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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 discography


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

3.63 | 396 ratings
Queen
1973
4.35 | 637 ratings
Queen II
1974
3.98 | 465 ratings
Sheer Heart Attack
1974
4.28 | 735 ratings
A Night At The Opera
1975
3.74 | 414 ratings
A Day At The Races
1976
3.21 | 378 ratings
News Of The World
1977
3.43 | 370 ratings
Jazz
1978
2.72 | 317 ratings
The Game
1980
2.13 | 268 ratings
Flash Gordon
1980
1.75 | 289 ratings
Hot Space
1982
2.94 | 271 ratings
The Works
1984
2.98 | 290 ratings
A Kind Of Magic
1986
3.16 | 281 ratings
The Miracle
1989
3.86 | 421 ratings
Innuendo
1991
3.25 | 243 ratings
Made in Heaven
1995
1.93 | 141 ratings
The Cosmos Rocks (with Paul Rodgers)
2008

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

3.52 | 138 ratings
Live Killers
1979
1.73 | 67 ratings
Live Magic
1986
3.44 | 45 ratings
At The Beeb
1989
3.98 | 101 ratings
Live At Wembley '86
1992
3.85 | 50 ratings
Queen on fire - Live at the Bowl
2004
2.73 | 31 ratings
Queen & Paul Rodgers: Return Of The Champions
2005
4.03 | 37 ratings
Rock Montreal
2007
3.21 | 14 ratings
Queen and Paul Rodgers - Live in Ukraine
2009
4.00 | 12 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
4.24 | 63 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
3.47 | 28 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 | 15 ratings
Queen - Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest (1986)
2012
4.78 | 9 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 | 78 ratings
Greatest Hits
1981
3.87 | 6 ratings
The Complete Works
1985
3.13 | 53 ratings
Greatest Hits II
1991
3.83 | 6 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 | 5 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
2.08 | 18 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

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 A Kind Of Magic by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1986
2.98 | 290 ratings

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Review by Necrotica

3 stars After some of the disappointment caused by 1982's dance-influenced Hot Space and 1984's bland rehash The Works, Queen needed an album that would bring them back into the spotlight. While 1986's A Kind of Magic was mostly a return to form in retrospect, people weren't really convinced back then to buy it. The album only managed to go Gold in the U.S. (and for such a popular band like Queen, that was unheard of back then) and was widely considered another disappointment. So looking back on the record, did it really deserve these distinctions? Definitely not.

While A Kind of Magic is pretty inconsistent in spots, there's also some fantastic music going on here. Stylistically, Queen decided to take the "rehash formula" of The Works and expand upon it, also adding much more hard rock that was reminiscent of their 70s heyday. More importantly, it feels as though Queen sounded more fresh and inspired when it came to the songwriting and arrangements. Along with maintaining a nice array of varied riffs and more textural arrangements, there's some really heartfelt and beautiful stuff to offer as well. Essentially, this record represents the first step in pulling Queen out of the quicksand they put themselves in musically.

The album takes most of its lyrical inspiration from Highlander, giving many of the heavier tracks a more "epic" feel. This is mostly represented with songs such as the string-laden hard rock opener "One Vision," the slower and more distorted "Gimme the Prize," and album highlight "Princes of the Universe." The latter is particularly notable for featuring more of a heavy metal influence than the other songs, Brian May laying down some hard- hitting rhythm guitar work. The harmonized vocals are as fresh now as they were back then, providing those traditional bombastic arrangements we all know and love. "One Vision," while still rooted in 70s hard rock, begins drenched in lavish strings provided by a synthesizer played by Brian May. This gives a great backdrop for the rest of the song to build from, and the musicianship in the hard rock section that follows is as tight as ever.

