well, 73-95 would be the answer(or maybe 97 - No One but you).
But i must say 84-91(including made in heaven sessions and solo albums , from freddie's "Mr.Bad Guy" to Brian's "Back To the Light".)
From the first time that i listened Radio Gaga, to the moment i sang-a-long let me live those were the songs that made me love Queen!
My favourite queen is defintely 1973 to 1977 they were simply outstanding full of over the top harmonies epic 8 minute songs or in that vein anyway,queen to news of the world all class albums with varying mixtures of different sounds that only queen could pull off successfully.
CLose second would be 89-91 queen finally back on form after a few dodgy years producing albums that were good and just good not like the masterpieces that had previously been heard.
Because all the albums I prefer (Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack,ANATO,ADATR and NOTW )were in this period. Ant they had long hairs (Roger was so cute...)!!!!!
But I also like the rest of their career!!!!!
1977-1980 because I grew up listening to them during this period and never looked back. I wish everyone here could have grown up with them when they were in the moment. There was nothing like it back then.
Why I didn't write 73-77?
Queen I was good, but not brilliant
Queen II - Freddie's half was very interesting, but Brian's one wasn't
NOTW - a solid album, contains a few of my favourite tracks, but as a whole not completely satisfying
Scott_Mercury wrote: What Queen period is your favorite?
I think the time periods you mentioned are not the right ones according to Queen history. For example Queen started in 1970 / there were no Queen activities in 87 and 88 so its useless to mention it / I would consider the mid 80s (84-86) as belonging more together than 81-84 (they took one year off in 1983)
these are more accurate:
1) 1970-1974 (from the founding until their first big commercial success with Killer Queen and the Sheer Heart Attack album, their first mature album / but Queen and Queen II are still great)
2) 1975-1977 (what many call their classic period: ANATO, ADATR, News Of The World - they became superstars and News Of The World is probably their last album with the classic Queen sound)
3) 1978-1982 (what many call their transitional period - they were exhausted by the time Jazz was made and they looked for a new sound / also according to producer Reinhold Mack. they created their 80s sound with The Game (synthesizers!) and experimented with Hot Space)
4) 1984-1986 (their classic mid 80s period - after the part-failure of HoT space they settled for a more Queen-like sound, but in 80s style. So The Works and AKOM are very similar in using rich orchestrations, a lot of trademark Queen harmonies and very chart-friendly material)
5) 1989-1991 (their "sunset"-period. Freddie's advancing illness covers this period. The sound is again more mature than earlier works and music-wise they were going back to their 70s stuff, but with a very mature touch and complex arrangments)
Anyway, my favourites are 1975-1977 and 1984-1986
iGSM wrote: '73-'76.
Raw, powerful and just too good.
You're right, that's my fav Queen period too. Just loved the way Freddie looked back then, and Brian was very cute too. Besides that, they've made an amazing music back then... absolutely great. I've fallen in love with them b/c of A Night At The Opera and the first time I saw them playing (on TV) was the Hammersmith Odeon'75. What a show! I've recently d/loaded it from here and I keep watching it on my pc... just love it!
Btw, IGSM, I haven't seen you lately on the board. I'm glad you're back. I've really missed you :)