E-45441 We Are The Champions
Produced by Queen
Released on October 7, 1977
UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #4 (charted Oct. 22, 1977 for 27 weeks) . . . PLATINUM RECORD
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E-45441 w. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]

K ronomyth 6.1: SIAMESE TUNE. A weird thing happened with the opening single from Queen’s sixth album: both sides were fused together. The single was billed as “We Are The Champions,” with “We Will Rock You” as the B side. On the album, as most will remember, the order is reversed; the anthemic “We Will Rock You” offers an immediate challenge, which the subsequent “We Are The Champions” answers once and for all time in allegro braggadocio. Radio stations soon (though not immediately) got into the habit of playing both songs as they appear on the elpee, with that tantalizing pause (arguably some of the world’s most famous silence) separating the two. This Siamese Tune phenomenon is rare in the annals of rock, and I can only think of a handful of occurrences, none as common as Queen:

  • The Beatles: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help From My Friends”
  • Elton John: “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding”
  • Journey: “Feeling That Way/Anytime"
  • Led Zeppelin: “Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid”
  • Steve Miller Band: “Space Intro/Fly Like An Eagle”
  • Yes: “Long Distance Runaround/The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)”

    TRACK LISTING

    1. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS    (Freddie Mercury)    3:00
    2. WE WILL ROCK YOU    (Brian May)    2:01

    CREDITS

    Mike Stone -- assistant producer

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    REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
    UK 1977 EMI 7" 2708  
    US October 7, 1977 Elektra 7" E-45441 picture sleeve
    FRA 1977 EMI 7" 2C-006-60045 picture sleeve
    JPN 1977 Elektra 7" P-230E picture sleeve

     

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