A Day at the Races [VINYL]
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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.
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.
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).Read more ›
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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brilliant album. remember Brian May is a anti blood sporter, before you purchase.Published 4 months ago by public name
Somehow not the quality I had expected , I listened to it twice but still not enamored with it however if I sing loudly enough no doubt it'll not hear the 'inadequacies' . Read morePublished 14 months ago by m.tozer