Just watched the programme Classic Album
Fri 6 Jan, 11:05 pm - 11:55 pm 50mins
Did anyone else see it.
It is supposed to be a detailed look at Queen's classic album, A Night at the Opera.
It was a great programme, and covered the songs on the album in great detail, however the best track of the album, the one which really showed the band's artistry and inventiveness was ommitted from the show. What happened to "The Prophets Song" (you know, track eight between "Seaside Rendezvous" and "Love of my Life"
I know it is the longest track on the album, but it at least deserved a mention.
Apparently it's being released as a dvd in March and is said to be twice as long, so they've obviously held a fair chunk back to make sure people will want to buy it.
Expect an in depth review of Prophets Song and God Save The Queen. I'm hoping for a lot more info about Seaside Rendezvous, especially the Woodwind and Brass segment, and more of Roger doing that unplugged IILWMC
On the whole an excellent programme, but doesn't Nuno Bettencourt look rough!
Exactly what I was thinking! That's what a decade does to you... I thought I might have missed the Prophets Song section as I only noticed this was on after it had started. They just didn't mention it, then?
NO, it was totally glossed over, they started with "Death on 2 legs," and worked through the album, interviewing Brian, Roger and RTB about how each song was put together, Brian performed a small part of "Good Company" on the baby uke he used on the album, Roger slowly talked through how he created the drum part of "I'm in love with my car", and finished the interview by playing part of the song on acoustic guitar.
On the whole ti was a good documentary by the BBC, but the exclusion of "TPS" allows the programme to miss the point, I think that song is the pivotal point of the album, bringing all the multilayer tricks they have learned together in the one place, rising to a crescendo, then falling back and relaxing to bring in "Love of my Life", before the album rises again for "bo Rhap"
At least, thats my opinion and I am sticking with it.
I would've thought a better way to edit it would be to showcase every song, but not delve as deeply into some of them than others. It's silly to not even mention The Prophets Song at all.
I thought it was a good programme, though. Glad I caught most of it.
Very Interesting programme - loved the bits where they showed parts of the tracks with no instruments and also the section describing the process of recording Seaside Rendevous.
Looking forward to the DVD.