QUEEN Queen II (2011) (RMST) (HOLLYWOOD RECORDS) (11 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM | Music | Rock

QUEEN Queen II (2011) (RMST) (HOLLYWOOD RECORDS) (11 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM

QUEEN Queen II (2011) (RMST) (HOLLYWOOD RECORDS) (11 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM mp3-album-00728
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Queen II is the second studio album by the British rock band Queen. It was released on March 8, 1974 by EMI Records at midnight in the UK and by Elektra Records in the US. It was recorded at Trident Studios and Langham 1 Studios, London in August 1973 with co-producers Roy Thomas Baker and Robin Geoffrey Cable, and engineered by Mike Stone.

Described as "arguably the heaviest Queen album", Queen II is notable for its combination of a heavy rock sound with an art rock sensibility and has been called "a pillar of grandiose, assaultive hard rock" by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Queen II is not a concept album but a collection of songs with a loose theme running throughout. The two sides of the original album were labelled "Side White" and "Side Black" (instead of the conventional sides "A" and "B"), with corresponding photos of the band dressed in white or in black on either side of the record's label face. The white side has songs with a more emotional theme and the black side is almost entirely about fantasy, often with quite dark themes. Mick Rock's album cover photograph was frequently re-used by the band throughout its career, including the music videos for the songs "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975), and "One Vision" (1985).

Released to an initially mixed critical reception, Queen II remains one of the band's lesser-known albums. Nonetheless, the album has retained a cult following since its release, garnered praise from critics, fans, and fellow musicians alike, and is significant in being the first album to contain elements of the band's signature sound of multi-layered overdubs, vocal harmonies, and varied musical styles.

Background and recording

After their self-titled debut album Queen was recorded and mixed by the end of November 1972, Queen set about touring and promoting it. Management problems forced the album to be released on the independent Trident/EMI label, but not until July 13, 1973. During that time Queen were writing new material and were eager to record it. Some material, however, dated from even earlier. "See What a Fool I've Been" was left over from the Smile days. "Father To Son", "Ogre Battle", "White Queen (As It Began)" and "Procession" had all been premiered as early as 1972, with some dating back to 1969. The band elected to wait on recording them until they had more freedom and experience in the studio. "Stone Cold Crazy", from Mercury's Wreckage days, had been in the set list for years, but was held back and reworked for the third album, Sheer Heart Attack. Portions of "The Prophet’s Song" were also rehearsed during the Queen II sessions, but the song was not completed until the fourth album, A Night At The Opera.

Queen demanded that Trident Studios allow them to record at more convenient hours instead of down-time, as they had for the first album. The band approached David Bowie to produce, but he declined because he was then recording Pin Ups and working on songs for Diamond Dogs. Robin Geoffrey Cable, with whom Mercury had worked during the "I Can Hear Music" session, was asked to produce "Nevermore" and "Funny How Love Is", and collaborate with Roy Thomas Baker on the ambitious "March of the Black Queen”.

For what is generally considered a complex album (with layered vocals, harmonies and instruments), it took a very short time — only the month of August 1973 — to record Queen II. A full version of "Seven Seas of Rhye" was laid down, recorded with the specific intention of being the album's leading single. After the commercial failure of "Keep Yourself Alive", which was taken from the first album, Queen decided it needed a single that did not take "too long to happen" (without a lengthy guitar intro). So, Queen and Baker made sure that "Rhye" began in a way which would grab people.

Track Listing:

1. Procession - 1:12
2. Father To Son - 6:14
3. White Queen (As It Began) - 4:34
4. Some Day One Day - 4:23
5. The Loser In The End - 4:02
6. Ogre Battle - 4:10
7. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke - 2:40
8. Nevermore - 1:15
9. The March Of The Black Queen - 6:33
10. Funny How Love Is - 2:50
11. Seven Seas Of Rhye - 2:50

Queen:

Freddie Mercury – lead vocals, backing vocals, piano, harpsichord
Brian May – electric guitar, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, lead vocals, bells, piano
Roger Taylor – drums, backing vocals, lead vocals, additional vocals, gong, marimba, percussion
John Deacon – bass guitar, acoustic guitar

Certifications:

United States (RIAA) Gold 500,000

Queen II is the second studio album by the British rock band Queen. It was released on March 8, 1974 by EMI Records at midnight in the UK and by Elektra Records in the US. It was recorded at Trident Studios and Langham 1 Studios, London in August 197
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