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A Day At The Races

Queen Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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English rock band Queen were one of the most popular bands in the world, and have sold an estimated 300 million records internationally. Known for their theatrical style, and the flamboyant showmanship of lead singer Freddie Mercury, the band built a reputation through the 1970s with million-selling albums and emphatic live performances.

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000000OA8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,702 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A Day At The Races

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Took My Breath Away 11 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
As many people say, A Night At The Opera would be a very difficult album to top, but in my opinion this one does in some aspects. Freddie himself described A Day At The Races as an extension of 'ANATO' anyway, because they obviously couldn't have all of the tracks on the one album.

I literally do love every single song on this album; with my favourites being "You Take My Bbreath Away", "Long Away", "The Millionaire Waltz" and "Teo Torriate (Let Us Cling Together)". However all of the songs on this album, once again are a stroke of pure lyrical and musical genius. The clarity of Freddie's voice on each song really makes it for me, as does the perfection of every note sung and played by Brian, John and Roger. This is a really clear and truly beautiful album. Give it a chance.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album! 15 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A Day At The Races, in my opinion, is a perfect example of the earlier masterpieces of Queen. First of all, Tie Your Mother Down - a hard-hitting track to pull you into the album and keep you hooked. A creation that turns a show into a concert. Next, You Take My Breath Away - a slower, more compassionate feel that boasts Freddie's magnificent lulling vocals, conveying the emotion like nobody else could, almost guaranteeing to steal your breath and replace it with tears. Long Away - a magnificent show of Brian's songwriting and singing abilities, rivalled in my opinion only by '39 (from A Night At The Opera). Skipping to track 6, Somebody To Love, again succeeds in presenting one of the best emotional 'group' works, with the truly unique harmony of Queen's vocals combined, along with Freddie's lead vocals caressing the ears of those fortunate enough to hear this piece. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy shows Freddie at his most charming state - a romantic karaoke feel, combined with his ever-present charm leaves you feeling charmed yourself - leading the way to Drowse, sung by Roger Taylor, holding a dreamy feel in itself. A calm, soothing track from the usually energetic Roger! Finally, the ultimate finish to any album, Teo Torriatte. Nothing compares to this work of art, the Japanese lyrics blend perfectly and truly touch your heart. Beauty, grace and overwhelming passion make this song a favourite of many, including myself, and should not go unheard. There we have it - one of the best Queen albums ever, a must-have of any fan, either new to Queen or a long-time listener.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Follow up to a Great Album 1 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
How do you follow an album light "A night at the opera"? Queen could quite easily have disappeared from the face of the earth trying to follow it up, but instead they put together something that was almost as good! Using the title from a different Marx Brothers film, they cut back on the excesses a little for this one, but that didn't stop them experimenting with different styles, and even a different language!
You're not quite sure where this album is going when you hear the start, then that guitar riff from "Tie you mother down" kicks in. It's a great opener, and Brian provides another great heavy song on this album with "White man". However, it is Freddie who takes centre stage in the songwriting department here. "Good old fashioned lover boy" and "Somebody to love" are the best known songs here, but there's also the wonderful "You take my breath away" and the clever "Millionaire waltz".
One of the great Queen albums!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Day at the Races 1 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
How do you follow an album like "A Night at the Opera"? I guess you get together a great bunch of songs, give them the unique Queen treatment and hope for the best.
This album was never going to have the impact that its forbearer had but that said it's still a lovely mix of songs and shouldn't be judged too harshly.
The standout tracks on the album for me are probably those that on any other album would be considered filler songs. "Millionaire's Waltz" is a superb piece of Queen dramatics, only they could make a waltz rock. "You and I" is a simply but yet effective love song offering from John Deacon, but the best of the bunch is "Long Away", a superb rhythmic sing-along from Brian May.
The actual "hits" from the album "Somebody to Love" and "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy" are overshadowed by what had gone before but they still are good solid songs in their own right.
Final mention for "Tie Your Mother Down" fantastic rock with that little Queen twist, Taylor's offering of "Drowse" is too much like a slowed down "Tenement Funster" for my liking, and "Teo Terriatte" is pure Queen over sentimentality but still works.
Still a great album and the perfect desert course to "Night at the Opera"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic album 19 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is classic Queen. They have their own personalised genre, which, sadly, they lost in the eighties. This album's music expresses the true musical talent of the four, and Roger Taylor's 'Drowse' is one of their greatest songs. There's a real mix here. From the slightly cheesy 'Good old fashioned lover boy' to the classic rock track 'Tie your Mother Down' to Deacon's amazing ballad 'You and I' The final track sends shivers down the spine, and really sums up a most superb album. All the tracks show off each of the individual talents they possess. May on piano, Deacon on guitars, and Taylor showing a whole range of percussion skills to an exemplory form. And, of course, it's all topped off with Freddie's stunning voice. This really feels like Queen at their best - totally uninfluenced (look at Freddie's outfit on the sleeve) and willing to entertain. Very highly recommended. Buy this first after Queen's Greatest Hits trilogy and hear the contrast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
classic queen
Published 1 month ago by avmisay
3.0 out of 5 stars variable
There are some cracking songs on this album but there is also a lot of self-indulgent overblown schmaltz. All of the latter from Freddie Mercury. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bart4books
5.0 out of 5 stars great item
Love this album...had it on vinyl, still have but no record player...so pleased to get this. thanks so very much
Published 2 months ago by frankie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kings of their music.
Of course Queen doesn't need my review to help sell their music. Freddy was the best and still is. Put it on and get out your odd sheets, but a sure bet at this racecourse is a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Majestic
A superb follow-up to 'A Night At The Opera' with 8 of the 10 tracks written by Freddie Mercury (4) and Brian May (4). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock opera at its very best
Songs like the 'Millionaire Waltz ','Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy' , 'Tel Torriate' and 'Long Away' take take you right to the heart of classic rock opera at it's very best. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gary Selikow
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT a review of the music.
I hate it when the review is not for the product, but a soapbox for the reviewer to have a moan about something else, but I felt I had to share my experience with other vinyl... Read more
Published 14 months ago by JT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Real classic album. Had it as a kid, great variation of song styles, always a fan. Service good, brilliant, cheers
Published 14 months ago by Keith Oddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen
Queen love the music but the x dragon got all of my old LPs that i had been collecting since the 70s so its rebuild time and save on the kindle
Published 16 months ago by BRD
5.0 out of 5 stars queen
fantastic queen album, from ballads to full on rock classics one of queens best albums a must for any collection.
Published 20 months ago by elaine clare
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