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Produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen, it was reportedly the most expensive album ever recorded at the time of its release. The album was recorded at various studios across a four-month period in Due to management issues, Queen received almost none of the money they earned for their previous albums. Subsequently, they ended their contract with Trident Studios and did not use their studios for their album with the sole exception being "God Save the Queen", which was recorded the previous year.
They employed a complex production that extensively used multitrack recordingand the songs incorporated a wide range of styles, such as balladsmusic halldixielandhard rock and progressive rock influences. Aside from their usual equipment, Queen also utilised a diverse range of instruments such as a double bassharpukulele and more.
Upon release, the album topped the UK Albums Chart for four non-consecutive weeks. The worldwide sales for the album are over six million copies.
It also produced the band's most successful single in the UK, " Bohemian Rhapsody ", which became their first UK number one and one of the best-selling singles in both the UK and the world. Contemporary reviews were mixed, with praise for its production and the diverse musical themes, and recognition that the album established Queen as worldwide superstars. Retrospective reviews have hailed it as Queen's magnum opusand one of the greatest albums in rock music history.
Queen's previous album, Sheer Heart Attackhad obtained commercial success and brought the band mainstream attention, with the single " Killer Queen " reaching number two on the UK Singles Chartas well as providing the band with their first top 20 hit in the United States. This was largely due to a contract they had signed which meant that they would produce albums for a production company, who would then sell the album to a record label, which Brian May later described as "probably the worst thing we ever did.
In Decemberthe band hired Jim Beach as their lawyer and began negotiating their way out of Trident. Although they declined, as they were still negotiating their way out of Trident, Arden approached Sheffield directly and presented him with his offer.
Sheffield agreed; however, by the time Queen returned from their tour in Maythe deal was scrapped. They regained control of their back catalogue, while their former publishing company, Feldman, was taken over by EMI.
This tour was necessary for regaining funds, and Walk Like A Man - Grand Funk Railroad - Greatest Hits cancellation was a major setback.
With funds running low, Queen immediately began searching for new management. Rudge was on tour with the Rolling Stones at the time and could not be reached, so they contacted Grant. Reid was initially doubtful about managing another band; however, he accepted after learning it was Queen, and advised the group to "go into the studio and make the best record you can make". It was the last time they would work with Baker until Jazz in The album was recorded at seven different studios over a period of four months; in contrast, Sheer Heart Attack had been recorded at four different studios.
As their deal with Trident had ended, Trident Studios was not used during recording. The only song on the album recorded at Trident was " God Save the Queen ", which had been recorded on 27 October the previous year, shortly before the band embarked on their Sheer Heart Attack Tour. The group required multitracking for their complex vocal harmonies which typically consisted of May singing lower registers, Mercury singing middle registers and Taylor performing the higher parts Deacon did not sing.
Unlike their earlier albums, which had used track tape, A Night at the Opera was recorded using track tape. For their self-titled "guitar orchestrations", May overdubbed his homemade Red Special guitar through an amplifier built by Deacon, known as the Deacy Amplater released commercially as the "Brian May" amplifier by Vox. Guitar layering is one of May's distinctive techniques as a rock guitarist. He has said that the technique was developed whilst looking for a violin sound.
Aside from their usual equipment, the group used a wide variety of instruments on the album. Mercury used a grand piano for the majority of the songs, contributing a jangle piano on " Seaside Rendezvous ", while Taylor used a timpani and gong on "Bohemian Rhapsody". The album has been affiliated with progressive rock  pop heavy metal hard rock  and avant-pop.
For their first two albums, much of Queen's songwriting combined contemporary progressive rock and heavy metal, which led to a " Led Zeppelin meets Yes " description of the band. Lyrical themes ranged from science fiction and fantasy to heartbreak and romance,  often with a tongue in cheek sense of humour.
Sheffield denied the allegations in his autobiography entitled "Life on Two Legs: Set Cita En La Playa - Seaside Rendezvous - Queen - A Night at the Opera Record Straight", and referred to copies of the original management contracts between Sheffield and Queen, which were included in the book as proof of his defence.
In the Classic Albums documentary about the making of A Night at the OperaBrian Semplice Mente - Üstmamò - Üstmamò stated that the band was somewhat taken aback at first by the bitterness of Mercury's lyrics, and described by Mercury as being "so vindictive that he [May] felt bad singing it".
During live performances, Mercury would usually rededicate the song to "a real motherfucker of a gentleman", although this line was censored on the version that appeared on their Live Killers album in Other than on the live album, he said it was dedicated to a "motherfucker I used to know".
However, the piano introduction was played during the Hot Space and Works tours. He played piano and performed all of the vocals. The lead vocal was sung in the studio and reproduced through headphones in a tin bucket elsewhere in the studio.
A microphone picked up the sound from the bucket, which gives it a hollow "megaphone" sound. The guitar solo is also reported to have been recorded on the vocal track, as there were no more tracks to record on, as explained by producer Roy Thomas Baker during the Classic Albums documentary. The song was initially taken as a joke by May, who thought that Taylor was not serious when he heard a demo recording.
Taylor played the guitars in the original demo, but they were later re-recorded by May on his Red Special. The lead vocals were performed by Taylor on the studio version, and all released live versions. The lyrics were inspired by one of the band's roadiesJohnathan Harris, whose Triumph TR4 was evidently the "love of his life". The song is dedicated to him, the album says: "Dedicated to Johnathan Harris, boy racer to the end".
When it came down to releasing the album's first single, Taylor was so fond of his song that he urged Mercury author of the first single, "Bohemian Rhapsody" to allow it to be the B-side and reportedly locked himself in a cupboard until Cita En La Playa - Seaside Rendezvous - Queen - A Night at the Opera agreed.