The ballads can be hit-and-miss, but some are pretty great. I could go on for hours and hours about how good "Who Wants to Live Forever" is, for example. Beginning with a quiet, emotional verse sung by Brian May over a Yamaha keyboard, Freddie Mercury takes over on the next verse as the song builds steam. There's a really melancholic undertone to the piece, but once the chorus kicks in, sadness is all but forgotten. This is one of the great choruses in the history of rock music, combining beautiful harmonized vocal work from Freddie with a nicely orchestrated backdrop for said vocal melodies to follow. Once Brian May sings the final verse, "Who waits forever anyway," the song ends with food for thought for the listener and represents closure for a perfect piece of music. The other ballads can be good, but definitely don't reach the same level. "Pain Is So Close to Pleasure" and "Friends Will Be Friends" are your typical Queen affairs, and "One Year of Love" is just way too sappy at times, but the songs are at least serviceable ballads.

Unfortunately, the album is indeed very flawed. The ballads, as I said, are just kind of decent with one great exception, but two songs almost kill the album unless you're willing to look past them: the title track and "Don't Lose Your Head." The former is an extremely boring mid-tempo number that brings almost nothing to the table; it really feels like a B-side to The Works. The stretch from the middle to the end is particularly painful, with a bunch of melodies and vocal harmonies going absolutely nowhere while John Deacon just sits in the back and plays his bassline aimlessly. "Don't Lose Your Head" is also annoying, being an entirely forgettable dance number forged out of Hot Space's songwriting template. The vocals are a bit bland compared to Freddie's typical singing quality, and the programmed drum track just makes you wish for Roger Taylor to return to the kit as quickly as possible.

The reason this still gets a 3.5, though, is because the music that works well works REALLY well. The rockers are fantastic, the ballads range from decent to fantastic, and the music sounds like Queen returning to their old 70s glories with an 80s coat of paint. Despite some songs that almost derail this experience, I'd still recommend it. It's worth trudging through the flaws to get to the good stuff... or in this case, the wonderful stuff.

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 Queen II by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.35 | 637 ratings

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Review by Necrotica

5 stars I like to see progressive rock epics and albums as rock's own answer to classical symphonies and suites... complex, multifaceted, and brimming with technical skill. With the help of bands like Kansas, Genesis, Yes, and whoever else gets categorized in so-called "symphonic prog," 70s prog was able to be played on heavy rotation by those who didn't want to listen to the more simplistic forms of rock at the time. However, 70s-era Queen were always of a different breed. Yes, their music was complex. Yes, it was multifaceted. Yes, it contained varying time signatures. But what was so different? What really stood out? The charisma and bombast.

Freddie Mercury and co. were one of the very few acts to marry the complexity of prog with the mainstream success and streamlined nature of pop almost perfectly, something even Supertramp couldn't fully pull off (but they tried their best, that's for sure). "Queen" is such a fitting name for a group who could pull off pomp and eccentricity with such elegance and taste... and of course, there's the eclectic genre-bending involved as well. The band tried ragtime, hard rock, classical, jazz, gospel, metal, you name it. Oh sure, it felt a bit forced and out- of-control on occasion, but you can't really blame a band who are trying to expand the normal confines of hard rock. But here's the craziest thing: the album that only began to develop Queen's signature sound also happened to be one of their very best... perhaps their best, in fact. That, my friends, is Queen II.

Make no mistake, this is a full-fledged progressive rock album. Multitracked vocal harmonies run rampant, time signatures change quite frequently, and the band's signature stylistic shifts are here in full-form. Right from the dark funeral-like guitar overdubs of "Procession," you know you're in for a pretty unusual record from the get go; even more unique is the way the band had set up this epic album. First is Brian May's "white" side of the album which focuses on more beautiful and light tunes, whereas Mercury's "black" side is absolutely warped, outrageously bombastic, and extremely dark. With that said, let's just say that you shouldn't expect a whole lotta camp from this one like in later Queen works. Most of the material here replaces the band's usual humor and lightheartedness with more dramatic lyricism, much of it focusing on fantasy-influenced storytelling. Expect a dark record through and through, basically.

