QUEEN – Queen’s First E.P. (1988 EMI, originally 1976)
While there’s nothing on this EP that is exclusive, I’m a sucker for this release. Why? Three reasons:
- All four songs rule.
- It’s an historical release in a sense. I mean, it’s Queen’s first EP!
- The CD version is a 3″ CD, and they’re just so damn cute.
“Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy” is an irresistible piano bopper from A Day At The Races. If you don’t like this song, then you don’t like Queen. It’s that simple. When I think of Queen, “quintessential” Queen, I think of happy piano songs like this with lush vocal arrangements. Catchy as hell.
Up next is “Death On Two Legs”, one of Queen’s harder rockers, and the opening number from A Night At The Opera. I love this tune, it’s aggressive with great Brian May guitars.
“Tenement Funster” is a Roger Taylor vocal, from Sheer Heart Attack. I’ve always been fond of Taylor’s vocal stylings. I consider this one of his trademark songs, like “I’m In Love With My Car”. It may start slow with some sparse acoustic guitar and vocals, but it sure amps up with layers of May’s guitar and thundering drums!
Lastly, “White Queen (As It Began)” from Queen II is a brief (but epic) May tune, sung by Freddy. This one is most notable for Brian’s intricate soloing. It sounds like sitar, but it’s actually a guitar that Brian modified himself to sound that way.
Queen’s First E.P. is not an essential purchase, obviously, because all these tunes are available on albums. However as a fun little collectible, I love it. I love things like this that duplicate classic vinyl releases, and I love 3″ singles because they are so hard to come by. Gotta love it.