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4 stars THE MARCH OF THE BLACK QUEEN- always seemed an early version of BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY to me!

I still remember getting this album for Christmas and listening to it through my Koss headphones (half as big as my head, and I'm no slouch) on my Mom's pressed wood 'vintage' (not then of course) living room stereo cabinet. What a trip for a sophmore in High school. What ever happened to thoughs days? Anyway, it isn't IMHO the best Queen album, although it does have it's share of really fine songs and comes in a very close fourth. I'd have to place 'A Night at the Opera', 'Queen I' (my personal favorite) and 'Sheer Heart Attack' as better albums IMHO. I've always felt, as stated in my title to this review that 'The March of the Black Queen' was a precursor to 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' I don't want to sound like blowing my own trumpet is something I do on a regular basis, but as a description of the album in question I feel that it is necessary. While watching the 'Classic Album-Queen-A Night at the Opera' dvd (a really interresting dvd for any Queen fans!) I was delighted to hear Brian May, Queens great guitarist describe 'March of the Black Queen' in the same terms! It sure makes you feel great to have your feelings validated like that! Toot Toot- alright last of the trumpet solo! As I stated earlier, IMHO it's not their best effort, though the tracks 'Father to Son', 'White Queen (As It Began)', 'Ogre Battle', 'The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke', 'The March of the Black Queen' and 'The Seven Seas of Rhye' (w/vocals!) do make it a damn good album! There is (here I go again-I only wish I were that humble) IMHO no group that was able to vocalize harmonically as well as Queen! I've gotta give as much credit there to both Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury! What a pair! For a singer as myself, grewat stuff to sing along with! Well that's about it, once again this is an uneducated opinion from a consumer of quality music (obviously a subjective statement). I hope that this might help somebody out there or at least amuse. Take care.

3.75- rounded up to 4 stars!

HarmonyDissonan | 4/5 |


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