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Queen: Sheer Heart Attack

Review by John Mendelsohn, Phonograph Record, March 1975

HAVING BEEN duly, uh, blown away by the opening tracks on their previous two albums, I prepared to savor the first cut on Queen's Sheer ...

Queen: Jazz (Elektra)

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, March 1979

FOR A FEW weeks in 1978, an FM radio station in New York City was trying, earnestly and imaginatively, to create rock 'n' roll counter-programming. ...

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Sweet: The Sweet (Bell); Queen: Queen (Elektra)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, October 1973

(FANFARE) HERE they are (blast of fuzzbox trumpets) the NEW (cannon-fire) ENGLISH (fireworks explode to form a Union Jack) HEAVIES! ...

Queen: Queen (EMI)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, January 1974

MAKES YOU SICK how desperate some folks are getting when it comes down to basic rock 'n' roll hype. ...

Queen: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, April 1974

FREDDIE MERCURY glares thunderously from beneath the beam of the spotlight. Anger and hostility ooze from his mouth. He pumps his right fist vigorously skywards ...

Queen: Queen II (Elektra)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, July 1974

ABOVE ALL else, Queen excels. They excel at playing highly visceral rock 'n roll, they excel at bringing mythological elements into their music and appeal, ...

Queen: A Seventies Bombshell

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1974

"PEOPLE THINK I'm an ogre at times. Some girls hissed at me in the street...'You devil.' They think we're really nasty. But that's only on ...

Queen: The Rainbow, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, Times, The, November 1974

THAT REAL music should issue from a band named Queen – featuring a singer named Freddy Mercury – is sufficiently intriguing. ...

Freddie Mercury: Queen Bee

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, December 1974

THERE'S NOTHING like a dearth of hero-stars to make a media industry writhe with despondency. Film moguls, unable to find successors to Monroe and Gable, ...

Queen's Four-Fold Strategy for Global Conquest

Report and Interview by Ron Ross, Circus Raves, March 1975

FROM A SINISTER MOAN, like a furious fiend lurking in a deep cave, Brian May's fed-back power chords slid up to a piercing demonic howl. ...

Queen Swings Both Ways

Interview by Jon Tiven, Circus, April 1975

ACCOLADES SUCH AS "greatest single long-playing achievement since Sgt. Pepper" and "the most important record album ever made" fall over Queen's latest album as easily ...

Queen: Sheer Heart Attack

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, May 1975

TWO OF THe MOST liberated and ambitious of the "fun" oriented British bands beginning to make their mark in the States are the updated war-horses ...

Queen: Queen of the Orient

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Record Mirror, May 1975

A FEW MONTHS ago Queen were the band everyone was talking about and the only reason why their name hasn't been on everyone's lips just ...

Queen: Wimpy and Quips

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, September 1975

Jonh Ingham shares an eggburger with Queen's Brian May... ...

Queen: A Night At The Opera (EMI) *****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, November 1975

AS IMPLIED BY THEIR 'Bohemian' extravaganza Queen have really gone for it, the meisterwerk, the magnum opus even. ...

Queen's Evidence

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, November 1975

I'M P---- OFF listening to the bloody album," mutters a weary Roger Taylor, confronted once more with hearing a new Queen album, four months ...

A Riot At The Opera: Queen Triumphant

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, November 1975

QUEEN ARE the type of group that make a man want to abandon rock writing. They pose questions and never provide answers. They exist in ...

Brian May – The Power Behind Queen's Throne

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1975

FREDDIE MERCURY steps out of the spotlight, Brian May moves in to seize the opportunity to deliver the most sizzling guitar solo. ...

Queen: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, December 1975

‘BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY’ as a single is astonishingly close to a true expression of the character of Queen in any setting. ...

Queen: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, January 1976

IT'S DIFFICULT, YOU know, keeping up with all the fickle shifts in credibility and acceptability. ...

Mercury Rising: The Queen Interview

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, January 1976

AND SO IT CAME to pass that the Santa Claus single this Yuletide season was a spaghetti-melodrama of Love and Death, by that most British ...

Queen: The New British Invasion

Interview by Mitchell Cohen, Phonograph Record, March 1976

"YOU'RE NOT going to ask me to interpret ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, are you?" ...

Queen: Four Queens Beat Opera Flush

Report and Interview by Steve Turner, Rolling Stone, March 1976

Cashing In on a Rock Rhapsody ...

Queen: The Greatest Show In The World

Report by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, September 1976

"EXCUSE ME, are you with Queen?" was the question. ...

Queen

Profile and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1976

BRIAN MAY remembers Queen's first-ever free gig well. It was in London, five years ago, when the band invited 120 people along to a lecture ...

Queen: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, September 1976

AT LAST, the Seventies have arrived, and in majestic style, when, at London's Hyde Park on Saturday, Queen, born of this decade's rock generation, played ...

Queen: A Day At The Races (EMI)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, December 1976

QUEEN: A Day At The Races (EMI EMTC 104). Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano), Brian May (guitars, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), John Deacon (bass). Produced ...

Queen: A Day At The Races

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, December 1976

THE OFFICE outside has been a-buzzing of late with the latest report concerning the whole punk conspiracy – the to-ings, and fro-ings, of the Sex ...

