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  • It is far too easy when discussing QUEEN’s first LP, to throw tons of adjectives around describing the album’s brilliance. I was quite stunned the first time I heard this album. As a rabid metal fan, I was skeptical about Queen. I considered them pompous, glammy, and too commercial. That was BEFORE I listened to the first three Queen albums(Queen, Queen II, and Sheer Heart Attack). It is unfortunate that there are only two or three songs off the first three LP’s that really get any steady airplay. I think it is for this reason that many metal heads are unaware of how awesome early Queen was, and particularily, how rad Queen’s debut was. Brian May’s guitar work on “Queen” (1973) is arguably the most exciting post-Hendrix guitar work of the 70’s. May’s guitar is layered and blended, infusing classical, jazz, funk, and beautiful acoustic passages, over molten metal fretwork. It is easy to hear May’s influence on Tipton and Downing(Judas Priest), Roth(Scorpions), Schenker(UFO), and Y. Malmsteen. Mercury’s vocals are equally dynamic and always enthralling, as he weaves complex tales as well as pure rock lyrics. There isn’t one weak moment on Queen’s debut, thus making it essential for all rock fans. One could spend decades listening to this debut. It offers infinite enjoyment. So if you are a rock fan, take a chance and buy this album. If you are a metal head but do not yet own Queen’s debut, get it quick, as you are missing out on probably the SINGLE MOST INFLUENTIAL METAL ALBUM OF ALL TIME, rivaled only by the innovations of early Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, and Led Zeppelin!!! So roll a joint, sit back, crank it up, and enjoy some ‘modern times rock ‘n’ roll’ !!!!

    Posted on November 29, 2009