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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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Live at the Rainbow (Deluxe Box Set)Live at the Rainbow (Deluxe Box Set)
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Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You EditionGreatest Hits: We Will Rock You Edition
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Queen: Greatest Hits I & IIQueen: Greatest Hits I & II
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QUEEN discography


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

3.62 | 351 ratings
Queen
1973
4.35 | 562 ratings
Queen II
1974
3.98 | 415 ratings
Sheer Heart Attack
1974
4.27 | 662 ratings
A Night At The Opera
1975
3.78 | 364 ratings
A Day At The Races
1976
3.19 | 332 ratings
News Of The World
1977
3.40 | 321 ratings
Jazz
1978
2.71 | 276 ratings
The Game
1980
2.15 | 235 ratings
Flash Gordon
1980
1.73 | 255 ratings
Hot Space
1982
2.94 | 237 ratings
The Works
1984
2.96 | 257 ratings
A Kind Of Magic
1986
3.17 | 247 ratings
The Miracle
1989
3.87 | 371 ratings
Innuendo
1991
3.27 | 219 ratings
Made in Heaven
1995
1.94 | 124 ratings
The Cosmos Rocks (with Paul Rodgers)
2008

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

3.48 | 118 ratings
Live Killers
1979
1.70 | 59 ratings
Live Magic
1986
3.45 | 43 ratings
At The Beeb
1989
3.96 | 89 ratings
Live At Wembley '86
1992
3.83 | 43 ratings
Queen on fire - Live at the Bowl
2004
2.69 | 27 ratings
Queen & Paul Rodgers: Return Of The Champions
2005
3.95 | 30 ratings
Rock Montreal
2007
3.17 | 12 ratings
Queen and Paul Rodgers - Live in Ukraine
2009

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

2.52 | 8 ratings
We Will Rock You
1984
3.51 | 5 ratings
Rare Live : A Concert Through Time And Space
1989
3.25 | 15 ratings
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
1999
3.42 | 24 ratings
Greatest Video Hits 1
2002
3.75 | 20 ratings
Greatest Video Hits 2
2003
4.21 | 56 ratings
Live At Wembley Stadium (DVD)
2003
4.21 | 23 ratings
Queen On Fire - Live At The Bowl
2004
4.00 | 14 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers - Return Of The Champions
2005
4.30 | 10 ratings
Classic Albums: A Night At The Opera
2006
3.43 | 22 ratings
Rock Montreal (DVD)
2007
3.58 | 12 ratings
Queen + Paul Rodgers - Live in Ukraine
2009
4.07 | 10 ratings
Queen - Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest (1986)
2012

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

2.29 | 5 ratings
The Best Of Queen
1976
3.37 | 73 ratings
Greatest Hits
1981
3.87 | 6 ratings
The Complete Works
1985
3.11 | 51 ratings
Greatest Hits II
1991
3.33 | 3 ratings
Classic Queen
1992
3.08 | 10 ratings
Smile: Ghost Of A Smile
1997
4.10 | 12 ratings
Queen Rocks
1997
2.14 | 32 ratings
Greatest Hits III
1999
2.17 | 5 ratings
Stone Cold Classics
2006
2.13 | 4 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

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

3.45 | 11 ratings
Keep Yourself Alive / Son and Daughter
1973
3.41 | 13 ratings
Liar / Doing All Right
1974
3.83 | 18 ratings
Seven Seas of Rhye / See What a Fool I've Been
1974
4.07 | 15 ratings
Killer Queen / Flick of the Wrist
1974
4.14 | 14 ratings
Now I'm Here / Lily of the Valley
1975
3.78 | 9 ratings
Lily of the Valley / Keep Yourself Alive
1975
3.93 | 20 ratings
Bohemian Rhapsody / I'm in Love With My Car
1975
3.18 | 19 ratings
You're My Best Friend / '39
1976
3.81 | 19 ratings
Somebody to Love / White Man
1976
3.83 | 12 ratings
Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) / Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
1977
3.50 | 12 ratings
Tie Your Mother Down / You and I
1977
3.44 | 9 ratings
Long Away / You and I
1977
3.19 | 20 ratings
We Are the Champions / We Will Rock You
1977
4.00 | 8 ratings
Queen's First E.P.
1977
3.34 | 16 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
3.75 | 4 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
3.00 | 5 ratings
Las Palabras De Amor / Cool Cat
1982
2.60 | 5 ratings
Calling All Girls / Put Out the Fire
1982
2.67 | 6 ratings
Back Chat / Staying Power
1982
3.08 | 12 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
4.04 | 6 ratings
Princes of the Universe / Gimme the Prize
1986
3.40 | 10 ratings
I Want It All
1989
3.17 | 6 ratings
Breakthru/Stealin'
1989
3.40 | 5 ratings
The Invisible Man / Hijack My Heart
1989
3.75 | 4 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
4.59 | 16 ratings
Innuendo / Bijou
1991
4.64 | 11 ratings
Innuendo (Explosive Version)
1991
4.42 | 12 ratings
I'm Going Slightly Mad
1991
2.31 | 7 ratings
Headlong
1991
4.03 | 12 ratings
The Show Must Go On / Keep Yourself Alive
1991
2.50 | 6 ratings
We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions [EP]
1991
2.07 | 17 ratings
George Michael and Queen With Lisa Stansfield: Five Live
1993
1.33 | 5 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

