“’A Night At The Opera’ it is an album of very strong songs,” Mercury says. “Each one can stand on its own. This is our strongest album in that way. It was hard to title.” The title of the alburn doesn ‘t mean, he says, that it’s a concept album, with all songs following a central theme like a rock opera. In fact, it may be the group’s most varied album, going from acoustic folk to vaudeville and 1920s- and 1930s influenced songs, to high-energy rock. “Bohemian Rhapsody” has a quality they think of as opera, though, it is “our way of doing what we think is opera.”

The group is an expensive one to move around the world, Mercury says, with all its equipment and its huge road crew. He gives that as the reason for changing from the previous management company to John Reid enterprises, which also manages Elton John.”That’s why we have John Reid — he has lots of money.” And what do Mercury and his fellow musicians think about the predictions and thrust toward superstardom? He says, “We haven’t really sort of conjured up anything of what we’re trying to do in that line. Every band has that desire to be big. That’s one of the things that keeps you going. You’ve got to have some kind of goal — to get bigger is one. Our aim is to be respected as musicians more than that. I think you can be a very, very big group and still not be respected as musicians. You can be regarded as a phenomenon that is going to dry up very soon. I ‘d like to be long lasting and then thought about when I’m dead as a musician who was of some worth and some value.
That would be nice.”

  • Queen interview 1976
    The Advocate (OH) – British rock quartet

Pic: Summer 1975, Surrey, UK – Freddie Mercury on the tennis court (on the left Mary Austin).
Queen at Ridge Farm rehearsing for the album ‘A Night at the Opera’.

Queen’s fourth and probably best known album, was recorded in England and Galles between August and November 1975 and released on november 21st, 1975

📷 Photo by Watal Asanuma/Shinko Music

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