The model takes into account factors including the age of a rating, whether the ratings are from verified purchasers, and factors that establish reviewer trustworthiness. Customer images. See all customer images. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. What can I say? Don't underestimate the truly great musical value of the early Queen records.
It is classic and a must have for all hard rock enthusiasts and lovers of Queen. All 4 members shine on this album. I cannot emphasize more that this album is truly great and one that has survived a good 40 years or so in my vast collection.
I'm a sucker for Freddie's vocals and Brian's unique way of playing - always great and always melodic. What a sound the whole band has, especially Brian. By the way, get "Live at the Rainbow ' You will not be disappointed. Album cover was correct. Album itself was the soundtrack to Flash Gordon. Second Queen album purchased for him on amazon that was screwed up. I ordered this weeks and weeks ago, but it was on back order.
When it finally arrived two days ago, we were very disappointed. The outer sleeve is correct, but the Flash Gordon soundtrack is inside. I figured it was a fluke and asked for a replacement instead of a refund. Perfect outer sleeve, wrong album inside. Quality control seems to be non-existent. Sound quality is mediocre at best. Had it returned. No wonder Amazon sells those Hollywood Records reissue vinyls so cheap.
A Must for Queen Enthusiasts! This is Queen's debut album and is often overlooked and heavily overshadowed by their later huge successes such as Sheer Heart Attack which was the first album I had ever heard by the band and A Night At The Opera.
Despite those later successes this is an excellently written, performed, and produced album obviously re-mastered here which makes a difference ; there is a great deal of originality and just great rock 'n' roll on this album which I had never paid much attention to until recently. Like all their other albums the band shines here and due to it's newness at the time it has a rawness to it that many bands lose over The Loser In The End - Queen - Queen II (Vinyl course of their careers.
This is truly a great rock album worthy of lots of listening. Queen's sound here reminds me of early Led Zeppelin. Brian May's guitar playing is more upfront than in their later album's and carries more weight and direction and is excellent as well. Mercury's vocals are of course excellent but Roger Taylor's drumming and John Deacon's bass playing shine as well as is foundational for any good rock sound.
You can definitely hear the foundational sounds of their later successes in these early tracks. This is an exceptional debut album especially if you are a Queen enthusiast. Great CD with a bonus EP. Still as fresh as the day it was recorded. It is strong as an album and has some truly standout songs. The first three Queen CDs are definitely a unique blend of hard rock with streetwise British lowdown, glam, and some fantasy mixed in for good measure. This is the right place to start and go in order to hear their amazing progression as a band Great album!!!!!!!!
Never purchase it or any other vinyl from Movie Mars!!!!!!! You could learn all the songs and re-record your own album and package and ship it to friends and family before receiving an order from them!!!! However, Amazon has the real deal and if you all ready love Queen it's a must have! This eponyous album is the most emotionally pure and personal ever produced by Queen.
Because it is closely related in style and substance to its successor, "Queen II," the two are best considered together, somewhat in the fashion of a novel and its sequel. Commenting on "Queen II" another reviewer states: "This is Queen at the height of their eccentricities.
The reviewer also remarks on the album's "obscure fantasy novel" feel and stylistic cohesion, including tracks that blend into each other.
The debut "Queen" is more conventional in having discrete tracks, but it too can be enjoyed as a single story that is suggestive rather than bluntly literal, allowing the listener considerable interpretive freedom. Together, they are the greatest albums Queen ever created. Both defy categorization and thus lack the megamarket appeal usually required for lasting pop fame. Queen never quite fit into any standardized slot, even after their self directed pop transformation - a swan phoenix?
It is a tribute to their unshakeable determination and superb execution that these four visionaries achieved popular recognition against very great odds. I wish they hadn't felt it necessary to head in an increasingly dumbed down direction, conceptually speaking, but it paid off and kept the band unified and undistracted by day jobs. Certainly their popularization was always handled with assurance and intelligence.
If you adore Queen's pop anthems and similar hits of the period, it's possible "Queen" and "Queen II" will not be to your taste. On the other hand, if you think you hate Queen but have never heard anything but the pop stuff, you owe it to yourself to give these albums a listen. These are nice to have, but almost always jar the listener since they were not part of the original album's design and rarely fit well where they are placed.
