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Queen's 'Sgt Pepper' and 'Pet Sounds',
This review is from: A Night At The Opera (Audio CD)Queen's A Night At The Opera is undoubtedly one of the most inspiring musical products of the 1970's. Everything about the album screams 'Quality' from the extremely classy and reserved packaging, through the flowing and purposeful arrangement of songs. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker - for anyone listening to it now - it should be obvious that he inspired the care / attention to detail and available technology of the 1980's producer Trevor Horn.
Again Queen chose to release only 2 singles from this album - the remarkably soft simple pop number 'You're My Best Friend' and then it's antithesis - the incredible creation that is 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'
However, do not be mistaken - without reserve - this album contains all- great tracks and opens with 'Death On Two Legs' which sets the tone for a night of classical indulgence. What particularly marks the album is the way that each song seems so appropriately followed or complimented by the next. Move from 4 minute of immense classical inspired cutting edge rock to 60 seconds of charming nineteen 30's pastiche (Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon) and then into 4 minutes of pounding raw emotion that is Roger Taylor's 'I'm In Love With My Car' before slipping into John Deacons pop master-piece 'You're My Best Friend.'
The quality continues through (quantum-physics inspired acoustic classic) fan favourite '39 - includes further pastiche numbers and of course the unforgetables - The Prophets Song (the epic Noah's Ark story), Love of My Life (a fan-live favourite) and of course Bohemian Rhapsody.
This is an album best 'listened to' - not left on in the back-ground - Sit Down and LISTEN - whether to the perfect, sprawling multi-layered stereo of the original mix - or the 5.1 Surround which followed 30 years later (my preference is the original - but the 5.1 mix remains one of the best remixed classics on the market).
I listen to all-sorts of material - but if there is one album everyone should try at least once - it is Queen's 'A Night At The Opera'
I will never understand the propensity for current music enthusiasts to praise under-produced thrash, under-written punk and under-musical Rap - listen to this classic, open your mind and find a new world of long-overlooked music.
'Never Mind The B**locks' indeed - take substance from 'A Night At The Opera' - A true classic.