Queen - The Making of 'A Night At The Opera'

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Arts Documentary published by ISIS Productions broadcasted as part of Classic Albums series in 2006 - English narration

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If ever there was an album worthy of inclusion in Eagle Vision's Classic Albums series it is Queen's breakout release A Night At The Opera. Released in 1975, this was not only the band's first platinum album, but also the one that catapulted them into the spotlight as one of the biggest rock acts in the world.

Now for the first time, fans are offered an in-depth look at one of rock music's seminal records with the Classic Albums DVD Queen - The Making Of A Night At The Opera.

  • BRAND NEW INTERVIEWS with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.
  • COMMENTARY by original producer Roy Thomas Baker
  • ARCHIVAL PERFORMANCE and INTERVIEW FOOTAGE with late lead singer Freddie Mercury.
  • INTERVIEWS and GUEST COMMENTARY by guitarists Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) and many more.
  • NEW ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCES of '39 and Love Of My Life by Brian May.
  • DRUM and ACOUSTIC DEMONSTRATIONS of I'm In Love With My Car from Roger Taylor.
  • ANALYSIS OF THE RECORDING PROCESS of all12 tracks on the album.

A few highlights:

  • A frustrated Freddie Mercury taking out his aggressions lyrically on their previous management in the opening song "Death on Two Legs". They had been taken advantage of financially previous to this album.
  • A tale of the very shy bassist John Deacon who contributed very few songs in his career but they were critical and outstanding ones to the group. Brian and Roger tell of how he sheepishly introduces "You're My Best Friend" to them and Freddie. Of course they loved it and Freddie making it a classic vocal with John on keyboards.
  • "'39". A "great" Brian May song that he revisits in great detail and sings in a new full acoustic version and in some original archived footage. This has always been one of my favorite songs by anyone but never realized it was about space travel. Now I know why it has some similarities to the Moody Blues "To Our Children's Children's Children" album also about space travel a few years earlier in 1970.
  • "Love of My Life". Also one of my personal favorites and an incredibly beautiful song. This was a song Freddie had written about a "woman" he loved which it also explains in pictures. Not only is there some great footage on this but also some great bonus footage of him (appears to be at Wembley where he sings acoustically to a few 100 thousand people. What an incredible performance and performer! A MUST SEE! Also a touching new acoustic version by Brian on this track too.
  • In depth details on "Bohemian Rhapsody". Music video footage, sound board separations and great archival live performances.

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  1. Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to ...)
  2. Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon
  3. I'm in Love with my Car
  4. You're My Best Friend
  5. '39
  6. Sweet Lady
  7. Seaside Rendezvous
  8. The Prophets Song
  9. Love of my Life
  10. Good Company
  11. Bohemian Rhapsody
  12. God Save the Queen

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Audio Bitrate: 192kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: English
RunTime Per Part: 49:15.480
Part Size: 744MB
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