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Queen [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import]

Queen Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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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 (17 Jun 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Hollywood
  • ASIN: B000000OAL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 734,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Keep Yourself Alive
2. Doing All Right
3. Great King Rat
4. My Fairy King
5. Liar
6. The Night Comes Down
7. Modern Times Rock 'N' Roll
8. Son & Daughter
9. Jesus
10. Seven Seas Of Rhye
11. Mad the Swine (Previously Unreleased)
12. Keep Yourself Alive (Re-Take)
13. Liar (Remix)

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QUEEN Queen (1991 US Hollywood 13-track remastered PICTURE CD issue of the 1973 album including Keep Yourself Alive [Long Lost Re-Take] and Liar [1991 Remix] great fold-out picture sleeve! HR610642)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Debut Album 24 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
Although this album did not storm through the charts and was critisized for not being accessible enough, I feel that it was a stepping stone in Queen going on to conquer the world. 'Keep Yourself Alive' is a great tune, unquestionably the best on the album with Brians strumming technique dictating the pace for the rest of the song. 'Doing Alright' is a slow paced biographical song with Brian May describing the life of a typical art student.(Die-Hard Queen fans should note that this is the only song on any official Queen album that is partly written by Tim Staffell, who was in Smile with Roger and Brian). 'Great King Rat' and 'My Fairy King' are songs created by the innovative and imaginative Mercury who writes about 'horses with eagles wings' and 'dragons that fly like sparrows thru the air' etc. 'Liar' is a song in which Freddie(or perhaps a fictional character) is begging for forgiveness and shows how Brian has the makings for a world-class guitar player. Brian then cultures a unique song in 'The Night Comes Down' which is slightly more progressive than the others because very little electric guitar work can be heard on it. Roger's contibution to the album is the 2-minute rocker 'Modern Times Rock'n'Roll' which leads into the heavy 'Son and Daughter' which is very much a twin to 'Sweet Lady' on 'A Night at the Opera'. Freddie shows his interest in religion in 'Jesus' and the album finishes with the original version of 'Seven Seas of Rhye' which is instrumental.
The only criticism of this album is that it only has one truely outstanding song and Freddies vocal range has clearly not developed to it's true potential. However I would highly recommend buying it and any Queen fan who does not own it should be ashamed of themselves!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a Queen fan but I love this one 24 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Before Queen found their feet and decided to be a flambouyant, slightly glam and later a tongue-in-cheek rock band, Queen were churning out well-crafted no-nonsense heavy rock classics.

This album is a mixture of ballads (Doin' Alright) and classy heavy metal (Liar and Great King Rat).

The whole effect is far less pretentious than their later offerings, and a bit unsure of itself but great fun, nasty and loud.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely marvelous debut album. 6 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this album was realeased in 1973 but some songs are from earlier on when they formed in 1971. every song bar jesus and the unfinished 7 seas of rhye are exellent,my personal favorite and the one i cant seem to get out of my head is "the night comes down" with its neck tingling guitars and freddie`s soaring vocals. this album is an absolute must for rock fans out there. if this album came inbeetween say sheer heart attack and night at the opera,no one would have batted an eyelid,but because its a debut it gets top marks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of raw energy. It all began here. 24 May 2000
By John Peter O'connor VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If you have never heard this debut album, you may well be surprised at how raw it sounds compared to other Queen work. Certainly, there is much more band and less producer here. For a debut album, it is very accomplished indeed. No weak songs and no filler.
"Keep Yourself Alive" and "Liar" are my personal favourites but I'll happily listen to every song on this CD over and over again.
The CD shows up some limitations of the original recording in terms of levels of noise but this is not uncommon in recordings from so long ago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What do you mean, you've got all their singles? 25 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Doesn't matter how many 'best ofs' you buy, you still need to hear Queen and Queen II to understand what they were like when some of us were lucky enough to see them perform in university music venues before they became a supergroup. I loved this album then and I love it now. You don't need a video of their amazing stage performances to enjoy it just as music. Why haven't you bought it yet??
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep This Album Alive 9 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
Queen is one of the forgotten like Queen II Most of the songs are unheard off. However the most memorable song Keep Yourself Alive does show that Queen had the protential to be legends even then.

And the instrumental of Seven Seas of Rhye shows how good they are instrumentally as well as singing.

A really good album which should be kept alive and not be forgotten anymore
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unsuccessful Success! 11 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
I really can't work out why this début didn't set Queen off to their amazing start earlier. Queen I is the forgotten album really. Despite it being a début of catchy riffs, brilliant lyrics, and their heaviest rock to date - it was a failure in the charts and the first single "Keep Yourself Alive" never even charted. And yet, any experts, or producers, and highly rated music know-it-all's all go on to discuss what an amazing album it is; so why did it do so poorly in the beginning?

This may be due to the fact that Queen through their early years were quite often compared to Led Zeppelin. I have no idea why, because there is absolutely no likeness in my opinion. Each are very individual bands and I really can't hear the similarities that many picked up on at the time.

Anyway back to the music - the opening track "Keep Yourself Alive" really does play the role of one of the greatest album openers of all time; which is made better by the fact that it's a début album. All of the music after this flows brilliantly and each track is completely unique and well crafted in the ways that only Queen could achieve. What I find more incredible is the fact that the band achieved such an amazing sound, having recorded the album in studios in the early hours of the morning (when they could record for free). The amount of intricate guitar work on this album is astonishing and extremely catchy. The sort of playing that makes you wish you could pick up a guitar and instantly play it; but of course like all these things it takes a lot of practise!

As with Queen II, the contrasts between acoustic work, and heavy rock are fantastic and all of it blends so well into something truly beautiful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Another great album this really is great I have a huge cd collection and this was a fantastic edition to my growing collection 100% recommended
Published 1 month ago by peter j pate
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen I and Queen II, the best Queen albums
I bought Queen I when it first came out and I was into science fantasy books like Michael Moorcock's Runestaff trilogy and Robert E. Howard's original and best Conan series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars great album
I bought this to replace my cassette version and with the quality of the CD is a great experience listening to their first album
Published 4 months ago by Andrew Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars TOO FLAT
IS NOT ENOUGHT TO HAVE A VINYL OF 180 GR .IF HOLLYWOOD RECORDS HAVE TO MAKE A GOOD PRODUCT THEY'VE TO DO A BETTER RM. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Killer37
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen
Queen's debut album released on 13th July 1973, exactly twelve years to the day before their triumphant performance at Live Aid. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by W E B B Y
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazingly confident debut.
Queen's self titled debut album is unfamiliar to most people and none of its tracks appear on their greatest hits. So it must be terrible? Wrong. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2010 by MR K J DOWNING
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw Masterpiece
For those of you wishing to here the very best of Queen, this is not the album with which to do it. Their career spanned three decades and the music they produced reflected that. Read more
Published on 3 April 2010 by Mark Palfreeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and one of the best
Several reasons to buy this.
1. There's no representation of this great album on Greatest Hits I, which is only due to the fact that it didn't contain a hit single. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2009 by MR
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a debut......
This debut album by Queen has never been a critic's favourite, but its not bad. The production sounds a bit cloudy and dated, but there are some classic tracks on here, namely Keep... Read more
Published on 25 April 2008 by Mr. Jonathan Robin Oxley
5.0 out of 5 stars The debut album to end all debut albums
There is nothing patchy about this album whatsoever. All tracks are solid gold especially keep yourself alive. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2008 by mangaman
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