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Sheer Heart Attack (Vinyl)

Queen LP Record
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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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

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SUPERB 180G REMASTERED VINYL WITH ALL ORIGINAL ARTWORK (INCLUDING INNER SLEEVES). Hollywood Records. 2008.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Queen Attack Aug. 2 2006
Format:Audio CD
Sheer Heart Attack (1974), the third album from ever-legendary Queen.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Friends, July 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
this album is Queen's third (after Queen I and Queen II) and was released in 1974. The first track "Brighton Rock" shows how high Freddie Mercury can sing. It is one of my favourite songs in this album. "Killer Queen" is very much like the first track. I love the parts when there's sung "anytime" and "Wanna try?". "Tenement Funster" and Flick Of The Wrist" are indeed very good tracks. Freddie's voice is very good, indeed! "Lily Of The Valley" is a peaceful song and after it starts "Now I'm Here" which is a collection track, just like "Killer Queen". "In The Lap Of The Gods" is a very good song too. It is quite peaceful but not a ballad. "Stone Cold Crazy" is a fast track. It is one of my favourites too. "Dear Friends" is a peaceful and short track. It is not one of my favourites. It is too short. "Misfire" is a good track too. It is my favourite track after "Killer Queen" and "Brighton Rock. "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" is a funny and playful song. It could have been in "A Night at the Opera", it is like "'39" or other great songs in "Opera". "She Makes Me" is an excellent track too. I love it! "In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited" is a little bit peaceful but still a great track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First flawless Queen album for me IMHO June 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 album and many Queen fans will probably disagree with me on that) and set the pace for their experimentation that they would take to the enth degree on the next two albums A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races. SHA kicks off with guitarist Brian May's Brighton Rock, which had the innovative use of an echo plex during the guitar solo to make it sound like there were two guitarists playing the middle solo and would be his solo showcase for the next three years and then again on the 1978/79 tour(on the '78-'79 tour it was more of an improv with John Deacon's bass and Roger Taylor's drums although Roger had a tympani solo spot and Brian with a guitar solo on his own). Brian also contributed the rocking Now I'm Here and the ballads Dear Friends and She Makes Me(in which he also does lead vocal). Vocalist Freddie Mercury contributed Killer Queen(which was the band's first US Top 20 hit peaking at #12 and pushed the album to #12 in the US and Gold status in sales as a result), the rocking Flick of the Wrist, the ballad Lily of the Valley, the weird In the Lap of the Gods, the ragtimeish Bring Back That Leroy Brown and the closing track In the Lap of the Gods...Revisited. Drummer Roger Taylor wrote the rocking Tenement Funster. Finally, bassist John Deacon wrote his first track for the band Misfire and is the first of many great tracks he would write for Queen in later years. Also, all four members of the group co-wrote Stone Cold Crazy, which was the first song they wrote together as a band. That track would be in the setlist for the next few tours and was also covered by Metallica in 1991. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go, Go ,Go little queenie May 31 2004
Format:Audio CD
I guess that there arent any words to discribe how great this is. The reason why i bought this in the first place was that I liked all the songs from "sheer heart attack" that were put on "classic queen", or queen's "greatest hits," which was a good sign because those were two mixed bag conpilations.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great music.
Thanks, great music.
Published 2 months ago by errol ramjattan
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Brilliant album from Queen
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 more
Published on Aug. 30 2010 by Ben Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars This release had an unpleasant surprise.
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
Published on April 18 2010 by F. J. Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great, consistent album from Queen
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 more
Published on July 4 2004 by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen's first true classic IMHO
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 more
Published on May 14 2004 by Terrence J. Reardon
4.0 out of 5 stars An indication of what was to come
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 more
Published on May 9 2004 by Olly Buxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Heart Attack
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 more
Published on April 17 2004 by K. Zaki
5.0 out of 5 stars one of their finest...
definitely if youre a queen beginner, you may not be familiar with this early queen jewel, despite the fact that it contains 2 concert staples (killer queen and now im here). Read more
Published on April 11 2004 by polo
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