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QUEEN – THE GAME LP – Nr MINT A5/B7 UK METALLIC SLEEVE

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Queen – The Game
(EMI Records  1980  EMA795)
Matrix No’s: A3/B8 – UK Pressing

G&L Sleeve in Nr MINT condition
– some light rubbing around edges
Inner Sleeve in Nr MINT condition

Vinyl in Nr MINT 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 the odd light pop/crackle)

Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals) and John Deacon (bass). Their 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.

Before forming Queen, May and Taylor had played together in the band Smile. Mercury was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques. He joined in 1970 and suggested the name “Queen”. Deacon was recruited in February 1971, before the band released their eponymous debut album in 1973. Queen first charted in the UK with their second album, Queen II, in 1974. Sheer Heart Attack later that year and A Night at the Opera in 1975 brought them international success. The latter featured “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which stayed at number one in the UK for nine weeks and helped popularise the music video format.

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. “Another One Bites the Dust” from The Game (1980) became 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 is ranked among the greatest in rock history by various publications. In August 1986, Mercury gave his last performance with Queen at Knebworth, England. In 1991, he died of bronchopneumonia—a complication of AIDS—and Deacon retired in 1997. Since 2004, May and Taylor have toured under the “Queen +” name with vocalists Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert.

Estimates of Queen’s record sales range from 170 million to 300 million records, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. In 1990, Queen received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music from the British Phonographic Industry. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Each member has composed hit singles, and all four were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2005, Queen received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. In 2018, they were presented the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Game is the eighth studio album by British rock band Queen released on 30 June 1980. It was the only Queen album to reach No. 1 in the US and became Queen’s best selling studio album in the US with four million copies sold to date, tying News of the World‘s US sales tally. The album received very favourable reviews. Notable songs on the album include the bass-driven “Another One Bites the Dust” and the rockabilly “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, both of which reached No. 1 in the US. The Game was the first Queen album to use a synthesiser (an Oberheim OB-X).

The album features a more pop/rock sound than its predecessor, Jazz. The album’s style would be augmented on Queen’s next release Hot Space, and future Queen albums. At approximately 35 minutes 39 seconds, The Game is the 2nd shortest of Queen’s studio albums, with their subsequent soundtrack for the film Flash Gordon being shorter by 39 seconds. It is estimated to have sold 12 million copies worldwide, including over 4.5 million in the United States.

Re-issued on May 2003 on DVD-Audio with Dolby 5.1 surround sound and DTS 5.1. The 5.1 mix of “Coming Soon” features an alternate backing track, because the final master tapes were not found when mixing the album to 5.1.

The photo on the cover of the EMI CD is different from that originally used on the LP and cassette even though the Hollywood CD still has the original photo. The original photo (with Taylor having folded arms and May not having a hand resting upon his exposed hip) is shown in the article. This alternate photo was also used on cover of the DTS DVD-Audio edition of the album released in 2003.

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “Sail Away Sweet Sister”, “Coming Soon”, and “Save Me” were recorded from June to July 1979. The remaining songs were recorded between February and May 1980.

Track listing

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Play the Game” Freddie Mercury 3:30
2. “Dragon Attack” Brian May 4:18
3. “Another One Bites the Dust” John Deacon 3:35
4. “Need Your Loving Tonight” Deacon 2:50
5. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” Mercury 2:44
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. “Rock It (Prime Jive)” Roger Taylor 4:33
7. “Don’t Try Suicide” Mercury 3:52
8. “Sail Away Sweet Sister” May 3:33
9. “Coming Soon” Taylor 2:51
10. “Save Me” May 3:50

Personnel

  • Freddie Mercury: lead and backing vocals, intro vocals on “Rock It (Prime Jive)”, bridge vocals on “Sail Away Sweet Sister”, piano, rhythm guitar on “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, synthesiser
  • Brian May: electric, acoustic and twelve-string guitars, backing vocals, piano, lead vocals on “Sail Away Sweet Sister”, synthesiser
  • Roger Taylor: drums, electronic drums, backing vocals, rhythm guitar, lead vocals on “Rock It (Prime Jive)”, synthesiser
  • John Deacon: bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitars, piano, percussion, tape effects

Additional synthesisers by Mack.

Weight 1.00000000 kg

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