Quarantunes: Turntable Time
Another cassette deck staple on Dad's sailboat, Queen's Sheer Heart Attack was my first exposure to this other innovative British foursome, featuring the signature hit "Killer Queen" that first launched them into international stardom in 1974. This remains my favorite Queen album above even the following year's A Night at the Opera with the ubiquitous car-karaoke favorite "Bohemian Rhapsody." Freddie Mercury's unequaled voice powers songs like "Brighton Rock," "Now I'm Here," "Misfire," "She Makes Me," and some of his notably hair-raising range can be found on favorites "Flick of the Wrist" and "Lily of the Valley." Not to be overlooked is drummer Roger Taylor's powerful singing chops on "Tenement Funster" and "In the Lap of the Gods" (who we hear from again with his impossibly high falsetto on "Bohemian Rhapsody").