The Game (+ Bonus Track)
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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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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
The Game was Queen's first no. 1 album in the US, and it's easy to see why. The Game is definitely Queen's first pop album, yet it proves that 'commercial' isn't necessarily a dirty word. In fact, The Game, which is truly straight-out mainstream directed at an audience as large as possible, is at least as, if not more enjoyable and fulfilling than News of the World or Jazz, definitely better albums but ones that can't decide whether they want to be pop, hard rock or progressive. On 'The Game' Queen went very deliberately for a somewhat lower common denominator, and in the process created one of the most perfect pop-rock albums ever made.
So naturally, The Game lacks the depth of Queen's first five albums, as well as the edge and power New of the World had. But how can you argue with songs like 'Another One Bites the Dust' and 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'? In fact, how can you argue with any track on this album? There are no symphonic epics here - each track is designed to create a very specific mood, and does so seamlessly. Whether it's the straight out rock, heavy bass hard rock of 'Dragon Attack' (and Queen's rhythm section gets to shine here more than ever before, if only slightly at the expense of guitar god Brian May, showing that they can deliver the goods too), the gorgeous ballad that is 'Sail Away Sweet Sister', the perfect pop of 'Play The Game' (a precursor to some latter day hits like 'The Miracle' and 'One Vision'), the light-hearted rockabilly of 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love', or the delicious dark funk of 'Another One Bites The Dust' - The Game is an album that keeps a slight smile on your face throughout the entire thirty five minutes of it.Read more ›
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The only issue I had is that the vinyl had some playing problems. I'm glad they refunded me, which is why I'm giving four stars. Read morePublished 25 days ago by James Wagner
GREAT record here! Queen were smart enough to understand that disco RULED and that hip-hop was going to take over, so they acted accordingly and incorporated those sounds into... Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. Smith
This is the first album I ever received by Queen. It doesn't hold the most hits. But it does hold a special place in my heart and in my music library.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
What band today can create sounds, melodies and evoke feelings such as the like of these? Queen is still on top of the pile and will go down in history as one of the best.Published 2 months ago by Steven Green
Jazz was an extremely underrated album and Queen's last good one. The Game ushers in an era of crappy pop for the band. Read morePublished 5 months ago by AllUpInYoGrill
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