The Story Behind The Album: Queen

queen_montageFriday the 13th of July was a lucky day for fans of Queen. That morning their eponymous debut album was released. In the evening they performed a brilliant concert at Queen Mary College in Basingstoke, the first date of a short tour that would culminate in a brace of shows at a happy hunting ground, London’s Imperial College, before embarking on a prestigious Mott the Hoople support slot.

But if Queen’s star was about to rise only the cognoscenti would have heard of them at this juncture. Brian May & Roger Taylor had road tested their act in an earlier incarnation called Smile with mutual friend Tim Staffell. Older than the others he had the distinction of being in a blues-rock group named 1984 that supported Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. When Tim left to pursue different ventures, Freddie Mercury – born Farrokh Bulsara – joined Brian & Roger as a trio, with May bringing his guitar influences to the table…

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Queen (Jul 1973)
1Keep Yourself Alive Play
2Doing Alright Play
3Great King Rat Play
4My Fairy King Play
5Liar Play
6The Night Comes Down Play
7Modern Times Rock 'N Roll Play
8Son And Daughter Play
9Jesus Play
10Seven Seas Of Rhye Play
Taken from 'Queen: The Studio Collection'
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