Queen – A Night at the Opera (2015 Reissue Half-Speed Mastered on 180g Vinyl)
Released on 21 November 1975, A Night at the Opera is the fourth studio album by Queen. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen, it was reportedly the most expensive album ever recorded at the time of its release.
Named after the Marx Brothers’ film of the same name, A Night at the Opera was recorded at various studios across a four-month period in 1975. Due to management issues, Queen had received almost none of the money they earned for their previous albums. Subsequently, they ended their contract with Trident Studios and did not use their studios for the album (the sole exception being God Save the Queen, which had been recorded the previous year). They employed a complex production that extensively used multitrack recording, and the songs incorporated a wide range of styles, such as ballads, music hall, dixieland, hard rock and progressive rock influences. Aside from their usual equipment, Queen also utilised a diverse range of instruments such as a double bass, harp, ukulele and more.
Upon release, A Night at the Opera topped the UK Albums Chart for four non-consecutive weeks. It peaked at No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 and became the band’s first platinum-certified album in the US. It also produced the band’s most successful single in the UK, Bohemian Rhapsody, which became their first UK No. 1.
Contemporary reviews for A Night at the Opera were mixed, with praise for its production and the diverse musical themes, and recognition as the album that established Queen as worldwide superstars. It has been hailed as Queen’s best album, and one of the greatest albums in music history.
- Death On Two Legs (Dedicated to…)
- Lazing On a Sunday Afternoon
- Im in Love with My Car
- You're My Best Friend
- Sweet Lady
- Seaside Rendezvous
- The Prophet's Song
- Love of My Life
- Good Company
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- God Save the Queen