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News Of The World

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We Will Rock You and Get Down, Make Love highlight this 1977 release.

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When it was released in 1977, News of the World seemed at loggerheads with a music world that had moved beyond Queen's operatic pomprock and on to punk. In fact, the album was more in step with the punk scene than the output of most superstar acts of the time, as it contains Roger Taylor's furious "Sheer Heart Attack" and Freddie Mercury's lean, brutal "Get Down, Make Love." Of course, News is famous for its opening medley, "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions." Attend any sports event in the Western world, and you'll hear the former. If it's a championship match and the home team wins, you'll hear the latter. That's a tribute to the staying power of the music, but News of the World offers proof that, even as Queen maintained their position as rock & roll royalty, they continued to evolve and react to the times. --Daniel Durchholz


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  • Audio CD (October 10, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000000OAC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By steve krass on October 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I just got done listening to this album tonight on vinyl as I have it on cd and haven't heard it in it's original analog glory in a while. I heard people slagging it and thought I'd help defend what is one of Queen's best albums ever. Most everyone knows We will rock you/we are the champions so I won't go into that. Sheer Heart Attack is a song that must be played LOUD and with a bunch of unsuspecting friends in the room so you can see their faces when the weird noise part comes up. Always a question of what's wrong with your stereo comes up. All Dead, all dead is a great Brian May song with a nice Beatles harmony in it. Spread your wings is great but even better if you can find the BBC version of. More rocking at the end. Fight From the inside is ok but it does stick in your head. Get Down make Love is pretty good. Probably written to take advantage of the latest technology of the time. Sleeping on the sidewalk is a nice bit of boogie blues by Brian. Who needs you is a great little piece that features acoustic guitars by both Brian and John. IF you pan your speakers to one side you can hear just the spanish guitar without the vocals. It's Late is one of my all time favorite Queen songs. Great solos and and a great riff and a rocking drum fill by Roger at the end of the song. It's a great workout piece and shows the band at some of it's heaviest. The album closes with My Melancholy Blues. A bit of a Jazz/Blues piece by Freddie that makes you feel as if you are in a blues club. A nice way to end the album. Try and find a bootleg of Queen at the Beeb in 77. They play Spread Your wings which has a new ending to it (think Saturday night is alright for fighting), It's Late which samples some of Get Down Make Love in the middle. A much better version of Melancholy Blues which has Brian playing along.Read more ›
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77 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on September 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Come 1977, the rock music world took some drastic turns. We witnessed the glory days of progressive rock, which started around the late 60s, and the creativity exhibited in that period seemed to only blossom and intensify up until the mid-70s. Ambitions were the order of the day, and it seemed like many bands - more or less - were trying to outdo one another in terms of technical prowess, intelligent lyrics, orchestral ambition and/or originality. However, the hyper-ambitious, long-winded, intelligent (some would say pompous) art that was popular shortly before began to wear thin, as many music fans wanted things to return to it's raw, dirty (and simple) roots.

The punks seem to appear on the scene at the right time to bring rock back to it's dangerous and dirty roots. The Sex Pistols seemed to be the band who led the charge, and guys like Johnny Rotten (frontman of the Pistols) and Joey Ramone (The Ramones) have verbally attacked Yes, Pink Floyd, Queen, and several others of the art-rock ilk for their long-winded arrangements, grand ambitions and fantasy/cosmic/literary material. (One of the members of the Sex Pistols wore a t-shirt that read the words, "I hate Pink Floyd," while another member reportedly had a brief bit of words with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, as a few reviews below state.)

1977 also saw genres like disco, and what many call "corporate" rock, running wild. While bands like Yes and Pink Floyd continued to release "long-winded" material, Queen took an entirely different approach. Making art-rock albums since their inception, their creativity culminated with the ambitious, diverse and operatic A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1975), and it's stripped-down, but no less ambitious companion A DAY AT THE RACES (1976).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Terrence J. Reardon on September 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Queen's sixth album News of the World was released in November of 1977 in the States.
The album was recorded in the height of the punk rock movement in the UK at Wessex Studios with the band self-producing once again with Mike Stone engineering (last time Mike would work with the band as he went on to produce albums for Journey, Asia and Styx member Tommy Shaw among others).
Aside from the graphic album cover depicting a giant robot-like creature who killed the four Queen band members (thank drummer Roger Taylor for that concept) but also meaning it was a baby robot who injured the human like a baby injuring a bug and saying "what have I done"), there are nothing but great songs throughout.
The album opens with the one-two punch of the US #4 charting "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions". The former was written by guitarist Brian May and is known for its stomp-stomp-clap beat and rally cry. The latter was frontman Freddie Mercury's victory cry which has become a victory song when sports teams would win championships. Next, is drummer Roger Taylor's answer to the punk movement "Sheer Heart Attack" (which was written for the album with the same title three years earlier but not finished until 1977). The song was as punk as Queen ever got (ironically The Sex Pistols were in the studio next door recording their only album when this track was recorded) and Roger plays drums, bass and rhythm guitar on this track. Brian's "All Dead, All Dead" is a soft beautiful ballad sung by Brian with Freddie on backing vocals. Bass player John Deacon's "Spread Your Wings" follows and is a mid-tempo rocker about one not giving up on his dreams. That track was released as a single in Europe and was the first single released where there were no backing vocals from the other Queen members.
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