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Queen 2

QueenAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 22, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000000OBJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,665 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Procession
2. Father To Son
3. White Queen (As It Began)
4. Some Day One Day
5. The Loser In The End
6. Ogre Battle
7. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke
8. Nevermore
9. The March Of The Black Queen
10. Fuuny How Love Is
11. Seven Seas Of Rhye
12. See What A Fool I've Been (Orginal B-Side)
13. Orge Battle (Remix)
14. Seven Seas Of Rhye (Remix)

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124 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen's Special Crown July 2, 2003
By Samhot
Format:Audio CD
"Queen are one of those rare groups that sound like nobody but themselves...They made their own sound."

Thank you so much Stanley Runk. That's something that seems to escape many Queen fans (and detractors): Queen's overwhelming originality. They hardly sounded like anyone during their time, and they incorporated elements and ideas into their music that other bands wouldn't, or possibly couldn't touch with a 10-foot pole. Hell, they were even like the only band I can think of who made progressive rock without a single use of a synthesizer during the 70s progressive rock movement. But, Queen were far more than just some "progressive rock" band, or a "hard rock" band or a "glam" band. They were above all of that cheap labeling.

Which brings us to this disc - an album that to this day still amazes me with it's sheer brilliance and inimitability. The musicianship is unique, inventive, clever, elegant, sophisticatedly sexy and compelling, and the amounts of complexity found within the album border on unfathomability. What's more astounding is how the album frequently contrasts dark & light, elegant & naughty, and brash & soft moments, added with the hyper-complexity in arrangements which still leave room for ethereal, angelic melodies and vocal harmonies, all in Queen's unique, Classicism-drenched style. Queen made all of this work so well, and all of this is what makes it the tantalizing and spellbinding wonder that it is, and after many years of listening to this album, I'm still discovering subtleties buried underneath it's mysterious surface. Freddie Mercury's talents were far too exquisite, possibly even greater than his own understanding.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2011 Remaster compared to 1991 Queen 2 May 17, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Please note this album review is comparing two CD editions and not reviewing the music.

Suffice to say many would rate this second album of Queen's as their greatest, progressive rock concept album - many fans liking it as much as 'Night of the Opera'. It has all the elements of multi-layered voices and rich guitar tones that characterised Queen as a group. The compositions are a mixture of the majestic to Tolkien-like fairy and ogre story tales in a prog rock setting.

Firstly I have bought the deluxe version which includes an extra EP with 5 additional tracks. I will refer to this later.

Overall, I do like the whole new 2011 package. I am a fan who bought this album back in the 70's and was a tad disappointed with the 1991 Holywood Records release. In hind-site, that is not such a poor production as one realises that many of these original mixes were muddy in places. Having said that the master, Bob Ludwig, has cleaned this up so that overall it is smoother, more dynamic listening experience. Do note though that to my ears, the improvement is not as dramatic an improvement as for instance the brilliant 30th anniversary 'Night at the Opera' release over previous editions.

