News of the World

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Remastered album cover.

News of the World is the sixth studio album by Queen released on 1977-10-28 and produced by Queen and Mike Stone. The album is quite a change from the band's earlier progressive rock albums, and is most popular for its hard rock songs We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, but it also features ballads, soft rock, blues, and psychedelic rock.

I remember being a little disappointed when I bought this album. I was already well familiar with We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, so I skipped to Sheer Heart Attack, which I didn't like, and, from the title, I presumed that All Dead, All Dead was going to be hard rock, but it's a soft ballad. I eventually grew to love All Dead, All Dead and the album as a whole, but it took time before my failed expectations were replaced.

Status

I own this album on vinyl and CD.

Track Listing

Track Title Writer(s) Vocals
A1 We Will Rock You Brian May Freddie Mercury
A2 We Are the Champions Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury
A3 Sheer Heart Attack Roger Taylor Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor
A4 All Dead, All Dead Brian May Brian May
A5 Spread Your Wings John Deacon Freddie Mercury
A6 Fight From the Inside Roger Taylor Roger Taylor
B1 Get Down, Make Love Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury
B2 Sleeping On the Sidewalk Brian May Brian May
B3 Who Needs You John Deacon Freddie Mercury
B4 It's Late Brian May Freddie Mercury
B5 My Melancholy Blues Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury

Media

The cover art is from a painting by Frank Kelly Freas which was altered by the artist to include the band members. The idea is that the giant robot has accidentally killed people because it thought they were toys and played too rough with them. The look on its face is imploring its maker to please fix the "toys" for it. Some retailers sold the album with the art from the gatefold on the exterior, probably to censor the blood.

Song Rank

This is the order in which I enjoy the songs from this album, and their individual song ratings.

Order Title Stars
1 We Are the Champions 8
2 Sleeping On the Sidewalk 8
3 Spread Your Wings 8
4 All Dead, All Dead 7
5 My Melancholy Blues 7
6 We Will Rock You 6
7 Who Needs You 6
8 It's Late 6
9 Get Down, Make Love 5
10 Fight From the Inside 2
11 Sheer Heart Attack 2

The album's total score is 628.

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