Sheer Heart Attack
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, May 17, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This review is for the vinyl and not the music. The music is great, and this is a classic Queen album.
The record came packaged well and is a nice 180gram vinyl. Read more
This album means so much to me. Probably the third album I ever bought. Let's get the incredible album cover out of the way, it was stunning in its sexuality, and who knew Freddie... Read morePublished 3 months ago by vilzvet
Most people think a night at the opera or a day at the races are queens only big hits. I would suggest sheer heart attack should be looked at again. Read morePublished 5 months ago by avid reader
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