New News – Queen
Queen will re-release all of their 15 studio albums next year.
The band have signed a long-term agreement with Universal Music Group to release the albums, thereby ending their 40-year partnership with EMI. Each of the re-releases will be remastered and repackaged, as well as featuring additional content.
Queen‘s first five albums, ‘Queen’, ‘Queen II’, ‘Sheer Heart Attack’, ‘A Night At The Opera’ and ‘A Day At The Races’ will be released next March, with the rest of their studio album output to follow throughout the year.
Speaking about the new deal guitarist Brian May explained: “We are very excited, after all this time, to be embarking on a new phase of our career – with a new record company – with new ideas, and new dreams.” ( aye and old albums)
A date for the releases is yet to be announced.
I first saw Queen supporting Mott The Hoople at the Glasgow Apollo in the early 70’s in support of their debut album which remains my favourite album of theirs.
Released in July 1973 the album was recorded at Trident Studios and De Lane Lea Music Centre, London, with production by Roy Thomas Baker (as Roy Baker), John Anthony, and Queen.
The album was influenced by the seaside rock, hard rock, and heavy metal of the day and covers subjects such as folklore (“My Fairy King”) and religion (“Jesus”).
Lead singer Freddie Mercury composed five of the ten tracks. Lead guitarist Brian May contributed four songs, including “Doing All Right” which was co-written by Smile band-mate Tim Staffell. Drummer Roger Taylor composed and sang “Modern Times Rock and Roll.”
The final song on the album is a short instrumental version of “Seven Seas of Rhye”.
The band included the comment ‘No synthesizers’ on the album sleeve, as some listeners had mistaken their elaborate multi-tracking and effects processed by guitar and vocal sounds as synthesizers.
Bassist John Deacon was credited on the sleeve notes of the original vinyl release as “Deacon John”, as Mercury and Taylor thought this may make him sound more interesting.
Two years later they graduated from great rock band to massive cross over act courtesy of this video.
Ten years later they re-conquered the world following their epic performance at Live Aid
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