A Day at the Races

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Vinyl cover.

A Day at the Races is the fifth studio album by Queen. It was released on 1976-12-10 on vinyl and produced by Queen themselves without the help of Roy Thomas Baker. While the has a couple hard rock and progressive rock songs, it focuses much more on soft rock romance and relationships ballads than previous albums. Like A Night At the Opera before it, this album has a Marx Brothers title and uses a monochromatic motif, only black instead of white.


Despite being my fourth favorite Queen album, this was one of the last Queen albums I bought, though, I'm not sure why. My first copy came from the Crown Jewels box set my high school girlfriend bought me, but I later bought an individual CD for the bonus tracks. Before I got the album, I only knew the songs Tie Your Mother Down, Somebody to Love, and Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy from compilation albums, but I quickly began enjoying the other songs that were new to me.


I own this album on CD, and have two copies on vinyl.

Track Listing

Track Title Writer(s) Vocals
A1 Tie Your Mother Down Brian May Freddie Mercury
A2 You Take My Breath Away Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury
A3 Long Away Brian May Brian May
A4 The Millionaire Waltz Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury
A5 You and I John Deacon Freddie Mercury
B1 Somebody to Love Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury
B2 White Man Brian May Freddie Mercury
B3 Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury
B4 Drowse Roger Taylor Roger Taylor
B5 Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) Brian May Freddie Mercury

Song Rank

This is the order in which I enjoy the songs from this album, and their individual song ratings.

Order Title Stars
1 Long Away 9
2 Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) 9
3 Somebody to Love 8
4 Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy 8
5 You and I 8
6 Drowse 8
7 The Millionaire Waltz 7
8 Tie Your Mother Down 7
9 You Take My Breath Away 7
10 White Man 1

The album's total score is 1,217.


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