'Queen: The Making of A Night at The Opera'
(Queen / DVD / NR / 2006 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: If ever there was an album worthy of inclusion in Eagle Vision’s Classic Albums series it is Queen’s breakout release 'A Night At The Opera.' Released in 1975, this was not only the band’s first platinum album, but also the one that catapulted them into the spotlight as one of the biggest rock acts in the world. Now for the first time, fans are offered an in-depth look at one of rock music’s seminal records with the Classic Albums DVD 'Queen — The Making Of A Night At The Opera.'
DVD Verdict: This is a wonderful addition to the excellent "Classic Albums" collection. This was truly a ground breaking album in late 1975 and is broken down on this DVD in order of the original track listing. I am consistently pleased with the quality of sound and video of the "Classic Album" DVD's (this being my 4th; the others: Pink Floyd, Deep Purple & Stevie Wonder). This, like the others brings back key individuals that helped to make the album a success and a notch above others (i.e.: original engineers, music critics, fellow musicians and DJ's). They describe how no synthesizers were used for their sound. Multi-tracking, piano flourishes, a harp, a ukulele, and multi-layered guitars all combine for a great and unique sound. One of my personal fav moments on this DVD is the song '39'. This is a great Brian May song that he revisits in great detail and sings in a new full acoustic version and in some original archived footage. This has always been one of my favorite songs by anyone but never realized it was about space travel. Now I know why it has some similarities to the Moody Blues "To Our Children's Children's Children" album also about space travel a few years earlier in 1970. Another is quite simply all the in-depth details on "Bohemian Rhapsody," including the music video footage, sound board separations and great archival live performances! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) and comes with the Special Features of:
BRAND NEW INTERVIEWS - with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor
COMMENTARY - by original producer Roy Thomas Baker
ARCHIVAL PERFORMANCE and INTERVIEW FOOTAGE - with late lead singer Freddie Mercury
INTERVIEWS and GUEST COMMENTARY - by guitarists Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) and many more
NEW ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCES - of ’39 and Love Of My Life by Brian May
DRUM and ACOUSTIC DEMONSTRATIONS - of "I’m In Love With My Car" from Roger Taylor
ANALYSIS OF THE RECORDING PROCESS - of all 12 tracks on the album