This decision would later become the cause of much internal friction in the band, in that while it was only the B-side, it generated an equal amount of publishing royalties for Taylor as the main single did for Mercury. The song was often played live during Cita En La Playa - Seaside Rendezvous - Queen - A Night at the Opera —81 period.
Taylor sang it from the drums while Mercury played piano and provided Tell It To Her - Pat Benatar - Precious Time / Get Nervous vocals.
Taylor would again play the song for his concerts with The Cross and solo tours, where instead of drums he played rhythm guitar. He composed while he was learning to play piano. He played the Wurlitzer Electric Piano which Mercury called a "horrible" instrument in an interview on the recording and overdubbed the bass later on. The song was written for his wife, Veronica Tetzlaff. The song was a top 10 hit. Upon their return, however, they realise that a hundred years have passed, because of the time dilation effect in Einstein 's theory of relativityand the loved ones they left behind are now all dead or aged.
May sings the song on the album, with backing vocals by Mercury and Taylor. During live performances, Mercury sang the lead vocal. The section is performed entirely Boy! What Love Has Done To Me! - Ella Fitzgerald - Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Song Book Mercury and Taylor using their voices alone.
Mercury imitates woodwind Three Things Of Interest - Punishable Act - Infect including a clarinet and Taylor mostly brass instruments, including tubas and trumpets, and even a kazoo ; during this section Taylor hits the highest note on the album, C6. The "tap dance" segment is performed by Mercury and Taylor on the mixing desk with thimbles on their fingers. Mercury plays both grand piano and jangle honky-tonk.
On the show In the Studio with Redbeardwhich spotlighted A Night at the OperaMay explained that he wrote the song after a dream he'd had about a great flood while he was recovering from being ill while recording the Sheer Heart Attack album, and is the source of some of the lyrics.
The vocal, and later instrumental canon was produced by early tape delay devices. It is a heavy and dark number with a strong progressive rock influence and challenging lead vocals. At over eight minutes in length, it's also Queen's longest studio song not counting the untitled instrumental track on " Made in Heaven ". As detailed by May in a documentary about the album, the speed-up effect that happens in the middle of the guitar solo was achieved by starting a reel-to-reel player with the tape on it, as the original tape player Sono Morto - Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti - Le Origini, Antologia Delle Registrazioni Private 94 95 stopped.
Mercury played piano including a classical solo and did all of the vocals with startling multi-tracking precision. May played harp doing it chord by chord and pasting the takes to form the entire partGibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar which he'd bought in Japan and his Red Special.
May eventually arranged the song so it could be played on an acoustic 12 string for live performances. It was especially well received during concerts in South America, and the band released the song as a single there. When Queen and Paul Rodgers performed the song specifically Brian solo he sang almost none De Sabine ZLieb - Christoph Mueller* - Christoph Mueller Und Freunde the words and let The Dog Is Going Out - The Sticky Boys - Calling The Devil audience sing it all, continuing the tradition.
When they performed with Paul Rodgers duringCita En La Playa - Seaside Rendezvous - Queen - A Night at the Opera was also projected during the show, but not in a round display as they use with Adam Lambert. May composed the song on a Banjo ukelelebut recorded the song with a regular ukulele instead. Mercury was not involved with the song's recording, making it one of Torrenostra Field Recording - DJ Elephant Power - No Si, Ni So few Queen songs not to feature their lead singer.
All piano, bass and drum parts, as well as the vocal arrangements, were thought up by Mercury on a daily basis and written down "in blocks" using note names instead of sheets on a phonebook. During the recording, the song became affectionately known as "Fred's Thing" to the band, and the title only emerged during the final sessions.
The other members recorded their respective instruments with no concept of how their tracks would be utilised in the final mix. The famous operatic section was originally intended to be only a short interlude of "Galileos" that connected the ballad and hard rock portions of the Cita En La Playa - Seaside Rendezvous - Queen - A Night at the Opera . Also in Arabic the word Bismillah', which is a noun from a phrase in the Qur'an; "Bismi-llahi r-rahmani r-rahiim", meaning "In the name of God, most gracious, most merciful".
Despite being twice as long as the average single in and garnering mixed critical reviews initially, the song became immensely popular, topping charts worldwide where it remained Cita En La Playa - Seaside Rendezvous - Queen - A Night at the Opera an unprecedented nine weeks in the UK and is widely regarded as one of the most significant rock songs in history. He played a guide piano which was edited out later and added several layers of guitars. When recording the track May played a rough version on piano for Roy Thomas Baker, producer, and Mike Stone, engineer.
He called his own skills on the piano sub-par at the time. The album title was inspired by the Marx Brothers film of the same namewhich the band had watched during recording sessions.
The band thanked him, and performed "'39" a cappella. The band's next album, A Day at the Racesfeatured a similar design but on a black background. Their management initially refused to release it; however, Kenny Everett played a copy of the song on his show 14 times, at which point audience demand for the song intensified and the band's label EMI was forced to release it.
It reached number sixteen in the US  and number seven in the UK. The album was completed a week before the group were to embark on their A Night at the Opera Tour in support of the album. The album was first re-released in the U. On 21 Novemberit was once more re-released by Hollywood Records Catalogue Number to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album and its first single, " Bohemian Rhapsody ".
On 8 Novemberrecord company Universal Music announced a remastered and expanded reissue of the album set for release in May This as part of a new record deal between Queen and Universal Music, which meant Queen's association with EMI Records came to an end after almost 40 years.
According to Universal Music, all Queen albums were to be remastered and reissued in By September the reissue program was completed.
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