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Jazz (1978) [Import]

Queen Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 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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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • ASIN: B00004UPZ5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Poster 18 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
I recall buying this on vinyl when i was 11 and opening up the poster than came with it...ahhh happy days indeed.

But im not rating the poster, im rating the album!

So, firstly, Mustapha....what a great opening track, totally bonkers, but i love it. Dont Stop Me Now is the best Queen track ever written (IMO) and any alnum with it on must be half decent.

Like most Queen albums (like most albums by anyone) there is some filler. Im not that keen on More of that Jazz or Fun It...but the harder tracks (If You Cant Beat Em and Dead On Time) are good, if not classics. Again i think Brians Leaving Home is a weak track and you could take a lot of his songs from the late 70s and stick them on a Brian solo album rather than on a Queen album and it wouldnt have impacted the Queen album

Seven Days and Jealousy are both good, simple tracks from Freddie.

So probably not as strong as NOTW and Queen needed to change something as the 80s approached, which they managed with ease with The Game. Id give this 3.5 stars, but as i cant, benefit of the doubt gives it a 4 rather than a 3.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfashionably Brilliant Queen 25 July 2000
By Joe
Format:Audio CD
Jazz came out during the peak of punk, and showed that Queen had lost none of the pomp and bombast of their early days. This album saw them once again ploughing their uniqie furrow across a broad range of styles from hard rock through jazz and rock'n'roll to acoustic ballads. Opening with the ludicrous but oddly wonderful Mustapha, it is Freddie who dominates, his vocals soaring over all the album's best moments such as the stunning single Don't Stop Me Now and the cheeky (no pun intended) Fat Bottomed Girls. Throughout he is ably assisted by guitarist Brian May, whose liquid playing on the heavier Dead on Time and Let Me Entertain You are also high points. This album has often been overlooked by the public, perhaps overshadowed by the punk phenomenon - but also maybe because the production sounds slightly tinny compared with other, fuller Queen releases. That doesn't, however, disguise the quality of songs such as In Only Seven days and Leaving Home Ain't Easy - the latter being one of May's best, more poignant Queen moments. It's fair to say that drummer Roger Taylor's contributions towards the end of the album are not his best, and thus a star deducted. But this is still a record to come back to time and time again for sheer variety, slick musicianship - and breathtaking confidence! Great fun, and for all budding musos out there - the best inner sleeve ever!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen's late seventies european romp 27 Jun 2011
By delta
Format:Audio CD
Queen teetering on rock mountain at the end of the 70's before their leap towards the pop drenched 80s. Its got some fantastic moments; Dead On Time is one of May's greatest riffs and Jealousy is a bona fide Mercury classic. Mustapha is quite literally mad..... the song that has benefited most from this overhaul and infinitely better than the 1994 cd release. Of course it has the singles Don't Stop Me Now, Bicycle race and Fat Bottomed Girls... all three showing Queen at their most playful.The extras are OK but as with the other releases it suggests that there isn't that much left in the old Queen volts......
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last great Queen album! 19 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
I love this album! Has to be THE most overlooked Queen album! Remember when Queen albums sounded like they'd spent ages writing 'em and the songs weren't just bashed out on a synth? This is the last one! The ensuing 'Game' with its hollow sounding production (even 'Save Me' sounded washed-out compared to the single mix!)was for me, a massive let-down after Jazz and its predecessor, the titanic News of the World...
Anyway! What has Jazz got?-the lot! Great songs, great production (Roy Thomas Baker!) and the classic Queen quirkiness. 'Mustapha' starts off sounding like a 'Game' song, then Brian's gorgeous guitar comes crashing in and all fears are banished! Fat Bottomed Girls has extended May riffery transforming the track from its single incarnation to a self-respecting rocker. 'Jealousy' is a bit of vintage Mercury (RIP)swoonery..what a gorgeous song! At this point I must mention Deacon's 'In Only Seven Days'...surely the best and most poignant holiday romance song ever penned! Absolute perfection; rather than using synths, May orchestrates away in the background, Fred laments for all he is worth, and the final, 'Oh so sad, alone' lyric leaves you imagining the bereft vacationer's plight!A classic!
