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  • Audio CD (Oct. 21 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000000OAA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
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1. Brighton Rock
2. Killer Queen
3. Tenement Funster
4. Flick Of The Wrist
5. Lily Of The Valley
6. Now I'm Here
7. In The Lap Of The Gods
8. Stone Cold Crazy
9. Dear Friends
10. Misfire
11. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
12. She Makes Me
13. In The Lap Of The Gods
14. Stone Cold Crazy

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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 album. Sheer Heart Attack, Roger Taylor's favorite Queen album, was released in 1974 and reached #2 in the UK. Prior to this, Queen were mostly considered a heavy Rock band, but this album experimented with a variety of musical genres, including music hall, Heavy Metal, ballads and Ragtime. At this point, Queen started to move away from the progressive tendencies of their first two releases into a more radio-friendly, song-orientated style, illustrated by 'Killer Queen', which was their biggest hit at that point reaching #2 in the UK. It also went to #12 in the US Billboard Charts, the first of many hits there. A song about a high-class call girl, it contains the guitar solo that Brian May is most proud of and won Freddie his first Ivor Novello Award. Island.

Sheer Heart Attack is a Queen album that has something for nearly everyone. There's glam, progrock, guitar pyrotechnics to spare (check out Brian May's shape-shifting performances on "Brighton Rock" and "Flick of the Wrist"), proto-speed-metal ("Stone Cold Crazy"), and Queen's unique brand of campy humor ("America's new bride to be / Don't worry, baby, I'm safe and sound," Freddie Mercury declares on "Now I'm Here," a Queen concert staple). The group takes a rocked-up turn at ragtime on "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" and downshifts memorably on the spare piano-and-voice interludes "Lily of the Valley" and "Dear Friends." Best of all is the wicked rock-and-harmony showcase "Killer Queen," the group's first international smash. If you need a reminder of everything that was right about rock's old guard before punks stormed the gates, look no further. --Daniel Durchholz

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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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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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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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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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