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Queen II is the second studio album by the British rock band Queen. Described as "arguably the heaviest Queen album", Queen II marked the end of the first phase of the band's career.
The white side has songs with a more emotional theme and the black side is almost entirely about fantasy, often with quite dark themes. Mick Rock 's album cover photograph was frequently re-used by the band throughout its career, including the music videos for the songs " Bohemian Rhapsody "and " One Vision " Released to an initially mixed critical reception, Queen II remains one of the band's lesser-known albums.
Nonetheless, the album has retained a cult following since its release, garnered praise from critics, fans,   and fellow musicians alike, and is significant in being the first album to contain elements of the band's signature sound of multi-layered overdubsvocal harmonies, and varied musical styles.
Queen, who had performed their first gig on June 27did not finish their self-titled debut album, Queenuntil November Due to management problems, it was not released until 13 Julyjust weeks before they began recording Queen II. In the interim the band had developed other, more complex material but elected to wait to record it until they had more freedom and experience in the studio. Queen insisted that Trident Studios allow them to record at regular hours instead of studio down-time, as they had for the first album.
The band approached David Bowie to produce, but he declined because he was then recording Pin Ups and working on songs for Diamond Dogs. After the commercial failure of the single "Keep Yourself Alive" from the first album, Queen decided it needed a single that did not take "too long to happen" i.
The music of Queen II has been attributed to several genres, including art rock hard rock glam rock  heavy metal and progressive rock. The "White" side is very diverse: four of the five numbers were composed by Brian Mayone of which is an instrumental.
Freddie Mercury sings two songs; May sings one; and Roger Taylor sings the closing track, which is his only composition on the album.
John Deacon played acoustic guitar on "Father to Son" in addition to normal duties on bass guitar. Mercury composed and sang all six songs on the "Black" side. He recorded it by playing overlapping parts on the Red Special through John Deacon 's custom-made amplifier the Deacy Amp. Roger Taylor also contributes to this instrumental, using only a bass drum pedal. It is written from the father's perspective when talking or thinking about his son.
Queen immediately added "Father to Son" to their live setlists. Init was dropped from live shows, but revived a few times in Written by May inthis song features contrasting acoustic and heavy metal sections. May explained that he conceived the idea for this song while reading The White Goddess by Robert Graves.
The song also had personal significance for May; he drew inspiration from a fellow student whom he revered and thought represented the idea of the "perfect woman". I [was] dared to ask out this girl, and she became a lifelong friend, it's very strange The guitar had been given a replacement hardwood bridge, chiselled flat, with a small piece of fret wire placed between it and the strings, which lay gently above.
The strings Frank Sinatra - Miss Kittin & The Hacker - First Album the buzzing effect of a sitar. The live version usually included a long instrumental break that was not part of, or Nevermore - Queen - Queen II from, the album version.
This is the first song with May on lead vocals. It also features May on acoustic guitar and electric guitar and the last guitar solo during the fade-out features three solo guitars. This kind Nevermore - Queen - Queen II complex guitar arrangement is typical of May; however, usually the guitars are harmonious, but in this case, all of the guitars play different parts.
Mercury wrote "Ogre Battle" on guitar as confirmed by May in several interviews  in and it was one of the earliest songs in the Queen setlist despite not being recorded until the Queen II sessions. The band waited until they could have more studio freedom to do it properly. The song is one of Queen's heaviest works. The guitar riff and Taylor's drumming give it a very "thrash" sound.
The ogre -like screams in the middle are Mercury's, and the high harmonies at the end of the chorus hook are sung by Taylor. As the title suggests, it tells the story of a battle between ogres, and features a May guitar solo Nevermore - Queen - Queen II sound effects to simulate the sounds of a battle. The beginning of the song is actually the end of the Nevermore - Queen - Queen II played in reverse. An acetate was made of an edited version of the BBC recording without the long intro or any of the sound effects in the album version, potentially for release as a second single.
The use of the word "quaere" in the twice-repeated line "What a quaere fellow" has no reference to Mercury's sexuality, according to Taylor. In some markets the album included a fold-out cover with a reproduction of the painting. Author Neil Gaiman Nevermore - Queen - Queen II about the painting and the album on his blog:. Reason tells me that I would have first encountered the painting itself, the enigmatically titled "Fairy Feller's Master Stroke," reproduced, pretty much full-sized, in the fold-out cover of a Queen album, at the age of fourteen or thereabouts, and it made no impression upon me at all.
That's one of the odd things about it. You have to see it in the flesh, paint on canvas, the Attentive - Pascal Charpentier - Attentive thing, which hangs, mostly, when it isn't travelling, in the Pre-Raphaelite room of the Tate Gallery, out of place among the grand gold-framed Pre-Raphaelite beauties, If You Belonged To Me (Extended Mix) - Nancy Davis - If You Belonged To Me of them so much more huge and artful than the humble fairy court walking through the daisies, for it to become real.
And when you Nevermore - Queen - Queen II it several things will become apparent; some immediately, some eventually. Gaiman wrote a longer essay about the painting for Intelligent Life. For the intricately arranged studio recording, Mercury played harpsichord as well as piano, and Roy Thomas Baker played the castanets.
