Queen: The Making of A Night at the Opera
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Now for the first time, fans are offered an in-depth look at one of rock musics seminal records with the Classic Albums DVD Queen The Making Of A Night At The Opera.
BRAND NEW INTERVIEWS with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.
COMMENTARY by original producer Roy Thomas Baker.
ARCHIVAL PERFORMANCE and INTERVIEW FOOTAGE with late lead singer Freddie Mercury.
INTERVIEWS and GUEST COMMENTARY by guitarists Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) and many more.
NEW ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCES of 39 and Love Of My Life by Brian May.
DRUM and ACOUSTIC DEMONSTRATIONS of I m In Love With My Car from Roger Taylor.
ANALYSIS OF THE RECORDING PROCESS of all12 tracks on the album.
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A few highlights:
* A frustrated Freddie Mercury taking out his aggressions lyrically on their previous management in the opening song "Death on Two Legs". They had been taken advantage of financially previous to this album.
* A tale of the very shy bassist John Deacon who contributed very few songs in his career but they were critical and outstanding ones to the group. Brian and Roger tell of how he sheepishly introduces "You're My Best Friend" to them and Freddie. Of course they loved it and Freddie making it a classic vocal with John on keyboards.
* "'39". A "great" Brian May song that he revisits in great detail and sings in a new full acoustic version and in some original archived footage. This has always been one of my favorite songs by anyone but never realized it was about space travel. Now I know why it has some similarities to the Moody Blues "To Our Children's Children's Children" album also about space travel a few years earlier in 1970.
* "Love of My Life". Also one of my personal favorites and an incredibly beautiful song.Read more ›
their breakthrough into rock superstardom! This is the first Queen album that
I ever bought, though they had done three albums before this one.
This album changed the way rock albums were looked at in the 70's,
in the same way that The Beatle's "Sgt. Pepper" had changed the way
pop albums were looked at in the 60's!
When I first heard "Bohemian Rhapsody", at age 13, (I didn't hear it until 1977)
I couldn't believe what I was hearing and had to hear it another 4 or 5 more times
for it too sink in! I became a Queen/Freddie Mercury fan from that point on!
It was incredible in '75 and still is the most unique and original musical piece
that Rock has ever produced, IMHO!---It also extended the time standards on what
the length of a single record could be.
Queen fought for this song (Bohemian Rhapsody) to be released in it's entirety,
(almost 6 minutes!) instead of being edited to death into a 3 minute single like
alot of music was done at that time. It butchered alot of great music and took
away from it's impact. This was also during the time when FM radio was taking over,
and playing whole albums and not just singles, so that people were able to hear Queen's
whole vision in a way that had never been done before!
Queen also were innovators in pioneering a visual process and promotional tool
which was still in it's infancy in 1975....the music video!
Today, when you look at that primitive video, you realize what a revelation
Queen was in rock history!Read more ›
These days, anyone can make albums with all kinds of dynamic effects due to cost efficient and easily operated technology. Just like their predecessors, the Fab Four, and their peers, Pink Floyd, the groundbreaking sounds they put on this album in particular were costly due to time and effort, but that's part of what makes these especially notable albums more appreciable than a lot that have been released since Boston came along. This DVD takes you into the studio with the co-creators and the band, giving you a track-by-track explanation of all the songs and how they came about. I love the songs "'39" and "Good Company" best, so this is just a wonderful asset for anybody who's really into the album. I love the fact that Brian pays such great homage to John Deacon as a contributing songwriter, because his tunes--few as they were--were some of the most melodic and lyrically well thought out that Freddie ever sang on. Brian proves throughout that he's a guitarist who deserves to be placed in the same league as Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, and Roger Taylor demonstrates exactly why he DOESN'T suck as a drummer!Read more ›
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Great insights into one of the best bands and albums of all time, and truly a must-see for any Queen diehard. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TumeniKatz
Loved it. I learned a few things about Freddie Mercury I did not know.Published 2 months ago by Brenda Knapp
I liked Queen but never knew details about them. This was very informative in uncovering how a classic 70's album was made..Published 14 months ago by Munkman
Great, informative (like all the Classic Albums series DVDs), & enjoyable to watch. I have a newfound appreciation for Brian May AND Roger Taylor AND John Deacon AND Freddie! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Daniel J. Buchanan
For those who like Queen this is a very interesting documentary. How the songs were compose and the motivation of the creators. May and Roy Thomas Baker reveal backstage stories. Read morePublished 22 months ago by H. Justo
I have been a fan of the album since it came out. The documentary was fascinating. I makes you appreciated the talent of these guys knowing that the album was not created with any... Read morePublished 22 months ago by K. Medeiros
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