Queen - A Night At The Opera - 1975 Classic Glam Rock - 1/2 Speed, Embossed - Sealed 180 Grm LP
Queen - A Night At The Opera
Label: Virgin EMI Records
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Embossed Gatefold,180 Gram
1/2 speed, Embossed
has pic inner
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 25 Sep 2015
Originally Released: 21 Nov 1975
Style: Classic Rock
Credits: Artwork By [Art Direction] - David Costa
Bass [Electric] - John Deacon
Engineer [Invaluable Additional Engineering] - Gary Lyons
Guitar, Orchestra [Orchestral Backdrops] - Brian May
Other [Equipment Supervision] - John Harris
Percussion - Roger Taylor
Producer - Queen , Roy Thomas Baker
Vocals, Vocals, Piano [Bechstein Debauchery], Vocals [More Vocals] - Freddie Mercury
Notes: Recorded at Sarm, Roundhouse, Olymic, Rockfield, Scorpio and Lansdowne.
Mixed at Sarm Studios.
A1 Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To...) (3:43)
A2 Lazing On A Sunny Afternoon (1:08)
A3 I'm In Love With My Car (3:05)
Vocals - Roger Taylor
A4 You're My Best Friend (2:50)
A5 '39 (3:25)
Vocals - Brian May
A6 Sweet Lady (4:01)
A7 Seaside Rendezvous (2:13)
B1 The Prophet's Song (8:17)
B2 Love Of My Life (3:38)
B3 Good Company (3:26)
Vocals - Brian May
B4 Bohemian Rhapsody (5:55)
Vocals [Operatic Vocals] - Brian , Freddie , Roger
B5 God Save The Queen (1:11)
While progressive rockers may have been the first to provide significant injections of bombast into rock music, Queen raised bombast to a fine art, and created one of the greatest rock albums in the process of doing so. Though there is bombast, there is beauty too, and Queen proved that a rock album could incorporate a huge diversity of styles and be successful. This album is a critical component of any rock music collection.
The album opens with the first of three rockers, "Death on Two Legs." This song has excellent metal poetry that eschews mumbled and garbled lyrics for clarity and evocation. The words contain gems from beginning to end, such as the line "you're a sewer-rate decaying in a cesspool of pride." Guitars scream and wail and Queen's harmonies are sprinkled liberally throughout. Yet this song retains an element of fun and retains a twinkle in its musical eye. The other heavy rocker is an ode to muscle cars. "I'm in Love with My Car" is a perfect cruising song with crunchy guitars and Roger Taylor's roaring vocal. The two songs are different, but anchor one end of Queen's musical range. Also included is a 1991 remix of this song. There are a few differences between the songs, but I think I still prefer the original. The third rocker is "Sweet Lady." This third song is loud and fast paced, but seems less inspired than much of the music on this album.
After "Death on Two Legs" is the first of three songs that are quirky, fun and kind of clear the aural palate between songs. "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" is an ode to the era of flappers and speakeasies. "Seaside Rendezvous" is in a similar vein, and also comes after a rocker. Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury both do vocal interpretations of instruments that are remarkably effective and fun. The third song in this vein is "Good Company," which comes after "Love of My Life." This song has lead vocals by Brian May, along with a ukulele. This song has a musical style more similar to songs of the 1930s, though with sufficient electronic effects to remind you that the song is influenced by that era but could only have been made in this era. For reasons I am unable to explain this song is a perfect lead-in to "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Bohemian Rhapsody - Funny how no one actually says anything about this song. Everyone always says "everyone's heard this song" or "this is the most amazing thing ever." Well, maybe not everyone has heard this song and not everyone understands why it is so amazing. It therefore bears neccesity to be said. tTe introduction is freddie overdubbeed four times producing some lovely vocal harmonies. Then the piano line comes in which quickly becomes one of the greatest in rock history. Eventually we get to "mama just killed a man" part. This first verse is absolutely stunningly beautiful. Freddie's voice, the lyrics, bass, and piano all come together to form one of the most amazing products immaginable. The whole first and second verses are stunning - truly stunning. This is followed by another one of rock's most esteemed guitar solos courtesy of Mr. Brian May. Instantly recognisable. Brian may had a terrific way of not just sticking a solo into a song. Rather he wrote a song to be the defining apex, to build upon the crescendo that had led up to it - and then to exceute. But the song is far from over. It then goes into probably the most ridiculous and crazy minute some odd in rock history. Over 128 vocal overdubs! Amazing harmonies! Finally this section boils over to the third section of the song, the rocking part. And it truly is queen rocking. They could do it and here it is proved. This part also has very strong lyrics. Finally Brian does a couple runs up his guitar and there's some more piano fanfare before it finally returns to a similar vibe from the first verse. The lyrics get quieter and quieter and eventually it's just some nice guitar tapping from brian and piano. At the very end it's just piano and Freddie singing "any way the wind blows" - and with a cymbol crash from Roger, it's all over. 12/10
"You're My Best Friend" and "Love of My Life" are two love ballads that show yet another capability of Queen. "You're My Best Friend" was released as a single backed by the interesting song "'39" and reached #16 on the pop singles chart. Freddie Mercury's vocals provide the emotional kick for this song, and make this song one of Queen's best. .
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody - music video
This song will last longer than Beethoven's songs..
experimental and innovative 70's sound..
FREDDY MERCURY IS "THE TALENT" OF LAST CENTURY.. beyond any doubts
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Queen - Death On Two Legs (Queen Live @ Earl's Court '77)
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Queen - You're My Best Friend (live @ Hammersmith 1979)
I am not sure at what was his best gift to us, his fans. 1. His voice. 2 His writting. Or 3. His showmanship when on the stage. I don't think anyone could captivate an audience quite like Freddie.
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