The Game

October 17, 1994 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Original Release Date: October 17, 1994
  • Release Date: October 17, 1994
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Copyright: (C) 1991 Hollywood Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 39:52
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  • ASIN: B00138KOTA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,338 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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There are many great and good songs in this album, that it is a must have in any collection.
Ben Nicholson
The Game opens with Freddie's "Play the Game," which captures Queen's "classic" sound and features an interesting synthesizer intro (a minour hit for them).
W. Langan
From John Deacon's "another one bites the dust" to Freddie Mercury's "crazy little thing called love", this was one of Queen's definitive albums.
Nick Mackler

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By W. Langan on October 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album has to be Queen's most transitional album. There is less heavy metal style guitar (as featured on Queen, Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack) and even less campiness (which was featured on A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races and Jazz). On the liner notes, they admit that they used synthesizer "for the 1st time" (for the 1st 6 albums, they proudly boasted that synthesizers were not used at all). They even looked different with the shorter haircuts (sans Brian, whose long curly locks remained unshorned). But I digress. On with the review.

4 of the songs were written and performed for a mini tour called the "Crazy Little Tour." One of them, an uncharacteristic rockabilly tune "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," which lead singer Freddie Mercury wrote. This gave them a big hit in the 1980's. 2 of the songs are sensitive ballads written by versatile guitarist Brian May, "Sail Away Sweet Sister" (Brian sings lead on this, with Freddie singing on the bridge) and the powerful "Save Me" (a minour hit in the UK). Drummer Roger Taylor penned "Coming Soon," which sounds a lot like the Cars (he was the band's true classic rock fan).

The rest of the album was recorded in the 1980's. Around the same time, Queen was preparing the Flash Gordon soundtrack (that's another review). The Game opens with Freddie's "Play the Game," which captures Queen's "classic" sound and features an interesting synthesizer intro (a minour hit for them). Bass player John Deacon had his biggest hit with the funky "Another One Bites the Dust" (he admits it was originally going to be a cowboy song, but for some reason changed it). Other songs include the heavy "Dragon Attack" (written by Brian, "Slow down, don't take no prisoners!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hodges on July 12, 2006
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In my youth, I had a longing desire to own "The Game", but when I was nine, Queen's adult-themed subtext was not deemed appropriate by my vigilant parents. I was exposed to "The Game" by way of my friends, but did not personally own it. As an elementary school student in the late `70s, Queen's image and lyric content were not deemed proper by the "powers that were." As a result, I have kept Queen's most critically acclaimed albums from the '70's on the back burner, knowing that I would return to them when the time was right.

Of course, as with any band worth their salt, Queen kept coming up. In the short term, when I started driving my own car, I bought "Queen's Greatest Hits" in the mid-80's. Even later, as a curiosity, I picked up "Innuendo" before Freddie's death in the in the`90s, but up to a certain point gauging their career by a "Queen's Greatest Hits" album is doing the both the band and listener a disservice. Arguably, one could say that "The Game" is this point. While a Greatest Hits compilation may give you "Another One Bites the Dust", you will also be missing out on great tunes like "Dragon Attack.", "Coming Soon", "Sail Away, Sweet Sister", and "Need Your Loving Tonight".

"The Game" represents a division in Queen's sound, the radio-friendly flipside to the "Flash Gordon" soundtrack. These two sides of Queen's personality diverged in the early 80's, and eventually met again on "Who Wants To Live Forever" and a significant part of "Innuendo". This streamlining is most likely a direct reaction to the punk movement, which discouraged prog-rock. This was streamlined into a radio-friendly, song-based album while "Flash Gordon" was instrumental and melodramatically theatrical.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Delaney on March 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is one of Queen's best albums and a definite improvement from their last two albums. Contained here are Queen's two biggest U.S. hits - Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Another One Bites The Dust. From start to finish this album is great with some minor exceptions.

Play The Game - 9/10 nice opener and classic Freddie song

Dragon Attack - 9/10 each band member has their own solo in this one. great rocker

Another One Bites The Dust - 9/10 not my personal favorite but it was Queen's biggest single ever

Need Your Loving Tonight - 8/10 nice setup for the next track

Crazy Little Thing Called Love - 10/10 featuring Freddie on guitar for the first time. great song

Rock It (Prime Jive) - 8/10 duet by Roger and Freddie. good up-tempo song

Don't Try Suicide - 7/10 the only exception to the greatness that is The Game. I agree with another review. good lyrics not great music

Sail Away Sweet Sister - 10/10 a Brian May gem. Sung by both Freddie and Brian, this song is a masterpiece

Coming Soon - 7/10 sort of filler but still kinda fun

Save Me - 10/10 fantastic ballad to close this awesome album.

overall rating: 87/100 one of Queen's best albums. I recommend Innuendo, The Miracle, A Night At The Opera, and The Works also if you want to get some of Queen's other fine albums
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bud Sturguess on August 6, 2002
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"The Game," an early 80's release by rock and roll royalty Queen reveals quite a few sides of the band, but all of those sides are sprinkled with a perfect layer of ironically combined subject matter and all-out classic rock-n-roll. For instance, there are the obligatory ballads, both rough and playfully gentle, expressing life and romance ('Save Me,' 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love,' and the unexplainable but truly wonderful 'Don't Try Suicide'). Then, there are the high schooler's anthems (their biggest hit 'Another One Bites the Dust,' and the grand 'Play the Game'), as Queen were always the anthem perfectors of their day. And there are also the head-scratchers, like the poignant 'Sail Away Sister (The Sister I Never Had)' and 'Dragon Attack.'
"The Game" reveals a peak point of Queen's horizons, and while it doesn't stray very far from the sound they were famous for at that time, it gives fans a slight preview of some of their other 80's material, while not giving away too much.
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