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Day at the Races
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SUPERB 180G REMASTERED VINYL WITH ALL ORIGINAL ARTWORK (INCLUDING INNER SLEEVES). Hollywood Records. 2008.
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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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!
Most recent customer reviews
Though many fans probably prefer "A Night At The Opera", I like "A Day At The Races" more (though both are stellar albums). Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Alan
'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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This CD stands alongside "Bat Out Of Hell" and "War Of The Worlds" at the top of my collection. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Braeden P. Jeffery
This album is Queen at their best. A very underrated and underappreciated album. My brother bought this cd for me for Christmas. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by Eric Kunz
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 morePublished on April 4 2004 by mike hunt
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 morePublished on March 10 2004 by Minkosaurus
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 morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 18 2004 by Master of Reality