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Posted: 24 Apr 10, 05:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It will be interesting to see what Queen fans think about the Game. Synths were used for the first time and there were more pop-rock songs than the trademark heavy rock from the 1970s. However some Queen fans think Hot Space was better than the Game???? Who Would you rate the album, is it one of Queen's best or a downfall and what were the highlights and dull moments of the album?

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Posted: 24 Apr 10, 07:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was about to turn 15 when that album came out. It just EXPLODED during that summer. No matter where you went you saw Queen posters and displays for the album. It was EVERYWHERE on the radio. 6 months prior to the release we had Crazy Little Thing and then Play the Game came out a few months later. But when the album hit... it hit huge!!! That summer for me was kind of what the summer of 1967 was for that generation when Sgt. Pepper came out. I saw the band in Providence in August and "Dust" was about to be released which sent the album even higher. But then they took a wrong turn on the highway of life and ate it when they released Hot Space. As young Queen fans back then you have to understand that we were used to hearing some heavy music from the band with all the ditties thrown in and we appreciated that cleverness about the band. Hot Space kind of took us by surprise though. Well ahead of it's time. I'll admit I was one of those fans that put them on the back burner for a little while but I never dismissed them ever!

The Game will be 30 years old this June. I hail it as a triumphant record for the band because it got them to dominate the US for that summer. And each time I hear any track off that LP I get to relive my youth all over again!

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Posted: 24 Apr 10, 09:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jazz 78 wrote: I was about to turn 15 when that album came out. It just EXPLODED during that summer. No matter where you went you saw Queen posters and displays for the album. It was EVERYWHERE on the radio. 6 months prior to the release we had Crazy Little Thing and then Play the Game came out a few months later. But when the album hit... it hit huge!!! That summer for me was kind of what the summer of 1967 was for that generation when Sgt. Pepper came out. I saw the band in Providence in August and "Dust" was about to be released which sent the album even higher. But then they took a wrong turn on the highway of life and ate it when they released Hot Space. As young Queen fans back then you have to understand that we were used to hearing some heavy music from the band with all the ditties thrown in and we appreciated that cleverness about the band. Hot Space kind of took us by surprise though. Well ahead of it's time. I'll admit I was one of those fans that put them on the back burner for a little while but I never dismissed them ever!

The Game will be 30 years old this June. I hail it as a triumphant record for the band because it got them to dominate the US for that summer. And each time I hear any track off that LP I get to relive my youth all over again!
I agree it was a big album for them...a nice solid record...The last album i would call Queens prime.  The first side was flawless. A perfect combination of music. The second side is a little dissapointing.  Prime jime is pretty cool, though I'm not a big fan of new wave.  not a big fan of coming soon and Don't try suicide.  The latter being the better of the two IMO.   Sail away and save me are the tunes that save the second side.  Overall,  It's not on the level of the earlier albums like A night at the opera or a day at the races, but it was a solid record.  Better than anything that came after it until Innuendo was released.

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Posted: 24 Apr 10, 11:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"The Game" is a mixed bag for me. Up to then most albums sounded a bit like concept albums with some intro at the beginning and some outro, even "Jazz" had this medley at the end. There seemed to be some connection between the songs
From "The Game" onwards the albums were more like song collections of the four different writers. Still many good seperate songs, but no longer working as "albums" for me.

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Posted: 24 Apr 10, 14:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The first half of the album is amazing.

The second half of the album is pretty "meh", excluding Save Me.

Dragon Attack is my favorite off the album, but it is overshadowed by AOBTD and CLTCL.

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Posted: 24 Apr 10, 23:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I consider "The Game" as the transition lp between the '70s style and the '80s style.

"The Game" ranks high on my favorite Queen lps list.

"Play the Game"  -  Like it.
"Dragon Attack" - Like it.  
"Another One Bites the Dust"  - One of those songs that one likes, but is really sick of.
I wish that this song hadn't been a hit.  That way, perhaps, Queen would have not
continued in this funk/dance phase and the lp called "Hot Space" wouldn't have turned out
to be the crappy lp it turned out to be.
"Need Your Loving Tonight"  - Like it.
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"  - One of those songs that one likes, but is really sick of.
I like this much better than AOBTD.
"Rock It (Prime Jive)"  - Like it.
"Don't Try Suicide"  - At the time of its release I wasn't crazy about it.  Now, I don't like it at all.
"Sail Away Sweet Sister"  - Like it.
"Coming Soon"  - Like it.
"Save Me"  - Like it.


