A Day at the Races

A Day At The Races

Produced by Queen.
Engineered by Mike Stone.
Cover Concept by Freddie Mercury.

Freddie Mercury : Vocal,Piano,Choir Master,Tantrums
Brian May : Guitars,Vocal,Leader of the Orchestra,Harmonium Piano,Plastic Piano
Roger Taylor : Drums,Vocal,Percussion,Pandemonium
John Deacon : Fender Bass,Acoustic Guitar
No synths!

Recommended Songs : Tie Your Mother Down (May), You Take My Breath Away (Mercury), Somebody To Love (Mercury), Teo Torriate (Let Us Cling Together) (May)

Review

Queen continued the theme of calling the album after a Marx Brothers film. The album itself starts with one of Queens best early rockers, ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ penned by Brian May and described by the Times as ‘ … Sheer bloody poetry ‘ . Freddie again demonstrates his expertise on the piano with ‘You Take My Breath Away’, which is a moving piece of music which some documentaries used after Freddies death. The remaining songs on Side 1, ‘Long Away’, ‘The Millionaire Waltz’, and ‘You And I’, all well worth a listen.

On Side B, there are two songs which ended up on the Greatest Hits compilation, the Aretha Franklin-influenced ‘Somebody to Love’ and the retro sounding ‘Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy’ which Freddie called another of his ‘vaudeville numbers’ ; Theres even a song with a chorus in Japanese – ‘Teo Torriate (Let Us Cling Together)’ penned by Brian was inspired by Queens early tours of Japan.

A Day at the Races, is pretty much a book-end to A Night at the Opera, since much of the material was available at the time of Opera. Many of the songs on the album, to a general listener are very good but there are some technical items which musicians may appreciate, such as the arrangement in ‘ The Millionaire Waltz’, the neverending staircase at the start and end of the album or the excellent production on the album as a result of Queen now being 100% comfortable in the studio.

I usually listen to ‘Night at the Opera’ and ‘A Day at the Races’ together as I find the style of the albums is so similar. In that light, I feel that if you have either of these albums, then getting a copy of the other album is recommended.

Did you know …. The lyrics at the end of Drowse are, “I’d like to be Clint Eastwood. Jimmy Hendrix, he was great. I really like William The Conquerer. Now, who else do I like?”. Also, “Tie your Mother Down” was a riff Brian used to play pre-Queen.

  • Overall Rating 92%
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