To have you’re my best friend, love of my life, and Bohemian Rhapsody on the same album, is one of the greatest accomplishments in modern-day history. I know this is only the first album that we are listening to, but it’s going to be hard to beat this collection of songs.
Another one I don’t even have to try on.
Just fantastic, varied and fun, front to back awesome
Fantastic album, a beautiful voice with a beautiful band. I particularly liked The Prophet's Song
Absolutely a fantastic album. I’d never listened to all of this and it was such a delight to listen to some Queen deep cuts. There’s a reason why they’re held in such regard. This album blows me away.
Amazing. A work of art. But not the car song
This album is brilliant, silly, fun. My ex girlfriend used to love it and it reminded me of the good times with her. So much fun
Okay, so this is great. I don’t really know why I haven’t been more into Queen before. This album has a sort of cinematic sound. I loved the quirkiness of the second song. They are so varied! Like, they have so much versatility in their style, and I think it’s fantastic.
An album I should have listened to a long time ago. I picked it up on vinyl years ago. An incredible listening experience, as per usual with Queen.
Classic. Random weirdness and gold standard all-time greats.
Queen were straining at the boundaries of hard rock and heavy metal on Sheer Heart Attack, but they broke down all the barricades on A Night at the Opera, a self-consciously ridiculous and overblown hard rock masterpiece. Using the multi-layered guitars of its predecessor as a foundation, A Night at the Opera encompasses metal, pop, campy British music hall, and mystical prog rock, eventually bringing it all together on the pseudo-operatic "Bohemian Rhapsody." In short, it's a lot like Queen's own version of Led Zeppelin IV, but where Zep find dark menace in bombast, Queen celebrate their own pomposity. 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. [Source: https://www.allmusic.com/album/a-night-at-the-opera-mw0000391519]
No other band can jump from heavy metal to cabaret to prog rock with the effortless grace of Queen, and this album displays that with a beautiful smattering of song variety.
I could go the rest of my life without hearing Bo Rhap again and die a happy man. Yet, in terms of being the cherry on top of this overblown, bombastic confection, it's hard to argue with its aptness. Anyway, this also has 'Death on Two Legs', 'Love of My Life' and an eccentric love letter from Roger Taylor to his favourite motor. Oh, plus 'You're My Best Friend', the best thing Queen ever did. Eclectic, stuffed to the gills and, ultimately, glorious. Where's this ambition these days?
Yeah, I mean, this hits all my sweet spots. It rocks. It's huge. It's dumb. It's weird. I love it. If you also love this and you've never heard The Kleptones A Night at the Hip-Hopera, I suggest you do so. This is all good.
I never owned this one but this was one of those albums you didn't have to buy since it was played so much at all the parties. Side 1 doesn't have THE song, but it is still a strong side. The Side 1 songs I remember most from the parties where this LP was spun are "You're my best Friend" and "I'm in Love with my Car". You're My Best Friend still sounds great. Death on Two Legs is also musically good and lyrically full of piss and vinegar to say the least. Wiki just taught me that this song was with respect to their management that they fired at the time over financial and contractual issues. I recall the Bohemian Rhapsody movie made it seem like the old label was fired because they wouldn't agree to make THE Song a single because it was too long for radio. I guess this was a better storyline for the movie than the legal one. It also allowed the brilliantly casted scene where Dana Carvey plays the record company exec who gives a diatribe about how bad Bohemian Rhapsody was. I can't watch that scene without thinking of Dana and Mike Myers bobbing their heads in the car while they lip sync THE Song. There is a lot of genre hopping in this LP: On Seaside Rendezvous I keep waiting for the tap dancing solo, lol, 39 is a cool folk song, Good Company is a funky Ragtime song, The Prophet's Song has a 2 1/2 minute capella segment, and THE Song brings us opera. One could argue whether or not the music itself brings this to a 5 but, imo, Queen's ability to record good songs in so many off the beaten path genres gets it there.
Adrenaline rush from start to finish. Tracks keep jumping without a moment's breath. Really puts the prog in prog rock by taking inspiration from all sorts of classical genres, from the namesake opera ("Bohemian Rhapsody") to ragtime ("Good Company"). There are the really poppy songs. The true-to-form hard rock songs ("I'm in Love with my car"), which gets even heavier, metal-like with "Sweet Lady." The beginning of the folk '39 sounds like it could have come out today, especially with that beat. The songs are catchy and fun to sing to. Production sounds amazing. Weaknesses? I'm not sure this is a weakness, but I felt the diversity in genres could be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it grabs your attention the entire album, interested to discover not just what the next song will be, but what the very song you're listening to will sound like in a minute. On the other hand, they don't share much in common beyond the high energy, and it can be kinda exhausting with the sound constantly changing with each passing second. I think a better example of genre-blending is LDIV, but I don't think this deters from a perfect score. The songs can stand on their own. Each song is interesting to listen to from start to finish. There's really not much to dislike about anything about this album.
You suck my blood like a leech You break the law and you breach Screw my brain ‘til it hurts You’ve taken all my money and you want more - death on two legs (dedicated to … )
Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon into I'm In Love With my Car is the rock n roll one-two punch you never knew you needed.
Amazing range and variety. Not all songs stick in the mind though.
There's a quote from fabled film director Howard Hawks about what makes a great movie: "Three great scenes, no bad scenes." That same rule applies to one's definition of a great album. But it has to check both boxes. Queen surely meets the "3 great songs" criteria here (You're My Best Friend, Bohemian Rhapsody and Death On Two Legs qualify, as does 39 on a good day). But imagine you're the drummer for Queen, and your band's frontman is Freddie Freaking Mercury. You decide to bring in a song you wrote for your band's make or break album, and it's titled "I'm In Love With My Car". You're so fond of this song that you insist it can only be sung by you. The drummer. Who can sell the song in a way the iconic Freddie Mercury just wouldn't understand. Your belief in this song is such that you go so far as to lock yourself inside a cabinet unless it not only makes the album, but it also has to be the B Side of the Bohemian Rhapsody single. As one does. There are 3 songs of which Mercury takes a back seat (although in the interest of full disclosure, I don't mind guitarist Brian May's vocals on the aforementioned "39"). But it's the bad songs that keep this album from the fabled 5 rating. Listen to this with a great set of headphones to really appreciate the finer moments. Even the auto enthusiasts can feel free to skip Roger Taylor's car song.
I really wanna like the album more than I can honestly admit. I think it’s a 5 in terms of cultural impact but for my listening pleasure a lot of the songs are just on. Bohemian Rhapsody is a 5/5 and the production is very good but, I wish the rest of the album was as catchy and bombastic as that.
YAS QUEEN! i've been expecting this here
I was blown away by the scope of this album. It's probably best known for its two epics, but that summary ignores the depth and breadth of the rest of its offerings. What other rock project contains a hate song for a former manager, a Bowie-esque space folk song, and a combination Dixieland/ukulele number? All of the experiments work. I have a tendency to reduce Bohemian Rhapsody to a product of Wayne's World fame, and I'm definitely guilty of taking it for granted due to its overexposure. A fresh listen reaffirms its status as a masterpiece, and the thing of it is, it's not out of place on the album. The whole thing is a work of art. Best track: Bohemian Rhapsody
Woot. Queens good.
A great album with a contender for best song ever almost at the end.
Echt een aantal pareltjes op dit album.
Heh, you'll have a hard time finding a Queen album for which I will *not* give 5 stars. This is NOT that album. 5 stars.
Good album. I know so many of the queen songs on it but have never listened to the full album.
Love this album, this is exactly what I was hoping for in this project— I really only knew the hits. I know this is one my dad probably wore the vinyl out of when he was in high school
Not much that can be said. Brilliant.
Top of the heap
Gostei muito, fazia um tempão que não escutava.
How can the album that bore Bohemian and Rhapsody not to be a five. Love the 70s shredding.
Hard not to rate this well. Not every song is a gem but those that are make up for it. I’m thankful that Wayne’s World revived the interest in Queen.
Great album from start to finish
Revisitar esta obra que ya conocia es siempre chulo. Más rock del que recordaba.
Bardzo pomieszane gatunki, ale są dobrzy we wszystkim. No i Bohemian Rhapsody <3
Just love this album with all of its eccentricity.
Incredible album - Queen always puts me in a good mood. You're my best friend and Bohemian Rhapsody are both iconic. I also feel like I know a lot about this album because it was featured in the movie.
Just great and suuuper original!
It fucking kills it. Thats it
Classics don't crack!!
One of Queen's best. Not much else to say
Amazing classic. Discovered '39, probably a 10 ten queen song for me now. Prophet song great stereo experience. Album excellence
Lives up to its name, Bohemian Rhapsody is worth the price of admission alone
Obviously some absolute jams here, but I really liked ‘39, which I’d never heard before, and The Prophet’s Song” was like a Bohemian Rhapsody 2.0 that I didn’t know existed.
love love love Queen
Has BR so...
Bohemian Rhapsody tem 1,5 bilhoes de listens
Faves: Love of my life, Bohemian Rhapsody, seaside revenue
Eclecticismo puro, bordea el heavy, pasa por el pop, se asoma brevemente al folk y es puro rock. Mercury desatado. Cambios de ritmo contínuos. Temazo mítico incluído. Sobresaliente
This is a 5 star album from start to finish. Queen at their finest.
