to say about plain perfection? That is pop, music-hall, operatic, symphonic perfection? Who cares, perfection just don't have to request anybody's permission. Exquisite melody underpinned by the piano, choral harmonies soaked in flanger, blistering electric guitar solo, all that co-existing in the space founded by Taylor's idyosincratic drumming.

"Flick of the Wrist" suffers from lack of proper start & ending, since it was taken from the middle of a series of tracks which segue from one to the next. The music is amazing, yet. Modal mid-eastern flavoured tone, on-fire electric guitar, all kind of delicious and unexpected modulations, complex choral arrangements, the whole package.

 Seven Seas of Rhye / See What a Fool I've Been by QUEEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1974
4.00 | 26 ratings

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Seven Seas of Rhye / See What a Fool I've Been
Queen Prog Related

Review by Heart of the Matter

4 stars This version of "Seven Seas of Rhye", the one with vocals added, was the closing track for "Queen II".

Plenty to enjoy here, really: great rocking performance, with the rythm seccion on fire, and head diving into a full blown ride. Fantastically tasty overdubs by May on the electric guitar, and the vocals..., well, let's say that they don't leave you craving for nothing. Freddie's vocals have all the punch that we learned to expect from him, and the harmonies go off in you face as it's supposed to happen.

"See What a Fool I've Been", on the flip side, sounds pretty much like a blues-rock mid-tempo warming workout for the band, with a bit of echo added to the voice. The kind of take that never make it to the proper album.

 Queen by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.66 | 604 ratings

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Queen
Queen Prog Related

Review by Hector Enrique

4 stars The first Queen album was rudimentary and blunt: it didn't have many repercussions when it was released, and even nowadays (with all the fame Queen has) it is not a very much appreciated production. Only Keep Yourself Alive and the instrumental Seven Seas of Rhye (whose lyrics were later incorporated, in Queen II) achieved a certain degree of notoriety. And probably that style so contrasted with their later works, much more produced and full of textures and sound layers pushed to the limit of the technical capabilities of recording studios, is what gives Queen I that little identification with the rest of their discography.

Nevertheless, it is without a doubt an excellent album. Queen I is deeply related to the heavy rock genre that dominated the early 70's musical trend. Its songs, with their powerful guitar riffs, deliver a mass of energy just like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. The aforementioned Keep yourself alive and the eagers Great King Rat, My Fairy King, Liar, Modern Times of Rock and Roll, and Father and Son, are a proof of it.

On the other hand they also give us glimpses of his sensitivity and versatility that is to come, with the beautiful and changing Doing All Right, or the intense and interesting reference to the biblical Jesus, in the song that bears his name.

Queen I is an album that in my opinion deserves to be accommodated within the rest of the group's legacy, which at that time was in search of its own sound and place in the world of rock.

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