Queen "Sheer heart attack" appreciation thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Sear, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tarragona (Spain)
    The best A side in recorded music history ever, period.
  2. Marc Perman

    Marc Perman Forum Resident

    West of the Hudson
    I’d go with Kind Of Blue or London Calling if we’re talking about best A sides ever.
  3. PacificOceanBlue

    PacificOceanBlue Forum Resident

    The Southwest
    "Best A side in recorded music history ever?" I would not go that far, but it is a great album.
  4. Beaker73

    Beaker73 Forum Resident

    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. :D
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  5. zither

    zither Former Resident

    South West England
    Great album. 'Killer Queen' is worthy of an appreciation thread alone.
  6. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    Queen's best. Love the whole album.
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  7. Tristero

    Tristero Forum Resident

    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.
  8. olegrayman

    olegrayman Forum Resident

    IL, USA
    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.
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  9. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality

    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.
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  10. jon9091

    jon9091 Master Of Reality

    That is an amazing highlight, and perfectly representative of Queen at their very best IMO.
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  11. Kiss73

    Kiss73 Forum Resident

    The quintessential Queen album....I would argue they did not better this album.
  12. olegrayman

    olegrayman Forum Resident

    IL, USA
    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.
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  13. Eiricd

    Eiricd Forum Resident

    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
  14. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tarragona (Spain)
    Well it's just a way to say I like it a lot
  15. Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson Forum Resident

    Toronto, Ontario
    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 ;))
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  16. Eiricd

    Eiricd Forum Resident

    Queen II will always be my favourite- but it’s virtually impossible to decide between ANATO and SHA for #2. Both genius albums
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  17. CBS 65780

    CBS 65780 "Could I do one more immediately?"

    Dublin, Ireland
    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 ....
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  18. DME1061

    DME1061 Forum Resident

    Trenton, NJ
    So many other great ones as well (Exile, Aladdin Sane, Pink Flag, Singles Going Steady), but it is right up there with them. :edthumbs:
  19. manco

    manco Forum Resident

    San Jose, CA
    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.
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  20. Rne

    Rne Sufferin' succotash!

    Queen II- Sheer Heart Attack - A Night At The Opera: a flawless trilogy.
  21. DPM

    DPM Forum Resident

    Nevada, USA
    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.
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  22. Echoes Myron

    Echoes Myron Forum Resident

    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.

  23. Cool cover of Misfire
  24. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    Coincidentally I had Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack and Live at The Rainbow '74 on my playlist yesterday. Early Queen rocks!
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  25. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    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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