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    Queen released its eponymous debut in 1973. Critically well received, it established this British band in the same cadre of hard guitar rockers as Led Zeppelin. Influenced by prog-rock and heavy metal, Queen’s early sound was dominated by heavy compositions with long guitar solos and sudden tempo changes. Rolling Stone described the single “Keep Yourself Alive” as “an entire album’s worth of riffs crammed into a single song.” But as the record’s sleeve boldly states: “No synthesizers.” It was all guitar effects and overdubs – and the operatic, gender-bending vocals of Freddie Mercury. Of the album’s five Mercury compositions, “My Fairy King” established three things: the fantasy world of Rhye, which would be a reoccurring theme for the band, Mercury’s piano skills, and the inspiration for Farrokh Bulsara to take on the theatrical stage persona of Freddie Mercury. “Doing All Right” was written by lead guitarist Brian May while in the band Smile, and drummer Roger Taylor (also of Smile) composed “Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

    Queen Catalog Number:  EMI/Elektra EKS 75064

    Queen Track Listing:

    Side One

    1. Keep Yourself Alive – 3:46

    2. Doing All Right – 4:09

    3. Great King Rat – 5:42

    4. My Fairy King – 4:07

    Side Two

    1. Liar – 6:26

    2. The Night Comes Down – 4:23

    3. Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll – 1:48

    4. Son & Daughter – 3:20

    5. Jesus – 3:44

    6. Seven Seas of Rhye – 1:06

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