Artist: Queen Title Of Album: A Night at the Opera Year Of Release: 1975/2013 Label: Universal Music Country: UK Genre: Rock Quality: Blu-ray Audio Time: 00:43:12 Full Size: 10.39
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.
Tracklist: 01. Death On Two Legs 02. Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon 03. I'm In Love With My Car 04. You're My Best Friend 05. '39 06. Sweet Lady 07. Seaside Rendezvous 08. The Prophet's Song 09. Love Of My Life 10. Good Company 11. Bohemian Rhapsody 12. God Save The Queen
Freddie Mercury – lead and backing vocals, piano, jangle piano, woodwind vocalisations on "Seaside Rendezvous" Brian May – guitars, ukelele, backing vocals, lead vocals on "'39" and "Good Company", toy koto on "The Prophet's Song", harp on "Love of My Life" Roger Taylor – drums, percussion, lead vocals on "I'm in Love with My Car", brass vocalisations on "Seaside Rendezvous", backing vocals John Deacon – bass guitar, double-bass, electric piano on "You're My Best Friend", acoustic guitars