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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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The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & IIIThe Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III
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Greatest Hits I [2 LP]Greatest Hits I [2 LP]
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Queen: Greatest Hits I & IIQueen: Greatest Hits I & II
Hollywood Records 1995
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Sheer Heart Attack [Remastered]Sheer Heart Attack [Remastered]
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Hollywood Records 2011
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QUEEN top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.64 | 450 ratings
Queen
1973
4.36 | 709 ratings
Queen II
1974
4.00 | 522 ratings
Sheer Heart Attack
1974
4.27 | 823 ratings
A Night At The Opera
1975
3.74 | 468 ratings
A Day At The Races
1976
3.23 | 427 ratings
News Of The World
1977
3.47 | 415 ratings
Jazz
1978
2.80 | 357 ratings
The Game
1980
2.14 | 294 ratings
Flash Gordon (OST)
1980
1.87 | 321 ratings
Hot Space
1982
2.93 | 302 ratings
The Works
1984
3.02 | 320 ratings
A Kind Of Magic
1986
3.21 | 310 ratings
The Miracle
1989
3.86 | 464 ratings
Innuendo
1991
3.28 | 264 ratings
Made In Heaven
1995
1.92 | 151 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers: The Cosmos Rocks
2008

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

3.52 | 150 ratings
Live Killers
1979
1.77 | 72 ratings
Live Magic
1986
3.46 | 49 ratings
At The Beeb
1989
3.98 | 114 ratings
Live At Wembley '86
1992
3.87 | 54 ratings
Queen on fire - Live at the Bowl
2004
2.71 | 35 ratings
Queen & Paul Rodgers: Return Of The Champions
2005
4.07 | 45 ratings
Rock Montreal
2007
3.20 | 15 ratings
Queen and Paul Rodgers - Live in Ukraine
2009
4.27 | 22 ratings
Live At The Rainbow '74
2014
3.88 | 8 ratings
A Night At The Odeon
2015
5.00 | 4 ratings
On Air
2016

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

2.60 | 11 ratings
We Will Rock You
1984
3.52 | 10 ratings
Rare Live : A Concert Through Time And Space
1989
3.25 | 19 ratings
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
1999
3.53 | 32 ratings
Greatest Video Hits 1
2002
3.85 | 27 ratings
Greatest Video Hits 2
2003
4.23 | 71 ratings
Live At Wembley Stadium (DVD)
2003
4.22 | 26 ratings
Queen On Fire - Live At The Bowl
2004
4.00 | 15 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers - Return Of The Champions
2005
4.38 | 13 ratings
Classic Albums: A Night At The Opera
2006
3.50 | 33 ratings
Rock Montreal (DVD)
2007
3.57 | 14 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers - Live in Ukraine
2009
4.33 | 3 ratings
Days of Our Lives
2011
4.14 | 17 ratings
Queen - Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest (1986)
2012
4.78 | 18 ratings
Live At The Rainbow '74
2014
4.50 | 4 ratings
A Night At The Odeon
2015

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

2.29 | 5 ratings
The Best Of Queen
1976
3.41 | 86 ratings
Greatest Hits
1981
3.79 | 5 ratings
The Complete Works
1985
3.19 | 60 ratings
Greatest Hits II
1991
3.60 | 10 ratings
Classic Queen
1992
4.06 | 14 ratings
Queen Rocks
1997
3.09 | 15 ratings
Smile: Ghost Of A Smile
1997
2.17 | 37 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
2.21 | 10 ratings
Absolute Greatest
2009
2.17 | 5 ratings
The Singles Collection Volume 3
2010
2.17 | 4 ratings
The Singles Collection Volume 4
2010
4.00 | 4 ratings
Deep Cuts, Volume 1 (1973-1976)
2011
3.50 | 4 ratings
Deep Cuts, Volume 2 (1977-1982)
2011
3.50 | 4 ratings
Deep Cuts, Volume 3 (1984-1995)
2011
2.00 | 1 ratings
Icon
2013
3.38 | 8 ratings
Forever
2014
5.00 | 2 ratings
On Air (Deluxe Edition)
2016