QUEEN Reviews


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 Queen II by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.35 | 562 ratings

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Review by MJAben

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

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

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

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

4/5 stars

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 You're My Best Friend / '39 by QUEEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1976
3.18 | 19 ratings

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

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

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 Spread Your Wings / Sheer Heart Attack by QUEEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1978
3.34 | 16 ratings

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

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

Two very good songs in this single.

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 Queen II by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.35 | 562 ratings

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Review by ster

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

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

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 Innuendo by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.87 | 371 ratings

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

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 News Of The World by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.19 | 332 ratings

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Review by KingCrInuYasha

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personal dislikes: None

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 Queen II by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.35 | 562 ratings

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Review by Molbeck

5 stars Hello, this is my first review! I am a regular visitor of the site and finaly I have made the decision of write something, so, you have to understand that it has to be a very sepcial one, my favorite album from my favorite band: Queen II. For some people the authentic master piece of the Queen camp, it is one of the Queen albums that could be defined as progressive music, it has a lot of prog elements, the way the music is written, the quality of the compsition, Freddie´s voice is incredible and concept of the white and dark side of Queen is unique. Primitive Queen is what you can find here, "White Queen" and "The March of the Black Queen" are of course the main highlights of the album. The 2011 remaster has a beautiful version of White Queen (As It Brgan) (live at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1975), for me, this is a very nice example of what Queen would become, Brian May´s solo is just incredible and some how reminds me that true guitar heroes are the ones that play the instrument whit passion and feeling the music (David Gilmour is another excellent example).

Queen II is a real Rock Gem, an album that influenced a lot of the most respected musicians in the rock scene (not necessarily main stream) including Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Cristopher Jhonson (Therion) among others. (I choose these because I also love their music). So, if you think Queen is just "Radio Ga Ga"," We are The champions" or "we will rock you" you have to listen to this album and you will find what Queen were capable of during the early 70´s!

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 Queen by QUEEN album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.62 | 351 ratings

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Review by GruvanDahlman
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4 stars I really would like to waive the flag for the first album of Queen. It's kind of funny I most regularily return to this album, since it showcases more of the hard rock-Queen rather than the flamboyant later opuses. Well, that's pushing it a bit, don't you think? After all, the trademarks of the future Queen to be are all very evident here, from the progressive hard rock to the amazing harmonies and the very special sound of a band totally confident in themselves and the music they make.

Apart from the rather dull "Modern times rock'n'roll" there's actually not a bad track on here. There are dreamy tracks (My fairy king), hard rock (Keep yourself alive), prog folk (Jesus), ballads (Doing all right) and pure prog (Night comes down). In my opinion not many Queen albums have been this consistent and focused. Funny enough, as I wrote, because later albums are all more cherished by most people and definately more famous. I truly recommend this album, maybe not if you are looking for the more classic stuff but certainly if you're interested in their (not so) humble beginnings.

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 Queen - Hungarian Rhapsody: Live in Budapest (1986) by QUEEN album cover DVD/Video, 2012
4.07 | 10 ratings

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Review by memowakeman
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4 stars Review originally posted at www.therocktologist.com

This is another DVD concert I experienced in the Auditorio Nacional, beside a nice amount of Queen fans from all the ages, with a huge screen and a wonderful sound. Though this DVD is a concert in almost all its entirety, there are moments where we can see Queen sightseeing in their tour at Hungary, so it is like a brief documentary of the life of an artist days before a show is given in a certain city. So it is nice how the editor of this video decided to intercalate those images and experiences from the band, with the concert.

