Queen: Album by Album

QUEEN                                                           MARTIN POPOFF

Formed in 1970, Queen went on to become one of the most popular—and most successful—rock bands of all time. Even following the untimely death of beloved and magnetic frontman Freddie Mercury, and nearly 50 years after their formation, interest in the band has continued, evidenced by scores of reissues, arena tours with surviving members, and a feature-film biopic.

In this new installment in Voyageur Press’s Album by Album series, rock journo Martin Popoff convenes a cast of 19 Queen experts and superfans to discuss all 15 of the band’s studio albums (including their soundtrack for the 1980 film Flash Gordon). Panelists include Queen experts, rock journalists, musicians, and record industry figures. The results are freewheeling discussions delving into the individual songs, the circumstances that surrounded the recording of each album, the band and contemporary rock contexts into which they were released, and more.

The engaging text of this beautifully designed book is illustrated throughout with rare live performance and candid offstage photography, as well as scads of rare Queen ephemera.

The Album by Album series is a unique approach to the rock bio, injecting the varied voices of several contributors. The results have even the most diehard fans rushing back to their MP3 players (or turntables) to confirm the details and opinions expressed!


I have been and still am a huge Queen fan since the first time I heard them in the seventies. I actually have all of their albums yes albums that was the way we bought and listened to music back then. They were also one of the few rock bands that my father would listen with me. He enjoyed their harmonies, and the said their music was more like rock opera. I was too young to understand, but as I got older I began to get what he was saying. I really that this book was going to be more, and that was my mistake. Other than the photos I really did not learn anything about the band or their music that I already did not know. I found at times the format of switching between different people to be irritating at times but that was just me, for it felt like their commentary was cut off here and there. Overall not bad the photos really help this book and if you did not grow up being a fan of them then this would be a good book for you. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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