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Dave Preston
5 stars One of the best albums ever made in the whole pantheon of rock music not just progressive rock.

Whilst a lot of this record has no prog elements at all ("Seaside Rendezvous" and "You're My Best Friend" for example) a lot of it does. The best known song "Bohemian Rhapsody" is as prog as any song could but but with an idefinable wide spread appeal that has raised it to the iconic status it now holds

Beside "THAT SONG" other classy pieces of prog/pop crossover can be found in opener "Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To......" (a truly vitriolic piece of character assassination) and the monumental "The Prophet's Song"

If the later of these songs had been recorded by Yes, Genesis or Gentle Giant it would be widely revered as a prog rock classic. It is a prog rock classic but widely unkown and undiscovered in the purist Prog circles as Queen are ignored as not being really prog.

To any doubters about Queen being prog I say, maybe you are right but listen to "A Night At The Opera" and tell me it isn't worthy of recognition. When Queen did progressive rock on their first albums they did it really well and "A Night At The Opera" sees them doing the best they ever did.

Dave Preston | 5/5 |


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