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  • Sheer Heart Attack Sheer Heart Attack Quick View

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    Sheer Heart Attack

    On Sheer Heart Attack, Queen turned out an album that had something for nearly everyone and it provided the first glimpse at the incredible range of the great Freddy Mercury. Containing the group's first global hit single, Killer Queen and serving as the band's breakthrough record, it certainly ranks among their best.


    This fall marks Queens return to studio recording for the first time in 13 years, to commemorate that occasion, Universal has created the Queen on Vinyl Collectors Edition re-issue program in which every Queen studio album is to be released on vinyl LPs over the next two years. The original albums are being re-issued correct in every detail to the original releases, including inner sleeves, packaging and bonuses.

    1. Brighton Rock
    2. Killer Queen
    3. Tenement Funster
    4. Flick Of The Wrist
    5. Lily Of The Valley
    6. Now Im Here
    7. In The Lap Of The Gods
    8. Stone Cold Crazy
    9. Dear Friends
    10. Misfire
    11. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
    12. She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettos)
    13. In The Lap Of The Gods revisited
    Queen
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • News of the World News of the World Quick View

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    News of the World

    If Day at the Races was a sleek, streamlined album, its 1977 successor, News of the World, was its polar opposite, an explosion of styles that didn't seem to hold to any particular center. It's front-loaded with two of Queen's biggest anthems -- the stomping, stadium-filling chant We Will Rock You and its triumphant companion, We Are the Champions -- which are quickly followed by the ferocious Sheer Heart Attack, a frenzied rocker that hits harder than anything on the album that shares its name (a remarkable achievement in itself). Three songs, three quick shifts in mood, but that's hardly the end of it. As the News rolls on, you're treated to the arch, campy crooning of My Melancholy Blues, a shticky blues shuffle in Sleeping on the Sidewalk, and breezy Latin rhythms on Who Needs You. Then there's the neo-disco of Fight from the Inside, which is eclipsed by the mechanical funk of Get Down, Make Love, a dirty grind that's stripped of sensuality. That cold streak on Get Down, Make Love runs through the album as a whole. Despite the explosion of sounds and rhythms, this album doesn't add up to party thanks to that slightly distancing chilly vibe that hangs over the album. Nevertheless, many of these songs work well on their own as entities, so there is plenty to savor here, especially from Brian May. Whether he's doing the strangely subdued eccentric English pop All Dead, All Dead or especially the majestic yet nimble rocker It's Late, he turns in work that gives this album some lightness, which it needs. And that's the reason News of the World was a monster hit despite its coldness -- when it works, it's massive, earth-shaking rock & roll, the sound of a band beginning to revel in its superstardom.

    - All Music
    1. We Will Rock You
    2. We Are The Champions
    3. Sheer Heart Attack
    4. All Dead, All Dead
    5. Spread Your Wings
    6. Fight From The Inside
    7. Get Down, Make Love
    8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk
    9. Who Needs You
    10. It's Late
    11. My Melancholy Blues
    Queen
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • News Of The World News Of The World Quick View

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    News Of The World

    Queen are proud to announce the re-release of their entire studio album catalog on remastered long playing heavyweight vinyl. The album packaging will include every detail of the original releases in their original 12 format. Bonus posters, extra pictures and all the unique content of the original albums will be faithfully reproduced. The next 5 albums include the very first album, Queen, along with News Of The World, Flash Gordon, A Kind of Magic and Innuendo, with successive releases coming approximately every six months.


    Queen's 1977 release News Of The World solidified the band's position as '70s rock royalty while expanding upon their artistic vision with an eclectic collection of songs. Although the album is famous for its anthemic We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions opening medley, it also features the Roger Taylor-sung Sheer Heart Attack which is as close as Queen ever came to punk as well as the provocatively sensual Get Down, Make Love.

