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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, Import, November 9, 2010
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It seems that this album gets pretty mixed reviews from diehard Queen fans, and more casual ones. My opinion of the album? I tend to agree with both sides of the camp. I'm going to get to the negative stuff first, just to get it out of the way.
While I think it's a great album, I can't help feeling that some of it seems a bit lackluster, uninspired and forced for Queen's own typical high standards, particularly during the second half. First off, the album seems a bit uneven, mainly because the hard-hitting and upbeat numbers seem to play out consecutively throughout the first half, while the second half seems more subdued in dynamics and atmosphere. Listening to the transition from a (mostly) first half of upbeat numbers to a (mostly) second half of low-key numbers can be quite a tough pill to swallow for a listener. It probably would have been nicer if the track order was switched around and mixed up more, like they did on the majority of their earlier 70s albums. All of this gives the impression that Queen got a bit hasty and careless with the production of the album, as if they were on a quick deadline to release an album within a short period of time. The overall feel of the album comes across as a bit sloppily executed, when in fact Queen were one of THE bands/producers known for their precision, meticulousness and perfectionism.Read more ›
This is quite evident on Jazz.
First off, they pissed off many critics because they decided to call the album Jazz even though it has nothing to do with jazz at all. Neither did the film "All That Jazz" (which was nominated for Best Picture) but that's another issue. They then start the "Jazz" album off with Freddie Mercury's brilliant vocals singing what amounts to some sort of Arabic prayer which suddenly erupts into a funny and strangely captivating song titled "Mustapha". It's silly, over the top, and something only Queen would consider.Read more ›
I will say,and this is a problem with all of the current Queen remasters,that the second discs are a missed oppertunity,they have more stuff in the vaults,I mean, a live track from Montreal? surely if you are the kind of fan to spend 17/18 bucks for the remaster,you would already have this concert? but I refuse to deduct it any stars simply because the Remaster is THAT good.
Enjoy and get more of that Jazz....
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This is my favorite Queen Album, and probably my favorite album of all time. Every song is fantastic. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Stanton
Great album from Queen! Had never heard it before, but now I have new material from Freddie and Queen to enjoy!Published 1 month ago by Pink13Rose
One of the last truly get Queen albums (in my opinion). For an album titled "Jazz" this one definitely has some great non-jazz (heavy) moments on it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Drew T. '77
This album represented confirmation of a change in direction for Queen. The preceding album "News of the World" careened toward pop after the band had established an arena... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Phil (San Diego)
One of the best rock albums ever. Revolutionary at its time, changed the way to play guitar, drums and bass and revolutionized vocal recording.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer