Saturday, November 8, 2014

sheer heart attack

Queen was guaranteed to blow our minds with this stone cold crazy quilt of killer theatrics.  During their first American Tour opeing for Mott the Hoople, guitarist Brian May had to be hospitalized with hepatitis; but he continued to compose during his convalescence.  He returned to the studio but soon was in the hospital again with a  duodenal ulcer.  As he recovered from his operation, the rest of the band continued to work on their third album with producer Roy Thomas Baker.  May filled in his parts when he returned to the studio.

May revealed:  "When I came back, I was able to look at Queen as if I were an outsider - I'd never realized what it sounded like, or how much the group had to offer.  They'd got so much done without me - they were really good about it. All I had to do was to go in and put my bits on. The only thing that really suffered from my illness was that I only have about three and a half songs on this album...That does not really matter, because I play my best guitar on other people's songs...This is the first album on which we sound like a band rather than four individuals...The experience we've gained on our tours is beginning to show now. The whole thing gels together."

Expanding from the progressive metal fantasy of their first two albums ('Queen' and 'Queen II'), 'Sheer Heart Attack' shows the band finding a more melodic radio friendly sound while bringing in other musical influences like glam and vaudville.    The album features Freddie Mercury on lead and backing vocals, piano, jangle piano on "Killer Queen" and "Bring Back That Leroy Brown";   Brian May on guitars, backing vocals, piano on "Dear Friends", banjo ukelele on "Bring Back That Leroy Brown", and lead vocals on "She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettos)";   Roger Tayloron drums, percussion, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Tenement Funster", and screams on "In the Lap of the Gods";   and John Deacon on bass guitars, acoustic guitar on "Misfire", rhythm guitar and lead guitar on "Misfire", and double bass on "Bring Back That Leroy Brown".   

Mercury mused:   "We have the most outrageous rows.  There are so many things we don't see eye to eye about in the group, even as to the titles of our albums. We row about everything, even about the air we breathe. But I think that's good, because we get the cream of the crop. It's good, that's healthy...I don't like compromises - everything has to be done to perfection. I have always put everything into things that interest me, so I put everything into my music..I know the others have been feeling a little neglected.  I'm trying very hard to persuade people that I'm not the leader of the group, that there's no such thing, but it's not easy."

 'Sheer Heart Attack' was an international success, charting at number twenty-three in Japan, nineteen in Australia, twelve in the US, nine in Norway, seven in the Netherlands, six in France, and number two in the UK.

"Killer Queen"  made the band an international sensation, going to number twenty-four in Australia, twelve in Germany and the US, ten in Austria, three in the Netherlands, and number two in the UK.  

She keeps Moet et Chandon
In her pretty cabinet
'Let them eat cake' she says
Just like Marie Antoinette
A built-in remedy
For Kruschev and Kennedy
At anytime an invitation
You can't decline

Caviar and cigarettes

Well versed in etiquette
Extraordinarily nice

She's a Killer Queen

Gunpowder, gelatin
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind

Recommended at the price

Insatiable an appetite
Wanna try?

To avoid complications

She never kept the same address
In conversation
She spoke just like a baroness
Met a man from China
Went down to Geisha Minah
Then again incidentally
If you're that way inclined

Perfume came naturally from Paris

For cars she couldn't care less
Fastidious and precise

She's a Killer Queen

Gunpowder, gelatin
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind

Drop of a hat she's as willing as

Playful as a pussy cat
Then momentarily out of action
Temporarily out of gas
To absolutely drive you wild, wild.
She's all out to get you

She's a Killer Queen

Gunpowder, gelatin
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind

Recommended at the price

Insatiable an appetite
Wanna try?
You wanna try.

"Now I'm Here"

"Stone Cold Crazy"

 'Sheer Heart Attack' 
full album:

Side one
1. "Brighton Rock"   Brian May 5:08
2. "Killer Queen"   Freddie Mercury 3:01
3. "Tenement Funster"   Roger Taylor 2:48
4. "Flick of the Wrist"   Mercury 3:19
5. "Lily of the Valley"   Mercury 1:43
6. "Now I'm Here"   May 4:10
Side two
7. "In the Lap of the Gods"   Mercury 3:20
8. "Stone Cold Crazy"   Queen 2:12
9. "Dear Friends"   May 1:07
10. "Misfire"   Deacon 1:50
11. "Bring Back That Leroy Brown"   Mercury 2:13
12. "She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettos)"   May 4:08
13. "In the Lap of the Gods... Revisited"   Mercury 3:42

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