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Details about  DCC GZS 1144 GOLD CD: QUEEN - A Night At the Opera - OOP 2000 USA SEALED

DCC GZS 1144 GOLD CD: QUEEN - A Night At the Opera - OOP 2000 USA SEALED
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Genre:

Rock

UPC:

010963114423

Style:

Progressive/Art Rock

Duration:

Album

Artist:

Queen

Special Attributes:

Audiophile Collectible, LONG Out of Print, FREE SHIPPING - anywhere, Pictures are of the actual item, Enhanced CD, COMPLETE - NOTHING MISSING, Factory SEALED, Gold CD made in the USA (or Japan), GOLD CD issued in 2000, 24K Gold Disc, Import, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Special Edition

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CD

Release Year:

2000

Release Date:

19/06/2000

Country of Manufacture:

United States

Record Label:

DCC Compact Classics

Number of Discs:

1

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Album Features
UPC:010963114423
Artist:Queen
Format:CD
Release Year:2000
Record Label:DCC Compact Classics
Genre:Art Rock, Rock & Pop

Track Listing
1. Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)
2. Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon
3. I'm in Love with My Car
4. You're My Best Friend
5. '39
6. Sweet Lady
7. Seaside Rendezvous
8. The Prophet's Song
9. Love of My Life
10. Good Company
11. Bohemian Rhapsody
12. God Save the Queen

Details
Playing Time:43 min.
Producer:Queen, Roy Thomas Baker
Distributor:Ryko Distribution
Recording Type:Studio
Recording Mode:Stereo
SPAR Code:n/a

Album Notes
Queen: Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano); Brian May (guitar, harp, ukulele, background vocals); John Deacon (electric piano, acoustic & electric basses); Roger Taylor (percussion, background vocals).Recorded at Sarm Studios, Roundhouse Studios, Olympic Studios, Scorpio Studios, Landsdowne Studios, London, England and Rockfield Studios, Wales.Composer: Queen.Personnel: Brian May (vocals, guitar, banjo, koto, ukulele, harmonica, keyboards); Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano); Roger Taylor (vocals, drums, percussion); John Deacon (guitar, electric piano, double bass, electric bass).Audio Remasterer: Steve Hoffman.Arranger: Queen.Queen were straining at the boundaries of hard rock and heavy metal on Sheer Heart Attack, but they broke down all the barricades on A Night at the Opera, a self-consciously ridiculous and overblown hard rock masterpiece. Using the multi-layered guitars of its predecessor as a foundation, A Night at the Opera encompasses metal ("Death on Two Legs," "Sweet Lady"), pop (the lovely, shimmering "You're My Best Friend"), campy British music hall ("Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon," "Seaside Rendezvous"), and mystical prog rock ("'39," "The Prophet's Song"), eventually bringing it all together on the pseudo-operatic "Bohemian Rhapsody." In short, it's a lot like Queen's own version of Led Zeppelin IV, but where Zep find dark menace in bombast, Queen celebrate their own pomposity. No one in the band takes anything too seriously, otherwise the arrangements wouldn't be as ludicrously exaggerated as they are. But the appeal -- and the influence -- of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions. It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1971, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar, vocals), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works, incorporating more diverse and innovative styles in their music.

Before joining Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had been playing together in a band named Smile with bassist Tim Staffell. Freddie Mercury (then known by his birth name of Farrokh/ Freddie Bulsara) was a fan of Smile, and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques after Staffell's departure in 1970. Mercury himself joined the band shortly thereafter, changed the name of the band to 'Queen', and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was recruited prior to recording their eponymous debut album (1973). Queen enjoyed success in the UK with their debut and its follow-up, Queen II (1974), but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack (1974) and A Night at the Opera (1975) that gained the band international success. The latter featured "Bohemian Rhapsody", which stayed at number one in the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks; it charted at number one in several other territories, and gave the band their first top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. Their 1977 album, News of the World, contained two of rock's most recognisable anthems, "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions". By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world, and their performance at 1985's Live Aid is regarded as one of the greatest in rock history. In 1991, Mercury died of broncho-pneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. Since then, May and Taylor have infrequently performed together, including a collaboration with Paul Rodgers under the name Queen + Paul Rodgers which ended in May 2009.

