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This review is from: Queen II (2011 Remaster Deluxe 2CD Edition) (Audio CD)
This album is perhaps Queen at their most over the top! There are some really strong songs here and the album as a prog rock feel to it but done at breakneck speed! There are songs split into different sections with wild changes of tempo and sonic dynamics, songs that that meld into the next track without feeling forced or contrived. It also has Freddie Mercury at something of a creative peak here writing the last 7 songs on the album and not one of them a dud. The remastering is wonderful bringing out the best in Queens multi-tracked madness. Stand out tracks; Father to Son has the feel of a great The Who type rocker, White Queen a lovely English ballad. Ogre Battle is the mental metal with Roger Taylor screaming torturously in the background, The March of theBlack Queen is probably the wildest track on the album with everything chucked in at some point and Nevermore a beautiful Mercury ballad. The album rocks out with the excellent Seven Sea's of Rhye leaving you thinking 'What the hell was that!'
As for the extra's; they are maybe the best than on any of the other re-releases so far. The two versions of See What a Fool I've Been are pretty good and interesting as is the instrumental of Seven Sea's and the version of Nevermore here is always worth another listen.
One of Queen's best and most consistent albums but you may have to listen to it more than once to get it. But once you do . . . . . . .
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Initial post: 18 Sep 2012 10:08:37 BDT
M. Hill says:
Definitely needs more than one listen through. Maybe three or four. I remember buying this around the time A Kind Of Magic came out and honestly thought I'd wasted my money. Years on (and much wiser) I know this to be the time of Queen at their best. 'March of the Black Queen' is staggering.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2012 22:05:42 BDT
cougar phil says:
i bought it when it first came out ...never in doubt!
my favourite queen album.
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