Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Greatest Rock albums of all times Part. 8

             QUEEN - A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1975)
   Queen's A Night at the Opera, took its name from the Marx Brothers movie with the same title. It was released on November 1975 and it was the most expensive album ever made. (At the time).
  It became an immediate success, reaching No.1 at the UK album charts, and stayed there for 4 weeks, while in the States reached at No.4.
The musical media praised the album on many occasions, but because the style of this album was not clear, they categorized it from Heavy Metal up to Progressive Rock. Of course, the truth - as usual - lies in the middle…
  The band was at its best form in this album, with Brian May’s guitar leading many songs, or just ‘painting’ small melodies and solos in others. Roger Taylor and John Deacon hold the background very tight, while Freddie Mercury gives some of the best performances of his career.
  The album's opens with a three-song medley, including the "noizy" Death on two legs followed by the operatic Lazing on a Sunday afternoon, and closing with the Hard Rock-like, Im in love with my car. The lead vocals on Lazing on a Sunday afternoon, was sung in the studio, and reproduced through headphones in a tin bucket elsewhere in the studio. A microphone picked up the sound from the bucket, which gives that hollow "megaphone" sound. The A-side - of the vinyl edition of course - continues with You’re my best friend and  39, both mellow and melodic songs. Sweet Lady, is a Hard Rock-like, distortion-driven song, written by Brian May. Roger Taylor remembers it as the most difficult drumming part he ever recorded. The A-Side closes with Seaside Rendezvous, which was Freddie Mercury's compostion, but although it is a rather unique song, it doesn't add something more to the album.
  The B-Side opens with the 8-minute-long The Prophet’s song, writen by Brian May. It is a heavy Love of my life, writen by Freddie Mercury for his girlfriend at the time. It is one of Queen's most covered songs and one of the most popular songs in their live shows. Good Company that comes next, is a May's composition, but is nothing special. And right after that, comes the album's highlight, which is not other than the extremely famous Bohemian Rhapsody. When it was released as a single climbed at No.1 of the UK singles chart, stayed there for 9 weeks, and within a year sold over 1.000.000 copies. After Freddie Mercury’s death in 1991 it climbed again at No.1 and stayed there for another 5 weeks. It is considered to be one of the best songs of the 20th century.
and dark track, with a strong Progressive Rock influence and challenging lead vocals. At over eight minutes in length, it was the longest song Queen ever recorded. Next, comes the sweet  and mellow
The album's closing track is a "rock" cover version of God save the Queen, the Brittish national anthem.
Concluding this, the only thing I want to say is that, in my opinion, A Night at the Opera is a must- have for any Rock music fan’s discography. Totally recommended!

Other Queen albums I recommend: A Day at the Races, Live Killers.