Night at the Opera

Performers Queen

Hollywood | May 17, 2011 | Compact Disc

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Queen were straining at the boundaries of hard rock and heavy metal on Sheer Heart Attack, but they broke down all the barricades on A Night at the Opera, a self-consciously ridiculous and overblown hard rock masterpiece. Using the multi-layered guitars of its predecessor as a foundation, A Night at the Opera encompasses metal ("Death on Two Legs," "Sweet Lady"), pop (the lovely, shimmering "You're My Best Friend"), campy British music hall ("Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon," "Seaside Rendezvous"), and mystical prog rock ("'39," "The Prophet's Song"), eventually bringing it all together on the pseudo-operatic "Bohemian Rhapsody." In short, it's a lot like Queen's own version of Led Zeppelin IV, but where Zep find dark menace in bombast, Queen celebrate their own pomposity. No one in the band takes anything too seriously, otherwise the arrangements wouldn't be as ludicrously exaggerated as they are. But the appeal -- and the influence -- of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions. It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else. [In 2005, Hollywood Records released a two-disc, remastered 30th Anniversary CD/DVD of A Night at the Opera that included a DVD featuring original and new videos, as well as audio commentary from the band.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 17, 2011

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Hollywood

UPC: 050087240745

Found in: Art Rock, Art Rock

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Night at the Opera

Night at the Opera

Performers Queen

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 17, 2011

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Hollywood

UPC: 050087240745


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Death on Two Legs (Dedicated To......) --
2.Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon --
3.I'm in Love with My Car --
4.You're My Best Friend --
5.'39 --
6.Sweet Lady --
7.Seaside Rendezvous --
8.Prophet's Song --
9.Love of My Life --
10.Good Company --
11.Bohemian Rhapsody --
12.God Save the Queen --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Keep Yourself Alive [Long-Lost Retake, June 1975] --
2.Bohemian Rhapsody [Operatic Section a Cappella Mix 2011] --
3.You're My Best Friend [Backing Track Mix 2011] --
4.I'm in Love with My Car [Guitar & Vocal Mix 2011] --
5.'39 [Live at Earl's Court, June 1977] --
6.Love of My Life [South American Live Single, June 1979] --

Editorial Notes

Queen were straining at the boundaries of hard rock and heavy metal on Sheer Heart Attack, but they broke down all the barricades on A Night at the Opera, a self-consciously ridiculous and overblown hard rock masterpiece. Using the multi-layered guitars of its predecessor as a foundation, A Night at the Opera encompasses metal ("Death on Two Legs," "Sweet Lady"), pop (the lovely, shimmering "You're My Best Friend"), campy British music hall ("Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon," "Seaside Rendezvous"), and mystical prog rock ("'39," "The Prophet's Song"), eventually bringing it all together on the pseudo-operatic "Bohemian Rhapsody." In short, it's a lot like Queen's own version of Led Zeppelin IV, but where Zep find dark menace in bombast, Queen celebrate their own pomposity. No one in the band takes anything too seriously, otherwise the arrangements wouldn't be as ludicrously exaggerated as they are. But the appeal -- and the influence -- of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions. It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else. [In 2005, Hollywood Records released a two-disc, remastered 30th Anniversary CD/DVD of A Night at the Opera that included a DVD featuring original and new videos, as well as audio commentary from the band.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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