Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Greatest Rock albums of all times Part. 8

                            QUEEN: 
                A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

   ‘A Night at the Opera’ album 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 that had been recorded until then.
It became an immediate success, reaching No.1 at the UK LP charts, and stayed there for 4 weeks, while in the States reached No.4.
The music critics and the magazines praised it on many occasions, but because the style of this album is not clear, they categorized it from Heavy Metal up to Progressive Rock. Of course it is nothing of these. The truth as usual lies in the middle…
The band is at its best form in this album, with Brian May’s guitar  giving the lead in 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 starts with the medley of the  ‘noisy’ ‘Death on two legs’ continuing with the operetta-like ‘Lazing on a Sunday afternoon’, and closing with the Hard Rock-like ‘Im in Love with My Car’, followed by ‘You’re my best friend’ and the ballad ‘39’ that slows down the rhythm.
 The second side opens with the 8 minute Prog-like ‘The Prophet’s song’, followed up with the sweet  tunes of 'Love of my Life' and  let’s not forget the ultimate moment here that is no 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.
 ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is considered to be one of the best songs of the 20th century.
There are thousands of pages written in the past for this album, and tons of ink used, and I don’t believe I have something new to add that hasn’t  been written already. The only thing I want to say is that in my opinion ‘A Night at the Opera’ album is a ‘must have’ for any Rock music fan’s discography.

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

Here you can watch a very interesting medley played live at Hammermith Odeon back on 1975: