Released today on 13 July 1973 was Queen’s debut album, Queen.
Some facts about the album:
This album shows a lot of influence from hard rock.
On the album, Freddie wrote 5 of the 10 tracks, Brian 4, and Roger one.
After playing colleges and small venues for two years, Queen was allowed to test the abilities of De Lane Lea studios which they used to create a demo.
Eventually Queen was picked up by Trident Studios by Norman and Barry Sheffield. The band was only allowed to record during the studio’s downtime, usually between 3 and 7 am.
On the album, John Deacon is credited as Deacon John.
The album received generally favorable reviews, but did not chart extremely well. Its peak positions on the UK and US album charts were 24 and 83 respectively.
Years later in 1994, Guitar Magazine ranked Queen the 19th most influential guitar album of all time. It was placed as #54 on NME’s Greatest Albums You’ve Never Heard list.
In 2008, Keep Yourself Alive was put at #31 on the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time list, describing it as “an entire album’s worth of riffs crammed into a single song.”