Aside from that, though, the real draw is in how well everyone in the band works in tandem with each other. John Deacon's bass perfectly compliments Freddie's piano playing in the somber "Nevermore," just like how Brian May's heavy guitar riffing and Roger Taylor's hollow and rough drum sound are a great fit in a hard-hitting song like "The Loser in the End." There's a genuine chemistry between the band members, something that seemed so powerful even in this phase of their career. Also, this is the first album in which the group's layered vocal harmonies came into high prominence, and they couldn't feel more welcome with the grandiose arrangements. The slow buildup in "Ogre Battle" leads into an incredibly loud burst of vocal bombast that has to be heard to be believed, and "March of the Black Queen"'s use of counterpoint brings out many highlights of this nature as well. That's not to say there aren't poppier or more tightly packed arrangements on here as well, as "Seven Seas of Rhye" and "Funny How Love Is" can prove, and these are placed right at the end to bring an optimistic end to a beautifully dark journey.

If Queen's debut was their set of musical blueprints, this is the towering skyscraper they were arranged to construct... and indeed it towers over most of its contemporaries, progressive rock or otherwise. It's beautiful, brutal, dark, florid, complex, and everything in between. But above all, it's simply a masterpiece. The combination of instrumental prowess and emotional depth is breathtaking... and to think that this was only the band's second record! It was clear that Queen's future would be bright, but it's cool to know that they had already mastered their craft early on; in any case, get this. I don't care if you enjoy rock, pop, classical, jazz, whatever. Just get this.

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 Jazz by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.43 | 370 ratings

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Jazz
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Review by TCat
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5 stars This is the last of the Queen 5 star albums. Some people would argue with this saying that it was the beginning of their commercial era while others would say that "The Game" was the last great album. Though "The Game" was good, it wasn't a masterpiece and not groundbreaking or risky, it was actually quite a safe album.

In "Jazz" (which is actually more focused on heavy rock than jazz), there are still plenty of excellent risks taken here. Opening the album with "Mustafa" definitely threw a lot of people off. But I thought it was genius and quite a showcase for Freddy's amazing voice. I love the track and I have no religious affiliation, so it has nothing to do with that, it's just an amazing song with quite a excellent guitar accompaniment. There is still quite a variety here with the rockers "Bicycle Race" and "Fat Bottom Girls", the heavy rockers "If You Can't Beat Them" and "Dead on Time", the showcase pieces "Let Me Entertain You" and "Only Seven Days", the lounge jazz influenced "Dreamers Ball", the infectious groove of "Fun It", the trademark harmonies of "Leaving Home Ain't Easy" and the progressive sounds of "More of That Jazz".

It's true there is not a lot of prog on here, and that is it's only shortcoming. The thing that makes this progressive and still a high rating album is the riskiness of the variety of the songs here, and that honestly was the reason I loved Queen so much back in the day. I was in it for not just the showmanship of the band, but the variety and how well they pulled every thing off the way they did. When Queen does a song sounding like it's from the 40s or a song that pays homage to the punk movement, they do it well and they do it right. And they always did it well back then, before disco took over and pushed it's way into Queen's music as they attempted to become the Bee Gees (Okay maybe that's a bit harsh).

Anyway, I still rate this as 5 stars even if the proginess was not so evident here, the prog in this album for me is in the effective use of dynamic, variety and the "glam-rock" side of prog.

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 A Day At The Races by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.74 | 414 ratings

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Review by Prog Leviathan
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3 stars Pretty much everyone who likes rock music likes Queen, at least enough to sing along to this album's only hit "Somebody to Love." However, few of those casual fans know much of anything about the band's body of work that isn't played on the radio. A Day at the Races is one such album: it contains one or two songs that will show up on a classic rock FM station, and a collection of other tracks that slip into history. While this album isn't a buried treasure, there are a lot of fun and sometimes interesting tunes to discover.

Queen covers a ton of ground with this album. Songs evoke moods of playfulness, romance, lament, sentimentalism, aggressiveness, etc., all performed in the band's characteristic style. Unlike some Queen albums, and many prog albums, A Day at the Races feels like a collection of songs that stand by themselves, so I'll review it in the same way.

"Tie Your Mother Down" is a rip-roaring opener with an irresistible chorus and drive. It's also the only song on the album that resembles hard rock. It's a lot of fun but disposable rock-n-roll.

