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A Night at the Opera - Queen

A Night at the Opera – Queen 1

A Night at the Opera is the fourth studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 21 November 1975. Co-produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen, it was the most expensive album ever recorded at the time of its release. The album takes its name from the Marx Brothers film A Night at the Opera, which the band watched one night at the studio complex when recording. The album was originally released by EMI Records in the United Kingdom, where it topped the UK Albums Chart for four non-consecutive weeks, and Elektra Records in the United States, where it peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and became the band’s first platinum selling album in the US. The worldwide sales for the album are currently over 6 million copies.

A Night at the Opera incorporates a wide range of styles, from ballads and songs in a music hall style, to hard rock tracks and progressive rock influences. 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.

Released: 21 November 1975

Recorded: August – November 1975 at Sarm, Roadhouse, Olympic Studios, Scorpio and Lansdowne, London and Rockfield, Monmouthshire

Genre: Progressive rock, Pop, Heavy metal, Hard rock

Length: 43:10

Label: EMI / Parlophone (Europe), Elektra (1975) / Hollywood (1991) (US)

Producers: Roy Thomas Baker, Queen

Singles released from the Album:

Bohemian Rhapsody” Released in October 1975

You’re My Best Friend” / “’39” Released in May 1976

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