Nothing succeeds like excess--at least that's the case with Queen's breakthrough classic, A Night at the Opera
. On one level, the title is a reference to the band's operatic pretensions, best in evidence here on the classic "Bohemian Rhapsody," which was championed by headbangers a generation before being revived by the Wayne's World
set. Of course, A Night at the Opera
was also the title of a Marx Brothers movie, and the reference isn't lost on Queen, who seldom scaled the heights of pomprock without a knowing wink. The album is remembered for its meticulously produced bombast, but the truth is that there's a wide variety of material here, from the gorgeous piano-based "You're My Best Friend" and the McCartneyesque "39" to the music-hall-style "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" and the pedal-to-the-metal rockers "Death on Two Legs" and "I'm in Love with My Car." A Night at the Opera
is viewed by most as the quintessential Queen album, and justifiably so. --Daniel Durchholz
Heavyweight vinyl LP repressing of this original classic 1975 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 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Death On Two Legs', 'You're My Best Friend' and more. EMI. 2009.