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A Day At The Races

Queen Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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A Day At The Races + A Night At The Opera (Vinyl) + News Of The World (Deluxe Edition - 2CD)
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1. Tie Your Mother Down
2. You Take My Breath Away
3. Long Away
4. The Millionaire Waltz
5. You & I
6. Somebody To Love
7. White Man
8. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
9. Drowse
10. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)
11. Tie Your Mother Down (1991 Remix By Matt Wallace)
12. Somebody To Love (1991 Remix By Randy Badazz)

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Both regal and raunchy, Queen was at the height of its powers in the mid-70s, riding the soaring vocals of Freddie Mercury, the ringing guitar crunch of Brian May and the band's shameless theatrical flourishes. Coming so quickly after the band's A Night At the Opera opus, this 1976 album works hard at repeating the same hit-making elements, down to the matching cover art. If A Day At the Races lacks the same level of pop tunesmanship, there is still energy in these tracks, particularly in the rocking "Tie Your Mother Down" and the emotional "Somebody to Love," which set a blueprint for future ballads by the band. --Steve Appleford

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Heavyweight vinyl LP repressing of this original classic 1976 album from British Pomp-Rockers Queen. The album packaging includes every detail of the original release in it's original LP format. All the unique content of the original album is faithfully reproduced. Features the hits 'Somebody To Love', 'Tie Your Mother Down', 'Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy' and more. EMI. 2009.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Queen June 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
Queen's fifth album A Day at the Races was released in December of 1976. This album is the perfect sequel to its predecessor, 1975's A Night at the Opera! Guitarist Brian May's hard rocker Tie Your Mother Down kicks off the album. The track features a killer intro(which is repeated at album's end) and is a great rocker which peaked at #51 in the US. Frontman Freddie Mercury's vocal masterpiece You Take My Breath Away follows and is a great vocal and piano track. Brian steps out in front on the next track Long Away which was a great rocker and was the third single from Races released here in the US. Next comes Freddie's The Millionare Waltz which featured one of the greatest guitar solos in rock. The first half ends with the pop-rocker You and I, written by bassist John Deacon. The second half of the album kicks off with the first single, Somebody to Love. The track is the Bohemian Rhapsody of this album. Freddie wrote this one and has a great backing vocal and the song peaked at #11 in early 1977. Brian's hard rocker White Man follows and is a great rocker. Freddie's odd and campy Good Old Fashoined Lover Boy follows and is a great song which was a British Top 30 hit. Drummer Roger Taylor's rocker Drowse follows and features great slide guitar work from Brian and Roger ripping some great rhythm guitar work and a great vocal from Rog doing both harmonies. This album closes with Teo Torriate(Let Us Cling Together) which has the chorus partially sung in Japanese and Brian wrote this after Queen's first successful tour of Japan. When released, this album peaked at #5 and was the band's second Platinum album in a row and second masterpiece. This album is highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Third jewel in Queen's quadruple crown May 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
Queen's fifth album A Day at the Races was released in December of 1976. This album is the perfect sequel to its predecessor, 1975's A Night at the Opera! Guitarist Brian May's hard rocker Tie Your Mother Down kicks off the album. The track features a killer intro(which is repeated at album's end) and is a great rocker which peaked at #51 in the US. Frontman Freddie Mercury's vocal masterpiece You Take My Breath Away follows and is a great vocal and piano track. Brian steps out in front on the next track Long Away which was a great rocker and was the third single from Races released here in the US. Next comes Freddie's The Millionare Waltz which featured one of the greatest guitar solos in rock. The first half ends with the pop-rocker You and I, written by bassist John Deacon. The second half of the album kicks off with the first single, Somebody to Love. The track is the Bohemian Rhapsody of this album. Freddie wrote this one and has a great backing vocal and the song peaked at #11 in early 1977. Brian's hard rocker White Man follows and is a great rocker. Freddie's odd and campy Good Old Fashoined Lover Boy follows and is a great song which was a British Top 30 hit. Drummer Roger Taylor's rocker Drowse follows and features great slide guitar work from Brian and Roger ripping some great rhythm guitar work and a great vocal from Rog doing both harmonies. This album closes with Teo Torriate(Let Us Cling Together) which has the chorus partially sung in Japanese and Brian wrote this after Queen's first successful tour of Japan. When released, this album peaked at #5 and was the band's second Platinum album in a row and second masterpiece. This album is highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Musicians review of this album... May 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
