Queen Queen II
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: March 22, 2011
- Originally Released: 2011
- Label: Island Uk
Q (Magazine) - p.119"[W]ith operatic vocals and multitracked guitars crashing about the place, and a handful of soaring songs popping up among them -- not least 'Seven Seas Of Rhye,' their first real hit."
Q (Magazine) - p.1184 stars out of 5 -- "Brian May brings a scientific precision to his guitar playing on 1974's wonderfully over-the-top Queen II..."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.994 stars out of 5 -- "'Ogre Battle' crunches the speakers like full-on Zeppelin..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 2.Father to Son
- 3.White Queen (As It Began)
- 4.Some Day One Day
- 5.The Loser in the End
- 6.Ogre Battle
- 7.The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke
- 9.The March of the Black Queen
- 10.Funny How Love Is
- 11.Seven Seas of Rhye
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.See What a Fool I've Been [BBC Session, July 1973: 2011 Remix] - (remix, live)
- 2.White Queen [Live at Hammersmith Odeon, December 1975] - (live)
- 3.Seven Seas of Rhye [Instrumental Mix 2011]
- 4.Nevermore [BBC Session, April 1974] - (live)
- 5.See What a Fool I've Been [B-Side Version, February 1974]
Although QUEEN II borders on heavy metal (it wasn't until their next release, SHEER HEART ATTACK, that they began experimenting with other musical forms), the songwriting and playing is still top-notch. Queen was criticized by some in the press upon the release of QUEEN II, since there was simply nothing to compare it to--it encompassed glam, progressive, and metal, with a healthy dose of studio wizardry.
QUEEN II contained the band's first official UK hit--the mystical "Seven Seas of Rhye"--and, as on their debut a year prior, the lesser-known material is just as delightful. Singer Freddie Mercury and guitarist Brian May contribute one lovely ballad each--"White Queen (As It Began)" and "Some Day One Day." The latter does a splendid job of breaking up this otherwise continuously hard-rocking album. Other intriguing titles include "Ogre Battle," "The March of the Black Queen," and a strong bonus b-side--the bluesy "See What a Fool I've Been."
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