A Night At The Opera – Queen

The MARK’S VINTAGE VINYL page features something from Mark’s collection of recordings from over the years. Most of it is on vinyl – hence the name – though there will be a few entries from his CDs (remember those?).

A Night At The Opera, by Queen

  • Fourth studio album released by Queen, in 1975.
  • The album was a breakthrough – nothing quite like it had ever been done before, and it made Queen superstars in the world of rock music.
  • At the time of its release, it was the most expensive album ever recorded. It’s name is from the Marx Brothers movie – the band watched the film together one night while they were recording the album.
  • The song Bohemium Rhapsody has become one of the most significant songs in rock history. Despite predictions that it would fail due to its nearly 6 minute length, it peaked at #1 in the UK and at #9 in the U.S. It was re-released in 1992 in the U.S. after its famous usage in the film Wayne’s World – it peaked at #2 with this release. The video was one of the first ever done by a band, and it was created because the band needed something to show on the British TV show Top of the Pops, which required performers to appear on the show. Realizing that performing it live would not work, they developed the promotional video that we know today.
  • Rolling Stone ranks the album at #231 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
  • After hearing Bohemium Rhapsody, I immediately bought the album. It’s the only Queen studio album that I own – I do have some compilation CDs, as well as an excellent concert DVD of Queen performing at Wembley Stadium. Freddy Mercury at his finest!
  • Here is the famous video of Bohemium Rhapsody. Also, I’ve included the famous Wayne’s World scene. Scaramouche!

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