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Night at the Opera [30th Anniversary CD/DVD]
     

A Night at the Opera [30th Anniversary CD/DVD]

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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:
11/22/2005
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616257222
catalogNumber:
162572

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Queen   Primary Artist
Freddie Mercury   Vocals,Voices
Brian May   Guitar,Harp,Vocals,Koto,Performing Ensemble,Band
Roger Taylor   Percussion,Vocals
John Deacon   Electric Bass,Electric Piano,Double Bass

Technical Credits

Freddie Mercury   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Queen   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Brian May   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Roger Taylor   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Captain Kendall Morse   Camera Operator
Roy Thomas Baker   Producer
David Costa   Art Direction
John Deacon   Composer
Gary Lyons   Engineer
Justin Shirley-Smith   Producer
Nick Harris & The Soundbarriers   Engineer
Mike Stone   Engineer
Kris Fredriksson   Producer
Bruce Gowers   Director
Traditional   Composer
Keith "Bounty Bar" Badman   Film Research
John Mark Harris   Equipment Coordinator
Lucas Friedmann   Coloring
Simon Lupton   Director,Producer
Phil Symes   Public Relations

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A Night at the Opera 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vinyl disk has very poor quality and curve
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!