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A Night at the Opera

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Queen 5/17/2011

Review

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.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Death on Two Legs (Dedicated To......) Queen 3:43
  3. 2 Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon Queen 1:7
  4. 3 I'm in Love with My Car Queen 3:5
  5. 4 You're My Best Friend Queen 2:49
  6. 5 '39 Queen 3:31
  7. 6 Sweet Lady Queen 3:59
  8. 7 Seaside Rendezvous Queen 2:13
  9. 8 The Prophet's Song Queen 8:19
  10. 9 Love of My Life Queen 3:34
  11. 10 Good Company Queen 3:23
  12. 11 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 5:52
  13. 12 God Save the Queen Queen 1:11
  14. 1 Keep Yourself Alive [Long-Lost Retake, June 1975] Queen 3:59
  15. 2 Bohemian Rhapsody [Operatic Section a Cappella Mix 2011] Queen 1:1
  16. 3 You're My Best Friend [Backing Track Mix 2011] Queen 2:56
  17. 4 I'm in Love with My Car [Guitar & Vocal Mix 2011] Queen 3:16
  18. 5 '39 [Live at Earl's Court, June 1977] Queen 3:43
  19. 6 Love of My Life [South American Live Single, June 1979] Queen 3:39

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