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Queen - A Night at the Opera

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Classic Album Art

release - 1975
album art - David Costa

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The album name is derived from the film A Night at the Opera, a classic comedy of the Marx Brothers (1935). When the band had a free evening of the recording in the studio, they were watching this film.

During the recording of the opera part in Bohemian Rhapsody, they decided the title of the Marx Brohters' film was very appropriate for their new album.

The album cover was given a simple but lavish treatment, with Freddie's original crest design updated and coloured and placed centre of the album cover. The LP gatefold complimented the style, with the lyrics printed over two sides of the inside cover, and for the first time the inner sleeve was in colour and featured live photos from their last tour.

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Queen are a British rock band, formed in London in 1970. The classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar). Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band became more radio-friendly by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock.

The releases of Sheer Heart Attack (1974) and A Night at the Opera (1975) brought them international success. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was an international hit and popularised the music video. Mercury died of AIDS in 1991 and Deacon retired in 1997. Since then, May and Taylor have occasionally performed together, including with Paul Rodgers (2004–09) and with Adam Lambert (since 2011).

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