The band has released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, and 10 number one DVDs, and have sold over 150 million albums, with some estimates in excess of 300 million albums, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists. They have been honored with seven Ivor Novello awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

A Night at the Opera is the fourth studio album by British rock group Queen, released in November 1975. Co-produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen, it was the most expensive album ever recorded at the time of its release. A commercial success, A Night at the Opera has been voted by the public and cited by music publications as one of Queen's finest works.

The album takes its name from the Marx Brothers film A Night at the Opera, which the band watched one night at the studio complex when recording. It was originally released by EMI in the UK, where it topped the UK Albums Chart for four non-consecutive weeks, and Elektra Records in the US, where it peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and became the band's first platinum selling album in the US.

Brian May has asserted in subsequent years that, had A Night at the Opera not been successful, Queen would have disbanded. Upon release, the album was a commercial success, debuting at No. 1 in the UK and topping the charts for four non-consecutive weeks. In the US, it debuted at No. 4, the band's strongest showing at that time. Rolling Stone wrote, "Like all heavy-metal groups, Queen's most easily distinguished trait is a knack for manipulating dynamics. But what sets them apart is their selection of unlikely effects: acoustic piano, harp, acapella vocals, no synthesisers. Coupled with good songs. Queen's obviously the strongest contender in its field." Melody Maker called the album a "must-have", encouraging listeners to "turn it up loud and enjoy", while the Winnipeg Free Press wrote, "The group's potential is practically limitless, indicating that Queen is destined to finally take its place among the small handful of truly major acts working in rock today." Robert Christgau was less enthusiastic, giving the album a "B-" rating.

Reviews in notable publications such as Allmusic, Mojo and Q Magazine, have seen the album receive five-star ratings. Allmusic, who chose the record as an "album pick", wrote, "It's prog rock with a sense of humour as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else"; Allmusic chose "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)", "Sweet Lady" and first single "Bohemian Rhapsody", as the best tracks on the record. Mojo called the album "An imperial extravaganza, a cornucopia; a band of hungrily competitive individualists on a big roll of friendship and delight." Q were similarly receptive, writing, "[Queen] never came close to bettering their fourth album...A Night at the Opera remains glorious, monumental. It is British rock's greatest extravagance." The magazine opined that the eight-minute "Prophet's Song" is "almost as inspired as Bohemian Rhapsody." Uncut awarded the album only 3/5 stars, but offered a mostly positive review, commending "the extent of the band's barmy diversity." Pitchfork awarded the album a rating of 8.9/10, writing, "No punches pulled, no expense spared: A Night at the Opera was Queen at the top of the mountain." Rhapsody's Mike McGuirk wrote, "Generally considered one of the greatest rock albums of all time, A Night at the Opera's overlaying of heavy metal, genius stereo gimmickry, Broadway swish and British pomp is as vital and riveting to listen to today as when it was released in 1975." The BBC said of the record, "Christmas 1975 was to be forever remembered as Queen’s. And A Night at the Opera remains their finest hour." In 1977 "Bohemian Rhapsody" received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus and Best Arrangement for Voices.

