Queen-A-Day-At-The-RacesEarlier in the year, we covered an album from one of the all time greatest rock bands of the 70’s in Queen and their classic A Night At The Opera. For this week’s album of the week, we are checking out the successor to A Night At The Opera in A Day At The Races which was released on December 10, 1976 via Elektra Records. A Day At The Races featured the same crew in Freddie Mercury (Vocals/Piano), Brian May (Electric, Slide, and Acoustic Guitars), Roger Taylor (Drums), and John Deacon (Bass). It was the first album the band ever self produced on their own and it was the first to not feature Roy Thomas Baker as a producer. It was also the fifth Queen album to ship Gold to the United States which was followed by Platinum status rather quickly. The album peaked at number one in the UK, Japan, and the Netherlands while it peaked at number five on the US Billboard Top 200 Charts. It also peaked at four in Canada and three in Norway. In a 2006 BBC poll, the album was voted the 67TH greatest album ever which is huge considering how many albums have been released.

A_Day_At_The_Races_in1. Tie Your Mother Down– a fercious and rocking album opener that Freddie Mercury once commented saying, “Well this one in fact is a track written by Brian actually, I dunno why. Maybe he was in one of his vicious moods. I think he’s trying to out do me after Death On Two Legs actually.” 5/5

2. You Take My Breath Away– Not to be mixed up with the Top Gun Berlin track, but his one features some amazing harmonies right from the get go. It features some brilliant Piano work from Mercury who once played the track live at Hyde Park by himself on Piano before it was ever recorded. 5/5

3. Long Away– A track that Brian May wrote with his 12 string electric guitar and he sang in the track as well. This was a track that was released as a single, but it never charted. 4.5/5

4. The Millionaire Waltz– To best describe the style of this track, think of Bohemian Rhapsody as far as the style and structure. It was a track Mercury wrote about John Reid who was their and Elton John’s manager. 4/5

5. You and I– A track in D Major, it was the track that John Deacon wrote on the record. Never released as a single and never played live. 4/5

queen_-_a_day_at_the_races_-_cd_(1-2)6. Somebody to Love– A truly amazing track on the album that was the big hit of the album. This was the first time that May, Mercury, and Taylor mltitracked their vocals to create the choir effect on the track. According to Taylor, the track was inspired by Aretha Franklin and her style because Freddie was into it. 5/5

7. White Man-Think of this track from the point of Native Americans as the song explores the suffering they faced at the hands of of European whites. 4/5

8. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy– Another track written by Mercury featuring himself on Piano. The track starts with just himself and the piano before the drums and bass kick in. After the second verse and chorus, they all drop out leaving Mercury by himself again before returning again with a killer solo from May. 4/5

9. Drowse– A track that was written, sung, and peformed by Roger Taylor on the album. Brian May is on the track playing Slide Guitar. 4.5/5

10. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)– This was a song that was a tribute to the band’s Japanese fans courtesy of May. The song features two verses sung in Japanese which makes it one of three tracks in the band’s history that features lyrics in other languages. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is essential Queen as they knock another one out of the park. By this time the band has already cemented their legacies in rock history. Freddie and co. prove why they were rock geniuses with the magic they possessed. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

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