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A Night at the Opera

QueenAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 3, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000000OAN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 Rendezous
8. The Prophet's Song
9. Love Of My Life
10. Good Company
11. Bohemian Rhapsody
12. God Save The Queen
13. I'm In Love With My Car (Remix)
14. You're My Best Friend (Remix)

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Nothing succeeds like excess--at least that's the case with Queen's breakthrough classic, A Night at the Opera. On one level, the title is a reference to the band's operatic pretensions, best in evidence here on the classic "Bohemian Rhapsody," which was championed by headbangers a generation before being revived by the Wayne's World set. Of course, A Night at the Opera was also the title of a Marx Brothers movie, and the reference isn't lost on Queen, who seldom scaled the heights of pomprock without a knowing wink. The album is remembered for its meticulously produced bombast, but the truth is that there's a wide variety of material here, from the gorgeous piano-based "You're My Best Friend" and the McCartneyesque "39" to the music-hall-style "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" and the pedal-to-the-metal rockers "Death on Two Legs" and "I'm in Love with My Car." A Night at the Opera is viewed by most as the quintessential Queen album, and justifiably so. --Daniel Durchholz

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Masterpiece in 5.1 surround. May 15, 2002
Format:DVD Audio
This album - originally from 1975 - has been remastered in 96/24Khz 5.1 surround by the original engineers ( Ray Thomas Baker & Brian May ), so obviously they know the music really well. The disc contains DTS 5.1; DVD Audio MLP advanced resolution 5.1; and standard stereo tracks. On screen lyrics are available - either seperately, or as the song is playing - useful if one is a karaoke fan... Also there is a small picture gallery of Queen from the mid 70's. The booklet also includes the song lyrics and a few photos, too. The 'piece de resistance' is the inclusion of the "Bohemian Rhaspody" video in DTS 5.1, which looks pretty good for it's age and sounds wonderful...!!!
The surround makes one feel as if one is sitting in the middle of the actual recording with the central position being taken by Freddie's superlative voice.
I've heard that the members of Queen, their managers, and record company were so impressed by this surround sound mix that all of the Queen albums have been given the go-ahead for surround mixes... Wonderful news!!!!
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70 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Title Is Neccesary to Get Your Review Noticed February 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ah. What could i say where could i begin? So much to say that's been said a thousand times before. The year was 1975. Queen had released 3 previous albums, ranging from good to amazing. They had done everything - classic rock, hard rock, metal, punk-esque, ragtime, caribean, comedic, operetic, poppy, ballady, and quite frankly all of it was extremely experiemental and worked beautifuly. Where did queen have to go with all the expirimentation they had done on previous albums?

somewhere good.

Where Queen found all their creativity I doubt we'll ever know. Freddie mercury was really a genius musician. He excelled at piano and songwriting. The magnitude of his voice goes without saying, as it is in my opinion possibly the greatest voice of all time. He could do anything vocally as this album would prove. One problem that bands with superpowers like Freddie always face is that every other member or the band will be overshadowed or just quite frankly not good. Oh, but that was not Queen. Brian may, while certainly not the greatest guitarist ever, was still amazingly good. Some of the most creative and signature riffs out there. John deacon often gets overlooked but his bass playing is really top notch and his songwriting were also very good. Roger taylor was the glue that held the band together as good a drummer as anyone could hope to meet. He even lent a hand singing every now and then when he felt like it.

Oh. I seem to have drifted off the subject. If you don't feel like it ignore those paragraphs above 'cause they weren't really important. I suppose I'll give the songs on this cd a rating.

1. Death on Two Legs - Freddie sure knew how to open an album.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is more than just "Bohemian Rhapsody" January 3, 2000
By M.M.
Format:Audio CD
Although "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the Queen song that almost every person on the planet knows, the album that it is taken from as a whole offers many other varieties of tracks, each one better than the next. Queen combines classical sounds with a rock n roll inspired outlook, from the fade-in piano of the vicious "Death on Two Legs" to the rockin' "I'm in Love with my Car." It's difficult to see exactly which direction the band is taking with this album; I believe that they were still experimenting with sound at this stage. That would explain why some of the songs (such as "...Rhapsody" and "The Prophet's Song") are so mulitlayered and over the top, while others ("You're My Best Friend," and my favorite, the sweet "Love of My Life") are a little simpler. All in all, a great rock album, one of the first that got me hooked on the Queen sound. It has a little bit of everything for many different musical tastes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully overblown June 4, 2005
By Mark F
Format:Audio CD
Operatic vocals, acapella sections, fantastic and whimsical lyrics, flamboyant vocal melodies, top notch musicianship and even a kazoo solo or two.In the hands of a lesser band, all these factors could combine to make a pretentious mess. But with Queen, these come together to make a masterpiece, A Night At The Opera.

Queen has left a indelible mark on the rock landscape. The flagship track here, Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the most known and revered tracks in classic rock. Singers and groups as diverse as George Michael and Metallica have expressed their admiration for Queen. And A Night at the Opera is generally considered Queen's masterpiece.

Why is it so good? Variety, quality, uniqueness, unpredictability and the sheer power of these songs. And of course, Freddie Mercury. His vocal performance here is one of the best of all time. Technically spectacular, tasteful, at times heartfelt and simply amazing. Mercury was one of those vocalists who could make a song better and determine the mood just by singing on it. Plus, He's supported by top notch musician, songwriter(every member pens at least one great song here) vocalists in Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor. The guitar work is exciting, innovative and just fun to listen too. The bass and drums are pretty good too and keep up perfectly. Last but not least, is the genius production on this album. Listen to Bohemian Rhapsody or Prophet's Song and you'll see what I mean.

Death On Two Legs: A Night at the Opera starts out on a bitter yet wonderful note with Death on Two Legs. The song is a vicious screed against the band's former manager. The lyrics and delivery are perfect here. From the menacing instrumental sections to the great melodies, this is one of the best songs on A Night At the Opera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freddy Mercury! Not every album you own needs to ...
Freddy Mercury! Not every album you own needs to be 180g vinyl. But Queen is a band you may consider to be worthy of this quality. Quality vinyl for quality music.
Published 9 days ago by John Ohmer
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have album but with some reservation -- for the re-issue album
One of the great album of Queen. I only gave a four stars as the recording for this re-issued is not as great as as I expected. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Johnny Saleh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cool album
Published 19 days ago by Jim Swarthout
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Love this album
Published 1 month ago by connie Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift.
Bought this as a gift for a relative, they love it.
Published 1 month ago by B. D. Norman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I was hoping for the song "Someone to Love". My original CD, had it.
Published 1 month ago by Anita Percaccio
4.0 out of 5 stars Item not exactly as described?
I didn't order this vinyl record to listen to (as a child of the digital age, I regretfully inform you that all of my Queen albums are, in fact, digital). Read more
Published 1 month ago by A Student
5.0 out of 5 stars When I was 16
Probably the greatest album ever recorded
Published 1 month ago by Joe M. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl quality is not great
This review is for the vinyl repressing on Hollywood Records.

Another great album that could use better-quality pressing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good, good cd, love queen group, they will never be old in my cd playing collection
Published 1 month ago by Joanie
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