Sheer Heart Attack

~ Release group by Queen

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Sheer Heart Attack 12" Vinyl 13 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) EMC 3061 [none]
Sheer Heart Attack 12" Vinyl 13 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 7E-1026 [none]
Sheer Heart Attack (made in West Germany) CD 13 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46206 2 077774620628
Sheer Heart Attack CD 13 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46206 2 077774620628
Sheer Heart Attack (made in Holland) CD 13 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46206-2 077774620628
Sheer Heart Attack CD 13 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CP32-5378
Sheer Heart Attack CD 14 Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group) HR-61036-2 720616103628
Sheer Heart Attack CD 13 Parlophone 0777 7 89491 2 1 / CDPCSD 129 077778949121
Sheer Heart Attack CD 13 Parlophone 0777 7 89491 2 1 077778949121
Sheer Heart Attack CD 13 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) TOCP-65103 4988006760813
Sheer Heart Attack CD 13
Sheer Heart Attack CD 13 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) TOCP-67343 4988006818125
Sheer Heart Attack (2011 remaster) CD 13 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 276 440 9 602527644097
Sheer Heart Attack (2011 remaster) 2×CD 13 + 5 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 276 441 1 602527644110
Sheer Heart Attack (2011 remaster) 2×SHM-CD 13 + 5 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Universal Music (plain logo: "Universal Music") UICY-75015/6 4988005646187
Sheer Heart Attack (2011 remaster) 2×CD 13 + 5 Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group) D001364502 050087240714
Sheer Heart Attack (2011 remaster) SHM-SACD 13 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) UIGY-9512 4988005689894
Sheer Heart Attack CD 13 Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group) D001364602 050087240721
Sheer Heart Attack (2011 remaster Platinum SHM-CD) SHM-CD 13 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) UICY-40053 4988005811585
Sheer Heart Attack (deluxe edition) 2×Digital Media 13 + 8
Sheer Heart Attack 12" Vinyl 13 Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013) 00602547202680 602547202680

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Killer Queen
included in: Miniatures: Volume 1
Queen 40 (Volume 1)
The Crown Jewels: A 25th Anniversary Celebration
The Orb
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000191374 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/5303 [info]
Wikidata: Q219747 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Queen:Sheer_Heart_Attack_(1974) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/queen/sheer_heart_attack/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/xxhj [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.