Рубрика "Не даром жирными жопами топ заняли". Тупа мастхиар-альбом. Пусть и не каждым треком по отдельности, но альбомом единым. Прям вообще проходняка не завезли, все треки плюс-минус интересные, от середняка до "боже мой, 10/10". Рапсодия, мб, лучший трек всех времён и народов. Туды и музла, и композиционных решений, и смыслу, и работы с языком, и элементов разных жанров завезли, и всё работает, как положено. К ней единственная претензия условная разве в том, что митольный фрагмент "So you think you can stone me..." слишком короток, имхо охуенен, мб больше, чем четверостишие на него выделить. Ну вот полвека прошло, до сих пор вполне актуально звучит. В смысле не по трендам, канеш, но по качеству, по доступности, так скать. Слушать не затем, чтоб знать, откуда есть пошло, а ради того... чем всё закончилось, грубо говоря. То есть решения, что Queen в золотое время напридумывали, опосля в мейнстриме особо развития особо нигде не получили, так и оставшись в своих альбомах. Мб, канеш, цэ тупа продукт своегоо времени, и опосля было как-то нерентабельно особо заморачиваться, дабы повторить. Но мб всё же Queen были ярким неповторимым явлением эпохи, к которому так просто и не подсосёшься. Так что всё же мастхиар из 10.
Great album, Queen was at the top of their game and produced a brilliant album out of it. It’s a little mix of everything and it’s all brilliant
Canciones que no conocía tanto, canciones rápidas casi todo el álbum para un gran crescendo. Lo mejor para el final.
Bohemian rhapsody bleibt einer der besten Songs aller Zeiten, aber auch sonst enthält das Album ein paar gute tracks
Another Queen album already? Let's GO. This album has some great songs. Of course Bohemian Rhapsody is the most well known, but they're all great.
Quite an iconic album. Nice to hear some of the other songs on the album instead of just the hits.
Finally! An album that I agree should be on this list!
Absolutely brilliant in every sense.
Yaaasssss Queen!!!! I loved this album. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to a full on queen album and I’m glad this one was my first. Vocals and instruments are fire and Freddie Mercury is just incredible in everything Top tracks: you’re my best friend, Love of my life, bohemian rhapsody, sweet lady
first track- killer guitar parts, menacing gritty vocal performance, experimental structure second track- a psychadellic take on a classic British style, quite funny and tongue and cheek third track- hard/ blues rock style reintroduced, much more traditional rock structure, comedic lyrics fourth track- classic queen song, poppy and fun, lighthearted. fantastic songwriting on all tracks so far fith track- folky style with breaks into wierd choral vocals, quite nice but overall most bland track so far sixth track- comes in sounding like led zeppelin, punchy, dirty and aggresive lyrics and vocal performance seventh track- a British summertime inspired piano/vocal ditty, fun and funny eighth track- prog intro using acoustic guitar, whole track builds throughout its runtime, strange acapella vocal lines, very prog inspired ninth track- quite beautiful denounment with just Freddie and his piano, leads on beautifully from the eighth track, almost tear inducing tenth track- airy guitar lines, plodding ukelele, almost like something off of Abbey Road eleventh track- in the running for greatest song of all time, so operatic, amazingly structured with huge tonal shifts that come naturally, iconic moments and performance, a huge number that will be remembered in legend for all time closer- an instrumental of god save the queen, not as dramatic as the former track but still quite a tongue and cheek summary of the albums themes with the consistency in sound
An excellent album. I listened to this one a lot when I was little, and most are songs I still listen to regularly. Really formative for my music taste today. A respectful 5 stars
Queen rules, such a fun listen.
An eternal classic
Queen, you've done it again. Consistently good with a good scope of sound.
There will never be a better singer.
Iconic. Some filler in the middle but enough classics to keep it going
Easiest 5 star album of my life. I'd never heard many of the songs on this album, so it was an awesome listen. The Prophet's Song is really impressive and creative!
A masterpiece of songwriting, arranging harmonising and playing.
Hard to beat that!
Classic. One of the best from an amazingly unique band.
I'm surprised that I've never actually listened to this one all the way through. There were a couple songs that I'm surprised weren't released as singles. There were one or two that were a lot more ...bluegrass? than I thought would've been there.
Fantastic! One of the greatest opening tracks of all time to set the tone for the album. Love the juxtaposition of The Opera with raucous rock n roll. A great bloody time, the whole time.
I liked it a lot. 9/10
9/10. All pretty good, but nothing that I really love.
All of the songs on this album are already pretty good, and then Bohemian Rhapsody kicks dick and makes it a masterpiece. Favorite tracks are Death on Two Legs, The Prophet's Song, and Bohemian Rhapsody, obviously.
What can you say about an album that makes you wait until the very end to hear Bohemian Rhapsody and yet you don't feel like skipping any of the tracks to get to that masterpiece? This album is great from the very first song. It features a tremendous diversity of songs and a wide range of emotions and tones, but each one flows effortlessly from the one before it. A true classic 5/5
Magnificent album. Bohemian Rhapsody is still a Top-25 song on Spotify after all this time.
oh finally i get the option to rate an album after refreshing: which is how i feel about this album.
This album is actually quite good. Some songs are reminiscent of Ween. Generally outstanding instrumentation and performance. Deserving of headphones.
Have been listening to this one when i was 14, still do now, 25 years later. Another timeless gem.
LOVE THIS ALBUM
This album has so many good songs. I had honestly never heard ‘39 and it might have become one of my favorite Queen songs out there. While not every song is great, this album as a whole is.
Top to bottom, great album.
I usually don't review an album song by song, but I found myself doing this here. Death on two legs is a very strong opener, has an epic feel to it and the guitar's sound great. Lazing on a sunday afternoon is kind of a silly "Tiny Tim" kind of song, could go without it but we'll see how it ties into the album. I'm in Love with my Car: Now we're into an 80s Hair Rock song that sounds like it could be The Scorpions or Def Leppard. At this point I'm starting to think this album is going to be very disconnected song to song, but maybe more of a satire/comedy focus? You're My Best Friend: Classic tune, everyone knows it. Very upbeat and poppy. '39: Very strummy, stompy folk song. Reminds me of Country Roads Take Me Home but with a little Queen flair. I dig it. Sweet Lady: Back to the rock, guitar-first tune this time around. Kind of busy, bouncy melody, again very 80s kind of sound but more of a Foghat or Aerosmith vibe this time. Seaside Rendezvous: A ragtime piano tune, with some horns and slide whistles thrown in, file this one under weird Queen, vocals are great as usual but it's a bit out there. The Prophet's Song: Oh wow this is 8 minutes long. This one has a bit of an operatic quality to it, and a bit Metal telling an epic story, this is like Tenacious D almost but minus the comedy and more straight laced. Gets into a strange echoing chant in the middle that kind of kills the vibe. Love of my life: A romantic piano ballad, Freddy putting the emotion into this one. Good company: A vocal harmony, almost has a Beatles vibe now. A touch of ragtime again, and some plunky guitar. Bohemian Rhapsody: The quintessential Queen song. Fits perfectly in this album, the song goes in a lot of directions and matches the amount of whiplash you'll feel from song to song. God Save the Queen: It's actually God Save the Queen, but like a Jimi Hendrix style guitar solo version. Overall Thoughts: That was a wild ride, every single song is completely unlike the other. It feels like Queen had a checklist of genres or bands they wanted to pay homage to and they went through that piece by piece. Some really great tunes, some that I personally didn't dig but I recognize they were well done. Quality is there, Queen is an excellent band and belongs on this list, I can see why this was here. Overall liked it but the inconsistency dragged it a bit. Still giving it a 5, the highs are very high.
You're My Best Friend, '39, Love of My Life, and Bohemian Rhapsody. This is such a fun and well-recorded album. Possibly the best by one of the all-time greats.
How could I do anything but love this album? Such an iconic set of tracks, a legendary voice gone too soon. A roaring triumph of an album with a bold set of classical influences. I love that Queen manages to be both highbrow and utterly weird. Fave track: Bohemian Rhapsody, duh.
Campy and ambitious, this album is the pinnacle of 70s rock excess. The vocal arrangements are genius and the meticulous and uncompromising layering of music stands apart. Brian May is one of my favorite guitarists and his Dixieland jazz layered solo in ‘Good Company’ is one of his best with the guitar simulating an entire brass section including a sliding trombone. Of course, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is the climax of this album. That song is iconic on its own, but within the context of the album it becomes even greater. I adore this album
This album is the favorite of a person that played a crucial role in my past. Listening to these songs after all these years unpacks profound memories. Freddie’s voice is sublime. Love of my life, You’re my best friend are songs that will ever live in the collective conscience, let alone Bohemian Rhapsody… It is a fascinating trip, a piece of art.
Genre bending, sing a long operatic rock. I can see the influence on bands like Mr Bungle
It starts so heavy and powerful, then gets a little dorky. You're my best friend is such a feel good moment. There's a switch to a more folksy sound with '39 before heading back to classic rock. Seaside Rendezvous is full ridiculous campy cabaret I would have loved to see live in a small theatre. Prophet's Song is a little too rock opera and inconsistent for me. I couldn't figure out if Good Company featured a banjo or ukelele and learned of the combo instrument for the first time. How quirky and fun. Bohemian Rhapsody, what a masterpiece. Not possible to listen without joining in. Didn't really need the patriotic closer, but wow what a tight set of tracks showcasing real DYNAMIC range.
