A Night at the Operaby Queen
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, pop, campy British music hall, and mystical prog rock, eventually bringing it all together on the pseudo-operatic "Bohemian Rhapsody." 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. The appeal of A Night at the Opera is in its meticulous productions. It's prog rock with humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else.
- Release Date:
- Hollywood Records
Performance CreditsQueen Primary Artist
Freddie Mercury Vocals
Brian May Guitar
Roger Taylor Percussion
John Deacon Electric Bass
Technical CreditsFreddie Mercury Composer
Brian May Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer
Roger Taylor Composer,Executive Producer
Roy Thomas Baker Producer
David Costa Art Direction
John Deacon Composer
Gary Lyons Engineer
Mike Stone Executive Producer
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This CD, like all Queen CDs, is supremely excellent! All the tracks have a different style or feel to them, so if u, for some odd reason, happen to not like one of the tracks...just skip to another one! It's so versatile! Each track is unique and I highly recommend this, and all Queen CDs.
Vinyl disk has very poor quality and curve
This album clearly displays the creative range of this band, which is what makes them my favorite. Queen can easily segue from 70s metal to turn-of-the-century victrola music and make it not only coherent and relevant, but amusing and beautiful. This is a must-own album for any Queen afficionado. Freddie - you are beautiful, and we miss you!