Sheer Heart Attack

~ Release group by Queen

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Sheer Heart AttackQueen12" Vinyl13
  • GB1974-11-01
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)EMC 3061[none]
Sheer Heart AttackQueen12" Vinyl13
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)7E-1026[none]
Sheer Heart AttackQueen12" Vinyl13
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)7ES 1026[none]
Sheer Heart AttackQueen12" Vinyl13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)EMC 3061, OC 062 ◦ 96025[none]
Sheer Heart AttackQueen12" Vinyl13
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)P-10137E[none]
Sheer Heart Attack (made in West Germany)QueenCD13
  • XE1986-12-01
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46206 2077774620628
Sheer Heart Attack (Made in UK)QueenCD13
  • GB1986-12-01
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46206 2077774620628
Sheer Heart Attack (made in Holland)QueenCD13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46206-2077774620628
Sheer Heart AttackQueenCD13
  • JP1987-04-22
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CP32-53784988006612198
Sheer Heart AttackQueenCD14
  • US1991-03-05
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)HR-61036-2720616103628
Sheer Heart Attack (made in Holland)QueenCD13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0777 7 89491 2 1, CDPCSD 129077778949121
Sheer Heart AttackQueenCD13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0777 7 89491 2 1 / CDPCSD 129077778949121
Sheer Heart AttackQueenCD13
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0777 7 89491 2 1077778949121
Sheer Heart AttackQueenCD13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-651034988006760813
Sheer Heart AttackQueenCD13
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)2061-62203-2
Sheer Heart AttackQueenCD13
  • JP2004-02-11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-673434988006818125
Sheer Heart Attack (2011 remaster)QueenCD13
  • XE2011-03-14
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)276 440 9602527644097
Sheer Heart Attack (2011 remaster)Queen2×CD13 + 5
  • GB2011-03-14
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)276 441 1602527644110
Sheer Heart Attack (2011 remaster, first press)Queen2×SHM-CD13 + 5
  • JP2011-03-16
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”)UICY-75015/64988005646187
Sheer Heart Attack (2011 remaster)Queen2×CD13 + 5
  • US2011-05-17
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)D001364502050087240714
Sheer Heart Attack (2011 remaster)QueenSHM-SACD (2 channels)13
  • JP2011-12-14
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)UIGY-95124988005689894
Sheer Heart AttackQueenCD13
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)D001364602050087240721
Sheer Heart Attack (2011 remaster Platinum SHM-CD)QueenSHM-CD13
  • JP2014-03-26
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)UICY-400534988005811585
Sheer Heart Attack (deluxe edition)Queen2×Digital Media13 + 8
Sheer Heart AttackQueen12" Vinyl13
  • XE2015-09-25
Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013)00602547202680602547202680
Sheer Heart AttackQueenHQCD13
  • JP2018-12-12
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”)UICY-402534988031308936

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Killer Queen
included in:Miniatures: Volume 1
Queen 40 (Volume 1)
Queen II / Sheer Heart Attack
The Complete Works
The Crown Jewels: A 25th Anniversary Celebration
The Orb
The Ultimate Collection
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/5303 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/Queen/Sheer-heart-attack [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/xxhj [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/queen/sheer_heart_attack/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/1142/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000191374 [info]
Wikidata:Q219747 [info]

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This album is aBBC 6 Music album of the day.

Having turned out two perfectly adequate albums of fantasy-tinged heavy rock, Queen were in desperate need of some commercial solace. A support slot on Mott The Hoople's American tour and a minor hit (with "Seven Seas Of Rhye") had left critics and fans eagerly awaiting their next move. But, following a gruelling touring agenda, disaster was to strike. Guitarist Brian May (he of the clogs and PhD in astrophysics) fell ill with hepatitis and the band were forced to begin work on their new album as a threesome.

Fate was on the band's side. The tracks laid down in May's absence had a sparseness that he could finally embellish to his full satisfaction (ie: LOADS). Also, ironically, the band was forced to dig into their back catalogue to come up with material. Both Mercury and May put forward future classics that had been numbers with their old bands: May's "Brighton Rock" (formerly a Smile song called "Blag") and Mercury's "Stone Cold Crazy" (from his old band Wreckage). The latter presaged speed metal by years, eventually being covered by Metallica.

By this time the band had honed their Zeppelin-meets-Hendrix-in-Biba sound to perfection. Mercury's "Lily Of The Valley" retains the same campness that blighted their previous work but "Killer Queen" was three minutes of romping pop perfection. May was now the master of the delay pedal ("Brighton Rock" was a future live guitar marathon showcase) Most importantly this was a band with new experiences and maturity to draw on. May's "Now I'm Here" details their touring experiences with Mott while Mercury turned in one of his patent character assassinations with "Flick Of The Wrist". It was also a truly group effort. Both Taylor and Deacon debuted songs on SHA. Taylor's "Tenement Funster" is pure cod-rock nonsense but his stratospheric vocals and Bonham-esque drumming were now an integral part of the Queen sound. Deacon showed how his grasp of pop dynamics on the brief "Misfire" would lead to him writing some of the band's most enduring hits.

In anticipation of their next album, they stretched contemporary production methods to their very limit with multi-layered vocals and guitars and Freddie's vaudevillian streak finally emerged ("Bring Back That Leroy Brown"). This was the album that finally saw Queen find their true voice(s). Ending with the louche, grandiose ''In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited'', the album remains a perfect example of their baroque and roll.