I hadn't listened to this album as a whole before and it was great. Lots of songs I knew and some I didn't. Dynamic, and beautiful. Favourite songs: You're My Best Friend, Seaside Rendezvous, Bohemian Rhapsody
It's so good. So much variety and incredible performances vocally and musically. I was also surprised how many of these songs I didn't even know I knew. There was only one or two I hadn't heard before. What a great album! Favourite Tracks: (Besides the classics) Death On Two Legs, I'm In Love With My Car, Lazing On a Sunday Afternoon, Seaside Rendezvous
Freddie just knows how to do it to you
Concepção grandiosa e fundamental
This album gets 4/5 just got Bohemian Rhapsody alone. The rest of the record easily takes it over the top.
A classic, Bohemian Rhapsody was a song I didnt like as a teenager, but love now, a personal example of musical growth
God, I love this album. It's the flaming cherries jubilee of rock albums. It's decadent and absolutely too much, but incredibly beautiful. I mean, have you ever spent a night at the opera? I have and it really isn’t like this at all, but at the same time, they kind of nail it here. It’s big and luxurious and theatrical and you might just shed a tear before it’s all over. This is probably Queen's most perfectly realized album. It's one of the only ones I can listen to without skipping a track. The production is superb and the band are in the best form of their lives. The layered vocals are stunning, the arrangements absolutely gorgeous. It has all the pomp and majesty and R-O-C-K you want in a Queen album, with plenty of surprises. The way the band breezily sways from twee, old timey confections like "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" or "Seaside Rendezvous" to muscular, complex songs like "Prophet's Song" and "Death on Two Legs" is a sonic joy, something no other band could hope to pull off without sounding ridiculous. Only Queen could put out an absurdity of a song called “I’m in Love with My Car” and not be met with endless derision. Queen gives us permission to let go and indulge as listeners like no one else. They were at heart a killer power trio plus one, the One being Freddie Mercury, rock’s greatest front man, with an operatic vocal range and a flair for the dramatic. It’s the interplay/tension between that huge rock sound and the band’s more elegant, progressive inclinations that creates a singular kind of magic. Throw in a little winking, campy humor and you have a style of music that delivers on every level. "Bohemian Rhapsody" is of course the star of the whole production. Queen does more musically with this song than most bands could hope to do with an entire album. The pathos, the grandeur, the bombast, the humor, the strutting rock assault. Yes, this song gets played a lot, but there's a reason why. There's nothing else in the world like it. Fave Songs (All songs, in order from most to least favorite): Bohemian Rhapsody, You're My Best Friend, Death on Two Legs, Love of My Life, Seaside Rendezvous, The Prophet's Song, Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon, '39, Sweet Lady, Good Company, God Save the Queen, I'm In Love With My Car
This is an album I know well, as it was in my sister's record collection in my youth and I played it often. But I don't think I've listened to it since she moved out when I was in junior high. So this is an exciting opportunity. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA is nothing short of amazing. "Death on Two Legs" pairs soaring Queen vocals and heavy metal guitars to rip into whoever it was dedicated to. You know you are in for something good. Who else but Queen would then dive right into the tinny vocaled 1920's-ish "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" then with a little guitar solo jump headlong into the hard rock "I'm In Love With My Car" - a wonderful love song to a car. This is really thrilling stuff! I've always loved "You're My Best Friend." That song still makes me incredibly happy as I think of my best friends every time I hear it. I love the electric piano and vocals. Such a wonderful song. "'39" is a total change of pace and I love it. The acoustic guitar driven song is a great listen evoking its sci-fi backstory with great use of vocals and the electric guitar. I don't think I've heard this song in 40 years but as soon as it started I remembered instantly how much I love it. "Sweet Lady" is a straight Queen rocker with some unusual tempo changes that make it quite interesting to listen to. "Seaside Rendezvous" is a 20's sounding piano driven track. I love sailing along over Freddie Mercury's smooth vocalizations imagining the stage show as I sip a Bee's Knees in some illegal club. "The Prophet's Song" is a dire warning accompanied by the heavy guitars and dark vocals as a prophet warns of the flood made famous by Noah's ark. I love the a cappella vocal solo in the middle that give way to a guitar solo. "Love of My Life" is a heart wrenching love song supported mostly by a gorgeous piano arrangement. Beautiful. "Good Company" adds a dixieland style with a ukulele-driven number again providing testament to Queen's incredibly versatility. Remarkable too is that this song precedes the utterly remarkable... "Bohemian Rhapsody" - what can one say about this song? No one would ever have imagined such a song could ever be exist - let alone become a huge hit, becoming one of the most beloved and enduring songs in rock and roll - and probably in all of music history. Listening to it in the context of this album was wonderful. There were a few moments when I could briefly feel what it was like to listen to this for the first time as an eight-year-old kid and being utterly mesmerized. "God Save The Queen" closes A NIGHT AT THE OPERA in a truly epic way. I have chills. I cannot imagine any other group with the audacity and talent to create anything like this album. The songs all come together beautifully to create a transcendent listening experience. While the singles are spectacular on their own, there is nothing like listening to this album as a whole. A NIGHT AT THE OPERA is a masterpiece.
What a glorious piece of work this is. An incredible example of what's possible in rock music. A grand display of hutzpah and talent. I love it very much.
I have said it before and I may say it again...I love Queen! This is an excellent album! There is so much of musical interest to my ears. The variety of musical styles and instrumentation is lovely.
Een album dat blijft verrassen
This was my first favorite album at the age of 8 or 9. I have probably listened to these tracks more than any other tracks, or at least for the most years. It's hard to analyze these songs objectively. I like how silly a lot of them are. The Skiffle Band influence is on full display here. This is Queen in transition. They are not quite yet the powerhouse arena rock band they became, but they are also growing out of their art school glam rock phase (I mean, they were always glam, let's be honest). Bohemian Rhapsody is so overplayed on the radio that it takes a conscious effort to listen with fresh ears and appreciate its brilliance. That being said, I think Prophet's Song does what BR is also doing, but better. I'm in Love With My Car is the worst song Queen ever wrote, and I'm happy they got it out of the way this early in their discography.
One of the good ones
Very enjoyable! Has "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "You're My Best Friend"
Good album. Really enjoy transitions here.
I personally think that Queen is kinda overrated, even though I am not gonna lie, it's a beautiful piece of an album, Bohemian Rhapsody is a classic, undoubtedly. The rest of the album isn't just a background of one hit, I really enjoyed it and it has an unique, special vibe
Classic rock is classic. Bohemian Rhapsody is god-level.
nunca fui fãn de queen esse album abriu minha mente
An absolute classic.
iconic album, not 1 bad song
Easy 5 stars. Masterpiece of an album.
2/17/2022 Today's Album: "A Night At The Opera" by Queen - This is an album that I have had on vinyl since around the beginning of the initial 2020 quarantine and in the time it really has not gotten old to me. The reason? This album is one of the best produced albums of the decade. In my opinion, this is a textbook example of how to mix and pan audio to transform it from a basic performance to something that feels beyond instrumentation. The Bohemian Rhapsody movie that came out a few years ago did a great way of showing how much Freddy Mercury wanted to create an LP at the caliber of a theatrical performance and with a good pair of headphones, it absolutely sounds like it. The way Death On Two Legs begins with a gigantic instrumental build before it cuts out to pretty much nothing is absolutely stunning. Lazing On a Sunday Afternoon is a really fun ragtime tune about exactly what the title would imply. I'm In Love With My Car, despite its absurd title, has a ton of really creative sounds in the mix and they are all mixed exceptionally well as well. The song '39 is one that I had on repeat after listening to it because of how enchanting it is. You're put into this bittersweet song about war and forgotten love that tugs on the heart string despite the lyrics being quite vague. It has this deep emotional weight to it and is the best track on the album in my eyes, with two acoustic guitars and the bass playing off each other in a way that gives this song great levity despite the lyrics. Seaside Rendezvous is a really fun piano-focused track that has a really bouncy 20's feel to it, similarly to many other songs on this album. It is a great way to end side 1 of the vinyl with Freddy saying, "Give us a kiss" before one last musical hit. Prophet's Song, being the longest track on the album, is an incredibly dark and menacing track with great chorus vocals and bass work before the track breaks out into a several minute experimental looping and prog rock section. I think it's really well done and despite how long it goes on for, it totally works with the flow of the record. Love Of My Life is, in my opinion, one of the best love songs to ever exist. It's up there with The Beatle's Something and everyone should know this song. It's heartbreaking, but lovely and incredibly well performed by Mercury. Also the harmonies are literally perfect. Like I haven't emphasized it very much yet, but this guy's vocals are NUTSO. Good company is an all around solid track, Classic queen with great guitar work, fast basslines, and a ton of extraneous orchestral instruments. The stringed instrument, which I think is a ukulele(?) is a really nice part of the track and gives it a lot of personality. Bohemian Rhapsody needs no review. It is fucking Bohemian Rhapsody (It sounds funny at 45 speed on the record player lol). God Save the Queen closes off the album and is just the British national anthem. Epic. Overall, this album is really enjoyable from start to finish and more people should hear it because it's some of queen's best work, despite some of it being really overplayed (Really just Bohemian) Score: 9.5/10 "Bloody Brilliant" Highlights: Death On Two Legs, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, '39, Seaside Rendezvous, The Prophet's Song, Love Of My Life, Good Company
All around a great album. All good songs, including the monster hit Bohemian Rhapsody. Quite the variety of songs. Easy 5
5, really enjoyed this
One of the greatest albums I've ever listened to. I love this one through and through. From Death on Two Legs, '39, Sweet Lady, and all the rest. This is Queen at their best.
When I was about 13, my mate Peter played me the Prophet's Song on his walkman during a school excursion to the Sydney Opera House (we were there for an afternoon at the opera. Matinee performance of Manon Lescaut.) I didn't think much of the opera, but I loved Queen. He subsequently made me a cassette of Night at the Opera backed with Queen's Greatest Hits. I had been familiar with Bohemian Rhapsody and many of their singles prior to that, but Night at the Opera was the first Queen studio album that I really delved into and played obsessively. I find it hard to approach this record objectively, because of my nostalgic love of the record. Does it have a lot of songs that delve into pastiche and novelty? Yes. Is it almost bombastically over-produced? Well, yes. Is it full of cracking tunes and rocking rock? well, hell yeah! Let's play it again, and louder!
it feels like I’ve heard a hundred different Queen songs but the only ones I knew from this was You’re My Best Friend and of course that which must not be named so it was a pretty pleasant surprise hearing more proggy songs like Death On Two Legs and The Prophet’s Song as well as more Tally Hall vibe songs like Lazing On a Sunday Afternoon or Seaside Rendezvous, though I guess that one’s more Elton John also ‘39 was a whole-ass surprise, who knew Queen made a motherfucking folk song it’s reported that at the time this was the most expensive album ever produced and it sure does sound like it, fucking phenomenal - 10/10
This album is one of my all-time favorites. Listening to it today was fantastic, because it’s a repeat of something I do often. Freddie’s master class on live looping in The Prophet Song is worth the price of admission on its own, but starting with Death on Two Legs? Sheer perfection.
The number of strong songs on this album is staggering: Bohemian Rhapsody, Love of My Life, '39, You'Re My Best Friend, God Save the Queen. The rest are at least very good. Among the early Queen records, this is easily the most important one. Truly iconic. 5/5
A very easy 5 stars. It's crazy how such a massively versatile album can be so consistently excellent. Apart from the somewhat annoying middle-part of The Prophet's Song (not quite the lightning in a bottle that is Bohemian Rhapsody) and the sub-par Good Company, every single track is worthy of the 5 star album score. '39 in particular is a longtime Queen favorite of mine.
4/7/22 The easiest 5 I’ve given yet! Such a fun album with the perfect blend of theatrics and talent. Excellent guitar as well! Really enjoyed every song in the album and the ending was amazing! Favorite song: Bohemian Rhapsody Favorite new song: ‘39
A truly eclectic album with so many different instruments and styles. A number of classics with Bohemian Rhapsody (potentially the greatest song of all time) along with You’re My Best Friend and Love of My Life. A very solid 5.
Listened to on 4/7/22 5/5 Favorite song: Bohemian Rhapsody, God Save the Queen Simply. Iconic.
I needed this. Too many mediocre albums have passed by. I bought this as a kid and played it to death and even 47-odd years later people are still listening to it in droves. So varied- even the 'dodgy' tracks are great (Lazing on a Sunday. I'm in love with my car) and all have a story attached to them. Vocals (and not just Freddies), guitar, bass and drums all top of the game and the production is beyond perfection. Even the one-star reviews admit how mega it all is and base the score on just not being into it's excess. 'Death on two Legs' is my favourite Queen song by the way....If I could give this 1000 stars I would.
Brilliantly original, quirky and inventive. I love how they are doing their own weird ass thing. It remind me a couple of times of McCartney with the very silly and British “show tunes”. But then mix in the epic, soaring opera and blistering hard rock guitar solos. With 2 classic singles and album tracks full of interest, has to be 5 stars.
Huh, I just had Sheer Heart Attack day before yesterday. That's OK! You can't have too much Queen. A Night At The Opera is not a chore. ...yep...still great. Be my clementine!
p351. 1975. 5 stars Yes, it's overblown and over produced camp rock - but it's also an A grade rock band on top form with some cracking tunes and a sense of humour, and that covers a multitude of sins. There is a reason why Queen were so popular and why their songs are still played today, and this is the perfect illustration why. There isn't a weak track on it, although you can argue that The Prophet's Song outstays its welcome. And Brian May seems quite a good guitarist.
I did not immediately like this album as much as I like their first three; I'm a sucker for harder rock. Don't get me wrong, Death on Two Legs and I'm In Love With My Car are great hard rocking songs, the former a brilliant opener. It was the middle of the album where I was a bit uncertain. But I found when I was already in an amped up mood, this album took it to the next level. And it's far too complex to appreciate in one or two listens. After a few listens, I loved it, especially the more jazzy songs. What was particularly impressive was when I learned that a lot of the cool jazz sounds I learned to like were created through Mercury's and Taylor's vocals (Seaside Rendezvous) or regular instruments (Good Company). May's and Deacon's instrument innovations throughout the album are impressive. You're My Best Friend and Love of My Life are two very different but equally lovely odes. '39 was probably the place where I first started to wonder about the album (maybe May's just ok vocals?), but after a closer listen it's a pretty cool ballad - a cross between Led Zeppelin and John Denver. And I love how Sweet Lady cleanses the palette after. I don't always want to listen to Bohemian Rhapsody I've heard it so many times, but it is a rock opera masterpiece. Still, I think I might like The Prophet's Song just as much for its sweeping, grandiose style; it might be my new favorite on the album. In the end, I think I'm at a 4.5 but I'm rounding up for all the intricacy they put into the album and because they're freakin' legends (and deservedly so).
Such great stuff on this, even besides "Bohemian Rhapsody," which everyone knows. I mean "You're My Best Friend," " '39," "I'm In Love With My Car" are all great as well. But you can't get around the elephant in the room, can you? It's just too big. I tend to listen to the B-sides / deep cuts of Queen more only because I have heard those greatest hits so often. And BR is one I think I have heard hundreds of time now. It's still a great song, though. The band is firing on all cylinders on just about every song. Not one I would skip at all.
It's hard not to be charmed by this album. It's fun and well performed by everyone involved. It's just a classic. Duh. 3 5's in a row? Wow.
heard it a few times before, really good album, just good classic Queen. some whimsical freddie numbers, some balls-out rockin brian songs, 4/5.
It's got Bohemian Rhapsody but even without it its is a pretty good album.
9/10. album is cool. overdramatic but in a fun way. love the music hall shit on here i think its really when the albums fun theatric spirit shines the most. not talked-to-death fav: '39. really good. folk music is good. talked-to-death fav: b*henian ratsody. you know why this song is good
a classic, I feel like the front half pales compared to the ladder half and why I can't give it a perfect score, def deserving of this list
Pretty good, better than I expected but you know what? Bohemian Rhapsody is overrated. There. I said it.
Storslået, kor, karismatisk, 70’er pop/rock, Freddie Mercury
I love queen, this album have some amazing tracks but also some that I don't find brillant...
Tykkäsin. En ollut aikaisemmin kuunnellut ko. levykokonaisuutta.
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Loved the sound and feel
Closer to a 4.5! Great album. Arguably the greatest singer.
Some classics. Also some clangers
Near perfect album! Love a bit of Queen.
I completely understand where bohemian rhapsody came from now and definitely more into queen than before. It was interesting to hear how many different genres they dove into.
Never listened to this one the full way through. Truly one of a kind.
Some great songs, some not so great songs. But I can't bear to give Queen less than four stars
Wow holy jeez, I understand the value of Brian May. This album sounds soooo well produced. First time sitting though the whole album, front to back. Pretty darn good.
Strong lyrics and storytelling. Absolutely fantastic guitar and vocals. Can't say I liked much the songs without Freddy as lead vocalist, I think they actually dragged the album down. Great ability to keep songs fresh by adding variations and keeping them unpredictable. Impressive experimentation with different styles of music, exotic or old-timey vibes and instruments (Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon). Bohemian Rhapsody is an example of sheer musical creativity from musicians that have the talent to carry it to fruition. Loved also the adorable and iconic 'You're My Best Friend'.
Having in mind that Queen is not a band I listen to often, I still enjoyed this. 4/5 would listen to again
It's Queen. Some straight bangers. Some very dated cheese. Enjoyable listen even thought 40 years later some of the songs sound like a parody of the era.
I'm not the biggest Queen fan, there stuff seems a little all over the place for me. But, I still recognize greatness when I hear it.
J'adore Queen, en particulier pour les harmonies vocales. J'ai pas viré fou sur cet album, mais des Bohemian Rhapsody, ça court pas les rues Mon hit: SCARAMOUSH SCARAMOUSH WILL YOU DO THE FANDANGO
Fun album. Better than I expected honestly
an all time classic
Queen és un d'aquells grups que m'han acompanyat tota la vida, des que un amic me'ls va descobrir a 1r de BUP. Però aquest àlbum no l'havia escoltat mai sencer. Va ser el primer que els va catapultar i s'entén, perquè està ple de temes interessants, molt ben produïts, i amb la guinda del "Bohemian Rhapsody" al final. El disc és variat i entretingut, amb moments de rock, balades, i fins i tot una mica de country. Demostra el bon moment compositiu en què tots els seus membres es trobaven. Un molt bon àlbum.
Queen is a great band but not all the dramatic stuff works for me. Still there’s obviously some very good songs here. “I’m in Love With My Car” has still not grown on me.. sorry Roger
Aika leikittelevää meininkiä. Tuli mieleen Beatlesit siinä mielessä, että samalla levyllä voi olla legendaarisia klassikkobiisejä ja sitten jotain läppäbiisejä, joita ilmankin pärjäisi oikein hyvin. Kai se on niin, että kun on tarpeeksi iso nimi, niin voi tehdä mitä haluaa. Tämän levyn kokeellisemmat biisit eivät kuitenkaan olleet mitenkään häiritseviä tms. Kauttaaltaan kuuntelun kestävä levy, voisin kuunnella vielä myöhemminkin tätä!
Pretty epic. Love of my life is beautiful. You're my best friend :)
Des fois une musique de guitare au tour du feu, des fois un opéra, des fois une toune de générique de film, très varié et accrocheur. Freddy chante en ciboire, et les back vocals sont bons, le piano, l’orgue, toute. Alleluia
Full, unrestrained personality. Queen just does Queen so well (I wonder why that is...) and I can't stop enjoying how simply great this is. The compositions are large and perfect for a sunny day. Just radiant, I love them. And the best part is that it never gets stale! Queen keeps things fresh from song to song, such as the lovely acoustic ballad '39 or the soft and sweet Love Of My Life. I would be remiss to not talk about Bohemian Rhapsody which, though sorely played out, is larger than life in it's own way. Overall great album. We could all use a little more Queen in out lives.
I grew up listening to "Greatest Hits", so I'm kind of biased on picking my favorite Queen album, but I still liked this one a lot.
Death on Two Legs, I’m in Love with My Car, Sweet Lady, The Prophet’s Song и Рапсодия — балдеж. Остальное — варьируется от «слишком театрально и раздражающе» до «вообще клоунада какая-то». В целом я за стайлак Квин выкупаю, но бля, как же мало хороших песен на этом альбоме. Даже хваленая рапсодия не то чтобы сильно дело спасает, ну она прикольная, но плотнейше отсасывает у лучших песен группы, типа Донт стап ми нау и Эназер ван байтс зэ даст. В целом meh-альбом, ну тройку по пятибаллке конечно кощунство будет лепить, но где-то в районе между 6 и 7 по десятибалльной, в основном благодаря распевкам в Песне пророка. Скарамуш/10
Another classic, a banger, beautiful with a lot of good songs
Feels weird to do a 'yaaas queen' joke here but I really want to do I'm going to leave my review like this in memoriam
To start, these songs sounded like fragmented misfires with no concept to cohere around. But wha'd'ya know? Another listen and the concatenation started to appear. My mistake was looking for thematic links when--duh!-- they're all stylistic. Which style is... well... basically it's prog--pseudo-classical ideas (virtuoso instrumentalism and long songs broken into movements) fused with thrashing guitars and stomping drums--but not as I know it. In other words, it's good (sorry not sorry Jethro, Purple, Floyd, et al.). And it's good because (didn't I say this about Sheer Heart Attack too?) at the and time as being silly as fuck and gay as hell it's also serious as the dickens. That trio might not be brand new in popular music but where else can you find it in prog? Some have tried, most have failed. These chaps pulled it off. I'm not sure it's ever something that *needed* to be pulled off. But in practice I don't care. While it's on it seems absolutely vital.
Loved bohemian rapsody, best friend and few other. All the songs were very musically colourful
The thing that hit me whilst listening to this is just how overblown and dramatic, histrionic even, Queen sound - and how varied their sound. How do they do this without seeming like they’re showing off (Deep Purple), or oppressively hostile towards anyone who doesn’t “get it” (Jethro Tull). I can’t fully expound on what I think makes them sound so good here, but I’ll try some of it. Firstly, I think they’d have made this album and made these songs regardless of who was listening - so the songs sound completely unselfconscious, and alligned with who they are as a band. And then there’s the tension between Mercury’s style (flamboyant, theatrical, pop-leaning), May’s style (just wants to solo basically. He barely plays unless it’s a really cool riff or a solo), Taylor’s style (to pound the drums as bigly as possible) - and we’ll just assume Deacon was, as all bassists are, just happy to be there. Each member so totally embodies their preferred mode, that the disparate elements suddenly snap and cohere into a totally unique sound. It’s alchemy, and it’s great.
Gives a whole other level of appreciation for Bohemian Rhapsody
I resented having to listen to another queen album when there’s so much else out there in this wondrous world of music. It just got better and better though. Inventive songwriting, completely individual. You’re my best friend and Prophets song are absolute greats. It’s not their fault that Bohemian Rhapsody is so seared into our minds that we fail to remember what a ridiculously good piece of work it is. And why should we?! Nice to take a cold look at it though. It’s good. What’s the point of god save the queen here? Anyone? Is it an ode to Brian may doing it on top of the of the palace or wherever it was. Either way, I’m tempted to knock off a star for its inclusion. I won’t though.
One of Queens' best. How can you not enjoy?
Best Songs: Death On Two Legs, The Prophet's Song, Bohemian Rhapsody Worst Songs: Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, Seaside Rendevous
Really enjoyed the unique tracks that were new to me. particularly Love of My Life and The Prophet Song. Fun album! 4.0
Bohemian Rhapsody!! Orchestral effects! Brian May guitar riffs! A blending of genres under the umbrella of one album! Still, it gets to be a bit much with the silly lyrics, choral arrangements and overall heaviness. Good for the occasional listen in its entirety… Better deconstructed and placed into playlists. 3.5/5
Some crazy songs some classics
A better album than sheer heart attack. Has one of my favorite song, bohemian rhapsody.
This is a good album. It really mixes genres too - rock and like old timey sounding music - sometimes even treads on country. Freddie Mercury is outstanding. Greatest rock voice ever as well as the greatest band lead ever. Top tracks Death on two legs You’re my best friend 39 Iconic track Bohemian Rhapsody
1-Love the guitar throughout this first song and the structure of the song is very unique which I like a lot. 2- Clearly a jokey filler song but I didn't need to skip it. 3- Ok song with good instrumentation prefer it when Freddie takes the lead vocals. 4- Just a nice happy and vibey song, love the bassline to this too. 5- Country/folk song with some strange vocal breaks. This is probably my least favourite song so far. 6- Really disliked the chorus on this and found the whole song quite lackluster with no progression at all until the very end. 7- This song definitely does at it says, it really reminds me of going to the seaside. I wouldn't choose to listen to it on its own but its an enjoyable song in the context of the album. 8- Love the introduction to this song, and the rest of it. It feels very mysterious and dramatic, which is the style I love from queen. This song could definitely fit into a stage show or film. I think the acapella section in the middle of the song ruins it's listenability for me though. 9- A very iconic and beautiful piano ballad, I don't know what else I can say really apart from the Brian May's guitar in this song is just perfect. 10- This songs seems like it could just as easily have been written and performed by The Beatles. 11- One of if not the most iconic and amazing songs of all time, every part of it is perfect. 12- A nice closer to the album, which summarises the the themes pretty well.
Votare Queen è stato complicato perché di base non sono un loro fan, non li ho mai amati né odiati. Ho una lista di pezzi che mi piacciono e ho scoperto solo oggi che due di questi fanno parte di quest'album ('39 e You're my best friend), mentre altri pezzi mi hanno scassato la minchia tipo Bohemian Rhapsody (da adolescente la amavo). L'album l'ho trovato interessante, percorrono diversi stati d'animo, giocano qui e lì, sono dei bravi musicisti, per giunta in quel periodo erano già rockstar pluri-famose e pluri-premiate e si sente. La loro "philosophy of music composing" (me lo so inventato io) mi ricorda molto quella dei gruppi math-core che ascoltavo 5-10 anni fa: praticamente in un album math-core c'era di tutto, bossanova, ragtime, ballate etc, perché più è vario e complicato, più è figo. Qui mi è sembrata un po' la stessa situazione. Ci sono un paio di canzoni che mi hanno fatto soffrire: - Bohemian Rhapsody in primis (Basta!) - Prophet song - God save the Queen (perché vivendo in Irlanda ho imparato ad odiare gli inglesi). Tutto sommato mi sento di premiarli, è stata comunque un esperienza positiva.
Queen’s good songs are so good that they almost instantaneously erase all their mediocre ones. For example, a lot of people don’t know that “You’re My Best Friend” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” are the only two songs on this album. Kinda weird that they called it an album at all, but then Queen was always pretty weird! I mean, you saw that movie right?
Good album with some incredible standout tracks
Better than I thought it would be. Nice cohesive album with some great songs and nice guitar parts.
Good. I liked all of it, "You're my best Friend" being my favorite. I don't enjoy this as much as I do their earlier works. Still solid, though.
