Queen II

Label
Hollywood Records
Release date
17 May 2011
Running length
16 tracks
Running time
59:28

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Procession 1:12 62,628
2 Father to Son 6:12 59,840
3 White Queen (As It Began) 4:32 52,091
4 Some Day One Day 4:21 57,663
5 The Loser in the End 4:02 55,746
6 Ogre Battle 3:57 69,028
7 The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke 2:32 39,525
8 Nevermore 1:26 67,477
9 The March of the Black Queen 6:31 61,176
10 Funny How Love Is 2:50 53,846
11 Seven Seas of Rhye 2:49 398,476
1 See What A Fool I've Been (BBC Session, July 1973 - Remix 2011) 4:22 675
2 White Queen (As It Began) (Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, December 1975) 5:33 53
3 Seven Seas Of Rhye (Instrumental Mix 2011) 3:09 1,310
4 Nevermore (BBC Session, April 1974) 1:28 1,318
5 See What a Fool I've Been (B-Side, February 1974) 4:32 54

About this album

Queen II is the second album by English rock band Queen, originally released in 1974. It was recorded at Trident Studios, London, England in August 1973, and engineered by Mike Stone. The two sides of the original LP were labelled “Side White” and “Side Black” (instead of the conventional sides “A” and “B”), with corresponding photos of the band dressed in white or in black on either side of the record’s label face. The album is also a loose concept album, with the white side having songs with a more emotional theme and the black side almost entirely about fantasy, often with quite dark themes.

Mick Rock’s album cover photograph was frequently re-used by the band throughout its career, most notably in the music video for the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975). There are two versions of this photograph, one with black for the background and foreground (right), the other with a brown foreground.

Numerous problems beset the album’s release. Its completion coincided with the 1973 oil crisis and consequently, government-enforced measures for energy conservation delayed its manufacture by several months. Once the long-overdue first pressing arrived in record shops, the band noticed a spelling error on the sleeve, and had to complain persistently to correct it.[1]

The lead vocalist Freddie Mercury composed the entire “Black” side, contributing virtuosic piano and harpsichord pieces and a wide range of distinctive vocal performances.

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  • Lord_Kur

    favorite Queen

    24 May 9:32pm Reply
  • ThiagoLorpal

    The best album by Queen without a doubt, and The March of the Black Queen is the best song of Queen by far. [6]

    2 Feb 1:15am Reply
  • mk741

    Even though they made great music/ holistically great albums, Queen was still never an album band. II is the exception to that rule. A complete experience from start to finish, with exceptional individual highlights. In that regard, it's easily their best album.

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • firefly2811

    i disagree loser in the end is a great track. roger does a great job on vocals.

    30 Jul 2013 Reply
  • kyb15

    Queen's finest. This, along with some other (non-Queen) albums, got me into classic rock music. Love it until this day. Heard it probably 100 times. Do yourself a favor and go listen to this album. Best part is the whole album except for "Loser In The End". :)

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • firefly2811

    my favourite queen album. white queen, march of the black queen, father to son, nevermore.

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    Awesome album. A real masterpiece. My favorites are "Father To Son" and "The March of the Black Queen". I think it's the most complex of the entire Queen catalogue (especially the black side), and one of my favorites (along with Queen I, News of the World and A Kind of Magic). I wonder if it was the commplexity of the compositions what made them change their music style to one more radio-friendly and simpler style. Anyway, if anyone doesn't want to believe in the talent of Queen (sadly, there are still people who call them 'overrated'), they should listen to this album in its entirety.

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    Love love love the album cover. Iconic photograph by Mick Rock.

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
  • silverlage

    Great intro....t7b

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Wachahahaha

    the best.

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MadAzAHatter

    we referred to it as the Black & White album, back in the day… it is what drew me to love Queen and appreciate the art that was Freddie Mercury… not saying that he was the sole talent responsible for this tremendous work but can you imagine this ever coming together without him?…. from what i understand it was his initial concept but all played their part to be sure….. in the end, it is still my favorite… whether it is their greatest or best will always be debated but no matter… to me, the "Black & White" represents all that Queen was and was going to be…. this is truly one "Masterstroke" of rock history

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • IvelinaDevilish

    Maybe the best, but the most underrated album! [5]

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Gallifrey337

    The best album by Queen without a doubt, and The March of the Black Queen is the best song of Queen by far. [5]

    30 Oct 2012 Reply
  • iron345

    Great album starting a string of great albums through to Day at the Races.

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • atiqah02

    Can't believe it's taken me this long to listen to this. This is an amazing album. Probably even their best.

    24 Jun 2012 Reply
  • DioLegend

    My favorite Queen album by far. In fact one of my favorite albums ever. "The March of the Black Queen" is such a legendary song..

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • shitsocash

    this has always been my favorite Queen album, nice to know lots of people love it too :)

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • speedking90

    Maybe the best, but the most underrated album! [4]

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • cinintaklyn

    Best Queen album!

    6 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Tarkus10

    The best album by Queen without a doubt, and The March of the Black Queen is the best song of Queen by far. [4]

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
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