When Someone Thinks Queen Is Overrated – Think Again!
The fourth studio album by Queen, A Night at the Opera was released on November 21, 1975, by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. The album was indeed one of the most expensive album ever recorded during its release.
We look back below for the 10 untold fun facts about Queen’s A Night at the Opera album.
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1. The album’s name origin was from the Marx Brothers film of the same name, in which they watched at the studio complex when recording.
2. It has a wide variety of styles such as ballads, music hall songs, hard rock, and even progressive rock.
3. It was the album that produced the band’s most successful single in the United Kingdom, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
4. At the time of its release, the album was immediately a commercial success, debuting at number 1 in the U.K. and topping the charts for 4 non-consecutive weeks.
5. It’s the only album where they showcased how skilled they were as musicians.
6. They all contributed to the album.
7. A Night at the Opera is often revered as one of the greatest rock albums of all time according to Rhapsody’s Mike McGuirk.
8. “Death on Two Legs” was Freddie Mercury’s hate message to their first manager, Norman Sheffield.
9. Sheffield denied all allegation by the band in his 2013 autobiography titled “Life on Two Legs: Set The Record Straight,” that he mistreated the band and abused his position from 1972 to 1975.
10. During live performances, Mercury would start “Death on Two Legs” by stating “a real motherfucker of a gentleman.”