Kes wrote:Not an option to sum up mine. My favourite albums are Queen II and ADATR, so...
Queen II to ADATR.
classicqueenfan wrote:I am a classic Queen fan. My favorite Queen era is most definitely their glam-rock era of the early to mid seventies - from Queen (1) to A Day at the Races. Each of those albums was great for all the same reasons: the interesting and sophisticated blend of fantasy, cabaret, soft medleys, hard rock and awesome harmonies. Each obviously was the result of intense, focused work and effort to produce exactly what the band wanted to present of themselves. Queen's catapult to fame may have come slowly, but with the release of A Night at the Opera followed by A Day at the Races, their fame would be sealed. All previously released recordings would now receive the attention and admiration they deserved. The persona of Queen was consistent throughout this period - their look and their sound. Queen could have easily carried on with who they started out as and would have most certainly continued to climb fame's ladder of success - with their created devoted fans following.
I always believed the release of News of the World marked what would become a distinct change in Queen's musical direction. That album too had it's great elements, but as a Queen work, it was simpler and not as cohesive - no musical extravaganza as were all their previous albums. Their persona - music and image at this point would change. It may or may not have been intentional, but notice the cover artwork on News of the World - depiction of the end of the old Queen? Queen's next album, Jazz, made it clear to me that this band had changed - I was disappointed. I continued to buy Queen recordings as they were released hoping for a return of the Queen that mesmerized me in my youth, but that was not to happen - I will say though, that Magic and Innuendo came close.
Queen no doubt had every right to determine their musical direction(s) and obviously have been hugely successful. I do believe Freddie was the driving force behind Queen's changes musically. And I think the other bandmates simply (gladly) went along.
After years of lamenting my long lost Queen, came the release of Queen, Live at the Rainbow '74'. I found myself experiencing again the excitement I had as a teenager buying a new Queen release. I knew it would be good, and it was. Anxious to hear it, I popped the CD in my car player in the parking lot of the store where I bought the CD. I sat back in my car, cranked up the sound and let the music take me back. The quality of the live performance was exceptional. Very true to the original recordings and all the songs that made Queen special to me. of course I also purchased the recording on vinyl and the DVD set. Watching Queen perform in all their flamboyant glory was and is a real treat.
So, I ask you, are their other classic Queen fans out there???
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