Queen II

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Queen II is the second studio album by the British rock band Queen. It was released on 8 March 1974 by EMI Records in the UK and by Elektra Records in the US. It was recorded at Trident Studios and Langham 1 Studios, London, in August 1973 with co-producers Roy Thomas Baker and Robin Geoffrey Cable, and engineered by Mike Stone.

Described as "arguably the heaviest Queen album", Queen II marked the end of the first phase of the band's career. The album combines a heavy rock sound with art rock and progressive rock elements, and has been called "a pillar of grandiose, assaultive hard rock" by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Queen II is not a concept album but a collection of songs with a loose theme running throughout. The two sides of the original LP were labelled "Side White" and "Side Black" (instead of the conventional sides "A" and "B"), with corresponding photos of the band dressed in white or in black on either side of the record's label face. The white side has songs with a more emotional theme and the black side is almost entirely about fantasy, often with quite dark themes. Mick Rock's iconic cover photograph was frequently re-used by the band throughout its career, including the music videos for the songs "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975), and "One Vision" (1985).

Released to an initially mixed critical reception, Queen II remains one of the band's lesser-known albums. Nonetheless, the album has retained a cult following since its release, garnered praise from critics, fans, and fellow musicians alike, and is significant in being the first album to contain elements of the band's signature sound of multi-layered overdubs, vocal harmonies, and varied musical styles.

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Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Queen II12" Vinyl11
  • GB1974-03-08
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)EMA 767[none]
Queen II12" Vinyl11
  • US1974-04-09
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)EKS 75082[none]
Queen II (3rd press)12" Vinyl11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)EMA 767, OC 064 • 95186[none]
Queen II12" Vinyl11
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)P-10119E[none]
Queen IIVinyl11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)FA 4130991
Queen II (UK-CD-FA 3099 under barcode)CD11
  • GB1986-12-01
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46205 2077774620529
Queen IICD11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46205 2077774620529
Queen IICD11
  • JP1987-04-22
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CP32-53774988006612181
Queen IICD11
  • JP1991-04-12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-66754988006657663
Queen IICD14
  • US1991-10-22
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)HR-61232-2720616123220
Queen IICD14
  • US1991-10-22
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)HR-61232-2720616123220
Queen IICD14
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)HR-61232-2720616123220
Queen IICD11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46205 2, UK-CD-FA 3099077774620529
Queen IICD11
  • JP1994-05-18
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-82724988006695702
Queen IICD11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDPCSD 140077778927525
Queen IICD11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)UK-CD-FA 3099077774620529
Queen IICD11
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)CDPCSD 140077778927525
Queen IICD11
  • JP1998-11-06
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-651024988006760806
Queen IICD11
  • JP1998-11-06
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-65102
Queen IICD11
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)2061-62202-2[none]
Queen IICD11
  • JP2004-02-04
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-673424988006818118
Queen IICD11
  • JP2004-02-04
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-673424988006818118
Queen IIDigital Media14
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)
Queen II2×CD11 + 5
  • XE2011-03-14
Island Records (not for release label use, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.)276 425 0602527642505
Queen II (2011 remaster)CD11
  • GB2011-03-14
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)276 388 8602527638881
Queen II (2011 remastered deluxe edition)2×CD11 + 5
  • GB2011-03-14
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)276 425 0602527642505
Queen II (2011 remaster)2×SHM-CD11 + 5
  • JP2011-03-16
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”)UICY-75013/44988005646170
Queen II (2011 remaster)2×CD11 + 5
  • US2011-05-17
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)D001364202050087240684
Queen II (2011 remaster)SHM-SACD (2 channels)11
  • JP2011-12-14
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)UIGY-95114988005689887
Queen II2×CD11 + 5
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)2764250602527642505
Queen II (2011 remaster Platinum SHM-CD)SHM-CD11
  • JP2013-12-18
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)UICY-400404988005798398
Queen IIDigital Media11
  • US2014-10-27
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)050087318185
Queen II (deluxe edition)2×Digital Media11 + 5
  • US2014-11-04
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)050087318178
Queen IIDigital Media11
602547024541
Queen II (deluxe edition)2×Digital Media11 + 8
602547025432
Queen IIVinyl11
  • XE2015-09-25
Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013)00602547288240602547288240
Queen II (HDTracks 24bit 96kHz)Digital Media11
  • XW2018-10-12
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)[none]
Queen II (Limited Edition)HQCD11
Island Records (not for release label use, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.), Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”)UICY-402524988031308929
Queen IICD11Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013)276 388 8602527638881
(unknown)
Queen II12" Vinyl12

Relationships

covers:Queen II by Bohemian Rhapsody
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/31526 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/Queen:Queen_II_(1974) [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/queen/queen_ii/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000268824 [info]
Wikidata:Q223181 [info]

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