    1. We Will Rock You
    2. We Are The Champions
    3. Sheer Heart Attack
    4. All Dead All Dead
    5. Spread Your Wings
    6. Fight From The Inside
    7. Get Down, Make Love
    8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk
    9. Who Needs You
    10. It's Late
    11. My Melancholy Blues
    Queen
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • News Of The World (40th Anniversary Box Set) News Of The World (40th Anniversary Box Set) Quick View

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    News Of The World (40th Anniversary Box Set)


    Pure Analogue Re-Cut Of The Original Vinyl LP, Direct From The Unmastered Analogue Master Mix Tapes


    Presented In A Facsimile Original Sleeve


    Three Posters And A 60-page Book Of Images


    Original Album On CD, Plus Two Further CDs Of Recently Unearthed Out-Takes And Rarities From The Band's Archives


    Brand New One-Hour DVD Documentary, Queen : The American Dream


    A special box set of Queen's landmark 1977 album News of the World is set for release, marking the 40th anniversary of the original release.


    Originally launched in October 1977, News of the World is one of Queen's biggest selling albums of all time. It opens with two of the band's most indestructible worldwide hits, the Brian May-penned We Will Rock You and Freddie Mercury's We Are The Champions, monumental stadium anthems which remain a staple of major sporting events all around the world to this day. With songs written by all four band members, NOTW, Queen's sixth album, set a new standard in stylistic diversity, from Roger Taylor's proto-punk blast of Sheer Heart Attack to the salacious funk-rock groove workout Get Down Make Love, to the fragrant tropical calypso-pop Who Needs You. News of the World also features the hit Spread Your Wings, the epic rock saga It's Late and Freddie's wistfully romantic My Melancholy Blues.


    The new package includes the original album on CD, plus two further CDs of recently unearthed out-takes and rarities from the band's archives, one of which is a newly created 'alternative' version of the whole album - Raw Sessions.


    For many Queen devotees, this Raw Sessions CD will be the most intriguing component of the new release. Mined deep from long-vaulted studio multi-track tapes, this extraordinary parallel album brings to light never-before-heard alternative versions of each of the album's 11 tracks. Every lead vocal is different, as are most of the lead guitar parts and a great many other instrumental details. Here we experience We Are The Champions anew, with many unfamiliar vocal and instrumental elements, and for the first time at its full-recorded length rather than the edited 1977 album cut. Here also is the chance to discover peak era Freddie Mercury vocals on a track that nobody outside Queen's inner circle has heard him sing before at all - Brian May's All Dead, All Dead. The original album version features May himself on vocals. Roger Taylor's Sheer Heart Attack can be heard with its original long-lost guitar intro and uncut ending. Taylor's other song, Fight From The Inside, is more remarkable in that we hear his demo vocal worked on in his home studio in preparation for the next sessions, 'homework' that all of the band members would regularly carry out. As a point of note, Taylor plays all instruments on these two recordings, except for some lead guitar. In this age of digital leaks and obsessive fan culture, there is already great excitement that these recordings are, in 2017, truly New to the World.


    The third CD in the package, Bonus Tracks, features a feast of previously released but hard-to-find versions of News of the World tracks recorded in concert, for radio shows, or in alternate mixes. Included is the band's entire five-song final live session recorded for BBC Radio in October 1977, seven live performances of NOTW songs, plus rare backing tracks and instrumentals of the Queen classics We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Spread Your Wings, Get Down, Make Love and Fight From The Inside. Also on this third disc is the seldom-heard US radio edit of It's Late, making its belated CD debut, and the rowdy stomper Feelings Feelings, which was recorded during the original NOTW sessions but not included on the final album.


    Another outstanding feature of this weighty 40th anniversary box is another first - a pure analogue re-cut of the original vinyl LP, direct from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes. This exceptional album collector's piece is presented in a facsimile original sleeve. There is also a rich selection of NOTW related memorabilia including three posters and a 60-page book of images, mostly previously unseen.


    The package is completed with a brand new one-hour DVD documentary, Queen : The American Dream, created from backstage material filmed during Queen's 1977 USA News of the World tour. In November that year, Queen embarked on another headlining US tour. The highly respected British radio and TV presenter Bob Harris, complete with full film crew, followed their journey as part of a proposed documentary that has remained incomplete and unreleased - until now. The crew had unlimited access to the band on and off stage, in the recording studio and during rehearsals. This one-hour documentary includes superb live footage of Queen at the Houston Summit in December. We also see moments from the birth of We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, songs that would both earn a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Queen : The American Dream is a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into a young British band at a creative peak, defying the odds as they take the USA by storm.


