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Sheer Heart Attack

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000000OAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of Queen's flamboyant mixture of hard rock and exquisite melodic diversity, then this album is hard to surpass. It rocks out from the very beginning, with Freddie's falsetto punctuations backed by Brian May's hyperactive ultra-heavy guitar stylings on "Brighton Rock" - a favourite when played live, always good as a showcase for May's extended improvisation. Then you get the hit single "Killer Queen" and you know you're in for one helluva good record. The medley that follows "Tenement - Flick - Lily" shows Queen at their best, merging one genre of music seemlessly into the next. "Now I'm Here" brings us back to the good-old heavy rock they excelled at, and you can hear them during the outchoruses propelling themselves on, a la Stones ('go go go Little Queenie'). The album gets even more diverse as it goes along, ranging from melodramatic opera (In The Lap Of The Gods I) to outright heavy metal (Stone Cold Crazy! , incidentally covered by Metallica in 1991 as an homage to Queen), followed by an even more eclectic mix of styles - check out "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" for Queen's own nod to the Andrew Sisters and such. The album continues with Brian's tender and emotionally stirring march "She Makes Me" (backed by the 'Stormtroopers In Stilletos'), and finishes off with Freddie's rousing singalong "In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited"). All in all, a fantastic effort from those glam-rock gods - a natural progression from the outstanding "Queen II", and a logical precursor to the ever-popular "A Night At The Opera". A true Queen gem: definitely for Queen fans, or for anyone who's out for a good musical box around the ears.
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Please note this album review is comparing CD editions and not focussed on reviewing the music.

Although this is Queen's third album, it is arguably the first 'Queen' sounding album. Don't get me wrong, my favourite album, "Queen 2" had all the typical Queen elements but was more a progressive rock concept album. "Sheer Heart Attack" established their creative musical stamp, Brian's guitar solo multi-tracked sound, the intense theatrical vocal harmonies all align and is more accessible to a casual listener. Of course included in this album is their first major single, the Novello award winning, "Killer Queen". For casual listeners, this album is close enough in style to "Night at the Opera" to not be completely surprising, and for Queen fans, we know this as our `undiscovered' masterpiece.

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

Like the "Queen 2" (2011 edition), I am impressed with the whole new package. I love the scarlet red lettering of "Sheer Heart Attack" on the pristine shiny white pages of the detailed booklet. Although the cover photo doesn't seem any different to previous editions, the booklet includes 6 additional pages of great black and white photographs of the lads. Like I wrote for the "Queen 2" review, this packaging befits this classic album rather than the standard cd box and generic pamphlet in the 1991 CD. And of course what thrills any music lover are the words that say: "This 2011 version has been meticulously re-created using the finest modern analogue and digital technology from the original first-generation master mixes." Yes, forget packaging; we hunger after clearer, warmer and engaging sound and Bob Ludwig doesn't disappoint.
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Queen's 1974 breakthrough 3rd album entitled SHEER HEART ATTACK is probably their best album, EVER. And this isn't even the one that contains Bohemian Rhapsody or We Will Rock You. Not only does the album contain hits such as Now I'm Here and Killer Queen, it also contains songs that were well-known hard rockers in early Queen concerts-Brighton Rock, Flick of The Wrist, and Stone Cold Crazy.
For anyone wanting to buy a Queen album for the first time, this would definitely have to be the best example (besides Greatest Hits) of their music. The album starts off with the guitar-driven "Brighton Rock" that contains a 2 minute+ long guitar solo showcasing Brian May's definitive guitar playing skills. This song's solo was recently polled at #41 in Guitar World's Top 100 Guitar Solos of All Time as voted by the fans. The album then dives into "Killer Queen" which was a different direction for the band early in their career. It isn't a hard rocker but contains all the elements that Queen would later be known for-rich melodies, superb piano playing, a 3-piece overdubbed guitar solo, and sophisticated lyrics. "Killer Queen" also proved to be the band's 1st #1 single.
The 3rd track off the album, "Tenement Funster" features the drummer, Roger Taylor, on vocals with awesome guitar work by Brian May. The next song, "Flick Of The Wrist" is probably the most underrated jewel on the album-killer piano playing, haunting lyrics and screaming guitars make this a choice pick. The fifth song begins as "Flick" ends. "Lily Of The Valley" is a delicate ballad by the flamboyant Freddie Mercury. "Now I'm Here" then enters with its guitar and vocal echoes.
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