Queen: A Night at the Opera
The masters of Glam Rock neared their peak with this album.
Nine out of ten.
Not quite up to the mark of "ADATR" but still one of the best albums of the seventies.
This album is a little more whimsical than the follow up "A Day at the Races" and I must say that it is not as powerful. Still, that is only to say that this album falls a little short of one of the best rock albums of the seventies. So, it is still a great piece of work.
The musical content ranges from the traditional rock of "I'm in love with my car" to the pseudo opera of "Bohemian Rhapsody" which was deservedly one of the top ten selling singles of the seventies in the UK. On the way, they take in ballads and even, in "Good Coompany" they sound a little like the Bonzos with a light thirites meets modern feel.
The great thing about the album is that all of the songs are good, I never feel the urge to skip a track when I listen to this.
Because it is very similar to "ADATR", you may prefer to sample some of the band's other work rather than buy this one if you already have that album.
Like many other albums that are released on CD, the record company seems to have felt the need to add some sort of bonus material. Here we get remixes of "I'm in Love With My Car" and "You're My Best Friend" which really add nothing to the original recordings.