Oft compared (undeservedly) to the album before, "A Day At The Races" is the Queen album that defines them to a T.
Full of great-basic hard rockers, pop hooks, operatic arraingements, prog-rock, artistic balladry, guitar harmonics, and extravagant vocal harmonies... This album is one of the best written (And produced) from Queen.
From start to finish, This album shows the four members of Queen at their pinnacle of pop songwriting... Incorporating all of their diverse elements into a terrific, cohesive product. Each song has it's own distinct melody and feel, yet they flow seamlessly into the next with great flair and timing.
The other element that makes this album so great is the production and final mixing. On some albums, most artists play their parts terrifically, but their instruments are so muddied up and mixed wrong that you can't tell what they are doing. Not so here.. Throughout, every vocal, drum, bass, gutiar, and piano part are right upfront in the mix which gives this album a very clear and intimate feel to it.
But above all, the most outstanding part to this album has to be the vocal recordings/guitar overdubs. Every lead, background, and harmony vocal is so perfect that you can't tell it was recorded in layers. They are cheeky and fun, dark and spacey, and show the amazing diversity in Mr. Mercury's voice. Not to mention Brian May's guitar work. He shows that he is definately the best pop/rock-oriented guitarist ever through his many layerings and melodic yet crunch guitar parts.
Overall, the album is a terrific pop/rock album. It is diverse, yet every track flows well into the other... It is polished and clean, but it never loses it's rock edge and attitude... And the instrumentation and vocal work is some of the most influential ever put down on tape.
By far, this is (one) of Queens best... Their best is your own opinion, but after you listen to it you'll know exactly what I mean.
All The Best, The AndyMan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite albums
Though many fans probably prefer "A Night At The Opera", I like "A Day At The Races" more (though both are stellar albums). Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars And they're off!!!!!!!!!!!!
'A Day At The Race'. Queen's follow up to 'A Night At The Opera'. This CD is just as good as the previous one. And the race begins with(...)
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Published on April 30 2004 by Hitman2K4
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favourite, to this day
This CD stands alongside "Bat Out Of Hell" and "War Of The Worlds" at the top of my collection. Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by Braeden P. Jeffery
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen at their best
This album is Queen at their best. A very underrated and underappreciated album. My brother bought this cd for me for Christmas. Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by Eric Kunz
5.0 out of 5 stars a Queen gem
adatr is close to anato in brilliance. great album filled with geniou and outrageous ideas. freddie mercurys excellence shines once again with the underated "Millionare... Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by mike hunt
3.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Of The End
This album marks the beginning of the end for Queen. Whatever is left of their greatness is still apparent in a few places, but overall, this album is a disappointment. Read more
Published on March 10 2004 by E. Minkovitch
5.0 out of 5 stars one of their best
adatr is one of queens best. tie your mother down rules, freddys somebody to love and millioniare waltz are masterpieaces along with white man and the silly but briiliant good old... Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
If you're wondering where you should begin when buying Queen's albums, then buy "A Day at the Races" along with "A Night at the Opera". Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Master of Reality
5.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated
Because it was released between their classic albums A Night At The Opera and News Of The World and because it didn't have a huge hit single, A Day At The Races isn't usually... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by John Alapick
4.0 out of 5 stars actually 4 and half stars
for long i didnt take to this album since the inevitable comparison with its excellent predecessor "a night at the opera" only tends to undermine this work. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2003
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