Queen has always been a band that either repels people because late frontman Freddie Mercury was too over the top, or draws the most loyal of fans because they have the ability to recognize them for the 4-piece audio wunderkind that they are. I consider them--unlike so many people have called Led Zeppelin--the Beatles of the 70s, and A Night at the Opera their Sgt. Pepper. Why this is so is quite simple, and this video will back it up like nothing else if you don't already think the album doesn't stand on its own merits:
These days, anyone can make albums with all kinds of dynamic effects due to cost efficient and easily operated technology. Just like their predecessors, the Fab Four, and their peers, Pink Floyd, the groundbreaking sounds they put on this album in particular were costly due to time and effort, but that's part of what makes these especially notable albums more appreciable than a lot that have been released since Boston came along. This DVD takes you into the studio with the co-creators and the band, giving you a track-by-track explanation of all the songs and how they came about. I love the songs "'39" and "Good Company" best, so this is just a wonderful asset for anybody who's really into the album. I love the fact that Brian pays such great homage to John Deacon as a contributing songwriter, because his tunes--few as they were--were some of the most melodic and lyrically well thought out that Freddie ever sang on. Brian proves throughout that he's a guitarist who deserves to be placed in the same league as Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, and Roger Taylor demonstrates exactly why he DOESN'T suck as a drummer!
The only gripe I really have about the DVD is that they could have at least included the full-length videos for "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "You're My Best Friend" under the special features section, which actually makes the bio a 4.5 in my opinion, but there is more than enough here to enjoy, and I certainly hope you do! This was my first in the line of Classic Album DVD's, but definitely not my last. I can't wait to see if other bands' stories are handled this well.