Recorded at Sarm Studios, Roundhouse Studios, Olympic Studios, Scorpio Studios, Landsdowne Studios, London, England and Rockfield Studios, Wales. Audio Remasterer: Steve Hoffman. Queen were straining at the boundaries of hard rock and heavy metal on Sheer Heart Attack, but they broke down all the barricades on A Night at the Opera, a self-consciously ridiculous and overblown hard rock masterpiece. Using the multi-layered guitars of its predecessor as a foundation, A Night at the Opera encompasses metal ("Death on Two Legs," "Sweet Lady"), pop (the lovely, shimmering "You're My Best Friend"), campy British music hall ("Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon,"  "Seaside Rendezvous"), and mystical prog rock ("'39," "The Prophet's Song"), eventually bringing it all together on the pseudo-operatic "Bohemian Rhapsody." In short, it's a lot like Queen's own version of Led Zeppelin IV, but where Zep find dark menace in bombast, Queen celebrate their own pomposity. No one in the band takes anything too seriously, otherwise the arrangements wouldn't be as ludicrously exaggerated as they are. But the appeal -- and the influence -- of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions. It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Editorial Reviews - ...An imperial extravaganza, a cornucopia; a band of hungrily competitive individualists on a big roll of friendship and delight...Mojo

It's a record to which all four contributed fine songs, and one of extremes -- among the crashing rock and proggy wigouts were love songs, acoustic whimsy, a trad-jazz pastiche and a brace of vaudeville show tunes....Q

3 stars out of 5 -- [L]istening again to A NIGHT AT THE OPERA is a reminder of the extent of the band's barmy diversity....Uncut

3 Stars - Good - ...Even 'Bohemian Rhapsody' pales into significance next to the epic eight-minute toss of 'The Prophet Song'....Q (1993,12,01)

Ranked #41 in Q's 100 Greatest British Albums....Q (2000,06,01)

Ranked #2 in Q Magazine's 10 Essential Reissues Of 2006....Q

4 stars out of 5 -- A NIGHT AT THE OPERA gave Queen their first Number 1, houses 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' and includes everything from spaced-out prog-rock to '30s-era vaudeville....Q

4 stars out of 5 -- 'Sweet Lady' bites with the ferocity of the most grizzled heavy metal....Record Collector

5 stars out of 5 -- Containing not one but two monumental epics, and gorging on grandiose gestures galore, A NIGHT AT THE OPERA secured itself instant classic status....Uncut

This ebay listing is for a long out of print and very rare audiophile GOLD CD title - a FACTORY SEALED and MINT 24kt GOLD CD set PRESSED and ISSUED by DCC of a highly collectible title from the defunct DCC catalog - a superb Rock / Pop title featuring -

QUEEN

Freddie Mercury – lead and backing vocals, piano, jangle piano, woodwind vocalisations on "Seaside Rendezvous"
Brian May – guitars, ukelele, backing vocals, lead vocals on "'39" and "Good Company", toy koto on "The Prophet's Song", harp on "Love of My Life"
Roger Taylor – drums, percussion, lead vocals on "I'm in Love with My Car", brass vocalisations on "Seaside Rendezvous", backing vocals
John Deacon – bass guitar, double-bass, electric piano, backing vocals


Gold CD title of this rare item -

A Night At The Opera

Track Listings -

1. Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)
2. Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon
3. I'm in Love with My Car
4. You're My Best Friend
5. '39
6. Sweet Lady
7. Seaside Rendezvous
8. Prophet's Song, The
9. Love of My Life
10. Good Company
11. Bohemian Rhapsody
12. God Save the Queen

The Gold CD is from the ultra-rare DCC series of audiophile, 24kt. GOLD CDs (long out of print).

  • Gold CD re-mastered by Steve Hoffman
  • 24kt. GOLD CD manufactured in the USA or Japan (can't tell for certain until the item has been opened and the Gold CD is actually checked).
  • Jewel Case IS the original flip up type
  • This item DOES come with the paper outer slip cover - it is complete and near perfect.
  • The original LP was issued on the HOLLYWOOD record label, in 1975
  • The DCC Gold CD set was issued in 2000
  • Gold CD catalog # GZS 1144

The Gold CD, JEWEL CASE AND INSERTS are all in MINT condition! The CD is actually Factory SEALED!

This CD is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

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