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Queen The Game

Q: "...Saw them adapt their sound for the first time: to the rockabilly and funk groove fads of 1980..."
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  • Released: June 18, 1991
  • Originally Released: 1991
  • Label: Hollywood Records

Entertainment Reviews:

Q - 8/02, p.148
"...Saw them adapt their sound for the first time: to the rockabilly and funk groove fads of 1980..."
Uncut - p.97
4 stars out of 5 -- "THE GAME experiments with funk and power ballads..."


Product Description:

Queen: Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano, synthesizer); Brian May (vocals, guitar); Roger Taylor (vocals, drums); John Deacon (bass).
Recorded at Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany.
Personnel: Brian May (vocals, guitar, banjo, keyboards); Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano); Roger Taylor (vocals, drums); John Deacon (guitar).
Audio Remasterer: Eddy Schreyer.
Recording information: Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany (06/1976-05/1980).
Photographer: Christopher Hopper.
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.

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Most artistically successful, fully realized work....huh? Music Lover: from Cedar Falls, IA US -- October, 17, 2009

True, this is one of Queen's "signature" albums, but it also marks a transition, a departure from the music that brought them acclaim in the '70's.

With the advent of The Game,although they'd redeem themselves later w/The Works, Queen became pop. With respect, as huge as it was in 1980, The Game has not aged well for this reason. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" & "Another One Bites The Dust" were clever & novel...if they had stopped there. "Dust" paved the way for more dance oriented numbers for the remander of Queen's career, regrettably making this a "side" of their music. Aside from "Dragon Attack" & one or two other songs, The Game does not reflect the genius of their prior albums succumbing to sometimes embarrasing &...well, pop, hits oriented music.

If all one knows of Queen is their hits, if you're prone to enjoy familiar, radio friendly music, then you will enjoy this album. If you enjoy more innovative & complex music, I emplore you to start with any of their earlier, '70's releases.

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  • Sales Rank: 113,046
  • UPC: 720616106322
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