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A Great Album... But a word of caution about this "restoration"
on 21 May 2009
This is an album bursting with talent, ideas, and diversity. The highlight is Freddie's fresh, energetic vocals which amaze with every high note he hits. Far less "pure rock" on this one (go for one of the later albums for that) but much more thoughtful and deliberate in putting across some ideas that the first album didn't have the space for - including Brian's lead vocal debut on "White Queen".
HOWEVER... Please beware if looking to buy this restored vinyl remaster version if you, like me, have been drawn in by the hype in the press release which states things like "Queen are proud to announce the re-release over two years of the entire Queen studio album catalogue on remastered long playing heavyweight vinyl albums. The album packaging will include every detail of the original releases in their original 12" format. Bonus posters, extra pictures, and all the unique content of the original albums will be faithfully reproduced." Well... I've got a very tatty original version of the album and it had an inner sleeve with lyrics which this new version DOES NOT! I can't believe this has been overlooked. Essential if wanting to re-live your youth or at least try and understand what Freddie is going on about in "Fairy Fellers Masterstroke"!!! No sign of any "bonus" material in this one either, maybe that will come in later albums. A disappointing start to this set of re-releases BUT STILL A GREAT ALBUM!