Seven Seas of Rhye is a song by Queen. it was primarily written by Freddie Mercury,
|Seven Seas of Rhye|
|Song by Queen from Queen II|
|Recorded||1972-73 at Trident Studios, London|
|Length|| 2:47 (Queen II)|
1:15 (instrumental version)
|Producer(s)||Roy Thomas Baker|
with Brian May contributing the second middle-eight. A rudimentary instrumental version appears as the final track on the group's debut album Queen (album) (1973), with the final version on the follow-up Queen II (1974).
The completed version served as the band's third single, and after performing the song on the BBC’s Top of the Pops in February 1974 it became their first ever hit, reaching number 10 on the UK Singles Chart. It is the earliest-released song to appear on their Greatest Hits album, with the exception of some versions where their first single, "Keep Yourself Alive", is included.
Initially "Seven Seas of Rhye" was simply an "instrumental musical sketch closing their first album". An expanded rendition, planned for inclusion on the album Queen II, was publicly premiered when Queen was offered a sudden chance to appear on the BBC’s Top of the Pops in February 1974, and was rushed to vinyl two days later on 23 February. It became their first chart entry after gaining airtime on BBC Radio 1,peaking at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart, which in turn persuaded Freddie Mercury to take up Queen as his full-time career.
Style, construction and interpretation Edit
The song features a distinctive arpeggiated piano introduction.
The version on Queen II ends with a cross fade, instruments blending into the band singing "I Do Like To be Beside the Seaside", accompanied by a stylophone played by Roy Thomas Baker, which was a sole exception to their "no synths" statement.
Freddie Mercury - lead and backing vocals, piano
Brian May - electric guitar, backing vocals
Roger Taylor - drums, gong, percussion, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roy Thomas Baker - stylophone
Chart positions Edit
|Chart (1974)||Peak position|
|United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)||10|
In popular culture Edit
The song was used in a commercial for Borderlands 3.