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Queen – A Day At The Races
(EMI Records  EMTC104)
Matrix No’s: YAX 5245-6 C 1 (stamped) / YAX 5246-(etched)5U. STERLING 1 5 (stamped)
UK Pressing

G&L Gatefold Sleeve in Nr MINT/Excellent+ condition
– some wear to edges and a few small marks
Round Cornered Inner Sleeve has 3 inch split in the bottom

Vinyl in Nr MINT/Excellent+ condition
(there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don’t affect the sound quality apart from some light pops/crackles – light scratch near end of Side 2 that gives a few light clicks on the intro to the very last track)

Queen are a British rock band that formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (lead guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar). Queen’s earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works by incorporating further styles, such as arena rock and pop rock, into their music.

Before forming Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. 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. Mercury joined the band in 1970, suggested “Queen” as a new band name, and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was recruited before the band recorded their eponymous debut album in 1973. Queen first charted in the UK with their second album, Queen II, in 1974, but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack later that year and A Night at the Opera in 1975 which brought them international success. The latter featured “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which stayed at number one in the UK for nine weeks and popularised the music video.

The band’s 1977 album News of the World contained “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”, which have become anthems at sporting events. By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world. Released in 1980, “Another One Bites the Dust” is their best selling single, while their 1981 compilation album Greatest Hits is the best-selling album in the UK and is certified eight times platinum in the US. Their performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert has been ranked among the greatest in rock history by various music publications, and the best in a 2005 industry poll. In 1991, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. Since then, May and Taylor have performed under the name of Queen with Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert as vocalists on several tours.

The band have released a total of 18 number-one albums, 18 number-one singles, and 10 number-one DVDs. Estimates of their record sales generally range from 150 million to 300 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Queen received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1990. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

A Day at the Races is the fifth album by British rock group Queen, released in December 1976. It was the band’s first completely self-produced album, and the first not to feature producer Roy Thomas Baker. Recorded at Sarm East, The Manor and Wessex Studios in England, A Day at the Races was engineered by Mike Stone. The title of the album followed suit with its predecessor A Night at the Opera in taking its name from a film by the Marx Brothers.

The album peaked at #1 in the UK, Japan and the Netherlands. It reached #5 on the US Billboard 200 and was Queen’s fifth album to ship gold in the US, and subsequently reached platinum status in the same country.

Track listing

Side one
1.“Tie Your Mother Down”Brian May4:48
2.“You Take My Breath Away”Freddie Mercury5:09
3.“Long Away”May3:34
4.The Millionaire WaltzMercury4:54
5.You and IJohn Deacon3:25
Side two
6.“Somebody to Love”Mercury4:56
7.“White Man”May4:59
8.“Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy”Mercury2:54
9.DrowseRoger Taylor3:45
10.“Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)”May5:50


  • Freddie Mercury – lead and backing vocals, piano
  • Brian May – electric, slide and acoustic guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Long Away”, piano, plastic piano, harmonium
  • Roger Taylor – drums, percussion, backing vocals, lead vocals and rhythm guitar on “Drowse”, timpani
  • John Deacon – bass guitar, acoustic guitar on “You and I”
Additional personnel
  • Mike Stone – additional vocals on “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy”
Weight1.00000000 kg


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