Sheer Heart Attack

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Vinyl cover.

Sheer Heart Attack is the third studio album by Queen. It was released on 1974-11-01 on vinyl and produced by Queen and Roy Thomas Baker. The album uses strong glam rock and progressive rock themes with an over all hard rock sound. This is the last album to contain Freddie's mythical rock songs, all subsequent albums feature songs with more realistic themes.

This is the very first album I ever bought for myself with my own money, and remains one of my favorite albums ever. When I bought this album, the only songs I knew from it were "Killer Queen," "Now I'm Here," and "Stone Cold Crazy," from greatest hits albums and radio play. The first time I listened to this album, I thought it was a bad move to begin with "Brighton Rock," particularly because of May's long guitar solo. Although I like both the song and the solo, I didn't feel like it properly set the pace or mood of the album.

This album, like A Night At the Opera, could also be separated into a white and black side with "Brighton Rock," "Killer Queen," "Lily of the Valley," "Dear Friends," "Leroy Brown," and "Misfire" being the flighty white side while "Tenement Funster," "Flick of the Wrist," "Now I'm Here," "In the Lap of Gods," "Stone Cold Crazy," "She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos)," and "In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited" taking the brooding black side, although the tracks are pretty evenly dispersed.

Every time I hear songs off this album I think of playing the game Diablo and Doom II: Hell On Earth because I would listen to the album while playing those two games. While many of the songs make me think of various areas of each game, two songs in particular remind me of two specific areas of the game. "Now I'm Here" reminds me of level 12 in Doom II and "She Makes Me" reminds me of Tristram in Diablo.

Track Listing

Track Title Writer(s) Vocals
A1 Brighton Rock Brian May Freddie Mercury
A2 Killer Queen Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury
A3 Tenement Funster Roger Taylor Roger Taylor
A4 Flick of the Wrist Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury
A5 Lily of the Valley Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury
A6 Now I'm Here Brian May Freddie Mercury
B1 In the Lap of the Gods Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury
B2 Stone Cold Crazy Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon Freddie Mercury
B3 Dear Friends Brian May Freddie Mercury
B4 Misfire John Deacon Freddie Mercury
B5 Bring Back That Leroy Brown Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury
B6 She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos) Brian May Brian May
B7 In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury

Song Rank

The order in which I enjoy the songs from this album:

  1. She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos)
  2. Killer Queen
  3. Now I'm Here
  4. In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited
  5. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
  6. Dear Friends
  7. Lily of the Valley
  8. Stone Cold Crazy
  9. Misfire
  10. Tenement Funster
  11. Brighton Rock
  12. In the Lap of Gods
  13. Flick of the Wrist

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