Queen’s A Night at the Opera Review

This week, finally after much speculation and anticipation, we learned that the biopic of Freddie Mercury called Bohemian Rhapsody will be released later this year. The trailer looks amazing and it seems like the actor portraying the late frontman will be great too.

Also, in Queen news, I purchased a newer copy of the original release of A Night at the Opera from a record store. My older copy had tons of scratches on it from years of neglect, so when I saw the album I had to buy it. Then I did some searching in the stacks and found The Eagles’ Greatest Hits vinyl, which is phenomenal and record-breaking. So I had to make a decision.

Buy a country’ish rock band from a group that I really enjoy listening to OR my favorite band.

While the band has released many pop-culture favorites such as “Another One Bites the Dust ” or “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” perhaps “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the most recognizable and triumphant song from their 1975 4th album ANATO. By far one of their more classic albums in the discography, ANATO cemented the band into superstardom and arena favorites taking them on a path of world tours and successful hits.

As far as its legacy, the album is one of pop music favorite albums. For example, in their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Rolling Stone placed ANATO as 231 and is widely hailed as a great album by many music critics and publications.

The great thing about ANATO is that Queen took a big musical risk by experimenting. Queen set themselves apart from the rock scene in the early to mid-70s as a band willing to embrace change. Like its predecessors, each album bore the moniker “No synthesizers!” to emphasize the intricate sounds of Brian May’s guitar skills and John Deacon’s amplifier to showcase the group’s skill as real musicians who knew how to develop music skillfully. ANATO proves this to be true! Every song displays the group’s willingness to step out of the box of the ordinary British rock band at the time. ANATO wasn’t a remake of Deep Purple’s Machine Head nor was it The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Instead, it was something capturing the essence of both, but adding the member’s own unique twist.

ANATO combines elements of hard rock, classical, heavy metal, folk, progressive, music hall, pop, and even Dixieland all in one. The album starts off strong with its guitar-driven heavy diss track “Death on Two Legs” then seems to fluctuate in between light-hearted music hall to guitar-driven rock. The album’s sound coalesces around its signature track “Bohemian Rhapsody” and closes with an instrumental track of the United Kingdom’s national anthem “God Save the Queen” that mimics an orchestra with only May’s guitar. Really good highlights from the album are “Good Company”, “39”, “Prophet’s Song”, “Love of My Life”, and “You’re My Best friend”.

I strongly recommend that you buy (because downloading or pirating would be theft) the cd, vinyl, or listen to it on music streaming service that’s reputable and legit. Even Queen has released every song with lyrics from their official YouTube channel, so that’s a way to listen to. If you’re a lover of music then I recommend giving it a listen!

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Image: Mick Rock Queen 2 Album Cover, 1974

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