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Sheer Heart Attack - Queen

Released: 8 November 1974


Recorded: July–September 1974 at AIR, Rockfield, Trident and Wessex Sound studios

Genre: Glam rock, Hard rock

Length: 39:09

Label: EMI / Parlophone (Europe), Elektra (1974) / Hollywood (1991) (US)

Producers: Ken Scott and David Bowie

Sheer Heart Attack is the third studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 8 November 1974. It was produced by the band and Roy Thomas Baker and distributed by EMI in the United Kingdom, and Elektra in the United States.

The album launched Queen to mainstream popularity both in the UK and internationally: the first single, “Killer Queen”, reached No. 2 in the British charts and provided them with their first top 20 hit in the US, peaking at No. 12 on the Billboard singles chart. Sheer Heart Attack was also the first Queen album to hit the US top 20, peaking at No. 12 in 1975. 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 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.

Singles released from the Album:

Killer Queen/Flick of the Wrist” Released in October 1974

Now I’m Here” Released in January 1975

Lily of the Valley”” Released in April 1975 (Japan only)