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Title: Queen II
Artist: Queen
Released: 1974

Tracks:
1 - Procession - 1:12
2 - Father to Son - 6:14
3 - White Queen (As It Began) - 4:36
4 - Some Day One Day - 4:22
5 - The Loser in the End - 4:03
6 - Ogre Battle - 4:08
7 - The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke - 2:41
8 - Nevermore - 1:18
9 - The March of the Black Queen - 6:33
10 - Funny How Love Is - 2:50
11 - Seven Seas of Rhye - 2:49

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Queen II is the second album by British rock group Queen, released in March 1974. It was recorded at Trident Studios, London in August 1973 with co-producers Roy Thomas Baker and Robin Cable, and engineered by Mike Stone.

The two sides of the original LP were labelled "Side White" and "Side Black" (instead of the conventional sides "1" and "2"), with corresponding photos of the band dressed in white or in black on either side of the record's label face. It is also a concept album, with the white side having songs with a more emotional theme and the black side almost entirely about fantasy, often with quite dark themes. Mick Rock's album cover photograph was frequently re-used by the band throughout its career, most notably in the music video for the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975).

Released to an initially mixed critical reception, Queen II remains one of the band's lesser-known albums. Nonetheless, the album has retained a cult following since its release, has garnered praise from musicians such as Axl Rose, Steve Vai and Billy Corgan, and is significant in being the first album to contain elements of the band's signature sound of multi layered overdubs, vocal harmonies, and varied musical styles
 

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This I can get behind 100%
 

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When I said in the main album club thread that I wore out a copy of Jacko's Bad, this was the album I got hooked on next. I also wore that tape out. Looking forward to revisiting it now. "Ogre Battle"!
 

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Oh this should be interesting. Were they just a full on hard rock band back then?
No, they were always a bit too camp and nuts for that, but it's arguably as heavy as they ever got. Some of the riffs are utterly monstrous, and the whole enterprise is kind of punk in a way.

The production really strains and cracks at the seams, distorting drums, crazy tape compression just because they were overloading everything so much without figuring how to it properly as they would in time. But that adds to it's charm, there's a huge sense of excitment of a band going crazy in the studio and not giving a shit where their ideas might land.

2nd Queen LP I got after the greatest hits, on cassette when I was about 12. Found it utterly beguiling and fun at the time, still do, would be my fave of theirs.
 

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they're running up behind and they're jumping all about
they can't go east so they gotta go south


exquisite
 

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Ok here we go!
Edit,,, I'm listening to the 2011 remaster,it was the first one I seen..the production is amazing...its fairly overdriven!

EVERYTHINGS LOUDER THAN EVERYTHING ELSE
 
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on second listen

march of the black queen is class

the ogre one was cool too despite some questionable lyrics
 

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on second listen

march of the black queen is class

the ogre one was cool too despite some questionable lyrics
You just need to accept the fact that Freddie Mercury was an amazing vocalist first and a ridiculous songwriter second.
 

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Wow!

What a mess...

It's like they were handed all the ingredients of classic Queen and were told they would forget in an hour so they just plugged in and played it all at the same time for 40 minutes.


Still, I can't really fault it, it sounds like no one else. Imagine they all died in a car crash the day after this album came out, what would people make of it?

10/10
 
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Haven't listen to this in years.
My go-to queen album is still sheer heart attack.
 

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I think this is the first Queen album I've listened to, I forget. I didn't know any of these songs. I love it but after three listens I've had enough for now but I'll be back. The second half gets a bit draggy - a bit too samey and cabaret-y or something, I'm not sure. The first half is great though, I love all the OTT everything. Songs are great, the singing and playing are all great. I didn't know that Brian May played filthy like he does in places here. 85%.
 

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Had a listen earlier. Occasionally fun. Mostly just annoying.
 
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