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- Rock & Pop
- Art Rock
- Mono / Stereo
- Queen; Mack McKenna
- The Game
Queen: Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano, synthesizer); Brian May (vocals, guitar); Roger Taylor (vocals, drums); John Deacon (bass).
Recorded at Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany.
Recording information: Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany (02/1980-05/1980); Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany (06/1979-07/1979).
Photographers: Christopher Hopper; Peter Hince.
Following up the most idiosyncratic album of their career (JAZZ), Queen makes the transition here from weird pomp-rock band to weird pop band, marking a new musical direction for their '80s output. The major development here is the incorporation of funk into Queen's already-broad stylistic pallete. The mega-hit "Another One Bites the Dust" is based around an irresistibly funky bass riff that would be sampled by countless rappers over the next two decades. "Dragon Attack" mixes the funk quotient with some fiery guitar heroics from Brian May.
The pure pop aspect of Queen's music blossoms into full flower as well. "Need Your Loving" could be a Badfinger or Records out-take. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" predates (at least in the U.S.) the Stray Cats-led rockabilly revival of the early '80s. There are hints of late-period ELO on "Coming Soon." On "Rock It" the band shows that they still know how to pull out all the rock & roll stops. THE GAME is arguably Queen's most artistically successful, fully realized work.
THE GAME found Queen at the top of their craft and the top of the charts, with two number-1 singles ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and the Chic-inspired "Another One Bites The Dust"). It also featured the first appearance of a synthesizer on a Queen album.
- Country of Origin
- Studio / Live
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Play the Game
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Dragon Attack
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Another One Bites the Dust
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Need Your Loving Tonight
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Crazy Little Thing Called Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Rock It (Prive Jive)
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Don't Try Suicide
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Sail Away Sweet Sister (To the Sister I Never Had)
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Coming Soon
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Save Me
- [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] Save Me [Live in Montreal, November 1981] - (live)
- [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Human Body, A
- [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Sail Away Sweet Sister [Take 1 with Guide Vocal] - (take)
- [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] It's a Beautiful Day [Original Spontaneous Idea, April 1980]
- [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Dragon Attack [Live at Milton Keynes Bowl, June 1982] - (live)
- Universal Distribution
Q (8/02, p.148) - "...Saw them adapt their sound for the first time: to the rockabilly and funk groove fads of 1980..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE GAME experiments with funk and power ballads..."
- 53m 0s
- Video Disabled
- Mack McKenna
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