May is on form...'Dead on Time' Rocks! And this is the album with the seminal and wonderful 'Don't Stop Me Now'. Another classic.
'If You Can't Beat Them' is a melodic multi-layered Deacon-penned rocker with a brilliant phase-shifted outro section. 'Let Me Entertain You' is here too! Not to mention others such as the wistful 'Leaving Home Ain't Easy', a May corker with vintage lush-sounding Queen vocal harmonies. Wow. If you like Queen get this classic! I never could understand why this album has been so overlooked!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz you razzamatazz you 4 Dec 2004
By Martin
Format:Audio CD
This album is rather splendid. I can't work out whether or not it is one of my favourites, but it really is great.
It opens bizzarly with Mr Mercury wailing 'Abrahim', leading into a fantastic musical fusion of rock and middle-easty stuff. The close harmony vocal chord at the end rounds it all up very nicely.
The next song, Fat Bottomed Girls was one of the singles from this album, and everybody knows it (I assume). It isn't one of the best form this album in my opinion.
Jealousy has to be one of the best. In the typical Mr Mercury style of a little sad, very soothing but optimistic all the same, it makes a good contrast to the heavier songs which surround it.
Bicyle race is another well known song, and is a lot more complicated than a lot of people think. I have the music written out for piano, and the number of ridiculous modulations and bizzarre key changes which occur were enough to put me off playing it straight away (I'm not a particularly proficient pianist).
I have to confess that 'If You Can't Beat 'em'doesn't please me too much. Though I am the first person to accept wierd chord progressions (which queen are so good at stringing together), it seems to me that this is a little messed up for the sake of it. I don't think it deserves its 4:15 slot at all. Not to worry, because there is some good guitar in the middle ad it is surrounded by a lot of good songs anyway.
Let me Entertain You is marvellous. This is definitly a song which pulls off being a bit strange. Its subtle complexity is something that I can't help but appreciate.
Dead on Time isn't quite as good as the song above, but I still find it a great song with a good rock feel.
Mr Deacon's second song of the album, In Only Seven Days, was a bit annoying for me at first.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
bought it for bonus stuff but still great.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. James S. Edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bicycle racing and more.
The opening song on this album is still as hauntingly beautiful as I remember it when it first came out. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joe D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen
The quality of the remastered version is very good, its extremely clear very good quality If you like Queen you'll love it
Published 3 months ago by Grant Waugh
1.0 out of 5 stars Jazz by Queen
Can't give an honest opinion on this C.D. I hate Queen, but bought this as a Christmas gift, for my Son, who is a Queen fan.
Published 8 months ago by Ms. Jean Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent album featuring a very important stage in the bands...
This album contains some of Queen's greatest tracks-the rollicking Fat Bottomed Girls , Bicycle Race and one of my favourite Queen songs-Don't Stop Me Now. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gary Selikow
5.0 out of 5 stars My Fave Queen Album
I'm certainly not a Queen completist but i would rank Jazz as my favourite album by them for many reasons and still have the original gatefold LP. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gilgamesh
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my top 3 queen albums
I got to know queen from 'Jazz'. 'Live Killers' was the first LP I bought at the age of 17 but we had no stereo on our house yet... Read more
Published 11 months ago by STAVROS K
3.0 out of 5 stars The good, the bland and the funky
For some reason, this is the Queen album that seems to divide opinion the most; I don't know why as it is certainly no worse than any of the other albums released during the band's... Read more
Published 11 months ago by wavey davey
4.0 out of 5 stars Grand-Dad Rock!!
Queen's new album 1978..I would say their best..With this Deluxe Edition you get 'Fat Bottomed Girls'and the deluxe version 'Fat Bottomed Girls with Cellulite' Only joking... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tony Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remember
I bought this in vinyl in the early 80s and hadn't heard it for years.

Love it and amazingly still know all the words to the songs

Another unique and one off... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Retro Rita
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