A Night at the Opera

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A Night at the Opera

Queen - Night At the Opera, A - Vinyl.jpg

Vinyl - USA - 1st edition.

Artist Queen
Published 1975-11-21
Type Studio
Genre Rock, Progressive rock, Hard rock, Music hall, Twee pop, Dixieland
Themes Relationships, breakups, friendship, music industry, driving

A Night at the Opera is a hard rock album, and the fourth studio album by Queen. It was produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen, and published by EMI and Electra on 1975-11-21 on vinyl and cassette. The album uses a variety of musical genres including rock, progressive rock, hard rock, music hall, twee pop, Dixieland, and even a classical song arranged for hard rock.

The graphic design of the album features the Queen coat of arms originally designed by Freddie Mercury which includes the astrological symbols of each band member. The layout carries on the black and white tradition seen during the release of Queen II — this album uses a white motif — which would be later contrasted with a black motif for the follow-up album, A Day at the Races.


Own?Yes. US vinyl, Hollywood Records CD, original master in the Crown Jewels.

If I recall correctly, this was around the fourth Queen album I bought, no doubt because it contained Bohemian Rhapsody, so I assumed the rest of the songs would be equally as amazing. Ironically, my appreciate for Bohemian Rhapsody has actually fallen over the years, and some other songs from this album have overtaken it. Although this album is often ranked as the best Queen album, I actually find it to be one of their weaker albums. Don't get me wrong, I still adore all the quirks, camp, and strangeness of the progressive rock and music hall songs, but these don't really resonate with me on an emotional level. I think it needed to be reigned in a bit as the only real pop song on the entire album is Roger Taylor's You're My Best Friend.

Track Listing

There are hundreds of different releases of this album many with alternate bonus tracks, but this is the track list of the original vinyl release.

Track Title Writer(s) Vocals Rank Rating
A1 Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...) Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury 6 Rating-6.svg
A2 Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury 8 Rating-5.svg
A3 I'm in Love with My Car Roger Taylor Roger Taylor 4 Rating-6.svg
A4 You're My Best Friend John Deacon Freddie Mercury 1 Rating-8.svg
A5 '39 Brian May Brian May 2 Rating-7.svg
A6 Sweet Lady Brian May Freddie Mercury 11 Rating-2.svg
A7 Seaside Rendezvous Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury 9 Rating-5.svg
B1 The Prophet's Song Brian May Freddie Mercury 5 Rating-6.svg
B2 Love of My Life Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury 10 Rating-5.svg
B3 Good Company Brian May Brian May 7 Rating-5.svg
B4 Bohemian Rhapsody Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury 3 Rating-6.svg
B5 God Save the Queen Traditional, Brian May Instrumental 12 Rating-1.svg

The album's total score is 387.




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