13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice remaster but weak bonus disc
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...
Published on 3 Jun 2011 by Jens Dalsgaard
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 star album gets 2 star treatment
Let me preface my review by saying that Sheer Heart Attack is a fantastic album.
My problem is with the "Remaster". Its lovely but.....Maybe its my ageing ears but to me their is no noticeable improvement on the 1991 Remasters.
Also the bonus tracks, while pristine are flawed in their selection. The first 3 bonus tracks are welcome because they are...
Published on 13 April 2011 by Graham Hill
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen finally come of age with their third album (just avoid the 'Deluxe Edition'),
Sheer Heart Attack also marks the first appearance of some of the Queen anthems that would still have a place in the live set for many years after, such as the delightful Brian May showcase "Brighton Rock" or Freddie's "Lap of the Gods...revisited" (sing along now... "woah, woah, la-la"!) Great stuff!
Not one for the fans of later Queen perhaps, but if you've heard and liked "A Night at the Opera" or "A Day at the Races" then you'll enjoy this as a worthy forerunner. Rock diversity at it's best.
A COMMENT ON THE 2011 'DELUXE EDITION' 2ND DISC (THE 'EP'):
The purpose of the 2011 'Deluxe Editions' (putting all cynical marketing, profit-making, blood-from-a-stone comments to one side) is to give a bonus 'EP' of rare or previously unreleased tracks which compliment the original album. Firstly, there are perhaps a few tracks that would have improved the completeness of the bonus EP here. For example we get two of the BBC session tracks from October 1974 (Flick of the Wrist and Tenement Funster) but we don't get the other two (Now I'm Here and Stone Cold Crazy) and secondly, a couple more live versions of tracks such as Killer Queen or Brighton Rock would also have been an improvement. Of the two live tracks we do get, the inclusion of 'In the Lap of the Gods... revisited' is a baffling one as it is from 1986 and a very poor fade-out edit has the track bleeding into the piano intro of 'Seven Seas of Rhye'!!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen ROCK album,
The set kicks off with "Brighton Rock", a Brian May tour-de-force heavy rock number complete with his trademark multi-part guitar solo spot. Steve Vai and Eddie Van Halen probably wouldn't have happened without this track.
The big hit single, Freddie Mercury's "Killer Queen" follows, and with this song already Queen are branching out from being your average heavy metal band. Built on a taut piano chord, it has Mott The Hoople influences all over it and features some of May's most incisive and original soloing.
Roger Taylor sings his own "Tenement Funster". Taylor is a fabulous vocalist in his own right and is most impressive on this Zeppelin-ish number. Mercury, no slouch when it comes to writing pure rock songs, gives us his brisk and urgent "Flick Of The Wrist" where Taylor's drums are particularly prominent.
The best moment on the album is Brian May's "Now I'm Here", one of the best heavy rock songs Queen ever recorded. Full of multi-tracked guitars and stereo panning vocal effects, it's actually a little over-produced - there's so much going on. Queen never did things by halves.....
"Stone Cold Crazy" predates thrash-metal by ten years. Credited to all four members of the band, this is a 2 minute firecracker. "Misfire" is John Deacon's first solo composition for Queen - a jaunty pop song that hints at things to come. "Bring Back Leroy Brown" is a wonderful 20s pastiche complete with treated vocal effects and ukelele.
"Sheer Heart Attack" ends with "In The Lap Of The Gods Revisited" which lends a lot of late-60s Beatles. But did the similar "Hey Jude" finish with a nuclear-like explosion at the bitter end? No, but Queen do.
This is an album by a band on top of their game - hard and heavy but tempered by pop sensibility : a willingness to embrace different genres of music and make it their own, yet at their base Queen were a damned fine heavy rock band. "Sheer Heart Attack" showed all this and whilst their 1975 follow-up, "A Night At The Opera", would get all the plaudits a year later, Queen never bettered this early work of rock genius
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Queen at their best!,
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Brighton Rock is a fast paced rock song with some high pitched vocals from the amazing Mercury interluded with some brilliant guitar work from may. 'Killer Queen' is probably one of Queen's best ever songs. 'Tenement Funster' brings in Roger Taylors vocals and is a slow but well produced piece of work. 'Flick of the Wrist' and 'Lily of the Valley' are both excellent songs which merge into each other as we go from rock to a ballad. ' Now I'm Here' is a classic rock song and 'In the Lap of the Gods' uses more vocal disturbance to produce a wonderfully diverse song. 'Stone Cold Crazy' is the 'hardest' song on the album and is actually a very early Queen song as it was often performed years before it appeared on this album. 'Dear Friends' is a slow interlude before the Deacon number 'Misfire'. 'Bring back Leroy Brown' is a very diverse song and is continued by 'She Makes Me' with May on Vocals. 'In The Lap of the Gods revisited' we have a wonderful end to a brilliant album.
It is so diverse and shows Queen at their best. If you like late 80's Queen you may not like this but if you love the classics like 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'Somebody To Love' you will adore this.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surely there must be more recordings!,
This review is from: Sheer Heart Attack (2011 Remaster Deluxe 2CD Edition) (Audio CD)This is a superb release! But where are all the other recordings on the extra disc? Queen must have loads of them tucked away! More from the Hammersmith concert or the Rainbow one? This appears to be the same on all the re releases!
There must be more demos and different versions of these songs somewhere??
Rog and Brian have been a bit tight with all this! Shame!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Brilliance,
By A Customer
1. Tenement Funster. For muso types, the drumming, chord progression and excellent Roger vocals are just fantastic...the segue into Lily of the Valley is simply amazing and links two very different Queen styles. Taylor's voice is possibly an acquired taste, but listen to the title song on this album, Modern Times Rock and Roll (Q1) and the later I'm in Love with my Car (N.A.T.O.) and you'll get the hang of it....next you'll be buying 'Fun in Space'!!
2.'WHOOOOOOAAAAAAA LAA LA-LA LA...' ...Freddie's voice soars on Lap Revisited, and provides a charged and emotional end to this album. The band later revived this song in their mid-80s concerts and it became a sing-along crowd favourite...it is a massive song, a massive sound and provides Freddie with an opportunity to display the full range of his considerable vocal talents.
Brighton Rock, Now I'm Here etc do not require the embellishment of my recommendation and are undisputed rock classics. You will doubtless find your own highlights in this magnificent and diverse piece of work...buy it, listen to it (many times) and marvel at the variey of musical styles melded with effortless brilliance.
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd forgotten how brilliant this album was! Brighton Rock is just one of the awsome tracks!!!! Really happy!,
5.0 out of 5 stars bought as a gift,
This review is from: Sheer Heart Attack [2011 Remaster] (Audio CD)Person has received the gift months ago always seems to be playing it so I am assuming all is good
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Rock,
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Bliss,
5.0 out of 5 stars replacing my vinyl,
This review is from: Sheer Heart Attack [2011 Remaster] (Audio CD)This was a replacement a vinyl copy I had for years. Sadly this disappeared never to be seen again. :( My collection is once again complete. Some brilliant music, some of their best, fantastic vocals, what more can I say about four men of such genius!!!
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