Queen

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 15 Jan 2019

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This would be a great book if your into Queen history or their discography. The book showcases every album and every song Queen ever did. I am kinda partial to Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack. Those are the heavier of them all, long with the first album.
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I have read a lot of these books by Martin Popoff and this one did not disappoint.  The book features Queen. Martin and other musicians discuss each album by the band.  I really enjoy the stories behind the songs and the photographs.  Both hardcore and casual fans will enjoy reading this.
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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.
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I really enjoyed this book! I've been a fan since I was 12, so I was super excited to read this. I like the way it's put together, like a bunch of friends hanging out, talking about music. I had no idea Dee Snider and I were kindred spirits- we both pick Queen II as our favorite Queen album! While this isn't a super technical, pick each song apart look at each album, it was very interesting to read, I learned a lot, and got new insights and perspectives into the music. Any Queen fan will love it!
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I do not know anyone who doesn't love Queen.  Yes, they are enjoying a new generation of popularity but they have never been unpopular.  From their beginning to current days, their music can instantly bring a roomful of people together in the rhythm of "we will rock you" or join them together in singing any of their many, many titles.  From Fat Bottom Girls to Bohemian Rhapsody all the way to Freddie Mercury's "This thing called love" you'll find something...or everything...to love about this book.  Three generations of my family read this book, that says a lot.
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Thank you Quatro Publishing - Voyager Press and Netgalley for this ARC.

I loved reading and learning more about the records of this great great group.  It was full of interesting facts on the albums and a peccadilloes accompliment to watching Bohemian Rhapsody.
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An interview book that reviewed each Queen album. I learned quite a bit, except from Paul McCartney, who may have heard of Queen. I like a lot of the non-hits and would like to listen to more.
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A must have in your collection for every Queen fan. Great to read such information on the songs you grew up listening to and continue to listen.
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Really interesting perspective on Queen and its fascinating frontman Freddie Mercury. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and the way the author brought everything together. Loved the pictures especially, a lot of which were new to me. I’m not a music expert and this is the first book I’ve read on Queen, but I found it a great way to gain more insight into the band and their amazing albums. It definitely inspired me to start listening to their music again.
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Every since my mate at school TJ Martin said he liked Queen back in the early 70's when they had just 1 album out Queen I have always been aware of their music although never a real fan. I think it was perhaps the older brother that swayed Tim but this was my first exposure to the band.
Rami Malek'sperformance in Bohemian Rhapsody has won many plaudits and awards and I feel this book has been released at a most opportune time. Queen are still massive and draw fans to their unique sound and genre spanning music.
Queen by Martin Popoff is a simple book. It follows the history of the band through the releasing of their albums. It reproduces pictures and memorabilia from the period and produces a wealth of images that chart the success of this four piece band.
Each track is spoken about and the author has approached the musicians' contempories for further insights into the albums, the sounds being aimed for and reflections on the time. In this way I have learned far more about balance of tracks, guitar riffs and the creativity of the varied members ofthe group. I am humbled in my ignorance into the skill and musicianship of the four individuals and the quality the brought as a band. Brian May it seemsdoesn't just play guitar and Roger Taylor isn't just a creative backing vocalist. John Deacon the one who walked away after Freddie's death even wrote some classic songs as well as producing that Queen sound following May's talented lead and innovative guitar sections.
Queen were part of my teenage awareness but music didn't hold me; I graviated to sport and books.
This though is the sought of book that would have enthused me and the comments by their peers and analysis of their music was a rich revelation to me. Too little too late; I recognised the guys could play and write and took popular music forward in a dynamic and bold way. They were not an overnight success but had something collectively they wanted to share in their music. My respect and understanding has grown for Queen. Not in a nerdy, fact knowing way but in my enhanced appreciation for the sound they made, their motivation and legacy.
This is a special book that has freed my mind and unblocked my ears; not Queen track will ever be the same. The quality of those that contributed to this book is unsurpassed in a whos who of knowledable experts and fans. It is a work of love and a fitting tribute to this glorious band.
I'm sure Tim Martin would love it even more than I can express but if his older brother comes round he'd better hid it or lose it. Any fan would feel their appreciation of Queen needed this fitting tribute, for anyone who loves their music this is a must have book.
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A really enjoyable trip down memory lane! Queen was a huge part of my youth, and I was fortunate enough to attend four of their concerts. This book is a digest of all of their albums. It includes fantastic photographs. Even better, the author interviews all kinds of Queen aficionado's and people involved in the music industry. They give insights into the band that I never knew before. I really appreciated the great amount of information contained in the book. If you're a Queen fan, you cannot go wrong with this book!
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This interesting book detailing and documenting the Queen discography is very interesting and a love letter to the super group.  With it’s rare photos, detailed recording information and in-depth interviews make this a must for any fan of Queen.  With the success of Bohemian Rhapsody hitting the screen, this should be a strong interest in their music which will keep even the passing fans interested.

