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Deluxe two CD edition includes a bonus CD containing five additional tracks. Digitally remastered edition of the British Pomp Rock band's 1974 sophomore album. Queen II is the real beginning of Queen as we know it. It's the first time we hear the multi layered overdubs, the harmonies, the varied musical styles (ballads, Folk, Blues, Metal, Pop and Rock, it's all there). It also includes their first hit single 'Seven Seas of Rhye', which led to the first of many iconic performances on Top of the Pops. The band recorded Queen II in just over a month in 1973 ahead of its release in 1974. The album cover was shot by legendary photographer Mick Rock and inspired by a Marlene Dietrich portrait. The image was later brought to life in the revolutionary 'Bohemian Rhapsody' video.
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Queen may have had radio hits in the eighties, but they really shone with Queen II.
Because, indeed art this is.
This is one of my absolute favourites by anyone. The whole album is very coherent and stylish. Progrock in it's finest form.
Only song stepping out a bit of their fantasyworld here is Roger's Loser In The End, but this too can be seen as a part of album's story: sons leaving their homes and mothers and going to foreign lands to fulfill their destiny.
Of course everyone looks at this album in their own way, but to me at least this tells a story of a world and lands where generations change and battles have to be fought to keep the peace. In the end all is well again.
Similarities towards to the Lord Of The Rings, as I see it.
My absolute favourite from this album is Nevermore, short and sweet. Very beautiful, and I wish it were at least three minutes longer. So good.
I absolutely recommend this album to everyone who want to take a trip to fantasyland '70s style. And of course to all you fellow-Queen-fans out there.
I'd wish they'd publish a collectors edition of this album. Maybe A Night At the Opera style with a DVD?
Because from what I've heard of the white side (Brian/Roger) and black side (Freddie) in the original vinyl release, I'd like to see the vinyl replica edition of that. They could easily reproduce the disc itself one side white and other black. With extented liner notes, naturally.
Maybe some day, one day...
The album opens up with Procession, and multi-layered guitar orchestration from Brian May that sounds as though we're about to embark on a mystical, musical journey. 2 minutes later, we're riding the heavy guitar riffs of Father To Son, as Freddie tells us a story suitable for any Fantasy-Adventure. White Queen, Some Day-One Day, and Loser In The End round out 'Side White' with a mellow acoustic guitar driven track, a moody hard rock piece, and an all-out guitar-let-loose rocker with Roger Taylor on vocal.
Side Black tells us another epic adventure of Ogres, Fairies, Queens, Kings, Love, and the Seven Seas Of Rhye. Ogre Battle is a hard-rocking prog-like tune that is simply the best heavy metal of its day. The Fairy-Feller's Master Stroke is perhaps the best song on the album, and the most original and adventurous song you're likely to hear in your lifetime. Trust me on this. March of the Black Queen is a 7-minute operatic piece that is really a Bohemian Rhapsody in the making (only better, if you ask this reveiwer). Funny How Love Is takes the listener into more acoustic driven delight, and then, the Seven Seas Of Rhye finishes what began on the first Queen album.
Did I mention that I like the music on this CD? Oh yeah, it's a must have for anyone that appreciates talent, and great songs. Queen made some amazing music in ther days. This might very well be their best.
Most recent customer reviews
One word amazing. Again very well packaged and comes with booklet of songs. Quality of vinyl is amazing 180 gram vinyl will not warp or bend.Published on Feb. 14 2014 by Joe
The disk was in relatively good shape. However I was expecting it to be new, and there was evidence that it had been used.Published on July 20 2011 by Hajar
While this album is consistently considered one of Queen's best, I personally don't enjoy much of it -- just my opinion folks, different strokes for different folks. Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Alan
I have always thought that "A Night at the Opera" is Queen's best album but after hearing this album my opinion has changed. This is definitely Queen's best!!! Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by Reijo Piippula
Queen II is an amazing album of such musicallity, originality and fantasticallity (we are all allowed our own words here) that it could be THE best one- and I am one hell of a... Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by Paul Edwards
Queen2 is simply one of the most underated albums of all time. you get all styles of music from metal "orge battle" to great ballads "white Queen" and... Read morePublished on June 6 2004