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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Sept. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000025KL3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,611 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Brighton Rock (Remastered 2011) 5:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Killer Queen (Remastered 2011) 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tenement Funster (Remastered 2011) 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Flick Of The Wrist (Remastered 2011) 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lily Of The Valley (Remastered 2011) 1:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Now I'm Here (Remastered 2011) 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. In The Lap Of The Gods (Remastered 2011) 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stone Cold Crazy (Remastered 2011) 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dear Friends (Remastered 2011) 1:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Misfire (Remastered 2011) 1:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bring Back That Leroy Brown (Remastered 2011) 2:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos) (Remastered 2011) 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited (Remastered 2011) 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 

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artistaqueen etichettaemin. dischi1data25 settembre 1993supportocd audiogenerepop e rock internazio----1.brighton rockascolta2.killer queenascolta3.tenement funsterascolta4.flick of the wristascolta5.lily of the i'm the lap of the godsascolta8.stone cold crazyascolta9.dear friendsascolta10.misfireascolta11.bring back that leroy brownascolta12.she makes me (stormtrooper in stilettoes) the lap of the gods...revisited

Sheer Heart Attack is probably the band's first mature album, in which they married the Led Zeppelin-influenced crunch of their eponymous debut, and the sonic gimmickry and thematic ambition of its follow-up, Queen II. They then hitched the result to their strongest songwriting to date: the single, "Killer Queen," actually won an Ivor Novello award, and pointed the way forward to subsequent glories. Occasionally their desire to cover every conceivable stylistic base becomes wearying (did ragtime pastiche "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" ever seem like a good idea?), but the ambitious structures and elegant arrangements of tracks like "In the Lap of the Gods" and "Lily of the Valley" attest to a formidable and distinctive musical vision. And when they cut loose and actually rocked out ("Now I'm Here", "Brighton Rock"), few of their peers could match their power--something that many critics, alienated by Mercury's fondness for the grand gesture, nowadays mostly choose to forget. --Andrew McGuire

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jens Dalsgaard on 3 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I really enjoyed this remaster and I am very happy for it.
The album has always sounded a little harsh but to my ears this is the best version I've heard so far.
The bonus disc, however, is a little weak due to lack of interesting material:
1. Now I'm Here - Nice early live version.
2. Flick Of The Wrist - Nice BBC recording which sounds pretty close to the studio version but it is definitely worth having.
3. Tenement Funster - Same as above
4. Bring Back That Leroy Brown - New 2011 acappella mix. Interesting study of the vocals but a track I will only listen to once. If it was suddenly erased from the bonus disc I wouldn't miss it.
5. In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited - Live At Wembley, July 1986. A complete waste of space as it's been out on the 2CD set from Wembley '86 for ages. Pointless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C on 10 April 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The 1970's was undoubtedly Queen's most prolific creative period and the Quadrilogy I refer to is of course virtual - from Sheer Heart Attack, A Night At The Opera, A Day At the Races and News Of The World - although the second and third albums were destined to be closely linked.

Sheer Heart Attack represented a major change in step for Queen - from the highly progressive and experimental Queen and Queen II with their very limited commercially viability in terms of self-promotion (singles).

The change in step still featured an incredibly diverse mix of styles and songs - together with a number of clearly linked songs (Tenement Funster, Flick of The Wrist, Lily Of The Valley) - but with considerably more scope for singles. Queen chose but two - Killer Queen (an obvious and hugely successful choice) and Now I'm Here - but scope remained - with the very catchy John Deacon penned-pop number 'Misfire' Roger Taylor penned and vocalled 'Tenement Funster' and dare I say the pastiche 'Bring Back That Leroy Brown' (had the record companies been ready to take a chance...)
What remains is an album that feels like a worthy predeccessor to Queen's 'Sgt Pepper' - A Night At The Opera. And in terms of success - it marked a major change in step for the next 3 (yes 4 albums in just 3) years output which was of course supported by Queen's highly polished and prolific touring schedule. Again - it defined 'Album' for me - in that it was not merely a collection of singles or songs - but a marvelous emotional journey through a cascade of different flavours - from the hard but very technical Brighton Rock, the classic Killer Queen, warm blues-rock Tenement Funster through the highly futuristic and bizarre In The Lap Of The Gods, the ultra modern (for it's time) Misfire and more Gods(revisited...)with the it's hugely anthemic 'Wo Wo La La La!'

If you are to own only 4 Queen Albums - Sheer Heart Attack should definitely be included.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Musically Queen II was an album of genius, and in terms of hard rock an album Queen would never really better, but apparently sales were not particularly good, so 3rd album Sheer Heart Attack marks something of a commercialisation of the band, (this is only relatively speaking of course, and compared to the bands ‘80’s output there is still a phenomenal amount of intelligent experimental material on display). Where Queen II was mostly all either incredibly hard progressive rock or very gentle ballads however, Sheer Heart Attack sees the band stretching their range to all areas in between, and with touches of opera, calypso and ragtime (to name a few) this marks the first time that Queen would really start genre-hopping. From this album on the one thing you would be guaranteed with every Queen album (at least until they jumped on the synthesizer bandwagon in the early 80’s) was a huge amount of variety. In short, Queen II may be the better rock album, but Sheer Heart Attack is a much more rounded work. Queen would really perfect this template with their next album A Night At The Opera, and it’s very easy to listen to Sheer Heart Attack as an early attempt at this sound.
Taking the songs by author:
Freddie Mercury’s songs are noticeably more commercial this time round, particularly in the playful lead-off single ‘Killer Queen’. ‘Flick of the Wrist’ is a harder rock song, and features a great chorus and some wild swirling Eastern sounding guitar lines from Brian May in the background, while lyrically with it’s railing against the music business this a clear forerunner to A Night At The Opera’s ‘Death On Two Legs’.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By michael_m on 28 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
The albums from 'Queen II' through to 'News of the World' were undoubtedly the best that they ever recorded, but this one gets somewhat forgotten as it sits between the groundbreaking rock music of 'Queen II' and the awesomely unique 'Night at the Opera'. It has been unfairly referred to as a rehearsal for 'Night at the Opera', but this album can stand on its own merits as a great Queen album.
It opens with live favourite 'Brighton Rock', which Brian used as a showcase for his solo delayed guitar spot and developed over the years into a showcase for this technique. It moves to the song that won Freddie Mercury an Ivor Novello songwriting award - 'Killer Queen' - their first big hit in the UK. It just seems to be one great song after another, with a breathtaking range of styles.
Not all of the songs are going to appeal to everyone, and 'Bring Back that Leroy Brown' seems to be singled out, but it fits well with the rest of the album and makes me smile every time I hear it. 'In the Lap of the Gods' is probably the most underrated track here though. It was played near the beginning of the set on their last world tour, but they didn't play it the same way as either version here - from Roger Taylor's amazing vocal at the start to the singalong ending, it's one of the classic Queen songs.
This one really does rate up there with the best!
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