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

3.57 | 14 ratings
Keep Yourself Alive / Son and Daughter
1973
3.48 | 16 ratings
Liar / Doing All Right
1974
3.90 | 21 ratings
Seven Seas of Rhye / See What a Fool I've Been
1974
4.22 | 18 ratings
Killer Queen / Flick of the Wrist
1974
4.18 | 17 ratings
Now I'm Here / Lily of the Valley
1975
3.82 | 11 ratings
Lily of the Valley / Keep Yourself Alive
1975
4.09 | 25 ratings
Bohemian Rhapsody / I'm in Love With My Car
1975
3.22 | 22 ratings
You're My Best Friend / '39
1976
3.82 | 21 ratings
Somebody to Love / White Man
1976
3.93 | 15 ratings
Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) / Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
1977
3.60 | 15 ratings
Tie Your Mother Down / You and I
1977
3.55 | 11 ratings
Long Away / You and I
1977
3.26 | 24 ratings
We Are the Champions / We Will Rock You
1977
4.00 | 9 ratings
Queen's First E.P.
1977
3.41 | 20 ratings
Spread Your Wings / Sheer Heart Attack
1978
3.97 | 14 ratings
Mustapha / Dead on Time
1978
3.15 | 11 ratings
Mustapha / In Only Seven Days
1978
4.00 | 10 ratings
It's Late / Sheer Heart Attack
1978
2.82 | 22 ratings
Bicycle Race / Fat Bottomed Girls
1978
3.83 | 6 ratings
Love of My Life [Live] / Now I'm Here [Live]
1979
3.83 | 18 ratings
Don't Stop Me Now / In Only Seven Days
1979
3.14 | 7 ratings
Jealousy / Fun It
1979
2.60 | 5 ratings
We Will Rock You [Live] / Let Me Entertain You [Live]
1979
2.80 | 10 ratings
Crazy Little Thing Called Love / We Will Rock You [Live]
1979
3.00 | 10 ratings
Crazy Little Thing Called Love / Spread Your Wings
1979
3.60 | 10 ratings
Save Me / Let Me Entertain You [Live]
1980
2.82 | 11 ratings
Play the Game / A Human Body
1980
2.66 | 16 ratings
Another One Bites the Dust / Dragon Attack
1980
3.00 | 6 ratings
Need Your Loving Tonight / Rock It (Prime Jive)
1980
3.00 | 7 ratings
Flash / Football Fight
1980
3.30 | 18 ratings
Under Pressure / Soul Brother
1981
2.43 | 7 ratings
Staying Power / Calling All Girls
1982
1.88 | 8 ratings
Body Language / Life Is Real
1982
3.00 | 8 ratings
Las Palabras De Amor / Cool Cat
1982
2.57 | 7 ratings
Calling All Girls / Put Out the Fire
1982
2.78 | 9 ratings
Back Chat / Staying Power
1982
3.33 | 15 ratings
Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy
1984
2.92 | 12 ratings
I Want to Break Free / Machines
1984
3.10 | 10 ratings
It's a Hard Life / Is This the World We Created...?
1984
3.50 | 8 ratings
Hammer to Fall / Tear It Up
1984
2.33 | 6 ratings
Thank God It's Christmas
1984
1.48 | 10 ratings
One Vision
1985
2.40 | 5 ratings
One Year of Love / Gimme the Prize
1986
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Highlander Selection
1986
3.60 | 5 ratings
Princes of the Universe / A Dozen Red Roses for My Darling
1986
2.83 | 6 ratings
A Kind of Magic / A Dozen Red Roses for My Darling
1986
2.67 | 3 ratings
A Kind of Magic [Picture Disc]
1986
2.10 | 11 ratings
Friends Will Be Friends / Seven Seas of Rhye
1986
2.08 | 6 ratings
Pain Is So Close to Pleasure / Don't Lose Your Head
1986
2.39 | 9 ratings
Who Wants to Live Forever / Killer Queen
1986
4.07 | 9 ratings
Princes of the Universe / Gimme the Prize
1986
3.62 | 13 ratings
I Want It All
1989
3.56 | 9 ratings
Breakthru/Stealin'
1989
3.43 | 7 ratings
The Invisible Man / Hijack My Heart
1989
4.00 | 7 ratings
Scandal / My Life Has Been Saved
1989
3.78 | 9 ratings
The Miracle / Stone Cold Crazy [Live]
1989
3.33 | 11 ratings
These Are the Days of Our Lives / Bijou
1991
4.63 | 20 ratings
Innuendo / Bijou
1991
4.64 | 14 ratings
Innuendo (Explosive Version)
1991
4.43 | 14 ratings
I'm Going Slightly Mad
1991
2.39 | 9 ratings
Headlong
1991
4.09 | 15 ratings
The Show Must Go On / Keep Yourself Alive
1991
2.43 | 7 ratings
We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions [EP]
1991
2.09 | 19 ratings
George Michael and Queen With Lisa Stansfield: Five Live
1993
1.56 | 8 ratings
Heaven For Everyone
1995
3.50 | 4 ratings
A Winter's Tale / Thank God It's Christmas
1995
1.43 | 9 ratings
Too Much Love Will Kill You
1996
3.00 | 5 ratings
Let Me Live
1996
3.17 | 6 ratings
You Don't Fool Me - The Remixes
1996
4.00 | 5 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
2.71 | 7 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers: Say It's Not True
2007
3.00 | 8 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers: C-lebrity / Fire & Water
2008
2.00 | 1 ratings
Stormtroopers In Stilettos
2011

