On this day
  • 1967: The Reaction live at Penmare Hotel, Hayle, UK. After the show Roger...
  • 1968: John\'s The Opposition at Youth Club Hall , Kibworth, UK.

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A Night At The Opera

Recording Venues (Sessions).

  • Coach Studio, Rockfield, Monmouthshire, Wales (August - September 1975)
  • Lansdowne Studios, Kensington, London, England (September - October 1975)
  • Olympic Sound Studios, Barnes, London, England (September - October 1975)
  • Quad Studio, Rockfield, Monmouthshire, Wales (August - September 1975)
  • Roundhouse Studio, Camden, London, England (September - November 1975)
  • Scorpio Sound Studio, Euston Tower, London, England (September - October 1975)
  • Sound and Recording Mobiles, Tower Hamlets, London, England (September - November 1975).
  • Trident Studios, Soho, London, England (27th October 1974 - God Save the Queen only).
Equipment Used
  • Acoustic Drums
    • Ludwig
  • Acoustic Guitars
    • Ovation Pacemaker. 39
    • Tokai Hummingbird: Love of My Life, The Prophet's Song
  • Acoustic Pianos
    • Bechstein III: God Save the Queen (guide track).
    • Bechstein IV: Most of the album.
    • B√∂sendorfer (unknown model).
    • Steinway (unknown models).
    • Yamaha C-7: Seaside Rendezvous.
    • Jangle (unknown brand): Seaside Rendezvous.
  • Additional Percussion:
    • Ludwig Ringer Timpani: Bohemian Rhapsody, God Save the Queen.
    • New Era Tambourine: '39.
    • New Era Triangle: Seaside Rendezvous.
    • Paiste Gong: Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • Electric Bass
    • 2 x Fender Precision
  • Electric Guitars
    • Baldwin Bison
    • BHM Bespoke: Main.
    • Birch Bespoke.
    • Epiphone Crestwood.
    • Fender Stratocaster: I'm in Love with My Car (rhythm). 
    • Gibson Les Paul Deluxe.
  • Electric Piano
    • Wurlitzer EP-200: You're My Best Friend.
  • Other Strings
    • Aloha Ukelele: Good Company.
    • Double-Bass (Unknown Brand): '39, Death on Two Legs.
    • Harp (Unknown Brand): Love of My Life.
    • Koto (Unknown Brand): The Prophet's Song.
  • Amplifiers
    • Deacon Bespoke (Guitar Choirs)
    • HiWatt (Bass)
    • Orange AD-200B (Bass)
    • Vox AC-30 (Lead & Rhythm Guitars)
Creative Personnel
  • Music composed by:
    • Freddie Mercury: 41.67%
    • Brian May: 33.33%
    • John Deacon: 8.33%
    • Roger Taylor: 8.33%
    • Unknown: 8.33%
  • Lyrics written by:
    • Freddie Mercury: 45.45%
    • Brian May: 36.36%
    • Roger Taylor: 9.09%
    • John Deacon: 9.09%
Performing Personnel
  • John Deacon
    • Double Bass: '39, Death on Two Legs.
    • Electric Bass: 10 tracks.
    • Electric Piano: You're My Best Friend.
  • Brian May
    • Acoustic Guitar: 3 tracks.
    • Acoustic Piano: God Save the Queen (demo only).
    • Backing Vocals: 7 tracks.
    • Electric Guitars: 11 tracks.
    • Harp: Love of My Life.
    • Koto: The Prophet's Song.
    • Lead Vocals: '39, Good Company.
    • Ukelele: Good Company.
  • Freddie Mercury
    • Acoustic Grand Piano: 6 tracks.
    • Backing Vocals: 9 tracks.
    • Jangle Piano: Seaside Rendezvous.
    • Lead Vocals: 8 tracks.
  • Roger Taylor
    • Acoustic Drums: 12 tracks.
    • Backing Vocals: 8 tracks.
    • Electric Guitar: I'm in Love with My Car.
    • Gong: Bohemian Rhapsody.
    • Lead Vocals: I'm in Love with My Car.
    • Tambourine: '39.
    • Timpani: Bohemian Rhapsody, God Save the Queen.
    • Triangle: Seaside Rendezvous.
  • Producers:
    • Roy Baker: 50%
    • Brian May: 20.83%
    • Freddie Mercury: 20.83%
    • Roger Taylor: 4.17%
    • John Deacon: 4.17%
  • Engineers
    • Mike Stone: Chief.
    • Neil Kernon: Assistant (Trident).
    • Gary Lyons: Assistant (SARM).
    • Dennis Weinreich: Assistant (Scorpio).

BAND/MUSIC TROPES FOUND ON THIS ALBUM
Beyond the impossible:
  • High notes:
    • 1046.50-Hz c" (Seaside Rendezvous - Taylor).
    • 932.33-Hz bb" (Bohemian Rhapsody - Taylor).
    • 880-Hz a" ('39, The Prophet's Song, Bohemian Rhapsody - Taylor).
  • Low notes:
    • 98-Hz G (Bohemian Rhapsody - Mercury: Seaside Rendezvous - Taylor).
Castling / A day in the limelight
  • '39
    • Brian May sings lead vocals while Freddie Mercury sticks to harmonies.
  • Good Company
    • Brian May sings lead vocals.
  • I'm in Love with My Car
    • Roger Taylor sings lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar, Freddie Mercury sticks to just piano.
  • You're My Best Friend
    • John Deacon plays piano instead of Freddie Mercury.
Octave vocals
  • Bohemian Rhapsody ('Bismilah').
Self-backing vocalist:
  • Bohemian Rhapsody: May and especially Taylor do appear on several bits, but a lot of the song has backing vocals by just Mercury + Mercury + Mercury + Mercury + Mercury: intro, verse, 'Scaramouche..', 'Magnifico...', 'Bismilah'.
    • In fact, the 'Galileo' bit was demo'd as a duet between two Mercury's, but later on Taylor got cast for the falsetto bit (with good reason!).
  • Good Company: All May.
  • I'm in Love with My Car: All Taylor.
  • Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon: All Mercury.
  • Love of My Life: All Mercury.
  • Seaside Rendezvous: Mercury does all singing vocals and all the woodwind emulations, Taylor does all the brass vocal orchestra by himself.

FALSE CLAIMS & URBAN LEGENDS
  • About Death on Two Legs.
    • The intro being nicked from a classical piano piece.
  • About The Prophet's Song
    • Having been demo'd for Queen II.
  • About Bohemian Rhapsody.
    • 180 vocal overdubs (more likely it had around 20).
    • Having been played fourteen times on Kenny Everett's programme (it was actually four, no '-teen').
    • Being edited down from a 7- or 8-minute version (it was always 5.55).
    • Being put together like a jigsaw puzzle (backing track was a continuous take, from beginning to end).
    • Being about AIDS (it hadn't been discovered).

LINER NOTES OMISSIONS
  • Double-bass and Taylor's and May's backing vocals on Death on Two Legs.
  • Taylor's rhythm guitar on I'm in Love with My Car.
  • Taylor's and May's backing vocals on You're My Best Friend.
  • Taylor's backing vocals on '39.
  • Taylor's and May's backing vocals on Sweet Lady
  • Taylor's and May's backing vocals on The Prophet's Song.
  • Trident Studios having been used for part of the album.