180-gram vinyl reissue of Queen's debut album released in 1973! Half-speed lacquers cut at Abbey Road Studios, mastered by Bob Ludwig.
The eponymous debut by Queen was influenced by the prog rock and hard rock of the day. Freddie Mercury composed five of the 10 tracks while guitarist Brian May wrote four songs and drummer Roger Taylor composed and sang "Modern Times Rock and Roll." "Like any patchy but promising debut from a classic rock group, it's often easy to underrate Queen's eponymous 1973 debut, since it has no more than one well-known anthem and plays more like a collection of ideas than a cohesive album. But what ideas! Almost every one of Queen's signatures are already present, from Freddie Mercury's operatic harmonies to Brian May's rich, orchestral guitar overdubs and the suite-like structures of "Great King Rat." That rich, florid feel could be characterized as glam, but even in these early days that appellation didn't quite fit Queen, since they were at once too heavy and arty to be glam and — ironically enough, considering their legendary excess — they were hardly trashy enough to be glam. But that only speaks to the originality of Queen: they may have traded in mystical sword 'n' sorcerers themes like so many '70s prog bands, and they may have hit as hard as Led Zeppelin (and Jimmy Page's guitar army certainly was a forefather to May's overdubs), but they didn't sound like anybody else, they were too odd in their theatricality to be mistaken for another band." — AllMusic.com
- 180-gram vinyl
- Sourced from original master tapes
- Half-Speed Mastered Mastered By Bob Ludwig
- Lacquers Cut At Abbey Road Studios
- Pressed at Optimal in Germany