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A Night At The Opera [CASSETTE] [Import]

Queen Audio Cassette
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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 Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00005JALU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  DVD  |  UMD Mini for PSP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 24 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was a late starter listening to the works of Queen. After buying this album on vinyl about eighteen years ago, I fell in love with the amazing studio work. When I finally bought it on C.D. a few years later I thought it couldn't get any better. This new, re-mastered edition has really cleaned up the old recording with quite staggering results. Needless to say that the 5.1 surround sound DVD is just the most amazing thing I think I've ever heard.
The Queen fans of the world will, I'm sure, need no convincing. Those of you who had the album way back when should really give this all new edition a whirl. If you've never heard the album before, give it a listen.
The earlier recordings of Queen were really something quite special. They knew just how to push the recording equipment and technology available at the time to the limits and produced some of the most stunning vocals available even to this day. Remember that all of the wizardry available now was virtually non existent in the 70's and what you hear in the early Queen recordings is the result of pure talent and very hard work.
I loved this album before and I really love it now.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I already have four copies of this album in various formats but I just had to experience it in 5.1 Surround Sound DTS. I was not dissapointed, and neither will you be when you hear the new mix presented here. This album was recorded over 25 years ago but it's almost as though they knew that technology would one day be available to allow the listener to experience the music as they had originally intended. While this album sounds great in normal stereo the new multi channel mix makes an old album sound like new, and listening to it again is almost like hearing it for the first time.
Queen fans will know how meticulous Queen were with their studio recordings, with layer after layer of sound being added to create a depth and sound like no other band at the time. Two channel stereo can disguise some of this hard work as the speakers struggle to seperate out all that is going on at any one time. This new mix solves this problem by splitting the sound and sending each vocal or instrument through a seperate speaker where appropriate, giving unbelievable clarity particularly to such an old recording.
There are parts of this album, which many like me will know note for note, word for word, from beginning to end, which suddenly show you something new, something you haven't heard before. But of course you have - it's just that sometimes the sound has been buried so deep that it doesn't stand out until it is seperated and sent to you via a particular speaker.
Every song sounds great and has something new to offer to new and old listeners alike, although some tracks are particularly noteworthy. The Prophets Song is the standout track for me, with the multi-layered vocal completely immersing you in surround sound.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album now in ultimate quality 4 Sep 2004
By R. Webb
Format:DVD
Well what is there to say, this is THE best album from probably THE best band ever (I am a fan so I suppose i'm biased!). I have all the Queen albums but never before have I heard A Night at the Opera in such a breathtaking way.
The music has been perfectly arranged to suit a surround setup, and hence you feel that you are actually there watching the performance live! Instruments come from no where and the vocals are strong and clear, coming from a mixture of center and front (sometimes at the back too).
All the tracks are brilliant but there can be only one classic and that is of course, Bohemian Rhapsody. Here this in 5.1 and you will die happy! The crash of the huge cymbal at the end just completes the song as it travels from the front speakers to the back. Brilliant.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Mind Blowing! 23 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The work that has been put into this production (especially the DVD with surround sound) is astounding. The clips are not old promos that have all been seen before but an interesting patchwork of live Queen footage and vintage films that add a splash of humour, particularly during Seaside Rendezvous and Good Company. The way the footage has been synch-ed with the studio sound is mind blowing. It must have taken months!
You will NOT appreciate the splendour of this release unless you have your surround sound set up properly! If you have, be prepared for a real treat. You will hear this legendary album from a totally different perspective and appreciate just how Queen worked their magic in the studio. By the way, this release is far superior to the surround track on the DVD-Audio.
All in all a fantastic celebration and a fitting tribute to one of the most innovative rock albums of all time. A true work of art!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
A Night At The Opera eh? Well this is one of the best Queen albums out, and thats saying alot! This album was apparently inspired by Freddie's love of opera. The drama, the excitement and the OTT of it all, and this really comes across in the tracks. This is probably the one I listen to the most as well. Its easy going, its rocking and its Bohemian Rhapsody people! This isn't the best one to buy if you're not familiar with the band and want an intorduction because the band did go on for a good fifteen years after this. The best tracks on here, personally, are '39, You're my bestfriend, I'm in love with my car, obviously Bohemian Rhapsody and, though some people may disagree, Love of my life. '39 is a little gem. It's not as famous as some, nor is it as rocking but is a great acoustic song written by Brian May. You're my bestfriend is John Deacons best as is Roger Taylors I'm in love with my car. Bohemian Rhapsody. Enough said. Love of my life, maybe an odd choice but if you've ever been in a crowed when its performed you'll know why. These are my favourites but not one track is dull and are all better than some bands best. 100/10
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars how a deluxe edition should be
Because Amazon tend to lump together reviews for all versions of albums, I'm referring to the anniversary edition with the bonus dvd. Read more
Published 4 days ago by David Mansfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it's ok
Published 12 days ago by JoJo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 13 days ago by Andy Barkham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No problems, delivered on time.
Published 1 month ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite albums of all time
A Night of the Opera is regarded as one of the greatest albums Queen ever produced, containing an eclectic mix or rock music, vaudeville inspired tunes and others that I can only... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Trebell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wow not what I was expecting but brilliant all the same. Freddie you are missed.
Published 1 month ago by max jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars brill album
had this album as vinyl years ago and bought again through amazon. BRILLIANT. forgot how good it was. fav song is prophet song. highly recommend to you rock fans.
Published 2 months ago by francie rooney
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen
Top CD replacing lost cassette and still good enough to get into the car 6 disc loader a diverse range of tracks which haven't dated much, reflects the skills of the group and Mr... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Bohemian for sure.
Not only an album, but a legend. Not much else to say. If you are a fan and don't have this one in your collection, what are you waiting for. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe D.
2.0 out of 5 stars missing sleeve
Hi
Disappointed that the album didn't contain inner sleeve with colour photos of band shot/members,
will seek copy with this
thanks, Gary
Published 3 months ago by gh
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