|Album by Queen|
|Released||8 March, 1974 (UK)|
|Genre||Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal|
|Label|| EMI, Parlaphone (UK)|
Elektra, Hollywood (US)
Robin Geoffrey Cable
Roy Thomas Baker
|This Album||Queen II (1974)|
|Succeeding||Sheer Heart Attack (1974)|
Queen II is the second album by Queen, first released on March 8, 1974.
Side White (Side One)
- 1. Procession (Brian May)
- 2. Father To Son (May)
- 3. White Queen (As It Began) (May)
- 4. Some Day One Day (May)
- 5. The Loser in the End (Roger Taylor)
Side Black (Side Two)
- 1. Ogre Battle (Freddie Mercury)
- 2. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke (Mercury)
- 3. Nevermore (Mercury)
- 4. The March of the Black Queen (Mercury)
- 5. Funny How Love Is (Mercury)
- 6. Seven Seas of Rhye (Mercury)
- 5 - UK (1974)
- 49 - US (1974)
- 40 - Canada (1974)
- 19 - Norway (1974)
- The two sides of the original LP were labelled Side White and Side Black, instead of the conventional sides "A" and "B". These corresponded with photos of the band dressed in white or in black on either side of the record's label face.
- The album is considered a loose concept album, with the white side having songs with a more emotional theme, and the black side almost entirely about fantasy, often with quite dark themes.
- Mick Rock's album cover photograph was frequently re-used by the band throughout its career, most notably in the music videos for Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975, and One Vision in 1985.
- The album's completion coincided with the 1973 oil crisis, and consequently, government-enforced measures for energy conservation delayed its manufacture by several months.
- When the first pressings arrived in record shops, there was a spelling error on the sleeve (John Deacon's name had been misprinted as Deacon John, as it had been printed on the previous album), and the band had to complain persistently to correct it.
- The album has gained exceptional praise from artists such as Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses, Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, and guitarist Steve Vai.