1. Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To...)
2. Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon
3. I'm In Love With My Car
4. You're My Best Friend
6. Sweet Lady
7. Seaside Rendezvous
8. The Prophet's Song
9. Love Of My Life
10. Good Company
11. Bohemian Rhapsody
12. God Save The Queen
5th studio album by British hard rock legends.
"A Night At The Opera" scored at #1 in Britain
and #4 in the USA.
QUEEN were straining at the boundaries of hard rock and heavy metal on "Sheer
Heart Attack", but they broke down all the barricades on "A Night at the Opera",
a self-consciously ridiculous and overblown hard rock masterpiece. Using the
multi-layered guitars of its predecessor as a foundation, "A Night at the Opera"
encompasses metal ('Death on Two Legs,' 'Sweet Lady'), pop (the lovely,
shimmering 'You're My Best Friend'), campy British music hall ('Lazing on a
Sunday Afternoon,' 'Seaside Rendezvous'), and mystical prog rock ('39,' 'The
Prophet's Song'), eventually bringing it all together on the pseudo-operatic
'Bohemian Rhapsody.' In short, it's a lot like QUEEN's own version of "Led
Zeppelin IV", but where LED ZEPPELIN find dark menace in bombast, QUEEN
celebrate their own pomposity. No one in the band takes anything too seriously,
otherwise the arrangements wouldn't be as ludicrously exaggerated as they are.
But the appeal - and the influence - of "A Night at the Opera" is in its
detailed, meticulous productions. It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well
as dynamics, and QUEEN never bettered their approach anywhere else. (AMG review)