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  • Audio CD (May 30 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000000OAL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Keep Yourself Alive
2. Doing All Right
3. Great King Rat
4. My Fairy King
5. Liar
6. The Night Comes Down
7. Modern Times Rock 'N' Roll
8. Son & Daughter
9. Jesus
10. Seven Seas Of Rhye
11. Mad the Swine (Previously Unreleased)
12. Keep Yourself Alive (Re-Take)
13. Liar (Remix)

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Digitally remastered edition of the British Pomp Rock band's 1973 debut album. Recently named by Dave Grohl as his favorite album of all time, Queen was recorded in the same studio that David Bowie was recording Ziggy Stardust. Because they didn't have any money, the album was recorded on Bowies downtime, so Queen were literally recording at 3AM after Bowie had gone to bed. Queen is their heaviest album, influenced by The Who, Hendrix and Led Zep and contains some of their hardest rocking songs, and also some of their most imaginative. Like all subsequent Queen albums, no two songs sound the same and there are mixtures of light and shade, the band teasing one minute with a lullaby, then blowing your head off. Island. 2011.

C'est en plantant leur plume dans le vitriol que les critiques anglais ont accueilli le premier témoignage discographique de Queen, en 1973. Certes, Mercury, May, Deacon et Taylor n'ont pas encore trouvé leur style (en ce sens qu'ils semblent hésiter entre Led Zeppelin et T. Rex). Mais il y a déjà cette voix d'un expressionnisme débridé et ces envolées de guitare qui laissent deviner les prochaines oeuvres incandescentes. Avec "Keep Yourself Alive" (sorti à l'époque en single), notamment, la presse aurait dû se douter que Queen se trouverait à l'origine d'une nouvelle révolution rock. --Philippe Margotin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katrina Karell on Aug. 23 2006
Format: Audio CD
Alongside the larger-than-life A Night At The Opera this Queen's debutalbum was my first album by them.

OK, this had to grow on me. Still, liked Keep Yourself Alive from the word go, for example.

The production of this album is quite raw and rough, but in a good way. From Queen II on their sound will be more polished and the band is perhaps more on the form they are known for.

If this were you're very first exposure to Queen, you might get the wrong idea about thre band, not the whole picture, anyway.

That being said, back in 1973 this was the introduction of Queen to the whole wide world!

If you are a fan of '70s rock and the unpolished sound of it, you should give this a spin whether you're thoughts of Queen might be.

If you want to get seriously into Queen and feel adventerous, you too could add this album in your shoppingcart ASAP.

Because this is a good album. Songs to listen and take note especially are: rocking Keep Yourself Alive, beautiful Doing All Right, interesting My Fairy King (BoRhap-style operatic bits done rough!), fabulous Liar, among others.

You might also want to take note of the early instrumental version of Seven Seas Of Rhye, which closes this piece of early Queen.

Listen to the skills of all the Queen -guys: Freddie's vocals, Brian's guitar, John's bass and Roger's drums (Roger also has lead vocal on one of the songs): excellent!

Recommended, five stars all the way. Queen indeed was very fine right from the start!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Sarnia Kid on Feb. 18 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's 1973 and I'm walking into Sam the Record Man ( the now defunct Ontario record store chain ), hearing the first opening riff of "keep Yourself Alive" and immediately wondering'who the hell is this coming through the speakers!!!???'. I bought the LP right then are there.
Queen came out of left field with an albumn that I believe still stands the test of time and is a testament to who they were/are as musicians and where they took their music in the years to come. There is an accurate song-by-song review by another reviewer that is dead on, so I won't repeat.
Now 55 years old and I still get the 'air guitar' out to play along to this one. Regardless of which 'phase' of Queen you prefer, guaranteed you will enjoy the music for what it represented back in 1973. At the time it was thrown in under the "glam rock" category, but to my ears, it just ROCKS period!! Don't hesitate to buy it - you'll be musically richer for it.
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Format: Audio CD
Queen (1973.) Queen's first album.
It was in 1973 that classic rockers Queen would release their debut album. The band's popularity would rise greatly over the course of the seventies and early eighties, and this is where it all began for the guys, back before they were stars. With Roger Taylor and Brian May, both formerly of Smile, Freddie Mercury (real name Frederick Bulsara), formerly of Larry Lurex, and John Deacon united, the band was set to begin rocking. How does the band's self-titled first album measure up? Read on for my review.
The first thing I need to state is that this album is really not that similar to the band's later material. If you're looking for something like Sheer Heart Attack, A Night At The Opera, or A Day At The Races, this album might disappoint you. But if you're a fan of the band and you've got an open mind, or you're just a fan of classic rock in general, this is well worth checking out. The fast-paced stylings of Keep Yourself Alive kick off the album, and do a damn good job of it. Fast-paced classic rock never sounded so good. Doing Alright, the next track, is a bit more ballad-styled than the previous track, but it features a hard and heavy guitar solo, so it's not quite a ballad. Great King Rat is one of my personal favorite tracks on the album due to its inventive lyrics and musical stylings - stylings only a band like Queen could pull off. Another excellent track featured here is Liar. Sure, the lyrics are a bit repetitive, but that doesn't really make the track any less enjoyable. Jesus, the band's ode to, well, Jesus, is also a good track. The lyrics here are particularly memorable. Closing the album out is an instrumental version of the song Seven Seas Of Rhye. All in all, Queen's debut is a very good album.
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In 1973, a few friends and acquaintances got together who had already been in a couple of bands, and had already kind of got their faces semi-known on the gig circuit. These bands were called 'Smile' and 'Larry Lurex.' Brian May and Roger Taylor were in Smile, and Frederick Bulsara, also known as Freddie Mercury, was in Larry Lurex. When these young up and coming musicians got together, along with John Deacon, little did they know they were creating musical history....
So we are all familiar with Queen, i'm sure every single one of us knows the words to at least one Queen song, and i'm sure we all headbang when the heavy bit of Bohemian Rhapsody comes on, thanks to Waynes World! But the very first couple of Queen albums, don't really contain any of their hits, and are reasonably under-heard. On this, their debut album, they were still finding their feet, and hadn't really developed much of their trademark styles. For instance, Freddie Mercury's vocals weren't quite as operatic as they would later become, and Brian May's guitar didn't fully sound like, well, Brian May's guitar! But this album does contain little signs that they were about to become great.
The album starts with 'Keep yourself alive', which is a great fast paced intro to the album, and my favourite track here. May's guitar riffs are brilliantly played, and Taylor's drumming is in top form. A great anthem.
The next track 'Doing alright' changes speed and sound quite drastically, more of a ballad. Although it does break into a heavy rock solo in the middle, before going back to its chilled sound to end the song.
'Great king rat' follows, and along with 'My fairy king', provides a fantasy playground for Mercury's lyrics, which thinking of the Queen we know and love, doesn't seem to fit too well in my eyes.
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