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Posted: 25 Apr 10, 05:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In my opinion The Game is surely the last of the 'classic' Queen albums. While I love to think and talk about it as if it were crap, when I hear the album I am just sold. This, however, does not include some tracks. In a way it is more solid than Jazz, and a lot more Queen than Hot Space, but it's also a bit of a half-baked steak. While some songs are truly masterpieces, others are soo boring, making this an album of different extremes. I like the album, but I will never love it. Track-by-track:

1. Play the Game - great track.
2. Dragon Attack - meh... it's ok I guess.
3. Dust - agree with skip: one likes it, but is sick of it.
4. Need Your Loving Tonight - Likeable sweet little tune.
5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - agree with skip: one likes it, but is sick of it.
6. Rock It (Prime Jive) - Cool intro, fun Taylor song, but the end is repetitive.
7. Don't Try Suicide - Worst song Queen ever recorded.
8. Sail Away Sweet Sister - Great Brian song.
9. Coming Soon - Mediocre track, yet I always enjoy it.
10. Save Me - great track.

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Posted: 26 Apr 10, 14:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love The Game. I regard it as a masterpiece, every bit as good as the 70's albums, and arguably one of Queen's five or six best albums. I think it's an incredible album, and it marked the end of their classic period.


To me, The Game is an album of two halves. The first side is flawless, arguably one of Queen's very best album sides, however the second side is quite ordinary apart from two songs.

1)Play the Game - absolutely gorgeous. One of Queen's very best ballads, it was a wonderful way to open the album, and showed that after Mustapha, Queen hadn't lost the ability to pick the perfect album opener.

2)Dragon Attack - John is wonderful, and so is the song. Not as well known as other songs on the album, I think it deserves to be much better known as IMO it's one hell of a rock song.

3)AOBTD- a masterpiece. Quite simply one of Queen's absolute greatest songs.

4)Need Your Loving Tonight- the measure of an album (or in this case, an album side) is how good is its weakest song. NYLT is arguably the weakest song on the first side of The Game, yet it's still really good. It's no masterpiece, but I find it highly enjoyable.

5)Crazy Little Thing Called Love- a masterpiece. A brilliant, brilliant song, which is enhanced further when one considers that it took Freddie something only like ten minutes to write it! :D

6)Rock It (Prime Jive)- disappointing. Whilst it's not a bad song (very few Queen songs are genuinely bad), it is extremely ordinary and was a massive letdown after the first five songs which varied between really good and masterpiece.

7)Don't Try Suicide- very ordinary. Freddie is great, the instrumentation is terrific, but the lyrics.... They are so annoyingly horrible. If they were about anything else, I think that the song could have been terrific, but that's obvously not the case and as such I think it's a massive disappointment. Especially considering that Freddie wrote it. While he wasn't perfect, he was almost always much better than this, although at least his other two songs on this album were brilliant.

8)Sail Away Sweet Sister- a classic. One of my favourite Brian-sung songs, part of me wishes that it was better known, however another part of me likes that it's so obscure, as I like the idea of there being gems which only Queen fans know about. This is certainly one of them.

9)Coming Soon- boring, boring, boring. Roger was incredibly disappointing on this album. Freddie, Brian and John all contributed multiple terrific songs to this album, however neither of Roger's songs were particularly good.

10)Save Me- a masterpiece. One of Queen's absolute best album closers, it (along with Sail Away) saved the second side for me. A truly beautiful song, it ended arguably one of the greatest albums of all time.

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Posted: 26 Apr 10, 15:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love ALL the songs! Don't Try Suicide sounded rubbish at first, but then it's really grown on me. Very satisfying song to play! Save Me is one of my all time faves, and so is SASS and NYLT. Love it.


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Posted: 26 Apr 10, 20:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger's 2 songs bring down the album!  .....What else is new.  Don't we go through on almost every album?.....Either it's loser in the end, more of that jazz, fun it, prime jive, coming soon.  Even drowse was the worst song on a day at the races.

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Posted: 27 Apr 10, 11:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I love Drowse and Rock It (Prime Jive). It's Roger's eccentricty that often makes his songs so enjoyable. Add to that list Modern Times Rock and Roll, Tenement Funster, I'm In Love WIth My Car and Sheer Heart Attack from the early albums and it doesn't look like too bad at all. Not only that, I'd say Fred was responsible for the worst song on the debut album (Jesus) and also on Queen II (Funny How Love Is) and Deaky's responsbile for the worst one on Sheer Heart Attack (Misfire). All a matter of taste, of course.


