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Sheer Heart Attack (Vinyl)
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Sheer Heart Attack is probably the band's first mature album, in which they married the Led Zeppelin-influenced crunch of their eponymous debut, and the sonic gimmickry and thematic ambition of its follow-up, Queen II. They then hitched the result to their strongest songwriting to date: the single, "Killer Queen," actually won an Ivor Novello award, and pointed the way forward to subsequent glories. Occasionally their desire to cover every conceivable stylistic base becomes wearying (did ragtime pastiche "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" ever seem like a good idea?), but the ambitious structures and elegant arrangements of tracks like "In the Lap of the Gods" and "Lily of the Valley" attest to a formidable and distinctive musical vision. And when they cut loose and actually rocked out ("Now I'm Here", "Brighton Rock"), few of their peers could match their power--something that many critics, alienated by Mercury's fondness for the grand gesture, nowadays mostly choose to forget. --Andrew McGuire --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This resembles A Night At the Opera, their yet-to-come masterpiece, being an eclectic work of original songs, which vary from sheer rock ( Stone Cold Crazy) to vaudeville (Bring Back Leroy Brown). Good, good.
So, the tunes..
1) Brighton Rock: Opens with carnival sound. Freddie uses his lovely falsetto and then lowers his voice, nice work. The story told is quite fun.
2) Killer Queen: Their first international hit is indeed a killer. A Freddie pop-rock song, I enjoy the backing vocals very much there.
3) Tenement Funster: A Roger-piece, he also offers the vocals, good and raunchy as ever. I like this song.
4) Flick Of The Wrist: Similar to Death On Two Legs, storywise. I just love the chorus! Nice and flowing pop-rockish song.
5) Lily Of The Valley: Short and sweet, similar (to me at least) to Nevermore on Queen II.
6) Now I'm Here: Familiar from hit collections and concerts. A good rock staple.
7) In The Lap Of The Gods: The beginning of this song clarifies why mr Taylor is credited for his screams; very 'showstopping'. I adore Roger as a vocalist! (and a drummer, too)
8) Stone Cold Crazy: Even Metallica covered this one. Original is better. Fast-paced and rocking.
9) Dear Friends: Time to cool things down with this endearing yet short tune. I really like these short numbers Queen has on these earlier records, but I always wish they were longer...
10) Misfire: John Deacon's first tune! Enchanting one, this! Very much his "style" already.
11) Bring Back That Leroy Brown: Freddie goes vaudeville! A funny piece, love the "We want Leroy for president..." -part.Read more ›
But this was nothing but queen at it's most brilliant. It's 100% filler free ( the worst song was misfire simply because it was just good). Freddie Murcury was at his peek here( and that's saying a lot. Plus Has done some downright amazing guitar work ( especially his page-esque solo in the middle of "Brighton Rock").
IT is also one of thier notably more rocking releases featuring songs like "stone cold crazy,""Tenement funster( excellent vocas by may)," and "Now I'm Here". And has some of thier best prog. rock ditties like "in the lap of the gods(parts 1, and 2),"" She makes me( a beutifull prog. ballad sung by may),"
and a song towards the end called "bring back that Leroy Brown," which adds ragtime to queens list of seemingly infinite genre bending.
so as they say...
...leave it in the lap of the gods.
Most recent customer reviews
What more can you say about classic Queen! The sound quality is outstanding and the extra tracks are worth rebuying this CD for.Published on Aug. 2 2011 by gwmjbm
A brilliant rock album and there's lot's billiant songs on there that didn't make it on to the Gretest Hits album and enough to make a good contribution to a Greatest Hits IV. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2010 by Ben Nicholson
A fantastic album -
I have known this album since I was a little kid, absolutely love it, have purchased two records of it in my youth, and now, upon purchasing the CD to make... Read more
I'm in the minority here among Queen fans in that I don't really like Queen II all that much, but I find Sheer Heart Attack to be a huge improvement. Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Alan
English rockers Queen released their third album Sheer Heart Attack in October of 1974. The album was a huge improvement over the somewhat bland Queen II(my least favorite Queen... Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by Terrence J. Reardon
There are some delightful moments on Sheer Heart Attack, but mostly it's interesting in that it shows what Freddie and the team were aspiring to, rather than what they had achieved... Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by Olly Buxton
I listened to this record many, many years ago when I was a teenager. Still I can't stop listening to Queen and Sheer Heart Attack is my absolute favorite! Read morePublished on April 17 2004 by K. Zaki