Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Sear, Aug 10, 2018.
The best A side in recorded music history ever, period.
I’d go with Kind Of Blue or London Calling if we’re talking about best A sides ever.
"Best A side in recorded music history ever?" I would not go that far, but it is a great album.
If it wasn’t for Now I’m Here, I would agree that it is a very strong a-side. I don’t like NIH, but that’s just me. I would rather state, one of the best side B’s ever. And certainly the best side B in the Queen catalogue.
And SHA is a full stop brilliant album, except for NIH that is.
Great album. 'Killer Queen' is worthy of an appreciation thread alone.
Queen's best. Love the whole album.
I'm not a massive Queen fan, but the recent thread about them encouraged me to revisit Sheer Heart Attack and this is definitely my favorite from them. It offers just the right balance for me: It still has the raw verve of their early output, adding more confidence and studio polish without going too far over the top.
My fav side B of their catalog and top 3 album. However, the highlight for me is Tenement Funster/Flick on the Wrist/Lily of the Valley. I still know little about music history as a whole, so won't be supporting or arguing about statements like "best in music history".
Prostitute yourself he says
Castrate your human pride
Sacrifice your leisure days
Let me squeeze you till you've dried
Freddie can be brutal sometimes. I would not want to be his enemy, this I know for sure.
Well, that’s more than a little over the top for me, but I’d go as far as saying it’s the best album side Queen came up with, from the best Queen album.
That is an amazing highlight, and perfectly representative of Queen at their very best IMO.
The quintessential Queen album....I would argue they did not better this album.
Exactly. It's a like a quick summary of what they've done and direction where they are going to - you have Roger and his favorite cars-rock'n'roll theme in Tenement Funster; then you have psychedelic guitar exercise in the middle of Flick of the Wrist, somewhat similar to Jesus; and Lily of the Valley is one of many beautiful piano ballads Freddie wrote: Nevermore, Love of my Life, and many more.
Roger Taylor has often cited this as his favourite album.
Pretty much brilliant from top to bottom.
Their canon from 73-76 is frighteningly good and diverse
Well it's just a way to say I like it a lot
Never been a favourite of mine. It's still a very good album, but compared to the debut and Queen II, it's a step down in my honest opinion.
(and the B-Side is better )
Queen II will always be my favourite- but it’s virtually impossible to decide between ANATO and SHA for #2. Both genius albums
Great album. First one to have all four members credited as songwriters. I prefer In The Lap Of The Gods live at that time with 500% more Roger vocal but that minor quibble aside, it's still a great record. Dunno if that Side A is as good as Queen II Side B but you say tomato ....
So many other great ones as well (Exile, Aladdin Sane, Pink Flag, Singles Going Steady), but it is right up there with them.
Best Queen album if you are willing to be objective. So much variety and not self-conscious like all later albums. Perhaps the ultimate 'glam rock' LP.
Queen II- Sheer Heart Attack - A Night At The Opera: a flawless trilogy.
As others have stated, the opinion "best A side in recorded music history ever, period" is a bit hyperbolic, and I say that as someone who considers Sheer Heart Attack Queen's best album. It gets a perfect 5 stars/A grade from me.
But yes, that A side is a stunner from top to bottom, and I love the deliriously rockin' Now I'm Here. And then the incredible B side follows right at its heels. Sheer Heart Attack is sheer musical joy.
I can think of better A sides (Sgt Peppers, Dark Side, maybe a dozen others) but it is up there. My fave Queen for sure.
Cool cover of Misfire
Coincidentally I had Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack and Live at The Rainbow '74 on my playlist yesterday. Early Queen rocks!
I don't consider myself a Queen fan (only two albums) but I love this album start to finish. I also think it's a great *sounding* album.
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