QUEEN Queen I (1991) (RMST) (HOLLYWOOD RECORDS) (13 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM | Music | Rock

QUEEN Queen I (1991) (RMST) (HOLLYWOOD RECORDS) (13 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM

QUEEN Queen I (1991) (RMST) (HOLLYWOOD RECORDS) (13 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM mp3-album-00725
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Queen I is the self-titled debut studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on July 13, 1973 by EMI Records in the UK and by Elektra Records in the US. It was recorded at Trident Studios and De Lane Lea Music Centre, London, with production by Roy Thomas Baker, John Anthony and the band members themselves.

The album was influenced by heavy metal and progressive rock. The lyrics are based on a variety of topics, including folklore ("My Fairy King") and religion ("Jesus"). Lead singer Freddie Mercury composed five of the ten tracks, lead guitarist Brian May composed four songs (including "Doing All Right", which he co-wrote with his Smile bandmate Tim Staffell), and drummer Roger Taylor both 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 full version of which would appear on the band's second album, Queen II.

Background

Queen had been playing the club and college circuit in and around London for almost two years when the band had a chance opportunity to test out the new recording facilities of De Lane Lea Studios. Taking advantage of the opportunity, they put together a polished demo tape of five songs: "Keep Yourself Alive", "The Night Comes Down", "Great King Rat", "Jesus", and "Liar". Despite the demo tape's quality, the band received only one offer from a record label – a low bid from Chrysalis Records, which they used to try to entice other companies.

They were finally given a break and signed in 1972 by Barry and Norman Sheffield, who ran the successful Trident Studios; however, because the studio was very popular, Queen mainly recorded during the studio's downtime but were given free use of everything after the paying artists had left; including the latest technologies and production team. One day, while waiting to use the studio, Mercury was asked to record vocals by producer Robin Cable, who was working on a version of "I Can Hear Music" and "Goin' Back". Mercury enlisted May and Taylor to record the tracks. These recordings were released on a single under the name Larry Lurex.

Recording

The arrangement of recording only during downtime lasted from June to November 1972. The limitations this imposed led the band to focus on completing one track at a time, but problems arose almost immediately. The band had thought highly of their De Lane Lea demo tracks, but producer Roy Thomas Baker asked them to re-record the songs with better equipment. "Keep Yourself Alive" was the first song to be re-recorded, and Queen did not like the result. They recorded it once again, but during the mixing sessions, no mix met their standards until engineer Mike Stone stepped in. After seven or eight failed attempts, Stone's first try met with Queen's approval. Stone would stay on to engineer and eventually co-produce their next five albums. Another track that proved problematic was "Mad the Swine", which was recorded for the album but then derailed by Baker and Queen disagreeing on the quality of the percussion. The song was meant to be the fourth track on the album between "Great King Rat" and "My Fairy King". With the issue unresolved, the track was left off the album. It re-surfaced in 1991 as both the B-side to the "Headlong" CD single in the UK, and on the Hollywood Records re-release of the album. The version of "The Night Comes Down" which appears on the album is, in fact, the De Lane Lea demo recording, as the band were unsatisfied with any attempt at re-recording it.

Other recordings from this period, such as two Smile tracks ("Silver Salmon" and "Polar Bear"), "Rock and Roll Medley" (a live encore staple from the era), and the infamous track "Hangman" (whose existence was long denied officially, beyond live concert recordings), have surfaced in the form of a studio acetate disc.

Track Listing:

1. Keep Yourself Alive - 3:47
2. Doing All Right - 4:10
3. Great King Rat - 5:42
4. My Fairy King - 4:08
5. Liar - 6:27
6. The Night Comes Down - 4:24
7. Modern Times Rock 'N' Roll - 1:48
8. Son And Daughter - 3:21
9. Jesus - 3:45
10. Seven Seas Of Rhye... - 1:15
11. Mad The Swine (Previously Unreleased) - 3:21
12. Keep Yourself Alive (Long Lost Re-Take) - 4:05
13. Liar (1991 Bonus Remix By John Luongo And Gary Hellman) - 6:27

Queen:

Freddie Mercury – lead vocals, piano, Hammond organ, backing vocals
Brian May – electric and acoustic guitars, piano, backing vocals
Roger Taylor – drums, percussion, lead vocals, backing vocals
John Deacon – bass guitar

Certifications:

United States (RIAA) Gold 500,000

Queen I is the self-titled debut studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on July 13, 1973 by EMI Records in the UK and by Elektra Records in the US. It was recorded at Trident Studios and De Lane Lea Music Centre, London, with productio
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