Day at the Races

A Day at the Races

by Queen
     
 

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In every sense, A Day at the Races is an unapologetic sequel to A Night at the Opera, the 1975 breakthrough that established Queen as rock & roll royalty. The band never attempts to hide that the record is a sequel: the two albums boast the same variation on the same cover art, the titles are both taken from old …  See more details below

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In every sense, A Day at the Races is an unapologetic sequel to A Night at the Opera, the 1975 breakthrough that established Queen as rock & roll royalty. The band never attempts to hide that the record is a sequel: the two albums boast the same variation on the same cover art, the titles are both taken from old Marx Brothers' films and serve as counterpoints to each other. But even though the two albums look the same, they don't quite sound the same. A Day at the Races is a bit tighter than its predecessor, yet tighter doesn't necessarily mean better for a band as extravagant as Queen. One of the great things about A Night at the Opera is that the lingering elements of early Queen -- the pastoral folk of "39," the metallic menace of "Death on Two Legs" -- dovetailed with an indulgence of camp and a truly, well, operatic scale. Here, the eccentricities are trimmed back somewhat -- they still bubble up on "The Millionaire Waltz," an example of the music hall pop that dominated Night, the pro-Native American saga "White Man" is undercut somewhat by the cowboys 'n' indians rhythms -- in favor of a driving, purposeful hard rock that still could have some slyly hidden perversities (or in the case of the opening "Tie Your Mother Down," some not-so-hidden perversity), but this is exquisitely detailed hard rock, dense with minutiae but never lush or fussy. In a sense, it could even function as the bridge between Sheer Heart Attack and Night at the Opera -- it's every bit as hard as the former and nearly as florid as the latter -- but its sleek, streamlined finish is the biggest indication that Queen has entered a new phase, where they're globe-conquering titans instead of underdogs on the make.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2011
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0050087240776
catalogNumber:
001365102
Rank:
36214

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Queen   Primary Artist
Freddie Mercury   Piano,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Choir Master
Brian May   Guitar,Piano,Harmonium,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Slide Guitar
Roger Taylor   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
John Deacon   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Stone   Vocals

Technical Credits

Freddie Mercury   Composer
Queen   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Brian May   Composer,Executive Producer,Introduction,Orchestra Leader
Roger Taylor   Composer,Executive Producer
David Costa   Art Direction
John Deacon   Composer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Mick McKenna   Engineer
Kris Fredriksson   Pro-Tools
Adam Ayan   Mastering
Gregg Brooks   Sleeve Notes
Mack McKenna   Engineer
Mike Stone   Engineer
John Harris   Equipment Manager
Gary Taylor   Sleeve Notes

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