Queen II (1974)

Queen II is the second album by British rock group Queen, released in March 1974. It was recorded at Trident Studios, London in August 1973 with co-producers Roy Thomas Baker and Robin Cable, and engineered by Mike Stone.

The two sides of the original LP were labelled “Side White” and “Side Black” (instead of the conventional sides “1” and “2” or “A” and “B”), with corresponding photos of the band dressed in white or in black on either side of the record’s label face. It is also a 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 video for the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” (1975).

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, has garnered praise from musicians such as Axl Rose, Steve Vai and Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins, 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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Seven Seas Of Rhye / See What A Fool I’ve Been – EMI 2121 UK (1974) ~ No PS. Promo
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Seven Seas Of Rhye / See What A Fool I’ve Been – EMI 2121 UK (1974) ~ No PS
Seven Seas Of Rhye / See What A Fool I’ve Been – EMI 2121 SWEDEN (1974) ~ No PS. Same catalogue number of UK edition
Seven Seas Of Rhye / See What A Fool I’ve Been – EMI 8E 006-95 241 PORTUGAL (1974)
Seven Seas Of Rhye / See What A Fool I’ve Been – EMI 1C 006-95 241 GERMANY (1974)
Seven Seas Of Rhye / See What A Fool I've Been - EMI 5C 006-95241 HOLLAND (1974)
Seven Seas Of Rhye / See What A Fool I’ve Been – EMI 5C 006-95241 HOLLAND (1974)
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Seven Seas Of Rhye / See What A Fool I’ve Been – EMI 2C 008-95241 FRANCE (1974)
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Seven Seas Of Rhye / See What A Fool I’ve Been – YUGOTON SEMI-88753 YUGOSLAVIA (1974)
Seven Seas Of Rhye / See What A Fool I’ve Been – ELEKTRA EKM1 NEW ZEALAND (1974) ~ No PS
Seven Seas Of Rhye (mono) / Seven Seas Of Rhye (stereo) – ELEKTRA EK-45891 USA (1974) ~ Radio station use only – No PS. White label with caterpillar
Seven Seas Of Rhye (mono) / Seven Seas Of Rhye (stereo) - ELEKTRA EK-45891 USA (1974) ~ Radio station use only - No PS. Green label with caterpillar
Seven Seas Of Rhye (mono) / Seven Seas Of Rhye (stereo) – ELEKTRA EK-45891 USA (1974) ~ Radio station use only – No PS. Green label with caterpillar
Seven Seas Of Rhye / See What A Fool I've Been - ELEKTRA EK-45891 USA (1974) ~ No PS. Caterpillar green Label
Seven Seas Of Rhye / See What A Fool I’ve Been – ELEKTRA EK-45891 USA (1974) ~ No PS. Caterpillar green Label
Seven Seas Of Rhye / The Loser In The End – ELEKTRA P-1314 JAPAN (1974)