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 On Air by QUEEN album cover Live, 2016
5.00 | 4 ratings

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Review by Kingsnake

5 stars This is a treat for Queen fans big and small, young and old.

We already had Queen at the Beeb for a few decades, wich combined two shows, the band recorded for BBC. Now finally Queen Productions collected and remastered all the songs they did for BBC (sans Mach of the Black Queen).

It's a wonderful collection of songs, where there are a few songs very rare (We Will Rock You (fast) and What a Fool I've Been). Mostly the band plays over the same backing tracks used for the studio-albums. So in fact some songs sound more like a different studio-version, than an actual live version.

The latter songs from (Queen II up to News at the World) sound more live, and have alternate versions of well known songs. All in all, this is a must-have. The 2cd and 3lp version contain all the BBC-recordings, whereas the boxset contains radio-interviews and some live-shows.

Thanks fo releasing this, and a must have for any Queen fan and a musthave for any serious rockfan.

 A Day At The Races by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.74 | 468 ratings

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Review by poito

1 stars What a deceiving continuation of the album hosting the trademark of this band Bohemian Rhapsody. After they abandoned Prog and gave up themselves to the commercial and entertaining music, they appear kind of lost in this album, not knowing how to go ahead. The themes are dull and uninspired. Only the classic ballad Someone To Love stands out. One feels so sorry having lost the music by such a great composers to have this little piece of nothing. You may skip this album, whether you are a fan or just a music lover. Even the title seems to point to a complete absence of ideas, following the Marx brother's classic movies so they do not have to put the brains at work.
 A Night At The Opera by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.27 | 823 ratings

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Review by poito

3 stars In this album Queen enters the commercial era, they became worldwide superstars and as it could not be otherwise, this is achieved through an enormous simplification of the music that definitely goes mainstream. There are a few winks to prog but the theatrical turnaround is a fact and becomes dominant. Spite of being the best known album it contains several fillers. The universal Bohemian Rapsody, and the entertaining polyphonic section in the Prophet's Song are the highlights of this album. A more convenient title would have been a Night at the Cabaret. We lost a great band and the world gained a lot of entertaining music.
 Sheer Heart Attack by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.00 | 522 ratings

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Review by poito

5 stars 4.5 This is for many the crowning achievement of this omnipresent band. One thing is true, it is when musical composition and musicianship are at their best, which leaving aside the commercial success, is about all that matters, isn't it? A rocker for the best glory of Brian May, the Brighton Rock, opens this fantastic album, followed by the immortal Killer Queen. Themes like the Floydian rocker Tenement Funster are sang with an emotion proper of Gillan's best (but who else could do it). This track is fuse-blended with Flick of the Wrist and Lilly of the Valley, which jointly make one of the most creative and emotional runs of the band, a musical wonder to listen once and again. It follows one of the first universal hits, Now I'm Here, and a lovely delicatessen In the Lap Of Gods where Mercury shows how far his voice can go and that you may find revisited in a version made for the choral singing in drunky days. There are a couple of weak themes like the spacey She Makes Me and Misfire that make the album to stay one hair away of perfection.
 Queen II by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.36 | 709 ratings

