Written By Braddon S. Williams
Queen: A Night at The Opera
Today I went to see the film Bohemian Rhapsody, so in tribute to its excellence I am going to review Queen’s 1975 magnum opus, A Night At The Opera.
This monumental creative masterpiece included the operatic Bohemian Rhapsody, a work of Freddie Mercury’s pure genius, and one of the greatest achievements in all of rock’s history.
As incredible as Mercury was (and he was astronomically talented), Queen were a team comprised of 4 very different musicians who together formed something greater than the sum of their parts, and all of them contributed songs to A Night At The Opera.
Guitarist Brian May wrote The Prophet Song, another epic sonic creation with layers and layers of Mercury’s godly vocals.
John Deacon brought in his first song for the band and hit the top ten in the charts with You’re My Best Friend.
Drummer Roger Taylor wrote I’m In Love With My Car and performed lead vocals on it.
All 4 members added to the layered opera section of Rhapsody, a track that contained so many overdubs that the recording tape nearly wore out before the song’s completion.
One of my all time favorite Queen songs is also on this staggering epic, the achingly gorgeous Love Of My Life, wonderfully sung by Mercury in the studio, and often sung by the crowds at Queen’s live concerts.
Do yourself a favor, go see Bohemian Rhapsody, and go revisit A Night At The Opera.
Freddie Mercury was a singer for the ages and Queen were royalty of the highest order.