As I mentioned, it's the whole package. You buy into an experience, the feel, the brand. So I love and appreciate the crisper iconic front photo. My 1991 edition front photo looks positively blurred in comparison. The booklet with centrefold photo on a pristine white background took me back to the original album. This packaging is far more befitting this classic album than the cheap looking foldout lyrics in the 1991 CD.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular! July 3, 1998
Format:Audio CD
QUEEN II wasn't as sucessful as A NIGHT AT THE OPERA and you won't find any anthem like "We are the Champions" in it, but it is the best Queen album.
They never sounded as authentic as in this album. Ok, the lyrics may be too naive for an adult to sing seriously, buy who cares? It's only rock'n'roll, anyway. The arrangements are precious and the approach unique. Do you know any other band that would compose "The March of the Black Queen", "Nevermore" or "White Queen"? They are 100% Queen.
The highlight is "Father to Son", an epic ballad that manages to contain somewhere in the middle the most devastating heavy riff of Queen's career. "Ogre Battle" (in its own eccentric way) and Roger Taylor's "The Loser in the End" (a more mainstream rock) deliver some of the best heavy rock in town. "The Fairy Feller's..." is so exquisite but it is a splendid example of Mercury's flamboyant talents. "Some day One Day" is such a lovely Brian May song, the gentle voice and the amazing guitar tones offering a moving number.
The hit of the album was "Seven Seas of Rhye", but more than any other Queen album, the second one was made to be heard as a whole.
For those that like early seventies heavy-progressive rock or are curious to listen to the powerful Queen in its most radical moments, QUEEN II is a great option!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen's Best and Overlooked! May 20, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've owned many Queen albums for many years and this is the one that's at the top of my list hands down. A Night At The Opera was excellent, but what they achieved on that album dosen't come close to the depth and complexity of this progressive rock/metal masterpiece. This is basically one large dark, medieval and complex 40 minute epic split into 11 sections, or songs. This starts off with the guitar instrumental "Procession", flows into the heavy medieval rocker "Father To Son",then flows into "White Queen", which is soft but features heavy parts in it. Then comes "Some Day One Day", a soft rocker sung by Brian May. "The Loser In The End", is a rocker, this time sung by Roger Taylor. Now comes "Ogre Battle", probably the heaviest on the disc. Then comes my favorite progression of the album: "The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke", is very quirky and manic and is very all over the place. It's actually based on a painting by Richard Dadd, and the painting is just as complicated as the song is. The mania is now calm as we flow into the beautiful and haunting "Nevermore", which features Freddie's beautiful and heavenly falsetto. Now we enter the climactic epic of the album "The March Of The Black Queen", if you thought "Bohemian Rhapsody", was bizarre, well this is probably over the rainbow bizarre. There are many tempo shifts, idea changes and it is unbelievable. I can't even explain it, you have to hear it on your own. Now we flow into "Funny How Love Is", which is very pop oriented and finally lightens up the mood for the otherwise dark album. And It ends with the only hit of the album "Seven Seas Of Rhye".
Overall, to me this was Queen's shining hour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Has to be the grandest masterpiece of musical art! I absolutely can't put it down! !!!
Published 1 day ago by Wendy Mockus
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Stroke of Brilliance
I feel like there is a lot to say about this album, and most of it has already been said. It is hard for me to express in words how truly great this record is. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Dustin Lambeth
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Queen's Best.
It's been said by many reviewers here, but I'll say it again: Queen 2 is the band's best record. I love or really like all of Queen's records but this one is just amazing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Strummer71
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Queen album
HUGE QUEEN FAN. This album is a MASTERPIECE! I prefer Queen from the 70's, the music is A+++++++ quality. The tracks flow so nicely together and the harmonies are outstanding. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paige
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Queen Album
Music and lyrics extraordinary. A great performance from each member that makes an excellent musical combination making it the best rock ever.
Published 4 months ago by Hector Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GREAT ALBUM FROM A GREAT BAND!!!!!
The legendary QUEEN is one of the best ROCK bands ever, and QUEEN II is a great great collection of HARD ROCK songs from their early years....All the songs ROCKS!!!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars teen girl loves it.
My 17 yr old grand daughter has gotten into vinyl records and turntables. She is into music of the 70's and loved this album
Published 6 months ago by margaret san souci
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer!
Great album. Queen blazes new trails with great music and bold ideas> A must album for your collection! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Douglas Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush Vocals & Brash Guitar Work
Great listening to one of the formative albums of rock's greatest bands. Their harmonizing & lush vocals become more prominent in this album. Great listen.
Published 7 months ago by J. Roe
5.0 out of 5 stars This is crazy that sounds good.
What I like, is very good fills my heart with joy. And some subjects leave my head. Hahaha!!!
They are a good alternative for the days you need them.
Published 7 months ago by Pablo Osvaldo
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