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Review by poito

4 stars 3.5 I bought this CD some decades ago in a record sales market. It was an epoch in which I was a hardcore fan of underground music and searched actively for bands like The Soft Machine, Caravan, King Crimson, The Flock, ELP, etc. Maybe for that reason I was not very impressed by this album that I cataloged as sophisticated near-Glam Rock and it has been growing dust in an upper shelf of my record library. I come to listen to it recently, and decided to dig further in Queen's early production that was supposed to be Prog (in the wide term of present times). Certainly, near all bands in early 70's had some Prog spots, either because they truly initiated this blend of musical experiment and composition, or simply because it was mainstream and they were asked to do so by the industry. After many years and tons of music loaded in my brain, this Queen II has a somewhat different taste; I now see the historical side and its site. It has really interesting moments, even some memorable themes. But leaving aside the commercial boom of the band after 75-76, this early production is an AOR Prog-Rock deliberately designed for a listener that was beginning to be melancholic by the imminent death of symphonic prog and the need to adapt to newer stuff, and with a main purpose of entertain. That's not necessarily bad, but I think it's fair to open things to a wider context. The same spirit was in contemporary bands like the ELO, glam rock bands as T-Rex or the more Prog and natural of them all, the Manfred Mann's Earth Band, allowance made to their musical distance. Many musicians and bands originally formed as R&B or Beat, later inspired in great rockier Prog pioneers like The Who, The Moody Blues or the Purple/Zeppelin duo to make a move for a new style. This is evident in Queen's early production, but does not reduce their creative value. Here you'll find great themes, like the smooth Some Day One Day, or the faster and rockier The March of the Black Queen. The short Funny How Love Is clearly tributes to Yes' Roundabout. Don't let you amaze by the bits of the classic Queen's sound you are familiar with (The Fairy Fellers, Nevermore, Seven Seas of Rhye) and try to listen to this album as a totally different band in order to appreciate its true value. You will also discover the musicianship of the band members, which was later more difficult to appreciate as they moved to simpler music.
 Under Pressure / Soul Brother by QUEEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1981
3.30 | 18 ratings

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Under Pressure / Soul Brother
Queen Prog Related

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The eighties also made QUEEN change their musical style. Maybe their musical style started to change with their "The Game" album from 1980, becoming more simple, less elaborated, and less influenced by Progressive Rock music.

For the other part, I never have been a fan of DAVID BOWIE's music. I never have liked Glam Rock bands or "Theatrical music" very much. BOWIE was a "musical chameleon", as many people considers him. He played a lot of musical styles in his life, but for me his "personal and musical essence" was always very present, even with the constant changes of looks. So, he has a lot of fans. Not me, but I have to say that he had a very good voice and he was a very good singer. He also was an innovator in the kind of music that he liked, and I think that he was a very big influence in the development and in the music of a lot of artists like BRYAN FERRY, ROXY MUSIC, ALICE COOPER (maybe there were mutual influences), PETER GABRIEL, and others on which the visual and theatrical elements were brought to their music. The influences of looks and visual elements. How to impress audiences with visual elements and looks during the concerts. I'm not a fan of all these things. Maybe they are important for some people, but I prefer music, not theatre or looks or fashions.

I listened to the "Under Pressure" song several times through the years. I even watched to the video of the song a lot of time ago. I like the song and the video. I think that it was very good collaboration between BOWIE and QUEEN, with a very good arrangement, lyrics and interpretation. BOWIE and FREDDIE MERCURY really worked very well as singers, with their voices sounding very well together. The song also has a very characteristic bass riff which has been sampled or used by some Rap music artists."Under Pressure" is a very good song which still is played in the radio.

The Side "B" of this single has a song called "Soul Brother", also maybe recorded during the recording sessions for their "Hot Space" album from 1982. It really sounds like a Soul music / Blues song, with even Mercury sounding a bit like trying to imitate some Soul singers. It is also a good song, which was included as a bonus track in the re-issued "Hot Space" album some years ago.

 Hot Space by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1982
1.87 | 321 ratings

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Hot Space
Queen Prog Related

Review by Glubluk

3 stars I don't know why really, but the other day I felt a pressing need to re-listen and re-view this album. As much as I do often have a stance on a particular album that differs from the common consensus to a greater or lesser extent, in the case of 'Hot Space' I won't try to hail it as a masterpiece. No, I generally agree that this is one of the lowest points in Queen's career (followed by 'Flash Gordon' and 'A Kind of Magic'), but the reasons might lie in places other than those usually quoted.

