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    Released just one year after A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races also takes its name from a Marx Brothers film, and features a variation of Night’s cover art. Serving as counterpoints to each other, Night and Day could have been a double album. But that might have caused a shift in gravity. Completely self-produced, A Day at the Races is ambitious and shameless in its mix of hard rock and theatrical pop. “Somebody to Love” is the hit single and reportedly Freddie Mercury’s favorite of all the songs he wrote. A rock ballad featuring “Bohemian Rhapsody”-like vocal layering, it has the feel of a gospel choir. The closing melody of the final song, “Teo Torriatte,” is the same as the opening melody of the first song, “Tie Your Mother Down,” making A Day at the Races what Brian May described as a never-ending loop.

    A Day at the Races Catalog Number:  EMI/Elektra 6E101

    A Day at the Races Track Listing:

    Side One

    1. Tie Your Mother Down – 4:47

    2. You Take My Breath Away – 5:09

    3. Long Away – 3:34

    4. The Millionaire Waltz – 4:55

    5. You and I – 3:27

    Side Two

    1. Somebody to Love – 4:56

    2. White Man – 4:59

    3. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy – 2:55

    4. Drowse – 3:43

    5. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) – 5:54

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