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Classic Albums: Queen - A Night At The Opera



Before the release of their fourth album, A Night at the Opera, Queen already had a sizable reputation as one of rock’s most musically inventive acts in the world. Their eclectic musical mastery was a marvel and a rarity and what no-one realised until this release, was just how equally talented all four members of the band were as songwriters.

Contributing to two of the album’s best-known songs, were drummer Roger Taylor with ‘I’m In Love With My Car’ and bassist John Deacon’s ‘You’re My Best Friend’. Supposedly ‘Sweet Lady’ is Brian May’s attempt to get some out and out heavy metal onto the album and later became the template for which he wrote ‘Tie Your Mother Down’.

However it is the era-defining single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ that sent the band down in the annals of rock history. Written entirely by frontman Freddie Mercury (that’s words, melody, guitar, bass, drums and operatics), it came in twice as long as the average single in 1975 but when it hit the charts it reigned supreme for 9 weeks.

As a whole and in true regal style, it was the most expensive album ever made at the time of its release. In short this album broke all the boundaries, proving to be a real labour of love and a true masterpiece.


1) Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To...) Freddie Mercury 3:43
2) Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon Freddie Mercury 1:08
3) I'm In Love With My Car Roger Taylor 3:05
4) You're My Best Friend John Deacon 2:50
5) 39 Brian May 3:25
6) Sweet Lady Brian May 4:01
7) Seaside Rendezvous Freddie Mercury 2:13
8) The Prophet's Song Brian May 8:17
9) Love Of My Life Freddie Mercury 3:38
10) Good Company Brian May 3:26
11) Bohemian Rhapsody Freddie Mercury 5:55
12) God Save The Queen Traditional, arr May 1:11

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