EKS-75064 Queen
Produced by John Anthony, Roy Baker and Queen
Released on July 1973
UK CHART POSITION #24 . . . US CHART POSITION #83 . . .
GOLD RECORD (3/29/77)
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EKS-75064 cover  

" Please, to the see the Queen," I said, and was quickly ushered into the great hall. There she stood, a fountain of wild compositions, struggling to keep her own composure. Mad perhaps, but there was a method to her madness, an arching toward some higher purpose where glimpses of a greater hall could be seen that transcended our own mortal world. Like all true lunatics, her mood was mercurial: at first sweating in a nightmare where she imagined herself the hunted (“Keep Yourself Alive”), then leaning back into a docile state of acceptance (“Doing All Right”). Her ravings were often of imagined acquaintances, the doomed figures of fiction and history in whom her own paranoia found favor: “Great King Rat,” “Jesus.” What lies at the heart of “Liar,” “Son And Daughter” and “My Fairy King” could be an unsettling stream of the subconscious or merely human foibles played to high camp. She might have been winking at me when I left, still rambling on (as she would for years to come). I’ll allow the royals their eccentricities, especially when my patience is rewarded with “The Night Comes Down,” the likes of which I haven’t heard since The Beatles’ white album. As for this first meeting, there are bits of it that remain stuck in my head, though the Queen had more to say on these subjects later on, settling into the pomp and elegance befitting her rank with time. But it was clear from the beginning that she had something important to impart, that seriocomic excess had its place in the regal ranks of progdom. She had ambitions, this one, much as a group of Northern renegades made plain during a Fly By Night campaign. And so it was that one’s first audience with the Queen led to a lasting audience.

EKS-75064 back cover
EKS-75064 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE    3:42
  2. DOING ALL RIGHT    4:11
  3. GREAT KING RAT    5:42
  4. MY FAIRY KING    4:06
  5. LIAR    6:25
  6. THE NIGHT COMES DOWN    4:24
  7. MODERN TIMES ROCK 'N' ROLL    1:49
  8. SON AND DAUGHTER    3:22
  9. JESUS    3:45
  10. SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE...    1:15

    CD expanded reissue tracks
  11. MAD THE SWINE
  12. KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE (ALTERNATE VERSION)
  13. LIAR (ALTERNATE VERSION)

CREDITS

DEACON JOHN -- bass guitar
BRIAN MAY -- guitars, piano, vocals, cover design
ROGER MEDDOWS-TAYLOR -- percussion, vocals
FREDDIE MERCURY -- vocals, piano, cover design
Roy Baker -- engineer
Mike Stone -- engineer
Ted Sharpe -- engineer
Dave Hentschel -- engineer
Louie Austin -- engineer (6)
Douglas Puddifoot -- photographer, cover design
Jac Holzman -- American production supervision
Robert L. Heimall -- American art direction

return to QUEEN discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK July 1973 Elektra LP EMC 3006  
US September 4, 1973 Elektra LP EKS-75064  
ARG   EMI LP 8560  
BRA   EMI LP 31C0649451  
MEX   EMI LP SLEM-528  
UK   Fame LP FA 3040 reissue
US June 18, 1991 Hollywood CDX 61064 w. bonus tracks
UK/NET 1994 Parlophone CD/CS CPCSD/TCPCSD 139  
UK   EMI CD 789276 digital remaster
JPN 1998 EMI CD TOCP-65101 25th anniversary edition

 

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