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The Story Behind The Album: Queen II

A month after releasing their debut album Queen returned to Trident Studios to commence work on the follow-up, tentatively titled ‘Over The Top’ – an idea that didn’t amuse EMI any more than ‘Dearie Me’ had for its predecessor. Despite positive reviews for ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ the individual members still weren’t convinced Queen was a going concern and maintained outside interest in physics (Brian May), electronics (John Deacon), Freddie Mercury and his art studies and potential dentist, Roger Taylor (or Roger Meddows-Taylor as he liked to be known) keeping on their side-line of a Kensington Market stall because who knew how long this thing would last?

Still they were anxious to resume work before going back on the road and preparing for a tour with Mott the Hoople so they grabbed a vacant August slot in Trident and began making the record that is many a fan’s favourite. It is certainly the first time one hears their trademark multi-layered overdubs, those rich harmonies and the sheer joie de vivre of a group of young men refusing to be hindered by boundaries and conformity. So while other rock stars went on their holidays Queen worked like Trojans…

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Queen II (Mar 1974)
1Procession Play
2Father To Son Play
3White Queen (As It Began) Play
4Some Day One Day Play
5The Loser In The End Play
6Ogre Battle Play
7The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke Play
8Nevermore Play
9The March Of The Black Queen Play
10Funny How Love Is Play
11Seven Seas Of Rhye Play
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