Overall this banged, it was cool to hear bohemian rhapsody in the context of an album. I think some of the tracks were a little obnoxious- the intentionally overblown style can only do so much. 8/10
Outstanding and much missed
good album decent songs, its a shame bohemian rhapsody has become a cliche since everything else they make only lives in its shadow
I remember listening to my crappy AM radio in bed many years ago when I was 13 yrs old and the DJ introduced this new song by Queen that was really “different”. I was only a kid but I realized that nothing was gonna be the same after Bohemian Rhapsody. That song changed my perception of music and it opened the door to prog, art rock and opera. BR is a 600 lb gorilla of a song and there are also a few other great tracks on this album but it just misses out on a perfect 5 score because there are a few clangers on it. I get that they wanted to be experimental and whimsical but the album is not 100% cohesive. But that 600 lb Gorilla though!
good songs on here….including one of the classics: bohemian rhapsody..
For me this is not the best Queen, but for sure is the album that has the best songs.
it is great i actually think the first half is better has fillers but cant deny it is great
This album contains two of my favourite Queen songs (Bohemian Rhapsody and You're My Best Friend) as well as some other nice ones. It also contains some songs that... aren't winners for me (particularly '39 and The Prophet's Song). All in all I think it's a 3.5 for me, which I will round up because I have a soft spot for Queen.
Some great and some ok songs
// Favs: Bohemian Rhapsody Score: Decent to Strong 4
A couple of bangers and obviously it’s a good album but maybe not one I would choose to listen to all the way through.
Two Queen albums in one week! I must say that while this album is quite an achievement, Queen's high energy theatrical bombast can be exhausting over the course of an entire album. They have individual songs which are these completely brilliant shining diamonds but I find that those songs are often so amazing that it's nearly impossible to maintain that level of output. So, perfectly decent songs that might be standout tracks on somebody else's album just end up being filler here. Also, the pacing seems a bit odd at times. All in all, those brilliant songs easily make up for any comparatively lackluster moments.
I was surprised to find that many of these songs didn't hold my attention. Obviously some classics here, "You're My Best Friend" and "Bohemian Rhapsody." Easy to hear why the songs that Freddy's not lead on have receded over time.
I was really looking forward to the listen because of Rhapsody, which is a GD national treasure. It started off great with Death on Two Legs. The rest was good with expressive drums and bass, and sharp melodic guitar, and amazing vocals. I know why I haven't heard of many of these songs, they don't stand out. But they work together in the album.
Despite not even containing many of my favorite Queen songs (except Bohemian Rhapsody, obvs) this album still delivers. With Freddie's amazing voice, each song is interesting and enjoyable!
Ravishing loud pop, capped by Bohemian Rhapsody. Don't forget - this was produced by Rav Sinclair! We sat at his Shabbat table in Israel.
Yet another Queen classic.
I'm a big fan of piano riffs, guitar riffs, ethereal vocals, and bands with a slightly unique sound - it's therefore no surprise I really enjoyed this album. There are definite dud notes which stop it getting a 5, but lazing on a Sunday afternoon, prophet's song, and bohemian rhapsody (obviously) are enough to elevate this to a strong 4.
I love Queen, Freddy Mercury will always be a great loss for music, but a Night At The Opera is not their best album in my opinion. Carried hard by some tracks.
Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. The less famous songs were a refreshing change of pace to what I thought I knew about Queen.
I've never been a fan of Bohemian Rhapsody but the rest of the album is great. I love the different musical styles.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" is 5 minutes and 54 seconds of extravagant, lavish spectacle; some of the best pop music ever. I had never heard the album from whence it came, so I had very high expectations for the experience. "A Night at the Opera" was indeed 43 minutes of extravagant, lavish spectacle. It is a true tour de force. (Forgive me using that phrase, but it is absolutely appropriate here.) Maybe it was just a bit of sensory overload from all that spectacle today, but I really started to think about "Sheer Heart Attack," and I went back and listened to it, and I felt more at home with that album. Such a surprise. It's also perhaps time to confess that I have never liked "You're My Best Friend" with its "Ooh, you make-uh me live, now honey!" So what are you going to do? But there is much I love about this album, including the vitriolic "Death on Two Legs" transitioning immediately into the '20s (er, 1920s) music-hall-styled "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon." "'39" is a sweet song that I was not familiar with, but it's been the one I keep playing. I liked it even more when I learned it came from Brian May's background in astrophysics. Ending with their guitar-and-cymbals "God Save the Queen" is reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner," and is the absolute perfect way to have ended this album.
I particularly liked the song 39. This was different from traditional Quuen songs
This is the one with Bohemian Rhapsody on it, which is still a great song no matter how many times you've heard it. Overall, the album is pretty darn good but doesn't scream "classic" to me. It comes with a sort of whimsical "Sgt. Pepper's" atmosphere, but just isn't as consistent. It's an album with brilliant highlights, but a couple of skippable tracks too.
Not the strongest first half but Bohemian Rhapsody more than makes up for it
This feels like a band at the top of their game, with the freedom to deliver exactly the kind of album they want, even if it is risky from a trad pop perspective. "Bohemian Rhapsody" isn't even the most outre track. The album goes in all sorts of different directions, all tied together by the craft and extravagance of Queen.
Le problème de Queen, je vous le donne en mille, c'est que certes, ils ont proposé un nombre de titres légendaires hallucinnants sur leur carrière. En revanche, ils sont incapables de tenir un album, la faute à une endurance très en dessous des standards. Cet album le démontre très bien, puisque Freddy Mercury va venir faire irruption sur cet album avec une énergie folle, multipliant les jeux de voix exceptionnels. Les musiciens le suivent, tout comme les auditeurs, dans une belle symbiose. Seulement, après quelques chansons dans une ambiance incroyable, Freddy Mercury commence à suffoquer, et demande une pause à ses musiciens. Il ira s'asseoir sur un banc au bord du studio, et ce pour la demi-douzaine de sons qui suivent. Une fois requinqué, et de nouveau bouillonnant d'energie, Freddy Mercury reviendra nous offrir le titre légendaire Bohemian Rhapsody, avant de s'effondrer de fatigue sur l'épaule de son bassiste.
Clássico. Icônico. Top Hits do Queen.
Det är ju så satans bra är det??
A fun mix of rock, pop and music hall. The best opera I've ever heard.
A collection of fun, eclectic and well-composed songs, with a smattering of classics, all impeccably recorded.
It is undeniably good but I just don't feel anything listening to Queen
listened to before Queen's best work
I do like Queen. They are a lot of fun, Freddie is an unmistakable voice and character, and the vocal harmonies are great, the musicianship (Brian May is amazing!) is fantastic. All that being said, sometimes they are a bit too much for me -- when I'm in the right mood for them, it rocks and it's a great time. When I'm not, it can be a bit in my face, but I totally get that's part of the charm, so I don't knock them for that. Also, this album has songs I grew up hearing so many times, like 'You're My Best Friend' and of course the timelessly iconic 'Bohemian Rhapsody', so, heck yes, it belongs on this list.
So much more here than just Bohemian Rhapsody! What a great album.
Lovely. God save her Maj from getting the AIDS again
Queen are instantly recognizable thanks to Brian May's unique guitar sound and Freddie Mercury's amazing distinctive vocals. It's quite a playful (operatic) album but occasionally it veers into self indulgence. At it's best it's simply breathtaking (Bohemian Rhapsody, You're My Best Friend) but some of it is rather mediocre.
I mean... you know, named after a Marx Brothers Film...one of my faves and the album is no slouch either.
I love queen but don’t think this is one of their best albums. Yes it had two of their best known songs on it but the rest of the album were done that were so so.
Quality. Must have sounded epic when it came out.
Love the country vibes
If you've never heard this before: this album contains "Bohemian Rhapsody." So, imagine an album where that song makes sense. That's right: it's an insane blender of styles and unchecked ambition. There's a harp on here. Also, young Freddie Mercury is even more amazing than I remember. Also, Brian May deserves the props and respect that he gets.
Surprised me! Obviously knew some of these songs but even the ones I didn’t were pretty good!
This is, at a personal level, probably the most important record of my life: I was listening to it at the precise moment in which I decided that I was (and still am) a woman. And The Prophet Song should have been a huge hit.
4, i know the hits but surprised how much i like the whole album. Death on two legs is a banger
yep, that’s queen
A total mix of genres, but they pull it off. However, were some misses. Overall I enjoyed the album, though did feel like I was just waiting for Bohemian Rhapsody
Bohemian rhapsody aside, this album was good and the opera vibes were there the whole time. I also really like you’re my best friend. Also bohemian rhapsody holy shit bro
Muy buen disco
I quite enjoyed this one.
What can you say? Classic Queen songs.
12 canciones (1975) Escuchadas previamente: Love of my life & Bohemian Rhapsody Fav: Bohemian Rhapsody Descubrimiento: Sweet Lady Notas: Inicio y final de las canciones >>> El solo de guitarra de Sweet Lady mola mucho Puntuación final: 4,2/5
It does have *that* song on it, but the rest of the album is very enjoyable as well. Operatic and a bit over the top in a good way
So close to being 5 stars, but the Car song and Sweet Lady really drag this album down.
