Friday, February 19, 2010
Queen Song of the Week: Seven Seas of Rhye
This week's song is Seven Seas of Rhye, written by Freddie Mercury. This song appeared in full on the band's second album Queen II; however, a short snippet was included on the band's debut album Queen (the song wasn't finished in time to end up on that album). This song is considered Queen's first hit: it reached #10 on the U.K. charts in 1974.
Seven Seas of Rhye begins with an amazing piano part played by Mercury. The rest of the band join in with a great guitar riff and awesome drum intro and the song transforms into a mellodic yet hard rocking piece. Mercury's lyrics are straight-up fantasy based on a mythical world he and his sister had created as children. True to Queen form, Dr. May and RT provide some great background harmonies and, when listening alone in my car, I particularily enjoy attempting to recreate Mercury's blistering high note ("Belong to you forever!") (in retrospect, that could be RT - in any event, it's freakin' high!) The only negative about this song is that it is relatively short (less than 3 minutes), but nonetheless worth checking out.