July 13, 1973: Queen releases their debut album

Queen is the self-titled debut studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 13 July 1973 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. It was recorded at Trident Studios and De Lane Lea Music Centre, London, with production by Roy Thomas Baker (as Roy Baker), John Anthony and Queen. The album was influenced by the hard rock, progressive rock and heavy metal of the time and covers subjects such as folklore (“My Fairy King”) and religion (“Jesus”). Lead singer Freddie Mercury composed five of the ten tracks, guitarist Brian May composed four songs, (including “Doing All Right”, which was co-written by Smile band-mate Tim Staffell), and drummer Roger Taylor composed and sang “Modern Times Rock and Roll”. The final song on the album is a short instrumental version of “Seven Seas of Rhye”.

Track listing
The band included on the album sleeve the comment “And nobody played synthesiser”, a purist principle of May’s, as some listeners had mistaken their elaborate multi-tracking and effects processed by guitar and vocal sounds as synthesisers. Bass guitarist John Deacon was credited as “Deacon John”, but after its release, he asked to be referred to by his real name.

Side one
1. “Keep Yourself Alive” Brian May 3:46
2. “Doing All Right” May, Tim Staffell 4:10
3. “Great King Rat” Freddie Mercury 5:41
4. “My Fairy King” Mercury 4:07
Side two
5. “Liar” Mercury 6:26
6. “The Night Comes Down” May 4:24
7. “Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll” Roger Taylor 1:48
8. “Son and Daughter” May 3:19
9. “Jesus” Mercury 3:45
10. “Seven Seas of Rhye” (Instrumental; listed as “Seven Seas of Rhye…”) Mercury 1:10

Freddie Mercury – lead and backing vocals, piano, Hammond organ on “Liar”
Brian May – electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals, vocal bridge on “Keep Yourself Alive”, piano on “Doing All Right”
Roger Taylor – drums, percussion, backing vocals, screams on “My Fairy King”, lead vocals on “Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll”, vocal bridge on “Keep Yourself Alive”
John Deacon (credited as “Deacon John”) – bass guitar


Despite being released in 1973, the album did not reach its peak until 7 February 1976 when it reached No 24.  In the same chart, the band had A Night At The Opera at No 4, Sheer Heart Attack at No 15, and Queen II at No 34 [www.officialcharts.com].  The following week it dropped to No 40 but returned to No 24 the following week.  By that time A Night At The Opera had slipped to 6, and Sheer Heart Attack to 20 while Queen II rose to No 23 [www.officialcharts.com].

Listen to Queen on Deezer.


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