4.5. This is a classic. So many great songs.
+Death On Two Legs, '39, Love of My Life -Sweet Lady, The Prophet's Song Highlights are not the radio hits we're used to (but those are good, too)... The album opens up with a suckerpunch that knocks you windless, but keeps you wanting...'39 is a light-hearted strummy melody that harkens back to John Denver but in that unique Queen way. What I didn't like... Sweet Lady: "You call me sweet like I'm some kind of cheese" lolwut?...The Prophet's Song is great for the first 3 minutes, then it devolves into a long, grating, and repetitive and I feel like it was intentionally done this way because only Queen could get away with it. This is a terrific album, however with wall-to-wall hits and great variety.
Queenia monipuolisimmillaan, mut kokonaisuuteen nähden liikaa ”oopperaa”.
Good album but goes into why Queen has many albums but very few hits.
A few really good songs, but for the most part, uninteresting. Most of the songs sounded good but made me feel nothing.
Just not as good as I hoped
Some killer tracks on this album and others more pretentious and meh. Probably a low 3.5
Varmaan Queenin ensimmäinen studiolevy jota kuuntelen. Aika vähän megahittejä löytyy, ja meno on muutenkin melkoisen poukkoilevaa. Jossain vaiheessa ensimmäistä kuuntelua jopa unohdin mikä bändi on kyseessä ja piti hieman mietiskellä että mitäs levyä listalta olinkaan kuuntelemassa. Yllättävän kylmäksi jätti vaikka odotukset oli korkealla. Levyn kohokohtana oli kenties etäisesti tuttu Seaside Rendezvous.
Hét album van Queen. "Death on Two Legs" is een stevige opener, meteen al die oh zo bekende Queen sound. Qua productie, mix en geluid waanzinnig goed. Roy Thomas Baker heeft daar zijn sporen nagelaten. "Lazy on a Sunday Afternoon" laat je meteen weten waarom het album a night at the opera heet. Dit wordt een pastiche van muziekstijlen. Loopt vloeiend over in het nummer gezongen door Roger Taylor "I'm in love with my car". De gitaarklanken van Brian May geven dit standaard rocknummer nét dat beetje extra . En dan de Wurlitzer klanken op "You're my best friend", pure reclame voor dit instrument. "'39", gezongen door May, een van de mindere tracks op het album maar met een bijzondere tekst over tijddilatie. Toch mooi dat May gepromoveerd is in astrofysica. Lekkere rocker "Sweet Lady" volgt erop. "Seaside rendevouz" is dan weer zo'n maf nummer dat er tussen zit. Niet mijn ding, wel muzikaal enorm knap. "The prophet's song", met ruim 8 minuten een zwaar nummer dat een stuk lichter wordt gemaakt door de harmonieën van Mercury. De vocale delayeffecten halverwege het nummer zijn dikke voorlopers van de resultaten die muzikanten nu krijgen wanneer ze een looppedaal gebruiken. Een naadloze overgang naar het bekende "Love of my life". Pracht ballad uit de koker van Mercury. "Good company", weer een May liedje, die zich lekker uitleeft op ukelele en gitaar. "Bohemian Rhapsody" daar valt weinig over te zeggen. Het album sluit af met een interpretatie van "God Save The Queen" zoals dat alleen door Queen gedaan kan worden: Episch. Herspeelbaarheid: 3 van de 5 sterren
Queen has been so overplayed by this point in my life, it's hard to really get into this. I cannot listen to bohemian rhapsody any more. Maybe I wasn't in the right headspace. I wish I could listen to it for the first time on a record player in the mid 70s. But I was one years old at the time. I understand the history and importance of this.
Erghhhh, was like a 47 minute version of bohemian rhapsody. I couldn’t wait for this to finish. Two good songs and a bunch of weird crap.
3.5 - Prophet's Song and Bohemian Rhapsody are immense. Extraordinary composition, arrangement and production. john deacon is a groove machine with You're my Best Friend and Love of My life is one of the best ballads ever. Still, a few songs don't really do it for me: Sweet Lady, Seaside Rendezvous, Good Company, In Love with my Car, 39 . They're ok but I wouldn't come back to them.
I don’t believe that I have ever listened to a queen album all the way through. I loved this. There is a part of me that feels like if the Beatles had continued and been more odd that this is an album they could have made.
Why does Paul McCartney get lambasted for Maxwell’s Silver Hammer and O Bla Di when this is an entire album of that shizz?
This is fine, but I'm guessing it was chosen exclusively because of Bohemian Rhapsody.
A good album, but not the masterpiece I was expecting. Obviously Bohemian Rhapsody is incredible, You're My Best Friend is a great song also, otherwise nothing really stood out for me. 3 stars.
Odd collection of songs that sound more like an opening act to a vaudeville act than a 70s rock band.
Queen is OK. The highlight of this is you-know-what. Within the week, I just saw that scene from Wayne's World for the first time in 20 years.
Not in love with the idea that my Spotify is now like 'Here are some fleet foxes, queen, phoebe bridgers, mroe queen, the strokes, and even more queen' but I liked this album significantly more than the previous one we listened to
Queen is really more of a singles band than an album band
I really loved the basement level of the Hangge Uppe, but it never got me laid, and that will cost Queen two stars.
Au début de l’album j’ai été charmé, du rock innovateur et des chansons de Queen que je ne connaissait pas, Tout indiquait un 4. Par contre, à mis parcours je me suis rappeler pourquoi je ne suis pas un fan de Queen, trop d’harmonie de voix interminable et irritante. Je comprends que c’est la signature, Mais j’aime pas Je l’évite love of my life et good compagny ainsi que tous les harmonies de voix en deuxième partie de l’album Je lévite les 5 premières chansons du rock solide
Some really cool riffs and amazing vocals, but there's something about Queen that I just don't like.
I really wish that I liked this album more than I did. It's 3/5 and barely so. 3 really good songs (already known and popular) a few mediocre songs and then some filler
Obviously bohemian rhapsody was groundbreaking but I'm in love with my car? 39?
I mean it's queen.
good not great
man, i was really hoping God Save the Queen was going to be a Sex Pistols cover. i do realize that would've required a time machine, but honestly, i think it would've been worth the effort.
Went in thinking I’d preheat a hot giant 5 stars. Was a bit disappointed that between the hits, there were numerous misses
Sapevo che prima o poi sarebbe arrivato questo momento. Non ci sono molte parole da spendere, il fatto che i Queen ci sappiano fare sia tecnicamente che a livello compositivo è indiscusso, questo album è anche molto vario e sicuramente personale e originale. Se poi mi arriva/mi piace la visione artistica è un altro discorso. Questo disco mi proietta automaticamente in un'ipotetica cena con Brian May e Freddy Mercury e me li immagino parlare solo loro di quanto sono superiori agli altri gruppi di quanto artisticamente stiano facendo la differenza e gli altri non osano e te vorresti parlare di cazzate ma poi ti senti stupido. Diciamo che si sente che hanno un'alta considerazione di loro stessi ecco. Il risultato per me e più di una volta tendente al cringe nonostante tutti i lati positivi. Per me musicalmente se vogliamo sarebbe pure un 4, artisticamente è un 2, famo un 3 e passa la paura. (Sono consapevole che queste note susciteranno l'odio di tutti)
This album sounded sing songy, like a Broadway play. Probably what they were going for, with the title and all, but I didn't think it was their best stuff. Nick's wedding song and bohemian rhapsody both featured though.
Saved Prior: Bohemian Rhapsody Off Rip: Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To...), '39, Sweet Lady, Seaside Rendezvous Cutting Edge: Love Of My Life Overall Notes: I know very few people who don't know Bohemian Rhapsody, and I know even fewer people who don't like Bohemian Rhapsody. The variety of this album surprised me, and it was a lot more campy than I expected. Crazy that Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon, Death on Two Legs, You're My Best Friend, Love Of My Life and Bohemian Rhapsody are all on the same album and it doesn't completely not work. That being said, I didn't really like some of these songs, so it goes down as a 3.5 rounded down.
Feels pretty middle of the road to me honestly. Like to to be honest, I don't think it's bad. It's just a decent album. But then, it also has bohemian rhapsody. Which is a certified classic.
I know it is a classic…but it does not amaze me…
Heb het niet helemaal kunnen luisteren (zo’n actieve vakantie :)), maar wat ik heb gehoord vond ik best leuk en gevarieerd.
Beetje teveel Queen op dit moment. Hoewel ik dit wel echt een goed album vind. Niet alles is even interessant, maar toch zeker een paar pareltjes. Zoals bijv. Love of my Life.
2nd half stronger than the first. Feel like it had a ratings bump from having Bohemian Rhapsody at the end. Some of it didn't work for me, but it sounds like they were having fun.
Good album some misses. Prefer to stick with their hits.
A singles band that couldn't put it together for a full album. Decent lead single tbf!
Light 6-7, felt like a musical, had some interesting musical moments but didn’t feel a real connection to it
More mixed than I remember
Some queen classics and some rather psychedelic tracks
Too much self indulgence and pomp at times for me.
Good, weird to discover that queen had a sound besides epic rock opera - a few of the tracks were surprising
Enjoyed a few new songs, but overall not my style. Somewhat distracting. I would not put this on for a dinner party
It's been a long time since I've heard this, and I'm amazed by how well it holds up. Even the music hall and dixieland bits are better than I remember. Probably more like 3 1/2 stars, but I prefer to round down.
Ambitious? Yes. Is it well produced? Maybe for the 70s, but overall I tend to agree with the guy who told them that's a poorly-made collage-like record. Although there are two great songs (Love of my life and Bohemian rhapsody), other songs are plain stupid. The only good in them is Freddy's vocal that sounds angry, energetic and transparent at the same time, that's badass.
