Queen – Queen (1973)
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About the Album
Queen is the debut studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 13 July 1973 by EMI Records in the UK and by Elektra Records in the US. It was recorded at Trident Studios and De Lane Lea Music Centre, London, with production by Roy Thomas Baker, John Anthony and Queen.
The album was influenced by contemporary progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal music. The lyrics are based on a variety of topics, including folklore (“My Fairy King”) and religion (“Jesus”). Lead singer Freddie Mercury composed five of the ten tracks, guitarist Brian May composed four songs (including “Doing All Right”, which he co-wrote with then-Smile bandmate Tim Staffell), and drummer Roger Taylor both composed and sang “Modern Times Rock and Roll”. The final song on the album is a short instrumental version of “Seven Seas of Rhye,” which would later be featured in full on the band’s second album, Queen II.