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    Queen’s second album is a split concept album featuring Side White and Side Black. This contrast and sense of drama runs through the album as it shifts from wistful ballads to onslaughts of heavy metal and long, complex instrumental passages. Freddie Mercury composed all the songs for Side Black, which focuses on dark, fantasy themes and is filled with piano, harpsichord, Mercury’s operatic vocals, fairies, and ogres. Single “Seven Seas of Rhye” is on this side, as is the Richard Dadd painting-inspired “The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke,” which drummer Roger Taylor refers to as Queen’s “biggest stereo experiment” due to its intricate use of panning. “Ogre Battle” is the band’s heaviest song, the beginning of which is the end played backwards, and “March of the Black Queen” is the only Queen song containing polyrhythm. Side White’s songs are more emotional, and composed by guitarist Brian May with the exception of Taylor’s “White.” Sealing it all together is the iconic album cover, which would resurface later with “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

    Queen II Catalog Number:  Elektra 1974

    Queen II Track Listing:

    Side White

    1. Procession – 1:12

    2. Father to Son – 6:14

    3. White Queen (As It Began) – 4:34

    4. Some Day One Day – 4:23

    5. The Loser in the End – 4:02

    Side Black

    1. Ogre Battle – 4:10

    2. The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke – 2:40

    3. Nevermore – 1:15

    4. The March of the Black Queen – 6:33

    5. Funny How Love Is – 2:50

    6. Seven Seas of Rhye – 2:50

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