Let's try an untypical review format here, a track-by-track analysis of what is wrong with each of them:

1. Staying Power ' strangely enough, nothing much is wrong. The track achieves its objective perfectly: it's a funk-inspired, horn-heavy bouncer that honestly is quite effective. Of course, the lyrics are dumb, the drum machines artificial, and Brian May's guitar an afterthought, but as there is the live version from 'Queen on Fire' that serves as an excellent alternative for those who wish this song to rock (and it does), it's easier to accept is in its actual form. 2. Dancer ' the most un-May track ever of those he penned. What does not work here is the unexciting vocal melody and the arrangement that cannot decide whether to rock or to groove. As it is, it does neither, sounding rather clumsy ad overlong (a problem that befalls most tracks here). 3. Back Chat ' of all the dance/funk experiments by Queen (including Another One Bites the Dust), this one is by far the best in my opinion (Dragon Attack being almost as good). Everything here just clicks and all the non-rock elements, like the synths and the hi-hat, actually enhance the song. 4. Body Language ' the favourite object of derision, mainly for its explicitly sexual nature. Well, remember Get Down, Make Love? The same kind of stuff, so I never understood the general confusion, but Body Language is actually the better one for the simple reason that it has an absolutely killer (synth) bass line. Of course the lyrics and the vocal delivery are dumb beyond belief, but think of it: Queen always put those off-beat, quirky tracks on their albums, and Body Language is nothing but yet another Seaside Randezvous or Bring Back That Leroy Brown, only intentionally dumbed-down and too long (and this time they flirt headlong with a genre not generally considered worthy). 5. Action This Day ' well, this is where the real problem with 'Hot Space' starts. I actually prefer well-done 'black' tunes than clumsy, strangely plodding 'rockers'. Let's face it, the chorus is all right, but the verses are plain awful. The arrangement is also too unfocused to work. 6. Put Out the Fire ' an average guitar-based track (comparable to Sweet Lady). Not Queen's greatest song, but I enjoy it. 7. Life Is Real (Song for Lennon) ' my favourite 'Hot Space' song. Aside from the oddness of the very idea of Mercury's tribute to Lennon, this is a a beautiful, well-sung ballad. 8. Calling All Girls ' see Action This Day, exactly the same issues here. Mr Taylor, whose songs on Queen albums I usually find enjoyable, misses the mark completely on 'Hot Space' 9. Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love) ' second best song on the album. I really like it, but still there are two problems: the title sung in different languages (I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I find this idea dumber even than Body Language lyrics). Second, some synth embellishments don't work for me. All in all, these are minor issues, and the song is among Queen's best ballads. 10. Cool Cat ' I used to hate this track. Not anymore, as somehow I started to really appreciate the laid-back atmosphere and the understated arrangement. The falsetto vocals still grate a bit, but I guess they just fit the mood. 11. Under Pressure ' a good song that never resonated with me. Nothing particular to fault, though.

So what's the verdict? In my very personal opinion the public focused so much on the flirt with disco that they overlooked the fact that the problem lies mostly with how ineffective the other facet of the album is: there are hardly any good rock ideas here. The dance tracks are hit or miss, but can work surprisingly well, and the ballads are excellent. Plus Mercury is at the peak of his vocal powers and the synths are a generation behind the truly offensive kinds that would appear later in the 80's (and on 'The Works'). Apparently, Queen could delve into a variety of genres, provided they were of the respectable kind ' this combined with 'No Synthesizers' backfiring doomed a perfectly enjoyable album.

 Sheer Heart Attack by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.00 | 522 ratings

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Sheer Heart Attack
Queen Prog Related

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Sheer Heart Attack is a strong album in a great band's library that shows has all the right combination of Queen's sound: rousing guitar work by May, memorable vocals by Freddie Mercury, creative song writing, and lots of variety to enjoy. It's not a prog album like it's predecessor, though it is more creative than consistently enjoyable than some of the albums that follow. It moves along at a brisk pace, cranking out a steady of rotation of driving hard rock, playful pop, and lush balladry. Sheer Heart Attack doesn't have any of the band's truly iconic songs ("Killer Queen" almost being an exception, but it doesn't pack the punch of, say, "Bohemian Rhapsody"), but the album remains great from start to finish, and is a perfect way to check out the band's library beyond their greatest hits.

Songwriting: 4 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 4 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

 A Night At The Opera by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.27 | 823 ratings

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A Night At The Opera
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Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

3 stars In reading the reviews of Queen's well-regarded Night at the Opera one can see many different opinions on whether this album is "prog," vaudeville, classic rock, or '70's pop-rock. The answer is that the album is a little bit of all of those. It's an enjoyable blend of Queen's bouncy throwbacks, hard hitting arena-rock, artistic extravagance, and flamboyant style. While I think the album is very over rated here on Prog Archives, Night at the Opera has some real gems that rightfully help it stand out among the rest of Queen's offerings, even if the album as a whole isn't really a master piece.