Taylor called this song Queen's "biggest stereo experiment", referring to the use of panning in the mix. The song was performed only a few times during the Queen II Tour. There was thought to be no live recording of the Nevermore - Queen - Queen II untilwhen it was released on Live at the Rainbow ' The previous track ends with a three-part vocal harmony from Mercury, May, and Taylor which flows into Mercury playing Nevermore - Queen - Queen II piano.
This piano carries on to open this track making "Ogre Battle", "The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke" and the current track, into a medley. All the vocal parts were performed by Mercury, who added some contemporary piano "ring" effects Stuck - Various - From Punk To Ska 2 well.
These effects were widely suspected to be synthesisers; however, they were created by someone plucking the piano strings while Mercury played the notes. In Dancehall Hero - Vybz Kartel - Kartel Forever (Trilogy) interview with Melody MakerMercury, who had been working on the song even before Queen formed, said, " I wanted to give it everything, to be self-indulgent or whatever.
The lead vocals cover two and a half octaves G2 — C5. May regards it as a precursor to " Bohemian Rhapsody ", stating, "You've got to bear in mind that we'd already made 'My Fairy King' on the first album and we'd done 'The March of the Black Queen' on the second album, so we were well in tune with Freddie's excursions into strange areas, and that was something that we really enjoyed.
It was track The tape had gone over the recording head so many times, overdubbing, that the oxide had worn off. Despite never being released as a single, it remains a favourite amongst Queen's fans.
The full piece was too complicated to be performed live; however, the uptempo section containing the lines "My life is in your hands, I'll foe and I'll fie After playing the intro the band quickly transitioned into "Bohemian Rhapsody". This song ends with an ascending note progression, which climaxes in the first second of the following track. The song segues into the next Nevermore - Queen - Queen II , "Funny How Love Is". Mercury wrote it and played the piano while Robin Cable produced.
It was produced using the " wall of sound " technique. The song is written in the Shotz - O.T History Special of Cin which it goes up from an E minor chord in "The March of the Black Queen" to a C chord in this song. The song was never performed live, largely due to the demanding high-register vocals from Mercury throughout the song.
Mercury began developing "Seven Seas of Rhye" in when he was with the band Wreckage. He eventually fleshed the song out with contributions from Brian May. He had this lovely little riff idea on the piano, and I think all the middle eighth is stuff that I did. So we definitely worked on it together. But when it came to the album coming out, Freddie went, 'I wrote that. But Freddie I Could Have Told You - Johnny Martizia - Sun Valley Guitar, 'You know, I wrote the words and it was my idea, so it's my song.
Much, much later in Queen history, we recognized this fact. Nevermore - Queen - Queen II short, instrumental version of "Seven Seas of Rhye" was included as the outro on their first album, with the intent of starting the next album with the full version.
So did Pat McConnell and a I Feel Love - Various - Keep On Movin bunch of us. I recall an awful lot of reverb, and Brian played the stylophone on it, but it was done in one day and we were all totally pissed at the time. On the Queen II recording, the arpeggios are played with both hands, an octave apart, whereas on the abbreviated Queen recording, and most live performances, Mercury played the simpler one-handed version of these arpeggios.
The theme also appears at the end of "It's a Beautiful Day reprise " on the band's final album Made in Heaven Rock photographer Mick Rock was engaged to create the album's artwork. According to Rock, the group were looking to grab people's attention with the cover, especially since their first album had failed to do so. The brief he received from the band conceived a black and white theme for the album. Those were the days of androgyny, and Freddie was prepared to push it quite a way.
After the album's completion at the end of AugustQueen immediately added "Ogre Battle", "Procession" and "Father to Son" to their live setlists and toured extensively. Once again, II Allegretto - Haydn*, The Aeolian String Quartet* - The Complete String Quartets, EMI delayed the album since the first album had only just been released in the UK and had yet to be issued in the US.
Other problems beset the album's release: the energy conservation measures put in place during the oil crisis delayed its manufacture by several months; then, when released, John Deacon was credited as "Deacon John", and the band insisted it had to be corrected.
Queen II was released on 8 March The album enjoyed chart success in the UK, peaking at number five. It peaked at number 49 in the US, improving on their debut album Queenwhich peaked at number In interviews the group promoted the album with a theme of "good versus evil,"  and made numerous public appearances to gain exposure: aside from touring inthey performed BBC specials, broadcast a gig at Golder's Green Hippodrome on In Concert and appeared on John Peel 's Sound of the Seventies.
In FebruaryDavid Bowie was unable to appear on the show " Top of the Pops " to perform " Rebel Rebel ", and Nevermore - Queen - Queen II replacement act Nevermore - Queen - Queen II urgently needed. Queen was booked for the show and lip-synched "Seven Seas of Rhye".
EMI then rushed the single into release on February 23, just five days after the television appearance was confirmed. It was the band's first hit singlepeaking at number 10 in the UK charts.
On 8 Novemberrecord company Universal Music announced a remastered and expanded reissue of the album set for release in May
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