Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera

by Queen
     
 

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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

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2011
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0050087240745
Rank:
42250

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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
Gary Lyons   Engineer
Justin Shirley-Smith   Producer
Kris Fredriksson   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Gregg Brooks   Sleeve Notes
Joshua J. MacRae   Producer
Mike Stone   Engineer
John Harris   Equipment Manager
Gary Taylor   Sleeve Notes

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