"Death on Two Legs" is a creative and noisy hard rock opener with lots of style that makes it easy to imagine Mercury strutting around in a neckerchief and phallic microphone baton singing his heart out. Same goes for "Sweet Lady," one of the forgotten Queen gems that sounds great but won't make it into the Greatest Hits. "I'm in Love with My Car" has appealing instrumentals but eye-rolling lyrics, making it a mixed bag. These are the only classic-rock songs to be heard, and the band plays them well and energetically.

Scattered throughout this album are four (!) playful and folksy songs that end up being homages to vintage sounds of earlier days (think barbershop). They're well produced, often with layers of vocal overdubs and a variety of guitar sounds; however, with the notable exception of "'39" they're little more than diversions that'll get your toe-tapping for two minutes while you're waiting for something more interesting to come up. Bouncy, fun, and forgettable.

"'39" is deserves talking about though. This is a warm acoustic ballad with an irresistible feel and lead vocals by May, whose voice fits very well here. The story and lyrics are beautiful, as is the lush production of the song. A standout track.

"The Prophet's Song" is the other big song here. It's a heavy, plodding, and dramatic song that, although qualifying as prog in the sense that its: A) long, B) weird, and C) ambitious, isn't all it's cracked up to be. It feels like an experiment that sort of misfires. The 2.5 minutes of experimental vocal overdubs haven't aged well, and May's guitar soloing doesn't impress. It's not bad, just not amazing.

What is amazing, however, is "Bohemian Rhapsody." It's a rare example of artistic excess that has all the right elements to make it a mega-hit and classic-rock staple. This song is over played and well known, and deserves it.

So in the end a very enjoyable experience. Certainly recommended for fans of the band or those thinking about exploring Queen beyond "Greatest Hits". I'm close to giving Night at the Opera 4-stars, but it's inconsistency in instrumental work and song writing makes it fit better as a good but not essential release. However, those who purchased this album just for "Bohemian Rhapsody" should find plenty more to enjoy.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 3 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

 Hot Space by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1982
1.87 | 321 ratings

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Hot Space
Queen Prog Related

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I had never heard Hot Space on its entirely until recently. See, I always liked Queen, but Queen was never a favorite band. Hot Space got such bad reception when it was released I never bothered to listen to it at the time. Besides, the video Body Language did get showed on TV and I didnt┬┤like it at all, so why bother? However, upon reading Queen┬┤s biography. Mark Blake┬┤s Is This The Real Life, the Untold Story of..., I got curious. When I heard it I was surprised of how different it was and at the same how good some of the tracks really were. I can understand the hatred it caused on several fans, even today. That was not the same band their audience was expecting to find. The opener Straying Power, with its disco beats and funk brass arrangements sounds almost like the band was really provoking their fans. However, as much as you can criticize the style they embraced, there is some good stuff to find here (if you┬┤re open minded, of course).

Actually Hot Space was ahead of its time. The mixture of rock, funk and disco was something rarely, if ever, heard of until then. It┬┤s little surprise that Michael Jackson, a big fan of Queen, always credit HS as a major influence on his classic Thriller album he released almost an year later. In a way, this is Queen┬┤s most experimental and bold move ever, and, in a way, quite progressive on its own. If the move was a good one it┬┤s another story entirely. But in hindsight I can enjoy much of the tracks here: Back Chat is a fine funk tune with great guitar lines, the more traditional Las Palabras de Amor is a good homage to their latin american fans, while Life Is Real is one of the best tributes to John Lennon. Hot Space was remarkable also in terms of instrumentation: the first when all for members played synthesizers and the first to feature electronic drums on some tracks. In fact I found something to enjoy in almost every song here. Of course, this was a safe listening because I knew they would eventually drop the disco/funk bits from the next album on. They even give some nods to the new wave movement in Europe (Roger Taylors Action This Day is the obvious example).

So, in the end, Hot Space is an interesting experiment. And, as much as it got their worst reviews and sales in a long time, it has its good side. I the words of Brian May (who was the least appreciative of the new direction) : Hot Space wasn┬┤t easy, but I┬┤ll stand by it. It got us out of a rut and into a new place".

Definitely HS is mot one of Queen┬┤s best works, but it has its merits. It┬┤s an interesting and daring move. Few band would risk as much. And fewer still would come back as gloriously as they did on their follow up. You have to accept it: Queen was talented and unique. Love them or hate them. And Hot Space, with all its faults still shines in places after all those years. My remastered edition has a couple of bonus live version tracks recorded during the tour promoting the album. They sound much heavier and powerful than on record. Nice addition. Rating: good, but non-essential. Three stars.

Thanks to Proglover for the artist addition.

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