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A Night at the Opera

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Queen were straining at the boundaries of hard rock and heavy metal on Sheer Heart Attack, but they broke down all the barricades on A Night at the Opera, a self-consciously ridiculous and overblown hard rock masterpiece. Using the multi-layered guitars of its predecessor as a foundation, A Night at the Opera encompasses metal "Death on Two Legs," "Sweet Lady", pop the lovely, shimmering "You're My Best Friend", campy British music hall "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon," "Seaside Rendezvous", and mystical prog rock "'39," "The Prophet's Song", eventually bringing it all together on the pseudo-operatic "Bohemian Rhapsody." In short, it's a lot like Queen's own ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Queen were straining at the boundaries of hard rock and heavy metal on Sheer Heart Attack, but they broke down all the barricades on A Night at the Opera, a self-consciously ridiculous and overblown hard rock masterpiece. Using the multi-layered guitars of its predecessor as a foundation, A Night at the Opera encompasses metal "Death on Two Legs," "Sweet Lady", pop the lovely, shimmering "You're My Best Friend", campy British music hall "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon," "Seaside Rendezvous", and mystical prog rock "'39," "The Prophet's Song", eventually bringing it all together on the pseudo-operatic "Bohemian Rhapsody." In short, it's a lot like Queen's own version of Led Zeppelin IV, but where Zep find dark menace in bombast, Queen celebrate their own pomposity. No one in the band takes anything too seriously, otherwise the arrangements wouldn't be as ludicrously exaggerated as they are. But the appeal -- and the influence -- of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions. It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else. [In 2005, Hollywood Records released a two-disc, remastered 30th Anniversary CD/DVD of A Night at the Opera that included a DVD featuring original and new videos, as well as audio commentary from the band.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 050087240745
  • Catalog Number: 001364802
  • Sales rank: 12,944

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Queen Primary Artist
Freddie Mercury Vocals
Brian May Guitar, Harp, Ukulele, Vocals
Roger Taylor Percussion, Vocals
John Deacon Electric Bass, Electric Piano, Double Bass
Technical Credits
Freddie Mercury Composer
Queen Arranger, Composer, Producer
Brian May Arranger, Composer, Executive Producer
Roger Taylor Composer, Executive Producer
Roy Thomas Baker Producer
David Costa Art Direction
John Deacon Composer
John Etchells Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Gary Lyons Engineer
Justin Shirley-Smith Producer
Kris Fredriksson Producer
Traditional Composer
Adam Ayan Mastering
Gregg Brooks Sleeve Notes
Joshua J. MacRae Producer
Mike Stone Engineer
John Harris Equipment Manager
Gary Taylor Sleeve Notes
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