See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Translate all reviews to English. Howard's original and best Conan series. The tracks on this album just fitted those worlds beautifully. Watch Queen performing 'Liar' on YouTube - it's classic stuff.
Brian May isn't only learning his craft in these tracks, he's already there, in fact the whole band are and the opening of 'Liar' is a great stage for their talents.
The only downside of Queen I and II is the inclusion of tracks that don't fit the concept. These effects were widely suspected to be synthesisers; however, they were created by someone plucking the piano strings while Mercury played the notes. In a interview with Melody MakerMercury, who had been working on the song even before Queen formed, said, " I wanted to give it everything, to be self-indulgent or whatever.
The lead vocals cover two and a half octaves G2 — C5. May regards it as a precursor to " Bohemian Rhapsody ", stating, "You've got to bear in mind that we'd already made 'My Fairy King' on the first album and we'd done 'The March of the Black Queen' on the second album, so we were well in tune with Freddie's excursions into strange areas, and that was something that we really enjoyed. It was track The tape had gone over the recording head so many times, overdubbing, that the oxide had worn off.
Despite never being released as a single, it remains a favourite amongst Queen's fans. The full piece was too complicated to be performed live; however, the uptempo section containing the lines "My life is in your hands, I'll foe and I'll fie After playing the intro the band quickly transitioned into "Bohemian Rhapsody".
This song ends with an ascending note progression, which climaxes in the first second of the following track. The song segues into the next track, "Funny How Love Is". Mercury wrote it and played the piano while Robin Cable produced. It was produced using the " wall of sound " technique. The song was never performed live, largely due to the demanding high-register vocals from Mercury throughout the song. Mercury began developing "Seven Seas of Rhye" in when he was with the band Wreckage.
He eventually fleshed the song out with contributions from May. He had this lovely little riff idea on the piano, and I think all the middle eighth is stuff that I did. So we definitely worked on it together. But when it came to the album coming out, Freddie went, 'I wrote that. But Freddie said, 'You know, I wrote the words and it was my idea, so it's my song. Much, much later in Queen history, we recognized this fact. So did Pat McConnell and a whole bunch of us. I recall an awful lot of reverb, and Brian played the stylophone on it, but it was done in one day and we were all totally pissed at the time.
On the Queen II recording, the arpeggios are played with both hands, an octave apart, whereas on the abbreviated Queen recording, and most live performances, Mercury played the simpler one-handed version of these arpeggios. The theme also appears at the end of "It's a Beautiful Day reprise " on the band's final album Made in Heaven Rock photographer Mick Rock was engaged to create the album's artwork.
According to Rock, Queen were looking to grab people's attention with the cover, especially since their first album had failed to do so. The brief he received from the band conceived a black and white theme for the album. Those were the days of androgyny, and Freddie was prepared to push it quite a way. To expand on the black and white theme, Rock made a second image of the band, dressed in white against a white background, that was used in the album's gatefold, advertising, and the "Seven Seas of Rhye" single sleeve.
After the album's completion at the end of AugustQueen immediately added "Ogre Battle", "Procession" and "Father to Son" to their live set lists and toured extensively. Once again, however, EMI delayed the album's release since the first album had only just been issued in the UK and had yet to be released in the US.
Album) problems beset the album's release: the energy conservation measures put in place during the oil crisis delayed its manufacture by several months; then, when released, John Deacon was credited as "Deacon John", and the band insisted it had to be corrected.
Queen II was released on 8 March The album enjoyed chart success in the UK, peaking at number five. It peaked at number 49 in the US, improving on their debut album Queenwhich peaked at number In interviews the group promoted the album with a theme of "good versus evil,"  and made numerous public appearances to gain exposure: aside from touring inthey performed BBC specials, broadcast a gig at Golder's Green Hippodrome on In Concert and appeared on John Peel 's Sound of the Seventies.
In FebruaryDavid Bowie was unable to appear on the show " Top of the Pops " to perform " Rebel Rebel ", and a replacement act was urgently needed. Queen was booked for the show and lip-synched "Seven Seas of Rhye".
