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QueenA Night At The Opera

Label:EMI – EMTC 103, EMI – 0C 066 ∘ 97176
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Embossed Gatefold
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Pop Rock, Arena Rock, Art Rock, Glam, Prog Rock

Tracklist

A1Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To ...)
Written-ByMercury*
3:37
A2Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon
Written-ByMercury*
1:06
A3I'm In Love With My Car
VocalsRoger Taylor
Written-ByTaylor*
3:00
A4You're My Best Friend
Electric PianoJohn Deacon
Written-ByDeacon*
2:47
A5'39
Double BassJohn Deacon
VocalsBrian May
Written-ByMay*
3:13
A6Sweet Lady
Written-ByBrian May
4:09
A7Seaside Rendezvous
Vocals [Brass Orchestration], Orchestrated ByRoger Taylor
Vocals [Woodwind Orchestration], Orchestrated ByFreddie Mercury
Written-ByMercury*
2:12
B1The Prophet's Song
Koto [Toy]Brian May
Written-ByMay*
7:31
B2Love Of My Life
HarpBrian May
Written-ByMercury*
4:06
B3Good Company
Vocals, Ukulele [Genuine Aloha Ukelele Made In Japan], Guitar [Jazz Band]Brian May
Written-ByMay*
3:22
B4Bohemian Rhapsody
Vocals [Operatic]Brian*, Freddie*, Roger*
Written-ByMercury*
5:48
B5God Save The Queen
Arranged ByMay*
Written-ByTrad.*
1:07
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Notes

1st UK issue.
Embossed gatefold sleeve.
3 die-cut corner picture inner sleeve and printed EMTC 103 (I).
some also have 4th corner cut - maybe a later release or a manufacturing glitch.

Labels:
℗ 1975
Queen

Publisher:
B. Feldman T / As. Trident Music

Made in Gt Britain

Sleeve:
Track A1: Listed as "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)" on the record labels but listed as "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to......" on the back cover and inside the gatefold.
Track A3: Dedicated to Johnathan Harris, boy racer to the end.

Lyrics reproduced by kind permission of B. Feldman trading as Trident Music.
Recorded at Sarm, Roundhouse, Olympic, Rockfield, Scorpio and Lansdowne.
Mixed at Sarm Studios.
Special thanks to Rick Curtin & Brian Palmer
No Synthesisers
℗ 1975 Queen

Made and printed in Great Britain

Garrod and Lofthouse Limited

All runouts are stamped, except for the following etched portions:
Variations 1 to 14, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 34, 35, 36, side A & B: BLAIR'S
Variations 15, 18, 19, 24, side A: MR BLAIR'S CUT
Variations 17, 21, 37 side A: BLAIRS
Variations 19, 24, side B: NICKZ
Variations 16, 20, 21, 22, 28, 32, 37, 38 side B: BLAIR'S

Barcode and Other Identifiers

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  • Matrix / Runout (B-side label): (YAX.5064)
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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
A Night At The Opera (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)EMI5C 062-97176Netherlands1975
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A Night At The Opera (LP, Album, Gatefold; Embossed)Elektra, Elektra7E-1053, 7E 1053Australia1975
A Night At The Opera (LP, Album, Stereo, CSM, Gatefold)Elektra7E-1053US1975
A Night At The Opera (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)EMI, EMI1C 062-97 176, 1 C 062-97 176Germany1975
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A Night At The Opera (LP, Album, 1st Edition)EMI, EMIEMTC 103, 0C 066 ○ 97176Israel1975

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Reviews

  • Deutsche_2's avatar
    Deutsche_2
    I listen to this classic album again today.Great Art Rock album.Progressive and easy listening.Brian May is definitely a Guitar master.
    • Federico.t's avatar
      Federico.t
      Folded by managerial tribulations and resentment over lack of profit despite their ascending career, the band relies on new manager John Reid and delivers its best album, experimenting beyond the recording techniques possibilities and unraveling in the most disparate musical genres. The lp marks the full maturation of Brian May's identitary skills, surpassing himself in a painstaking guitar work, with which he demonstrates his total mastery over the instrument effects. This album is treated with so much care to appear lighter than Queen's previous records. The hard rock theatre of "Death on two legs" releases all its acrimony toward Queen's past manager Norman Sheffield, with big dramatic choirs and a razor-sharp guitar that build a riotous misleading atmosphere. "Lazing on a sunday afternoon" is a quiet '20s styled interlude about a fantasized dandy's chronicle. In "I'm in love with my car" Roger Taylor finally finds his authorial dimension, building an epic with this telling of an obsessive love for a sport car, one of the juvenile fetishes the drummer has treated about in that rock'n'roll decantation which was his main concern in early Queen's outings. The marital reliance of "You're my best friend" confirms John Deacon's melodic acumen, while "'39" is a poetic country-folk that differs treating a unusual sci-fi topic, in a relaxed, busking styled mood. "Sweet lady" is a polished hard rock pièce that touches Jimi Hendrix's "Crosstown traffic". "Seaside rendezvous" is another Belle-Epoque oldie with a playful fingertips tip-tap. In "The prothet's song" May conveys japanese koto, dropped D guitar and ever-changing chord solutions in the fulfillment of a grandiose musical statement. "Love of my life" is a pianistic minuet with a perfectly orchestrated lead guitar, embellished by harp flourishes. "Good company" showcases the vast catalog of May's guitar timbres, with an overflowing dixieland finale. The album manifesto remains "Bohemian Rhapsody", landmark of Freddie Mercury's ambition and ego. Its production took weeks of hard, mad work and more than 180 vocal overdubs to the point of risking the consumption of the recording tape. 5/5.
      • Rock_Hero's avatar
        Rock_Hero

        A Night at The Opera is one of Queen's best albums. If you want it in good condition you'll pay £30
        • OldRusty's avatar
          OldRusty
          This LP sounds wonderfully alive & dynamic, with good clarity, nice bass & a wonderful stereo soundstage. Viva Queen! Viva Freddy!
          • Rock_Hero's avatar
            Rock_Hero
            this record is very expensive if you want very good + condition. costs 40 pounds
            • Rock_Hero's avatar
              Rock_Hero
              This record from Queen is really a rarity! I found them at Discogs for £40. Just yesterday one went on Ebay for £300.
              • flodwrana's avatar
                flodwrana
                Wow, Freddie sounds like he's right there. Standouts are Death on Two Legs and Love Of My Life
                • TheCrimsonKing91203's avatar
                  Fantastic sounding record. Balanced and loud. Much better than the 2008 reissue I have.
                  • _sonomusic's avatar
                    _sonomusic
                    Brilliant example of why original UK copies of UK albums are superior. Fantastic dynamics with loud vinyl
                    • _sonomusic's avatar
                      _sonomusic
                      Brilliant example of why original UK copies of UK albums are superior. Fantastic dynamics with loud vinyl

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