"Take My Breath Away" is a lush and tender ballad with layers and layers of Freddie Mercury vocals and only a piano and brief guitar as accompaniment. It's artistic and experimental, but not completely effective. "Long Away" sounds like a Beatles tune, so if you're into that you might like it - it's not for me.

"Millionaire Waltz" is the standout track for me. It's jaunty, playful, well arranged, and creative. In 5 minutes we transition through anachronistic melodies and dynamic vocals, growing to a fierce crescendo that is probably the most powerful moment of the entire album. A creative and enjoyable song that ends with a beautiful and sentiment.

"You and I" is another standout, which while conventional overall, has wonderful phrasing and dynamics. "Somebody to Love" is the incomparable hit of the album, and rightly so. This track is one of Mercury's shining moments, heck, it's a shining moment for the entire band. May has a great solo and the rhythm section creates a dynamic and sweeping feel. A great song - and karaoke nightmare.

"White Man" is a bottom-heavy riff machine, with angsty lyrics and aggressive playing, made more so when surrounded by the playful and sentimental songs that abound throughout the rest of the album. It's a unique entry for the group.

"Loverboy" takes a lot of flak, but it's probably my favorite song on the album. I love it's bouncy, barbershop feel, and lyrical content. It's the kind of song that puts one in a good mood, despite being silly. I sing it to my dog.

"Drowse" is a lamentful and atmospheric song with Taylor taking lead vocals. Unfortunately it locks in a bland tempo, feel, and dynamic, making it among the weakest and empty tracks on the album.

"Teo Torriatte" is the anthemic closer, and while endearing in its lyrical content, falls flat due to a sappy delivery that feels contrived to get as many waving lighters in the air as possible during an arena show.

So all in all a good, but not great album that fans seeking to explore more about Queen will enjoy. However, it won't turn anyone into a Freddie Mercury fanboy.

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 The Game by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.72 | 317 ratings

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Review by TCat
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3 stars Queen is one of the bands that became a slave to the corporate machine as they approach commercialism. The interesting thing is how they lost their loyal fan base more and more as got closer to the pop sound. It's also interesting how the most memorable music came from the band when they were at their most inventive and their most dynamic. This album still has some greatness to it, but it would be the last one that would hang on to a part of that. This album is also missing a lot of the variety, experimentation and progressiveness that made the band great. I still enjoy this one, although less than the previous albums. Everything before this had amazing amounts of quality music with a lot of variety, talent, dynamics, inventiveness and so on. This album retains some high points, but it is very close to the fine line of pop and cookie cutter music that it just isn't as highly regarded by me as their previous albums. For example, "News of the World" was amazing for it's variety and the way each song was of the highest quality even in it's variety. "Jazz" was inventive and risky and showed the band taking on new frontiers for music along with retaining that great variety. "Sheer Heart Attack" was rough on the edges but still a masterpiece that I consider as great as "Night at the Opera". "The Game" however, is the end of the greatness that came before. Variety and experimentation starts to give way to commercialism and sameness.

Of course there are the great tracks "Dragon Attack", "Another One Bites the Dust", "Crazy Little Thing" (yes I'm a rockabilly fan and these guys do it right), and "Sail Away Sweet Sister". But there are also many that are annoying and too pop centered like the awful "Rock it" and "Don't Try Suicide" which attempt to achieve the status of rock/pop anthems, but fall flat on their faces. Then there is the pure pop drivel of "Play the Game", "Need Your Loving Tonight" and "Save Me" which utilize Freddy's amazing voice but suffer in the originality department.

This album was not their worst or representative of the band at it's rock bottom, that was coming soon though, and it would be impossible for Queen to bounce back on future albums. But at least they were great enough to be remembered for their best albums. This should be a lesson to the corporate engine to keep it's cogs out of artistry, but some people never learn. Anyway, this album gets 3 stars and after this, everything falls apart.

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 Rock Montreal (DVD) by QUEEN album cover DVD/Video, 2007
3.47 | 28 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
4.28 | 735 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 | 396 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
3.74 | 414 ratings

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A Day At The Races
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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 | 637 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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