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Day at the Races

4.4 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 21 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000000OA8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Released shortly after the blockbuster, genre-defining success of 'A Night at the Opera', this album was constructed not as something to try and top it, merely an attempt to refine what ANatO accomplished, a 'sister album' so to speak. In this sense, it doomed the album's reputation from the start as an inferior cousin of ANatO instead.
In retrospect, A Day at the Races, as a whole, is a much better, tighter, more focused album than A Night at the Opera. Where the latter had it's outstanding moments like Bohemian Rhapsody, I'm in Love with my Car, and Prophet's Song, it was severley hampered by meaningless filler songs and one of the worst overall songs Queen ever did (Sweet Lady). A Day at the Races doesn't contain any of Queen's biggest hits (save Somebody to Love), but the material is executed better, the excessess have been refined, and there isn't a true clunker on the album (a feat that Queen didn't accomplish too often).
Kicking things off is probably their best early-period rocker, the hilarious (if not a wee bit disturbing) Tie your Mother Down. After that, the subject matter is much the same as A Night at the Opera, Brian May contributes his McCartney homage 'Long Away', and Roger Taylor turns in one of his best vocal performances on the meandering, slow-burning 'Drowse'. Mercury takes the rest, and he delivers one of his most inspiried vocal performances on the gospel-tinged Somebody to Love as well as the simply beautiful album closer 'Teo Torratie'. 'Good old Fashioned Lover Boy' manages to finally show Queen focusing the lighthearted, high-society style into a single, irresistable song, as opposed to album filler (such as Seaside Rendevous and Good Company from ANotA), and You and I is an almost Elton John style radio-ready piano ballad.
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This may not knock your socks off on the first listen. In fact, you may find yourself a tad disappointed, thinking to yourself, "where's the continuation of that awesome sound I heard on 'Night at the Opera?'" If this happened to you, you're not all that different from most of the world upon this album's original release. I can tell you boys and girls now: Don't Be Fooled By That Kind Of Thinking Or Any Schmuck That Tries To Tell You This Album Is No Good! I'm actually glad to see so many positive reviews posted here, coz this album deserves that kind of praise. Why? Coz it is good. Listen to it a few more times, and you'll realize that you like it more and more. I'll admit that when I first heard this, I was expecting(like so many others) heavy, epic tunes like The Prophet's song or goofy little ditties like Lazing On A Sunny Afternoon, but got more of a mellow album instead. Yes, I was a bit disappointed coz I figured that Day would be the brother of Night, much like the Marx Bros. movies of the same name, and the similar cover art. But I listened to it a few more times, and you know what? I love it. The one predictable thing about Queen is that they're unpredictable, and I should have expected the album after Night At The Opera to not sound like Night At The Opera. And in retrospect, I'm glad they didn't just clone their previous album. That wouldn't be too Queen-ish, would it?
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Queen's fifth album, marking the end of their brief but productive brush with progressive rock, would have been much easier to appreciate under a different title. The title 'A Day At The Races' (from a Marx Brothers film) makes it look like a sequel to their previous release, 'A Night At The Opera' (also the title of a Marx Bros. film), when in fact it's a very different kind of album and stands individually by its own right. An important difference is in the album's structure: no more long, sophisticated epics like Bohemian Rhapsody and the Prophet's Song, or short little anecdotes like Lazying On A Sunday Afternoon; ten songs, all of them of standard radio lenghth, roughly between three and five minutes, with only two exceptions. Not only does it end Queen's progressive opera-rock era, it also ends Freddie Mercury's domination of the band. Not only did Freddie and guitarist Brian May supply the same number of songs, which is a first by itself; the album clearly belongs mostly to Brian. Songs of his open and close the album, and it also starts with an instrumental introduction which is something of a medley of only his own contributions to the album. These changes should have made it much more commercialy appealing than the band's previous albums, but strangely enough it did poorly compared to 'A Night At The Opera' and 'Sheer Heart Attack' (except for in Japan, where 'A Day At The Races' was Queen's first no. 1 album).
Seen as a sequel to 'A Night At The Opera' this album can't really be fully appreciated.
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'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(...)
1. Tie Your Mother Down - 7.10
This track begins the CD and starts much like a rock opera. Picture a dark stage and suddenly thunder and lightning all around.
2. You Take My Breath Away - 7.10
Not a bad track. Showcases Freddie's high pitches.
3. Long Away - 7.10
Another good track
4. The Millionaire Waltz - 9.10
Ah yes, The Marriage of Rock and Waltz. Sandwich them together and you get this masterpiece. The Millionaire Waltz.
5. You And I - 7.10
Good Song
6. Somebody To Love - 9.10
CAN. (...) .AN[Y]BODY (...) [find]. SOMETHING WRONG WITH THIS.......SONG? I think not!
7. White Man - 7.10
An Okay Song
8. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy - 9.10
Very cool track. Upbeat.
9. Drowse - 7.10
We're slowly nearing the end of the race
10. Teo Torriate - 10/10
What a perfect way to end a classic Queen CD. Let me see your cigarette lighters[!!!] this is exactly that type of track. Crank this one up and let your cigarette lighters sway back and forth to this tune.
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