Eh. Queen's still mostly a singles band to me. But the singles are excellent. 6/10
Liked this a bit more than Queen II. Bo Rap helps of course
While it is obvlously a classic, I find it a bit overwrought - not really to my taste. I'm not a fan of Opera either.
such a pleasure to have a break from the constant Greatest Hits that one is normally exposed to, even though there are a few on this album. A few songs that really caught my off guard in a positive way. Sick of Bohemian Rhapsody though
Jenny tycker om Queen och jag tycker om Jenny
The vocal harmonies and iconic guitar make Queen what it is, and it's clearly inspired so many musicians that have come after. That said, I can only really take Queen for a couple of songs at a time and their music dances on that balance of making me hop along an making me feel extremely anxious. This album contains pretty much all of their bangers but I still don't love it and can't give it more than a very very strong 3
Best Song: '39. Topic is unexpected for what I know of Queen. Worst Song: The Prophet's Song. The layered vocals/canon thing that takes up the entire middle of the song is horrible. Overall: I could never listen to Bohemian Rhapsody again and die happy.
An album I’ve known and owned (on cassette) for a long time. Not my favourite Queen album but still very good. You’re My Best Friend is one of Deacons best and Love of My Life is as good a singalong anthem as Queen ever wrote
I hadn’t heard most of the tracks on this album since 1975 or 1976 when one of my classmates (I can’t remember who) brought it into school, to Mr Jones’ music appreciation lesson. The standout track is of course Bohemian Rhapsody, which stayed at number one on the UK singles chart for nine weeks and was universally loved by everyone I knew. I have a very clear memory of being fourteen years old and trying to remember all the lyrics to that song while trudging the dark cold streets of Freckleton on my morning paper round. Listening to A Night at the Opera now, some 26 years later, my overall feelings about it are much the same as they were back then; although the musicianship and songwriting are obviously second to none, much of the actual music leaves me a bit cold. Many of the songs are a little too experimental for my taste, a little too avant-garde. That’s not to say that there aren’t highlights; Besides Bohemian Rhapsody, You’re My Best Friend, Love of My Life and ’39 (a cautionary tale about the dangers of Einsteinian time dilation) stand out to my ear. Overall I would give A Night at the Opera three stars out of five, mainly for the inclusion of the wonderful Bohemian Rhapsody, but also for the inevitable sense of nostalgia for my long-lost misspent youth that comes with revisiting an album I haven’t heard in so many years. Perhaps I won’t wait another quarter of a century before listening to it again.
On second listen the opening is too poor to give it a 4 star review. Second half is great fun though.
Barely scrapping a 3
Quelques passages exceptionnels impulsés par un Freddy Mercury totalement déchaîné. Légère inquiétude cependant vers le milieu de l'album lorsqu'on aperçoit celui-ci les mains posées sur les hanches et le front couvert de sueur. Plusieurs minutes s'écoulent alors pendant lesquelles on lui demande s'il a assez de force pour terminer l'album. L'intéressé se montre rassurant et reprend (heureusement) sa place pour enregistrer le classique Bohemian Rhapsody. Il s'écroule au début de la piste suivante et se voit contraint de céder sa place sous une ovation.
Sympathique, mais pas transcendant. On ne retient que très peu de morceaux…
Plutôt cool mais sans plus
Starkt! inte så tätt med klassiska låtar men uppskattar det, känns nytt och fräscht!
Jag fattar varför hitsen är hits. Inte ett fan av det andra tbh
Classic Queen album, in the better end of their discography - but not their best album though.
Bohemian rhapsody adds a whole point, other than that it’s cool I like the one about the car but other than that meh
Difficult to reflect on the album (as a whole) as legendary as it is, Bohemian Rhapsody takes most of the limelight. It's a fun album, but other than You're My Best Friend the rest of the songs are forgetful.
Bo rap is a fantastic song takes music some where its never been before. The rest is pants
I get the concept, but that doesn't mean I have to love the concept.
Not the first Queen album I would pick to listen to
Not their best, over produced
3.9 - Another Queen album that's completely over-the-top. Mostly the maximalist approach works but it can also be quite annoying. "You're My Best Friend" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" are obvious classics, and still sound amazing despite Queen's recent resurgence in pop culture. I also like a few of the deeper cuts. "The Prophet's Song" is an opus of several movements with an interesting a cappella breakdown in the middle. "Love of My Life" is a lushly orchestrated ballad. But "Death On Two Legs" hits like whiplash and I don't enjoy it as an album opener. "Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon" is similarly campy and theatrical.
Heard a couple songs before, decent album. Unique.
Fun, but not my thing
Too bad because the beginning of the album is really good.
Not a queen fan
encore une fois un choix de disque décevant pour un tel groupe
I feel like I'll never really get Queen because I heard their music a million times at sporting events, in Waynes World etc. before I ever really cared about it, so it's all become this pop cultural cliche. That movie a couple years ago didnt help. I guess this is okay?
Sounds like a musical
Was expecting a lot more from this
The production is really really good, the instrumentation is amazing but that's about all there is to it for me. The album is built around moments and building up to these moments rather than melodies and I can understand why this would be a 5/5 album to someone who appreciates that aesthetic.
Yeah I have it two!
Mix of tawdry pop songs and novelty songs
I didn't love all of the songs but it was totally worth it just to hear Bohemian Rhapsody again!
first impression: off the cuff, sounds like goofy amusement park & clown music.
Stylistically all over the place. It misses the mark more often than it hits. Bohemian Rhapsody is an obvious classic but the rest of it ranges from mediocre to complete tripe.
Queen was never a favorite of mine and I just couldnt find myself getting into it
I don't like Queen and I did not like this album. What can I say about an album in which Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the least pretentious on the album. Yikes!!! 2 🌟
Couple good songs but my god Freddie Mercury is gay
quello che mi viene da dire è: perchè? mi sembra tutto forzatamente eccessivo ma senza che se ne sentisse il bisogno. Anche gli arrangiamenti che sono sicuramente complessi ma perchè? quale funzione svolgono? a supporto di cosa? Non sono un amante dell'opera e forse non sono il target per questa versione patinata di essa però aspettavo con ansia la fine del disco. A the prophet song dopo 8 minuti di vocalizzi volevo morire.
Trash album from a trash band. Facile, pompous, pretentious, dull twee, insincere and self absorbed. Unpopular opinion - Roger Taylor is the best singer in Queen! Two stars because I ‘You’re My Best Friend’ is pretty nice.
I have the same problem with this as I did with 10cc. It’s all over the place. In addition to rag-time piano, we get skiffle music (I was sure Spotify switched to another album for ’39), Dixieland, kazoos etc…not to mention a one-minute rendition of God Save the Queen – all this mixed with commercial rock and hyper-overdubbed vocals, which would make the songs near impossible to perform live. Speaking of which, Bohemian Rhapsody of course is a classic and worth an extra point. And the piano playing is good too.
TBH, expected better from Queen
Meh, it's all bit all over the place and then, you know, Bohemian Rhapsody
I knew this was going to come up eventually, perhaps my most controversial musical opinion: I do not like Queen. I'll sing along at karaoke, sure, but actually just listening to them brings me little to no joy. Despite being unfamiliar with most of the tracks on this album none of them came even close to changing my mind. Just not for me.
I am not a Queen fan! I generally pretentious and overwrought. I had Queen II earlier and it did nothing to dispell my pre conceptions. Now this is their best known album and I do confess to a certain fi ding a certain charm to Behemian Rhapsody, probably more to do with its ubiquitous presence in modern popular culture. I guess it wore me down. I'm also anxious to hear I'm in Love With My Car after Mine Myers performance in the movie. It's a nice song. I also didn't realize that You're My Best Friend is also on this album...I like its straight ahead pop song aesthetic, but these guys can't help themselves even on a "pop" song ad the drums and bass are overwrought instead of being simple and in service of a beautiful melody. The next song '39 has a charming folk feel but again is done in by an over produced and somewhat weak chorus. Still I like the song. For the rest of the album it goes from songs that are over produced an over wrought to parody songs (Seaside Rendezvous). Overall it's a better album than Queen II but still filled with Queen's portentious theatricality (The Prophet's Son, Love of my Life.... Yech!) 2.5 stars
Starts well but descends into abject nonsense really quickly.
Feels harsh giving it a 2 as there's a lot of great musicianship there, but I really dislike most of the songs apart from about 3 of them
Not really my thing. Probably blasphemous to say but Mercury’s vocals are obnoxious. Way too over the top. I get that’s his deal but it’s not for me. The guitars on this are cool though.
Try as I might, I always find Queen more irritating than interesting.
Not my style. Bohemian Rhapsody is obviously very good, but the rest of the album was disappointing.
Some big hits that I liked -such as You're my best friend. Some weird songs too. Such a strange band.
if bohemian rhapsody didn't happen to be on this album it would not be on this list. My suspicions have been confirmed, once you've listened to Sparks you can never go back to early Queen because the Mael brothers did everything they did only better, smarter and funnier. Mercury's voice is absolutely incredible though, and Rhapsody one of the best songs of all time, but the rest of this album really sucks to me.
blev homofob av att lyssna på detta album han förtjänade att dö i aids