Queen, “A Night at the Opera” is an Album I Want To Be Buried With

I’ve owned Queen’s LP A Night at the Opera in several different musical formats.  I had the original LP.  I had a remastered CD.  I had the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab audiophile pressing.  I’ve owned the 45’s.  I probably purchased the 8-track tape back in the day, I don’t remember.

I’ve previously told the story about how Queen’s song “Bohemian Rhapsody” was the first rock 45 I purchased with my own pocket money, the first 45 I ever purchased that didn’t have the words “Disney” or “Cricket” on the label.  I purchased it in January, 1976 at Blue Note Record Shop in Albany.  Sure enough, I was hooked.  And by “hooked,” I did exactly what the record companies wanted me to do – I liked the 45, so I bought the LP.

And in listening to the LP, I discovered the world of stereo separation.  I could create different interpretations of the song, simply by changing the balance control on my phonograph speakers.  Mind blown.

I discovered this wonderful blending of rock and roll with vocal harmony.  Songs went from a cappella to full-out-rock-out in a matter of moments.  The lyrics were intricate and erudite, the melodies were crafted rather than machined.  And with the exception of the typo on the back of the album cover that listed the song “America (My Country Tis of Thee)” as “God Save the Queen…”  😉  Perfect album.

And nothing really mattered after that.  Anyone could see.

For me, any time a new Queen 45 came out, I had to buy it, no matter what.  And sometimes that also included getting LP’s like The Game or News of the World or Hot Space to go with the 45’s.

A Night at the Opera was the first full-length rock LP I ever purchased.  And I definitely think it was a good choice.

I mean, look…

It had songs on it that fit in the 1970’s pop vein, like “You’re My Best Friend.”

And a track like “’39,” where you could just sit back and enjoy Brian May’s guitar.

And one of the greatest eff hugh tracks out there, “Death on Two Legs (Dedicated To…)”

And a heartbreaking ballad like “Love Of My Life”…

And if that was all A Night at the Opera could provide, that would be sufficient.

But you know there’s one song missing from this blog post.

One song.

One five minute and fifty-five second rock song.

This song.

Yeah. That song.

I’m sure I’ll find room in the casket for this LP. If not… I’ll make room for it.