Classic Albums: Queen - A Night at the Opera

Classic Albums: Queen - A Night at the Opera

Fri, 11/04/2022 - 10:30pm - 11:30pm

Photo: Queen released A Night at the Opera, their fourth album, in 1975.

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Explore the story behind the conception and recording of A Night at the Opera, the fourth Queen album, released in late 1975, and long regarded as a classic.

Classic Albums: Queen - A Night at the Opera airs Friday, November 4 at 10:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The brilliant mix of hard rock, pop, opera, music hall camp, and traditional folk, utilizing multi-layered guitars, crunching riffs, vocal harmonies, piano flourishes, a harp, a ukulele, and ‘no synthesizers’ all combine to make what many consider to be a masterpiece.

Queen’s faultless musicianship, with the “Sonic Volcano” rhythm section of Roger Taylor and John Deacon, Brian May's guitar virtuosity and the spectacular Freddie Mercury up front led to the crowning of Queen as one of the greatest rock acts of all time.

Interviews, musical demonstrations, acoustic performances, archival footage, and multi-track tapes reveal how Queen created the songs and sounds with producer Roy Thomas Baker. Added comments from rock stars Ian Hunter and Joe Perry, key music commentators Bob Harris, Mick RockAnthony DeCurtis and John Ingham and music industry veterans Jac Holzman and Joe Smith put the album in its rightful place in rock history.

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