A Night at the Opera

~ Release group by Queen

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
A Night at the Opera 12" Vinyl 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) EMTC 103 [none]
A Night at the Opera 12" Vinyl 12 Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use) 7E 1053 [none]
A Night at the Opera 12" Vinyl 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 1C 072-97176 [none]
A Night at the Opera 12" Vinyl 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 1C 062-97 176
A Night at the Opera 12" Vinyl 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 3C 064-97176 [none]
A Night at the Opera 12" Vinyl 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) J 064-97176
A Night at the Opera 12" Vinyl 12 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-067 [none]
A Night at the Opera CD 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CP32-5379 4988006612204
A Night at the Opera (made in UK) CD 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46207 2, CZ 106 077774620727
A Night at the Opera (made in Holland) CD 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46207 2, CZ 106 077774620727
A Night at the Opera (made in West Germany) CD 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CDP 7 46207 2 077774620727
A Night at the Opera CD 14 Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group) HR-61065-2 720616106520
A Night at the Opera CD 12 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 568 015775156821
A Night at the Opera CD 12 Parlophone 0777 7 89492 2 0, CDPCSD 130 077778949220
A Night at the Opera (EMI 100) 12" Vinyl 12 EMI 100 (“The First Centenary”) LPCENT12 724385567414
A Night at the Opera CD 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) TOCP-65104
A Night at the Opera (unknown) 12
A Night at the Opera CD 12 DCC Compact Classics GZS-1144 010963114423
A Night at the Opera CD 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) TOCP-65844 4988006796171
A Night at the Opera DVD-Audio 24 dts Entertainment, Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group) 69286-01091-9-3 692860109193
A Night at the Opera DVD-Audio 24 dts Entertainment 69286-01091-9-3 692860109193
A Night at the Opera CD 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) TOCP-67344 4988006818132
A Night at the Opera (30th anniversary collectors edition) CD + DVD-Video 12 + 12 Parlophone 00946 3 38457 2 5 094633845725
A Night at the Opera Vinyl 12 Parlophone 00946 3 38478 1 1 0094633847811
A Night at the Opera CD 12 Parlophone, EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 00946 3 38478 2 8 094633847828
A Night at the Opera (30th anniversary edition) CD + DVD-Video 12 + 12 Parlophone TOCP-67844 4988006837232
A Night at the Opera CD + DVD-Video 12 + 12 Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group) 2061-62572-2 720616257222
A Night at the Opera (2011 remaster) CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 276 442 2 602527644226
A Night at the Opera (2011 remaster, super jewel case) 2×CD 12 + 6 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 276 442 2 602527644240
A Night at the Opera (2011 remaster) 2×SHM-CD 12 + 6 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Universal Music (plain logo: "Universal Music") UICY-75017/8 4988005646194
A Night at the Opera (2011 remaster) 2×CD 12 + 6 Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group) D001364802 050087240745
A Night at the Opera Digital Media 12 Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group) [none]
A Night at the Opera (2011 remaster) SHM-SACD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) UIGY-9513 4988005692795
A Night at the Opera (2011 remaster, clear 2CD folding tray) 2×CD 12 + 6 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Universal Music Group (has logo with just "Universal Music Group") 2764422, 2764423, 2764424 602527644240
A Night at the Opera CD 12 Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group) D001364902 050087240752
A Night at the Opera SHM-CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) UICY-40006 4988005782168
A Night at the Opera Blu-ray 24 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 00602537327713 602537327713
A Night at the Opera Digital Media 12 Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group) 050087318246
A Night at the Opera (deluxe edition) 2×Digital Media 12 + 6 Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group) 050087318239
A Night at the Opera Digital Media 12 602547024602
A Night at the Opera (deluxe edition) 2×Digital Media 12 + 9 602547025487
A Night at the Opera Vinyl 12 Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013) 00602547202697 602547202697
A Night at the Opera HDCD 12 Universal Music (plain logo: "Universal Music") UICY-40190 4988031277348

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Bohemian Rhapsody
Bohemian Rhapsody
You’re My Best Friend
included in: Queen 40 (Volume 1)
The Crown Jewels: A 25th Anniversary Celebration
The Orb
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 231)
supporting tours: A Night at the Opera Tour
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000391519 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/5863 [info]
Wikidata: Q193477 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Queen:A_Night_At_The_Opera_(1975) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/queen/a_night_at_the_opera/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/g59x [info]

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Although Queen's, previous album, Sheer Heart Attack, had yielded two hits, reached number one in the UK and even gone gold in the US it's a testament that EMI were prepared to let them then create what was, at the time, the most expensive album ever made. A Night At The Opera, borrowing its title from the Marx Brothers' film could so easily have been an enormous folly.

The aforementioned Sheer Heart Attack had seen their patent methodology of multi-layered recording producing a lush and yes, operatic, ambience produce something that had never been heard before. Combining these swathes of Freddie Mercury and the band's vocals (both Brian May and Roger Taylor were also perfectly adequate singers) with a thousand guitar lines and Taylor's Zeppelinesque drums had crossed the pop/rock divide with ease. But this was a band with ambition in spades. …Heart Attack had hinted at a working knowledge of 19th century parlour balladry, 20s ragtime and Jimi Hendrix. A Night At The Opera was to add opera, trad jazz, heavy metal and more to the mix.

Opening with a thinly veiled attack on their previous manager, "Death On Two Legs" the album then careens through a gamut of styles. With the writing divided fairly equally between Mercury and May (with John Deacon and Roger Taylor getting one number apiece as well) it veers between high camp and west coast rock with aplomb. May's "The Prophet's Song" serves up a slice of high concept sci fi, while his "39" is amiable country hoke. Mercury, of course, is far more in-yer-face with the frippery of "Seaside Rendezvous" and "Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon".

Deacon, always the underrated member, may have had only one number, but it was a doozy. "You're My Best Friend" was the second hit from the album and remains a pop classic; frothy but enduring. Naturally, no coversation about the album is complete without mentioning Mercury's crowning moment. The multi-part epic, "Bohemian Rhapsody" took months to construct. Beginning as piano ballad, morphing into cod-Mozart and then stomping monster rocker and back to ballad, goodness knows how the band must have felt when he first unveiled it at the keyboard. Hats must also ome off for the executive at EMI who had the faith to release it as a single, following Kenny Everett's championing of it on Capital Radio. As history records, it went to number one…for ever. Christmas 1975 was to be forever remembered as Queen's. And A Night At The Opera remains their finest hour.