A Night at the Opera

Label
Hollywood Records
Release date
17 May 2011
Running length
18 tracks
Running time
61:56

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...) 3:43 56,970
2 Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon 1:07 156,100
3 I'm in Love With My Car 3:04 163,374
4 You're My Best Friend 2:51 610,308
5 '39 3:30 161,011
6 Sweet Lady 4:02 125,621
7 Seaside Rendezvous 2:14 130,812
8 The Prophet's Song 8:21 116,556
9 Love of My Life 3:37 256,068
10 Good Company 3:23 117,185
11 Bohemian Rhapsody 5:55 1,209,182
12 God Save the Queen 1:15 167,507
1 Keep Yourself Alive (Long Lost Retake / June 1975 / Remastered 2011) 4:04 9
2 Bohemian Rhapsody (Operatic Section / 2011 A Cappella Mix) 1:03 11
3 You’re My Best Friend (Backing Track Mix) 2:58 11
4 I’m In Love With My Car (Guitar & Vocal Mix / 2011) 3:18 11
5 '39 (Live At Earl’s Court, London / June 1977) 3:47 11
6 Love Of My Life (Live In Argentina / June 1979) 3:44 3

About this album

A Night at the Opera is a 1975 album by English rock band Queen. It was produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen, and reportedly was, at the time of its release, the most expensive album ever made. It was originally released by EMI in the UK where it topped the charts for nine weeks, a record at the time, and Elektra Records in the United States where the album peaked at #4 and has been certified Triple Platinum (three million copies sold).

The album takes its name from the Marx Brothers film of the same name, which the band watched one night at the studio complex when recording. The 1976 follow-up album, A Day at the Races, was also named after a Marx brothers film.

At the time the most expensive album ever recorded, Brian May has asserted in subsequent years that the band would have disbanded had it not been successful. Upon release, A Night at the Opera was a commercial and critical success, debuting at #1 in the UK charts and remaining there for nine weeks. In the US, it debuted at #4, the band’s strongest showing at that time. Reviews were generally positive. Rolling Stone wrote: “What sets them apart is their selection of unlikely effects: acoustic piano, harp, acapella vocals, no synthesizers. Coupled with good songs. Queen’s obviously the strongest contender in its field.

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