I would have loved to see Queen on concert, what a pity I am too young and could not see them when they visited Puebla, a city near Mexico City long time ago, I am sure it was an unforgettable experience. A experience that produced me goosebumps while watching the concert, since they were a band that really knew how to penetrate the audience deepest whims and make them accomplices of their music. Mercury and co. seemed happy all the time, enjoying what they were doing, singing and playing with great attitude, humor, enthusiasm, power, so the audience can feel pleased, I, as a watcher, am pleased.

Songs not that known such as "Tie Your Mother Down", "In the Lap of the Gods" or "Tear it up" began the show, like a warm up for the people's throats before they exploded singing tunes of most popular tracks such as "A Kind of Magic" or "Under Pressure" which followed the show. What I really loved is that Queen chose a challenging setlist with songs of different mood and mode, I mean, they turned the concert from happiness to melancholy, from hard rock to ballads, from love to despair. They were always changing so the concert did not really follow an obvious line, they surprised people with an exquisite combination. An example of this was the combo "Now I'm Here" ? "Love of My Life" ? "Tavaszi Szél Vizet Áraszt", the last one a traditional Hungarian song that excited the crowd.

The performance in general was wonderful, the four members doing their best and as I mentioned above, enjoying their time. With "Bohemian Rhapsody" the concert reaches its pinnacle, and then it will not fall until the very end, so band and audience have full battery, their energy don't end. In total we can watch and listen to 23 songs, with "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "Radio Ga-Ga" and "We are the Champions" (just to mention some) in the last part of the setlist. So if you like Queen, then you will totally love this concert, and have a huge smile at the end, or like me, with a smile, yes, but also with the regret I could not see them live.

Enjoy it!

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Review by twseel

4 stars Queen II reflects the side of Queen that is least known to the pop audience, but made the basis for their later sound. You can recognize here everything they would become known for with the classic rock audience: heavy bass, melodic vocals, aggressive drumming, catchy melodies and a great variety of topics, from society questions to mythical scenes to average lovesongs.

This is really a very strong album with solid rock songs and original songwriting. On itself it might qualify for Heavy Prog, with a mix of Rush, early Pink Floyd and early Led Zeppelin, all from approximately the same period, making this a true product of its time.

Procession is no more than intro to the album, leading fluently into Father to Son, the strongest song on the 'White Side' in my opinion, a catchy hard rock song. The next song, White Queen is much more dramatic, in more of a pop format. Next up is Some Day One Day, the last song of the four written by Brian May. This is a more relaxed song, which is very useful for the balance of the album. Especially the spacey acoustic guitars are beautiful here. The Loser In The End is a blues rock song written and sung by Roger Taylor. In my opinion one of the weaker tracks.

After that, we start with the famous ´Black Side´, where Freddie Mercury worked on some brilliant proto-metal. The first song is Ogre Battle, possibly the hardest and most hectic music Queen have ever produced. Extremely loud bass, high pace rhythm and wild screams all around make this the big surprise of the album. But it´s not stopping there, because next up is The Fairy Feller´s Master Stroke, which might be not as heavy, but equally hectic. This song fluently runs into the short and calm Nevermore.

From there the album jumps into the highlight of the Black Side, `The March Of The Black Queen´. This is song is probably the most popular of all Queen songs to progheads. That´s because it´s an explosive piece out of every proportion, with heavy guitars, complicated structures, many surround sound effects, sweet pianos and all this running through each other at high speed. As said in an other review, this song is a real earlier Bohemian Rhapsody, although it is a lot more uncontrolled, making it less accessible for the mainstream audience. That makes this the forgotten masterpiece of Queen.

Then there is ´Funny How Love Is´. I do not like this song. It is repetitive and quite annoying. It doesn´t really fit with the rest of the album. Luckily, there is still another treat waiting at the end. The hit of the album is another brilliant song with vivid piano and catchy melodies. ´The Seven Seas Of Rhye´ is yet another masterpiece.

This is a strong album, probably the strongest by Queen and a real must-have if you liked their mainstream work. Still some poor songs take down the rest, making this just less than a masterpiece. Still excellent.

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