EMI then rushed the single into release on February 23, just five days after the television appearance was confirmed. It was the band's first hit singleThe Loser In The End - Queen - Queen II (Vinyl, peaking at number 10 in the UK charts. On 8 Novemberrecord company Universal Music announced a remastered and expanded reissue of the album set for release in May This was as part of a new record deal between Queen and Universal Music, which meant Queen's association with EMI Records would come to an end after almost 40 years.
All of Queen's studio albums were remastered and reissued in Disc wrote, "The material, performance, recording and even artwork standards are very high. While the magazine had little enthusiasm for "Side Black", they applauded "Side White", writing that it featured the "saving grace of timely and well-chosen power chords and some rather pretty tunes.
Melody Maker wrote, "It's reputed Queen have enjoyed some success in the States, it's currently in the balance whether they'll really break through here. If they do, then I'll have to eat my hat or something. Maybe Queen try too hard, there's no depth of sound or feeling.
Weak and over-produced, if this band are our brightest hope for the future, then we are committing rock and roll suicide. As drew to a close, public reaction to Queen II had been enthusiastic. Inthe Post-Tribune ranked Queen II 9th in an article covering "albums that should be in everyone's record collection, but aren't.
Combined with Freddie Mercury's underrated keyboard work, Brian May's ringing leads and pristine riffs created a backdrop for songs that were by turns ferocious and elegant. The review observed the album's heaviness and stated "this never feels as fantastical as Genesis or Uriah Heep ", concluding " Queen The Loser In The End - Queen - Queen II (Vinyl is one of the favorites of their hardcore fans".
Queen had so exhausted themselves with the progressive rock style after recording this album that they abandoned the sound entirely for the next one. He wrote: "Stylistically there was nothing here that wasn't on the superior debut, and you can hear the band struggling with the traditional 'difficult second album' problems They had pushed their rock and metal roots as far as they could, and were clearly looking to jump off the train and expand their horizons.
It's probably for this reason that the album lacked the sparkle and bite of Queen and the audacity of the subsequent Sheer Heart Attack. Other rock musicians have praised the album. Rob Halford of Judas Priest cites Queen II as one of his favourite albums, saying it is "nothing but good songs" and stating "Ogre Battle" as a particular favourite.
Whenever their newest record would come out and have all these other kinds of music on it, at first I'd only like this song or that song. But after a period of time listening to it, it would open my mind up to so many different styles. I really appreciate them for that. That's something I've always wanted to be able to achieve". It's so over the top, so many vocal and guitar track overdubs — total Queen overload. I loved it. I loved the cool, weird, ambiguous songs about Freddie's sexuality and the way it shifts from heavy to beautiful ballads.
But we were fascinated with these types of things The most important thing to me was the Queen II album going into the charts — especially satisfying that, since the first one didn't do so well.
It's nice to see LP recognition for your work though I don't usually worry too much. Roger tends to worry more about what's happening on that side.
When Queen II came out it didn't connect with everyone. A lot of people thought we'd forsaken rock music. Nowadays people say: "Why don't you play like Queen II? It's not perfect, it has the imperfections of youth and the excesses of youth, but I think that was our biggest single step ever. All lead vocals by Freddie Mercury unless noted. The band included the comment "and nobody played synthesiser From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Redirected from Loser In The End. Art rock hard rock glam rock heavy metal progressive rock. EMI Elektra. Led Zeppelin and The Who are probably in Queen II somewhere, because they were among our favourite groups, but what we are trying to do differently from either of those groups [is] this sort of layered sound.
The Who had the open chord guitar sound I also wanted to build up textures behind the main melody lines. We were trying to push studio techniques to a new limit for rock groups — it was fulfilling all our dreams, because we didn't have much opportunity for that on the first album.
Main article: Seven Seas of Rhye. Main article: Queen II Tour. Considering the abuse we've had lately, I'm surprised that the new album has done so well. I suppose it's basically that audiences like the band Immediately it got really bad reviews so I took it home to listen to again and thought "Christ, are they right?
I think it's great. We'll stick by it. Retrieved 12 January Retrieved 6 January Retrieved 16 October Wonderous Stories. Flood Gallery Publishing. Houston Press.
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