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.


I bought this album in the mid-1990s, and it was the very first album I ever bought for myself with my own money. It quickly became, and has remained, one of my favorite albums. 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. I was eager to hear new music and I was certainly intrigued by most of the songs which are noticeably different than the music on the compilation albums. This was the first time I had ever heard an album overlay one song with another as a segue rather than fade to silence between each track. 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 Queen II, could also be separated into a white and black side with Brighton Rock, Killer Queen, Lily of the Valley, Dear Friends, Bring Back That 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.

Because I would listen to this album while playing Diablo and Doom II: Hell on Earth, I think of those two games when I listen to this album, and, similarly, when I play the games, I think of this album.

I own this album on CD and vinyl.

Track Listing

Track Title Writer(s) Vocals Rank Rating
A1 Brighton Rock Brian May Freddie Mercury 11 Rating-6.svg
A2 Killer Queen Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury 2 Rating-8.svg
A3 Tenement Funster Roger Taylor Roger Taylor 10 Rating-7.svg
A4 Flick of the Wrist Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury 13 Rating-5.svg
A5 Lily of the Valley Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury 6 Rating-8.svg
A6 Now I'm Here Brian May Freddie Mercury 3 Rating-8.svg
B1 In the Lap of the Gods Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury 12 Rating-6.svg
B2 Stone Cold Crazy Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon Freddie Mercury 8 Rating-7.svg
B3 Dear Friends Brian May Freddie Mercury 5 Rating-8.svg
B4 Misfire John Deacon Freddie Mercury 9 Rating-7.svg
B5 Bring Back That Leroy Brown Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury 4 Rating-8.svg
B6 She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettos) Brian May Brian May 1 Rating-10.svg
B7 In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury 7 Rating-7.svg

The album's total score is 1,488.


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