Classic Albums

May 11, 2006

I’ve praised the Classic Album series in these pages before, and their latest, which dissects the 1975 Queen release, A Night At The Opera, does nothing to stop my own personal lovefest. In fact, the only way any of the Classic Album releases can possibly suck, is if you think the actual album they’re discussing sucks—and in my world, that would be Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. But when A Night At The Opera came across my desk, I was giddy at the thought of Brian May sitting at a mixing desk, walking me through one of his trademark guitar armadas, or producer Roy Thomas Baker detailing the insane vocal orchestrations on “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Well, I wasn’t disappointed, because that’s exactly what you get, and more, in this 100-minute DVD. Other highlights include May’s wonderful solo performance of “’39,” a live snippet of “Sweet Lady” featuring May tearing it up, and poignant observations from cats such as Joe Perry, Nuno Bettencourt, Ian Hunter, and various journalists and record company folks. One of whom is Elektra Records founder, Jac Holzman, who sums up Queens’ ambitiousness the best, saying, “I love artists who take big risks—it’s just more fun for the rest of us.” Here, here. (Eagle Vision).

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