YEAR RELEASED: 1973
CHART ACTION: #83 US, #24 UK
SINGLES: Keep Yourself Alive, Liar
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably not – radio didn’t go back to this one.
LINEUP: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Queen’s first album is definitely a Queen album. Right out of the gate they had their sound and style.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: When the first cut comes out of your speakers, “Keep Yourself Alive”, you can’t help but turn it up loud. It’s one of the best opening salvos on a debut record. It’s probably about the only one that casual fans know, too.
The other tracks? Most of them are pretty darn good. “Liar” and “Jesus” sound like they could have been released at any time by the band. “Son & Daughter” is one of the heaviest songs they’ve ever done. The rest range from ballads to songs in the fantasy realm (like they’d explore on Queen II).
The guitar sound is there. Many of the vocal overdubs are there. (Though not as over the top as they would get). Freddie has his voice. It’s a great album and fits right in their catalog in the 70’s.
NOTES & MINUTAE: John Deacon was listed as “Deacon John” in the first pressings.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A bonus cut that was supposed to be on the album had they been satisfied with the mix and then demos cut in 1971.
GRADE: A: It’s a great success and a contender as one of the best debut albums ever.