Queen are a British rock band that formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (lead guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar). Queen’s earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock, into their music.
As of 2005, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Queen albums have spent a total of 1,322 weeks (twenty-six years) on the UK Album Charts, more time than any other musical act.
The band have released a total of eighteen number one albums, eighteen number one singles, and ten number one DVDs worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the band is the only group in which every member has composed more than one chart-topping single, and all four members were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003
~ Live at the Rainbow ’74 – Double CD contains a concert from the band’s Sheer Heart Attack Tour, recorded live at the Rainbow Theatre in London on 19 & 20 November 1974, plus a concert recorded at the Rainbow earlier in the year, on 31 March, as part of the Queen II Tour.
Sheer Heart Attack is the third studio album by Queen, released on 8 November 1974 Digressing from the progressive themes featured on their first two albums, this album featured more conventional rock tracks and marked a step towards the “classic” Queen sound,
The album’s first single “Killer Queen” reached number 2 in the British charts and provided them with their first top 20 hit in the U.S., peaking at number 12 on the Billboard singles chart. Sheer Heart Attack was the first Queen album to hit the U.S. top 20, peaking at number 12 in 1975. The album has been acknowledged for containing “a wealth of outstanding hard rock guitar tracks” Retrospectively, it has been listed by multiple publications as one of the band’s best works and has been deemed an essential glam rock album
~ A Night at the Odeon – Hammersmith 1975 – The album is the first official release of the band’s Christmas Eve performance at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1975, taped by the BBC. The show was broadcast on BBC2 and BBC Radio 1, and included one of the first live performances of “Bohemian Rhapsody”. It had been one of the band’s most popular bootlegs.
~ News of the World is the sixth studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 28 October 1977. In 1977, punk rock acts, most notably the Sex Pistols, sparked massive backlash towards progressive rock artists such as Queen, to which the band responded by simplifying their symphonic rock sound and gearing towards a more spontaneous hard rock sound. The album subsequently went 4x platinum in the United States, and achieved high certifications around the world, selling over 10 million copies and became the band’s bestselling studio album to date.
~ The Miracle is the thirteenth studio album by Queen, released on 22 May 1989. The album was recorded as the band recovered from Brian May’s marital problems and Freddie Mercury’s AIDS diagnosis in 1987 (which was known to the band, though not publicised at the time). The album was originally going to be called The Invisible Men, but three weeks before the release, according to Roger Taylor, they decided to change the name to The Miracle. It was also the last album with a band photo on the front cover.
~ Absolute Greatest is a compilation album by the British rock band Queen. The album features 20 of their most famous hits throughout their career on one CD for the very first time
~ Icon is a compilation Queen, released on 11 June 2013 by Hollywood Records. The album was only released in the United States and Canada as a limited edition release.
~ con is a compilation album by British rock band Queen, released on 11 June 2013 by Hollywood Records. The album was only released in the United States and Canada as a limited edition release.
~ Queen Forever is a compilation album released on 10 November 2014. It features tracks the band had “forgotten about” with vocals from original lead singer Freddie Mercury. Original bass guitarist John Deacon is also on the tracks. t is the first Queen album to feature unreleased material from Mercury (who died from complications related to AIDS in November 1991) since the 1995 album Made in Heaven and Deacon (who retired from the music business in 1997) since the 1997 compilation album Queen Rocks.