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  • Vinyl (28 Oct. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Disney
  • ASIN: B001FES0IY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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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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By A Customer on 15 July 2001
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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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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). For me, Mercury's offerings are, in general, more enjoyable with the excellent 'Somebody To Love' and 'You Took My Breath Away' displaying Queen's gorgeous vocal harmonies at their best. 'The Millionaire Waltz' is stunning ~ a cunning blend of lovely ballad mixed with searing rock.

May's contributions are fairly strong as well; 'Tie Your Mother Down' opens the album in a hard rocking vein whilst 'White Man' is 'heavy' both in its musical and lyrical content. (Nice touch to follow 'White Man' with Freddie's lovely whimsy in the shape of 'Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy). Overall, this is a much better collection of songs than I expected and definitely worth buying for under £5 if possible.
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A Day At The Races - Queen’s 5th album – is a great record in its own right, but it’s also sadly rather disappointing in some respects. The biggest downside when evaluating this album is that it is inevitably in competition with the bands previous masterpiece A Night at the Opera, and while it matches that work in terms of epic sound design and massive layering of vocals and instruments, unfortunately the songwriting is undeniably weaker. Most of the songs on A Day at the Races have clear counterparts on A Night at the Opera, and compared like for like without exception these songs come off second best.
John Deacon’s sole contribution ‘You and I’ is a decent enough cheerful strum-along, and it boasts a great middle 8, but it’s undeniably inferior to A Night at the Opera’s ‘You’re my Best Friend’. Similarly Roger Taylor’s ‘Drowse’ is a beguiling childhood reminiscence made even more dreamy by Brian May’s hypnotic slide-guitar, but it’s no ‘I’m In Love With My Car’.
Brian May’s songs suffer similar comparisons – with ‘White Man’ trying to be this albums ‘The Prophet’s Song’, but despite acting as a framing device for the album as a whole the song isn’t particularly strong. Album opener proper ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ is a reasonable rocker, but probably more suited to the live environment, which probably accounted for its relatively lowly chart single status (peaking at an unimpressive number 31).
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I feel that a lot of people are missing the point about this album.
The way I see it is that, rather than being a seperate entity, it was intended as a kind of Night At The Opera part II, in other words, you should view the two albums as a double album (This is why it was titled as it was and the cover design was kind of an inverse video of Night At The Opera)- imagine stapling the sleeves together. If you insist on COMPARING the two albums song for song, then yes - you will be (slightly) disappointed. But if instead you view them as one work, as I do, then you'll be a VERY happy bunny! I have the original LP's of all Queen's early albums (I think they lost their way after Day At The Races) and I wouldn't part with any of them for anything (well, short of £1,000 each or a hot date with Angelina Jollie!)
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