A love letter to the albums of this super group that should do exceedingly well.
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As I was growing up, my mother taught me all about music, from Mozart to Nirvana. Since I first learned about Queen, it has always fascinated me. Freddie has always been my favorite artist. When I saw this book on NetGalley I immediately wished for it, knowing for sure I was definitely not going to get it. Then one day, out of the blue, I got an email stating my wish had been granted. I think I have rarely been happier. This book is a perfect compilation of all Queen’s albums, with a beautiful addition of wonderful pictures and insightful comments. Before I go into the actual review, I think it’s worth mentioning I already bought a physical copy of this book for myself and others as Christmas gifts for some of my friends. This book has a beautiful collection of Queen’s pictures, recollecting astonishing moments. Even if just for the pictures I think it’s worth to have a copy of this book. 
Now moving on into the structure of the book. What is so special about Queen? What exactly made them the legends they are today? By analyzing their albums one by one we are able to get a clear picture of the timeline and everything in their lives that might have affected their melodies and lyrics. 
I must say, when it comes to Queen, I am not the most objective person. Nevertheless, would this book have been filled with useless praise, I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed it as much as I did. The objectivity of it was not only refreshing but even necessary. 
This book is simply perfect, it is exactly what it claims to be. I enjoyed the points of view of the commentators and the extra bits of anecdotes that they added to the stories. If you are a Queen fan, I think this is a book you will very much enjoy owning.
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I had previously read Led Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs also by Martin Popoff and expected Queen: Album by Album to be very similar. The approach on this Queen book is different but the passion shown the towards the subject is just as great. 
In this book, Popoff takes the approach of examining each album a work in themselves. Overviews and production details are given before Popoff delves into interviews with industry insiders who are familiar with work and who offer their personal insight with the Queen albums. Popular musicians like Paul McCartney, Dee Snider and Darius Rucker among others turn the book into a celebration of the work that Queen put forward. Highly recommended for Queen fans.
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Looking at the author's CV at the end here, you realise he must hate Queen, for he's written about a thousand books about far inferior bands before now.  But you can also count them as dress rehearsals for a very good volume.  It doesn't aim to correct the bodged history given by That Film, but it does give you an insight into every album Queen ever recorded, whether they were a quartet (which the text continues to call a trio, oddly) or a group sadly lacking the frontal lynch-pin.  The structure is a two-page summary of each album, then interviews with three or four semi-relevant people about the merits or otherwise of what's on each.  Reading it digitally you'd wish the contributor guide was first and not last, for these people meant nothing to me, Paul McCartney aside.  As an interested observer as opposed to uber-fan, you can scoff at the bias of the book – it lauds albums whose "deep cuts" (as we're supposed to call them now, as opposed to 'filler') have never been heard, calls 'Radio Ga-Ga' "dated", and creams itself over 'Under Pressure', mostly because it was sold with a pile of dung as company.  Still, for a commendable-and-then-some visual element, and for a reasoned, fan/industry-eye view of the complete oeuvre, it's certainly well worth the price of admission.  Which, for people in the UK at time of writing, is only £10, for this publisher seems to make great books and then consign them to the shelves of The Works where everything is instantly heavily reduced.  I'd never seen a book in their stock at half price before I'd had a chance to read the e-arc before now.  So if you can get this for a tenner, it's very much a must-read, and even if you can't it's well worth consideration.  The show is still going on, and we're still very much interested.
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Thank netgally, the author for an Advanced Copy of this book. I really enjoyed this book. It's well worth reading
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My Review:

This is definitely something for the die hard fan out there. The book is a massive written interview about the band Queen with images thrown about the pages.
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This book is a beautiful compendium of Queen albums, with discussion included by various knowledgable persons, some who knew Queen members and others who are very familiar with their work.  Even if you aren’t interested in the details of each song, the gorgeous photos would be enough for any Queen fan.

Thanks to Netgalley and Quarto Press for allowing me to review this book in exchange for my honest review.
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As a lifelong fan of Queen, I couldn't have been happier to be able to read this book. And what a read it was!

Not only I learned more in depth stories about this fascinating group of people, the pictures were amazing companion as well. Queen has always been my number one music group, since I was like 12 (I peaked early). And as a bookish child, I wasn't really into the rock 'n roll type of music, they somehow "spoke" to me. They captured the very essence of being different, odd even, and put it on a pedestal, turned into something to be celebrated and be proud of. 

And nobody has done that at the time better than Freddie himself. The master of beautiful lyrics, gorgeous outfits and unbelievable vocal range. 

This book is a stunning in depth study into a group that touched so many and is still relevant, celebrated and admired to this day. 

5 out of 5 for any Queen fan.
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Queen - Album by Album by Martin Popoff

The reason I requested to review this book was probably due to the new movie that came out about Freddy Mercury. I have always enjoyed the songs I have heard by him but have to admit that I had never heard of most of the songs in the albums discussed in this book. I know what songs I like but have never been able to tell you what the title is or who is singing it unless the group or artist is so big it would be impossible NOT to. I admit that I skimmed the book and picked and chose what I read of the interviews about each album and that the main attraction of the book were the photographs. I believe that people who love this group and know all of the songs and do not know the stories that go with them are those who will enjoy this book the most. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Voyageur Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 

3-4 Stars
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