A Night at the Opera

~ Release group by Queen

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
A Night at the OperaVinyl12
  • CA1975-11-21
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)7ES-1053
A Night at the OperaVinyl12
  • NL1975-11-21
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)5C 062-97176
A Night at the Opera12" Vinyl12
  • GB1975-11-21
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)0C 066 ∘ 97176, EMTC 103[none]
A Night at the Opera12" Vinyl12
  • US1975-12-02
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)7E 1053[none]
A Night at the Opera12" Vinyl12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)1C 072-97176[none]
A Night at the Opera12" Vinyl12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)1C 062-97 176
A Night at the Opera12" Vinyl12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)3C 064-97176[none]
A Night at the Opera12" Vinyl12
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)P-10075E[none]
A Night at the Opera12" Vinyl12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)J 064-97176
A Night at the Opera12" Vinyl12
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabMFSL 1-067[none]
A Night at the Opera (made in West Germany)CD12
  • GB1986-12-01
  • -1986
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46207 2077774620727
A Night at the Opera (made in UK)CD12
  • GB1986-12-01
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46207 2, CZ 106077774620727
A Night at the OperaCD12
  • JP1987-04-22
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CP32-53794988006612204
A Night at the Opera (made in Holland)CD12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CDP 7 46207 2, CZ 106077774620727
A Night at the OperaCD12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)CP32-53794988006612204
A Night at the OperaCD14
  • US1991-09-03
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)HR-61065-2720616106520
A Night at the OperaCD14
  • US1991-09-03
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)HR-61065-2720616106520
A Night at the OperaCD14
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)CD 61065075596106528
A Night at the OperaCD12
  • US1992-10-09
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabUDCD 568015775156821
A Night at the Opera (made in Holland)CD12
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)0777 7 89492 2 0, CDPCSD 130077778949220
A Night at the OperaCD12
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)7 89492 2[none]
A Night at the Opera (EMI 100)12" Vinyl12
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)724385567414, LPCENT12724385567414
A Night at the OperaCD12
  • JP1998-11-06
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-651044988006760820
A Night at the Opera (25th Anniversary Limited Edition Box Set)CD12
  • US1998-11-24
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)2061-62204-2720616220028
A Night at the OperaCD12
  • US2000-08-22
DCC Compact ClassicsGZS-1144010963114423
A Night at the OperaCD12
  • JP2001-01-21
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-658444988006796171
A Night at the Opera (Elliot Scheiner 5.1 mix)DVD-Audio24
DTS Entertainment, Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)69286-01091-9-3692860109193
A Night at the Opera (Brian May supervised 5.1 mix)DVD-Audio24
DTS Entertainment69286-01091-9-3692860109193
A Night at the OperaCD12
  • JP2004-02-11
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-673444988006818132
A Night at the Opera (30th anniversary collectors edition)CD + DVD-Video12 + 12
  • XE2005-11-18
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)00946 3 38457 2 5094633845725
A Night at the OperaVinyl12
  • GB2005-11-21
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)00946 3 38478 1 10094633847811
A Night at the OperaCD12
  • GB2005-11-21
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)00946 3 38478 2 8094633847828
A Night at the Opera (30th anniversary edition)CD + DVD-Video12 + 12
  • JP2005-11-23
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK)TOCP-678444988006837232
A Night at the OperaCD + DVD-Video12 + 12
  • US2005-11-29
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)2061-62572-2720616257222
A Night at the Opera12" Vinyl12
  • US2008-10-09
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)D000262001050087128760
A Night at the OperaDigital Media12
Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013)602527576855
A Night at the Opera (2011 remaster)CD12
  • XE2011-03-14
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)276 442 2602527644226
A Night at the Opera (2011 remaster, super jewel case)2×CD12 + 6
  • XE2011-03-14
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)276 442 4602527644240
A Night at the Opera (2011 remaster, first press)2×SHM-CD12 + 6
  • JP2011-03-16
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”)UICY-75017/84988005646194
A Night at the Opera (2011 remaster)2×CD12 + 6
  • US2011-05-17
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)D001364802050087240745
A Night at the OperaCD12
  • US2011-05-17
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)D001364902050087240752
A Night at the OperaDigital Media12
  • US2011-07-26
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)
A Night at the Opera (2011 remaster)SHM-SACD12
  • JP2011-12-14
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)UIGY-95134988005692795
A Night at the Opera (2011 remaster, clear 2CD swinging tray)2×CD12 + 6
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Universal Music Group (has logo with just "Universal Music Group")2764422, 2764423, 2764424602527644240
A Night at the Opera (deluxe remastered version)2×Digital Media12 + 6
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)050087240745
A Night at the OperaCD12
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)D001364902050087240752
A Night at the OperaDigital Media12
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)050087240752
A Night at the OperaCD12
Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013)276 442 2602527644226
A Night at the OperaDigital Media12
Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013)602527644264
A Night at the Opera (deluxe edition)2×Digital Media12 + 6
Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013)602527644271
A Night at the OperaSHM-CD12
  • JP2013-09-25
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)UICY-400064988005782168
A Night at the OperaBlu-ray24
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)00602537327713602537327713
A Night at the Opera (Mastered for iTunes)Digital Media12
  • CA2014-10-27
  • US2014-10-27
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)050087318246
A Night at the Opera (Mastered for iTunes, deluxe edition)2×Digital Media12 + 6
  • CA2014-11-04
  • US2014-11-04
Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)050087318239
A Night at the Opera (Mastered for iTunes)Digital Media12
Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013)602547024602
A Night at the Opera (Mastered for iTunes, deluxe edition)2×Digital Media12 + 9
Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013)602547025487
A Night at the Opera12" Vinyl12
  • -2015-09-25
Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013)00602547202697602547202697
A Night at the Opera (Remastered)HDCD12
  • JP2018-06-20
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Universal Music (plain logo: “Universal Music”)UICY-401904988031277348
A Night at the OperaCD14Hollywood Records (a label of Disney Music Group)HR6 1065-272061610652097
Bootleg
A Night at the OperaVinyl12
Santa Records (Russian pirate label)П93 00553/4

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Bohemian Rhapsody
You’re My Best Friend
included in:A Night at the Opera / A Day at the Races
A Night at the Opera / The Works
Miniatures: Volume 1
Queen 40 (Volume 1)
The Complete Works
The Crown Jewels: A 25th Anniversary Celebration
The Orb
The Ultimate Collection
part of:Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 66) (order: 66)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 128) (order: 128)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 231) (order: 231)
supporting tours:A Night at the Opera Tour
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/5863 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/g59x [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/queen/a_night_at_the_opera/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/1111/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000391519 [info]
Wikidata:Q193477 [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.