The Year Queen Lizzy Shook America:

Report and Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 1977

Queen and Thin Lizzy tour the USA ...

Queen: The Guitarist

Interview by Mick Houghton, Sounds, January 1977

QUEEN ARE a much maligned group. There can't be any criticism that hasn't been hurled at them during their lifespan. Certainly it's to be expected ...

A Day at the Races Is A Self-Made Masterpiece

Report and Interview by Wesley Strick, Circus, January 1977

IT WAS SOME WEEKS BACK, and Europe's biggest rock band had four months' studio time behind them, and two weeks ahead. "It feels like we've ...

Queen: A Day At The Races (Elektra)

Review by Wesley Strick, Circus, February 1977

OKAY, SO they're effete, flaky, fey. And proud. So what? This (sort-of) sequel (self-produced) to A Night at the Opera reeks of arch naivete. Freddie Mercury warbles ...

The Queen Tapes Part 1: Brian May

Interview by Mick Houghton, Circus, February 1977

Stargazing Guitarist Brian May Turns the Telescope on Himself and Talks About What He Sees ...

Freddie Mercury: Is This Man a Prat?

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, June 1977

FREDDIE MERCURY has always liked to dance the Millionaire's Waltz. There's a story about him, dating back to his days as an impoverished student, which ...

Queen's Royal Flush

Interview by Penny Valentine, Creem, April 1978

Roger Taylor: We Will Trump you!"Blokes in the audience...think he (Freddie) is just weird, very weird." ...

Queen: Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, December 1978

IT'S BEEN five years or so since Queen last played in New Orleans and the fans, having heard the glowing reports of last year's US ...

Queen: The Game (Elektra)

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, September 1980

OVER THE course of eight albums Queen has scaled all the heights and plumbed all the depths. ...

Roger Taylor: Fun In Space (Elektra)

Review by Jeffrey Morgan, Creem, September 1981

YOU ALL KNOW Roger Taylor: he’s the skinman who powers Queen from megamonster hit to megamonster hit. His credentials as a singer/songwriter on past Queen ...

Queen: Hot Space (EMI)****

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1982

Heat strokes ...

Brian May

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, The Guitar Greats (BBC Books), 1983

AT THE START of the 1980s, the rock band which was generally accepted, if not as the most popular group in the world, then as ...

Brian May Brings Out the Stars

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, March 1984

The Queen guitarist brought together some heavies with Eddie Van Halen on guitar and Phil Chen on bass – for his Star Fleet Project. ...

Royal Gum-Up: Queen: The Works (Capitol)

Review by J. Kordosh, Creem, June 1984

TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH — a thing I'm not addicted to, by the way — I've been a professional liar when it comes to ...

Queen

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, March 1986

Were they wrong to play in Sun City? Did the cash in on Live Aid with their single 'One Vision'? At last their gracious majesties ...

Queen: A Kind Of Magic (EMI) **½

Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, June 1986

TO DISMISS this out of hand would be as thoughtless as giving a cigarette to a man dying of cancer. There must be something to ...

Inside The Royal Family

Report and Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, August 1986

David Quantick travels to Hungary as a representative of notorious bastard rock rag NME, and Queen pick up the tab! Not that they consent to ...

Freddie Mercury: Bravo Sir Frederick!

Report and Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, December 1988

NEVER HAVING been one to opt for the outrageous when the downright preposterous will do, Freddie Mercury concludes his operatic concert by attempting to blow ...

Queen: Happy and Glorious?

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1991

Mostly victorious, the reign of Queen has seen two decades of pomp and bombast, outsized gestures and theatrical flamboyance. But, as Phil Sutcliffe discovers, even ...

Metallica: Het's Induction Hour

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, May 1992

JAMES HETFIELD likes weapons, Queen, women who aren't brain-surgeons, hates rap and looking like Lemmy, doesn't know all the words to 'Bohemian Rhapsody' but feels ...

Queen: Made In Heaven (Parlophone)

Review by David Sinclair, Q, November 1995

MADE IN Heaven is an album so heavily freighted with emotional resonance that it is quite impossible to disentangle the music from the unique historical ...

The Hard Life of Brian: Brian May

Interview by Ian Fortnam, unpublished, April 1998

It's quite a spread – set in the majestic, green sward Jerusalem of the Home Counties' stockbroker belt, and surrounded by idyllic gardens painstakingly landscaped ...

Mercury Rising: We Will Rock You

Comment by Pete Paphides, Guardian, The, May 2002

A new West End musical, We Will Rock You, plunders Queen's back catalogue for tunes. But, says Peter Paphides, it misses the chance to tell ...

Queen: Fifty Years of Great British Music: The '70s

Interview by Robert Sandall, Q, March 2008

It wasn't all operatic rock and theatrical excess. As guitarist Brian May recalls, transsexual strippers played a part, too. ...

Queen Of Nude Orleans: 1978, October 31

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Classic Rock, October 2011

IT WAS THE aftershow party to end all aftershow parties. The champagne flowed like water, couples coupled under the tables and the entertainment included strippers, ...

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