21 November 2020
Active: Since 1970 – 50 years ago
Album: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA – 4th LP
The title refers to the Marx Brothers movie of the same name.
The longplayer with blockbuster hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ on.
Released: 21 November 1975 – 45 years ago today
Score: No 1 in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, No 4 in the US
AllMusic / Stephen Erlewine said: ‘No one in the band takes anything too seriously, otherwise the arrangements wouldn’t be as ludicrously exaggerated as they are. But the
appeal, and the influence, of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions.
It’s prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else.’ Full review here. Score: 5/5.
Brian May: “We were just a four-piece, but we made a lot of noise. I’m quite shocked at
how good it was. We were incredibly tight and, at the same time – because we knew each
other so well – very loose in terms of improvisation.”
Turn Up The Volume: Theatrical, melodramatic and superbly orchestrated tour
de force with one of the best entertainers ever in rock, in the middle of all attention.
Singles/clips: Bohemian Rhapsody / My Best Friend
– BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY –
– MY BEST FRIEND –