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News of the world (1977) / Vinyl record [Vinyl-LP]
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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This vinyl came wrapped up great and plays like a charm!
Purchased for my dad for Father's Day, this is by far his favorite album cover for Queen and we listen to them all the time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
CLASSIC Queen. Everyone knows the hit songs from this album, and Melancholy Blues has become one of my favorite Queen Tracks. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stanton
Loved this album since I was a child. Queen's best from start to end.Published 2 months ago by Mr. Wack
The cover is a little cheap and it doesn't close properly, but the vinyl; beautiful.Published 2 months ago by Elissa Spurlin