Queen albums reissued -- We grade the canon of the ''Bohemian Raphsody'' rockers


The best of the Queen rereleases will arrive on March 5: Sheer Heart Attack (1974) Their well-deserved commercial breakthrough, featuring thoroughly original creations like ”Killer Queen.” A
A Day At The Races (1976) From the glitter-rock of ”Tie Your Mother Down” to the flouncy splendor of ”You Take My Breath Away,” this is Queen at their most wonderfully over-the-top. A
News of the World (1977) Includes some of rock’s most convincing expressions of mob mentality, ”We Will Rock You” and ”We Are the Champions.” A
Hot Space (1982) Minimalist disco dominates, with varying results. Also includes ”Under Pressure,” the roof-raising duet with David Bowie (from which Vanilla Ice stole the hook for ”Ice Ice Baby”). B

The albums coming May 21 are almost as good: Queen (1973) The band’s surprisingly promising debut, featuring the ultra-hooky, ultrabombastic ”Liar.” B
A Night at the Opera (1975) Queen’s zenith of delicious idiocy, with the goopy ”You’re My Best Friend,” and the band’s ultimate 10-layer cake, ”Bohemian Rhapsody.” A
Jazz (1978) Or rather glitz, which is just how we like it. Includes the terrifically ludicrous ”Fat Bottomed Girls.” B+
Live Killers (1979) Proves even these lovers of poofery can rock. B
The Game (1980) Another winner, including the ersatz rockabilly ”Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and the pseudo-disco ”Another One Bites the Dust.” B+

And in the summer comes the real dreck: Queen II (1974) Too much art-rock. C
Flash Gordon (1980) Soundtrack filler for the movie. D
The Works (1984) Notable only for Mercury’s wildly camp ”I Want to Break Free.” C-
A Kind Of Magic (1986) None in evidence here. D
The Miracle (1989) The real miracle would be if you played it twice. D

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