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Posted: 27 Apr 10, 11:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Amazon wrote: arguably one of the greatest albums of all time.

Not Sure about that. Nethertheless it is a  good album.

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Posted: 27 Apr 10, 13:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

To be honest, I like Roger's songs on The Game.

The intro in Rock it (Prime jive) is ace and the lyrics in this part describe my feelings towards the song. It does get a bit repetitive but there is always something slightly different happening in the background: additional voices join in, Roger's vocals sing a bit differently, there's a synth melody in the background near the end. Love every second of this song.

Coming soon might be a bit repetitive and ordinary but I enjoy it a lot. It doesn't really sound like Queen at all, though.

Other Roger songs that are among my favorite Queen songs are I'm in love with my card, Drowse and Tenement Funster.

The rest range from half decent to mediocre, in my book.

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Posted: 28 Apr 10, 00:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

qrock wrote: "Amazon wrote: arguably one of the greatest albums of all time." "Not Sure about that. Nethertheless it is a good album."


Yeh, I probably exaggerated when I described it as one of the greatest albums of all time. I do consider it to be a masterpiece and I do regard it as an all-time great, but would I include it on a list of the 500 or 1000 greatest albums of all time? No, I don't think I would.

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Posted: 28 Apr 10, 00:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Holly2003 wrote: I love Drowse and Rock It (Prime Jive). It's Roger's eccentricty that often makes his songs so enjoyable. Add to that list Modern Times Rock and Roll, Tenement Funster, I'm In Love WIth My Car and Sheer Heart Attack from the early albums and it doesn't look like too bad at all. Not only that, I'd say Fred was responsible for the worst song on the debut album (Jesus) and also on Queen II (Funny How Love Is) and Deaky's responsbile for the worst one on Sheer Heart Attack (Misfire). All a matter of taste, of course.

I obviously exaggerated a bit.....By the way funny how love is could have been a hit. Solid song IMO,  Misfire is a good tune also,  I like all of john's 70's songs..... better than brians she makes me..... but I agree roger had some moments. Modern times rock n roll, tenament funster, I'm in love with my car and sheer heart attack being my favorites.  Prime Jive is ok I guess. I Like the intro with fred on vocals.  The rest is not so great. Roger was hit or miss unless you're a total stepford of the guy who thinks fun it  and loser in the end is brilliant.  I know the roger stepfords are fuming at my post. lol.

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Posted: 28 Apr 10, 04:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mike hunt wrote:

Roger was hit or miss unless you're a total stepford of the guy who thinks fun it  and loser in the end is brilliant.  I know the roger stepfords are fuming at my post. lol.

Well I happen to think they're brilliant. I guess I'm a stepford now... if I only knew what that meant...

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Posted: 28 Apr 10, 06:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Game, huh?  Easily the WORST Queen album.  It's not bad, but it just sounds so empty and incomplete.  It's incredibly short and bland.

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Posted: 28 Apr 10, 08:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queens worst album?...now that's a funny one.

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Holly2003 wrote: "Not only that, I'd say Fred was responsible for the worst song on the debut album (Jesus) and also on Queen II (Funny How Love Is) and Deaky's responsbile for the worst one on Sheer Heart Attack (Misfire). All a matter of taste, of course." Interesting. I like Funny How Love Is, although I do think it was the weakest song on the black side, while Misfire is one of my favourite Deacon songs. As for Jesus, I actually think it's one of the best songs on the first album, and among Queen's most underrated songs. :D

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Posted: 30 Apr 10, 07:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Amazon wrote: Holly2003 wrote: "Not only that, I'd say Fred was responsible for the worst song on the debut album (Jesus) and also on Queen II (Funny How Love Is) and Deaky's responsbile for the worst one on Sheer Heart Attack (Misfire). All a matter of taste, of course." Interesting. I like Funny How Love Is, although I do think it was the weakest song on the black side, while Misfire is one of my favourite Deacon songs. As for Jesus, I actually think it's one of the best songs on the first album, and among Queen's most underrated songs. :D
Of course it's all opinion...I love the middle section of Jesus, it's a tight tune.  I wouldn't change a thing about the black side, while I do agree  funny how love is the weakest of the side, it fits perfectly with the rest of the songs.   most of the black side sounds at it's best when played together.  The only side that stands up to the mighty black side is side B of A night at the opera.   Prophet song, love of my life, good company, Bo Rhap, Doesn't get much better than that.  As far as Misfire goes....Love the song, it's a short sweet little tune.  Love the vocals.