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English rock band Queen were one of the most popular bands in the world, and have sold an estimated 300 million records internationally. Known for their theatrical style, and the flamboyant showmanship of lead singer Freddie Mercury, the band built a reputation through the 1970s with million-selling albums and emphatic live performances.

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  • Audio CD (5 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000025KL1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Nevermore (Remastered 2011) 1:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The March Of The Black Queen (Remastered 2011) 6:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Funny How Love Is (Remastered 2011) 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
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A mesmerising and at times ferocious album, reportedly much-admired by Beck and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore. Coming hard on the heels of their eponymous debut--which found them a little too much under the spell of Led Zeppelin--this was the first work to approximate, in sonic terms, the group's loftier ambitions: the group and producer Roy Thomas Baker painstakingly multi-tracking vocals and guitar tracks, so as to achieve an appropriately orchestral richness of sound. The subsequent album, Sheer Heart Attack, would see them borrow from Noel Coward and the English music hall, but the sources here are more self-consciously literary; and while the result can occasionally seem too precious by half--lyrically, tracks like "The Fairy Feller's Masterstroke" and "Ogre Battle" (both Freddie Mercury compositions) betray the influence of too much Tolkien and Richard Dadd--in terms of musicianship, arrangements and melodic invention, this constitutes a staggering achievement. --Andrew McGuire

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
Has there ever been another album so loved by any bands die hard fans yet almost overlooked by the greater majority of the mainstream fans?.For me this is not only Queen's greatest disc,its simply one of the best heavy rock albums of all time,consistently overlooked when compiling those best rock albums ever lists!!

Like the groups debut,this has been enhanced by the 2011 remaster,i've had this on Cassette,Vinyl,CD,Remastered cd and now this version,finally a sound quality to match the grandiose style that the band envisaged all those years ago.

That the disc contains so many classic tracks(on only their 2nd disc) is a testament to the musicianship and talent they had in abundance, from the(almost) prog rock of 'Father to Son/...White Queen../...Black Queen. thru heavy rock standards 'Ogre Battle/Seven Seas Of Rye while the strutting 'Loser In The End' makes a case for being the albums best track while 'Nevermore/The Fairyfellers Masterstroke are simply delightful and yet has there ever been a more beautiful track than 'Funny How Love Is'?.

These tracks were fantastic before,this edition merely emphasizes the fact,a superb disc from a superb band.

The bonus ep is mish mash of tracks which will not be listened to on a regular basis,they are a side issue,the original album is the star here,a classic to be rediscovered.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David P. Weber on 23 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the connoisseur's choice LP for Queen fans. I won't go on about the music because it should just be heard, preferably in one sitting. Side Two of this album is as ambitious as Queen ever got...

The remastering job is awesome. There's still a few issues from the original production but not as many as the first album; and to iron these out would have required some re-recording and thank the gods that May and Taylor weren't tempted to do that!

Well done Bob Ludwig, the campaign for your knighthood begins here!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Clarke on 4 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Message to Queen fans, don't listen to the garbage that people say about this album being just a collection of fairy stories (these people seem to only appreciate Queen for their pop sensibilities), it is brilliant and often under-rated. The collection of songs towards the end of the album are quite simply magnificent! They are all written by Freddie and are connected together like a meledy. Perhaps Freddie had Abbey Road by the Beatles in mind! 'Seven Seas of Rhye' is the best known track on the album and shows Queen at their very best. Other great tracks include 'Father to Son', 'Ogre Battle' and March of the Black Queen' which is a fantastic rock opera track, while at the same time is completely mad! Listening to this song makes it obvious that Bohemian Rhapsody was on the way.
My advice to any Queen fan planning to buy this album is dont listen to any bad reviews, just go out and buy it. Anything by Queen is good!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Fennessy on 26 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album got terrible reviews when it first came out - Queen were never the darlings of the hip music press. But let's face it, many of the albums lionized at some stage by the reviewers have not stood the test of time, have grated on repeated listening or, taken out of context of the hypes and the trends, are revealed to have a reputation built on sand or indeed feet of clay. On the other hand, some albums grow in stature with age, like vintage champagnes, and repeated plays reward the listener. One day you wake up, not having listened to it for a few years, put it on and just say: blood hell, this is good! So it is with Queen II, an album I admit to being disappointed in when I first heard it. Now I consider it an epic masterpiece and probably Queen's most cohesive album. On this album, Queen are breaking out and they're not taking any prisoners. It's a case of, to hell with the critics and what people think we should do/be as a British heavy rock band, let's follow our own inspiration. They mean it, maaaan! "The March of The Black Queen", a long and swiftly-changing track, is the album's centrepiece and quite simply stunning. It is more creative than Bohemian Rhapsody, the song which made the band's reputation and came two albums later, and shows just how good Mercury was as singer, musician and composer, with May and Taylor providing great support. Elsewhere there is the first real hit single Seven Seas of Rhye, a dreamlike science fiction epic ending in a surreal singalong of "I do like to be beside the seaside", and May showing the power of his song-writing with the beautiful "White Queen". There is also the Tolkein-fantasy duo "Ogre Battle" and "Fairy Feller's Master Stroke" - a friend of mine described this album as "camp heavy metal" and I know what he means, enormous clothes-on fun!Read more ›
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 27 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Following their promising but rather patchy debut album, Queen produced their first real classic album with the follow-up Queen II. It's a shame that this album so often overlooked and one of the bands least known albums (presumably with some people being put off of buying an album that from it's title sounds like a you need to have the first album to appreciate it). The general level of ambitious song-writing, massive layered studio production and musicianship is immense here, and this album showcases Queen at their most indulgent (when Seven Seas of Rhye is the most commercial track on the album you know this is a long way from the hit-single obsessed Queen of the '80s).
The album is neatly split over it's two sides ('White' and 'Black') with Freddy taking one side, and Brian the other. Brian May's 'White Side' starts off with the short Procession, essentially an instrumental of the following track, and marking the first use of Brian's 'guitar as string section' technique. First song proper Father to Son is a glorious rock epic and the first of two songs that clock in at over the 6 minute mark, while White Queen takes the quiet-verse / loud chorus route to great effect. Some Day One Day is a more restrained track with some great layered guitars, and while it's not one of the strongest songs on the album this marks the first time Brian would take lead vocals for Queen, and adds some good variety to the album. Closing off the side is Roger Taylor's The Loser in the End, again one of the lesser tracks on the album (with some rather cheesy lyrics) but some great drums and an incredibly overdriven guitar that sounds like a buzzsaw keeps this interesting.
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