    For casual fans and Queen connoisseurs alike, the new NOTW package, with its feast of extra material, is manna from Heaven - a bumper haul of buried treasure from a world-beating band in its prime.

    VINYL LP: The Original News of the World Album - new Pure Analogue Cut
    1. We Will Rock You (May)
    2. We Are The Champions (Mercury)
    3. Sheer Heart Attack (Taylor)
    4. All Dead, All Dead (May)
    5. Spread Your Wings (Deacon)
    6. Fight From The Inside (Taylor)
    7. Get Down, Make Love (Mercury)
    8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (May)
    9. Who Needs You (Deacon)
    10. It's Late (May)
    11. My Melancholy Blues (Mercury)


    CD 1: The Original Album (Bob Ludwig 2011 master)
    1. We Will Rock You (May)
    2. We Are The Champions (Mercury)
    3. Sheer Heart Attack (Taylor)
    4. All Dead, All Dead (May)
    5. Spread Your Wings (Deacon)
    6. Fight From The Inside (Taylor)
    7. Get Down, Make Love (Mercury)
    8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (May)
    9. Who Needs You (Deacon)
    10. It's Late (May)
    11. My Melancholy Blues (Mercury)


    CD 2: NEWS OF THE WORLD : RAW SESSIONS
    1. We Will Rock You (Alternative Version)
    2. We Are The Champions (Alternative Version)
    3. Sheer Heart Attack (Original Rough Mix)
    4. All Dead, All Dead (Original Rough Mix)
    5. Spread Your Wings (Alternative Take)
    6. Fight From The Inside (Demo Vocal Version)
    7. Get Down, Make Love (Early Take)
    8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (Live in the USA, 1977)
    9. Who Needs You (Acoustic Take)
    10. It's Late (Alternative Version)
    11. My Melancholy Blues (Original Rough Mix)


    CD 3: NEWS OF THE WORLD : BONUS TRACKS

    1. Feelings Feelings (Take 10, July 1977)
    2. We Will Rock You (BBC Session)
    3. We Will Rock You (Fast) (BBC Session)

    4. Spread Your Wings (BBC Session)
    5. It's Late (BBC Session)
    6. My Melancholy Blues (BBC Session)
    7. We Will Rock You (Backing Track)
    8. We Are The Champions (Backing Track)
    9. Spread Your Wings (Instrumental)
    10. Fight From The Inside (Instrumental)
    11. Get Down, Make Love (Instrumental)
    12. It's Late (USA Radio Edit 1978)
    13. Sheer Heart Attack (Live in Paris 1979)
    14. We Will Rock You (Live in Tokyo 1982)
    15. My Melancholy Blues (Live in Houston 1977)
    16. Get Down, Make Love (Live in Montreal 1981)
    17. Spread Your Wings (Live in Europe 1979)
    18. We Will Rock You (Live at the MK Bowl 1982)
    19. We Are The Champions (Live at the MK Bowl 1982)


    DVD: QUEEN : THE AMERICAN DREAM (One hour)

    Queen
    $149.99
    Vinyl LP + 3 CD + DVD Box Set - Sealed Buy Now
  • Babel Babel Quick View

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    Babel


    Babel follows the 2009 release of Mumford & Sons' debut album, Sigh No More. It is produced by Markus Dravs.


    Fantastic 4 Star review from American Songwriter!



    There are some guitar sounds so indelibly stuck into our collective pop-consciousness that even those who can't tell a minor from a major chord can identify the band or player from just a few riffs -a dreamy John Lennon lick, the cosmic climb of Joe Perry, Slash's slash, Nirvana's fuzzy-barre rips, the post-punk fury of Sonic Youth. Now, the chugging, kinetic strum of Mumford & Sons is slowly creeping onto this revered list - not born out of extreme skill or virtuosity but by sheer branding, note for note. And it's how the band's second album, Babel, opens on the title track: with that same very strum, born somewhere between English mountain folk and an old time Appalachia. You can nearly hear the sweat flying off Marcus Mumford, his Martin instrument hiked high on his chest, every time he and banjo player Winston Marshall attack their strings.

    So it's no coincidence, it seems, that the band's highly anticipated sophomore record begins exactly where we might expect, and the rest of LP that follows proves that this isn't an attempt to smash any expectations with a sudden progression of their style. For those devotees looking for the Mumfords to evolve drastically, well, you're out of luck. But who would that audience be, anyway? The band is no doubt polarizing: old time and bluegrass faithfuls wouldn't be caught dead with a copy of Sigh No More, and their most ardent followers are more likely to have an iPod stocked with Coldplay and John Mayer than Bill Monroe or Doc Watson. Even pop addicts can't deny the catchy craft of "Little Lion Man" or "The Cave." No one is looking for their Kid A. Thus Babel's not a new sentence in the book of Mumford & Sons - it's what happens after an ellipses. And in many ways, that suits them just fine. It will most definitely suit their fans.


    Marcus Mumford has always been a bit of a melancholy fellow, and even a marriage to pixie-haired starlet Carey Mulligan, sold-out shows and Grammy nominations haven't shaken the teary introspection from this set of songs. Obviously, Babel deals in a lot of religious imagery and lyrics - with all the success and opportunities to indulge, it seems the boys have taken a moment to ask a few questions of their maker. "This cup of yours tastes holy/but a brush with the devil can clear your mind," Mumford sings on the second track "Whispers in the Dark." It's an anthem call with a firm statement: "I'm a cad but I'm not a I'm not a fraud / I set out to serve the lord." Maybe the trials and tribulations of being simultaneously loved and harangued have worn on the Mumford's, but at least they can prove to themselves, their audience or even their lord that this stuff comes from the heart.


    The album's single, "I Will Wait," is an easy crowd-pleaser moment with an arena-ready hushed chorus, set to those furious strings. The lyric and melody could easily be a Fray song if you removed the plucking banjo -and that's the amazing thing about Mumford & Sons. Purists aside, there's no one else that can get an audience from ages eight to eighty screaming along to a bunch of acoustic instruments or urge a kid to choose guitar lessons over computer games. Every time they perform - live or on Babel - they do it with sheer fervor, as if it's both their first and last time.


    While the band is mostly known for their "Americana" sound, they also pull references from their side of the pond: from both classic British countryside folk and Celtic punk bands like The Pogues. Those influences run a little more clear on Babel - "Ghosts That We Knew" and "Reminder" are both soft, melancholy stunners born out of grassy hills and cockney-tinged tales told in wood-paneled bars. And "Broken Crown" is the boys at their angriest yet: "I'll never be your chosen one," Mumford sings lightly before launching into an all-out war over minstrel plucks. It's a force of a song, and not your firmest pick nor hard-earned callous could weather that storm.


    Babel has some other unexpected moments, too, like on "Hopeless Wanderer," which begins with keys instead of strum, and "Lover of the Light" is a sunnier moment, perhaps a nod to the singer's recent vows ("to have and to hold," Mumford howls on the track). And the album's closer, "Not Without Haste," is a beautiful lullaby meant more for singing a restless man to sleep than a still-innocent child.


    There's also a continuation of the Mumford's love of literary references, with the boys even copping recently to ripping a line from Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall - this is the band, after all, that was able to loop Macbeth's fateful cry of "stars, hide your fires" into their rollicking song "Roll Away Your Stone." So while the album title, Babel, is most likely a biblical reference, it's hard not to think of Jorge Louis Borges' short story, The Library of Babel. In it Borges imagines a universe composed of an endless library that contains every book in every possible permutation, and, therefore, nothing at all. This excess causes great despair for people of the library as they try to search for meaning in all of it. They fret. They come up empty.


    Babel may not hold all the answers, and it may not be some exotic transformation of their original formula - it's a safe bet to say that nothing from the Mumford & Sons may ever be. In The Library of Babel, the final realization that everything repeats itself is the universe's saving grace. And in Babel, you could say the same. Though there may not be endless possibilities, there's comfort - elegance, even - in that familiar, now nearly iconic rip of those strings, strummed in the way only those boys from West London can strum. It's not perfect, but it's perfectly Mumford & Sons.


    1. Babel
    2. Whispers In The Dark
    3. I Will Wait
    4. Holland Road
    5. Ghosts That We Knew
    6. Lover Of The Light
    7. Lovers' Eyes
    8. Reminder
    9. Hopeless Wanderer
    10. Broken Crown
    11. Below My Feet
    12. Not With Haste
    Mumford And Sons
    $16.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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